This is certainly not the first time that I have talked about my weight struggles on this blog, and I know that it wont be the last. But at my heaviest ever, I have been medically advised to lose a significant amount of weight. Recently I have come off my contraception and that process showed some new potential health issues, all which may be being made worse because of my weight. Due to this, I was lucky enough to be offered a 12 week subscription to Slimming World for free by the NHS. This is a scheme they run for people that have tried to lose weight with little luck due to their health conditions.
I’m not going to lie, I found the first week really hard. You get given loads of really good information, but if you cant have dairy then it does require a little more research- I found this tough. Each day you are meant to have two ‘Healthy Extra A’s’- this is essentially just two portions of calcium. Of course you normally get your calcium from milk, cheese and other dairy products, but if like me you cant have cows milk this can get very difficult. Now you can have soya or almond milk as a switch for cows milks, but other than that there just isnt really the options. This doesn’t overly affect your weight lose I dont think, but it does mean you cant quite follow the plan completely. If you know of any other dairy free products that can be used as HEX A then please let me know.
That being said, I really did struggle in my first week. Like many people I am a massive comfort eater, and this time of year is a tough one for me. Week one saw a lot of issues with motivation, and just finding it easy to say ‘never mind the diet’, when I should really of been trying to make better choices. However with that being said, I did manage to maintain my weight in that first week.
Week two, I some how managed to lose 3 and a half pound; and yet I would still not say that it was a great week. The first half of the week ended up being completely off plan due to me having nasty reactions to antibiotics I was on, and you just cant be thinking about diets when you aren’t well like that. But I did try my very hardest to get back onto plan for the second half of the week. One thing I think week two taught me was that syns are good. Each day while I was on plan in week two, I purposefully used at least 5 of my syns, and that definitely seemed to aid my weightloss.
I actually got slimmer of the week for my second week, so I am definitely happy about that! We are now nearing the end of my week three, so I will update you on weeks three and four in a couple of weeks.
Have you ever don’t Slimming World? What were your go to meals?