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Slimming World Weekly Update

I’m back with my Slimming World weekly update in the hope that sharing every week will help me get back to losing instead of going up and down this flipping stone!

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I did have my 8 and a half stone award. I’ve now put a stone back on so I’ve currently lost 7 stones 7 and a half pounds in 2 years.
I lost 7 stone in the first year so you can see how rubbish my second year has been. All I keep telling myself is that I’m not going back to 31 stone so even if it takes years, I’m sticking at it 🙂
I don’t want to be in this stone bracket anymore. I want to get back to the previous one and by Christmas get out of the 20s all together 🙂

So here’s my pledge to myself:

100% on track this next year so it’s as good as my first year with 7 stones lost.
No uncounted treats.
Daily exercise (as soon as my bad back is better)

Goals for this week:

Meal plan for the week to help keep me on track
Drink a glass of water with lunch and dinner instead of diet coke
Move as much as my back will allow

I’m joining in with Well Being Wednesday and the Madhouse Family linky 🙂 I should have written this yesterday but the time ran away with me, what with it being the last day of the school holidays!

Wellbeing Wednesday


Slimming World Woman of the Year

I can’t believe I won Slimming World woman of the year at my Slimming World group. I want to thank everyone from my group for voting for me 😀

I think everyone who’s following my journey knows I’ve struggled with it this past year. I lost 7 stone in my first year and only 1 and a half stone my second year.

Slimming World Woman Of the Year

The fact that I haven’t given up and put it all back on is down to my lovely consultant, Sue, and all the members who support me every week.

This came at just the right time for me as I’ve had a big gain this week and was feeling quite down about it.
I got home from group and gave Ant the 2 packets of Reeses peanut butter cups (approx 30 syns for the 2 packets) I had intended to eat and not count the syns because I was feeling crappy and I’ve been totally on track today, even working out the syns for a portion of our homemade ice cream and sticking to that portion! It was 12 syns but oh my it was totally worth it!

I have the determination I had when I first joined 2 years ago and I want this next year to be as good as the first.
I’ll be happy, though, as long as I weigh less in a year than I do now, even it’s only 1 and a half stone lower because it’s 100 times better than being 10 stone heavier 😀


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 🙂

81 / 365 – Back on the diet

Christmas didn’t help my weight loss and I found it really hard to get back in the right frame of mind to start again. I put the stone back on that I’d lost and was feeling fed up with it all.

Yesterday I was looking at some photos that were taken about 5 years ago I think. We took them as ‘before’ photos for yet another weight loss program and I was shocked when I compared those photos to the ones we took before Christmas last year when I got the news about the hernia.
If you saw the two photos side by side, you’d think that the most recent one was the, ‘before’ photo and the one from 5 years ago was the ‘after’.
I can’t remember how much I weighed back then but I’ll be very pleased to get back to that size.

I’m back to small portions and no snacking. I’m not following weight watchers or any other plan, I bought those because they have the lowest calories and from past experience, I know they help when I get a craving for something sweet.

Weekly Weigh In – 16th Dec

I totally forgot to post my results last Friday.
I lost the 1lb that I’d put on the previous week but I’ve gained 2lb this week. I was expecting it because I’ve noticed my portion sizes creeping up and I’ve not been very strict about my chocolate intake.

The plan of action is to track all food eaten for the next week to get me back on track. I know that by doing this I’ll be focused again and ready to get the weight moving in the right direction.
I also want to have a really good week because I plan on taking Christmas Day off. I don’t plan on gorging but I want to have a guilt free day and I can only do that if I have a good loss next Friday.

I’m disappointed obviously but I’m not letting it get me down. I’m still totally committed to losing this weight and I have to get it into my head that gains will occasionally happen. I just have to deal with them and move on 🙂

7th Weigh In

For the full story about my weight loss journey, please read….Okay, so it’s not a tumor.

I was a little disappointed when I weighed myself this morning. I’ve put 1lb on and I don’t know why.
I’ve kept my portions low and haven’t snacked at all.
I’ve kept the amount of higher calorie foods to a minimum in a meal and had more vegetables, for example last night, I had a very small amount of pork and potatoes but filled up on cabbage, parsnips and peas.

I’m not going to let it get me down. I’ve been on enough diets to know that there are loads of reasons why a gain can be shown and I’ll just concentrate on keeping those portions low so hopefully, next week, I’ll lose more and be able to have my treat!

My weight last week 28 stone, 6lb (398lb)
My weight this week is 28 stone, 7lb (399lb)

My gain this week is 1lb :o(

Total loss is 1 stone

6th Weigh in

For the full story about my weight loss journey, please read….Okay, so it’s not a tumor.

Another week, another 2lb loss 🙂
This brings my total loss to 15lb. I’ve lost my first stone 🙂

I’m really happy this morning and still confident that this is a life style change and not a diet.
If there’s one thing I’m not happy about, it’s not being able to get in as much exercise I did the last time I tried to lose weight.
I walked the girls to school every morning and picked them up in the afternoon. On my way home from dropping them off in the morning, I’d time myself and try to get home faster and faster every day to improve on the previous time.

I keep wondering how much faster this weight would come off if I could do that again but the hernia makes me worried about walking so far and my heel is still very painful. I don’t want to make that worse because I don’t think I could stand it hurting more. I have to stop myself from crying sometimes when it gets really bad.
I’m hoping that as the weight comes off, I’ll be able to get more active. I need to speak to my doctor about the kind of exercises I can do safely that won’t put my hernia at risk.

My weight last week 28 stone, 8lb (400lb)
My weight this week is 28 stone, 6lb (398lb)

My loss this week is 2lb :o)

Total loss is 1 stone 1lb