Back from holiday

We’re just back from a week’s holiday in the Greek island of Rhodes. We had an amazing time. The skies were blue, the sea was warm, and the buffet table was groaning with food!

You know how it is. You’ve stuck to the Slimming World plan religiously for the last couple of months, and when you go on holiday, you feel like you’ve earned a bit of a blow-out. And boy, did we blow-out!

We went away with good intentions. We said that we’d stick to fruit at breakfast, and pick healthy options for lunch and dinner. But when it came down to it, all out good intentions went by the wayside, and we spent the entire week eating all the worst kinds of food.

I blame the hotel, for laying on such a sumptuous banquet on the buffet table each day. At breakfast, for example, you could have fruit, cereals, cheese and ham, pastries, breads, a cooked breakfast, crepes with nutella, and cookies. And unfortunately on most days I usually ended up having a bit of everything!

In the evening it was also far too tempting to have a few drinks. Some nights it was a few beers, on other nights it was a bottle of wine, and other nights it was cocktails!

And so, inevitably, with all this eating and drinking – all of it totally off-plan – it meant that I gained a shed-load of weight. Surprise, surprise! I put on a total of 8 pounds. That’s over half a stone in just a week!

Eeek!

I now have just a few short days until my first official post-holiday weigh-in. I’m straight back on plan, and stuffing myself with as much speed food as possible. And I’m also out walking the dog for an hour a day, and using my bicycle to run errands around town. I just hope I can undo some of the damage before I face going to class again.

One more weigh-in until our holidays

I’ve been doing Slimming World for 8 weeks now, and so far it has worked incredibly well. I’ve lost a total of 2 stones 5 pounds, which is amazing!

If I can lose a further 2 lbs in the coming week, I’ll have reached 2½ stones, just ahead of going on holiday the week after.

For the last 2 months I’ve been really strict about following the plan every day, and have kept within my syn quota. And when we go away, I don’t want to undo all of the good work. But I feel a small (controlled) blow out might be in order. After all, it is a holiday!

I was chatting to the misses the other day, and wondered out loud whether it’s possible to achieve an award – such as the 2½ stone award – and then put on some weight, lose it again, and be awarded the same award a second time. Sadly it’s not possible. They don’t celebrate the second or third time you achieve a target – otherwise you could be winning the same award every other week!

So I’m thinking that I might end up putting on a few pounds during the holiday. But once I’m back it’ll be back on plan for the rest of the year.

I have this interim target to lose 4 stones ahead of my friend’s wedding at the end of December. That would take me to 20 stones in weight, and – I’m hoping – ensure that I can fit in the suit I got married in just over 3 years ago.