About Dean Thorpe: 
My weight Loss Progress

 Update 

I have NOT given up, but due to physical and mental health issues, nothing wrong with Slimming World, I have decided to stop trying to lose weight and worry just about the healthy eating side of it instead. 

 My Weight Problems 

  • A 26 stone Dean Thorpe
  • Shrek Cosplay custume
  • This was me back in my 5xl days
  • Looking a little bigger than these days, this was Dean Thorpe dressed as a punk for Brighton Pride 2004
  • Dean Thorpe back when his weight was very high

I have always had weight problems, even as a kid I was always overweight. I have dieted many different ways over the years, some have worked, some have not! I did try Slimming World once before and it did help, but I don't think I was ready to accept it as a new way of life instead of a temporary diet. This year I decided for health reasons I really need to do it this time, I need to change my life or there won't be a life to change! I have already been type 2 Diabetic for many years, but my sugar levels so far out of control was causing major problems. In addition to the Diabetes I also have EUPD (Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder), Arthritis in multiple parts of my body, some rather bad Thyroid problems, Asthma etc. All of which can complicate things when it comes to weight loss. My partner Helen and I decided to go back and give Slimming World another try, but this time do it as if our lives depend on it . . . because they do! 

At my very biggest back in 2007 I was 26 stone and 7 lbs!!! Starting back at Slimming World in April 2018 I weighed in at 20 stone, 11.5 lbs, which is better than I was, but still needed to be a lot better. I don't really want to be slim, it really isn't me, so my priority is to get healthier for now, which is why I have set a target of being 10 stone less than I used to be!!! Going to the Slimming World group in Battle is great, we have a lovely lady called Anna who gives us lots of support, but one of the reasons we wanted to do it there instead of at home was so that we had to be accountable for our losses or gains! I decided to take mine one step further and post my progress online, for everybody to see, so I know if I mess up this time there will be lots of people that will know about it and that's a great reason not to mess up!!! I might not update this every week, but I will try to do it at least once a month, but with all the weekly data. It might take months, it might take years, but I will get there in the end! :)

Helen and I really like Slimming World as we are allowed to eat plenty, unlike other ways of weight loss! It's just about what you eat, I'm not talking living on rabbit food either :) Steaks, bacon, eggs, chips, roast dinners etc. are all allowed, some just need to be cooked differently or have the fat trimmed off and you need to make sure you have plenty of "speed" on the plate too i.e. salad, vegatables and other healthy things to balance the meal out. You even get an allowance for "Syns" which you can look at as treat things or synthetic foods (Slimming World is very much about eating good, unprocessed food), these syns mean that you can have a little chocolate every day or whatever you crave, but in moderation (find me a healthy diet where I can eat unlimited chocolate, ice cream and biscuits and I will switch to that one! lol). You still need to be slightly sensible! Muller Light yoghurts (I love those) are just 1 syns each (they used to be none!), so the average persons Syn limit would allow you 15 of those yoghurts a day, that WOULD be allowed, but would probably still not be very good for you!

My current target weight is to be 16 Stone, 7 lbs, which will be exactly TEN STONE less than I used to be! I bet many of the people reading this actually weigh less than I am trying to lose!

Doctors say I should weigh another 3 stone less than my target, but I think I will be very happy being that size and being officially Overwieight is much better than Obese and a lot better than Morbid Obese which is what I was! One day I might decide to go to a lower weight, but that's to worry about in the future!

Wish me luck, I'm going to need it!!!

