Weekly Weigh In 24/2/16

Hi there lovelies!

So if you all follow my Instagram and Twitter feeds you will know that I finally got a  loss this week and lost a total of 5lb.

WAHOOOOOO! I wasn’t sure how it would go because I had a few drinks over last weekend.

I haven’t lost that amount of weight for a very long time so it just shows that Slimming World and writing absolutely everything down and being completely honest about my syns has worked.

Lee also pointed out that half of it is from my Whitby gain so it’s really only a 2.5lb loss but I’m still happy. Even if I now lose a tiny amount each week, I’ll be happy. I’ve been eating loads and have written it all down, even the few bad bits I have had.

Some of my meals over the past week are below:

I have had a ton of fruit both for breakfast and to snack on to avoid reaching for the naughty stuff. I’ve missed being able to just grab a low calorie snack bar or bag of low cal crisps because according to the syn calculator, they’re quite high in syns, so this has taken some getting used to. However, it does force you to think more about what you’re putting in your body as you’re trying to keep within your syn count for the day.

I found it a little hard at first with Lee as he’s still eating the stuff I had started to eat again like garlic bread and naan bread but I have made myself salad with curry instead of a naan for example. Once I get it into my head, I don’t think about the absence of starch based foods but I have had days where I have wanted them but have made myself avoid them because although they taste nommy, they just don’t fill me.

Last night I had a jacket taty with beans and cheese (synned the cheese) and I really really enjoyed it because the cheese made it feel like it was bad for me.

I’m slowly getting used to it but it’s clear that I love my syns as I’m still having a lot of them. :/

So I’m going to try and stay as on track as much as possible for the next week and see where that takes me.

I have to say it’s so nice to feel in control again.Theres a lot to be said for saying no to things;it empowers you. No I will not have that garlic bread and no I will not have that chocolate!

If you’re on Slimming World or indeed whatever journey you’re on,how has your week been? Have you struggled with certain things or have you tackled it with vigour and come out on top?

I’d love to know as I think it helps if we share and help each other get motivated to have as healthy a week as possible!

Have a wonderful weekend guys and speak soon!

SIMW

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I joined Slimming World!

Hi There lovelies!

I hope you’re all keeping well and are ready for the weekend. It’s almost here hurray!

If you read my last post, you will know that I was thinking about joining Slimming World. Well, I took the plunge and joined up last week! It was brilliant! I joined Ann’s group in Cudworth, Barnsley that’s on Wednesdays at 5.

It may me realise why I first joined all those years ago and left feeling more positive than ever. You get so many resources at your disposal and so much support. It’s lovely. It felt like a little family and I am officially hooked!

The only problem was that I went away to Whitby with Lee for a few days for a late Valentine’s getaway. We never do anything like this so I really enjoyed it. However, I gave myself license to eat and drink whatever and I really did go for it!

Sometimes Ice-cream is just needed!

 So when we were coming back yesterday (my first weigh day), I very nearly didn’t go to Slimming World. But I made myself go (managed to gain 2.5lb) and thus from this week am treating it as my first full week on the Slimming World Extra Easy Plan.I need help trying to find the free foods to snack on as I love to snack between meals but don’t want to reach for the syn-laden goodies. If you’ve been on SW for a while and feel like you’re a syns guru, then I need your help!

I started off last week thinking I was being good having my Cheerios for breakfast, then realised I had eaten 9 syns just from cereal! GUTTED!

So I have now delved into my book, on the app and online and am trying really hard to pick the low syn/free foods to eat. It’s hard though because I’ve done it my own way for so long; incorporating Slimming World into things seems harder than I thought it would be.

What tips do you seasoned Slimming World members have for a newbie? I really want to know!

It’d be good if I could buddy up online with someone who knows their syns inside out so you can help me and maybe there is some knowledge I can impart too. 🙂 Just a thought.

Anyway, have a wonderful day guys and remember, every day is a chance to start afresh and turn a bad week into a good one! (The cheese just keeps getting better!)

SIMW

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Monday Motivation

Good Morning Lovelies!

How are you doing this Monday morning?

I woke up in a miserable mood because I knew that most people I know are on holiday this week (lucky  buggers) as they work at schools, so I felt hard done by having to get up from my comfy bed!

Yesterday, my mum gave me the most recent Slimming World mag to have a read of, so I spent my bus journey this morning flicking through it’s pages of wisdom to help inspire me. At first, I was reading thinking, ‘I know this, I’ve done it, I’ve lost the weight’, but then I read more and couldn’t help but get inspired by some of the stories and recipes that were in there.

