Now that I’m over a month into my Slimming World journey I thought it would be a good time to update you on my progress. I wrote a post last month about why I decided to join SW again, which you read here if you haven’t seen it already.
With graduation looming (it’s only just over two weeks away now) I’ve been working really hard on maximising my weight loss without depriving myself too much. I find that this is one of the best things about SW, and why it’s so maintainable – you are still able to eat the foods you really like but it’s just all about moderation.
With my 15 syns a day I like to ensure I use them for food which is really worth it, for example you can buy little multipack bag of skittles (18g) which are just 3.5 syns – a great treat for when you need something sweet! I like to use these mini bags of skittles for when I go to the cinema too so I don’t feel like I’m missing out too much. I’ve even had an ‘on plan’ Nandos twice since I started, which I’m super impressed with. This included butterfly chicken (3 syns) with spicy rice (2 syns) and corn on the cob (syn free). I think by having little treats like this throughout the week it’s helping me stick to plan, as I’m not completely deprived of sweet treats.
This week I had my fifth weigh in, and I was really hoping for a decent loss as I had my first gain of 0.5lb the previous week. During the week I introduced some SP days to maximise my chances of having a good loss, and they really paid off as I lost 2lb this week! I was absolutely over the moon with this, as it look my total loss to 8lb in 5 weeks, and earned me my 1/2 stone award!
This was the first time I had tried SP days. For those who aren’t aware, this is slightly different to the usual SW extra easy days where you have lots of ‘free foods’ which you can eat without using syns. On an SP day, you cannot eat free foods so you must fill your plate with 1/2 speed foods (which includes most fruit and vegetables, but I advise checking the SW app to be sure which are included) and 1/2 protein. You are still allowed your Healthy Extra A, and two choices for your Healthy Extra B which really helps, as well as your usual 15 syns.
I’ve included a photo of one of my SP day meals, which was a burger made from 5% fat beef mince (P), topped with halloumi (HexA), red onion fried in frylight and a bacon medallion (P), accompanied by a side salad with plenty of speedy veg. I was worried that I would be hungry on SP days due to not eating things like pasta and potatoes etc, but it wasn’t actually as bad as I expected. I found that having quark with fruit for breakfast was a great help, the quark is like a more thick high protein version of yogurt so it’s very filling!
I’m so pleased with my progress so far, and still feeling very motivated so lets hope this continues. My original goal was to lose 7lb before graduation, so I have smashed that already. I’ve got around 10.5lb left to get to my target, I’d love to get there before my trip to Disneyland Paris at the beginning of December.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this SW update. If you have any SW questions do be sure to let me know in the comments below.
I’ve also set up an Instagram page purely for SW related content, I post daily including most of my meals and any yummy recipes I find! – SW Instagram page!