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my biggest

Biggest ever weight:

26 Stone 7 lbs

Highest ever BMI:

47.6%

BMI description:

Morbid Obese (40+)

17th April 2018

Slimming World start weight:

20 Stone 11.5 lbs

Slimming World start BMI:

37.4%

BMI description

Obese (30-39.9)

My Final target

Target weight:

16 Stone 7 lbs

Target BMI:

29.6%

BMI description:

Overweight (25-29.9)

 My Slimming World Progress So Far 

Date
Weight
Change
Total Loss
Notes
17/04/18
20 Stone 11.5 lbs
0.0 lbs
0.0 lbs
Start weight
24/04/18
20 Stone 9.5 lbs
-2.0 lbs
2.0 lbs
First week over
01/05/18
20 Stone 6.0 lbs
-3.5 lbs
5.5 lbs
Slimmer of the week
08/05/18
20 Stone 2.0 lbs
-4.0 lbs
9.5 lbs
Half a stone lost
15/05/18
20 Stone 2.0 lbs
0.0 lbs
9.5 lbs
22/05/18
19 Stone 11.0 lbs
-5.0 lbs
14.5 lbs
1st stone lost
Under 20 stone
Slimmer of the week
Voted Man of the year
29/05/18
19 Stone 7.0 lbs
-4.0 lbs
18.5 lbs
Slimmer of the week
05/06/18
19 Stone 6.0 lbs
-1.0 lbs
19.5 lbs
12/06/18
19 Stone 1.5 lbs
-4.5 lbs
24.0 lbs
1.5 stone lost
Slimmer of the week
19/06/18
19 Stone 1.5 lbs
0.0 lbs
24.0 lbs
26/06/18
18 Stone 12.5 lbs
-3.0 lbs
27.0 lbs
Under 19 stone
Slimmer of the week
03/07/18
18 Stone 13.5 lbs
+1.0 lb
26.0 lbs
10/07/18
18 Stone 10.5 lbs
-3.0 lbs
29.0 lbs
2 stone lost
17/07/18
18 Stone 9.0 lbs
-1.5 lbs
30.5 lbs
Club 10 weight
24/07/18
18 Stone 8.0 lbs
-1.0 lb
31.5 lbs
31/07/18
18 Stone 9.0 lbs
+1.0 lb
30.5 lbs
07/08/18
18 Stone 5.5 lbs
-3.5 lbs
34.0 lbs
14/08/18
18 Stone 2.0 lbs
-3.5 lbs
37.5 lbs
2.5 stone lost
Slimmer of the week
21/08/18
18 Stone 5.0 lbs
+3.0 lbs
34.5 lbs
On Reboxetine
28/08/18
18 Stone 3.5 lbs
-1.5 lbs
36.0 lbs
On Reboxetine
04/09/18
18 Stone 2.5 lbs
-1.0 lb
37.0 lbs
On Reboxetine
11/09/18
18 Stone 5.5 lbs
+3.0 lbs
34.0 lbs
On Reboxetine
18/09/18
18 Stone 0.0 lbs
-5.5 lbs
39.5 lbs
25/09/18
17 Stone 11.5 lbs
-2.5 lbs
42.0 lbs
3 stone lost - Under 18 stone
02/10/18
17 Stone 13 lbs
+1.5 lbs
40.5 lbs
09/10/18
N/A
N/A
N/A
On holiday
16/10/18
17 Stone 13.5 lbs
+0.5 lbs
40.0 lbs
23/10/18
17 Stone 11.5 lbs
-2.0 lbs
42.0 lbs
3 stone lost (again!)
30/10/18
18 Stone 0.0 lbs
+2.5 lbs
39.5 lbs
Had a stressful week
Voted Mr Sleek
06/11/18
17 Stone 13.0 lbs
-1.0 lb
40.5 lbs
13/11/18
17 Stone 8.5 lbs
-4.5 lbs
45.0 lbs
Hopefully back on track
Slimmer of the week
20/11/18
17 Stone 7.5 lbs
-1.0 lb
46.0 lbs
27/11/18
17 Stone 7.0 lbs
- 0.5 lb
46.5 lbs
9 stone less than I used to be!
04/12/18
17 Stone 12.0 lbs
+5.0 lbs
41.5 lbs
Bad week, but will fight back
11/12/18
17 Stone 10 lbs
-2.0 lbs
43.5 lbs
Going down again
18/12/18
17 Stone 8.5 lbs
-1.5 lbs
45.0 lbs
Still heading the right way!
24/12/18
17 Stone 6.0 lbs
-2.5 lbs
47.0 lbs
Christmas Eve!
01/01/19
17 Stone 8.5 lbs
+2.5 lbs
44.5 lbs
Could have been much worse
08/01/19
17 Stone 10.0 lbs
+1.5 lbs
43.0 lbs
The last of the Christmas food!
15/01/19
17 Stone 7.0 lbs
-3.0 lbs
46.0 lbs
Really tried to drink more
22/01/19
17 stone 11.0 lbs
+4.0 lbs
42.0 lbs
No idea what happened! :(

