Well hello. Happy New Year to you all! And I guess this is officially my first Slimming World/healthy living/gym update of the new year, but I’m in a bit of a quandary. A crossroads. A pickle if you will. (I will.) And I’m hoping you wise people of the internet can help me.
I’ve documented my life on my blog every week for a whole year and Slimming World has been a massive part of my success – not that I’ve lost the equivalent of another person like some people, but success is relative isn’t it? To me, staying sane and pretty much on track for the most part of 52 weeks AND managing to lose weight and get fit along the way, is the definition of success to me. Anyway, Slimming World worked. Works. And it has helped me really change my mindset by getting me to look at healthier ways to cook food, buy fat-free alternatives to my favourite foods, cut fat off meat, dry-fry with spray oil, use sugar substitutes … and these are all things I can and will do forever now. (Apart from the occasional time where I slip up and can’t bring myself to throw away crackling when I make Slimming World Pulled Pork.) But look at this breakfast I chose when I went to a cafe this morning:
… no, I shouldn’t have had that sausage really – it came in at 140 calories on My Fitness Pal, but I had poached eggs and no carbs, so it was a pretty good choice, especially compared to what I used to eat at that cafe. Let’s just say hash browns AND a fried slice. (And no-one mention the Pavlova I made mid-week, K?)
My Thinking Slimmer Slimpod has helped me gain control of my portion sizes, I never eat until I feel full, can leave a meal once I’ve had enough and I’m confident it continues to help me make good life choices (I still listen to it every night.)
But … as I’ve said before, my weight loss has plateaued now I go to the gym and even though I’m happy with how my body is changing (albeit not as fast as I’d like, but then I do have a life, so don’t live at the gym), it’s a new year and I think it’s important to keep re-evaluating the path you’re on, and see if it needs to be changed/tweaked (now we all like a good tweaking, am I right?!)
What I’m getting at is, what now? Do I carry on doing what I’ve been doing, and expect things to change? Or do I change things, even though things are pretty much going in the right direction?
So the first thing I’ve done is stepped away from Slimming World Facebook groups and stepped towards more nutrition and fitness groups instead. Having said that, there are people in these groups that are on Slimming World, or have done SW and are now perhaps at a similar stage I’m at where they need to have a rethink.
The second thing I’ve done is download the My Fitness Pal app again. I used it, clearly unsuccessfully, a couple of years ago, but then I don’t think I really knew what I was doing back then. So I’ve worked out how many calories I need to survive (doing no exercise), how many I need, based on that, to lose weight, and I’ve inputted all the details into the app. If you’d like to know how I did it, please just leave a comment and I can do a separate post on it.
Another thing I’ve begun to look at on the app, and research in the groups, is my macros. My macro what? I hear you ask. Macronutrients. How much of each food group you need per day – carbs/protein/fat.
I also track my exercise on there and it tells me how many calories I’ve burnt and adds it to my daily allowance, but I’m not counting them, and I’m just sticking to the same number every day. Apart from yesterday, and most Saturdays going forward I’d imagine, where I managed to go 800 calories over!
I’m still measuring myself – I’m the same as I was pre-Christmas, which is good because I definitely put weight on – and so it’s like starting from where I left off. I haven’t weighed myself for about a month now, but I’m toying with doing it again tomorrow, just so I have a new 2017 base weight to work from, and then only weigh once a month. I can’t tell you how good it feels not to weigh myself every week, but I DO need to lose weight for my health, so I have to track it, just not as frequently.
I bought this red dress last week in the Lady V sale, and I love it. It’s a size 16 but it doesn’t do all the way up at the back, only to my waist, and it does nothing for my stomach either just yet, but I love the style, the colour and, ignoring the fact I’ve got nowhere to wear it to, I’m going to take another photo of me wearing this in a few months’ time to see the difference:
It’s really hard to ignore ‘the girls’ so sometimes you just have to let them free haha!
I’ve rambled, sorry, but I think what I’m saying is that I’m sticking with the SW principles but am also starting to look closer at the nutrition of things and whether tracking absolutely everything from now on will make a difference. Whenever I input a food I’ve eaten into the app, I honestly can’t believe how many calories are in some foods, so I’m learning more about the best things to eat and avoid.
I know that SW isn’t about calorie counting, but I’m curious to see if you can eat a SW diet alongside limiting the amount of calories, AND working hard at the gym, and whether THAT will finally get the weight to shift.
So that’s where I’m at. In a bit of a weird “What do I do now?” phase, and just trying to figure things out as I go. Ideally, the hot Personal Trainer at my gym will say to me, “Kate, I’ve watched you from afar, you’re amazing etc, and I would love to take you on as a client for no charge. Oh, and be my girlfriend as well, thanks.” But I’d say that’s fairly unlikely to happen, so I have to continue to take charge of my own life myself. Which is no bad place to be.
If you have any tips going forward, whatever they are, I’d love to hear them, and well, I’d love to hear from you anyway!
I have a good feeling about this year and my aim is to lose another 2 stones and 1 dress size by the summer. What are your goals?