It’s been six weeks since I started at Slimming World and so far I have lost eight and a half pounds. Not brilliant, but OK considering I had a holiday in Yorkshire where wine and cake was consumed!
The strategies that are working for me so far are:
- Drinking on one day a week only
- No snacking at all
- No food between 6 p.m. and 9 a.m.
- lots of exercise: swimming, cycling, running, walking, yoga
- Having Old Jamaica sugar free ginger beer instead of alcohol
- Eating more green veg than I ever thought possible
I could do better if:
- I cut out the bread I am having for lunch as laziness has overtaken me when it comes to preparing soups, plus nothing feels like lunch except bread.
- I made more SW recipes instead of just adapting my normal day to day menu plan
- Stopped eating lunch out and made more of an effort to prepare food to take with me on the go.
I’m still learning what works, but have to say I’m finding it much easier to order a black coffee when I’m out and not look at cakes. I do feel my social life is slightly impeded but I guess it’s all in a good cause and I want to be healthier and happier after all!
Three weigh ins and I have lost seven and a half pounds.
Although I have not been hungry, it hasn’t all been plain sailing.
My main issue is craving food which feels good – butter on my Jersey Royals or asparagus. Butter on toast. Honey in my yoghurt. The added extras which make each meal a pleasure.
Oh and of course, no wine. At all. Not that difficult this week as we have not been out for dinner, but faced with a wine list in a nice restaurant next week I’m not sure I won’t cave.
Now, I can hear you saying ‘but you can have all these things on Slimming World if you count the syns’. Yes, all well and good, but when just one glass of wine is maybe 10 syns and uses up all your daily allowance….well you get my drift. As you can see in this picture, I’m on the mineral water and he’s on the Magners.
This last few weeks drinking has been limited to one night and having Bacardi and Diet Coke.
Drinking carbonated drinks containing sweetener goes against everything I’ve been led to believe about health. I very rarely touch them and for most of my adult life, Diet Coke has been like the antichrist. However, in the spirit of the plan, I tried it (and enjoyed it). Not sure I will continue long term though because I just know it’s unhealthy. On the flipside of course, being overweight is unhealthy too. I figure I’ll just keep the diet drinks to a minimum and I should be OK.
I’m making it a mission to do at least 10,000 steps five days a week and cycling on the other two. I don’t have a Fitbit so I’m using the app on my phone to track it. Once a week I’m swimming too and of course have my weekly yoga class.
Next week’s challenge is a birthday trip to Yorkshire, staying in a cottage next door to a pub. Red alert! I’m taking some basics with me, but not sure how the old willpower is going to cope when faced with the inevitable cream tea!
This week I lost another one and a half pounds, so I’ve lost just shy of half a stone in time for my holiday to NYC which starts bright and early tomorrow morning. This means I can fit into my evening trousers (yay!) and will feel more comfortable in my clothes while I’m away. I thought it was going to be good news at the weigh in because I noticed that my normal jeans are embarrassingly baggy around the bum and will have to be consigned to the charity bin. Now, I realise that this could be false optimism, as five days in NYC could land me right back where I started, but there will be lots of walking to mitigate the effects of cocktails, bagels and the odd Krispy Kreme.
I’m into my fourth week now with Weight Watchers and total lost is five pounds. I’m making slow and steady progress and I’m still eating carbs and butter. Don’t get me wrong, this is no picnic, as there has been no chocolate, cake or pudding in the house, but it doesn’t feel at all faddy and I’m coping well.
My staple dinner has been seabass or salmon with roast vegetables, which allows me to have carbs at breakfast and lunch without going over my limit. I know I could lose more if I kicked the butter into touch, but I’m finding it hard to give up as I love it so much.
The other obvious swap would be to have tea and coffee without skimmed milk. I drink lots of cuppas and could save loads of calories on this. One step at a time though, maybe that’s a thought for next week.
Seabass with roasted veg
Two and a half pounds lost this week, making four pounds in total. Now I’m into the killer week three which tends to be make or break time as the initial enthusiasm has worn off a bit.
The good thing is I’m not too hungry as I don’t have to give up carbs on this plan. I really need my porridge in the morning.
I’ve made a couple of the WW recipes and they seem OK, if a little bland. I guess I’ll just have to get used to not using much butter and oil in my cooking (sorry James Martin).
To keep me motivated I’m thinking about the lovely summer dresses hanging in my wardrobe.
Onwards and upwards!
If there was a list of ‘things not to do’ the week you start Weight Watchers, then going to a food festival would be right up there. However, despite tasting olives, cheese, tapenade, cake, cacao sweeties and pastries, plus sitting down to a three course fine dining menu, I still managed to lose one and a half pounds. Phew! If I hadn’t been so dedicated for the first three days, then this week would have been a write off. Not to worry, nothing much planned this week except dinner out at a Greek restaurant (eek!). This was the chocolate pave with honeycomb ice cream I polished off on Monday and whilst I didn’t exactly lick the plate, neither did I leave any for Miss Manners! Wish me luck for week two!
I’m sure you’re used to me by now, with my latest plans to lose weight, get fit and generally morph into a Celtic Goddess in time for my summer holidays. It’s been my goal for thirty odd years now, some years executed more successfully than others. Well you’ll be pleased to know that nothing has changed this year except that it’s the same objective, new strategy. Age has not diminished my desire to be size 10, run a 10k, be like Elle Macpherson etc. If you ignore the fact that I’m only 5ft 3 with a tendency to run to fat and a dicky ticker, this should be no problem right?
I thought so too. So full of enthusiasm, determination and a ‘sisters are doing it for themselves’ attitude, I joined Weight Watchers and signed up for a month. The teacher is lovely, and nodded encouragingly when I said ‘I’m doing this for me because I’m worth it’ like she hadn’t already heard that line a thousand times.
WW is not just counting calories, instead, you count points which are geared towards making healthy choices. You are given loads of literature to help you and most importantly you are weighed every week, so you are accountable.
Now, obviously I’m not going to tell you how much I weigh: a lady has to have some secrets, but I’ll keep you posted with how I get on!