How to lose weight without losing your mind

My slimming journey by Margaret Kazmierczak
Wait I want to lose weight

It’s happened, I have finally managed to lose weight without losing my mind! I know you thought I would lose my mind first and it’s been a close thing, but mind over weight has delivered (round of applause – thank you, dear readers, I appreciate it).

Last July I decided to take myself in hand – not easy when you’re size 18 and have a tiny hand span. Not even a foot would have fitted yet alone my buttock. Mind you I couldn’t see my feet to put it in my (oh never mind, enough of that!).

Looking in the mirror, I saw a bloated pregnant woman staring back which made me very uncomfortable.To keep the record straight, I have not been with child since the year 2000. However, my stomach has never recovered from my three pregnancies. Nor my mind come to that.

Busting out

My clothes were about as stretched as they could be – and some the elastic had bust due to overextension. I refused to buy any more and at the encouragement of my neighbour went to see the doctor as I knew I couldn’t lose weight on my own. My head needed a good talking to as I wouldn’t listen to myself. Packets of peanut m&m’s took pride of place in my ‘got to have’ diet along with fruit and nut chocolate. Mmmm chocolate. Yes, I admit my addition.

How to lose weight without losing my mind
Summer 2016, taking the weight off my feet.
Mind over weight

Facing prediabetes and other health issues the doctor agreed to sign me up to a slimming group. Being a stubborn old biddy I didn’t want anything to do with counting calories, or weighing as it is too much of a faff and life is for living and all that stuff. Oh, and I am naff cook too. My motto being if it moves shoot it and if it is dead cook it and give it an exotic name to conceal what it is. So if you ask for a menu idea, you do so at your own risk!

The doctor decided it wasn’t my mind that needed to diet as it spews out all sorts of rubbish about anything and everything, and kept it somewhat fit. My self-image and cholesterol, however, was another matter.

To keep up the impetus of beginning a new healthier lifestyle, I went to my first group meeting within a week of getting the go-ahead from my doctor. And I haven’t looked back since. Proper cooking confused my husband and adult children, and they decided I must be going through a mid-life crisis or at the very least suffering from early onset madness.

Fighting the flab

Over the following months, fat began to take flight, and my family realised this new version of mum could stay without being admitted to St Anne’s. The fly swat now has a different job, that of swiping any hands that go near my hifi bars and curly wurlys. I have become a passionate bear, growling at anyone that mentions or eats chocolate in front of me. My back up plan if this does not work is to stand child or hubby out in the cold holding a banana till either one freezes – I don’t mind which does first.

Gaining the goal

Seven months later and now a size 12 I can without a shadow of a doubt say that Slimming World works. I have lost my three stone and hit my target weight without losing my mind.

How to lose weight without losing my mind
This was my going away outfit I wore at my wedding in 1992. Here I am on 27 Feb 2018 able to fit into it again.

Two months ago though I might have decided otherwise. Those weeks when I lost a ½ pound or gained a bit only to end up at the same weight frustrated me no end. I didn’t want to go to the group. I wrote everything down, yes even the tiniest syn, ate lettuce and cabbage. Cleared out my intestines and passed wind like no tomorrow. I gave up rice and pasta and stuck to baked potatoes. Why? Because I found out that rice held the water in the system and bloated my stomach, and pasta just annoyed me with its different shapes and sizes. I wanted to be a small Maccheroni, not a Conchiglie or Lumache. No I didn’t say lummock thank you very much – cor readers these days you just cant get the staff!

And then it happened today, to my great surprise, the words you’ve lost three stone. I had intended on saying farewell to my friends and fellow weight losers – yes I was that close. The crime really would have been not saying anything and just leaving, and I owed my consultant more than that. In fact, I owed all of the group members more than that with their encouragement and banter. Never underestimate the support of the group. YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

So here I am intact, slimmer, trimmer and the best weight I have been since April 1993 before I became pregnant with my eldest.

How to lose weight without losing my mind
I am so proud of myself.
What can I boast about?

In hindsight doing Slimming World has been the best decision I have made. It has encouraged me to:

Fight with the rabbit for food (hang on we don’t have a rabbit!)

Learn what a saucepan is.

Spray fry the cat when she is clawing the sofa.

Use every dish in the cupboard and leave them for my husband to wash up!

On the minus side Slimming World has helped me:

Throw away my size 18 clothes.

Lose three stone.

Become a loser.

Make friends with other losers.

If I were a drinker, I would say raise your glasses to the new bunny of the pack. And then tell the Michelin Man to buzz off as I don’t need tyres any longer.

Slimming World has definitely help me lose weight without losing my mind. And the journey is only beginning. Now I have to keep on target and that is a whole new ball game.

My success is your success as we are in this together. Thank you all for your support.

Keep trying, keep laughing, and keep sane.


Author: Margaret Kazmierczak

For over fifty years I have laughed and cried through my life – it has been exciting, exhausting, emotional, challenging and infuriating. No one gave me a map or a ‘How to get out of stressful situations’ manual, to help me on my journey. Instead, it has been God and me, His Word and my mistakes. So let’s cut to the chase, I am a wife and mother of three almost adult children! I live in the South of England and dislike the rainy climate. Yes, it looks green but so does my face with little sunshine! With many occupations under my belt, I now spend my time writing – for my blog which includes book reviews, interviews some humorous pieces and a book called "How to Make Victoria Sponge." I also have some devotionals in a multi-author book "Heartwings Devotional. My life is hectic; I am disorganised, and God continually sorts me out. I hope my words bring you hope, comfort and laughter as I sit here in my dining room praying for inspiration and for the cat to get off my laptop!

13 thoughts on “How to lose weight without losing your mind”

  1. Congratulations, Margaret! I know it is tough to do. I so happy for you that you were able to stick to it!

    Let me know if you accept awards. I would like to nominate you for the Liebster award. I’ll have more information about it on my blog later today.

    Congrats, again!


    1. Hi Robbie, thank you so much for your lovely comments. I have never had an award before so if I qualify then great please go ahead. I have not heard of the Liebster award. Thank you for your ongoing support. 🙂 Love and blessings Margaret x

        1. Margaret,

          Somehow your name was deleted from my post. I hove updated it, with a little note under it! I’m sorry it wasn’t on the original post.

          Blessings, my friend!

          1. Margaret, I’m so sorry! I sent an answer 5 times and it apprently never went through! (Hence my blog on where did things go, LOL!)
            There is no hurry whatsoever. I got this some time back and am just now responding, plus I have several others I still haven’t responded to!
            Don’t worry if you don’t have time to respond, either. I know what it’s like!

  2. Hooray! Well done, Margaret! So proud of you. If it weren’t for you, I wouldn’t be a SW loser either. Although I’m not having much success, I’m still aiming for my first 5 pounds. I don’t need to lose but 10, so they can be such a challenge. But I go to my group faithfully and keep trying. I think if we get real groups here to actually attend, things will go much better. We still just have online meetings. Anyway, I appreciate your enthusiasm and wish you a slim life forever after, dear friend! ???

    1. Thank you so much, Karen, for your support and encouragement. It’s a shame that SW does not do actual groups in the USA. Apparently, it was trialled sometime back but the competition from so many other weight loss groups made it unworkable. I will do my best to maintain as I love my new figure. Just got to keep my head in the right place and not go back to those bad eating habits. Maintaining is a challenge and fortunately, there are quite a few target members in our group who go each week to help keep themselves on track. You are a joy to have as a friend and I know you will conquer those pounds. Love and blessings 🙂

  3. Thank you for sharing your delightful blog post with us! Well done! You look marvelous! I enjoy your wonderful sense of humor!

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