Hello all. I sound so rough right now (think Chandler’s Dad), but I feel a lot better in myself now that my cough has come out more and I know it will only be a couple of days before it runs its course. #FamousLastWords  But fear not, I’ve mustered up enough energy to bring you this week’s Slimming World results!

 

Monday to Wednesday this week, all good. Trying to mix up my meals a bit more which is making things a little bit more interesting … as interesting as following Slimming World can be – here are a couple of meals I’ve had this week. Contain your excitement:

 

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(MEGA QUICK LUNCH OF ONIONS, TOMATOES AND BACON – FAT CUT OFF OBVS)

 

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(THIS WAS GORGEOUS, AND PRETTY MUCH FAT-FREE)

 

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Exercise-wise, Zumba on Monday, Spin on Tuesday, Zumba on Wednesday and then nothing on Thursday, Friday or Saturday, as I was either feeling really rough or I was at the event of the year … the Zumba Christmas party! (Yeah, the one I’ve been banging on about for weeks now.) It was fabulous fun! Thankfully, the dinner was dog shite so I didn’t eat much, although I did manage to wangle two desserts obvs, and the drinks were so expensive I didn’t drink nearly as much as I probably would/should have, but we had a dance, lots of flirting with random blokes that were in the over 30s disco next door, and I finally got to bed at 4am. Two different guys recognised me from a dating site, which was pretty mortifying, but they were much nicer in real life and so when they both asked for my number, I thought why not!?

 

I got home at midday the next day and stupidly decided to drive to Westfield shopping centre in London to meet my eldest son and watch Fantastic Beasts. Ridiculous idea. Came home, did the grocery shopping at 8pm, changed three sets of bedding, and finally got to sleep at about 10.30pm. I’m only telling you this because yes, I was bloody exhausted, but I still had enough energy to do all of that … and I even went to Spin on Sunday morning at 9:30am. #BeastMode

 

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I’m not looking for a medal, although if you have one spare that would be nice, but I’m just not going to make excuses any more. I’ve done that a lot when it’s come to my health and wellbeing and look where it got me. So …

 

NO MORE EXCUSES!

 

I think the old me would have probably just carbed up with a greasy fry up and vegged all day, but I’ve changed. For the better I think, and a lovely side effect is that I’m hopefully going to be around for a few more years! Plus, I didn’t feel nearly as self-conscious in my black dress on Friday night as I would have a year ago. That’s not to say I still don’t have certain issues, I’m only human, and I’m not blind – I can see my imperfections, where I carry my weight etc, but I really felt good and I hope that shows in this picture:

 

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RESULTS:

 

Again, I’ve worked really hard in the gym, doing a lot of cardio and as you can see from the photos above, my meals are all good. And I have lost weight this week – a whole 1lb. (TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS OF 3 STONES AND 5LBS) Don’t get me wrong, I’m not moaning (well I am), but it can be a little disheartening. I’m not going to repeat everything I’ve said in previous weeks’ posts about muscle and retaining water etc, but it has got me thinking about whether it is time to change the type of ‘diet/eating plan’ I’m on. 

 

I really have plateaued when it comes to weight loss, and although I am obviously enjoying the change in my body and level of fitness/stamina I have worked hard for, but the scales need to come down because I still weigh far too much. I belong to a fitness group run by a man that lives in my home town who lost 11 stone, and most of the members do a lot of work in the gym, which is something I really want to do more of, and some of them follow a Keto diet – think a little more hard-core Atkins diet. It’s high fats, moderate protein, and 5% carbs I believe. Everyone in the group that follows this diet has good results and it’s something I am toying with, but at the moment I’m undecided.

 

It would be great to hear from anyone that has followed this diet, I’d like to know if it’s sustainable, healthy, and whether you felt good whilst on it.

 

But until I’ve made a decision, I’m just going to carry on doing what I’m doing because at least I’m not putting weight on. I feel good, and that really is the most important thing.

 

And I’m still listening to my Thinking Slimmer Slimpod every night as I sleep, and that means that I never overeat or binge, and I have a positive frame of mind. Click on the link if you want to learn more (or feel free to message me.) 

 

I’m currently cooking a roast pork joint for the family, so need to go and finish that off. I’ve added a couple of extra treats that I wouldn’t normally cook, cauliflower cheese and stuffing, but I have made my Slimming World Roast Potatoes, so I am trying to be good. (Let’s not discuss the apple crumble and Prosecco we will also be having.)

 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I will see you all this time next week, and please do follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – byeeeee!

 

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12 Comments

  1. Whenever I follow SW I lose 0.5-2lbs per week. Whenever I follow a low carb diet I lose AT LEAST 2lbs per week. Now, that could just be me because I have PCOS and am insulin-resistant, but I do think the low carbs is a faster route. However, it’s the more miserable route because no potatoes, breads, sweet fruits, etc. I’m still not decided on what path I want to take in the new year. All I know is you’ve been a total inspiration and your losses and new activities have totally fuelled me to DO something, for proper and long term. So much well done. I love reading these updates.

