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Slimming World – Back on track

Slimming World – Back on track
I’ve been struggling since last September, stuck in the same stone all that time just going up and down, up and down like a yoyo.

It was starting to get me down but I never let it get to me so much that I stopped going and I’m really proud of myself for that. I’ve been overweight my whole life and tried numerous diets with no success, mostly because i didn’t stick with them when I had bad weeks. I wouldn’t put them behind me and move on, I’d get fed up and give up.
Slimming World worked straight away and I lost 7 stone in my first year so I know it works for me. I don’t know why it’s not been working lately but I do know I feel positive again and because I didn’t give up, I didn’t put all the weight back on, which I could have easily done so I don’t have to start all over again!

I was losing a stone every 6-9 weeks until my first anniversary when I received my 7 stone award then it took 27 weeks to get my 8 stone award.
I’m now working towards my 8 and a half stone award and only have 2 and a half pound to go 🙂

Wish me luck!


22/08/12 31 stone 1lb 435lb 197.3kg BMI = 77
29/08/12 30 st 9.5lb 429.5lb 194.8kg BMI = 76.1 – 5.5lb
05/09/12 30 st 9lb 429lb 194.5kg BMI = 76 – 0.5lb
12/09/12 30 st 5lb 425lb 192.7kg BMI = 75.3 – 4.0lb
19/09/12 30 st 3.5lb 423.5lb 192.0kg BMI = 75 – 1.5lb
26/09/12 29 st 13lb 419lb 190.0kg BMI = 74.2 – 4.5lb
03/10/12 29 st 12.5lb 418.5lb 189.8kg BMI = 74.1 – 0.5lb
10/10/12 29 st 10lb 416lb 188.6kg BMI = 73.7 – 2.5lb
17/10/12 29 st 6lb 412lb 186.8kg BMI = 73 – 4lb
24/10/12 29 st 2lb 408lb 185kg BMI = 72.3 – 4lb
31/10/12 HOLIDAY
07/11/12 28 st 13lb 405lb 183.7kg BMI = 71.7 – 3lb
14/11/12 28 st 8.5lb 400.5lb 181.6kg BMI = 70.9 – 4.5lb
21/11/12 28 st 8lb 400lb 181.3kg BMI = 70.8 – 0.5lb
28/11/12 28 st 5lb 397lb 180kg BMI = 70.3 – 3lb
05/12/12 28 st 4lb 396lb 179.6kg BMI = 70.1 – 1lb
12/12/12 28 st 2lb 394lb 178.7kg BMI = 69.8 – 2lb
19/12/12 27st 13lb 391lb 177.3kg BMI = 69.3 – 3lb
23/12/12 27st 12lb 390lb 176.9kg BMI = 69.1 – 1lb
02/01/13 28st 3.5lb 395.5lb 179.9kg BMI = 70.1 + 5.5lb
09/01/13 28st 0.5lb 392.5lb 178.03kg BMI = 69.5 – 3lb
16/01/13 27st 12lb 390lb 176.9kg BMI = 69.1 – 2.5lb
23/01/13 27st 8lb 386lb 175kg BMI = 68.4 – 4lb
30/01/13 27st 6.5lb 384.5lb 174.4kg BMI = 68.1 – 1.5lb
06/02/13 27st 3lb 381lb 172.8kg BMI = 64.4 – 3.5lb
13/02/2013 27st 2lb 380lb 172.3kg BMI = 64.2 – 1lb
20/02/2013 27st 0.5lb 378.5lb 171.6kg BMI = 64 – 1.5lb
27/02/2013 26st 10.5lb 374.5lb 169.8kg BMI = 63.3 – 4lb
06/03/2013 26st 10.5lb 374.5lb 169.8kg BMI = 63.3 – 0
13/03/2013 26st 10lb 374lb 169.6kg BMI = 63.2 – 0.5lb
20/03/2013 26st 9.5lb 373.5lb 169.4kg BMI = 63.1 – 0.5lb
27/03/2013 26st 9lb 373lb 169.1kg BMI = 63 – 0.5lb
03/04/2013 26st 4.5lb 368.5lb 167.1kg BMI = 62.3 – 4.5lb
10/04/2013 26st 6lb 370lb 167.8kg BMI = 62.5 + 1.5lb
17/04/2013 26st 4lb 368lb 166.9kg BMI = 62.2 – 2lb
24/04/2013 26st 2lb 366lb 166kg BMI = 61.8 – 2lb
01/05/2013 26st 364lb 165.1kg BMI = 61.5 – 2lb
08/05/2013 25st 13lb 363lb 164.6kg BMI = 61.3 -1lb
15/05/2013 25st 10.5lb 360.5lb 163.5kg BMI = 60.9 – 2.5lb
22/05/2013 25st 10lb 360lb 163.2kg BMI = 60.8 – 0.5lb
