Wednesday, 2 August 2017

My Slimming World Struggle And How I Aim To Get Back On Plan

Argh! I have slipped off the Slimming World wagon!

2 weeks now of eating nothing but junk with very few of my 5 a day and my body feels like it needs a detox. With that in mind I thought now was a great time to reassess things, go back to basics and start by sharing with you my journey so far.

Setting my target...

I have been doing Slimming World since 2nd February this year having joined at the heaviest I have ever been. I am certainly not embarrassed to share starting weight as I know I am doing something about it. I weighed 12st 13.5lbs at the start of my journey and my target weight is a round number of 10st. I set this target based on my BMI and think for my 5ft 3ins height it is a good place to be.

I have had two children and realise I have a different shape to the last time I weighed 10 stone (8 years ago). I am also at a different place in my life and want to be healthy not skinny so setting my target weight at a healthy proportion to my height seemed a great place to start.

The first few months...

Starting on plan was fun. I was finding new recipes, enjoying the balance of healthy food and playing with my syns to have a balanced diet with treats too. I loved scouring the internet for meal plans and loved blogs like Slimming Eats and A Pinch of Nom. I started up a closed group with some of my blogging friends who were also on SW and we started to motivate each other. I highly recommend finding your tribe when it comes to dieting, safety in numbers and all that! However gradually my motivation my enthusiasm began to slip and with that so did my weight loss.

Losing motivation...

First thing to go was staying to group. One of the first rules of SW is to stay to group. Talk things through with your group leader, get encouragement from your peers and take some time for yourself. Yeah this only happens if you have an engaging consultant, an hour and a half free time and the capability to stay up until gone 9 after juggling work, a 4 year old and a small baby all day. As you can see all of these points did not make staying to group easy.

I found myself totally bored in group. I was tired, hungry from holding off eating until after weigh in and I wasn't being engaged. I cared about others and wanted to hear how they got on but an hour of going round to each person to see how they got on and what their plans were for the week just wasn't motivating or inspiring me. I must not have been the only one struggling either as gradually the number of people staying to group diminished and mumbles of another local group could be heard in the queue for the HiFi bars.

Despite not staying to group I was still losing weight so didn't see a significant difference and therefore thought it must not be worth going to.

The Plateau

Along with not staying to group I also lost interest in meal planning and as my weight loss was consistent I let the odd cheat meal creep in. I still lost each week and thought perhaps I found a balance and how clever was I? The answer was not clever at all because my weight losses began to slow down. In fact I ended up getting my first gain (0.5lb) and those cheat meals? They were addictive! I thought what the hell and had a couple in a week...then we had a party to go to so I just had to have some cake...

We then went to a food festival where of course I had to try the goods on offer (for the sake of the blog) and then it was my Mum's birthday, cue more food and drink followed by a wedding party for a work colleague and a family holiday. Honestly they all came at once like bloody buses!

What now?

I am now 24 weeks of turning my life around and as you can see I have hit a enormous bump in the road. I have only had one gain since starting and even that was only half a pound which is quite an achievement. My total loss so far has been 1 stone 10.5lb which is nothing to be sniffed at but I have a way to go.

I weighed in last Thursday and had actually lost weight but have a feeling those cheat meals, cakes and seaside treats may bite me in the butt this week. I have got to pull something big out of the bag to rectify this situation so mission meal plan is back!

I am going right back to basics, planning ahead, eating plenty of speed food and making sure I am never hungry as this makes me reach for junk food. I have 2 weeks until I go to Prague with Joe for a few days and don't want to feel as sluggish and bloated as I am now. I want to get back to losing 1 or 2lbs a week...3 if possible! I also want to try out some of that mysterious Body Magic my consultant talks about as there hasn't been much movement other than walking lately.

So there you have it, my journey so far with all the ups and downs. I hope I can get back on it and hit target soon! Wish me luck!

Those of you that are on Slimming do you keep motivated?

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