I went along to my regular Slimming World meeting last week, not really expecting to see any weight loss. My week had become over shadowed by one piece of cake I had indulged in while I was out running errands. To be honest, it was a pretty big piece of cake so I dread to think how many calories there were in it. To compensate for all that naughtiness, I went for black coffee, and I’m guessing that’s what saved me (not).
I had completely lost sight of the fact that for the rest of the week I had remained on plan, and had become completely focused on this one piece of cake I had had. In all honesty, I think I was distracted due to making contact with my Dad’s family and finding out my Dad was in a nursing home. I was feeling all kinds of emotions about it, and only a big slice of lemon drizzle cake was going to hit the spot.
When I stepped on the scales, I was already feeling deflated about not losing weight, so when the lady said I’d lost 3 pounds, I was literally in shock. That was a great loss for the week, and also meant that I was able to receive my 1st award. This was a real boost, and has really helped me stay on plan this week.
It has taken me 3 months to lose a stone, but to be honest I’m happy with that. I could have lost more if I had been strict about following the Slimming World plan, but it is what it is. In that time frame I went to Venice and on a family holiday to Bluestone in Wales. We’ve also had Christmas, which did mean an increase in treats, but nothing to excessive.
Following the Slimming World plan has really helped me to think about eating a more balanced diet, and has in general put an end to craving sugary foods at the end of the day. I feel like Slimming World habits are becoming second nature now, so I’m confident I will continue to make good progress in 2017.
In a month’s time I’m going to Amsterdam with my daughter, and she is ready to use her camera to capture her holiday. She likes taking photos of the people in her life too, and no doubt I will be featuring in a few of her holiday snaps. I would like to be a little slimmer before we take our trip so that I can enjoy looking back at our photos together. To lose another stone would be fantastic, but even half a stone would make a difference.
My husband treated me to a FitBit for Christmas, and I really think this is making a difference to my weight loss progress as well. I really need to be more active, and my FitBit regularly reminds me that I need to move more. The next step is to start an exercise class, and I think going with someone will help motivate me. My sister and I are talking about starting Zumba, so I need to find a class we can get to together. Motivating each other to go, and the all round health and wellbeing benefits will help us with the winter blues that seem to be going round at the minute.
I am really pleased that I joined Slimming World, and I’m confident that I will make more progress over the next three months. Getting the stone award came at just the right time, and has spurred me on no end. I also got the Slimmer of the Week, which was a nice little bonus too. After the group, I went to Asda and bought some digital scales, as I haven’t been the best at weighing and measuring things. Every little helps when it comes to staying on plan, and I feel like I’ve recharged my Slimming World batteries for 2017.
One big lesson I learned from this week was not to let yourself get down about one slip up. Just give yourself permission to be off plan for a meal or a day, and then get right back on it. There are a 21 meals in a week, so it really is silly to focus on just one of them and think the whole week is a right off. I really had to work at getting in a positive frame of mind to enjoy my weight loss victory, but I got there and it’s helped me stay positive about my weight loss for the coming weeks ahead.