29/05/2013 25st 11.5lb 361.5lb 163.9kg BMI = 61.1 + 1.5lb
05/06/2013 25st 8.5lb 358.5lb 162.6kg BMI = 60.6 – 3lb
12/06/2013 25st 7lb 357lb 161.9kg BMI = 60.3 – 1.5lb
19/06/2013 25st 4lb 354lb 160.6kg BMI = 59.8 – 3lb
26/06/2013 25st 3lb 353lb 160.1kg BMI = 59.7 – 1lb
03/07/2013 25st 0.5lb 350.5lb 158.9kg BMI = 59.2 – 2.5lb
10/07/2013 24st 12.5lb 348.5lb 158kg BMI = 58.9 – 2lb
17/07/2013 24st 10.5lb 346.5lb 157.1kg BMI = 58.6 – 2lb
24/07/2013 24st 7.5lb 343.5lb 155.8kg BMI = 58 – 3lb
31/07/2013 24st 7.5lb 343.5lb 155.8kg BMI = 58 – 0
07/08/2013 24st 4lb 340lb 154.2kg BMI = 57.5 – 3.5lb
14/08/2013 24st 2lb 338lb 153.3kg BMI = 57.1 – 2lb
21/08/2013 24st 0.5lb 336.5lb 152.6kg BMI = 56.9 – 1.5lb
27/08/2013 24st 1lb 337lb 152.8kg BMI = 56.9 + 0.5lb
04/09/2013 23st 13lb 335lb 151.9kg BMI = 56.6 – 2lb
11/09/2013 23st 13lb 335lb 151.9kg BMI = 56.6 – 0
18/09/2013 23st 12lb 334lb 151.5kg BMI = 56.4 – 1lb
25/09/2013 23st 11lb 333lb 151kg BMI = 56.3 – 1lb
02/10/2013 23st 10lb 332lb 150.5kg BMI = 56.1 – 1lb
09/10/2013 23st 8lb 330lb 149.6kg BMI = 55.8 – 2lb
16/10/2013 23st 7.5lb 329.5lb 149.4kg BMI = 55.7 – 0.5lb
23/10/2013 HOLIDAY
30/10/2013 23st 7lb 329lb 149.2kg BMI = 55.6 – 0.5lb
06/10/2013 23st 9lb 331lb 150.1kg BMI = 55.9 + 2lb
13/11/2013 23st 10lb 332lb 150.5kg BMI = 56.1 + 1lb
20/11/2013 23st 7lb 329lb 149.2kg BMI = 55.6 – 3lb
27/11/2013 23st 7lb 329lb 149.2kg BMI = 55.6 – 0
04/12/2013 23st 6lb 328lb 148.7kg – 1lb
11/12/2013 23st 7lb 329lb 149.2kg BMI = 55.6 + 1lb
18/12/2013 23st 8.5lb 330.5lb 149.9kg BMI = 55.8 + 1.5lb
22/12/2013 23st 9.5lb 331.5lb 150.3kg BMI = 55.9 + 1lb
29/12/2013 24st 5.5lb 341.5lb 154.9kg BMI = 57 + 10lb
08/01/2014 23st 9lb 331lb 150.1kg BMI = 56.8 – 10.5lb
15/01/2014 23st 8lb 330lb 149.68kg BMI = 56.6 -1lb
22/01/2014 23st 9.5lb 331.5lb 150.6kg BMI = 56.9 +1.5lb
29/01/2014 23st 5.5lb 327.5lb 148.5kg BMI = 56.2 – 4lb
05/02/2014 23st 4lb 326lb 147.8kg BMI = 56 – 1.5lb
12/02/2014 HOLIDAY
19/02/2014 23st 2lb 324lb 146.9kg BMI = 55.6 – 2lb
26/02/2014 23st 1lb 323lb 146.5kg BMI = 55.4 – 1lb
05/03/2014 23st 1lb 323lb 146.9kg BMI = 55.4 – 0
12/03/2014 23st 4.5lb 326.5lb 148kg BMI = 56 + 3.5lb
19/03/2014 23st 2.5lb 324.5lb 147.1kg BMI = 55.7 – 2lb
26/03/2014 23st 2.5lb 324.5lb 147.1kg BMI = 55.7 – 0
02/04/2014 23st 1.5lb 323.5lb 146.7kg BMI = 55.5 – 1lb
09/04/2014 23st 322lb 146kg BMI = 55.3 – 1.5lb
16/04/2014 23st 4lb 326lb 147.8kg BMI = 56 + 4lb
23/04/2014 23st 2.5lb 324.5lb 147.1kg BMI = 55.7 – 1.5lb
30/04/2014 22st 13lb 321lb 145.6kg BMI = 55.1 – 3.5lb
07/05/2014 22st 10.5lb 318.5lb 144.4kg BMI = 53.8 – 2.5lb

Orange background is a stone lost

Grey background is a half stone loss

Red text is a gain week

Finally – 8 Stone Award Slimming World

It’s been a long time coming. For one reason and another and I’ve been losing and gaining the same stone since I got my 7 stone award last August.

I don’t know why I found it so easy to lose 7 stone in one year then have it take 6 months to lose 1 stone but no matter how long this journey takes, I’m going to get to my destination 🙂

For those who don’t know, I started my Slimming World journey in August 2012. I weighed in at 31 stone 1lb. I hardly left the house, I was having trouble breathing and had pain somewhere on my body everyday.