    1. Hey Halina. Thanks for that. The thing is, I’m already low-carb – I only have them once a day, if that, and I’ve taught myself not to miss them. BUT, I don’t think a super low/no carb diet is sustainable, like you say, and this is for life (not for Christmas haha) so not sure I could/should do it. Thank you for your kind words too – I’m hoping that by being totally transparent about everything, people will be able to relate and not feel alone. Mwah!

  2. You looked lovely Kate, well done on your lb off. I know how disheartening it is when it moves slowly but all the little ones add up x

  3. You look fabulous in your party dress my love! Glad you had a good time even if the food was a bit crappy!
    I’ve not done keto but have done paleo in the past and found it easy enough to follow and very fast to lose the lbs.

  4. Hi Kate. Firstly – you’re doing so well! You look totally different – you have a fantastic shape – and clearly from your posts you’re feeling great too. Unfortunately, as you get closer to your target, the weight comes off more slowly but you’re still losing consistently! Keep up the good work!
    I’ve not done Keto but I have done Atkins. I dropped weight really quickly and felt awful! I had a constant vile claggy taste in my mouth. My skin really suffered – it was the texture of orange peel – and my hair suffered too. It was really oily and needed washing more – sometimes twice a day. It totally lost its shine too. And on top of all of this, the diet wasn’t at all sustainable. I craved apples and broccoli constantly. What sort of diet limits your intake of lovely fresh fruit and veggies?!
    If you’re still unsure, remember that doctors recommend SW. I doubt any would recommend Keto. After all, Ketosis is “a condition characterized by raised levels of ketone bodies in the body, associated with abnormal fat metabolism and diabetes mellitus.” Abnormal fat metabolism doesn’t sound great. It’s a medical problem – not a diet!
    Perhaps the best suggestion I could offer is to talk to your GP and see what they think about the Keto diet. It could be an eye opener!
    You’re looking fantastic. Keep on doing what you’re doing. Perhaps step up the SP days a bit and carry on enjoying the beautiful new you! You WILL get to where you want to be!
    Lorraine xx
    P.S. love, love, love the blog!

    1. Hi Lorraine – thanks so much for taking the time to leave such a useful (and lovely!) comment. I’ve done the Atkins as well, and agree with everything you’ve said – but have been assured keto isn’t quite like Atkins – but it seems awfully similar to me! The people who are on it are uber happy with that way of eating, and the results, but I’m unsure. I need/want this way of living to be sustainable, and I don’t think, for me anyway, keto would be – whereas SW is/has been. So I suspect there’s my answer really! I just need to not be so impatient lol! x

  5. For me the point here is that your body shape is changing massively, and as Lorraine said as you get closer to your target weight it becomes much harder to maintain your earlier weight loss. The body is smart and does what it can to try and keep the weight on, but I personally would focus on measuring success by dress/jean/knicker size rather than what is on the scales. I’m not a fan of any of these extreme diets, I simply don’t believe they are sustainable or healthy, I’ve seen so many friends go through them and fall off the wagon and put back on the weight they lost. I know you are on the right track, stay consistent and it will keep coming off just at a slower rate however your body shape will continue to change as your muscles tone up and you lose fat. A DEXA scan would be a good way to measure so you can see muscle %, bone mass % and fat %, that way you can see how these are changing over time.

    1. I definitely think measuring my knicker size rather than stepping on the scales of doom is the way forward, but it’s just SO annoying. I don’t think keto/Atkins would be sustainable for me and a lifestyle change is for life (not just for Christmas!)

  6. Hi Kate,

    I have done EVERY diet haha! And yes you do get a lovely quick loss with those kind of diets, and it feels great but as soon as the weight slows, as it inevitably will, you feel SO much more gutted because of how hard you are working for it. At least with SW if you fall off the wagon you can jump straight back on. Reading some of your other blogs you travel and eat away from home a lot, so think you need flexibility in your regime which these diets just dont allow for. More SP when you can and extra easy flexible syns when life is more important than dieting! Well done by the way! You are doing so great, if i manage to stick to SW and get the kind of changes I can see in you then i will be one happy woman!! All the best on your journey, Annette Xx

    1. Many thanks for taking the time to comment Annette. And I think you’re in good company when it comes to trying out different diets – been there! You’re right, I have travelled a fair bit with work and I do find it tricky to stay on plan. I know some people who have lost twice as much as I have in a year, but I’ve had a fantastic year, thoroughly enjoyed it, so I don’t mind the weight coming off slower. I feel like I’m about to start a new chapter with regards to the gym, and I’m looking forward to that challenge. Thanks again! x

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