I am pretty sure I am not alone right now. It’s the brand new year with a whole new year of opportunities and adventures in front of us and I’m feeling determined to make this year count.
I went along to weigh in on Tuesday to face the scales after the new year and truth be told, I was a little bit disappointed to see a gain of 1lb. I had weighed in on the Tuesday after Christmas (yes, the day after Boxing Day, impressed hey?) and saw a 3lb gain which I was quite pleased with (let’s face it, Christmas calories are horrendous with mince pies, chocolates galore and all the alcoholic coffees, bucks fizz and mulled wine) but had reigned in my wandering hands the following week. Still, my weight is my own fault so I cannot blame anything other than greed and I’m where I am right now.
So, first weigh in of 2017 done. The scales didn’t look too friendly but thankfully after staying to Image Therapy and speaking to my friends and consultant, I know I’m not alone and I can do it. I’ve done it before (here’s my story) and I’ll do it again and here’s how.
Plan and prepare
I’ve written before about how I like to meal plan for the week ahead and it really helps me stay on track. Here’s this weeks Meal Planning Monday post. We plan the weeks evening meals and then make sure we have all the ingredients in to cook that meal. This might mean using ingredients in the freezer, tucked away in the cupboard or bought in fresh and in the fridge. We write up the meal plan on our chalk board in the kitchen, I write a meal planning Monday post and we use up all the planned ingredients for the meals. It also helps to saves us money and food waste.
One day at a time
The only way I’m going to get back on track with my weightloss is to take it steady. I’m taking it one day at a time. Taking it meal by meal. Making sure I’ve eaten plenty of speed foods, checking my SW book to remind myself of the speed and free foods and drinking lots and lots of water.
Write it down
Everything I’m eating will be written down. I used to be really good at writing up my food diary but for one reason or another, I missed a few days and then forgot to write it up. To counteract this, I’ve written in one of my new notepads that I was saving (does anyone else do this and save the best for important things?) so I need to make it a success. I’d hate to waste such a pretty notebook on a wasted food diary.
Sharing my meals
Obviously, I mean photographs of my meals and I’ll be doing this over on my new Instagram account which is @MrsShilts_sw. I’ll be uploading my meals throughout the day and it really does help me stay accountable. If you’re over there come and give me a follow and let me know how your SW journey is going.
The only way this is going to work and be successful is if I’m honest with myself. No-one else is going to lose this weight for me. The only person I’ll be cheating on is myself if I slip up so I have to get over the guilt of over-eating in the past and stick to plan. If you eat it, write it down, if whatever you have eaten has a syns value, write it down and use your syns. Stick within your syns and be honest.
Do let me know in the comments if you’re starting Slimming World this week, I wish you the very best of luck and I’ll be back next week to share how this week on plan has gone!
*For the record, I’m not paid by Slimming World to write this. It genuinely has changed my life and it’s a fantastic plan when followed correctly.