Recognising the new you and learning to love yourself

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I think this is a subject I will be revisiting many times throughout my blog because this is something I find hard myself though I will share with you all how it is for me and anything I have found helpful and tips I have had from others in the hope that others find this process easier!
When you have been overweight or obese for so long and you lose a lot of weight it is extremely hard, I have found, to recognise yourself as the size you are and the person you have become. I believe that this is a process everyone struggles with to some extent though I think the bigger the amount of weight you lose the more your appearance changes and as such the harder this is. Please do not take this to mean I do not respect that it is hard for everyone as I know it must be but I only have my experiences to go by.


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27th November Friday Favourites!

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Hello everyone, I do hope you are all having a good week and are looking forward to a good weekend! The weather is getting cold now and I do think the best meals are the kind that warm you through, soups, casseroles etc. So here are my favourites of this week for you.


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A week in the food of Jen!

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So, I keep being asked the same question, what do I eat, not just over one day, but over one week! So due to popular demand I have written you all an average weeks food for me day by day! Please do remember though that everyone is different and as such the way we all deal with food is different. What one person eats and looses 3lb on may make another person lose 7lb and another person maintain because we all have different metabolisms and the quantities and proportions we all eat will differ too!


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Decisions, decisions, where should your target be?

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Well, this is one thing that anyone starting any weight loss plan wants to decide. We ask questions to ourselves about the end goal, the target figure, the dream weight. Where do I want to be? Where should I be? What is healthy? What weight would I be at my dream clothes size? How much does my friend weigh? What is a normal BMI? How much do I need to lose to buy clothes in a high street shop not online? When will people stop pointing me out and considering me as "fat"? When will I feel more confident?


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20th November Friday Favourites!

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I often change what I eat and what I cook according to my mood, the weather, seasonal fruit and vegetables, and what is on offer at the shops I go to! money of course also has a big impact on what we all cook doesn't it, no one wants to spend more than they have to on food when you can save it for a holiday but equally eating on a budget some days doesn't always mean eating bland foods either! So, I thought hey why not share these things with everyone who reads my blog, so every Friday I will share my favourites of that week, it may help give others ideas, it may it may inspire you to try something different, or it may just make you wonder why on earth I like such a random selection of foods who knows!


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So, you asked me.....

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So, I am often asked questions about my weight loss journey, many of those questions are ones people are sometimes a little nervous about asking like whether I have excess skin so I have answered them all here!
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Fighting emotional eating and depression, an on-going battle!

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So, this week has been a mixture of a week. I am not ashamed to admit that I have struggled with my depression this week which in turn has affected my food. I have eaten some high syn snacks when I have felt down and I have to accept whatever the scales show for this but I am open with myself and know that I deserve to gain after what I have eaten. You would think after losing over ten stone on Slimming World and obviously making many great food choices I would be good at this by now but with depression it will never be easy. It will be an on-going battle, which is why I know I will be a member of Slimming World for life and constantly keep a close eye on my weight so I never slip back to that morbidly obese lady I once was.


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What a week for the new me! Take A Break, Slimming World Ball and Jason Donovan!

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Well, it is Sunday evening and this week has been amazing. The old Jen wouldn't say boo to a goose, the old Jen was the one hiding in a corner on a night out or getting so drunk that I was not self conscious! The old Jen never would draw attention to herself and hated herself! The old Jen hasn't gone completely I would be lying if I said she has. The Jen I am today is a mixture of the new Jen I hope I am becoming and the old Jen who I really don't want to be any more. I wish the old Jen would completely disappear but these things can not possibly happen overnight. 


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The A-Z of Unexpected advantages to losing a lot of weight!

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When you aim to lose a lot of weight you know that your clothes sizes will change, the number on the scales will change and that your confidence may improve. I had been overweight for a number of years, all my adult life so I think you get used to how you are and don't imagine any different. Some changes were surprising to me when they happened so I thought I would share in case it gives anyone a giggle or inspires anyone to want to see these changes in themselves.


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October, a mixture of a month!

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So a roundup of October! Well, we all had an amazing holiday in Majorca. Somehow despite not eating or drinking too well I managed to maintain my weight, I am still a little above my target weight but I'm not too concerned as I know I will get back there.


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