How to lose weight without losing your mind

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.


How to derail my crazy life

How to derail my crazy life

Last July I wanted to know how to derail my crazy life. I didn’t want another tomorrow struggling. I yelled out imploring someone to give me the key to this knowledge. Alright, smart-aleck don’t tell me the answer is 42 as I won’t believe you. Computers lie!

My slimming world journey by Margaret Kazmierczak

So looking in the mirror back then, I sensed that “over the hill feeling” as I am onto my last year in my fifties. Or at least that is what my body kept telling me. I am not listening. Bodies lie trust me!

Then my mind told me I am too tired to try. Don’t buy into that either – minds can lie too.

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Genuine life secrets that will help you lose weight


My secret? Do you remember the adverts that start with this phrase and end up with a miraculous conclusion?  All you need is some expensive cream, and all your wrinkles will disappear. Yeah right!

Six secrets for helping you lose weight
My secret? I don’t use any face cream!
  • When my kids were babies, I only used Vaseline for their bottoms, and they were always rash free – it was cheap and cheerful.
  • Popular advertising at the time told me that I needed Sudacream to produce the perfect result.
  • Did I succumb – not on your nelly, I knew what worked and stuck to my guns.
Weight I have news for you.

I hit a high spot this week – yes that is right, and I am very proud of myself.

Time marches on too quickly

Is it me or are the days rolling into one – Lettuce see, is it Thursday or Friday? Are you serious, it can’t be Friday? I have lost a day! This post ought to have been out earlier; I do apologize.

Six life secrets

Six secrets to slimming

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Warning: remove this assassin from your life now

That assassin is lurking again; he doesn’t show his face anymore. Instead, he hides in my subconscious waiting for the right moment to attack. He loves my mirror image, but I hate my reflection staring back at me.

“Look at that stomach; it’s larger than a humpback whale!”

Hitting where it hurts

Talk about below the belt. I am trying right – but the assassin loves to criticise.

Did you know a baby humpback whale weighs 1 ½ tons when it’s born?

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Gee if I weighed that much I would look like a blob – hardly very flattering. But the assassin doesn’t do flattery! He can be cruel with his words and will take no prisoners.

Have you heard him recently?

The assassin strikes

Before I started Slimming World, there were many comments thrown my way by the inner voice. So many in fact that I felt crushed by their constant attacks.

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That uncontrollable feeling of not being in charge, of desperation that accompanied those hurtful words. I couldn’t break free.

The assassin had me by the short and curlies.

Have you felt like that?

That blob feeling

Well, I did feel like a blob if I am honest – that overwhelming tiredness that hung to my every move. My arms and legs doubled for two full barrels of beer; only I didn’t get to enjoy the contents! The haziness of my mind blurred the day to day joys and left me a victim of my bed. The assassin lurked too close for comfort laughing as I struggled.

I felt so alone.

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Do you know what changed?

Taking control

Slowly I began to push away from the assassin’s control. I refused to hear his debilitating voice. Instead, I looked in the mirror and saw someone beautiful, overweight – yes, but underneath the exterior image, a stunning woman of great character shone through.

A simple solution?

So I asked for help. Simple as that – although it wasn’t that simple. I don’t do requests for help. I am a manager, except I wasn’t managing. It was my neighbour who triggered my need. She came to ask for a favour, and before I knew it, we did an exchange – I would look after her cats for a few days, and she would come for a walk with me when I felt able.

It was the key that turned the lock, which unlocked the door, that introduced me to my road of recovery.

A simple trade-off.

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The decision to change

Our walks were limited but the results remarkable. Criticism took a nose dive, and daily encouragement accompanied us. Then lifestyle became a constant companion, and we talked honestly about how my life could change for the better.

Support is key

I embraced it and Lettuce too, and the benefits are showing daily as I get stronger and lose a pound here and there. However, it is the support that cements the relationship and having that laugh each week at Slimming World spurs me on.

To my assassin, I say “clear off.”

Humpback whale indeed!

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Oh, I forgot about the weigh in, this week I lost 1 ½ pounds.  That makes a total of 9 ½ pounds altogether – I am so happy.

How about you dear reader, do you have something that stops you from living that life you deserve?