Welcome back to #SlimmingSunday, the new weightloss, fitness and healthy lifestyle linky with me, MrsShilts and Michelle from Mummy From The Heart.
I was on my Easter break last Sunday so took some R&R away from the laptop. It was a lovely weekend and one that I really enjoyed. Perhaps a little too much as I gained 3lb this week. Completely deserved and warranted so I know what I need to do to get it off. Back on it, writing a food diary and making wise choices.
This week, I’m handing over the post to my better half Shilts. Shilts has been following Slimming World with me since January and has really put me to shame. He’s doing incredibly well and I’m ever so proud of him.
“Are you pregnant mate?”
When joining a sports team, banter and jokes are plentiful, and mostly its harmless stuff. You have a laugh, have a drink, and its on with the next conversation. However, just occasionally, a joke sticks in your brain. Its not so easy to laugh off, especially when it has a pang of truth in it.
My teammate did of course have a point. I had been piling on the timber. My ‘beer belly’ had developed into a permanent podge, and it had not gone unnoticed to me that the work shirts that I once wore were now no longer doing up at the neck.
Why? If anyone has that particular answer, I guess you would make a fortune. I can’t really explain it, apart from maybe contentment. I had recently changed jobs and for the first time in quite a long time, I was feeling happy and relaxed at work. Also, the job has become rather more sedentary; I spend longer at a desk now, as well as on the road. It was easier to get a fast lunch as I was able to go out to local shops rather than being stuck in my workplace all day long. Comfortable.
A bit too comfortable. I had ballooned from a portly 14 stone to a frankly unhealthy 16 and a half. I felt chubby, I clearly looked it (hence the comments) and I was a shadow of my former footballing, squash-playing self. I even got out of breath walking Olly to school.
Things had to change. I had tried to do weight loss before on my own, with a modicum of success, but when you answer to nobody but yourself, its easy to let things slip. I decided that if I was going to do this, I needed something to kick me up the backside. So, on the 4th January 2017 (after New Year, because we all need a milestone, right?) I did one of the bravest things that I have done for many years; I walked up the road and into my first ever Slimming World meeting.
I was pretty nervous when I walked in. I had visions of the scales being connected to a huge projector screen, and alarms going off when I stepped on, shouting “Warning! Warning! Fatty Alert!”, and various scenarios went through my head. I needn’t have worried. Joining the group, led by the friendly Jenny, and populated with some of the most friendly, down to earth and funny people I have met in a good while meant I settled in quickly.
I set my targets, got started with the plan, and haven’t looked back since. I started at well over 16 stone in January; today in April, just 4 months later, I am on the cusp of the 13 stone bracket for the first time in a long time.
The question I get asked a lot, mainly from other men, is what have I changed. Their perception is nearly always that I must be hitting the gym hard. The truth? I can count the number of times that I have been to the gym in 2017 on one hand. Not for the want of trying, I must say, but work has been particularly full on since the turn of the year, and I have some more regular sessions planned in upcoming weeks! Nope, what I have changed are my eating habits, and more importantly, my snacking habits.
Gone is my at-work chocolate stash. Gone are my late night biscuit raids. Gone are the multiple sugars in my regular cups of tea. Gone are the naughty puddings and sweet treats. In their place, a sense of moderation and discipline. Its not about denying myself the nice things, its about regulating and controlling them. Swapping a pack of chocolate digestives for a weighed out portion of digestive nibbles. Swapping sugar for sweetener. Swapping a chocolate bar for a yogurt.
You have seen our meal plans, and you know that we eat good wholesome food. It was time to stop undoing all of that good work by gorging myself on unnecessary treats.
The result? I feel great. I know I’m not there yet, nor would I expect to be after just 4 months on plan, but I’m back in 36 inch waist trousers, those collar buttons are starting to do up again, and just the other day, I bought myself a Medium top, after several years of thinking I was consigned to Large for life. If that doesn’t say ‘success’, I don’t know what does. Good luck with your meal planning this week, and I’m sure I will type to you all again soon.
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Have a good week..x