I took a break from Slimming World for a couple of years and gained back all the weight I lost in my two years of membership. During my weight gain I felt ill as a number of health issues exacerbated, but I made myself so restricted I was not enjoying food and really needed to address my deeper issues with food.
This year I restarted the Slimming World plan and lost 5lb in my first week. Keeping an accurate food diary has been instrumental and is actually a good use of my attention to detail, but the biggest hurdle I have overcome is accepting I do not need to eat the foods I craved in the past. In reality, we need few calories to function but eating well means having a good knowledge of ourselves as much as being informed about the food available to us.
It’s different this time round as I don’t feel restricted and I feel much more comfortable about saying I’m not hungry and not limiting my life by not eating out or occasionally choosing food I enjoy. As is usually the case if I abandon Slimming World so does my husband, and going back on plan is something we both did this January.
I am amazed by how quickly I seem to be losing the weight this time round and at two weeks on plan I am looking at losing my first 7 lbs, that’s my half stone milestone, tomorrow. The key this time is to not get bored and allow my food choices to feel restrictive, as well as allowing myself to enjoy life as I lose weight.
I look forward to bringing my regular weight loss progress to my blog.