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Preparing for a Hen Do with Fibromyalgia

I'm not going to lie, I've got an insanely busy few months coming up. As someone who is used to spending a lot of time alone, this is genuinely so different to my normal life, but I'm so happy about it! I did a quick post earlier this year going over some of the things I've got going on this year, so I thought I'd share some posts about how I'm preparing for these with regards to my fibro.
First up I've got two hen do weekends for two amazing bride to be's this year. I am so excited and crazily happy that I've been asked to attend. I've got one in Benidorm and one in Leeds, and they're both going to be jam packed with activities to make it an unreal time. But with this comes a lot of preparation on my end, to make sure I know I can have a fantastic weekend without a dreaded fibro flare. Whilst I'm fully expecting to need a bit of recovery after, I'd like to try and make it through both weekends without a flare up.
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My Weight Loss Journey So Far

If you follow me on instagram or twitter, you'll see me posting a lot about my SlimmingWorld journey. I joined SlimmingWorld on the 2nd January 2018, after months of trying it at home and completely failing because I had no motivation. I decided that officially joining and having somewhere to go for advice and instruction would be better for me.

To say I started as a complete novice in the kitchen would be an understatement - at Uni, I lived on Pasta n Sauce or takeaways. I tried branching out with chilli, spag bol and stir frys, but it was always out of the packet or jar and pre chopped veg. So I was pretty worried about how it would all work out but I was pleasantly surprised and quite proud of myself!

I decided to join SlimmingWorld to help with my self esteem and body confidence. I'm quite tall, so I hide my weight quite well, but I felt like something needed to be done. I was also very conscious of how my health was affecting my fibromyalgia, in my post here I discuss how it took me a while to even know I had anything wrong thanks to the student life! I'd never been one for having veg with all my meals so knew I wasn't filling my body with what it needed. The student life really did take a toll on me, I was eating so many takeaways and going out for food all the time, it was ridiculous, and because I was no longer able to exercise the way I used to, I had nothing to counter act it all.

To say that there's been a massive change in me would be an understatement! I feel so much more confident, I'm buying clothes that I've always eyed up in the shops but never had the confidence to wear before. I've tried plenty of diets before, ones where you have all your food sent to you, or really strict ones where you're only allowed half a grape or something for breakfast. I'd lose the weight, but as soon as I finished the diet it would creep back on and then some! The best thing about SlimmingWorld is it's a lifestyle change more than a diet, so I know I'll be able to keep this weight off easier. I'll be cooking SlimmingWorld meals all the time, because they're so easy to make, they taste so nice and they're so healthy!

So far, I've lost 1st 9lbs, which I'm still amazed at! I had 3 weeks off over my birthday where I gained 4lbs, but considering how much crap I ate, I was expecting closer to a stone if I'm honest! I'm back to losing again though and I knew I would gain so I wasn't too disheartened by the gain, I knew once I was back to 100% food optimising it would come back off. The way I look at weight loss now has completely changed too, another thing I'm thankful for. My target was to lose 2st, so I'm not too far off!

One thing that I think has really helped me get to this point is that I allow myself a treat day after I weigh in on a Saturday morning. It means I can see my friends and family and not be worrying about where we're going for food if its SW friendly or not! It also means when I'm sat Monday to Friday 100% on plan and I start thinking about takeaways or all the food that definitely isn't SW friendly, rather than be tempted to cheat on the diet right then and there, I tell myself 'ooh I'll treat myself to that on Saturday night'. It's something to look forward to and means I won't cave during the week. I know for some people it doesn't work for them having a day (or sometimes two if I give myself Sunday off too) of cheat meals, but it's worked for me and it's kept me going! Some weekends though I still have a SlimmingWorld tea on the Saturday - I especially love the Chinese Chicken Curry from SlimmingEats, it tastes just like a takeaway!

I know some people don't like when other people say they're proud of themselves, but honestly, I really am. And I think I have every right to be! I went back to look for some photos to share, and I realised I never really take full length photos, but I did find some and when I compared my before and after photos, I genuinely couldn't believe it. I've noticed my weight loss in my clothes but struggled to really see it in the mirror, so when I looked at these photos I got such a shock. I would never normally share photos like this but I'm so happy at how far I've come and I think it will be good for keeping me motivated too.

My Before and After photos on SlimmingWorld

That first photo was taken at my works Christmas party. I really loved that dress and felt so comfortable in it, but looking at it next to the photo taken before I headed to see Ed Sheeran, I can really see a difference. When you're trying to lose weight, it's sometimes really hard to stay at it as you start to question whether it's even working, but now I know that all my hard work has paid off. I think everyone can see such a difference in me with how much happier I am now, and I feel so much better in myself too. 

So that's where I'm at on my weight loss journey! Not too far off finishing, and I'm so happy with how far I've come (I know I'm saying how happy I am a lot, but I really am just SO happy).

I love reading about peoples weight loss journeys and Slimming World successes, it's so motivating and just great seeing how peoples lives have changed! So feel free to share any of your posts or stories in the comments, or send me some links on Twitter (@xx_abbeyy), I'd love to read them! 


  1. You have done so well and I can't believe the difference in your pics! Thanks for sharing on CIB thread - I have included this link on PainPals regular feature Monday Magic Inspiring Blogs for You! Claire x

    1. Thank you so much! Looking in the mirror I struggle to see it still so I'm pleased I put that photo together, it's upped my confidence even more! And that is great, thank you so much x

  2. Wow Abbey! You look amazing! You can really notice the different, go girl! I think a treat day is a fabulous idea as you never feel like anything is off limits. Thank you for sharing your inspirational journey! xx

    Bexa |

    1. Thank you so much! Having my treat day definitely makes getting through the week so much easier, I'm less likely to cave and now I'm just used to it! x


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