I’m going nuts here!

84982525_901468161eI’ve mentioned before that I’m a member of several weightloss-related social media groups, and the extra support and motivation I get from participating in those groups is great. However, I’m being driven crazy by certain people who say certain things…

  1. I’m really disappointed – it’s taken me four weeks to lose half a stone!
  2. I’m losing weight so slowly – just got my 1 stone award after 12 weeks!
  3. I’ve only lost half a pound this week – totally gutted!
  4. Only two pounds off this week – I feel like giving up!

All these people have one thing in common – they’re losing weight but they are unhappy!

Seriously!

Here are my answers to each of the above statements:

  1. Four weeks to lose half a stone? That’s an average of 1.75lbs each week – almost twice the amount health professionals tell us we should be aiming for (1lb per week) for a steady, sustainable, safe weight loss.
  2. 12 weeks to lose a stone? That’s still averaging at just over a pound a week – you’re doing great!
  3. If you lose half a pound every week, that’s 26 lbs in a year, which is just shy of two stones. And it’s still coming off – you’re heading in the right direction.
  4. ¬†OK, you’re just taking the piss. you know you’ve had a good weight loss and you’re just rubbing everyone’s noses in it, which is a bit shitty to be honest! Get a grip! There are people trying really hard and losing half a pound or a pound here and there, and YOU are the reason they think they’re not doing well enough! That’s just not cool, guys!

Yes, some people will lose larger amounts every week, but they are usually either:

  1. just starting on their weightloss journey and making such a big change in their day to day eating habits is making a huge impact, resulting in dramatic weight loss which will even out as they go on.
  2. a larger person overall (bigger people have more to lose, and will usually shed it a bit fast to start with), but again, this will slow down as they get lighter.
  3. have an intensive regular cardio exercise routine that helps them burn off extra calories.

And if you really are disappointed at “only” losing a small amount of weight, try looking at the bigger picture:

If you lose…

  • half a pound per week… that’s 26lbs in a year (2lbs shy of 2 stones)
  • pound per week… that’s 52lbs in a year (4lbs shy of 4stones)
  • 1.5lbs per week… that’s 78lbs in a year (5 stones 8lbs)
  • 2lbs per week… that’s 104lbs in a year (7stones 6lbs)
  • 2.5lbs per week… that’s 130lbs (9 stones 4lbs)
  • 3lbs per week… that’s 156lbs (11stones 2lbs)

Shrek_2_Fairy_GodmotherNow, be honest, if your Fairy Godmother appeared on New Years Day, and told you that in exactly one year’s time, you could be 2 stones lighter, and you could still eat all your favourite foods, and didn’t have to exercise, wouldn’t you be totally stoked? I know I would! Well, losing “only” half a pound every week will take you to just shy of that amount.

So, what I really want is for everyone to quit whining, put on their big girl pants (or big boy pants), and when you have a loss, no matter how small, celebrate it! Don’t put yourself or your efforts down, just accept that you didn’t put on all this extra weight overnight, and it’s not going to come off overnight either. It’s going to take time. Losing weight is not a race. It doesn’t matter if someone else you know is losing 5lbs every week – that is their weight loss journey, and this is yours.

Accept that, and keep going, because you can do it!

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My Top Ten Tips for Success at Slimming World

top-10There are countless useful hints, tips, and tricks to help us stay on track for success, but here are my top ten:

  1. Buy a countdown. You’re more likely to go back if you’ve already paid for it. Check with your consultant, because there are often deals where you get one of the recipe books when you buy a countdown, and you get a weigh-in or two for free, depending on which countdown you get, meaning you’re saving money to boot!

  2. Measure your HEA and HEB allowances. Be meticulous! Don’t think for one second that a few extra grams here and there won’t make a difference, because they add up over time, and we get complacent. If you’re not measuring your Healthy Extras, you’re not on-plan!

  3. Make it a weekly appointment that you keep. Go to group every week (even when you’re sure you’ve gained – suck it up and go anyway!) and stay to group. The support and ideas you’ll get are a massive part of it.

  4. Plan ahead. Even if you sit down today and plan out what you’ll eat tomorrow, having a plan can help keep you on track. If you can plan out your whole week, you’ll probably save money too, because you can base your menus on what you have in the house and just buy what you need to finish off the recipes.

  5. Write down everything that passes your lips. Even the “little bite – it won’t hurt!” And syn everything that needs to be synned. The only person you harm when you cheat is YOU.

  6. Stick to the 1/3rd speed at every meal. Stick to it like glue. Look at your plate, and if there’s any doubt that you might not have quite enough speed, add some more. Put it on your plate first – before your protein and free foods – and eat it first when you sit down.

  7. Don’t skip meals. There is no excuse for it – even when you’ve used all your syns, there are plenty of free and speed foods you can snack on, so you should never let yourself go hungry. If you don’t eat regularly, your metabolism will get sluggish and you’ll have a much harder time shifting the weight you so badly want to shed.

  8. Get back on track IMMEDIATELY! If you slip up and binge on your synful stuff, don’t mope, and don’t wait “till tomorrow” to get back on track. Put down the rest of the synful food and get back on track for your very next meal. Don’t wait! And don’t use it as an excuse to write off the whole day. Or the whole week either!

  9. Don’t let the weekend become the WEAKend. If you know you’re going out, make a plan, use flexi-syns, and have something ready to eat (a couple of Hi-Fi bars in your bag to keep you going till you get home can work wonders!) so you don’t cave and get a kebab before you hit the taxi rank. And eat before you go out too, so you’re not tempted to overindulge when you’re out. Check out the best options before you go, so you can make an informed choice – it will help keep you in control.

  10. Look at the bigger picture. Many people have a gain on shark week (I gain up to 7lbs!). or are 100% on plan and have an unexplained gain. It happens from time to time, but don’t let it get you down. Look at your overall trends over longer periods, like a month or by quarter. Even if you’re only half a pound down at the end of the month, it’s half a pound in the right direction. And don’t fret about losing “only” half a pound, either, because half a pound every week adds up to 26lbs in a year, which is just shy of 2 stones. If your fairy godmother came to see you on New Years Eve, and told you that by the following New Year, you’d be two stones lighter, and you could do it while eating all your favourite foods, you’d be pretty stoked, yes? Every little helps!

There are plenty of other tips, but these are the ones I use to help me on my journey. After all, this isn’t a “diet” – it’s a new way of life, and it has to be sustainable in the long term. I hope they’ll help others too! If you have any other top tips, I’d love to know them, so leave a comment below – the more support we give each other, the better our chances of hitting our targets. We can do this alone, but we can do it better together.

Here’s hoping we all hit our targets this year – we can do it!