I made the arguably ill-advised decision to join Slimming World for the first time a week before Christmas. I thought it would spur me on to be a little more careful about what I ate over the festive period and give me a head start on my New Year’s resolution to shift some timber.
In my first week, I was mostly very well behaved food-wise (apart from a massive piece of chocolate fudge cake and about 26 jalapeno poppers at a friend’s buffet) and lost 2.5 pounds. A great start, but then came Christmas itself and the diet went out of the window. I was conscious of the amount I was eating, which meant I didn’t scoff as much as I have done in the past at Christmas, but I didn’t deny myself of anything I wanted and the main thing I want at Christmas – since I don’t drink it at any other time of the year as a rule – is Baileys!!
So every evening for five days, the one thing I consumed unregulated was Baileys – as much as I wanted, no holds barred – since my boyfriend’s mum and I had three bottles between us at hand (although we didn’t manage to polish it all off!). When I went for my post-Christmas weigh in last week, I discovered I’d gained 4.5 pounds, weighing more than I did when I started the diet! Now I’m not saying it’s entirely the Baileys that’s to blame but I think that is definitely the main culprit, with a bit of cheese and chocolate following closely behind.
Since my last weigh in, I’ve managed to get back on track at little more and now the New Year is here, I have officially started the Slimming World diet with gusto – no more excuses or Baileys to set me back!