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.
If you ask most Slimming World members (or anyone trying to lose weight via some sort of plan) if they stuffed their face over Christmas, the likely answer would either be a yes, or a very shady no. Especially Christmas Day, anything resembling a weight loss diet goes out of the window.
I will openly admit this last week while I’ve been away with family I’ve not even thought about Slimming World once. I’ve eaten chocolate & pastries, I’ve drunk beer and I’ve not been on the bike (kinda difficult when I couldn’t take it with me). So from a Slimming World point of view, I’ve done everything but stick to the plan.
I skipped Wednesday weight night this week. Two reasons lead me to get weighed yesterday morning instead, 1) it was my work Xmas lunch on Wednesday (I am not getting weighed after a 3-course meal) and 2) I wasn’t well Wednesday evening.
I was good this week where possible. Most meals were on plan this week with just a small number of snacky treats in between. I had to use some self-control this week but I just hoped leading up to Saturday that it would help and I’d have another loss, the last one before Christmas.
I love Olaf’s little song about That Time of Year. Having a 4-year-old daughter means this film is often on in our household right now. I don’t mind, the snowman is hilarious – more so than my daughter realizes.
The above image sums up this time of year perfectly in my eyes, sweets everywhere! Treat tables where ever we go and sweets at work, there is just no break from it. The power of will for someone who is trying to lose weight has to be strong right now, otherwise work that has already achieved something can easily be undone again.