It doesn’t come off any quicker just because I’m fat!


One of the main gripes I have with people knowing that I’m following a diet (in this case Slimming World) is that they instantly judge me. They look at my face, my hands and then my body, looking me up and down and then seem to make a snapshot judgment that I have lost weight because ‘it’s easier to lose weight when you’re fat’. It’s simple, you could be morbidly obese on the BMI scales, you start eating less and the weight just drops off you. I wish I could scream in their face and tell them it’s not that easy.

It’s a very sensitive subject if I’m honest. I’ve been overweight for as long as I can remember. Probably accelerated by a few shit years as a teenager trying to fit in and failing miserably with low self esteem and confidence. Those years I refer to were over 15 years ago but they still feel as raw as yesterday when I hear people talking about my weight and how easy it is to lose it.  I feel like I have to put up the walls and defend myself. It’s not easy to lose weight. It’s bloody hard work at times, planning ahead and making the right decisions. Saying “no” to a chocolate biscuit or a meal out because you know you need to stay focused and on track. It’s not as easy as sewing your mouth up and going cold turkey on literally everything that tastes nice and has calories. I’m rambling but just need to get it off my chest that just because I have more than a few stone to lose, it’s easy to lose weight. That is so not the case (for me anyway!)

This week at Slimming World, I lost 1.5lb. I’ve now lost 23.5lb over 9 weeks and I’m starting to see differences in myself now. My legs are getting slimmer, as is my face and I feel less bloated. I don’t feel like my double chin is sitting on my chest anymore but I have a long way to go. I want to lose 3 stone in total by the new year so need to stay on track, plan our meals and make wise choices. I want to lose 19lb over the next 10 weeks so that’s 2lb per week minimum. Lots of hurdles to get over in the next couple of months but I’m going to try and get over them as best as I can.

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  • Reply Emily g

    Oh Em, you’re doing so well and it’s all down to your commitment and determination. People will always say things, more as a reflection of themselves. Keep going x x

    08/10/2014 at 10:55 pm
  • Reply Linz M

    I am totally with you here. The assumption that any kind of weight loss is easier, the fatter you are, gets me so angry. Keep going lady, you’re doing brilliantly!


    09/10/2014 at 8:27 am
    • Reply Emma Shilton

      Doesn’t it just p*ss you off Linz? I wish it was that easy! Inspired by you again, you’re doing brilliantly too xx

      09/10/2014 at 9:36 pm
  • Reply Lucy Bishop

    Great post honey & you’re doing so well. :-) You’ll absolutely ace your 3 stone target before you know it. I encountered all of the same frustrations as you when I was bigger, and just had to learn to ignore ignore ignore ignorant comments and lack of support and just concentrate on staying focussed. Now I’m beginning to encounter the jealousy & “don’t lose too much weight” “you’ll look ill” comments at the other end of the journey & it’s equally as annoying. Thick skin and a strong desire to achieve your goal is the best armour you can have. :-) big love xxxx

    09/10/2014 at 8:37 am
    • Reply Emma Shilton

      Thank you Mrs B, wise words as usual. Thank you xxx

      09/10/2014 at 9:32 pm
  • Reply Hannah

    2lbs a week isn’t impossible. It sometimes sounds like a lot especially if you just lose a half one week but don’t fret. It is possible. My goal is to get to target by Christmas which is around 14lbs. I’m about to go get Jaxon weighed so we’re walking there then walking back past the house to go to the supermarket in the opposite direction. I am going to be naughty and have a blueberry muffin today as Jaxon is 3 months old (me and my bestie started a tradition when Jaxon was born and now it’s being carried on, calories and all!). We’re then off to Hobbycraft. My plan is to park slightly further away from the door than the parent and child spaces and then walk back to the store. Could be a challenge but I am willing to accept it!

    09/10/2014 at 8:59 am
    • Reply Emma Shilton

      Thanks Hannah, great work on the exercise and I’m loving the blueberry muffin treat x

      09/10/2014 at 9:30 pm
  • Reply claire

    im sooooo proud of you, ill see you on the 21st as im rejoining, we can do it chick,
    we both know we can.
    let me know if theres any zumba etc if you want to try fit something else in on a week night xxx

    09/10/2014 at 9:39 pm
    • Reply Emma Shilton

      ohhh yay!!! We can do this together and we will!! I’ll send you a message xx

      09/10/2014 at 9:48 pm
  • Reply Donna

    You are doing fantastically, keep going Emma! xx

    09/10/2014 at 10:40 pm
    • Reply Emma Shilton

      Thanks for your support Donna, hugely appreciated xx

      09/10/2014 at 10:51 pm
  • Reply Emma lander

    Oh you poor thing. You’re doing so well my love. When I get down I binge yet you sound so focused. Sod what anyone else thinks they’re just mean. You’re going to be a sexy skinny mini for Christmas. Keep it up xxxxx

    10/10/2014 at 6:19 am
  • Reply Kelly

    gosh, I e not heard this but it’s sounds both insensitive and rude! I’ve been following your progress over on IG and you’ve been doing so well. Don’t let the haters get you down x

    10/10/2014 at 12:33 pm
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