Sunday, 11 September 2016

Woman of the Year - District Finals

As you all know, I won Woman of the Year in my group a few weeks ago. I was later informed that I fit the criteria to attend the district finals. I have been so overjoyed ever since! I can't believe little old me could get this far!

The last 10 days have been a roller coaster of emotions, I have prepared a mood board showing my journey and practised a speech that has had me and my husband in tears!

This morning, my consultant Sandra knocked on my door ready to drive us to a hotel in Walsall. She rocked up with flowers and a bottle of champers, just because I will be a winner to her no matter what. Out of everything that has happened in the last 10 months, this truly amazing consultant of mine has believed in me every step of the way. She is my guardian angel. 

Off we popped and we arrived at the venue. Seeing all of the ladies walking in clutching onto mood boards and looking all glamorous flipped my stomach! I have no problem speaking in front of people, especially now I'm the slimmest I've ever been in my life! But this was speaking about myself and feelings I've never really said out loud before. 

I wore a pretty little dress that I picked up from Dorothy Perkins and I felt amazing in it! I've never been able to wear anything like it before and I felt like I would do an amazing twirl in it! 

When we arrived and signed in, I was weighed and my height was taken. I weighed at group yesterday and gained 1lb (bottom end of target, which is fine and right where I want to be) although today I weighed in 1.5lb lighter, so just out the bottom my target range. I think it was the nervous trips to the loo!

We were then split into districts (I felt like I was in the Hunger Games) and I was one of six competing for Warwickshire. I pulled the ticket to talk second and off we went! The ladies in my group were so inspiring, we all had five minutes each to tell our stories which flew by! I could have waffled for a good half hour! I missed lots out but skimmed over the points I wanted to discuss and I honestly felt I did a good job! I cried a little, but held it together so I had more time to talk! It was so hard for me to say things about how I felt and what I had been through, things I've never said out loud to Eddy before. Sandra and Eddy sat behind me and had clearly been blubbering away through it all! 

Now it was time to relax! Phew! I had a cuppa and a chat with the other ladies whilst the judges made a decision. I honestly felt truly blessed to be amongst so many amazing women, we are all winners!My nerves quickly came rushing back when we were invited back in for the judges to announce the winners!

The winner for Warwickshire is... KRYSTINA WRIGHT! 


Thank goodness they didn't ask me to speak again as I was a blubbering mess! Poor old Eddy couldn't take a photo or film anything as he was a blubbering mess and Sandra was even worse!!

Completely overjoyed and I am so excited about visiting the sparkly castle for the National Finals on Sunday 2nd October! It's even more exciting because that's my 30th birthday weekend! Wahooooo! 

I honestly cannot believe the support and totally gorgeous comments I've received today, its been overwhelming and as corny as it sounds, I felt like I had you all stood behind me cheering me on. I put my nerves to one side and said my speech for each and everyone of you. I didn't want to win this just for myself, I wanted to win it for all of the women who I have inspired, because no one should have to feel how I felt 10 months ago. I am just a normal busy mum who has lost weight and proof to everyone that if I can do it, then so can you!

I want to say a huge thank you to my husband Eddy, he has been through a lot this week, including me shouting at him for not being able to tie a bow! Poor sod! Sandra, my gorgeous consultant who has been just as excited about this whole journey as what i have. She has to be the best consultant Slimming World has to offer! Incredible lady! 

Lastly, I want to thank a lady that has inspired me since starting my journey, the super beautiful Fopperholic and I had such a treat meeting her today. She is more beautiful in real life and such a lovely person! Teapot arm!

So there you have it! My day has been incredible and I have a feeling my life over the next couple of weeks is going to be just as crazy and emotional as this week! I wouldn't want it any other way!

I did a facebook live chat when I got home, showing my mood board and the most beautiful flowers! If you missed it, you can watching it again on my youtube channel or click on the link below. 

1 comment :

  1. I love your vlogs and blog - you are a worthy winner and come across as such a lovely lady - best of luck for October!