Last week I was disappointed after the weigh-in. I’d lost a whole half a lbs, not really what I was aiming for. But I had a good, long, hard think about why I hadn’t had a good loss then. You can read that here.
This week though, I am glad the report, was a much better week. I started out well. I found my old food journal (where we track everything we eat). I’d identified I wasn’t counting syns properly, if at all. So I set myself a goal of going at this week properly. I made sure I stuck within my syns, I ate as much speed free food as I could. I snacked on fruit instead of syn loaded goodies and made sure a third of my plate was speed free food at meal times.
Starting this week I will be writing a weekly post about my week. I’m planning it being a weekly fixture on every Thursday as my weigh week runs Wednesday-Wednesday; basically, Wednesday is weigh night and this is my Time to Reflect on the past week.
Let’s start with how I did this week at the weigh-in. I was hopeful of a good weight loss this week, I felt I’d done what I can to earn myself that 2 stone award back, I only need 1 lb to get it. No matter how hopeful I was, it didn’t come. I lost half a lbs this week. Not a reflection of what I thought I deserved going into weigh-in, but it’s what I got. This means I’m still half a lbs away from getting my 2 stone back again, deflated is an understatement of how I felt at the group.
There seems to be a trend in peoples views where you can’t eat carbs and diet. I look on Instagram for inspiration for weight loss meal ideas. Looking for ideas other people have come up with can easily spur you into trying new things, or adapting those ideas to suit your own weight loss plan.
More and more I see people with the idea that carbs are bad when losing weight. I think a lot of this stigma comes from short-term (FAD) diets that you see circling around. Diets like the Atkins Diet, the Stillman Diet and the Wholefood Diet.
The thing these three example diets have in common is they are high fibre, low carb diet. Now I’ve read into the diets a little, but from that tag line, they are very contradictive. As far I as was aware, fibre is a carbohydrate. So how can you have a high fibre, low carb diet? The key is what carbs you can and cannot eat.
I realised today I’ve been neglecting the blog this last week. I last posted Tuesday when I was starting to get into a rhythm of posting at least every other day. It’s not that I forgot or anything, I’ve just been so busy this last week.
This week weigh-in on Wednesday evening was the first weigh-in with a full week back on plan 100%. After gaining that 7.5lbs over the Christmas break I was determined to get most of, if not all of, it off again. Starting as if starting the Slimming World plan in Week 1 I kept track of Syns and Healthy Extras like a hawk.
It’s January and as expected Social media is full of those “New Year New Me” types who are all of a sudden on a diet in a bid to lose a few lbs. Give it another 4 or so weeks and most of them will have disappeared into the ether.
Our Slimming World Group had a good number of people join last week. It’s not only the New Year rush, as there is also an offer on joining at the moment. But either way, we have fresh blood in the group. I like it when new people join as when people share what sort of things they’ve enjoyed eating, our consultant makes them elaborate on what ingredients are used to the new people can understand better how Slimming World works. This works in my favour too as sometimes a seasoned member can pick up some new tricks etc.
My blood was boiling this morning on my drive to work. I usually listen to the radio, the guys on the Breakfast Show on Gem106 (or Gem Radio online and on DAB) are normally quite entertaining. But this morning they really got my blood boiling.
Let me set the scene with a little background info. Last year Jo (the female presenter) joined Slimming World. Through the year she basically lost half of what you should lose in your first month. She basically didn’t stick to the plan and found that it doesn’t work – well it won’t if you don’t follow the rules. This got me wound up before Christmas as she was basically advertising on the radio that Slimming World doesn’t work. I agree it doesn’t for everyone, but it does for the majority if the plan is followed. It’s not like most diets where you have to weigh and measure everything, it’s just about eating the right foods.