Posted on 11 Mar 2021 Views 5594 Comments 23
In 2019, I’d reached the heaviest weight I’d ever been – weighing in at over 19 stone and wearing size 20 clothes - I’d also been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and was struggling with constant pain and chronic fatigue. I knew I had to get my weight under control; I wanted to be healthy for my family and worried about the potential risk of heart problems – as my Dad died of a heart attack at 50. I was also concerned that I’d continue down the self-destructive path I was on and put more and more weight on, so I started to do some research into potential diets.
I had always been a serial dieter and had tried every diet ever invented, I’d lose weight and have some success, but then I’d still put it back on again and always end up heavier than when I started. I knew I wanted to try something different and my GP mentioned trying a VLCD.
After trawling the internet, I came across Slim & Save and was impressed by the success stories and the very competitive price point! I took the plunge and ordered four weeks worth of products and decided to follow the simplicity plan on the 17th June 2019 (the day after my 13th wedding anniversary.)
The first five days, before ketosis hit, were tricky as I was hit with really awful migraines and actually thought I was dying! I was determined to persevere through and didn’t want to fail at the first hurdle. The S&S Facebook page was a godsend, and my husband and my two teenage boys were so supportive! Once I was in ketosis, everything was so much easier – I was not hungry and had loads of energy; the only downside was that I was freezing all the time.
I started keeping a journal; in there, I wrote down all my goals and milestones and kept track of my progress weekly. I also included positive quotes and strategies that other SnS members had shared.
I had a fantastic 1st week – losing 13lb! The weight kept dropping off, and I lost an average of 1 stone per month. I then started to drop dress sizes, and this was such a big motivation for me! It was about four months before people began to notice I’d lost weight, and the compliments started rolling in! I managed to navigate social events and Christmas staying on plan, finding a new hobby to distract myself helped – I started knitting to keep my hands busy!! I also discovered a love of sparkling water!!!
Everything was going so well until COVID hit in March 2020; I’d lost seven stone and was only one stone away from my target. I started working from home and found it really hard being around food and being in the house, so I began to slip up, and old bad habits started creeping in. I would begin to make excuses that justified my behaviour by telling myself, ‘we’re in unprecedented times…you deserve a treat’…..those treats also involved danger foods like sweets, chocolate & crisps.
I stopped using all the techniques that had kept me on track and lost my way – I’d forgotten the reason why I’d started SnS in the first place and fell into my usual self-destructive habits.
I started a new job at work; it was a promotion and my absolute dream job – I was on cloud nine; however, my imposter syndrome - basically feeling inadequate - kicked in. I spiralled and used food as my emotional crutch. In September 2020, I received an email about some free coaching on imposter syndrome, and I signed up! This coaching programme transformed my outlook, and I started to feel good about myself again. I restarted S&S and weighed in 2st heavier. I was upset with myself but decided to draw a line under it my weight and look to the future. I also started a mindset coaching course – as I wanted to understand to uncover my own beliefs, blockers, behaviours, habits and patterns of thinking that prevented me from living the life I desired. This inner work was revolutionary to me, and I finally understood the root cause of my issues and had proven techniques and strategies to overcome my demons. I embraced being back on my S&S journey, and the weight started to drop off again.
By Christmas 2020, I was back down to my lowest weight and was ½ stone away from my eight stone weight loss. I decided to have a break over the Christmas period and to enjoy the festivities with my family. I thoroughly enjoyed my break and understood there would be consequences – I did have another significant weight gain – but I had a different mindset and knew exactly what I wanted to achieve in 2021 – I wanted to become an NLP practitioner; coach people struggling with their mindset and get to my target weight – I decided to lower my target and push for nine stone weight loss!
As I write this, I’ve only got one stone to go to my revised target – I’ve now lost eight stone, and I’m at my lightest ever weight and wearing size ten clothes – life is very good, and I have S&S to thank for this – this diet has always had my back!
By Sarah Taylor - Future S&S Success Story!
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