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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 SlimmingWorld Journey | My Non-Scale Victories

If you've read my first SlimmingWorld post you'll know I've been on a journey to lose 2 stone. Well I'm officially a SlimmingWorld Target member! I was so pleased to hit my 2 stone target, but as important as what the scales read for me is, there's quite a few bits and pieces that I've achieved that I think are actually more important! You can't always trust what the scales tell you, I'm tall so that always adds a bit of weight, and once you start building muscle you might think you're putting on weight even though your measurements will be reducing. Because of this, I thought I'd put together a quick list of all the 'non scale victories' I've had since starting SlimmingWorld.

1. My clothes fit better
This was what made me feel like I needed to lose weight, I was struggling to fit into a lot of my clothes, more specifically a pair of blue trousers I bought last summer for work. I went up a size but they were still pretty snug, as in they wouldn't have survived if I ever needed to lunge in them (not that I lunge at work very often!) so I put off wearing them as I was just so embarrassed at how tight they had gotten. Well, once summer rolled around again this year, I got them back out and they actually were way too big! I went a couple of months wearing them with a belt but even then they just felt so uncomfortably big, so I treated myself to some lovely khaki trousers, in my usual size and with some wiggle room to spare too. My bottom half is definitely my biggest area and probably always will be so I do often need to go up a size so I was just incredibly happy to fit into my usual size with no problems.

2. More adventurous with my clothes
Okay, I still don't get my belly out or anything but I bought a slightly cropped top which was something I would have never worn. I have so many bits and pieces in my wardrobe now that I would have never even looked at because I never had the confidence to try them. This victory is definitely no good for my bank balance but I went so long not buying any new clothes and feeling frumpy and sad in what I did have, I don't mind too much splashing out for once and genuinely being happy in what I wear.
My ever so slightly cropped top with high waisted jeans. Still pretty covered up but I can guarantee I wouldn't have worn this top before!

3. Feeling healthier
Back at uni I lived on takeaways, and then once I started working full time I would often treat myself to crisps and chocolate on a Friday just for getting through the week. I'd never think about what I was eating so would often just go mad at lunch, plus extravagant meals on a weekend with friends and family. Now I'm full on 'speed' fruit and veg, and everything I put into my body is healthy and really tasty (with a day off on the weekend). Without stepping on the scales or looking in the mirror I can feel the difference in myself health wise. I was at my worst fibro wise at uni when I was living on takeaways, but I've seen a serious improvement in my fibro which I'm pleased about. 

4. Learning to cook
Before SlimmingWorld, my skills in the kitchen were basically non-existent. It's what put me off SlimmingWorld the first time but considering I'm now an adult and will have to live on my own at some point soon, it was about time I learned. I've actually really impressed myself with my cooking, not to blow my own trumpet but I make some decent meals (all thanks to the amazing SW website and the many different SW bloggers that I follow sharing their fab recipes of course) and so far they've all been edible and have tasted quite nice! My preferences for my SW recipes are SlimmingEats and Pinch of Nom. 

5. Feeling more confident
My confidence has been slowly creeping up ever since my break up 2 years ago, but then starting my SW journey has really sped it up! I mean, I'm still pretty shy, I always will be, but not nearly as shy as I used to be. There's so many things I've done, or have planned to do, that I never would have considered before now. I'm also looking forward to my holiday to Florida - I would have felt so self conscious before, but now I'm looking forward to planning all of my outfits in the parks. 

It's so important to recognise your non-scale victories because there's so many different factors that come into play when you're trying to lose weight. I think these are also probably the first things you notice as well! Why not share your non-scale victories below? I'd love to hear them!

Abbey xx

Also, a quick note here: I was very late with posting this. So late in fact that I have a post coming up all about me losing my way on SlimmingWorld and going above target weight. If you follow me on instagram you might have been looking at my stories full of food wondering how I'm staying on plan - basically, I wasn't. Keep your eyes peeled for my next post all about how I lost my motivation and how I plan on getting it back.


  1. Great post Abbey I think it’s super critical to see the overall picture when embarking on any journey especially relating to weight loss. These are great wins to keep you motivated. Ps don’t worry about falling off plan, we all do it - you probably just needed a pause before continuing - don’t give up!

    1. It really is, I know a lot of people (including myself) start their weight loss journey just to change the numbers on the scales but you realise there's so much more to it than that! I think because of these non-scale victories I don't feel too bad about falling off plan, because although the scales have changed, these wins haven't! Thanks so much for commenting :)


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