Losing weight

Losing weight

A little of my weight loss journey. Last August with my birthday looming (over 40) I looked at myself and thought something needed to be done. My BMI was 32.8 and I was piling on the pounds. I'd always kept reasonably fit through horse riding but there was no doubt my overall fitness was waning. I embarked on Slimming World. To cut a long story short, I have lost 4 stone 2 lbs and have a BMI of 24. I run most days, do a Zumba class and the horse certainly can tell the difference. Most importantly my relationship with food has changed. No longer do I reach for crisps and chocolate. It's more likely to be a banana, or handful of raspberries. I feel fab! If you don't think you can lose weight - honestly you can! I never thought it would happen for me. The only person that can make the change is you! A cliche but one I've learned these past 9 months.

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  • You look great, thanks for sharing!

  • You look fabulous. I look at you and see your attitude and can start to believe that it could be possible. Well done xx

  • It can. All is possible and it is all in our hands.

  • Well done kesmcg! What a transformation and yes, I'm sure your horse must be pleased, too! What a wonderful, positive message to post, I'm sure it'll prove inspirational to so many people who follow this forum. The challenge now will be to maintain your weight at it's current level, but if you keep up your zumba class etc, you're on a winner!

    I've only got a few pounds left before reaching my target weight. Hope I end up looking just as sylph-like.

    I have realised whilst on this 12 week NHS plan that dieting is about so much more than watching calories for a few weeks. You really have got to change your mindset around the subject of food, healthy eating and exercise. It means making whole lifestyle changes. But SO worth it! Thanks kesmcg for your lovely post!

  • Mindset is everything. It's healthy habits for life. I really don't see it as a diet. Good luck x

  • I also do a mini victory dance every time I make good choices with food. That includes treats that I have planned for.

  • Haha! brilliant idea! Do you use a fitness tracker or pedometer? I bought an Omron step counter a while back and find it helps to keep up my exercise levels. The healthy food bit is probably the most difficult aspect of weight loss for me as I've always been hopeless (or perhaps just downright lazy?) at cooking. Learning to make a lot more of my own, healthy-choice meals now though, and I really think that's going to help me keep the weight off long term.

  • I use couch to 5k app. I make a date with myself every night too cook no matter how busy. I just tell myself I have the right to healthy home cooked food! Seems to work. Salmon and savoury rice this evening. Takes 20 mins max.

  • Love this-cooking date with self. I cook healthy food each evening but might just put more of a swagger in my step today.

  • Don't forget the mini victory dance as you cook too.

  • The family would be amused - I am not one of the world's natural dancers! Maybe I will do it in my head.

  • Absolutely fabulous results kesmcg , Thanks for sharing.

  • Great post, what a difference 4 stone makes. That's 8 months of dedication and well worth it, very inspiring for someone like me just starting out.

  • WOW! what a difference - it really is about a change of head set - reaching for food that does you good not empty calories...

  • Wow you look great i hope to loose as much as you have one day thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ˜€

  • You look fantastic. Excellent work and thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ‘

  • Very inspiring, well done!

  • Wow inspirational thank you for sharing, I tried Slimming world a few weeks ago but couldn't get my head around it so gave up but think I will give it another try. Thank you for sharing

  • Do try again. It becomes second nature after a while. It works!

  • I definitely will after seeing your success thank you kesmcg

  • Good luck!

  • What a fabulous story ๐Ÿ˜Š Gorgeous photo too. Very well done kesmcg

    Are you going to join our maintainers club? And would you like a maintainers badge? Or healthy BMI or I did it badge, you can choose form the three ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

    Thank you for sharing your story, I find it so inspiring ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Healthy BMI badge would be great please. Maintainers club? Where can I find this?

  • I'll sort your badge with pleasure kesmcg ๐Ÿ˜Š

    The maintainers club can be found in the 'pinned' posts to the right of the your screen on the Home page (the one with the strawberries) or right at the bottom if you are in a mobile ๐Ÿ˜Š

    I hope you enjoy the forum ๐Ÿ˜Š

    Best wishes

    Anna

  • Sorry Anna I can't find the pinned posts.....thanks for the badge though!

  • Are you on the app or the full website?

    The app doesn't have any of the extra features that the full website has ๐Ÿ˜•

    For help navigating the forum have a look at this

    healthunlocked.com/nhsweigh...

  • I'm using the app! That must be it. Thanks!

  • You look fabulous kesmcg and in such a short time. Absolutely inspirational. Thank you for sharing.

  • Wow you look great - thank you for sharing!

  • What a difference! Same lovely smile:) This just might help me to get back on track once I return from my holiday next week. Thank you for sharing.

  • you look stunning! Well done

  • Wow, what a success story - just the pictures speak a thousand words!

  • You are an inspiration to us all. Fantastic work. James

  • What a difference! You look amazing๐Ÿ’ช

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