On Thursday i took the plunge and joined Slimming World. If you read my weight loss letter to myself you will see that i have been unhappy with my weight since baby number three was born last year, and i was trying and failing to lose weight on my own.
Every Monday i would start a diet and by Monday lunchtime i would have caved in, ate a bag of crisps and gave up. I was getting bigger and bigger so i knew that in order to change i had to join a Slimming World Class as it would help motivate me to eat less junk.
I decided to join Slimming World as i had been a member before many years ago after the birth of my first daughter, and i lost all of my baby weight back when it was red and green days. I also briefly joined a few years ago and knew that Slimming Word had changed and it was now an extra easy eating plan, which was as it suggest so easy to follow. However i was working shifts and often missed classes and i found out i was pregnant with baby number two so i stopped going to class after a few weeks.
Fast forward almost three years and here i am again rejoining Slimming World. Except this time it feels different, this time i really want to lose weight. I know where i went wrong last time by not staying to groups, not sticking to the plan and skipping a week if i knew i had a bad week. That is why i know i need the support of a group to encourage me to stick to the plan, to motivate me and inspire me. To cheer me on when i do well and pick me up when i don't do so well. To learn about new recipes and tricks other members have for staying on track.
So i searched online and found that there was a group just down the road from where i live which i was going to join but as my other half works shifts i was not sure if i would be able to attend every week, as it was on a night time and i did not fancy dragging three children along to a meeting with me. But i noticed that there was another group not far from where i live which has two classes on a Wednesday night and two on a Thursday morning, i thought this would be ideal for me as if i can not attend one class i can attend another. That's the great thing about Slimming World you can go to any class you want once you are a member to help you stay on track.
I was so nervous the morning of my first class but there was no need to be as everyone was so friendly and welcoming. The consultant who runs the class was off ill and there was a relief consultant instead who was really lovely and talked me through the plan in detail. I was then given my books and sat to take part in IMAGE therapy. I learnt a lot of new tips and some recipe ideas by staying for this and it was so inspiring hearing how much weight other members had lost.
At the end of the class when everyone else had left it was then time to get weighed (new members get weighed at the end), i was dreading this. When i stepped on the scales i was mortified at how much i weighed, it was a lot more then i thought. No wonder none of my clothes fit! But nothing was said about my weight it was not shouted out or anything, it was just wrote down in my book and i was asked if i wanted to make a target and i said i wanted to just take it a stone at a time. You are never told how much you should weigh or how much you should lose, you decide for yourself how much you want to lose.
I am really glad that i made the first step in joining a group, the first time is always the hardest but i really had nothing at all to worry about. Yes i weighed a lot more then i would like, but i know that is the last time i will weigh that much. I know that with the support of the group and also publicly sharing my weight loss journey online that it will
hopefully motivate me to stick to the plan and help me to lose weight.
I am already two days into Slimming World and i have ate burgers and chips, curry and have just had a full english this morning for brunch. Slimming world is fitting so easy into are family life as there is no calorie counting or living on lettuce leaves. It is tasty healthy meals the whole family can enjoy. So fingers crossed i lose some weight this week and i am looking forward to documenting my weight loss journey on the blog and sharing some of my favourite recipes with you all.
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