I’ve been following the Slimming World lifestyle plan for 39 weeks now. Nine months ago I had enough of being fat and stupidly unhealthy. I was morbidly obese, a term that is frightening but not as frightening as the realisation that I was probably eating myself into an early grave.
Ever since the birth of Little Mr, 26 months ago, I have always wanted to get back on track with my diet but didn’t feel I had the commitment and determination to see the plan through. I signed up to Weight Watchers (a plan I have previously lost a lot of weight with) 6 weeks after he was born but fell off the diet wagon soon after without really losing any weight. Coupled with the loss of my dear friend and battling new Mama anxieties, I continued to find comfort in food and ended up putting on an additional two stone on top of the three stone I had gained during my pregnancy. I found myself ‘cheating’ on the WW plan so needed a refocus and a new plan to follow.
Once I had found the courage to step foot in the door of my local SW group, I have never looked back. The plan is really easy to follow and it’s taught me to eat healthily making sure I have dairy and fibre in the right amounts alongside plenty of protein and limited portions of carbohydrates.
Since last August, I’ve lost 4 stone and 5lb. I still realistically have another 5 stone to lose but I’m taking it week by week as if I look at the bigger picture it’s scares me!
How I handle the hurdles
Just because I’m following the SW plan doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy going out with my family it just means I have to plan and prepare what food I’m going to eat. I can’t rely on being able to find SW friendly options so if I’m out for breakfast or lunch I’ll often take my own or eat before I go.
I often take a salad with me on days out and if facilities allow, I’ll take a synfree Mug Shot on the Go which I only need to add hot water to (I took a salad to BlogCamp last weekend as I knew there wouldn’t be much on the menu that would be synfree)
The contents of my handbag often looks like this;
- I’ve got a couple of pieces of fruit, a couple of Alpen Light bars and an emergency Mug Shot cup of pasta for if I need something to tide me over until I can eat a meal on plan.
- I drink lots of water too so will always try to drink before I eat to make sure I don’t mistake the thirst pangs for hunger.
- I say no to treats in the office and it’s hard when my friends around me are all enjoying chocolates and biscuits but I know if I can stay on track throughout the day, I can have a treat using my syns of an evening.
- Of course it’s not always easy to find something SW friendly when you’re out and about but I always try and have a nosy around to find something that’s not going to throw me off plan. I’ll always try to avoid bread and fast food is a definite no no! In most cases eating a sandwich doesn’t fill me up and I would have used a fair few unplanned syns and I’d still be hungry!
Goals and mini challenges
One of the ways I keep myself motivated is by setting myself goals and mini challenges. I’m currently aiming to lose 14lb in 6 weeks for my friends wedding in early June. Ideally I’d love to lose another stone by the end of the Summer so we can think about having another baby. I’d love for Little Mr to have a brother or sister and it’s something we definitely want to try for. I want to be in as best shape as I can to help us conceive so that’s what is keeping me going!
Take comparison photographs
A good photograph can show off your weightloss and show you changes no matter how subtle they are. I am horrified by my transformation pictures but at least they show just how far I have come.
Be true to yourself
If you cheat and think that eating a sneaky piece of chocolate won’t matter, you’re only fooling yourself. Of course it counts. It all adds up. Be honest with yourself and what you’re eating. Is that bar of chocolate really worth going over your syns for? Could you eat an apple instead? Have a drink of water, give it 20 minutes and if you still want it and have syns for it, go ahead!
Stay to group
My SW group are fab. They’re hugely supportive and they have some fabulous, inspiring stories to tell. I always remember walking in and seeing lots of slim people and wondering what they were doing at a SW group. Well, they’ve lost the weight and can inspire others to lose weight too. I always pick up meal ideas and recipes from group and I have made some really lovely friends who I like to see each week and who are keen to see how my weight loss is going.
Don’t give up, just keep going
Even if you have a terrible day off plan, don’t write off the week. Start again the next day with a fresh new daily syns allowance and get back on track. If you wait until Monday, after your holiday, until the Summer, it’ll never happen! Get back on track as soon as you can and just keep going!
Do you follow the Slimming World plan? How have you found it? Would love to hear from you in the comments.