I lost two and a half pounds this week. My #onplanoctober fixation has produced a fantastic result. 12 days and two weigh days have produced three and a half pounds loss in total. And I haven’t done a walk for 4 days so this week was all with food optimising alone.
Well a big day today as I launch the Kindle edition of my book. I wasn’t planning on doing this just yet but circumstances and requests from people for this edition have made me change my plans. You can see it on Amazon by clicking the book cover below. The only thing is, I can’t sign the Kindle version for anyone.
This phrase ‘a pound is a pound’ is often said at the weigh station in our Slimming World group. Spoken softly with a hint of regret and melancholy. The feeling comes from someone who had expected so much more weight loss to be shown on the scales, only to be disappointed. But that is not how I am feeling because of my weight loss this week. A Pound Is A Pound! I want to say it out loud to anyone who will listen, or in your case read.
This is an excerpt from my book - The World Of Slimming.
It was never going to be the happiest entrance I had ever made. How bad could it be? Well as it turned out, it was dreadful! My nearest and dearest having already attended for the last two weeks had offered me comfort and encouragement of a sort. But now I was being dragged along to the group. It takes 127 seconds for me to walk begrudgingly from my front door to the door of Bluebrook Park Hall. I timed it, twice! It takes 59 seconds to walk home by the same route.
Day three of my #onplanoctober has gone well despite the efforts of other people trying to push me off course. I have been truly angelic with my food choices and did a seven mile walk before breakfast this morning. However…
We made a great start to our #onplanoctober. The things I do for my Slimming World Diet! I still hardly know how these hashtags work but nevertheless it seems to have done something to the internet in my tiny little world. I had six new Instagram followers and my Facebook group really encouraged me on the Day One thread.
Thank you Fiona for giving me permission to post your story here.
I get asked this a lot; what's the secret to your weight loss? The answer is really simple. You keep going.
I am an emotional binge eater. Always have been always will be. I've been a member of all diets, first joining when I was 14. I never managed to make it work until now. But what has been the difference?
I’m talking here about doing Slimming World. It is fairly simple to understand but it is not as easy to do for a number of reasons.
Reason Number One - It Seems To Stop Working After A While
Nearly everyone has a racing start with their weight loss in their first few weeks, perhaps with the exception of Naomi who didn’t manage to do this. But after the honeymoon period the losses start reducing and you learn the unwanted concepts of ‘maintains’ and ‘gains’.
I've been overweight since I was a young toddler. My mum would always tell everyone how I sat in my pram with a bag of grapes, refusing to share them with anyone else. By the time I was 12 I was into a size 16 school uniform and so it continued. My mum ran slimming clubs as I was growing up and she tried to encourage me to lose weight, but I couldn't get my head round healthy eating, or I didn't want to, more like!
It takes a brave man to enter what is essentially a ladies’ world in a Slimming World group. I know that Mandy-Lace welcomes everyone equally but I still find some aspects difficult. In the last year I have noticed moves to make us guys more welcome. There is a men’s section in the Slimming World Magazine and there are seemingly more inspirational stories about men on the Website.