Wednesday, 18 September 2013

fourteen pounds

I've done it, I've lost my first stone, in weight, and couldn't be happier! Those 14lbs are such an achievement for me - the girl who has never lost weight in her life (other than a few lbs which are soon put back on) and I'm so proud of myself.

It hasn't been the easiest, there were times that I caved in to my sweet tooth, there have been plenty of times where I've felt like crying counting the amount of calories from the alcohol I drank the night before, and there was that time I ordered Chinese as a result of said hangover - oops. But I've not let those stop me, as everyone indulges a little bit sometimes, it's just getting back on the healthy eating wagon right afterwards that matters! One unhealthy meal isn't going to make you any fatter than one single healthy meal will make you skinnier.

The biggest thing for me has been breaking old habits and starting new habits. Everyone has bad habits, for me it was lying watching TV/films at night and snacking (usually on share size bags of sweets!), and my daily visit to the vending machine at work to get a chocolate bar when my energy levels dipped. I got rid of all unhealthy snack foods in the house, and stuck to a strict routine of 3 meals per day, with fruit (tangerines and watermelon are my favourites) to snack on if I felt peckish.

Of course, the gym has played a big part in helping me lose weight. And I wouldn't have stuck to it and grown to love it if it wasn't for my personal trainer. Making the gym part of my routine and less of a daily chore did take a while, but once you've got a routine of going a certain amount of times per week, and at a set time where possible, it usually doesn't take a second thought!

A lot of people on Twitter, Instagram and in real life have been giving me words of encouragement, and asking me how I stay so motivated and I think the difference this time - opposed to my numerous failed attempts at losing weight - is that I really really want it now. I know that I'm not fat, but I'm at the highest weight I've ever been and it was starting to affect me negatively, I'd got to the stage where looking at myself naked was something I avoided and I would avoid clothes shopping because 'everything looked awful'.

Now that I've got myself into new healthy habits I can't imagine things being any other way, and slipping back into my old ways doesn't even cross my mind. When people start commenting that they've noticed my dresses looking looser, and gasping at how long and slim my legs look, it just gives me even more motivation to keep on going. I can look in the mirror now without wanting to hibernate for the rest of my life, and I feel like all my hard work is paying off. Here's to my next stone!



  1. Charlene, WELL DONE. You have done amazingly well! I know how good it feels to lose weight and be able to stick to it. You have every right to be proud! I think you've done it the best way - and you have still allowed yourself treats, which is good as you should never deprive yourself! Huge well done to you! xx

  2. Well done!!! that is amazing I am so happy for you! It's sad to see you feel guilty for eating chinese and drinking - you have ot have SOME pleasures in life! xxx

  3. A really big well done! I know I don't know you in real life, but I'm so proud of you, I've followed you for a while and seen all the little changes from when you first decided to change your lifestyle. It has really encouraged me as well and apart from my few slips, I'm proud of how I'm doing and can't wait to join the gym! Keep going lovely, you look so beautiful, you did before anyway aha :)


  4. Well done you are a huge inspiration. X

  5. Congratulations :) You've done so well. I know I'm going to sound like an absolute stalker but I saw you at the Zen Lifestyle event and then again at the Sloans event which was a few days after your first exercise post and I could tell that you'd lost weight!

    Water Painted Dreams

  6. Brilliant, well done! Wish I could get together some of your motivation! xx

  7. Congratulations!! This post has really inspired me to lose weight. I've just started the Jillian Michaels 30 day shred and just completed my first week. I've been browsing online at weight lost success stories to help keep me motivated. Through looking at your pictures, you can really tell that you look a lot healthier. Keep up the good work :)



  8. Yess! Well done! It's so inspiring to read about other peoples successes. I'm trying to muster my dieting mojo back. I'm roughly halfway there but you know.. then tubes of smarties went on offer at work and it was all downhill from there. So it's really motivating to read your achievements here :D x x

  9. Really well done! You've done so well, and I'm proud :) xo

  10. You have done so amazingly and you're such a massive inspiration to me. I am finding it incredibly difficult too and there are times over the last few weeks when I've felt really low. Having to turn down homemade croissants at the weekend in a house full of smells of baking bread, and going out for dinner and having to have steak and eggs when everything in me wanted to pinch a chip from Tom's plate... not to mention the biscuit tin at work and having people constantly bringing cakes in. They are all challenges and it takes so much willpower to say no. Like you what I need is a lifestyle change - I associate social events or even nights in with food - movie night = pizza and snacks, dinner out = three courses and a couple of glasses of wine, having friends over = making cakes, or even bad day at work = bar of chocolate. I need to do more of the 80/20 rule so that treats become the minority rather than something that happens most nights! It's hard though isn't it, going to the cinema without a bag laden with popcorn and sweets just feels wrong! At the moment I am being super strict but I think from this weekend I'm going to allow myself the odd treat so I feel more human again, I'd rather have slow and steady progress than have the pounds falling off but be thinking about cake and biscuits all the time (I've even been dreaming about them!) because of how severe my diet plan is. Anyway, massive congratulations to you, you've done absolutely amazing and you must feel so proud. xoxo

  11. This is really inspiring, Charlene! While I'm not trying to lose weight or anything, I am trying to get healthier and fitter just because I think it's important, and I want to respect and love my body. I think it's really awesome how even despite the slip ups, you still kept powering through and never gave up. Bad habits are hard to break, but the most important thing is that you don't let it stop you. Plus, we're all allowed to indulge once in a while! I think that's just as important for a healthy and happy lifestyle, it's just about knowing your limits. Thanks for sharing this journey with us!

  12. I once sat next to a psychologist on a flight who told me it takes 45 days to break any habit. Not sure if I completely believe this - but now if I'm trying to change my ways, like hitting up the vending machine at work I aim for the 45 day mark.

    Well done on your first milestone!!!

    Claire xx

  13. Congrats! losing weight is a great feeling, but keeping it off is even better :)

  14. Well done - you sound so motivated and I think seeing your hard work paying off will make you even more determined.xx

  15. Well done, you have done so well!
    I agree that you can only do it when something 'clicks'. Surprisingly I wasn't that motivated to loose it for my Wedding (I lost about half a stone but could of easily lost more).
    Suddenly something has clicked and I am super motivated. Similarly to you it was clothes shopping that pushed me into it. x

    Leanne - A Slice of My Life

  16. Well done! I need to start getting back into going to the gym! I struggle when clothes shopping, especially for jeans. It would be nice to go in and not have to take multiple sizes into the changing room to try on!

    Leanne @ Leanne-Marie | Beauty, fashion & lifestyle. x x

  17. Yay!!! Well done babe.. keep it up :)

    ~ Natalie ~