Well yesterday I attended the Woman of the Year District Finals.
On arrival we were handed a little glass of bubbly.
I had to go and be weighed and measured to check I was still in criteria. It was slightly worrying getting on the scales midway through the day, but I weighed at bang on target.
We were separated into 2 groups and sat in the centre of the room.
I had to do a speech about my journey in front of the judges and all my fellow finalists. I had decided that rather than scripting a speech, I'd bullet point what I wanted to discuss and speak from the heart about my journey. Lots of people did have written speeches, but those of us who didn't gave a much more natural and from the heart speech.
I was in tears through my own and everyone else's stories. Some of these people have had some real tragedy in their lives, it made me realise that my journey has been fairly simple in comparison to what some have contended with along the way. It's a real inspiration to hear from people who have food optimised through the hardest times of their lives, when pre Slimming World they could have eaten themselves into even more of a black hole.
For the future it's taught me that whatever life throws your way - you can and will get through it. It doesn't need to throw you off track. One lady said that when her son, at 19 years old, was killed in a car crash on holiday she just found herself Food Optimising as it was so deeply in bedded in her mind she just went to auto pilot.
We had some amazing food, all made by those attending, so all SW friendly. I brought back a recipe for the most amazing patè which I'll share when I get time to try it myself.
I was put forward to the Final 6 out of 15 finalists, which was not only a shock, but also overwhelming that they considered my story inspiring enough to put me in the same category as these other people.
The judges chose their winner while we nervously waited. The lady who went on to win was so very deserving after losing 14 stone and turning her health situation from iminent death to happy and healthy.
I had such a great day, but it was very emotionally draining. I loved every minute of the experience and had my fill of the foods.
My consultant told me that over the area there are 26,000 members, of which we were voted the final 15, and then the Final 6. It really puts it into perspective!
I'm full of motivation and inspiration. Anyone can achieve anything they want, no matter how bad or desperate the situation they find themselves in!