Where do I start?
Let me introduce myself!
My name is Sophie, I’m 28 years old and I run a gluten free and weight loss blog on Instagram: @sophie_gluten_free.
Back in 2016 I tipped the scales at a whopping 22 stone 9lbs.
I suffered with severe back pain, sciatica, heart palpitations and breathlessness.
I used to have to wear size UK 24-26 clothes and I would always feel like people were talking about me behind my back about my size.
It had gotten so bad I would cut the labels out of my clothes.
I would pig out and a eat take-away about 3 times a week, along with ready meals for dinner and loads of pastries and biscuits.
I had a poor relationship with food and I hated exercise and cooking!
Back in 2017, I went on my first holiday to Florida.
I couldn’t get the belt on when I was on the plane and I was too embarrassed to ask for an extender, stupid I know, but I forced the belt over my bulging belly.
Not to mention the X4 XL life jacket I had to wear when swimming with fish!
I got home and looked at photos of myself and I was horrified.
I was massive. I then got told by my Dr that I would die of a heart attack by the time I’m 30.
That was it for me.
I had to change.
It was then I decided to ditch take away and started teaching myself how to cook my own meals.
I then went swimming 5 times a week as my ankles couldn’t take any other form of exercise at the time.
Each month I lost weight and it gave me the boost not to give up.
I lost 4 stone in 4 months and I couldn’t believe it.
It gave me the motivation to carry on.
I then started to do more cardio and fast forward a year, I lost 8 and a half stone.
I no longer have any health problems and my Dr says my blood pressure is Fantastic and I’m not longer pre-diabetic!
I have managed to maintain my weight for 3 years, I enjoy cooking more than ever and I have a real love for the gym.
I work out 4/5 times a week and do a mixture of cardio and weights.
I have a lot of loose skin, but with surgery I will feel one step closer to loving my body.
In March 2019 I was diagnosed with Coeliac disease, I had no idea what it was, but I educated myself and understood that I would have to live a life long gluten free diet.
One day, I came across Bear And Bee’s sweets.
I’ve always been a sweet girl, I’ll be honest!
I have finally been able to educate myself about food and I believe you should enjoy what you eat in moderation.
I do not label sugar as ‘bad’.
I believe you can enjoy sweet treats as part of a balanced diet and healthy life style.
The old me would have eaten a 1kg bag of sweets to myself, the new me understands that if I only have a small handful of sweets, the rest aren’t going to run away!!
Bear and bee sweets are my favourite, in particularly, the Blubs.
I LOVE THE BLUBS! To be fair, I love all the sweets I have tried from Bear and Bee’s.
They have a great selection of gluten free sweets (and vegan) that taste incredible!!
The sour gummies and gummy bears I love too and there’s so much of a selection!!
I also cannot fault the service. If I could I would rate them a 100/10!
I hope my story will help you understand that you can enjoy what you eat, loose or maintain weight and that anything is possible if you believe in yourself and stay consistent!