Jimi: I lost 6st and have fallen in love with fitness
Weight loss: 6st
Start weight: 18st 4lb
Goal weight: 12st 7lb (readjusted from 12st 4lb)
Current weight: 12st 7lb
Height: 5ft 11ins
Time taken to goal: 1 year 1 month
My best moment was getting into WWmagazine! I had a great time and felt very proud of my achievement. My family and members loved it.
Remember WW is for everyone My GP had concerns about my high blood pressure, sciatica, joint pain and asthma, but honestly, I wasn’t happy about being referred to WW. I thought it was a programme aimed at women and that I’d feel out of place there. But I wanted to support my partner, Caroline, who has also been referred, so I went along. At over 18st, I didn’t have time to feel sorry for myself – I knew I had to try something.’
Healthy doesn’t mean boring! I was worried I’d be hungry all the time on WW. But Caroline and I both got hooked on the plan and found so many new things to try. My taste buds have developed exponentially! Now, I can’t wait to tuck into new cuisines, flavours and textures. I love Korean-influenced food, like barbecued pork and kimchi. I’d never even eaten a pear before joining WW. Now I adore all fruits and veg.
Reward your victories Celebrate and reward everything. If you just nailed a weigh-in, give someone a high five. Just finished a workout that initially felt daunting? Buy yourself some new active wear. Got the spices just right in the curry you cooked from scratch? Treat yourself to a new kitchen gadget.
Indulging is good for you Caroline and I go to the cinema twice a week – it’s our ‘Smile’ time – and we’ve found plenty of great ways to feel the joy of cinema snacking without going crazy. We like to bring along Free’ist Marshmallows and Propercorn Smooth Peanut & Almond Popcorn as they’re smarter options that still feel indulgent.
My yes moment It had to be getting into WW magazine! In the past I did everything I could to avoid having my photo taken, then suddenly there I was dressed up, groomed and posing in front of a camera – it was surreal. I had a great time and felt very proud of my achievement. My family and members loved it.
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