Have you ever tried something new for a few weeks and you’ve not got the results you wanted? Well, I got to that point a couple of weeks ago. I’d gone to plain old calorie counting to try and lose weight a few weeks back. After 3 weeks I’d lost a couple of lbs. I couldn’t figure out why at first, but I think I now know why.
I’m a big chap and all the calorie calculators online suggest a pretty high amount of calories for me to eat but still lose weight. I figured with the number of calories I was able to have, I could eat things like a McDonalds burger and still be well within my limits of calories with my other meals. This didn’t sit right with me – I didn’t eat a McDonalds burger, they’re not my thing, I prefer something sweet. I also noticed that in an evening I was snacking. I’d never snack after my evening meal – this was new, but why was it new? I wasn’t exactly hungry. I didn’t need to eat at 9 pm before heading for bed at 10 pm, but I was.
The My Fitness Pal app I was using to calorie count was telling me I wasn’t eating enough calories some days to save my diary, so I found myself snacking before bed. I’d be eating an Ice Cream, some Toast or even both. This didn’t sit right with me for someone wanting to lose weight. I can understand not eating enough can have adverse effects, but I was eating three meals a day with some snacks in between.
I thought long and hard about it, then it clicked – I think. I’m not worrying about my food groups while calorie counting. I’m not thinking I need a third of a plate of vegetables or salad with my meal. I was missing out on the low-calorie foods because I was more worried about not making the goal I was told to eat a minimum of.
Cutting that story there, I started back to following the Slimming World plan as of Monday last week. Making sure I’d got plenty of “speed” food (veg, salad, fruit) in my meals came back naturally. I wasn’t worried about how much I’d eaten in the day if I wasn’t peckish in the evening. I’m not heading to a weekly class to get weighed etc, I’m just weighing at home.
Week 1 Weigh-In
I can’t say how much I weigh because I simply don’t know. I’m trying something where if I don’t know how much I weigh, I can’t put. pressure on myself when I get down to previous weights. In theory, removing that mental wall I often hit around particular marks. So I get weighed at home with the wife tracking my weight.
The first week though, I lost 10 lbs! Something in the Slimming World way of things truly clicks with me. I didn’t feel I had to try, I just went back to eating what I usually would. More veg or salad with my meals. Less snacking (especially in the evening).
If you follow my Instagram feed, you’ll see something of the weird and wonderful things that wifey and I have been cooking up. We’ve been trying to make new things as often as we can, so we’re not stuck in a rut of the same thing every few days. It’s easy to get lazy and just cook the same things, but making these adventurous things has helped us recently. It’s found a spark that had previously disappeared.
How will weight loss work without knowing my weight? Well, I don’t know. But I will be able to tell you in a few weeks. I plan on making a weekly diary entry here to let you know how it’s going. I’m kind of looking forward to not knowing my weight each week. Like I said it already feels like something I won’t get stuck on in a few weeks time.