9 April 2017

Becoming A Better Version of Myself - Part Two


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Making a big change in your life is difficult. Even more so when you are 35 and that change involves something you have been doing for almost your whole life. But I genuinely feel that when you are ready to make a big change you know, and you also know this time you will be committed to making that change.

So I have never actually been on a diet before. I have tried healthy eating and always lasted a maximum of like 2 days. I don't like salads. I am not a big vegetable eater. In fact there aren't many foods I like at all. So I had to find something that would accommodate me and my weird eating. After doing a bit of investigating and speaking to some friends I came across Slimming World. Now I won't go into the in's and out's of Slimming World, as I am in no way endorsing it. But the way the diets works sounded good to me and it sounded like something I could follow and still enjoy some of my favourite snacks in moderation. So 12 weeks ago I signed up to a class and started my journey. Ready to make that change.

So here I am now. It is April and I have lost one and a half stone so far. I have totally shocked myself that I have managed to stick to the plan and change the way I eat. Gone are the crisps, the cans of coke and all the sugar in my tea. And I never thought I would say I don't miss any of it. I took to my new eating plan a lot easier that I thought I would and my willpower to say no to bad things has totally impressed me. I made the decision to make a change and I have done it. 

Even after my weight loss I am still wearing the same sized clothes as before, but they fit so much better.  My stomach is no longer constantly bloated (good riddance white bread) and my cheek bones are slowly, but surely, making a return. But best of all - I am starting to feel more comfortable in the way I look. I need to make it clear - in no way am I saying losing weight is a way to make yourself feel better - it was the way I needed to feel like myself again. Go back to the Jennifer I used to be. And slowly I feel like I am heading there. 

I still have 7 pounds to lose before I meet my target weight. Maybe I won't ever achieve that - maybe I will achieve it in the next couple of weeks - but whatever happens I am proud of myself for realising that I had to start looking after myself. You only get one body and you should never take your health for granted. You have got to keep yourself fit and healthy. My diet was bad for my health in so many ways.

You also need to keep you mind healthy. For me a lot of how I feel about myself is based on how I look. Crazy I know - but that's life! Like I said in part one -  I choose to put myself online but I also choose to compare myself to other people. It is worth remembering that there is no one like you and that in itself is pretty amazing. Each one of us are individuals on a journey to love ourselves and in the words of the amazing RuPaul - "If you can't love yourself, how in the hell you gonna be able to love someone else?"
I personally feel like I still have a journey ahead of me, especially when it comes to keeping my mind healthy. I am still trying to find a love for the gym and a hate for Milkybar eggs (why you so damn tasty?) but I am happy to be on the road to being healthier and becoming a better version of myself. Always remember -  take care of your body and mind, and it will take care of you back.

Until next time - Lots of love Jennifer xxx


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  1. Great post Jennifer. I did Slimming World a few years ago and lost over 2 stone, I couldn't believe how much better I felt and how unhealthy my diet was before!
    I'm the same as you, a lot of how I feel is also based on how I look, I don't think there is anything wrong with that :)

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    1. Thank you! It really is a great eating plan. xxx

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  2. Slimming World is amazing - I love there style of diet and you don't feel hungry! Congratulations on your results so far!

    Jude x

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    1. Thanks Jude! I never feel hungry on it. Its kinda scary how much you can eat and still lose weight haha xxx

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  3. Proud of u xxx mica xxx

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  4. I really had no idea about all this - congrats on your progress so far. I've always really struggled with my weight and so it's inspiring to see someone else doing so well and give me motivation. Hope it goes well hun :) xx


    Sophie Elizabeth
    www.popcornandglitter.co.uk

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    1. Thank you Sophie. Its never an easy thing to start - but this lifestyle plan at slimming world allows you to each so much. I am so happy I decided to do it. xxxx

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