After months of trying to control my diet – well apart from the odd burger and naughty treat. I eat pretty healthy on the whole but find excise such a chore, and such a bore on top of that! Which meant I wasn’t really achieving the results I had been hopping for. After looking around online, talking to my friend Ash and along with Dave’s sister Clare about their Slimming World experience. I thought if it’s worked for them, why not give it ago. I guess this post is going to be about my SW journey so far and what’s worked for me. Now I’ve only been on this diet for seven weeks but I’ve already noticed and had compliments on the results. Now just to make this clear, over all I’m pretty happy with my figure but would like to loose my belly weight and also tone up some of the wobbly parts (like upper arms and my thighs). My aim is to loose two stone and in my first two weeks I lost half a stone and in the seven weeks I’ve lost a stone and a half – now that’s pretty good going aye!
It’s unlike any diet I’ve ever tried and I found the first week insane, I couldn’t get to grips with what I could and couldn’t eat, what are free foods and what syns foods cost. I ended up going way over my syn allocation on the first day, but I soon got the hang of it. Incase you’ve never heard of the SW diet, free foods are foods that you can eat as much as you can without putting on weight, where as syn foods are things like Olive Oil, sugar and anything naughty really. You have an allocation of syns to use each day – ladies get 15 syns where as gents get 20, these can be used on oil in greasy fry-up, on a packet of crisps or alcohol, its up to you how you use your syns. The diet opened my eyes to foods I thought were healthy but actually have syn values, for example rice cakes have a syn value of 1.5, which can easily add up if you eat a couple.
What I have really enjoyed about the SW experience is the booklet it came with – it has so many great recipes and I’ve really enjoyed branching out and trying new things. At times I find cooking difficult and I end up cooking the same things over and over, where as the SW diet comes with so many I’ve not cooked the same thing twice. We also get weighed weekly, our group meets on a Wednesday. It’s optional after being weighed to stay for group, this is great to support the other members in your SW group and give you new ideas of what others are doing to keep temptation at bay.
I’m enjoying my journey so far and happy with the results. I will keep you up dated and share my trails and tribulations over the coming weeks and if I succeed to my goal weight and then the task of maintaing it!
If you’d like any healthy recipes let me know and I’m happy to share some 🙂