I always said I wouldn’t do it. I would waste my money sitting in a room full of overweight people (like me) trying to lose weight (like me) and waiting for someone else to weigh me. Why pay for that? I can weigh myself at home.
I’ve been overweight since my early to mid twenties (almost 10 years). Before having Dexter I managed to lose 3 stone myself. I put this down to sitting near the skinny, healthy, beautiful girls at work, sometimes feeling frumpy and inadequate and sometimes feeling very inspired – so I joined a gym, cut out a lot of crap from my diet and steadily lost the weight. I started running 3 times a week and even managed to run an entire 5k race for life in 37 minutes.
I attribute conceiving Dexter to the fact that I was so much fitter and healthier. Before that, being overweight meant my periods were very irregular and I could go months at a time without having them (hence the reason I didn’t know I was pregnant for 5 months!).
Once Dexter was born I breast fed him for 11 months. I don’t care what anyone tells you about the reasons and benefits of breastfeeding, trust me… it is AMAZING for weight loss!!
After that though, it all went a bit down hill. I work in the evenings so dinner was always a dilemma.
If I eat before I go, I’m hungry when I get back in and end up eating again.
If I wait and then eat when I get back, It’s too late at night to bother cooking and I end up eating junk, more often that not, take away.
It got to a point that the new clothes that I’d bought myself after having Dexter were starting to get very tight. I mean tight to the point that my jeans were digging into my hips and leaving red lines all around my waist.
So I asked in a facebook group for ideas on keeping fit with a toddler in tow and somebody suggested Slimming World. My sister had done it before so I had a vague idea about it and the more I thought about it, the more in my face it seemed to be. I just kept over hearing people talking about it and not one person had anything bad to say.
I weighed up the pros and cons and decided to give it a go. Ok, yes it does cost the best part of £5 each week and if your budget is anything like mine, that is a fair bit of money. But when I looked at how much I was spending on takeaways and such, 3 weeks of Slimming World equals less than the average family sized Chinese. So for one meal that tastes awesome while eating it but then essentially makes me feel fat and miserable, I get 3 weeks of motivation, like minded adults to talk to, meal ideas and a much healthier outlook.
I don’t want to preach about it all to you like I’m trying to sell you on it but I will just tell you a brief bit about how it works from what I’ve learnt over the last week or so. Quite simply, the slimming world ethos is all about food optimising: everything in moderation and making the best choices. There is no calorie counting, no points to keep track of and you don’t have to starve yourself or miss out on what you enjoy.
There are 3 simple steps to follow.
1 – Free foods. These are the best possible foods you can eat and you can quite literally eat as much of these as you like so you never have to go hungry.
2 – Healthy extras. Very minimal weighing on these but they are here to ensure you get the right amount of calcium and fibre in to your diets.
3 – Syns. These are the only things you have to count. You can have between 5 and 15 syns a day and can range from anything to a takeaway portion or a dollop of ketchup. How you use them is entirely up to you and they are there so that you can still enjoy all the things you love with out the restrictions that most diets insist on.
Of course its not just about what you eat, as any medical professional, dietician or anyone with any common sense will tell you, its about getting the right exercise too and this is both encouraged and rewarded in the Slimming World sessions with what they refer to as body magic but I’ll write more on that another time. With not driving, I already walk and cycle a fair amount and have recently taken up hula hooping in the comfort of my living room.
If you are considering joining, I would completely and utterly recommend it. Your actual weight is never announced in the group sessions, just the amount you’ve lost (or gained) and how close you are to your targets. I’ve set my self a goal of a 3 stone weight loss to put me smack bang in the middle of the healthy BMI range for my height and age.
So far I’ve been following the Slimming World way for a week and a half and on my first weigh in I was very happy to have lost 4lb. If I manage to lose the next 3lb that I’m aiming for then thats half a stone on 2 weeks!
I for one am glad I joined and I’m proud to be a Slimmer!
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