At the end of May 2011 I came across this thing called Thinking Slimmer.
Lots of people on Twitter were talking about it and getting good results. When I read their blogs it was just a download that you listened to. It made you feel great about yourself and lose weight. No willpower needed.
Scam. Obviously. Like those ads you see on Facebook.
And yet these people were friends on Twitter. People I trusted and knew.
So I figured for £29.99 it was worth the risk. I bought the “Drop 2 Dress Sizes” CD so I had the chance to put it on any device (it doesn’t say anything about dresses by the way!)
I started listening every day like it say.
I didn’t read anything that came with it. Because I had the CD something messed up and I didn’t get any of the daily emails. I didn’t log the positives. I didn’t set goals.
I figured it would never work for me and said as much on Twitter.
I was caught by surprise when Sandra, the head honcho at Thinking Slimmer read my tweet and offered to talk to me to see why it wouldn’t work. I don’t really do talking but it was such a bold move I agreed.
A short conversation with Sandra and she had sussed me out. A childhood filled with abuse meant that I had many issues. And yet she still believed the slimpods would work for me. So I persevered and also arranged to go and see a Cognitive Hypnotherapist. My life was transformed by Trevor Silvester who it turns out is the voice and the genius behind the way the slimpods work. Anyway that’s a different story.
Even before I went to see Trevor things were working. Weight was going. Habits were changing.
It took time.
Snacking started to reduce first.
It was a long time before my portion sizes changed at meal times.
It was even longer before the choices I made around food changed.
But the weight still came off.
By the time I ran the London Marathon in April 2012 (something I would never have done before Thinking Slimmer) I had taken 6 large black bin bags of clothes to the charity shop and was wearing size 14 jeans. I kept the size 24 pair of trousers (that were a bit tight!) so I could see how far I had come.
In April 2012 I attended a black tie event in the dress you see me in at the middle of the picture above.
And then I reached a plateau. I eventually stopped listening to the slimpod because all the behaviours around food had changed. I didn’t need it any more. I haven’t listened for at least 6 months.
But my body stubbornly stuck at a size 14. Despite being very happy in myself. Despite making healthy choices around food and eating little. Despite running every day.
After a while of wallowing (poor me, I’m stuck here) I decided I need to do something different to jump start my system back into weight loss.
I came across the 5:2 fasting approach . This is a lifestyle approach that takes us back to caveman days. The idea is that you fast for 2 days and eat normally for 5. Thanks to the Slimpods, my ‘normal’ days are very regulated so I just needed to do the 2 fasting days. On these you eat less than 500 calories across 2 meals. This keeps your body working but doesn’t give you enough for energy so your body burns your fat.
I am now 8 weeks in and the difference is very tangible. I am losing weight and size again. The picture of me in the dress on the right was taken yesterday. The left was this time last year. I have been a size 14 ever since that picture was taken last year.
Things are changing again.
But what shouldn’t be lost here is that thanks to the slimpods I have gone from a size 24 to a 14 and kept the weight off with no issues. It has been easy and it has been permanent.
My goal is a size 10/12 and I am getting there again.