When I started my weight loss journey at the beginning of 2013 I was so oblivious to how ‘diets’ worked. They were like a foreign language to me and counting calories gave me a headache. I needed some guidance and the best diet cookbook I ever found, used, loved, lived by was The Hairy Bikers ‘Hairy Dieters’ How To Love Food and Lose Weight.
This book served as a Bible in my first 6 months of dieting. We found our firm favourites – roasted cod with parma ham and peppers, spanish style chicken bake and the glorious chilli con carne. This book produced real food, with great kick and taste, but crucially without the guilt and added calories.
When Book 2 came out last year we rushed out to buy it, and again the book was well loved and used in our household almost daily. The fast chicken fajita recipe conviced us to finally ditch the Old El Paso sachets, proof is in the state of the page after a few too many spice explosions...
So when Book 3 was released a few weeks ago I was eager to add it to our collection, it was by chance I spotted a book signing poster, Si and Dave where coming along to my supermarket to sign copies of the book.
When I got to the front of the queue I nervously giggled, but proudly showed them my ‘before and after’ photos, Si looked at me and asked how I felt now to have lost the weight. They both looked at my husband and said he must be so proud of me.
That was the first time in my life, bar passing my driving test and walking out of church with Simon on our wedding day, that I genuinely felt proud to be me.
Big Thank You Si & Dave