Cambridge Weight Plan: Month Nine

This is it! What I’ve been working towards, the whole reason I started the Cambridge Weight Plan in the first place, has been and gone. One of my best friend’s got married on Sunday 23rd September and I had the honour of being a bridesmaid. I warned you there would be a lot of wedding pictures this month, so let the spam begin!

I started this year with one goal in mind – to look and feel good in my bridesmaid dress. We had bought the dresses at the start of 2017 and I opted for a size smaller than I was then to give myself a goal. Fast forward a year and I had piled on so much weight, I was the heaviest I had been in ages. Not the goal I had in mind! With a gorgeous dress to fit into in just nine months, I had to make a drastic change and decided to start the Cambridge diet.

Bridesmaid dress

I wish my friends would get married more often, as I’ve never been so driven to lose weight in my entire life! Each month, I watched the scales go down and started to feel healthier, and more importantly, happier in myself. I didn’t realise quite how miserable I was before I started to lose weight. Once I began to notice a change in my body and my clothes started to get too big for me, I was more motivated than ever to keep going.

Bridesmaids

I joined a new gym in April and gradually got into a dedicated routine of attending classes 4-5 times a week. I focused on cardio to burn as much fat as I could and quickly lost inches, rather than just body weight. I began to understand how the diet worked for me and allowed myself to have treats, meals and alcohol occasionally. The results in just a few months were undeniable.

Face comparison

Flash forward to September and I had lost four and a half stone. My weight fluctuated slightly in the run-up to the wedding, but I wasn’t worried about gaining a pound now and then, as I knew I would lose it again. I tried on my bridesmaid dress after getting it altered last month and it fit beautifully. It was time to relax and just enjoy the wedding!

Bridesmaids with flowers

The day itself was absolutely wonderful. The weather was glorious; nice and sunny, albeit chilly, but that could be expected for September. We started to get ready about 7am, so it seemed like we’d have a lot of time, but we were still rushing when the time came for the wedding at 2pm! After shots of Sambuca at the bar to calm our nerves, it was time to walk down the aisle. The ceremony seemed to go by so fast (despite being interrupted by the fire alarm!) and we found ourselves getting all the professional photos taken before we knew it. I can’t wait to see them!

With the bride

After the speeches and delicious meal, it was time to hit the dance floor. I felt absolutely stunning in my dress and loved swishing about in it. I barely sat down all night, in between topping up my glass, and managed to stay in my heels for a good few hours before admitting defeat! Like the ceremony, the night just seemed to fly by, but I enjoyed every single minute of it. I only wish we could do it all again…

Three bridesmaids

What now, then? It would be easy to say I’ve achieved my goal and can take my foot off the gas, but now I’ve seen what my body is capable of, I want to keep going. Now I’ve lost the weight, I want to shift my focus to toning up. I want to build muscle and become the strongest I’ve ever been. I never want to look in the mirror to see what I saw last Christmas. I want this to be the start of the rest of my life as a fit, healthy woman.

So, I’ve set myself a new goal. While I want to look and feel good for the Christmas party season, I want to feel the best I ever have on my holiday to Lanzarote in March. Holidays have always been a challenge for me, as it’s when you have the most skin on show. But, I want this one to be the holiday I feel the most confident on. Dare I say I want to wear a bikini for the first time in my life… Watch this space!

Until next time,
Donna

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