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A Better Christmas with A Better Me! ... Weigh-in 3!

Week 3! Its coming a lot faster than you realised isn't it?! 


This weeks guest post is by a Weight Watchers leader who has 'been-there-done-that-and -has-the-tshirt' ... her website is just brilliant and if you follow her on Facebook you already ready know that the recipes and food pics she posts are delicious! She is one of the most motivational people out there... and when you're stuck or struggling she's got the right words and the right shoes to kick you in the butt! She's just brilliant! 


For those lucky enough to live near her, she runs cookery classes... check out her site link below or better yet drool like the rest of us on a Monday when all the pics go live... 
Verette can be found here... 



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Christmas... Before & After 

By Verette from A Better Me

I was chuffed to be asked by Skinny Doll to write a little blog post for her Christmas Challenge and of course I immediately said yes count me in. I had a think long and hard about what to write and given that it’s a Christmas theme I thought I might as well tell you about a really bad Christmas party that I attended in my “heavier” life and how I view Christmas now in my “slimmer” life!

My before! 



11 years ago I was almost 15 stone weight, not good when you’re only 5 foot 3 and as with most overweight people I’m sure, I used to break out in a sweat when I would get an invitation to something as the first thought was always “I have nothing to wear”. Truth was I had tons of clothes but nothing fit and all the tents I did wear were definitely not suitable for the Christmas party that I had just been invited to. So rather than decline yet another invitation because of my weight, I decided to borrow a dress and attend that party, even though it was the last thing I wanted to do. Best decision I ever made actually because that night was the turning point for me. 



I arrived at the party where of course everyone in the room looked sparkly and beautiful and there was me in my borrowed dress and not alone was that too tight for me but for some insane reason I decided to wear a choker too (Trust me they were a thing at the time) but trust me too when I tell you, that you should never ever wear a choker when you have more than one chin! All I wanted to do that night was hide but obviously in a room full of people that’s not easy, so I did what I did a lot then and focused on the food. When was it going to be served and how much could I eat without bursting out of that dress?

While I was shoving down my emotions with food that evening I overheard a lady beside me (gorgeous figure, beautiful dress, no choker) talking about how busy her life was. Two kids same as me, working part-time same as me, straight hair same as me, only thing it seemed she had that I didn’t was a slim body. While I sat there and listened, I had my light bulb moment. That lady had a very similar life to mine but she obviously worked hard at staying a healthy weight where as I used my busy life as an excuse not to. I decided there and then that I would not be in a borrowed dress for the Christmas party the following year and at the beginning of January I joined Weight Watchers.

My after!



I lost 4 and a half stone that year, it took me 51 weeks to do that , I always say I took the scenic route as I felt it was a slow burn , a pound here a pound there, but would I change that? Hell no! I’ve maintained that weight loss bar a few pounds up or down for almost 11 years now. I can say hand on my heart that I will never be that girl again that sat at a party and was more interested in the food then the company. Christmas is very different for me now. I’m still busy, busier than ever actually but the difference now is that I’ve learned how to manage my life better , how to prioritise my health and eating habits , how to know when enough is enough and still in all of that how to enjoy the magic that is Christmas. I love all the sparkle, I love the twinkly lights, I love coming home to a big fire after a long walk on a cold and crispy day. I still love the food but its cooked in a much healthier way and even then it’s not nearly as important as the people in my life. Family and not food is what Christmas is, and should always be, about. 




Thanks for reading and I hope you get your Christmas wish this year!

Verette x


See what I mean about AMAZING inspirational people out there!?! Verette asked me to choose one of the after pics but I just couldn't, she looks so fabulous in both of them! 



Rocking around the Christmas tree is exactly what will be happening with you lot... as this went to post there's a group loss of 163.5lbs! 3 people hitting the half stone loss already and many others really REALLY close to it! Christmas crackers on the way!!! Chart below!!! 

Remember if I've missed your weigh-in, just let me know, some slip through the cracks and I think I'm very organised and I've done them and I haven't! eek!!! 




Have an amazing week! x

56 comments

  1. Unfortunately like urself dis wk Skinny Doll... Up 1lb but lookin 4ward 2 another good loss next wk! ��

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  2. I'm down 1 1/2 this week.

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  3. Down 3.5lbs this week Doll, and got my 13th stone! :D made a bold move and bought my Christmas Day outfit in a size smaller! Amazing post x

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    1. woo hoo!!!! You're an inspiration! 13st! That's 2 Victoria beckams! LOL xxx thrilled for you!

