Today is weigh day and for the first time in a while I haven’t been dreading it. I wasn’t as excited as I should have been, and that’s because I had one sneak peek yesterday. It’s still an improvement on last week though!
But nothing counts until official weigh in, which is when I get up to get Pea’s breakfast on a Tuesday morning.
I’m wearing the same thing I always wear – a muscle top, a pair of undercrackers and the lightest, most threadbare pair of leggings that I own.
This morning I weigh 14 st 6 lbs and I am bloody happy with that! I’ve mentioned it before but 14 st 7 lbs was the lightest I managed to get when I joined Slimming World in 2012 (before putting nearly all of my 7 st loss back on) so to be back there now after struggling so much (since October, if I’m honest) is no mean feat. I’ve also reset my goal within Fitbit and I have just 1 st 10 lbs to go till I reach target!
I have 2.5 lbs so go until I’m back at my lowest ever Slimming World weight and before I re-earn my latest 7 st award, so let’s see if I can do that this week.
I don’t have a date (or dates) set for training this week but since my trainer went out on Saturday night and didn’t get home until Monday morning I’m guessing he’s going to want to do some damage control!
Either way I still have my kettlebells and my exercise bike, plus I might, might, go out on running on my own one day this week. But I’m not sure about that yet.
In the meantime I’ve been thinking long and hard about my relationship with Slimming a World, and I’ve decided we are going to take a (possibly permanent) break. I’m not going off the rails though! Let me explain…
Whenever I’ve joined Slimming World it’s because I know it works. I need to know, without a shadow of a doubt, that if I eat what they tell me to then I WILL lose weight (bar the odd exercise gain or needing a big poo…)
Now I instinctively know what I need to eat to lose weight. I used to need accurate Syn values, because with my dinner I’d eat a whole packet of Quorn nuggets, or a whole packet of Linda McCartney sausages. Now I have an actual portion of these things and the rest of my meal is generally free and speed food.
The last time I checked a Syn value it was for a vegan burger from Aldi, where I don’t normally shop. I checked the ingredients and since there was oil in it I guessed 6 Syns. And that’s exactly what it was. No matter what I would have had one burger for dinner, so even without counting Syns I would have been ok.
I couldn’t even tell you the last time I had to check a Syn value before that.
So since I don’t go to group and don’t use the app or website, why exactly am I still a member? I’ve no idea! So I’m knocking it on the head to see how I get on.
I have no intention of changing a single thing about the way I eat, except for trying not to binge (but then Slimming World can’t help with that anyway) and I’m also not too proud to go back if I feel my new approach isn’t working.
I reckon I’ll be fine though. Apart from when I’m going madly off the rails, I’m doing really good at eating sensibly. The regular exercise is helping immensely to control my appetite, because I don’t eat before and don’t feel like eating for ages afterwards. I thought I’d really struggle with this and have no energy but in fact it’s the exact opposite, which really surprised me. It’s yet another reason to keep up with my training.
What I will say to anyone reading this who is thinking about joining Slimming World is that you absolutely should! It took me a (very long) while to accept the lesson, but it really does sneakily teach you how to eat healthily. The plan taught me how to cook, how to really fall in love with veggies again, and although I’m still working on it I love the way Slimming World encourages you to remove guilt from your diet. It has no place there!
The only thing I will miss is my little graph, but I have complete weight records on my Fitbit account going back to 2015 so I can manage without it!
Best of all I’ve made some wonderfully supportive friends, and I wouldn’t change that for the world. I couldn’t do it without them.
Well then, serious stuff aside I’ve had a great weekend. After bird-sitting three messy parrots last week my room was smothered in millet husks, pellets, vegetables and feathers. And probably a couple of poops too. And since the washing machine is broken the vacuum cleaner thought it would take a turn too.
The washing machine should (everything crossed) be fixed tomorrow, but thankfully the replacement parts for the vacuum came Saturday so I spent yesterday cleaning, tidying, sorting and generally getting everything ready for the week ahead. I feel organised now, so it was time well spent.
Tonight I’m back at work, so in between now and then I need to get 10,000 steps, get on the exercise bike, do some weight training on the old arms, spend time with Pea and get a couple of hours sleep.
Here’s to a fab week!