Slimming World welcomed me back with open arms
OK, let’s be honest here. I tried to diet on my own last year and it worked to some extent. However, if I am honest, I didn’t really get anywhere. There was some success, I lost a few pounds here and there and put more on! Then a happy coincidence occurred, you could say serendipity. I attended my Doctors for a blood test and the very nice nurse brought the conversation around to diet. You know you are overweight when the nurse asks you about weight! After a few moments of panic and total shock, I mentioned that I am trying to lose weight. I explained that I am finding it difficult doing it alone as it is hard work. She then mentioned I could join Slimming World for a 12-week programme that would be paid for by them. Well, what an opportunity. I jumped at the chance.
Slimming World or Weight Watchers Hurdles
There are a few hurdles that you have to go through to get this free pass to Slimming World or Weight Watchers. Firstly, you need to be overweight. This may be one of the easiest hurdles to complete. However, you have to have a certain BMI before you are considered overweight and I just managed to fulfil that requirement. (That’s my story and I am going to stick to it). Then you need to have your blood pressure checked and your weight recorded. After that, a recommendation is passed to the weight loss partners where a telephone interview is given. The interview was very simple and consisted of three questions:
- Have you been offered a weightloss package before, you can only have one package of weight loss help in a 24 month period. (Easy, No I have not)
- Are you committed to losing weight (Yes)
- Do you know which club you would like to attend (Yes Slimming World)
After qualifying a letter/certificate is then sent to you via the post.
I have a Slimming World meeting in my town that is about a 15-minute walk from my home. I was a member of that group about 6 years ago. However, I decided to drive to the next town, its only 10 minutes by car. The decision was that if I am going to be serious about losing weight I want to make an effort. Driving to the group gives me the time to take a few minutes to think about me, think about what I am doing and what I want to do. I found that walking into the class made it easy to get in, weight and then leave. If you drive somewhere, subconsciously you want to make it worthwhile. So I will be staying in the class after the weight in.
Slimming World welcomed me back like a long lost friend
The first meeting was interesting. I was the only new member as it was a few weeks before Christmas. I made the decision to join before Christmas as I was worried that I would overeat during Christmas. As a result of joining before Christmas, I knew I had to be careful during the festive period. I am glad I joined then as I have had time to read and understand what is expected of me during the diet.
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I have decided not to calorie count on this diet or follow a strict kind of diet. I have tried these diets before and they work when I am on the diet, but when I stop, I put the weight back on. Logically I know I need to educate my mind about what I should and should not eat, but I like the food I eat. I like the foods I cook. I don’t think I eat too badly but I do eat too much and don’t know when to stop.
I am just watching what I eat, eat smaller portions and drink lots of water. I am not sure if this is a good action plan but I am going to give it a month to see what happens.
I know in my heart of hearts I should do some kind of exercise to lose weight but to be honest, I just don’t want to. I don’t mind walking as I have a little dog and she needs to exercise. I am very happy to walk her but to the gym is something very different.
I have done the gym before, but it takes all evening. You get to the gym, exercise for an hour, swim or shower and by the time you get home it’s 8 or 9 o’clock and too late to cook. It’s just a lot of trouble for very little reward.
The only exercise I will be doing is walking my dog.
The Slimming World HiFi bars are a slimmers saviour. Let’s be honest, those of us who have a bit of weight to lose have a sweet tooth. The mere mention of chocolate and we have gained two pounds and end up running to the nearest packet of crisps to comfort us. Sitting in the living room and the yelling in the fridge from the pot of ice cream can be ridiculous. So, its safe to say that many of us have a sweet tooth.
Slimming World Hifi bars have come to the rescue. They are a little bit of naughty while
Slimming World HiFi Bars
Staying on the plan. In addition to that, you can have TWO. That’s right; you can have two chocolate bars as long as they are the Slimming World HiFi bars. The HiFi bars count as your Healthy B. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s your fibre. Slimming World has put something in the bars that make them high in Fiber. Which is great. I have used my HiFi bars as a dessert or something sweet at the end of the evening when I usually hear the fridge yelling. A health B also consists of other foods if you want them, for example:
- 40g Porridge Oats
- 40g All-Bran
- 2 slice of wholemeal bread (Small Slices)
- 2 Weetabix
However, who in their right mind is going to opt for All-Bran over a bar of chocolate. I know I can hear you already. ‘You’re trying to lose weight and change your eating habits forever’. Yea, yea, yea. Look, life is for the living. It’s for fun, enjoyment and being able to eat a bar of chocolate if you want to. What Slimming World and any diet for that matter, is trying to teach us is Moderation. That a little of what you fancy is OK. It’s when a little of what you fancy becomes your main meal, that’s when you have to worry. One other thing, Slimming World HiFi Bars are about as big as your index finger. They are relatively small but punch above their weight. They are also only circa 70 calories each.
Slimming World HiFi bars have a dark side?
Dark Choc Min Slimming World HiFi Bars
Having said that, there is a bit of a downside to the Slimming World HiFi bars. Not all people are created equal, and some of us have a rubbish digestive system. As a result, if you eat two HiFi bars for your healthy B and one for a treat (only 3 syns each) you may find yourself running to the loo. Yep, they can give you a bit of a funny tummy. If you don’t get to the bathroom on time, you could have a problem. I have since found out that they can, in fact, be a diuretic for some people.
If you want to try the HiFi bars, they come in 6 flavours you can get them online. Either from www.slimmingworld.co.uk or www.amazon.co.uk. I am sure that if you found a group near you, you would also be able to buy from them. To find a club near you take a look here.
Does Slimming World Work?
This is the start of my second week, which means I have been on a diet for one week. In my first week, I lost five and a half pounds. So it is indeed working for me. In addition, I have never eaten so much in one sitting. Eating breakfast, lunch and dinner. Three meals and one snack. Seems to be working.
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