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Sunday Summary - Week 52

Sunday, 1 April 2012

One whole year of Sunday Summaries complete!  This week we thought we would do something slightly different and update you on our ups and downs of the year and of course our progress.

Sarah - This year has seen me start with making healthy choices and realise that it is harder than it seems and that a structured weight loss plan is much easier to stick to. I joined Slimming World, left Slimming World for Weight Watchers and finally trialed Jenny Craig before returning to Weight Watchers.  My total weight lost stands at 27lbs and a whopping 22.5" - 6.5" of which has come off my hips alone!  The before picture is from my first post where I am wearing a size 14 dress and the after picture was taken today wearing a size 10 dress and bags of confidence!


It has been anything but easy, I am roughly back where I was at the end of October but I guess getting married, going on honeymoon followed by Christmas & New Year is enough to throw anyone off track.  I have learnt that any plan will work as long as you stick to it - it is honestly just about choosing a plan that you can stick to.  When I could no longer find the motivation to stick to Slimming World I switched and haven't looked back.  I was criticised by my old leader for my decision but this is my weight loss journey and I need to do what is best for me. Weight Watchers has made me enjoy food again and taught me the benefits of portion control which will help so much when I reach my goal.  I have begun an exercise regime I intend to stick to, it is hard fitting it around everything else in my life but it is worth it. After only two weeks I can already feel my body getting stronger which is a great feeling.

My goal for this year is to get to my first target weight (13lbs to go!) and then to set my final target.  I will not give up on the exercise, I will get the body and fitness I want this year and then I will work hard to maintain it, I can do this!


Gemma - This year has completely changed my life. I've lost 5 stone 3.5lbs, dropped from a size 22 to a 14/16 and gained so much confidence. I had already lost about half a stone through Weight Watchers before we started Where Are My Knees but I have lost 1.2lbs a week on average for over a year. The first photo is the one I used in my first post on here and the second is a photo I took last week.


Before I started my weight loss programme I was a bit of a recluse, I would make excuses not to go out and I always felt like the odd one out. I now really enjoy going out socially and get excited about what to wear on the weekend. In 2012 I've noticed a big change in my size and inches have been dropping off quickly. I can now buy clothes that I really like from any shop rather than buying the only thing that fits.

The Weight Watchers plan has really worked for me, I get a daily allowance and a weekly allowance (which I usually blow on the weekends) no food is off limits as long as I count it and I find it really easy to follow.
Keeping a food diary and weighing all my food may seem excessive but this amount of control has really helped me to change my eating habits. I get a lot of support from my leader Pat and all the lovely members at my class. It sounds a bit silly but the highlight for me has been buying a size 14 dress in Primark last week, not been able to do that since I was 15.

I don't really have a goal weight but I think I would like to lose about 7 stone in total and be 12/14. I know Weight Watchers will always have to be a part of my life and when I reach a weight I am happy with I will still go to class as a Gold member to maintain my weight.

Just want to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported me on here and on twitter, couldn't have done it without you!



Sarah V - I'm actually weighing in at about 5lbs more than when I started Where Are My Knees. But despite that, I've learnt a lot in the last year. The biggest thing for me that I've noticed is that I make SO many excuses! It's really made me address my eating habits and exercise habits (or lack thereof). I'm planning to give my routine a shake-up this year. I've been doing the same diet plan on and off for too long and I find that I bend (and break) the rules far too often, so I'm going to try something new. And I have really noticed a difference since getting closer to 30 - it's getting so much harder to lose weight. I'm going to re-focus on exercise and really try and get back into all those good habits that I've lost.

I've realised that when I'm dieting I get obsessive about being good, but when I'm not dieting I turn into something of a competitive eater. I really need to learn to find a balance between the two, because this way isn't really healthy. My goal for this year is the same as last - to lose 2 stone - but mostly it is to get back into good habits and conquer my issues with food.



Charlene - Writing this has made me realise that I haven't done amazingly with my weight loss. I've had ups and downs, and as it stands I've lost 8lbs from my starting weight. 8lbs over a year is nothing when you compare it to what the other girls have done, but if I'm honest I've gained a lot more body confidence lately which I am more than pleased with. I don't have a lot of weight to lose anyway (my goal has always been to tone up and have a flatter tummy rather than lose a lot of weight) but I've been working on how I feel about my body and I've accepted I'm always going to have curves and a wobbly bum and you know what? I'm happy with that. Moving on into 2012 I'd still like to lose a few lbs, get fit, tone up and eat a healthier diet but most importantly I want to feel good about myself.


Lucy - Will be updated soon!


So this sums up our journey over the last year, if you would like to be included in our pledgers round up post this week please tweet us your summary for inclusion.

24 comments:

  1. Sarah and Gem are truly my inspriation in weightwatchers, you make me want to succeed and do well. Like Gem I think i'll always be on ww my whole life as I need the structure and disipline in my life. But hopefully I will be able to mantain. Good luck in the future everyone!
    Sophie
    x

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  2. Great job ladies! Losing weight is always hard, never mind blogging about it so keep up the good work! I always enjoy seeing how everyone is doing and picking up tips and recipes.

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  3. Omg you girls are disappearing before my eyes!! Amazing work!! Sar you look more and more beautiful everytime I see an Instagram!!

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  4. Well done ladies - a year is an amazing achievement - you will all get there when you are ready to!

    Keep going xx

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  5. I'm in awe of how well gem has done! you all look beautiful and I'm proud to be a WAMK pledger. I have a WI in the morning but if I have lost 1lbs i will have lost 2st this year and 5st ish since my biggest weight x

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    1. Thanks Danielle, good luck for tomorrow!! xx

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  6. Great work girlies. You inspire me to remember that the most important thing is to stay positive. xx

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  7. You're all an inspiration and I only wish I could feel confident in my own skin! Wow, Sarah and Gemma, just WOW.

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  8. I can't believe its been a year since you started this blog! Massive well done to Sarah and Gemma, you can see from the photos not only how much weight you've lost but how much happier and more confident you both look. Big good luck for your goals for this year! x

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  9. It's amazing to see how far you've all come in a year! A massive hearty well done to you all. Long live Where Are My Knees!

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  10. A big hearty well done to you all. I can't believe that it's not only been a year since you started WAMK, but how far you've all come not just in weight-loss, but in what you've learned and how much more confident you all are. Definitely sending out healthy messages to women everywhere. Hip hip hooray!

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  11. Double (now triple) comment, sorry! Blogger is playing up a bit tonight isn't it?!

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  12. Well done girls :) I'm inspired.

    x

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  13. Absouetly fabulous post that has me grinning from ear to ear! Congraulation girls on your amazing achievements and heres to more in the future! xx

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  14. Wow! Good job ladies. Weight loss/ healthy lifestyles are all about ups and downs. Recording the downs are just as important because it lets the rest of us know that we are not alone and that weight loss is very much a day-to-day struggle.

    Keep it up and y'all can be so proud of yourselves!

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  15. Well done you are all massive inspirations :) keep going x

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  16. I am so proud of you all! Gem, you have done amazingly well and no matter what your weight, you will always be such a beautiful woman!

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    1. Aaaaw Bee :) I'm blushing, thank you xx

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  17. Very inspirational!

    Lulu
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  18. I'm on a diet and I'm working out too, so I find reading these kind of things really inspirational! You've done a good job! :)

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  19. this is such a great blog idea! x

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