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  4. Up 1.5... And I'll be up again next week just out of surgery on my jaw and food i can eat is limited! Once I'm better, I'll be back on the wagon

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    1. Put your health first and worry about the diet later... once you're better you can go at it with full gusto... Mind yourself x

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  5. Down 2 this week.

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  6. I can see why Verette is such an inspiration to you Doll..
    Great post Verette... a lot of things ring true for me.
    Down 1.5lbs this week

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  7. Hi I know I'm late but can I participate in the 12 week christmas challenge please? :)

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  8. Up 2, doing really bad but think I'm back on track for next week

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    1. Just don't give up or you'll be right back where you started! x

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  9. Down 2.5lbs this week. Delighted.

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    1. Excellent! Half a pound away from a half stone! Woo hoo! x

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  10. Down 1lb this week....great inspirational story by Verette.

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    1. Isn't she great! I might have missed your previous weigh ins, let me know if I have x Well done! x

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  11. Down 1lb this week...happy to be heading the right direction again

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    1. Excellent! pound a week is the perfect way to lose it! x

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  12. Molly k here up nothing down nothing. 0 lbs!!

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    1. If only I'd have a STS the same this week! well done x

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  13. Ck here- up .5, but apparently it was 5 weeks since I'd weighed, so I was happy with that! Will have that and more gone by next week!

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    1. after 5 weeks that's awesome! clearly you're making good decisions! x

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    1. no no no... no sad faces! You weren't up and it will show if you were good! Hang in there x

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  15. Up 0.5lbs this week - haven't lost yet during the challenge - absolute nightmare I am! I've gone back to basics, all the books are out, the magazines, the recipes, tracking and getting out in that crisp autumn weather is the plan. I have promised myself that enough is enough and 9 weeks to Christmas will still make a huge difference, as my WW leader said this week - if we didn't keep coming to class we'd more than likely be up 9lbs after Christmas and that is definitely not where I will be.

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    1. I'd be lost without my class... it makes me accountable and the tips I get are great! PLUS if I didn't go ... I'd think I was able to do it by myself and I can't! I need the support! Imagine giving up now and facing the damage in January... I couldn't cope! x

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  16. Hey Doll down another two this week :) enjoy the lallalaaa long weekend

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  17. Up 1Ib
    Ness dakota

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  18. Up 3lbs... but I had an unreal week! ;-)

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    1. worth every pro point! then s'all good! Lifes too short for this diet lark! x

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  19. I lost 2lb last week - thanks Yvonne F

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  20. I had a STS. Now I'm having an awful week :(

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    1. Stick with it... forget the junk for today... we all have bad weeks ... just don't give up x

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  21. stayed the same this week but im ok with that x

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  22. Up 1.5 for week 3. Had a terrible week, trying to get back into the right head space, when will I learn that I CAN NOT BUY MULTIPACKS OF JUNK. I swear to god I need to tattoo it on my hands.

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    1. you don't need them... and the boys (big and small!) don't need them... *slaps wrist* write a shopping list and stick to it... it's so hard with all the halloween goodies! Think of xmas.. xxx

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  23. Hi Doll
    Week 2 was a bad week for me, up 2lb :(
    Week 3 was better, down 1lb
    Back on track for week4, hoping for another loss this week!!

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    1. excellent! bad week is done and dusted.. forget it and focus on how well you're doing now! x

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  24. Jelliebellie here.same this week but im really happy cos i went MAD this weekend but tons of exercise and water saved me!

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    1. see I love these posts.. I love that people can have a good weekend and balance it out! well done! x

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  25. Love your blog , I'm one of the lucky ones who has verette as my ww leader . She is amazing ! I was down another 2 pounds tonight . That's a loss of 13 pounds in 7 weeks and only 8 more pounds till I reach my goal , which I know I can do with verette's help . I even managed to slip back into my lovely size 12 jumper dress . Just in time for the colder evenings :-) happy days ! Some day soon it could even be a size 10 I'm slipping into who knows ! Feeling so much better about my self . Nothing tastes as good as being slimmer feels !

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  26. I just want to clarify 24/10 I wS up 2 lb and this week 30/10 down 2 1/2, hope that's clear for us thanks

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  27. I have put on 4 this week, as I was eating out near every day as was on holiday (teacher).. I also have the ~Weight Watchers Fashion show this Friday :( best of luck this week. Joanne N

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