Slimming World Sundays #4​

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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?

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Slimming World Sundays #3

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This week I thought I would share you with you some of my favourite meals I’ve had over the past couple of weeks. Seven weeks on plan and I’ve currently lost 11lbs. I’ll be honest, my progress is a little slower than I had hoped however I have had a couple of disaster weeks with festivals or weekends away which meant I’ve either stayed the same on the scales or put on 1/2 lb one week.Nevertheless, I am still enjoying the plans and fingers crossed in a couple of weeks I can make it to my stone award!

My top favourite meals of this week have been –

Steak salad from Singer Tavern, London (top left hand corner) – We all went to the local pub at work for a colleagues leaving do and they had some really nice salad choices on the menu, which meant it was easy to stick to plan. My biggest tip when you know you are eating out is to check the menu online before you go, that way you know exactly what to order when you get there without panicking. I also said no to having croutons on my salad – how good was I?!

Subway Salad (centre photo) – Sticking on the salad train, this is always a firm favourite of mine and will feature in my weekly food diary at least once a week. Subway is great when you need something for lunch. All the salad is free and its all about the double chicken portion, which is also free! Its then topped out with the Sweet Onion sauce which is 1.5 syns per serving – simple!

Overnight Oats (bottom left hand corner) – I love overnight oats for breakfast! I make mine with 30g oats (healthy extra B), a Mullerlight vanilla yogurt (free) topped off with strawberries and blueberries (free).This week however I made my pots up with frozen berries the night before and it worked just as well. Using frozen berries means I don’t have to worry about buying fresh fruit every 2-3days, plus it does work out cheaper too.

Nando’s (top right hand corner) – If you’re a big fan of Nando’s you will be glad you know it’s a great place when your eating on the SW plan. I had butterfly chicken without the skin which I count as 2 syns for any oil/marinate they use, spicy rice (1.5 syns) with corn on the cob (free as long as you don’t use that butter!). I love this meal as it means you can still go out for dinner and socialise with friend whilst not damaging your weight lost.

If you are interested in keeping up to date with what I eat on Slimming World or want to know more about some of the other meals I’ve had this week, I have a separate Slimming World Instagram account you can follow – search ‘stephi_sw

What are you favourite healthy meals?

 

Tasty Little Numbers

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Tasty Little Numbers was another brand I was introduced to a couple of months ago when I attended the #btonblogmeet. In a nutshell, “Tasty Little Numbers is the world’s first & only range of portion-controlled, multi-product ready-meals, snack pots, soups, confectionery, cakes & savoury snacks portioned to whole numbers of calories from 100 – 300.” I have a real sweet tooth, and really struggle finding low calorie sweet treats to satisfy my cravings so Tasty Little Numbers are right up my street.

In my goody bag from the meet up, I was given two of their biscuit bars (1x white chocolate and 1x dark chocolate) and a bag of the chocolate dusted blueberries to try. The blueberries were nice however the biscuit bars were really delicious. I’m one of those people who needs a little mid-afternoon pick me up, and if I had it my way it will be a coffee and a slice of cake every afternoon but that’s not good for anyone’s waist line, is it?! But these biscuit bars were the perfect substitute! And at only 100 calories per bar, it means you don’t feel guilty.

As you may know already, I’m actually doing Slimming World at the moment and these biscuits bars work out as 5 syns each. I’ll admit there are probably better ways in spending your syns but if you are a sweet/biscuit lover like me, I would really recommend giving these a go!

As if the biscuit bars don’t take your fancy, Tasty Little Numbers also offer a whole range of goodies which are all 100 calories each such as – Bombay Mixes, Chilli-Coated Crunchy Peanuts, Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans, Jelly Beans, Pretzel Mixes, and Yogurt Rosins. I think it’s great because it means there is no measuring and portion control needed – everything simply is 100 calories per bar/packet.

The only downside, is that they aren’t as readily available as say…a bar of Cadbury’s Dairy Milk, so it does mean stocking up on these to have in your cupboard for when you need a treat. From looking of their website, Tasty Little Numbers are available in Boots, Debenhams or Waitrose, or you can order online direct from their website or from Amazon or QVC. When you order online they tend to come in a pack of 5x bars/packets which is actually pretty handy for something to snack on during your working week!

I really want to try more from Tasty Little Numbers! Have tried anything from Tasty Little Numbers before? Any recommendations?