Posted on 10 May 2017 Views 7180 Comments 18
This is very much a half way success story but on a big and couple scale!
Simon and I met in school 19 years ago! We are active young working professionals. We both work full time and we run our own business as well. We work very hard, but in return we enjoy lots of holidays and adventures and our hobbies are around travel and new experiences. We have always been very close as a couple and whenever we have achieved anything, we have achieved it together, and so here starts our S&S journey.
Its fair to say both of us have been overweight probably since our early teens. Not dramatically, but enough to make a difference! Both of us come from families who experience weight problems and it is easy for that to become an excuse and a deflection of responsibility. Whilst I fully believe genetics plays it part - the junk food and lack of exercise has more to answer for!! We got Married in 2010 and since then the weight for both of us has piled on. Partly being very content and happy, partly due to being young working professionals who are really busy and junk and convenience foods being a go to place, and of course lifestyle and social lives and those choices we make without thinking of it.
Over the years we have individually and together tried lots of other diets, all the usual ones! Most of them not really achieving anything and when a little weight has been lost it hasn't stayed off. In September 2016, after looking at some photos, we were both mortified. Unfortunately, previous attempts have been half hearted and without will. However, things seem to change - and we moved from pre-contemplation in the cycle of change to action. The next hurdle was finding the right diet for us. Some of the other diets we have done before were too complicated, we are both very busy, we work long hours, days and nights, sometimes we don't feel like cooking, it needs to be easy and accessible at work. Simon had suggested various shakes only approaches and diets, but we are a young couple with a large mortgage! Money is tight and these diets were not cheap, so we have a really limiting criteria. It needs to be strict - as too many options lead me to cheat, needs to be easy, accessible, flexible and not cost me anymore than my weekly shop.....!
I was reading through a thread in a Facebook group I was part of (not related to dieting) and someone posted that she lost a lot of weight through Slim & Save. I hadn't heard of it before, so I immediately Googled it, and read every single page of the site, at least twice!! I was so impressed with the losses on the success stories, the options for 2 plans, the huge range of products and most importantly when I worked out the price it was about the same as my weekly shop. So it was a winner on all counts! Simon and I looked at it together and then ordered 1 of everything x2.
For the first 4 months we both stuck to Simplicity only, we both needed the strictness, the detox, the ease and convenience. Once we gained a bit of confidence in the diet and in our ability to keep some control, we both added in a few lifestyle days here and there. I was a massive fan of adding a lifestyle day because I used to really enjoy cooking and was missing doing that. Lifestyle days also help with cravings and are now helping me learn and teaching me about preparing low calorie low carb meals.
So we started on 12th September 2016 and on Good Friday April 2017 we had both reached 6 stone loss! OMG! 6 Stone in just over 6 months - that is really great and made such a difference to our lives. Of course, we still have a lot more to lose. Simon would like to lose another 5 stone and I would like to lose another 6 stone. Our journey is long, however, I never ever thought we would make it this far, and this is the biggest hurdle over!
Losing weight has changed our lives in so many ways. We are fitter, healthier, and developing some body confidence. We are able to have self control and can see a future that is healthier. We both have more energy and our life no longer revolves around food. Not all social activities need to be high calorie restaurant food! We love travelling! Airplane extender belts are not sexy! We no longer need these and fit comfortable into the chair. And there are of course the unintended bedroom benefits as well ; )
Most of all it has educated on us food, calories, carbs and detoxed us from all the processed rubbish to which we become accustomed.
So now we are half way, we will continue our journey and go and get the last 5&6 stones off!! Of course, we will be completing the journey with Slim & Save and continuing after then to maintain using Slim & Save. Its important that we don't just go back to how it was before Slim & Save - Slim & Save will be in our lives for the foreseeable future to help keep us at a healthy weight.
Slim & Save is not a means to an end, it needs to be a lifestyle choice and a long-term plan. My top tips would be:
Doing this together has been the best thing. Cheating is no longer a choice, we can support each other, play on each others strengths and there is no “not allowed” food in the house!!
I now know this is possible and we can do it, I am motivated and inspired for the future, and I am so happy to do this journey with Slim & Save. If we can do it anyone can!
Read Laura 12st 11lb Weight Loss Update here.
See Laura's final Success Story after losing an amazing 14st! (Yes thats right, 14st (196lb / 90kg) here.
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