Morning everyone! It’s Sunday and I feel as though I haven’t spoke to you in forever. Last week was my first week at work and it went okay. I don’t know why I was so nervous for but I didn’t want to talk about that today. Can anyone remember my goals for this year? Well one of them was to kick start my weight loss journey and I attempted this at the start of the year but it failed, miserably!
I started Slimming World again just before I started my new job and I feel completely different about it. I was increasingly losing self confidence and was obsessed with wanting to lose weight. I even started to pinch my thighs every time I thought about chocolate and hated myself because of it. I don’t feel confident being naked in front of my boyfriend even though I know he doesn’t care about what I look like and he thinks I am beautiful no matter what.
We are also going back to Centre Parcs next year and I want to look slimmer and feel happier with the photos of myself so I decided I am going to restart my journey. It’s going to be a big part of my life because it’s a lifestyle change but I want to share my journey with you and perhaps we can support each other. I thought it could be like a casual post every so often where I can share my weight loss, recipes and the ups and downs.
The first session was a big thing for me. Even though I had been before I felt so worried in case people would judge me for losing track. I still wanted the support from my previous consultant and I didn’t know how she would react to me coming back but after all the worrying, I was fine.
As with any new member, the consultant usually sits you down at a table and explains the diet and gives you the pack which will be like your bible throughout your weight loss journey. You could have tea, coffee or just water but I opted for neither as I had some juice in my bag from earlier.
You get four booklets at first – a general overview of the diet which explains the free foods, a list of syns, recipes, the power of group and where your consultant will write down your progress. You also receive a pin code which gives you access to the Slimming World app. I love it as you can check the syns while your out and about. It’s just so useful!
Each sessions costs £4.95 but it does work out cheaper if you buy in bulk. After my introduction, I had the chance to meet everyone and say hello to some old faces, you can buy a raffle ticket and they even have Hi-Fi bars and recipe books for sale as well. My consultant then went through everyone who had a chance to speak about how they found the week and they had the chance to set a target. The awards are usually handed out after that. That’s another incentive of going to group; every time you lose 7lbs you receive and award and a sticker to add to your book. As well as this there is the chance to get Slimmer of the Week and Slimmer of the Month. Better prepare my speech, eh?!
I was weighed at the end of the first session. This was the part I was so nervous about because I knew I was at my heaviest. I saw the numbers appear on the scales and I felt like crying my eyes out but I didn’t. Knowing how heavy I was just gave me the motivation and inspiration to get started and lose some weight. She asked what I wanted my target to be and I said “I don’t know” so at the moment it’s my Club 10. This is when you lose 10% of your body weight.
Now, even when I lose 10% of my body weight, I am still going to be classed as overweight because I am such a small person. I’m 5ft 2 if you didn’t already know. But it’s a start in the right direction. I’ve always been a size 14/16 every since I started the pill as a teenager but if I can get down to a size 12 and feel comfortable then I will be happy. I know that I have a long way to go but I am just going to take it week by week.
So, How Have I Been Finding It?
I have found it so much easier than before. I have re-found my love for fruit and the whole Slimming World concept makes sense now. I have been trying to fill my plates with at least half speed food and still sticking to a vegan lifestyle as well. It’s like the best of both worlds which is something I was struggling with when I first started.
Unfortunately as vegans, any dairy apart from certain milks, is a syn but I am okay with that. I have been trying to have speed food snacks instead of reaching for something with a syn value and another plus is that I can still enjoy date nights with Edd. It’s been nearly two weeks since I started. The first week I managed to lose 2lb which I know it’s not as much as what some people lose in their first week but it is a start and that’s what counts.
If you have followed me for a while, you know that we enjoy the odd cinema trip now and again. I thought I would be in trouble after finding out the Odeon Medium Popcorn was 38 syns. That’s two and a half days worth!! I have even made my own houmous, free crisps and overnight oats. I have been trying to vary my diet instead of just have fruit, crisps and chocolate which is what I lived on before. The real struggle has been finding my chocolate fix. You only receive 5-15 syns a day but tips from other people is that they have received a greater lost when they are eating between 5-10 of these. There are a couple of chocolatey treats that I have been having in the evening when I am craving chocolate the most.
Alpro Dark Chocolate Dessert – 5.5 syns
Alpen Light Jaffa Cake – 3 syns for 1 bar, 6 syns for 2 bars or can be classed as a healthy extra
Choc Shot (all varieties) – 0.5 syns for a tsp, 2 syns for a tbsp
I really hope you will enjoy following my journey with me. It’s 15 weeks until Christmas and if I lost a pound every week that would be a stone lighter, if I lost 2lbs a week that would be two stone and I would be able to reach my target. Obviously, I will be happy with whatever I lose. I’m sharing some of my food diary over on my Instagram account @julyjournal for those looking for inspiration.
Are any of you following Slimming World? Wish me luck!
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