7th April 2008
I find that taking a breather from Food Optimising every now and then is a good idea. Itâ€™s a chance to deal with any cravings, and remind myself just how much better being on plan actually is. Iâ€™ve done it before and it worked rather well, and now Iâ€™m back on the wagon, Iâ€™m hoping for similar results in the next few weeks.
I knew I’d taken a bit of a gamble having another break, and Mr Scale took great pleasure in announcing a gain of 4.5lbs. I suspected something like this would happen, and with not a shred of regret, I continued on with my eversoslightly tweaked version of the plan from the magazine.
Having all the meals for the week laid out in a grid really helped, and it was really easy to stick to. Eating 5 times a day? I can handle that without a problem! As the week progressed I had the feeling that it was going exceptionally well. I was looking forward to showing Mr Scale who was boss the following Monday.
14th April 2008
I lost 8lbs. Which landed me neatly on my next stop, putting my total weight loss at exactly 10 stone or 140lb or 63.5kg. I was delighted to have achieved that this week as the following day I met up with my mum for the first time since Christmas. She can’t get over my transformation, not just physically, but in my attitude and moods. I don’t think I’ve changed that much, but if I think back to my life before Slimming World, I have to say things are an awful lot better.
To celebrate… I took another couple of days off. Sorry, but even I can’t go to the seaside and stay on track. I indulged my merry little self until I was close to re-enacting a scene from The Meaning of Life. But, the following day the wagon was waiting for me and I cheerfully hopped back in.
I’ve been back on plan since Wednesday, and apart from a visit to Subway today in which I found a sandwich that fell within my Syn allowance as long as I didn’t add any dressings, I’ve been pretty good. This week I’d be happy if I maintained my weight loss, but any additional loss to help me on my way to my next stop would be nice. I’ve put together a 7 day menu on a grid inspired by the one from the magazine, so I hope that brings good results again for the following week.
This coming week marks the end of my first year at Slimming World and I am absolutely astounded at how well it’s going. No plan has ever worked for me as well as this one has, and that’s mainly down to the ease and flexibility of the plan itself and the support available at group. The group I attend is positive, friendly and above all a bloody good laugh. I would say I’m lucky, but having visited other Slimming World groups, I think they’re all the same. All of them positive, friendly and fun.
Thank you to everyone I’ve met while I’m at group, or talking about SW online. You’ve all helped to inspire me to keep going. Extra special thanks to my consultant, the wonderful Frankie Pankiewicz. The journey’s a lot easier with you showing the way, Frankie.
So then. Here’s to the next 12 months. The journey continues!