If you have read my latest weigh in update then you will most probably know that I was in shock to have received the Woman of the Year award in my Slimming World group! It is such an accomplished award to achieve, as rather than just going by weight loss like Slimmer of the Year, this is a nominated award. Though of course, all awards received mean you have accomplished something great.
My consultant told me the evening before the ‘awards’ that I was nominated, and she asked if I would say a few words in group. A year ago, I would have said “No way!” but I am so much more confident in group now rather than just hiding away, so of course, I did. I also still have my size 20 ‘fat jeans’ from seven years ago, so I took those in too.
My whole group were shocked when I pulled my jeans out and held them in front of me; to be honest, I still am to this day. I just cannot believe that I used to actually fit in those. It actually brings a tear to my eye when I think about it, or look at this photo. I actually have it stuck on my fridge now, to remind me how far I have come, and where I am not going back to.
A couple of my fellow group members suggested that the boys may fit in my jeans, one in each leg; so, I had to get them in of course. As soon as they got in each leg and pulled them up, the first words out of my mouth were “That is crazy!”. It is. It is so crazy. In my mind it is, anyway.
On being Woman of the Year in group
It is actually only beginning to sink in now, almost a week after being awarded. It might not seem like a big deal to some, but for me, it means so much. To know that people think I am inspiring. It’s just odd, as really, I’m just me.
I know everyone says it, but my life has truly changed thanks to Slimming World. I can now spend half an hour bouncing on the trampoline with the boys; even this time last year, that felt impossible!
The plan has never felt like a diet to me, I see it as a lifestyle change and it’s the longest I have ever been able to stick to something other than purely calorie counting; I still eat bread, chocolate, crisps, biscuits, even cake! All of my favourite meals are manageable in a healthier food optimising way too.
I never feel like I’m missing out. Sometimes though, life gets in the way and we can go off track. But; one meal, or day off plan doesn’t have to be a disaster – it can still be pulled back for a loss.
My fellow Woman of the Year nominee was just as deserving as me so I’m going to give her a mention too – well done Emma! If I wasn’t me, I honestly would have found it so difficult to vote.
I can actually finally say, I am so proud of myself.