I’ve had my third weigh-in with Slimming World. The first week I lost 5lb which was quite encouraging but for the last two weigh-ins I have lost a meagre 1lb each time. Now I know you’re thinking 1lb a week is a perfectly reasonable loss and that’s how it should be but I’m NOT happy with it. I have gone above and beyond the last three weeks, taking on Personal Training sessions, going to Spin Classes and following the plan to the letter. I have sat between my children whilst they ate Dominos and have had a salad myself, that is pure sacrifice and I need more than a 1lb loss to reward that self-control.
To make matters worse the woman I go with has had pizza, eaten doughnuts and has lost the same amount as me. Ok, lets all get the ‘at least you didn’t put on’ phrase out of the way. Yes, I didn’t put on but I am really disheartened that my loss has slowed down on the second week. That’s just too early to plateau on any plan.
I decided to do a bit of research on the internet about Slimming World and exercise and have found that some people stop losing weight on the plan when they start excessively exercising. I know they encourage ‘Body Magic’ (exercise) but I think I’ve got carried away and did a whole Paul Daniels TV Series as opposed to a bit of ‘Body Magic’. There were some articles about how the plan alone is sufficient until you plateau and then to start exercising. I feel I have plateaued at week 2 so now I have had a rethink of the way I’m going to continue on this plan. I was having near enough none of my syns before and exercising, but this week I have reduced the exercise and increased my syns. I thought by having no syns the weight would move quicker but that doesn’t seem to be the case and I think my body may have gone into ‘starvation mode’ with all the exercise.
Now looking at me and thinking I’m in starvation mode would make anyone chuckle but there we have it. For once in my life I have gone the wrong way, I have exercised too much and not eaten enough. I came back from my weigh in on Tuesday and had a fabulous large glass of rose wine, dry January can sod off – needs must. It was still all within my daily syn allowance so let’s see what happens on Tuesday. Lots of Super foods, daily syns and less exercise.
Being an Indian girl I had stopped eating Roti (chappati) as well as that has a syn value but now it’s all back. I’ve missed being able to eat foods that I’ve grown up with, roti is my staple and I miss it loads when I don’t eat it for a while. I’m now adjusting my meals to fit the plan and my life rather than the other way round and hopefully this will mean it’s easier to stick to and I should get the results. Unfortunately my Slimming World team leader is never available to chat to at the meeting and I have stopped staying for the group meeting after weigh in. The whole session at the end of weigh in is about saying how much every single person has lost or gained and giving them a clap. I know encouragement is very important but some time should be spent on asking if anyone has any problems and supporting them. I’m tied into the plan for another 8 weeks and then after that I’ll have to have a rethink of what I’m going to do.
I went to my PT session yesterday and he asked how I was and I told him I was disheartened. He said 1lb loss was better than a slap in the face – nice! I agree with him but I expected more, that’s all. We had an intense session yesterday and he really pushed me but it’s the first time I had been this week and I’m not seeing him again until next week – that’s cut down the exercise drastically. I’m hoping for at least a 2lb loss this week, which will mean I’ll meet my ‘turning forty’ deadline and lose the two stone that I want to lose.
My PT has also banned me from weighing or measuring myself, which to be fair isn’t going to happen. Telling me not to weigh myself is like telling a fat kid not to eat chocolate. As soon as I see some scales I’m on them like a tramp on chips, I cant resist it! All those women who can throw out the scales and not weigh themselves, I applaud you. You are free from letting the scales dictate and control your life, I’m just not ready to do that yet. Every time I have stopped weighing myself I have gone a bit too care-free and have got out of control with my calorie intake. I need the scales to keep me on track. I probably don’t need to weigh myself as often as I do but I’m almost addicted to it, which is a little sad.
I’ve had a lot of pain this week from working out as well as from abstaining from treats. For me the pain has not helped me gain any motivation and has made me look through the whole plan again and do my research. If you’re on a similar plan and it isn’t working for you then I encourage you to go through it with a fine tooth comb, there must be something that can be tweaked. If after tweaking it all it still doesn’t work then that’s not the plan for you. I’m going to see how I get on with my Tuesday weigh-in as there is also the problem of my underactive thyroid – this might be affecting the results.
Have a great weekend everyone and stick to your guns, sometimes ‘No Pain, No Gain’ actually works!