Opps! Firstly apologies that I haven’t posted in a few weeks, or maybe it’s even a month. The end of march/start of April was hideous for me as I was ill for two weeks and fit to do nothing. I put on 1.5lbs in this time, but I managed to lose a pound the week after.
Now, I had a bit of a revelation two weeks ago.
I was in M&S food, and looking for something for lunch. I got some salmon flakes (oh! i know, look at me with my salmon!) and I saw a ‘superfood salad’ on offer. I started to put it back, however, as it contained some nuts and seeds and some dressing.
Then it hit me. What the hell? This was, really, a healthy choice for me. A year ago I’d have gone for the southern fried chicken wrap or the honey and mustard pasta with marvellous creations chocolate bar and a packet of crisps (I’m being serious here, that’s what I’d get!). That’s almost be 1,000 calories in itself.
It made me wonder if the slimming world way wasn’t really for me anymore. Don’t get me wrong, it’s been very very useful for me, and it has helped me get right back into cooking healthy meals from scratch. What I don’t like getting sucked into though is the whole ‘trying to make fattening things less fattening using cottage cheese and/or weetabix’.
I sat in class three weeks in a row when each time the main topic of conversation was how to make weetabix muffins and cottage cheese and smash scones. I can see how these recipes can help others, and in fact this sort of thing has helped in the past. It’s just not where I am in my healthy eating journey now. I feel like I’ve moved past that.
I don’t want to make weetabix muffins or smash scones.
I just want to eat healthy, unprocessed, naturally low fat foods.
I want to excersize more. I could be at the gym when I’m sat for two hours in a group.
It just clicked in my head. I am making healthy choices, I am being the best I can be. I want to see all food as OK instead of syns and the negativity that you can associate with that word. Yes chocolate is a syn but so is cooked fruit or an avocado, or some nuts. I’ve found I don’t like lumping all these things in the same bracket.
I am not saying I haven’t learnt from slimming world, because I have. The principles of food optimising are very simple to follow in your head. It’s not a bad rule of thumb to live by.
However, I made the decision to leave slimming world.
I have started up My Fitness Pal again. This time, however, I am getting it. It clicks.
Maybe it’s because I need something new to focus on, I don’t know.
I went to the gym with my sister as well, and I really really enjoyed it. I surprised myself at how much I could do. I am very keen to sign myself up now to a membership.
My first weigh in using my fitness pal was last week. I’ve lost 2lbs.
This week, I have put on a pound. This is a mixture of two nights of eating takeaway and a pub lunch, all logged acknowledged and enjoyed. It’s OK.
However, I am now around the lowest weight I have been for just over 2 years. I am very pleased with this, even with a slight gain this week.
I just seem to have got to a point where I know what I need to do, and I know I have to do it. It’s actually not been that bad at all. I aim between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day, and I aim to do 120 mins of excersize a week.
If I go over, I don’t sweat it. I don’t have anxiety about points ‘running out’, I just think tomorrow is a new day, and I get back on it. I am, for the most part, choosing ‘slimming world friendly’ foods to eat throughout the day. I am cutting a lot of carbs out and swapping with wholewheat when I do have them. I aim for the ‘healthy extra b’ portion for fibre. I have cut milk from my tea and butter/spread from things like toast. I just feel better all round because I am eating healthily, and to be honest that’s more important than what the numbers say really.
So, there you go. I hope you still follow my journey and how I’m getting on. I’m on Instagram if you like food pictures/inspiration and I will try and post every week from now on.