I LOST 28lbs with Slimpod but just as importantly, I’ve learned to like myself! That was the message I got the other day from a lovely lady called Alex Fenn. She went on: “If I could say one thing to anyone who thinks they can’t do diets…DO SLIMPOD! It works from the head not the stomach, the support is great and I can’t thank Sandra and the team enough. You have changed my life x.”
That really brought a lump to my throat, as you can imagine. So I contacted Alex and when she then emailed me her full story I was so moved that I just have to share it with you all.
I’m sure you’ll agree it’s one of the most inspiring stories you can imagine – and one that will strike a chord with so many people.
Alex is rightly proud that she can now say “I lost 28lbs.” And that’s just the start. So far she’s gone from a size 20/22 to a 16/18.
This is her story exactly as she wrote it:
“It all starts back in the 80s when I remember being constantly warned I must eat or I would be anorexic. This left me terrified of diets and skewed my ideas of healthy eating.
“I had no control over my food as a child, it was whatever my mum put out for us. But as soon as I left home, my eating habits became shocking – as I could have what I wanted and I soon learned to eat my feelings.
“By the early 90s I was married, was eating for two and hating my lot in life. After my divorce I leaned on food even more – though I was still not fat, I no longer cared about myself.
“Over the next decade I yoyo dieted through an enormous number of diet, staying around the same size and learning I couldn’t do diets.
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“I felt I was a failure in everything I had ever done and there was no point trying. In 2002 I re-found an old love and thought my world would finally change.
“I still had an unhealthy diet mentality but then I was struck with Bell’s palsy. I was put on to steroids and my living hell started.
“I ballooned in weight, was constantly starving, and could have eaten anything if it had stood still long enough.
“I could feel my skin split as I tried to bend my knees to put on my socks and my self-hatred grew. I felt unsupported and unlovable and turned back to food as my comfort blanket.
“Despite joining a diet club and losing some weight (I even became a consultant) nothing seemed to help me mentally and I eventually had a nervous breakdown.
“My doctor suggested tablets but I said no, my life had to change. It took years but every little step helped me climb out of the hole I was in.
“But underlying all this I had never addressed my issues with food.
“While watching a TV series on diets and healthy eating I saw Slimpod for the first time and was intrigued. I Googled it but then forgot all about it until I saw a photograph of myself in February this year.
“I wept buckets over that photo. I hated myself but something inside snapped and it was like “I have to do something.”
“I Googled ‘diets’ and up came a Slimpod special offer. It was £1 for a 10-day trial and I signed up after all.
“I thought “when I fail again it will only cost me £1.” How wrong I was! Slimpod started working from day one.
“It was amazing (and a bit scary). I felt in control and I could feel the weight dropping off.
I lost 28lbs and I’m more assertive in my life now
“It also changed me mentally, too. I’m more assertive in my life and actually starting to like myself a bit (I have a lot of baggage to work through).
“I have found exercise the challenge. Trying the Slimpod Couch to 5k run seemed easy although I knew I would give up and fail.
“But I didn’t give up! I surprised myself and kept at it, finally doing my first Parkrun on Saturday and I was so proud of myself.
“Just after the running challenge had finished we had a new challenge to exercise for 21 days. How could I fit in more exercise?
“I mulled it over for a few days then found myself online at 2.30am signing up to a gym. I would have to go then!
“So far I have been three times this week as well as still running and I lost 28lbs (13 kilos) since February 16. I’m now down to 98kg.”
Please let Alex know what you think about her remarkable achievement by leaving a comment below. And do let me know if you’d like me to tell your story in a future blog.
Can you say “I lost 28lbs” – or maybe more? Do let me know.