I can't say when I started to put weight on I just always remember being bigger than all my friends, even in Primary school. My clothes even then were never as nice as those my friends would wear.
It never really bothered me until I went to High school and all my thinner friends started dating boys and wearing all the latest trends including of course the miniskirts.
Of course I couldn't wear them due to my size.
I hid behind my outgoing and game for anything personality but behind that I was so unhappy.
I was always on a diet but it never lasted as it was so hard to stick to.
When I married and had the girls I just thought I would be heavy all my life. I would rarely take up any social invites as trying to find something to wear was just depressing!
For a holiday to Wales with friends I bought a jumper which I thought at least made me look a bit better. How wrong can a person be!!
One look at the photograph's and I just knew I had to do something and soon!!
For weeks I had passed the Unislim banner at the Enler complex in Dundonald and kept saying I would go in one of these days. At last that day finally came on the 5th April 2011.
The day I joined Unislim was the first day of the rest of my life!
The first day I walked in Kelly, the class leader made me feel so comfortable and at ease. I knew instantly that I was never going to be in this on my own ever again!
We are all in it together supporting each other.
When I stood on the scales and Kelly told me my weight I could feel the tears coming to my eyes. But Kelly just said that we would do it together and that has been how it’s been from day one. I really could not have done this without her support!
With Unislim I could not believe how much I could eat and that nothing was off limits. It’s all about portion control and making better choices.
The first week I lost 6lb and knew instantly I was going to be the woman I always wanted to be!!!
Before Unislim my food choices were so extreme. I would start the day with breakfast no earlier than 11 o'clock, not that you could call a tin of coke and packet of crisps breakfast.
Lunch was no better with scones and mars bars and of course more coke.
Dinner was the inevitable pie and chips and dessert was just snacking all night on more crisps and chocolate.
What a change Unislim has made. Breakfast now will be before 8am and it will be porridge and fruit. I will have my snack about 10am which will be fruit and yogurt, Lunch will be meat with salad and after another snack I will have a full plate of food for dinner all from the free list which means I can fill up on so much and never have the need to snack at night!!
The difference Unislim has made to my life is amazing!! I have endless energy and actually jog twice a day. My girls now see me as their "Yummy mummy" and keep telling all their friends how much weight I have lost.
I went to a friend’s wedding on in Turkey recently and even wore a dress, something I haven't done in 11 years. Even before the holiday I had so much fun shopping for clothes. First I went from a 16 to a 14 and thought this was fantastic. To then go from a 14 to a size 8-10, WOW!!!!
I bought more clothes for that holiday than I have bought since I got married!!!
I found the Maxi plan so easy to follow and the tracker is fantastic. Kelly always said, if you nibble it, scribble it and this has helped so much.
If truth be told, you are never going to remember everything you eat unless you write it down. Kelly was also able to point out small changes I could make just from looking at my tracker.
Earning our Yums was is also a favourite of mine. To know that I can go out and have a meal and I have already earned it is just amazing.
Before I would have just ate everything and felt guilty for days after!!
Having so many people even ones I don't really know come up to me and tell me how fab I look is all the inspiration I need to keep focused!
Unislim is an amazing healthy way to lose weight and keep it off forever!!
The support from your leader and fellow classmates is exactly what you need to get you through the harder times. Also having a leader who you could actually phone, even at 11 o'clock at night (which I did more than once) is support you will not get at any other slimming club. Facebook is another way of getting unlimited support from Kelly who is only ever a private message away!!
To reach my target weight was the best feeling in the world and I could never ever have done it without Unislim!!
I intend to take full advantage of the Unislim Freeslimmer status and will be a member for life!!