Now don’t take my title the wrong way – I haven’t left Slimming World and decided to come back to it. I even decided to weigh in last week on Boxing Day. However I made the executive decision to do something drastic and rejoin. This means I lose all my previous progress, get a new book and card and new logon. Now losing my progress didn’t bother me – I did lose over a stone and a half on the plan but then I got pregnant with Olivia and the weight piled on and I just haven’t stopped putting on. Something needed to change. I was going every week to be told I was putting on weight – I just wasn’t following the plan properly.
I knew plenty of people would be rejoining my local group today and I wasn’t wrong – plenty of people needed the fresh start. The only thing I am sad about is losing my pregnancy and SW Race For Life stickers but my lovely consultant has said she will see if she can find some and give them to me for my new book, yay! My weight loss journey has been up and down and I needed to do something about it.
So why have I decided to rejoin?
I am not comfortable with my weight. I can feel myself getting more and more lethargic. My legs, especially my knees, are feeling the pressure of increased weight. I am getting out of breath more quickly once again.
I need to lose it. My BMI is too high, I mentioned above that I am feeling breathless and lethargic more often – I need to do this for health reasons.
I want to encourage my children with their healthy eating. How can I preach healthy eating if I am not doing it myself?
I want to feel more confident in myself. I felt confident when I started to lose the weight and I want to get back to that again.
I’ve set a mini target of 3lb for next week and am hopeful to achieve it. I’ve been to Iceland today to pick up some of the Slimming World ready meals – especially their brand new beef and vegetable lasagnes – and I am going to read the magazine tomorrow for some meal planning inspiration. I’ve got 4 stone 6lb to lose – it’s quite a lot but I am hopeful that I can achieve it, especially with Steve’s support as he is on the journey too.
I recently posted my weight loss diary describing my weight loss from January to June – you can read it here. I’ve weighed in twice since then and am weighing in again tomorrow. I was on a losing streak for a while – having Steve on board with me has really helped as we have been cooking some delicious healthy SW friendly meals that we can eat together. Lunches have been pastas, salads or little noodle pots that are low in syns. So how well have I been doing these past two weeks?
Well..the week of the 20th could have been really bad. We went on a last minute four day break to Hopton in Norfolk and didn’t really stay on plan at all – but we were on holiday, after all! I was quite surprised and happy to only come out with a 2lb gain!
The week after I had hoped to lose 3lb – getting my 2lb gain from holiday off and then some. However both Steve and I found it a massive struggle to get back onto plan and although I still lost 1lb, it wasn’t quite what I wanted. We haven’t struggled as much this week but if my scales are correct, I’ve only lost half a pound which although it is still a loss, still doesn’t get me back to pre holiday weight. Today is going to be a very speedy day – salad for lunch, salad for dinner and lots of water I think!
Here’s hoping the scales tomorrow tell a different story, eh?
Olivia is now five months old so it means I have been back at Slimming World for almost as long. I haven’t actually updated in about four months – whoops.
I must admit that I have been struggling to get back into the motivation to lose weight but that has actually all changed since Steve properly started the plan with me. I’m constantly uploading pics to my local group, I’m always posting on my Slimming World Instagram and our meals have been amazing. So since January, how have I been doing? Here you will see how I’ve fluctuated and how in the past few weeks I finally seem to be on track.
17th Jan- -11lb (this was after the birth of Olivia!)
23rd Jan- -2lb
31st Jan – +2lb (this was after my birthday so expected!)
6th Feb – +1lb
13th Feb – -1lb
28th Feb – +4lb
7th Mar – -2lb
14th Mar – +1.5lb
21st Mar – – 1.5lb
As you can see, at this point I was really struggling. I was completely fluctuating and couldn’t seem to get my focus.
28th Mar – +4lb (No actual excuse for this at all, a very bad week!)
3rd Apr – +1.5lb
11th Apr – -3lb
17th Apr – + 0.5lb
25th Apr – + 0.5lb
From now on is when Steve joined and you can see the motivation return….
2nd May – Stayed the same
9th May – -2lb
16th May – -1lb
23rd May – -2lb
30th May – -2.5lb
6th Jun – -0.5lb
13th Jun – -2lb
It really does show that with some support and motivation, you can actually get back on track. I am now back at 10.5lb lost. I need 12.5lb to get back to my lowest weight on my SW journey and 3st 2.5lb to lose to hit my target – wish me luck!
Just yesterday I posted my weight loss diary for my first month back on the Slimming World plan. I have strayed quite a bit from the plan this week so I’ve decided that before I weigh in next week, I need a decent healthy meal plan for the week ahead instead of relying on convenience. It’s been a stressful week – Steve’s finally gone back to work and Jack’s come down with chickenpox – we’re having to do our best to keep him away from Olivia but of course, being only five he doesn’t quite understand.
Meals have been whatever me and Steve can be bothered to cook, if at all – so I need us all to get eating healthily again. So what am I thinking of having on the meal plan for dinners for the week ahead?
Wednesday – Diet Cola Chicken, cooked in the slow cooker with plenty of ‘speed’ veg that the SW plan calls for
Thursday – Roasted Vegetable Pasta, pasta and plenty of ‘speed’ veg
Friday – SW Chicken Curry with rice & plenty of speed veg
Saturday – SW bolognese (I blend up lots of veg in the sauce) plus extra veg on the side
Sunday – Gammon with lots of veg and some sweet potato mash
Monday – Speedy chicken salad with a splash of light sweet chilli sauce
Hopefully if I can get my dinners back on track, I will start to feel a lot healthier in myself again and also start to see a difference on the scales. My breakfasts I know are on plan (I usually have Weetabix or some form of rolled oats) and lunches usually are too as I have a quick salad or a sandwich using the extras I get on plan for breastfeeding. It’s dinners I really struggle with so lets hope I get back on track this week – wish me luck!
It is funny that I am writing this today when I haven’t actually managed to weigh in this week – probably a good thing after what I’ve been eating, I don’t seem to have got my head away from the ‘eating for two’ thing yet. So since I started weighing in a few weeks ago after the birth of Olivia, how have I been doing?
Week One – 11lb loss, back to 6lb under my original starting weight from November 2015. This was my first weigh in since having Olivia and it was great! I was super happy to get back on track.
Week Two – 2lb loss, 8lb under my original SW. Still feeling good at this point!
Week Three – 2lb gain, 6lb under my starting weight. This was totally to be expected seeing as weigh day fell two days after my birthday – I always gain around 2lb close to my birthday.
Week Four – 1lb gain, 5lb under my starting weight. This was me trying to get my head back into it.. I was really struggling.
Week Five – 1lb loss, 6lb under my starting weight. I was surprised by this as I had both my mum and Steve’s birthdays 2 days before and I was certainly not on plan.
I haven’t managed to weigh in this week due to Jack having chickenpox but I would be intrigued to see what has happened – I would definitely be expecting a gain seeing as I lost last week (despite two birthdays!) and then we’ve had Valentines Day since then. I’ve weighed myself on my scales at home for some sort of idea which I probably shouldn’t done.
I did do well with some of my meals last week and really got my head into the game until Steve and my mum’s birthdays came along but I need to get my head back into it again this week and kick my weight’s butt before weigh in next week. Wish me luck!