First up, I don’t want to become a diet bore so I understand if this type of post isn’t your thing. Fear not, I’m sure there’ll be plenty of dire dating stories coming up real soon! But it’s good for me to write about my Slimming World results to try and keep myself on track.
For those that are interested, this is my Week 2 Slimming World update and it’s been a good week. Don’t get me wrong, there are some days where I’d like nothing more than to faceplant a gateaux or five, but generally speaking, I’d say there aren’t many times when I’ve felt hungry.
So the first thing I did in Week 2 was buy a new set of digital scales. I just wasn’t 100% sure that the scales I had for Week 1 were really accurate and if I’m going to lose weight, I want to do it properly. So £15 later, I now have (what I hope to be) scales that don’t lie. Unfortunately. This means that I’m half a bloody stone heavier than I thought which is SO annoying, but at least I know where I stand. Naked, on a set of scales, in the middle of my kitchen, on a cold January morning, that’s where.
Food-wise, I’m still cooking from scratch a lot and I’ll share another recipe or two with you later this week. Knowing exactly what I’m eating is invaluable and means that I’m not eating any of those (delicious) hidden sugars that you can find in everyday foods.
I tend to eat a similar thing for breakfast most days – variations on fry-ups! So I’ll either poach or dry-fry eggs (2 or 3), and have them with grilled tomatoes and/or muschrooms, a rasher or two of fat-less bacon, if I can be bothered to wait that long, and 2 dry Ryvitas. I don’t mind the Ryvitas dry because it’s just the crunch I’m after and I don’t want to waste any of my syns on butter.
Lunch tends to be a Mugshot and fruit. I have had the occasional jacket potato and salad but let’s face it, soup in a cup is a whole lot quicker to make.
I’ve made lots of Slimming World friendly dinners for the boys and I – Bolognese (with hidden grated carrot, mushrooms and extra tomatoes), pulled pork – a real hit, salmon and salad – I’ve just found out I can eat the salmon skin which felt like winning the lottery, and yesterday I made a Sunday roast, with Oxo roast potatoes. Deeeeelicious!
I’m allowed up to 15 syns a day – a certain amount of syns are allocated to treats – for example, a fun-size Milky Way is 3.5 syns, and I save them up for when I’m most likely to want to pick at sweet stuff, ie. When I’m finally in bed watching TV. Probably THE worst time to eat sugar, but that’s just how it is. At least for now. And it means I can get through the day not eating rubbish because I know I’ve got a nice treat to look forward to.
Things I’ve Noticed
I’ve always always had big boobs and I’m glad to see they’re reducing in size, but not only that, they’re just not painful anymore. Not matter what time of the month, they were just quite painful to lug around (poor boobs – I love you really), but now they fit in my bras much better, my back aches less and if I am bra-less at the end of the day (aaaaaaahhh ……), I’m not in agony. Result!
I’m forming good habits. I always have a full fruit bowl in the house so that both boys can help themselves. Dexter is a big fan of smoothies so has one every other day. I’m aware that you have to ‘syn’ pureed fruit but because Dexter isn’t on a diet per se, I’m allowing them and we’ll see if it has an effect on his weight loss. When he comes into my room to chill with me of an evening, we’ll have an apple each whilst watching TV – it’s something he’s asking for and he loves my Weetabix Chocolate Brownies, especially with raspberries on top, so we might have a slice of that each too. I just don’t want him (or me for that matter) to feel like we’re being deprived because as soon as I feel like I’m missing out, I know I’ll cheat.
I won’t lie, I find myself doing top-up shops throughout the week because we seem to run out of food a lot quicker. Having said that a) it’s mostly for fruit, b) I’m not spending any money on takeaways and c) there is definitely much less food wastage because I’m now cooking everything I buy instead of it getting to Thursday, I look in the fridge, can’t be bothered to cook and get a kebab from round the corner. So financially, I don’t think I’m any worse off.
I can’t believe how much more energy I have these days now I’m fuelling my body with healthy food. I had become so sluggish and was finding it difficult to get off the sofa, so in the last 2 weeks I’ve built ALL the flat-pack furniture, taken myself to Whitstable for a day trip to take photographs, visited friends and family and celebrated my son’s 21st birthday and not once has my back ached or my joints creaked. I’ve wanted to do more things and it’s strange to think I hadn’t really put 2+2 together and realised that because I was eating rubbish, I felt like rubbish.
Here are a few meals I’ve cooked this week – mostly syn-free:
Dry-fried salmon, Slimming World wedges, salad – also, you can eat the salmon skin!
Slimming World fry-up – 1 square Heck sausage, tomatoes with a drop of balsamic vinegar, poached eggs (gutted I broke 1!)
Slimming World Pulled Pork & Salad
Treated myself to a Nandos and chose the best SW friendly items (I think!)
Shop-bought chicken tikka on a jacket potato with salad
So how much did I lose in Week 2? I lost 5lbs! A great result and I feel great. It’s hard to be exactly accurate about how much I’ve lost in total because of the scales debacle, but I’m just going to go with one stone in total. So 9lbs for Week 1 and 5lbs for Week 2.
I’m a member of a few SW Facebook groups which I find real encouraging and if you’re following this diet, I’d encourage you to follow some too. There are recipe swaps, motivation chat and before and after photos. In fact, one lady was looking for some before and after photos to motivate her and she was inundated, so I thought I’d post one of my own. The ‘before’ photo is of me the week before Christmas. It’s hard to see my body clearly but I think you can see a lot of weight on my face. The ‘after’ photo is one stone down and was taken yesterday – in the disabled toilet of a lazer rush party in Whitstable. So it’s not great quality but it’s the best I could do I’m afraid!
Keep an eye out for some recipes later in the week because home cooking is key to this diet and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.
Have a great week!