The first {Slimming World} weigh in of 2017


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.

Being honest

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.

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  • Reply Helen 05/01/2017 at 10:33 am

    I was at my weigh in last night and gained another lb. I’d lost about 1 stone by Christmas and put almost half back on over the holidays. Gutted! Determined to stick with the plan now. I completely agree with meal planning! I’d been doing it for years anyhow (hate running out of an ingredient or two when cooking), but now I just make better menu choices. I’m still amazed at all the great dishes that are SW friendly! Good luck in 2017!

    • Reply Emma 05/01/2017 at 9:08 pm

      It’s so easy to gain weight isn’t it? Good luck with 2017 too, we can smash it this year, we just need to remember why we started :)

  • Reply Rachael Whitton 05/01/2017 at 12:19 pm

    Happy New Year Emma!!!

    4lbs over the Christmas period is not bad going.

    I have weigh in tonight and TBH I’m dreading it i weighed last Thursday in between Christmas and New Year and gained 2.5lbs.

    I’ve been back on plan since Monday, i had a little wobble yesterday with the chocolate monster but i think i might have just been within my syns. Fingers crossed the scales are nice to me tonight.

    • Reply Emma 05/01/2017 at 9:04 pm

      Happy New Year to you too Rachael, fingers crossed for you tonight xx

  • Reply Steph at Mental Parentals 05/01/2017 at 2:57 pm

    All the best with your Slimming World journey in 2017, Emma. Once you get in the right headspace, you can do anything! You’re right – 3lbs gain is not too bad considering all the Christmas indulgence. I’ve put on much more *hides behind hands* and am now counting calories to try to get it off x

    • Reply Emma 05/01/2017 at 8:53 pm

      Thank you so much Steph, good luck with the calorie counting too x

  • Reply Caoimhe 11/01/2017 at 7:49 pm

    I have started slimming world this week I’ve followed you on insta for a while now but only just started to read your blog, all the best with your slimming journey this year x

    • Reply Emma 11/01/2017 at 10:35 pm

      Thanks so much Caoimhe, hope 2017 is a good year for you! Good luck on your SW journey x

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