It's taken me 2 years and 3 months but when I started this journey in June 2012 I decided I wasn't in a hurry as long as the general trend was downwards. At that time I hoped to lose maybe 2 st so I could walk better and be more active. Well, as of today I've lost 4st 13 lb. I'm 10st 8.5 which is 1.5 lbs below my target weight of 10st 10. At the start I was 15st 7.5.
If you want more figures then I was a size 22 and I'm now a 12. My measurements were bust 45in/waist 39.5/hips 50 and now I'm 37/30/40.
Here are a couple of pictures to go along with those figures.
I don't actually have one of me at my very heaviest and in the top one I'd already lost about 1.5 st. The bottom one was taken when we were on holiday in Scotland at the end of July and I'm now 7 lbs lighter. The coat in the top picture was a size 20, the one in the bottom picture a roomy size 10.
I'm not a model thin and I could aim for another 1/2 stone or so off but I know from past experience I'd look too bony and as I have some wrinkly skin now I'm happy at this weight. I hope by continuing to weigh in regularly at my club, and because its taken me so long to achieve and I've learned new eating habits along the way, that this time around I'll manage to maintain the loss and not regain as I always have before.
And, yes, I did achieve my initial goal. I am so much more mobile now and the dreadful aches and pain I had in my knees no longer plague me from the minute I get out of bed.
I am duly proud of myself but the real achievement will be if I'm still this weight in a year's time. And many, many thanks to my wonderful slimming world leader, Marise, and the other members for all their help and encouragement during this journey and for those who have left encouraging comments on my prevouus posts here about my weight.