With one year until her big day, Fiona made her weight loss a priority...and lost 12kg in time for her wedding!
Height: 1.72 m
Was: 86 kg
Lost: 12.5 kg
Weight: 73.5 kg
Set the date
My then fiancé and I had finally set a date for our wedding - one year's time. I’d never felt so big, uncomfortable and tired and was wondering why he even wanted to marry me! He is a former Royal Marine and has always viewed food as fuel: "If you’re not using it, don’t put it in" is his motto. I struggled with this concept as growing up I always believed that social events involved food and indulgences. So in my head, food was linked strongly to happy occasions and enjoyment.
Goal in sight
I was determined to lose weight for our wedding though. I was putting so much effort into the day and ensuring our guests enjoyed it - I didn't want to look back at photos wishing that I’d also put the same effort into myself.
Determination and motivation
I was like a rabbit caught in the head lights at my first Weight Watchers meeting, but I was soon welcomed in and my Leader Ruth explained the concept. She helped me decide on a realistic Goal weight that we were both happy with, which was 12kg over the next year. I joined Weight Watchers because I liked the idea of not being told what I could and couldn’t eat and the time and location of the meetings suited too.
Social occasions and celebrations
Weight Watchers allowed me to fit in celebration days throughout my weight loss – in that year I had ten weddings, a christening and a 30th birthday party! These occasions also acted as mini targets and incentives along the way. Throughout my weight loss I never felt like I had to say ‘no’ or sacrifice having fun.
Two of the most important things that helped me lose weight were having a clear target and exercising. Come January I still had 5kg to lose and it started to get more difficult. A friend had a treadmill she was selling and it gave my body the jolt it needed. I used it every other day and on the days I was not in the gym I had at least 30 minutes of brisk dog walking.
Small changes make big differences
There were a few changes I had to make that ended up being key to my success. I overhauled my daily eating habits, ate much better and exercised more. I never felt like I had to give up my treats, which made a huge difference.
The big day
My husband and I had the perfect wedding day, just as I had planned. Some of our relatives and friends had not seen me for a couple of years so they had the full impact of my weight loss. Everybody was very complimentary and my husband was so proud of me he even mentioned my achievement in his speech. When we received our wedding album, for the first time in my life, I loved looking at photographs of myself!
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