Oh my! Is it really all over? Well, those 8 weeks flashed by and here I am at the end of it all. The result? There is a slight difference in the before and after photos (I am keeping my promise not to publish them!) and I am definitely fitter and stronger. Most importantly I have learned, and continue to learn, to eat better, healthier and tastier food, control portions, limit the useless calories and utilise the good ones.
It's the small tweaks every day that are starting to make a real difference, like replacing sugar with honey or stevia, healthy snacks between meals like a piece of fruit or a handful of nuts, and water - I still don't drink enough water. The good news is I can drink green and herbal teas as a part of my water intake, a good thing in the cooler winter months.
A vital piece of equipment in the kitchen is the scale. Portion size is my downfall and without the scales I know I'd be under or over the ideal intake. It is worth noting that under-eating is just as detrimental as overeating when trying to lose weight.
Finally it's so important to encourage yourself to exercise. I have a mat and a foam roller at home to remind myself to stretch before heading out each day, and having my gym clothes ready to get straight into in the morning helps to get me out the door in the morning. A regular appointment with a personal trainer also helps!
It's the little things that lead to big change, and don't give up just because you enjoy a piece of cake at a party or one too many wines over the weekend. Just start again the next morning.
To read earlier stories of Fiona's journey click here.