“I finally like the person I see in the mirror”
At more than 270lbs, Michelle Brewer’s self-esteem was rock-bottom. Then she discovered Slimming World, and a way of eating that’s transformed her life.
Unhappy and in hiding
It was the December 28 2017, and after all the holiday celebrations I’d attended in the past couple of days I woke up feeling tired and sluggish. I managed to get out of bed to start my day, but as I looked in the mirror I could feel tears welling up in my eyes. I hated the way I looked and, most of all, I hated the fact that I felt so unhealthy.
I’d struggled with my weight my entire life. Fifteen years ago, when I was at my heaviest—350lbs—I lost a lot of weight with a weight loss program, but found that I just couldn’t keep it off. All the counting and measuring I had to do just was not working with my day-to-day life. And, to be honest, it wasn’t teaching me how to eat properly. I’d deprive myself all day, so I could eat my usual junk food later on. And soon enough the weight was back.
As a programmer, my days were spent at a desk in front of a computer, and that was where I wanted to stay. I felt ashamed to walk down the hall at work—I didn’t want anyone to see me. I stopped going to the movie theater because the seats were too tight, and eating out at restaurants became a struggle because I couldn’t fit in booths or chairs with arms. Not only was I low in energy, my confidence was rock-bottom, too. I didn’t even want to leave the house.
Finding a new way
Standing in front of my mirror on that December morning, I felt defeated. I was 272lbs and although I’d tried everything I could think of, nothing had worked. With the hope of making 2018 the year that I finally lost weight for good, I started up my browser and clicked on the search button. That was when I found Slimming World. Although the name was new to me, I thought, what the heck. I had nothing to lose but weight.
As soon as I signed up, I was blown away. When I looked at the extensive list of foods that I could enjoy freely to satisfy my appetite, I thought there was no way I could eat all of that and still lose weight! I knew this was something entirely different to anything I’d tried before and my first weekly online group proved it. My Consultant, Annette, was amazing and my fellow group members were so understanding and supportive—especially on my fourth week when I had a setback and gained 8lbs. Having the group there let me know that I was not alone and I started my fifth week with renewed motivation. I refocused on Free Food, filling my plate with plenty of tasty, fresh vegetables, as well as pasta and lean meats, and it wasn’t long before I was celebrating being 30lbs lighter.
Dancing with joy
I just marked my one-year anniversary with Slimming World and, at 51, I’ve never felt healthier, stronger or more confident. I’ve lost over 106lbs*, dropped from a size 20 to a size 8, and my BMI is in the healthy range instead of overweight or obese. Going out to the movies or to a restaurant is a joy rather than a struggle and I’m full of energy. Now when I look in the mirror, I want to dance instead of cry. I’m finally the me I’ve always wanted to be.
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* Your weight loss will vary according to your individual circumstances and the amount you have to lose.