Having been around my starting weight for years, I wasn't expecting much - losing weight just seemed like a REALLY HARD thing to do, and before the revelations of my first week, I was expcting to feel deprived and fall off the wagon pretty quickly. Instead, I found a way to eat loads of tasty food, while still losing weight and having the odd treat still. I actually didn't have too much to lose in the grand scheme of things, and despite some ups and downs during the Spring (hi Barcelona), by mid-June I'd managed to reach a weight loss of just over two stone. Something I never thought I'd achieve at the beginning of the year.
I haven't actually been to any Slimming World group meetings for a couple of months now, but I've managed to keep my weight pretty much the same - something I'm pretty happy I've been able to do. Although I haven't hit my target yet, I'm actually really happy to have 'stayed the same', as I feel like I've definitely indulged myself in summertime fun - from festival drinking to street food in the sun. It's a fantastic plan, for sure - but with my lifestyle and growing obsession with trying ALL THE FOOD, I've definitely not stuck to it 100% in recent months. One of the biggest changes I've made is pretty much completely cutting out full sugar fizzy drinks - instead opting for no added sugar squash (cause water on its own is dull) or my beloved Cherry Pepsi Max - I actually prefer the taste of it now to 'normal' coke! I also still cook a lot and have perfected some of my favourite homemade meals - I still love how well I'm able to eat when I just cook it myself - even curry is on the menu!
Although actually following the Slimming World plan (mostly) was the way I got to my original two stone weight loss, I feel the most important thing about it now is how it's affected my relationship with food. I'm now at the stage where I can go out for dinner and not worry about Syns and small gains, as I know my overall diet is good for me and I'm filling my body with the right things, most of the time. Eating out at restaurants is something I love to do on a weekly basis, and being able to fit those nights into my lifestyle without worrying about putting on too much weight is just brilliant. And when I do eat out, I often tend to find myself leaning towards the healthier options on the menu as almost a natural instinct.
I plan to keep an eye on my weight over the coming months, and if I do start to gain I'll rejoin a Slimming World group. I'd also like to lose a bit more, but hopefully if I keep to SW methods as much as I can, that'll come naturally. At the beginning of this year, I was pretty skeptical of the fact I'd actually be able to follow a plan and really lose the weight - but Slimming World has completely changed my attitude towards what I eat - something no amount of fad diets could manage. And besides feeling more self-confident with my body and being in better health, the fact that I've actually had the willpower to really stick to something has worked wonders for my self belief. It's made me feel like I CAN do something if I really want it - and that's a feeling that's completely worth the sacrificed Dominoes orders.