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!