I used to work 14-hour shifts, 6 days a week in a restaurant. I would never have time to sit down and have a proper meal, so I’d just pick on food at work all day. It just means that I wasn’t actually aware of how much I was eating. It’d be a few chips here and some chocolate there, and before I knew it I’d piled on the pounds. I became so unhappy with my weight that I began to starve myself. I ended up going from a size 14 to a size 8 in just 3 months.
It definitely wasn’t healthy. I was tired all the time, I could barely get out of bed and my relationship with food was rock-bottom. I even started to smoke to suppress my appetite, which made me feel even worse. The worse it got, the worse I felt. I actually started turning to alcohol at night to compensate for how rubbish I felt.
It was around this time, I started a new relationship. I thought things were looking up but then things started to sour between me and my new partner. He became aggressive and I started to feel even worse about myself. Long story short, the relationship became abusive, and finally, I became depressed.
The weight just piled on again and I reached 14 stone at my heaviest. The only saving grace this time was having my daughter. She gave me the motivation to try and change my life.
I knew my relationship with both food and my partner weren’t healthy. I eventually plucked up the courage to leave, got out of the abusive relationship and decided I had to be healthier, both physically and mentally, for my daughter. Something needed to change.
I first attempted Slimming World with my sister-in-law a couple of years ago. I initially lost some weight, but then piled it all back on. It just wasn’t sustainable for me, I could only manage this sort of diet short term as I ended up binging at the weekends. I was back to square one.
It was around this time, I became pregnant again. My tough pregnancy, along with a relocation to Cornwall, sparked my comfort eating off again. Surprise, surprise, the weight piled back on. I was struggling to find the motivation to lose weight, but I hated the way I looked. I would barely move off the sofa and would even avoid walking my daughter to school. It was at breaking point again.
In December 2020, EVERYTHING changed. I found Team RH on Facebook and was instantly hooked. It was totally different to Slimming World, and that’s exactly what I needed.
I found it daunting at first. There’s a lot of information to take in initially, but the advice and the coaching available on the help centre was amazing. The Facebook group was really supportive too, and soon I felt like I was slowly beginning to take back control.
My relationship with food and drink has totally changed for the better. I now know how to be healthy and lose fat, still eating the foods I enjoy, I just need to stick to my daily calories.
It’s a lifestyle for me - not a diet. That was the biggest lightbulb moment for me. My food fits around my work and my family, nothing is off-limits and I actually enjoy walking my daughter to school every day and getting my steps in!
Whenever I start to struggle with inspiration to cook, I use the recipes section on the app for inspiration. I like cooking in batches for the family, as it’s just easier for me. It also means my kids are healthier because of it too. Fast-forward, 6 months in, and I’ve now lost over 37lbs.
This plan works. It’s sustainable and changes your habits with food. If I had one piece of advice it would be don’t wait - I did and it cost me years of depression and lost time with my kids. Do it now and start today.
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