Sunday, 17 May 2015

Slim Down Sunday: Week 1

I just want to start off and say huge thank you to all of you for the support you gave me on last weeks post (click here if you missed it)  The truth is I spent most of last Sunday crying, weight is such an emotional thing and it couldn't be more of a big deal to me the fact that I'm sharing it with you, it is so personal to me as it's something I've struggled to understand within myself for years.

I've kept track of each day so that I can give you an accurate description of how my week is been.  You know what makes me laugh?  When you cut down for a day and all of a sudden you feel really skinny!  It's comical really but of course because you haven't eaten half the amount that you normally would, coupled with the fact that you're probably not drinking any fizzy drinks so you're not bloated, but regardless it is a little boost of confidence to continue on.  Although I didn't do very long on the treadmill on the first day, I did still feel that in the evening my knee was a little bit sore so I will have to be a bit careful with that. Of course exercise will make a massive difference but the truth is when I lost the three stone, it was near enough all just down to eating right.  I also got my husband on the treadmill when he came home from work last night which will do him some good too.  
A lovely and unexpected thing was to receive a message from someone I've not spoken to in a little while.  She had seen the post that I had written starting all of this off and wanted to send her love and tell me I have her there to talk to.  Unfortunately, some people have been more supportive than others but it was lovely for her to get in touch and she has message me all through the week to see how I've been getting on.  Love and support is exactly what is needed to keep you going.

I have also started watching old re-runs of Super-size vs. Super skinny which are on throughout the night and I just sky plus them.  I find that this program in particular really spurs me on, I'm not sure whether it's because I relate to the super-size person and see how bad they have its look or that I look at the super skinny person and see the amount of food that they eat and how it doesn't really bother them or even factor into their minds on a day to day basis.  This is how I want to be, I'm trying to change my mentality that food is treat into it literally just to be used as fuel.

Another thing I've decided to do for next week is order from Gousto.  If you haven't heard of it before it's a UK based company that was on Dragon's Den with the concept of getting people to cook more.  Each week their website has dishes listed for you to choose from for either two or four people.  Once you've ordered they will then deliver a big box full of the exact ingredients needed for each meal so there's no weighing or measuring, you just need to prepare and cook like the recipe card with it states.  I wrote a full review last year including a video which I filmed really casual of my husband and I cooking that you have to see!  (click here to read the post and watch the video)  Ultimately some of the meals aren't necessarily "diet food" however because you're cooking from scratch anything that isn't "Slimming World" friendly I will just syn so for example, one of the meals that I've chosen the only thing that wasn't free is breadcrumbs so I shall syn them and that's fine.  As it tells you what is need for each recipe i've just chosen sensibly and this way I still got to use my half price discount codes before it runs out in July so it makes cooking fun as well.  (For reference, I chose the 'cooking for four people option' as it's only slightly dearer than the two people option and now I have an evening meal for six nights for twenty nine pounds and I get to make their fun, easy to follow recipes - bargain!)

If you do follow Slimming World, I thought I would just talk a little bit about the things I've been eating.  One of my favourite SW meal, particularly in the warmer weather is jacket potatoes.  I have my own little methods behind them.  I will cook them in the microwave, turning them half way through cooking.  I then put them onto a baking tray having sprayed them in Fry Light and sprinkled a little bit of salt-and-pepper and put them in the oven for about 45 minutes, once again turning them over half way so that you don't get one side that's dried out and tough.  This just gives a really gorgeous and delicious finish but yet it still syn free (the skin is the best bit, right?  I can never understand the people that leave the skin!)  Once they're cooked, I'll cut them completely in half, scoop out the middles into a bowl mixed with a little bit of cheese just to give it a bit of flavour, also I hate when potato is really hard and compact.  I will then say this with whatever I want, spaghetti or tuna is normally my favourite choices.

One of my favourite evening meals is what I like to call "Bow Bol."  If I call it this in front of people I do get some funny looks but effectively this a spag bol!  Spaghetti is too messy and I can't be trusted so I use bow shaped pasta instead!  To make this I literally just use a carton of passata, tinned tomatoes drained, extra lean beef mince, loads of mushrooms, onions and herbs.  I will also often add bacon as well. 

Here's where it's time for me to confess though, on Friday my husband had had a really bad day in work so to cheer him up, I decided that we would go out somewhere.  I thought it would be a good idea to take a walk around the Trafford Centre and try my best not to buy another Jo Malone item(!)  I did say I would be completely honest with these posts so I will tell you that I did have a burger on Friday night.  The likelihood is that I will still do things like this every couple of weeks.  I think it's good for you mentally to have one meal, on occasion, that hasn't been restricted.  I don't want to be that woman that when all your friends want to go out for food you, have to be awkward about it.  I dithered about even having the burger but then I reasoned with myself that I had been brilliant all week.  One of my downfalls is definitely sweet things so I'm actually more so trying to keep away from sweet treats because I think that that could be the thing that would throw me off.  Previously when I have lost weight other times, I typically start craving deserts and chocolate and it's when I have them that I seem to not be able to stop myself wanting more so that is more of a concern for me this time.

Anyway I've tried to keep my treadmill activity but on the days that I haven't, they were the days that I went to Liverpool city centre and went around there or the Trafford Centre.  Movement wise I already do feel a difference, the best way to describe it is that I feel more springy and less sluggish.  Also I feel like my neck is more free and less restricted so I do think I could have slightly lost there too.

So I suppose the moment they are waiting for is for me to tell you what the outcome of this week was.  Well firstly my scales need to get their act together because they fluctuated between a couple of pounds every time I stepped on them which I'm a little annoyed about.  I'm looking to buy new ones but I feel like every review online says the same about all scales not being accurate so if you're reading this and you have a suggestion of one to buy, please let me know.  Going by the reading that I got the most times I weighed myself today, this week I have lost 4 pounds.  I must admit I was expecting around five pounds but with the problem with the scales, I'm not entirely sure if it is five after all.  Either way I figured it's a good start and with a loss next week it will take me to the stone bracket below which is exciting.  Although I do feel like my stomach is a little flatter, I can't yet see a difference in my clothes which is hilarious really as most of them are stretchy...!!  I do have a coat that's a good guide for weight loss so I will put that on every few weeks and use that to see the difference.

Another nice thing is that I've had a couple of people that seem to have been motivated by my post last week and one has joined slimming world and the other is considering it which is really positive. 
Things to remember: 
  • Every day we have a choice, it's a fresh start and the most important part from any healthy eating plan is to just try and make as many days, good ones.
  • Losing a pound a week is still over three and a half stone in a year!
  • If you're feeling particularly down about your weight, remember that if you stick to a balanced diet then by this time next week you could have dropped quite a few pounds, just the kick start you need to get going!  Even just by cutting down on treats you could make a difference, how good would that feel?!
I shall look forward to checking in with you next week.   I hope you've enjoyed reading this post.  If you have any Slimming World's recipes that an idiot could do (AKA, me!) advice, weight loss stories or anything, please message me on Facebook page, I do try to get back to everyone.
Love Karen xx

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