I now weigh 23 stone 1lb and this time week I finally want to be able to say goodbye to the 23 stone category and hello to 22 stones! Once I can break through that barrier I believe it’ll give me the boost I need to start losing properly again.

I’m 38 in 19 weeks and if I knuckle down and work at it, I can be at least 2 stone, if not 3 stone lighter by my birthday.
Losing 2lb a week, every week till my birthday in July will take me out of the 300lb category as well which will be another huge boost 🙂

Wish me luck!


Weight loss and exchange of contracts! :D

Today has been a good day!

Today I got weighed at my Slimming World class. The last time I got weighed at my SW class, I’d put 10lb on over the Christmas week. I expected it and had mentally prepared for it so I was fine but I also wanted to get it off as quickly as I could.

I sent all the Christmas goodies to Derbyshire with the children and got right back on track after my weigh in on the 29th December.
I’ve been food optimising 100% since the 29th and when I got on the scales today I was delighted to be told that I’d lost 10 and a half pounds!

I expected it to take me 2-3 weeks to get my Christmas gain off but I did it in 10 days 😀

While I was at SW, Ant sent me a text saying the solicitors had called and they would be exchanging the contracts today 😀
It felt like we could finally relax because now it’s all legal.

I arranged our buildings insurance which was a first for me; I’ve never had to have buildings insurance before and it made me feel all grown up!

I know I keep saying it but I can’t help it, I’m soooo excited and I can’t wait to get those keys 😀


Fed up

I’ve been doing Slimming World for nearly 15 months and during my first year I lost 7 stone. I still have another 11 and a half stone to go to get my target of 12 stone but even though it’s a huge amount, I wasn’t worried. I’d been happy with my losses during the first year and expected it to take me to the middle of 2015 to get to target.

Since August though, my weight loss has slowed significantly and for the past 2 weeks I’ve gained with no knowledge as to why. I was doing a photo diary of all my meals on my other blog, Quest of a Shrinking Lady, and when I compared recent photos to other weeks where I’ve had good results, there wasn’t much difference.

I stopped taking photos because I figured I needed to try and follow the plan without keeping a diary as the aim is to change your lifestyle and work the plan in, not make it the focus of your life.
I’m now wondering if this was the right thing to do because things haven’t been going so well since I stopped.

I’m starting to get really disheartened because it feels like I’m wasting money on this now. Since my 1 year anniversary I’ve only lost 8lb but I’ve put 3.5lb back on so that means I’ve spent the last 2 losing less than 5lb and when you’re used to losing a stone every 6-8 weeks, 2 months losing only 4.5lb is quite upsetting.
The worst thing is not knowing what I’m doing wrong because if I knew, I could put it right.

I’m doing an S.A.S. log this week. For those who don’t know, it’s an in depth diary of everything I eat and it makes you really assess your choices.
Fingers crossed that I can turn this around because I know from experience that when I stop getting the results, I stop trying and I can’t afford to stop this time. I’ve never stuck at any diet before the way I have with this one and I’ve never lost more than 2-3 stone before giving up.
I can’t go back. I never ever want to be 31 stone again so I have to do something.

I’ve got 6 weigh ins before Christmas. I really want to get my 8 stone award before then so if I can just lose 2lb a week, I’ll do it.

Wish me luck 🙂

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It’s not cheap to eat healthily…

I started Slimming World a few weeks ago (you can see my progress on my other blog, Quest of a Shrinking Lady!) and the thing I’m struggling with the most is not, as you would think, having to limit my intake of chocolate, crisps and cakes, it’s trying to fit the cost of all the fruit, vegetables and lean meats that the diet calls for, into the weekly grocery budget; I’m finding that it’s not cheap to eat healthily.

I know this ‘diet’ (it doesn’t feel like a diet at all!) is wonderfully healthy for the whole family because we’re all eating more than the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day but I’m not sure how we’re going to keep up with the cost of it!

I had thought that not buying all the crisps, desserts and unhealthy snacks that I used to, would offset the cost of the fruit, veg and meats but when you look at it, a packet of 5 chocolate chip cakes from Tesco can cost as little as 50p; we usually buy Tesco Value anyway so the cost of those cheap treats doesn’t compare to the cost of the healthy things we now have to buy.

I used to buy the cheapest cuts of meat but now we have to have the leanest; obviously, the more work they have to do to prepare the food pushes the prices up.
I now have to buy pork mince to make homemade sausages rather than buy a bag of 20 frozen ones. And yes, I do know that homemade are 100% better for us but we don’t have the income to be able to choose the healthiest options all the time and a bag of 20 sausages does 2 meals for £2 whereas a pack of lean pork mince does 1 meal for £4.

Just that one comparison shows the huge difference between the cost of meals on our new way of eating but somehow, I have to make this work because it’s best for us all in the long run.

I see a lot of Slimming World recipe research is in order to find healthy, tasty meals that can be made for a smaller cost.

If any of you have Slimming World recipes to share, I can always use some inspiration 🙂

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