Today was my second weigh-in on Slimming World. I’m just doing it at home rather than attending a communal meeting, but two weeks in and I’ve lost a total of 7.5lbs, which I’m told is rather impressive.
Trouble is, I’ve been here before. I feel like a middle aged woman when I say I’ve tried every diet going. The Body Coach (twice), Weight Watchers, and now Slimming World – all in recent times. I have to say though – this is the first time that something has felt achievable. A mere mention of ‘Slimming World’ on social media will invoke a series of responses of people who are also on it, know someone that’s done it, or have already done it themselves to great effect. It feels like a club, a secret club that only those with membership have access to. There are lots of free recipes out there – and secret Facebook groups that no-one would ever knew existed. It’s like a secret underground diet club, and now I have a membership.
Slimming World, once you’ve got your head around ‘Syns’, ‘Healthy Extras’ and ‘Free Foods’, is actually quite simple to stick to on a day in day out basis. I’ve had pasta, rice, noodles and enough chicken to keep Nando’s going for a week, and yet still the weight comes off.
I know this is the first couple of weeks and therefore it’s very easy for the weight to come off – but I’m concentrating on getting the food side of things right first before committing to returning to the gym, a membership I’ve paid for for the past couple of years and not really used that much, if at all. I’m following the advice of the Slimming World website, and I have a couple of people that are doing it at the same time as me, which is a really great help. I’ll also write about the ups and downs here, which is rather therapeutic. I’m well aware there will be times where I want to jack it all in, and times where the weight hasn’t shifted, or it hasn’t moved at all.
But for now, I just earned my first certificate: The 1/2 Stone certificate. It feels like I’ve won a gold medal, but this race is far from over.