When I started this series seven weeks ago I was terrified of hitting the publish button.  I was worried people would laugh, or roll their eyes and tell me to get over it.  I felt like I was exposing my innermost thoughts, baring my soul for people to see, and letting people in for the first time ever as to what really goes on in my head.  

 

Loving me: Image of a heart.

 

 

But I had no reason to be afraid.  Because actually the complete opposite happened.

I had messages from wonderful friends telling me they loved me and that they were there for me.  And those messages meant the world to me.  Thank-you to all the friends who didn’t judge me, and made me feel a whole lot better about myself.

I decided to be brave and I reached out to my brilliant blogging family.  Normally I am known for posts of a more light hearted nature, so this was a major departure for me.  But they read my posts and they bigged me up, spurred me on, and gave me the confidence to promote this series.

Then came the comments.  Comments that made me cry, because they were so lovely. Comments that told me they understood, and felt the same and suddenly I didn’t feel like a freak anymore.  I wasn’t alone.

Last weekend I went away with three amazing friends for a girls weekend.  We ate lots, we drank lots, and we talked and talked and talked.  About good stuff and bad stuff and everything in between.  And I spoke about how I feel about myself.  These are some of my closest friends whom I adore, but before I would still not have been able to open up this way. The whole weekend was therapy!

I still have a long way to go, in both loosing weight and fighting the demons in my head.  But for the first time in a very long time, I feel like I will get there.  And that’s down to your wonderful comments.  

I don’t feel alone in this anymore.  We are all dealing with low self esteem and anxiety in one way or another, and we are together in that.  And by reaching out to one another, we can make a difference to people.

Encouragement, support and understanding goes a long way.  

I apologise that this post is very soppy, but I wanted to say thank-you and to explain what a difference reaching out has made to me. 

 

Loving Me is a weekly weight loss series following the LighterLife Fast plan.

 

My Weight Loss Diary

What is LighterLife Fast?

LighterLife Fast is based on the 5:2 diet concept.  You eat healthily for 5 days and then fast for 2 days on restricted calories.  On the fast days you eat 4 of the LighterLife Fast food packs.  These food packs give you 100% of your daily nutrition.

Week Seven:

Ok, the weekend away with the girls did wonders for my head, but not so great for my body!  I weighed myself when I got home and I had put on 5 pounds!  I swear sometimes I only need to look at food and I gain weight.

However I fasted for three days this week and lost four of the pounds I put on.  So although I have actually gained a pound I feel positive, because in the past that 5 pounds would have just stayed put.  I feel in control and the weekend away was worth it!

I think one of the hardest things when you are trying to loose weight is accepting the journey will have ups and downs and letting the times when you don’t have the loss you want effect you for the next week.

 Week Seven Weight Loss:

+1 pound

Total Weight Loss = 11 Pounds 

On it next week!

 

If you wish to find out more about LighterLife Fast visit lighterlifefast.com  LighterLife Fast products are available exclusively at Superdrug.

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