I thought it was about time for another Slimming World update. I’ve been doing Slimming World now for 12 weeks, and there has been many ups and down along my journey. As you know, I started Slimming World again to help lose weight before my wedding next year and I wanted to give myself plenty of time to make sure I didn’t put myself under too much pressure. From experience, if I become too strict with myself on sticking to a diet (or should I say healthy eating), I generally end up giving up quite quickly and putting the weight back on with interest…!!
So how am I doing? Well, I got my 1 stone award!!
Like I said before, I’ve had lots of ups and downs to get here but I am over the moon that I have reached my first stone lost! The ups are mainly down to how easy the plan is – if you’re organised. I have found on my successful weeks, I’ve manged to stick to plan because I have done some prep at the beginning of my week; writing a meal plan, doing a weekly food shop and prepping my breakfast and lunch for work the night before. Sounds simple, right? Well, my downs are generally due the weeks where I’ve been very hectic with life or work (which is more of a regular occurrence at the moment) and my organising/prep goes out the window! But there is another reason I’ve had my down weeks too that I thought it was important to share….
If you’re not familiar with how Slimming World works (aside from the food plan), it’s a weekly meeting where you get weighed and then you can stay for a group meeting lead by the SW group leader where everyone can discuss how their week was, sharing tips or recipes to generally make you feel inspired for the week ahead. Well, my other downs on my SW journey have actually come from feeling like a bit of failure after the weekly groups…!
I’m not going to take this time to put down my SW group leader because she is great but I just feel her approach to motivating people isn’t for me. There was a period of time when I would have either stayed the same weight or gained either ½ or 1lb generally because I was having such a tough time in my personal life so it was hard to stick to plan. Her reaction would either “you do know this is a weight lost class, don’t you” in a jokey fashion, or if I had lost 1lb one week which I was pleased with but she would say “that’s good, but your weekly target was to lose 2lbs…”. I completely understand this is just her way to push you to success but I’ve found I don’t work well with the almost ‘tough love’ approach. If you’ve had a bad week it takes a LOT of courage to stay to group (especially if you’ve been going through a tough time outside of SW) and by staying it means you are trying to do your best rather than just quitting. Unfortunately, this is something I think my SW leader sometimes forgets.
And the reason as to why I’m sharing this is not to put my SW leader down, it’s to acknowledge that you need to do what work’s best for you. There is always a huge importance to stay to group but if your group doesn’t make you feel good or inspired then its ok to not always attend, or find another group. There are massive success stories in my SW group, so her approach does work for some people but it’s important to remember its a personal preference. It might be sometimes worth visiting another group and see what another SW leader is like because they each have their own different ways.
Personally, this is the only group I can attend so I won’t be swapping groups but I have decided to only attend group if I’m in a good head space. If I’ve been having a crappy, low week, I know that’s it’s probably not a good idea to attend to group because I will take everything that is said very personally. My advice is, listen to yourself and do what feels right for you. Just don’t give up, because you can do it 🙂
Have you been in a similar situation? What did you do?