Long time no see and then I write three posts in one day, sorry! This post is going to be all about how I lost 6 stone in 6 months and then sort of maintained it. If you have seen my previous post from earlier today you’ll have seen I recently had a miscarriage which as you can imagine wasn’t easy. So not only did I gain weight, I was also eating too much one day, not enough the next and my weight was very up and down the whole time.
I was also travelling a lot for my blogging work as well as various different shows and events so on the road the easiest option is a takeaway or some sort of meal out so again my weight fluctuated. However I am now back down to my original goal and I am so proud of myself for achieving it.
So let’s go back to September 2016…
I was sent a cute little sports bra and underwear set from Pretty Little Thing and I had to take some photos. I took this photo…
And when I took it, immediately I hated it. I thought I looked absolutely disgusting and that was the moment I decided I needed to do something about my body. I wasn’t happy and I needed to change that.
Moving onto December 2016. I finally starting feeling a little happier with the way I was looking now…
Let’s fast forward to April 2017, where I was now living back at home with my mom and dad after a very messy break up and having to leave our joint home..
Now moving forward to August 2017, at this point I was in Canada and I was still unaware that I was actually carrying a baby of around 3 months or so, but I was starting to become very unhappy with my weight again..
And now finally… September 2017. 2 weeks after miscarrying and I have been working tirelessly to make sure I could get back down to my goal weight where I was in April..
And now for all of those together so you can compare…
So how did I do it? Well, surprisingly it was easier than I thought it would be. Originally I did actually try the shake challenge where you didn’t eat breakfast or lunch or snacks, just a milkshake and then food on the evening, but I couldn’t do that, it was too hard. So instead I tried different things that would suit me and work for me at the same time.
This is not sponsored, but I did receive some Protein World Slender Blend so I started using that as a meal replacement for breakfast as since leaving college I haven’t actually had breakfast, which I know is bad for me, but I just never wanted breakfast. That was my first step, actually having the protein shake as a meal to start my day off well.
Other than that change I never went on a diet as such, instead I changed my lifestyle rather than dieting because personally to me that’s pointless because once you go off the diet and eat regularly you’re going to put the weight back on.
The main changes I made are as following:
- Keeping snacking to a minimum. 1 chocolate bar or packet of crisps per 3 days.
- Only 2 fizzy drinks per week, only drinking water/squash/juice.
- No eating past 6:30, including snacks.
- Smaller portions overall.
People always seem to think I made dramatic changes, when in fact I barely did anything, I just cut down on things I had previously over indulged on. Don’t get me wrong I still love to go McDonald’s and get 20 chicken nuggets all to myself every now and then, I mean who doesn’t? But I now know my limits, I know when to stop, I know when I have over indulged that week and when I can or can’t treat myself.
I’ll be honest I did go through a stage where I basically didn’t eat and it was making me lethargic and I just didn’t really want to do anything. But I soon realised that is the worst thing to do. Starving yourself is worse than over indulging. I now find that since I have started eating healthier and looking after myself and my body more I am generally a happier person and I am also more active, more lively and I am not half as tired as I used to be. I still absolutely love my sleep don’t get me wrong but I am so much more awake and willing to do things now.
It isn’t something that will happen overnight and everybody is different so you need to work out a way that works for you. For some people that may be a diet, for some it may be the shake challenge, for others it may be like me where I changed my whole lifestyle and eating habits. It took me a long while to work out a way that would work for me, so don’t give up trying new things.
This time last year I was so so unhappy with my body and the way I looked, I’m still not 100% happy now but I am so so much happier than I was. It takes time and it’s hard work but if you want something bad enough you can make it happen and the most rewarding thing ever is looking at those pictures above and seeing the progress you have made.
My top tips:
- Find a way which works for you – Don’t just do what people say.
- Do not cut out meals unless having a meal replacement like a protein shake etc.
- Regularly take progress photos so when you’re having a bad day you can see how far you have already came.
- Set yourself a REALISTIC target from the get-go. For example if you’re 12 stone no’By August 2018 I will be down to 10 stone’ or ‘By December 2018 I’ll have dropped 2 dress sizes’. It doesn’t matter what the target is, as long as it gives you something to work for.
- If you don’t reach your target, don’t give up. Set a new target and keep going. Sometimes it happens quicker for some people than others.
- Do not compare yourself or your journey with others. Some people will lose weight quicker than others, some people are naturally skinny and won’t put weight on. It doesn’t matter what other people look like or are doing, focus on you and what you want to achieve.
I really hope this post gives a little bit of help or advice to people. I’ve had so many questions about it all so I thought it would just be easier to pop it all into one post so everybody can read it. I am in no way, shape or form an expert, I am just passing on what I have learnt from my own experiences.
Thank you for reading!