As many of my blog followers know, I’ve been following Weight Watchers for the past couple of years. Last weekend I stepped onto the scales and saw that I’ve lost an amazing 3 and a half stone (49lb).
Oh my goodness, I can’t tell you how amazing that feeling was to see that number on the scales. It’s been a very long time since I’ve seen a number that small on the scales, far too long…
I’m very near to my goal weight now, with only 10lb to lose now and I’m already feeling victorious and so much happier with myself and my life. I love Weight Watchers and would recommend it to anyone (sorry Slimming World!).
But actually, apart from the obvious signs of weight loss, there have been a few non-scale changes (I would say victories but some aren’t so) that I’ve noticed over the past 2 years which I’d care to share with you guys. I’d be fascinated to see whether anyone else has experienced the below or have their own comments to add, please, feel free to share.
1. Losing weight is expensive
Ok, so I did join a group which does involve paying membership… But there are other costs that I have stumbled across, mainly buying clothes.
Since starting my weight loss, I’ve dropped from an 18/16 to a 12/10/8 (12 trousers, 10/8 top depending on where I shop) and believe me, replacing all those clothes gets expensive. I’ve spent hundreds on constantly replacing my wardrobe over the past year or so.
I’ve discovered charity shops a lot more during the drop in sizes because it’s a lot cheaper to replace your wardrobe. Plus, you’re also helping charity so what isn’t there to like? I have also bought a sewing machine and have started taking in various tops and dresses (I skill I would highly recommend any weight loser learns).
There is also the cost of the gym membership (I can now exercise comfortably); getting my wedding and engagement rings re-sized and new shoes (I’ve also dropped from a size 8 to a size 7/6 shoe, a change I never actually factored in).
2. Wearing heels is easier
I used to really struggle wearing heels on a night out, in fact it used to be a running joke in my friendship circle that I used to be the first to go home on a night out because my feet hurt. I never realised how much pressure I was putting on my ankles and feet by my huge bulk.
Now it’s completely different, the reason I go home on a night out is because it’s 3am and my bed is calling. I can wear chunky boots all day without feeling pain. It’s brilliant.
3. I’ve discovered parts of my body I didn’t know exist
I appreciate at first glance the above statement sounds a bit stupid, but hear me out.
The last time I would class myself as ‘thin’ was before I met my husband. Considering we’ve been together almost 8 years – that’s saying something.
When I get the chance to properly look at myself in the mirror now, I notice features of my own body that I’ve not really noticed before. Like how I actually have quite high cheek bones and I’ve got quite a pointy chin rather than the rounded look I saw previously. I can now see my collar bones and an outline of my rib cage (in a healthy way, I would like to point out). It’s fascinating looking at my body is a new light and learning to love all these new changes.
4. People still love voicing their opinion
For someone who doesn’t like being told what to do, it used to seriously piss me off having people (whether their business or not) telling me to lose weight. I believed that one of the perks of losing weight I thought “brilliant, I won’t have people telling me what to do now.”
Oh no, wait…
“You’re SURELY not losing any more weight?”
“You don’t need to lose any more”
“I can see your collar bones; you don’t need to lose any more weight.”
*cue disgusted look when I mention I’m not at goal weight yet*
I know the people who have said the various above comments are trying to be nice and I am grateful that you care for me. BUT PLEASE STOP TELLING ME WHAT TO DO WITH MY OWN BODY!!! Granted if I was seriously underweight then your comments would be justified, but I’m not (see point 3 for my clothes sizing, thank you)
Instead, focus your comments on being positive and complimentary, or just keep them to yourself.
5. I am less tolerant of people with a ‘can’t do’ attitude
Hang on, I’m not doing a Katie Hopkins and branding all overweight people as fat and lazy (because she’s stupid/wrong). But from someone who’s been there and struggled for years to lose weight, now I’ve done it, I find myself getting annoyed with people who claim they ‘can’t’ lose weight or ‘they’ve been on a diet for years and somehow gained 3 stone’ or ‘I only eat 1 meal a day
of 5000 calories I don’t understand why I’m not losing weight.’
I appreciate that life sucks, and actually there is sometimes so much more crap that gets in the way of losing weight. There are jobs, children, stress, bereavement, etc. But if you look at yourself in the mirror and think “hmm, I need to lose a couple of pounds,” and you’re not willing to do something and like to tell the world and his wife about it, about it then stop complaining and start doing something about it.
If however, you’re on your journey, you’re having a bad day and you just feel like giving up, you can have a whine and a moan. And in return, I’ll give you a hug, tell you it’s ok and encourage and support you to achieve your goal