New mum Becky hated family photos. Now she’s embraced Slimming World Free Foods, lost 3st 10.5Ibs, and stepped out from behind the camera!’
Like every new mum, I was rarely seen without my camera. It was always in my hand, ready to catch all those magical moments that a baby brings. But while I was keen to capture all my daughter Summer’s special firsts, I made sure that I remained firmly behind the lens. Even at Summer’s Christening, I hid from the camera, and we only have one family photo from that lovely day to look back on.
I’d never had to worry about my weight before I fell pregnant with Summer. Then a combination of stopping smoking and breaking my foot meant that I was eating more and moving less, so I gained a lot more weight during pregnancy than I expected. They say that things come in threes, and that was definitely the case with the reasons why my weight crept up to 13st 5Ibs.
Discovering Slimming World Free Foods
Of course, the kind of food that I was eating played a big part in the number that I saw on the scales. Juggling my job as a legal secretary with life as a busy mum meant that grab-and-go convenience foods made up my daily menu, alongside the never-ending chocolate and cakes that my colleagues brought to work. Breakfast was a fast food breakfast muffin on the way to work and lunch was also fast food, from anywhere that I could quickly get to in my lunch break. For dinner I would go for the easiest option, which was usually a jar of sauce with pasta or a frozen pizza that I could throw in the oven.
“As a busy working mum, I didn’t feel like I had the time or energy to cook from scratch.”
I definitely didn’t feel like the fun, active new mum that I wanted to be. Another thing in the back of my mind was the shiny ring on my wedding finger. After being engaged for years, Jamie and I had finally set a date for our wedding, and I wanted to look my absolute best on our wedding day.
I was desperate to lose weight but I hated the way that other diets left me hungry. Then I discovered Slimming World Free Foods and learnt that I could eat well and enjoy food, while still losing weight.
Ditching the diet pills, shakes and hunger
Unfortunately, Slimming World wasn’t the first diet plan that I tried. I followed a plan where meals were replaced with diet pills and shakes, as well as a plan that restricts the kinds of foods that you’re eating – even fruit was forbidden! I found both of these diets way too restrictive and I felt incredible hungry while following them. Fad diets were never going to work for me.
The difference with Slimming World is that I never ever feel hungry. Slimming World Free Foods are the foundation of the healthy eating plan – and the reason why they’re called Free Foods is because you can eat them in unlimited quantities, with absolutely no restrictions. I’m a huge pasta fan, and I couldn’t believe it when I discovered that pasta is on the Free Foods list! I’ve stopped buying the processed jars of sauce and healthy pasta recipes are now one of my favourite things to cook – we’ll often have a healthy pasta bake or Slimming World lasagne for dinner.
“Slimming World Free Foods really satisfy my appetite. I never feel hungry!”
Slimming World recipes have inspired me to cook from scratch much more. They’re so quick and easy that I don’t need to rely on the frozen ‘shove it in the oven’ convenience food anymore. Another thing that sets Slimming World apart from the other diet plans that I’ve tried is that the recipes are family friendly, which is definitely not something that can be said about diet pills and meal replacement shakes.
My family now eats healthy meals cooked from fresh, instead of quick and easy rubbish with no nutritional value. This gives me great peace of mind as a mum. I didn’t have any vegetables in my daily diet until I was inspired by the huge variety on the Slimming World Free Foods list. Now I’ve fallen in love with veg, although I do have to hide them in a dish to get the kids onboard. One of our family favourites is a big breakfast bake – which is bacon, beans, mushrooms, spinach and egg, all topped with cheese and baked in the oven. This really sets us up for the day, so lunch is something lighter like a soup or Slimming World quiche. Then it’s a trusty healthy pasta recipe, or a homemade Chinese or Indian fakeaway for dinner
Three lovely life changes
By the time Summer was running around as a lively preschooler, I’d lost 3st and was much more able to chase after her. Just like there were three things that contributed to my weight gain, there have been three fantastic ways that my life has changed since losing weight.
First, Jamie and I finally tied the knot in 2017. I’d reached my target weight of 9st 9Ibs and even had to have my dress altered a second time to suit my new slimline shape. I felt incredible on the day, which was a happy contrast to how I felt on our last special occasion, Summer’s Christening.
“This time, I was happy to let our photographer get lots of shots for our wedding album.”
Then our second child, Harry, came along exactly nine months later! I continued to Food Optimise through my pregnancy and I put on much less weight (2st 10Ibs) than I had with Summer. I was back at my target weight so quickly that people couldn’t believe that little Harry belonged to me!
I also ditched the desk job to become a Slimming World Consultant, so now I get to teach others all about how fantastic Slimming World Free Foods are, and help them to make their own amazing life changes.
Best of all, I’ve rediscovered the confidence that I lost as a new mum. Now I’m a happy, active mummy, dancing around the house with Summer and running around after Harry. I still love capturing all those childhood magic moments, and now I’m happy to be in all those special family shots. I’ve stepped out from behind the camera and it feels amazing!
On 5th November I am re-launching the Tuesday 9am Bentley Slimming World group having passed my second licence interview to take on this group permanently. I am so excited to have the opportunity to help and inspire more members to help them reach their own target weight.