It’s easy to feel like you’ve written the book on weight loss sometimes (though I never claim this) and that you already know everything about how to stay healthy and keep the weight off. However, sometimes it takes looking at someone else’s story to remind you that there’s always something to learn (and to give you that kick up the bum you need).

I’m pretty sure, after speaking to family members and reading more into it, that I will be joining Slimming World this coming Wednesday and going to my mum’s group in Cudworth. That’s not saying I’ve failed at my mission. My mission was always to get healthier which, in turn, would make me happier and that still stands. I’m just admitting that I need some extra support and to be honest I’m fed up of circling around just under the 14 stone mark. I still feel like I could be healthier and stronger and yet I am being too lazy (compared to what I am capable of) and have gotten complacent.

So after my initial grump this morning, my miserable mood has been transformed into one of renewed motivation to have a good week for healthy eating and snacking on the healthier options. After reading some of the recipes and tips from the Slimming World magazine, I have found so many new snacks/meals I can make that I have all the ingredients for in my cupboard! A particular one I want to try is the Rise ‘n’ shine jackets for breakfast on page 41 of the mag because they sound so tasty and are an alternative breakfast option.

I’ll let you know if I definitely take the plunge and go to group on Wednesday; but until then, I am going to write down what I eat and at what time to see if I can curb my cravings for shoving everything edible in my mouth!

Have a fab day lovelies and remember, Monday’s aren’t always miserable; they can be a great starting point to try something new and begin your journey to a healthier you (god that sounds so cheesy…sorry!)

SIMW

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New Gymwear!

Just a quick post to say I got some new gym wear…hurray!

Well by gym wear I mean a pair of awesome workout spandexy tight things (what do you actually call them?!). At an absolute bargain these joggers were marked at £8 at Tesco, I took them to the till and they went through at £4.50!

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Bargain central!

They have a zip in the back for your phone and don’t go see through when you’re bending over (I had bright red stripy knickers on below these and Lee could not tell!) and they are really comfy. I thought I would sweat more because they’re full length but I need not have worried.

I felt a bit daft at first when I walked into the gym but then threw caution to the wind and got my sweat on!

I see so many people on Instagram and Twitter with their funky workout gear and wanted to join the party. So when Lee picked these up in Tesco to show me, I was so excited.

Some of you may think I’m daft for being excited about workout clothes but I think if you feel fab in your clothes, you will work harder at exercising. Personally, I’m one of those who looks at herself in the mirror at the gym to see what her workout clothes look like in different positions…don’t judge me! 😉

Have you found any bargains lately in exercise wear? I’m always looking out for new gym stuff! I think I’m obsessed with spandex…

SIMW

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Should I Join Slimming World?

Hi Lovelies!

Hope you’re all keeping well! Sorry if it seems like I’m posting less often on here but it’s just because not very much is going on at the minute to be honest.

I want your advice on something. I have been stuck around just under the 14 stone mark for a while and haven’t been trying as hard as I used to at the gym ( though I am still going and exercising) and kinda feel a bit flat with the whole eating healthy thing.

Is it worth joining Slimming World? I don’t hate slimming groups as I feel they are a useful tool for the support they provide, but I haven’t felt like I have needed them until now. I used to go when I was a teenager and did well but didn’t stick at it whereas now I feel like I would. The problem is its around £5 a week for each class; I know that doesn’t sound like a lot but its an extra £20 a month that I would have to spend and I’m already paying £38 a month for my gym membership.

I just feel like I need some sort of boost to get me back on track as I feel like I’m doing quite well during the week and then I get home and snack on stuff while I’m making dinner. So when it gets to eating my main meal, it’s like I’ve had half a meal already. The foods I am snacking on are pretty healthy but that’s not the point. I don’t need them and yet I’m still eating them.

I think I need a bit of group support but then I don’t know if I can justify the expense as I’ve lost so much weight already without the need for a group. Dya know what I mean?

I don’t want to join and fill up my already busy week if it’s not going to benefit me. I don’t know what to do!

I’ve lost over 8 stone so far but would ideally like to get to a healthier 12 stone as I know I am still carrying fat around my stomach. Help & advice are needed!

On another note, I’m off for a swim today as it’s an exercise I enjoy so am trying to do more of it and not just sweat it out at the gym all the time. What do you guys think about joining Slimming World? Have any of you lost lots of weight and then decided to join a group to help with that bit of support? I want to know what you guys have done.

Enjoy the rest of your day lovelies!

SIMW

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