Am I dieting or Calorie counting?

This time last year I was the heaviest I had ever been weighing in at 16 stone.


To say I wasn’t happy is an understatement, but in the same breath I was prepared to just eat and drink without a thought to what I was gaining and what I looked like. Truth be known my size didn’t bother me unless I was going out or in the bedroom.

I don’t really remember the point where I thought enough was enough but it was just after the night we went to see Paul Merton (above).

I had embarked on the journey a few times in the past, and had started Slimming World both in group and from home several times.

This time however, was different.

I simply got up one morning in July and said, “Right, I start on Monday”.

Feeling I may need some help I made an appointment to go and see my GP. Unfortunately I was very disappointed with the help they had to offer. There was a support group, but children were no allowed to attend and it was help at 2.30pm 10 miles away. Useless to a Mum with kids at school and one at home. Once over the GP would offer help with joining Slimming World but not mine. So it left me with option of taking a tablet called Orlistat.


These tablets I was told, would stop my body from absorbing fat and redirect through my bowels. (I will leave it there, TMI with all the details but if you would like to know more about it you can read about it here… . or have a watch of the Channel 4 show How to lose weight well)

Armed with the tablets, one three times a day with food, I embarked on liking Facebook groups for support and recipe ideas and started out on the Slimming (not) World diet again, but by myself from home.

I by no means was strict on myself. The diet plan I was following in the main was Slimming World. I knew it, so it was easy to stick to. I allowed myself no treats during the week but come a weekend. or Marks days off we would have a chicken kebab and a bottle of wine (which whilst taking the tablets I paid for two days later, ick!). The weight therefore came off in dribs and drabs but shifted all the same.

By the time Christmas came round I was two and half stone lighter but I wasn’t going to let Christmas ruin my good work.


I had a cheat day on Christmas Day and then Boxing Day fell in to the same bag as Christmas Day. I remained good and had another cheat day on New Years Eve (Mark’s Birthday).

Once the festive season was out of the way I was ready to start again but I was struggling to move any weight with plan I was following. Mark suggested we start counting the calories and I came off the Orlistat because I was convinced that these were restricting the weightloss.

This too me was terrifying. I had done this once before and I spent two weeks starving and craving food all the time.

Second week in January came and we had both downloaded the “My fitnesspal” app. (For those of you that are not aware of what this app is about pay a visit).

So it began, not going to lie, it was a nightmare at first, you don’t seem to get much for your calories. However with some of the meals Mark was making I couldn’t complain and come March I had got down to a not so shabby 12st 3lbs.

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Then came a break…..

Between then and about a month ago I had crept back up to 13 stone and I became very aware of that.

So as Marks weightloss got higher and mine had ceased I thought it about time I joined back in. Off I went again, enjoying the meals he is making and the weightloss has kickstarted again. I am currently 5lbs from my lowest and hopefully come Christmas I will have reached my goal.

Some of Mark’s creations ……..

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Spag bol….loaded with veg…. and Mince Dinner loaded with veg

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Chicken, Ham and Asparagus Risotto and Beef Stir Fry


Pan fried Venison and Veg and A good old low calorie fry up…

All amazing and all around 400 – 500 calories.

So here are the before and after pictures for both me and Mark….well so far anyway 🙂 xxxx

Me before and now…..

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Us before and now…..

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I have no doubt I will get a telling off for this one….(but hey I am proud, so it’s worth it lol) x


Until the next time xxxxx








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