Sparkling lights, fabulous festive food and the thrill of a West End theatre show… London is a winter wonderland at this time of year. And yet, this is the first time that I’ve felt fully able to enjoy our annual December trip with friends.
Looking back to Christmases past, my weight always seemed to put a dampener on the festivities. At 18st 2lbs, sightseeing and Christmas shopping caused my ankles to swell up painfully. I didn’t feel that I could dress up for our lovely lunches in Covent Garden, because even if I could physically walk in heels, I just didn’t have the confidence to wear them. And while I loved going to the theatre, those fold-down seats aren’t made for bigger bodies, so I’d sit there feeling squashed and uncomfortable, which was such a shame.
This year, I look and feel completely different. After my last disappointing Christmas in 2019, I decided that enough was enough and I joined my local Slimming World group. At 15st 5½lbs, my husband, Roger, 53, wanted to lose weight too, so we went along together.
I was actually quite worried about going to group. I’d lost weight with Slimming World in the past, but as soon as I hit my target, I stopped attending, went back to my unhealthy eating habits and the weight went back on. I didn’t need to feel embarrassed, though. We both got such a warm welcome from our Consultant, Mandy, and the other members. No one judged me for needing to come back and I quickly felt so comfortable in the group. We’ve made some really great friends and I’m so happy that I made that decision.
By Christmas 2020, Roger had hit his target weight of 11st 4lbs and I was well on my way. Despite lockdown putting the stoppers on our London trip, we enjoyed a lovely family Christmas at home in our ‘bubble’, with our two grown-up children, Hannah and Harri, and Hannah’s partner, James.
I absolutely love food, so there was no way that I was ever going to compromise on the quality and enjoyment of my meals – and especially not at Christmas. With Slimming World, I didn’t have to. In fact, I really enjoyed trying the different Christmas recipes on the app, instead of just filling my shopping basket with pre-prepared dishes. I had a fantastic time cooking up a storm – and you’d better believe that we had the full works!
Kirsty’s Christmas dinner
Step into Christmas
On 22nd February 2021, I hit my target weight and the transformation is almost unbelievable. In fact, Roger and I met a friend who’d been living abroad for dinner and, when we arrived at the restaurant, he looked straight through us as though we were strangers!
Of course, the difference goes much deeper than our appearance. Roger was a keen runner before, but he struggled with knee pain and he didn’t lose even a single pound in weight. Now, there’s no stopping him! I’ll admit that I took a little bit more persuasion to get active – but working my way through the Body Magic awards in Slimming World’s activity programme really helps to motivate me. I love to walk, which used to cause my ankles to flare up before I lost the weight. We’re both happy to go out rain or shine, we just put our waterproofs on and off we go!
Santa Claus is coming to town!
I now weigh 10st 7lbs and I recently bought a beautiful fitted red dress in a size 10! Iʼm down from a size 22-24 and it’s opened up a whole new world of gorgeous clothes that make me feel amazing. In fact, I’ve got a very special outfit planned for our London trip this year – a tan leather pencil skirt and a pair of the highest heels I could find!
We’re here to support you at Slimming World, so that you can have the most wonderful Christmastime, while still sleigh-ing your weight loss goals. Join us in group where we’ll be diving into a Santa-sack stuffed with festive strategies, and sharing our very merry menu ideas for the big day, Boxing Day and beyond!