Thursday, 18 December 2014

Slimming World- Week 1

Hi Lovelies

How are you?

You might remember that I mentioned in my December goals post that I joined Slimming World on Monday 8th December. As well as going to group, and keeping my mum updated- I figured I'd stay accountable by blogging my Slimming World journey. 

So on Monday I nervously turned up at the group - which is about a 1 minute walk from our house and was greeted very warmly by some members. I got given my pack and the new member talk where they go through how the plan works then I stayed for "Image Therapy" where everyone goes through their week, and talks a bit about how they've been doing, challenges etc. I came away feeling really excited and ready for the week.

I'm on the extra easy plan which in essence works like this: you fill up on superfree (most fruits and veg) and free (pasta, rice, pulses, starchy veg etc.) and then each day you also get a Health "A" extra (calcium: milk or cheese- two guesses as to which I go for EVERY day!*) and Healthy "B" extra (bread, cereal, a few other options) and then everything additional and else has a "syn" value and you can have between 5-15 syns per day. Phew! Sounds complicated, but my consultant, Lucy explains it a lot better than me!! 

The thing I was mostly excited about is that it doesn't really cut out all that much: I love pasta and carbs and I can still have them!

So I went in to this week all powered up, syn counting (I download the app so I could track syns on the go) and had a couple of really good days. I was meal planning and we've started cooking properly again every night instead of the odd ready meal or takeaway. 

Then I began to see the challenge of joining slimming world during the festive period: socialising! But, I quickly realised I was making better choices each and every day: turning down a mince pie, opting out of pilau rice with my curry etc. 

So by the end of week one I was feeling pretty good and not that nervous for weigh in. I'd beat myself up a bit on a couple of days but in general, I felt happy.. I figured I'd maybe lost 2 or 3lbs. So I was over the moon when I stepped on the scales and saw I'd lost... 5lbs!!!!! Eeeeek. I was grinning like a Cheshire cat for the rest of the night. 

The thing is, even if I hadn't lost any or I'd gained everyone at group is so supportive and lovely, I don't think I'd feel bad. But.. I'm not going to pretend I'm not over the moon with a great loss in my first week! 

The next few weeks are centered around food and socialising, so I'm aiming for a minimal loss or hopefully not a gain and then I'll be back on properly in the New Year! Just 20 more pounds to go! 

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