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Anniversary Reboot

Checking on the calendar, it’s pretty much a year to the date of when I started at Slimming World.

Ideally at this point, I would take the time to review my progress over the year, but I haven’t actually been to class for the last 5 weeks, and I’ve been off-plan for all of that time.

So instead of celebrating my success, I am facing a return to class later today with a definite weight gain of probably a stone, or maybe even more. Because when I fall off-plan, it’s not by a little bit, it’s by a lot!

I could blame my downfall on a number of things – a 10 day holiday to America, a week-long business trip, and a 3-day work event where food and treats were provided – but these activities didn’t force me off-plan. That was my decision. And although it’s difficult to eat healthily when away from home, it’s not impossible – and it’s certainly not an excuse for the ton of chocolate and crisps I’ve eaten lately!

But instead of dwelling on the past, I’m going to move forward. I’m returning to my Slimming Class this evening, and will face my weight gain on the scales – and then I’ll just get on with the business of undoing the damage.

The good thing is that I know that my consultant will be there 100% to support me as I initiate what I’m calling my “Anniversary Reboot”.

I know what I need to do to get back on-plan. And my determination to lose weight has returned. So hopefully, from today forward, I’ll be back on track!

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8 Worst Problems of Weight Loss

Losing weight with Slimming World can feel great, but it also has a down side!

Here are the top 8 problems faced by people who lose weight:

  1. All your clothes are too big for you. As you lose weight and get a bit smaller, all your clothes will start to look a bit baggy on you, and you may even have trouble keeping your trousers up! Being smaller means that you need to invest in a new wardrobe, which can be expensive. Your only saving grace are those clothes that have lurked in the back of your wardrobe for the last 10 years that were previously too small for you. Let’s hope they’re still in fashion, because as a thinner person, you might feel a new compulsion to think less about what clothes will fit around you, and more about what clothes show off your amazing body.
  2. People keep saying you look great. It’s nice when people start complimenting you about how great you look, but after a while it can be get quite tiresome. You’ll end up screaming inside “Does nobody have anything else to talk about, except for how amazing I look?”, and wishing that you didn’t keep having to have the same conversation with everyone.
  3. You have a new lease of life. As you lose weight, you might notice that you want to get out of the house more and do more things. But this new lease of life can a lot of time and be expensive. As you socialise more and get involved in new activities, you’ll notice that you don’t have enough money left to buy all that junk food you used to eat, or indeed have the time to eat it!
  4. You may feel compelled to exercise more. Losing weight can often mean that you feel healthier, and want to exercise more. You might start with a gentle walk, a swim or a cycle, but before you know it you’re contemplating joining a running group. Exercise is great, but it can be addictive, so be careful!
  5. You might attract unwanted attention. As you get thinner, you may find that you become more attractive to other people, and they might start flirting with you or asking you out on dates. If you’re not looking for love then fending off this unwanted attention can become exhausting.
  6. You might turn into a health nut. There is a real danger that you can become obsessed with weight loss and healthy living, and become the boring one who keeps talking about Food Optimising and Body Magic to your family and friends.
  7. People will be jealous of you. As you lose weight, it’s possible you might experience some signs of jealousy from people you know. They may not say it to your face, but some people may be resentful of how well you’re doing, and may start to treat you differently.
  8. You might reach target weight. When Slimming World has been such a big part of your life for the last few months or years, it can be scary as you approach your target weight and contemplate life without losing any more weight. Luckily when you become a target member, you can still come along to class, be supported in maintaining your weight, and – even better – it’s free!

Hope this has been of some help. If you know of any other weight loss problems, feel free to contribute them in the comments below!

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Mixing it up

I’ve had the same meal for lunch and dinner for the last two days, and I’m getting a bit sick of it!

I like a chicken salad as much as the next person – actually probably more than the next person. And a large chicken and some salad things from the supermarket certainly goes a long way, and is good value for money. But it can also get a bit boring after a while.

It’s the trap that a lot of people fall into when doing Slimming World – having the same meals again and again. We find a set of recipes that work for us, and then we cook them again and again on an endless loop. And before you know it, you’re bored of everything, and desperate to have something different, which can lead to some off-plan moments!

Our weekly cooking schedule usually contains some or all of the following: a chicken in the slow cooker, a joint of ham in the slow cooker, a stir-fry, a batch-cooked curry or chilli, baked fish and chips, or a spaghetti bolognese. And although I enjoy all of these, I sometimes hanker after something a bit different.

Looking for inspiration

One thing we tried to do a while back, but has since fallen by the wayside, is to introduce a new recipe each week. The Slimming World magazines seem to be a good source of inspiration for new recipes, as do the books you can buy in class. Or a quick search of the internet will often come up with something interesting.

If you follow other SW members on Instagram or Snapchat you can often find inspiration for alternate meal suggestions – as there are loads of people that photograph their meals and share them online.

A bit of planning

I’m also an advocate of planning the week’s meals. I know that if I just left it to the day to decide what I’d like for dinner, I’d not have the right ingredients and I’d end up eating the same things all the time. But by pre-planning (having checked the recipes to follow) we can then buy the correct groceries in our weekly shop, and have everything in ready to go. And it removes the dilemma of working out what to cook each day.

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Stirring the competitive spirit

What started as a joke quickly turned into a competition.

Some people in my group don’t like to set a mini target. I’m not sure why. Maybe they feel they are setting themselves up for a fall. I’m sure everyone has their own reasons. However it means that my consultant is sometimes a little hesitant to ask.

Last week, however, this conversation started in group that quickly escalated. And before I knew it, there seemed to be loads of people setting mini targets to lose 4 pounds by the next week. I think most people were in a bit of a post-Easter slump, and feeling a bit rotten off the back of eating their own body weight in chocolate, and needed some kind of boost.

With so many people aiming to go for the 4 pounds, it seemed to escalate into a mini competition between people in the class. Some were aiming for their next award, and others just wanted to shift some of the gains over the last couple of weeks.

I wasn’t one of the people with a 4 pound mini target, but I seem to have got swept up in the big-loss fever and ended up losing 6 pounds, with which I was delighted. It also boosted a whole load of other people, and we seemed to have big losses right across the group. Some lost 3 pounds, two people lost 4½ pounds, and one member even lost 8 pounds in a single week!

It’s amazing what a bit of competition can do!