A few hickups along the way, but definitely still getting there! :) Some changes I worked hard for, other losses and gains actually seem pretty random! Slimmer of the week is awarded to the person in our local group who loses the most that week. Mr Sleek and Man of the year are awarded to one member of our local group who gets chosen by the other members.

 Slimming World Progress Chart 

This is based on my mid month weigh in.

 Changes in measurements 

Date
Neck
Chest
Waist
Hips
Thighs
Apr 18
46cm
130cm
137cm
114cm
58cm
May 18
43cm
122cm
132cm
112cm
56cm
Jun 18
43cm
122cm
127cm
112cm
56cm
Jul 18
43cm
122cm
127cm
112cm
56cm
Aug 18
43cm
117cm
124cm
110cm
56cm
Sep 18
120cm
54cm
108cm
114cm
43cm
Oct 18
116cm
52cm
106cm
108cm
42cm
Nov 18
119cm
53cm
106cm
108cm
43cm
Dec 18
117cm
53cm
104cm
108cm
43cm

I measure myself on the 20th of every month. Measuring yourself is very important, some months your weight doesn't change much, but your measurements do or vice versa. For some reason I actually put on a couple of cm in November, but lost weight?

While on Slimming World

Weight in lbs, since starting Slimming World in April 2018

total weight loss progress

Weight in lbs, based on my weight back in 2007

10 week Slimming World Update

10 weeks into Slimming World this is Dean Thorpe
This photo was taken of me by my friend Ann Hurworth, after I had been on Slimming World for 10 weeks and lost a total of 27 lbs at that point, making very good progress.

I will never forget
what I was like

Dean Thorpe back when his weight was very high

This was me back in 2007, it really sums up how I looked and felt back then! Just slight difference from the me now! lol I keep photos like this of me as a huge reminder of what I was like and what I never want to be again. Big and healthy is fine, I know people are definitely not healthy according to BMI etc. but they are actually very happy and healthy, but I know that I definitely wasn't either back then, so for me this change was a much needed one. Be happy in your body, no matter what size and shape it is!

Slimming World Mr Sleek award

Dean Thorpe with his Mr Sleek award at Slimming World

In October of 2018 I was awarded Mr Sleek by our local Slimming World group, I think I look VERY different to the photos of me when I was bigger. My health is a lot better than it was back then, my diabetes is almost gone! I have a lot more energy and it's slowed down the damage to my hips and knee.

After almost 8 months
on Slimming World

Dean Thorpe getting ready for Christmas 2018

This selfie was taken after just under eight months of using Slimming World to loose weight. Yes it's not always been perfect, I have had some bad weeks, but I have never given up and managed to keep going in the right direction! If you are reading this looking for inspiration my main advice is to stick with it. Some people lose weight very fast, some very slowly, but if you are determined then there are very few reasons (I'm not saying none!) why you won't get there eventually.

 Please note: 

I am a member of a really great Slimming World group, but apart from that I have no connection to them, anything I post here is just my own honest opinions on how things are going! Many other weight loss programs do exist, all with good points and bad points, I just prefer Slimming World as it lets me do something most of the others don't . . . eat real food! lol