I joined Slimming World the week before Christmas, weighing 12 stones 1lb and keen to get into shape in 2012. I initially felt pretty despondent after the first class because I was overwhelmed by all the different pages in the Slimming World handbook – Free Foods, Superfree Foods, Healthy Extras, Extra Easy days, Green days, Original days – arrgh! However with support and guidance from my two sisters, who also went along to the group with me, I went away and had a crack at Slimming World’s Extra Easy plan and was surprised by how easy and enjoyable it was.
It’s now four months on and last week, I hit a big milestone – I received my first ‘stone award’, weighing in at 11 stones. It’s been a slow but steady journey so far; I’ve been in no rush to lose weight quickly, I’ve just wanted to feel assured that throughout the journey I have continued to lose pounds, instead of standing still or even gaining weight.
I’ve still got a way to go to reach my target – which, at the moment, is 10 stones 7lbs, but if I feel I can feasibly do it for my height, I may adjust my target to be 10 stones. So to date, Slimming World has taken one stone in weight from me, but what has it given me? Here are a couple of things:
- Body confidence: As soon as I lost those first four pounds or so, I started to feel and see a small difference in my shape and it boosted my body confidence tenfold. Suddenly, fashion became more appealing again and when browsing the shops, I no longer felt in a foul mood with myself about the fact that the size that once fit me comfortably no longer fit very well at all. I even began to re-discover things in my wardrobe that I had long since stopped wearing because they didn’t fit right. The downside is that I’ve started spending more money on new clothes than I used to!
- Confidence in the kitchen: In my house, my boyfriend has always been the better chef by far and whilst I’ve always loved his cooking, I often used to feel under-confident about the culinary skills that I could literally bring to the table. Since I’ve started Slimming World however, I’ve found a plethora of healthy meal ideas that are so tasty and, as much of a cliche as it may sound, you really don’t feel as though you are on a diet. Slimming World recipes are so easy to follow so I’ve started cooking a lot more now. I have a few of the recipe books and also follow some recipes from the Slimming World website. My favourite book is ‘Extra Easy Meals in Minutes’ because it’s great for cooking up something tasty after work when you don’t feel like spending all night in the kitchen!
I’m looking forward to the next part of my journey with Slimming World and feel confident that I will follow the plan even after reaching my target as it’s fast become a way of life. The only regret as such that I have is that before Slimming World, I never ever weighed myself, instead following the philosophy that it’s better to go on how you feel in yourself rather than how much you weigh – if you feel you need to lose some weight, then do so. That approach clearly didn’t work for me and as a result, I look back at old photos now and have no idea how much I weighed at that time, whereas others around me have been able to look at old photos of themselves and say: “I weighed X amount then so I was bigger/smaller than I am now”.
Are you following the Slimming World diet plan at the moment? If so, what has it done to improve your lifestyle? What are your tips for slimming success?