After 3 weeks off plan it was back to Weight Watchers for me last Saturday, figuratively rather than literally as I follow it online. Prior to giving myself a break I’d been feeling pretty annoyed at ‘only’ losing 10lb in 6 weeks. So I did what I do best and consoled myself with cake. And sausage rolls. McDonald’s. Biscuits. Pizza Hut and pretty much anything else I could lay my hands on. I put on a pound that first week. I’m not quite sure how I didn’t put on 10lb.
Once I’d decided to give myself a break from the diet I somehow naturally went back to eating as I would do normally, but with a few Easter treats thrown in for good measure. And I stayed the same for those 2 weeks. It made me realise that if I could eat how I always had (minus the binge eating when my emotions or life in general got the better of me) and stay the same, the only real difference between pointing what I was eating on Weight Watchers and eating as I ordinarily would, was the exercise I was doing each day. That is why I was losing weight, not the Weight Watchers points system.
I’d had a feeling pointing everything wasn’t working for me. I was eating way more than I ordinarily would even without being on a diet because I am entitled to a high number of points each day due to my weight. How on earth would consuming more calories in a day lead to weight loss? It wouldn’t. And that’s not even taking into consideration the additional weekly points you’re allowed on top of your daily points.
Needless to say I knew something needed to change if I was to continue to lose weight. So I opted to follow No Count on Weight Watchers, which is pretty much identical to Slimming World. Having followed Slimming World successfully and lost 4 stone in 4 months back in 2008 (don’t ask me how, I blame being almost 10 years younger, but damn to I wish I could do that now!), I knew I had a better chance at losing weight on a style of diet I already knew I ‘got’.
What I ate
A week before the kids went back to school I stocked the freezer with Weight Watchers and Slimming World ready meals. Funnily enough I’ve only eaten one, but my intention was there would always be something ready to eat within 10 minutes if I couldn’t be bothered to cook so I didn’t end up ordering a takeaway. And I ordered some meal kits from both JD Seasonings and Spicentice. If you follow any weight loss instagram accounts, you can’t fail to miss them. Everyone seems to be using them – I assume mainly because they’re sent them to review, but I thought I’d give them a go in an attempt to have a slightly more interesting meal plan this week. I can’t say I was disappointed either.
Here’s a little taster of what we ate this week:
Spicentice Chicken Balti
Steak and chips
One thing I have noticed is all my food appears to be the same colour. It’s all very red/brown. I’m a complete fruit and veg dodger. I really don’t like it at all. Hence why I’m overweight no doubt and find it hard to lose weight – I can’t fill up on fruit and veg like everyone else does. But I’m getting there and making a conscious effort to include more of it in my diet.
I won’t lie, I haven’t exercised at all this week. That’s something else that needs to change. But I’ve been easing myself in gently after the kids went back to school on Monday and finding my routine again. I want to get into walking more. Even if it’s just a walk around my local area after dropping the kids off at school each morning. And as much as I enjoyed the 15 minute HIIT workouts I was doing (Davina’s Fit in 15), I think I need to up the exercise. Perhaps I’ll do two 15 minute HIIT workouts instead of just the one. I quite fancy giving Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred another go, although I doubt my knees will thank me for it. And of course once it warms up a bit I can finish my workouts with a dip in the pool which is always a treat, especially when the kids are at school and I can enjoy the peace and quiet.
I was thrilled when I got on the scales yesterday to find I’d lost 3lb. It takes me to 12lb in total, so I’m just 2lb away from losing that elusive first stone. And I’ve dropped down a stone bracket, one I haven’t seen in a year at least. Always good to see the numbers on the scales change isn’t it.
One thing I always do as well as weighing myself is measuring myself too. I don’t necessarily do it every week, but I find that if I have a smaller loss than I might like, or even if I stay the same, I’ve often lost inches. And that always cheers me up. I haven’t measured myself for a month and of course I haven’t been ‘on it’ in terms of my diet for almost as long, so the 3 inches I’ve lose in that time (one off each thigh and one off my hips) was a welcome sight that’s for sure. Taking me to 31.5 inches all over which is pretty damn good if I do say so myself.
Here’s to losing that 2lb next week and getting my first stone off! Wish me luck!