Week 11 on the Slimming World Plan and I have come a bit unstuck this week. I gained 2.5lbs. I’ve dipped half a pound back under the 2 stone mark. Grrrr.
Hormones. And a little bit of stress.
Its like I’ve changed into another person this week. I’m moody, not sleeping, finding fault with everything and everyone (except me of course) and I have literally wanted to eat everything in sight. As my star week swiftly approaches I am blaming my hormones. Seems pretty obvious to be honest. I’ve also had more than the usual incidents causing me stress and anxiety this week.
It started with small things early in the week, I would have an extra Hifi bar (3 syns) or another packet or two of crisps (6 syns). Then I progressed to a Warburtons Toastie Pocket with nutella (10 syns) before bed, then on Tuesday I was going for bust and wanted to blow the whole thing and have a KFC for lunch! I was persuaded not to by the lovely Sarah who sits next to me at work, and so in my dithering moment I decided to calculate the Syn value of the Boneless Banquet Box…34 Syns, and I am so glad that I did. There is no way that I am going to waste 34 syns on one meal.
I had already prepared a ham salad for my lunch (which just wasn’t hitting the spot) so I opted for half a bag of chip shop chips at 7 syns. After 11 weeks of healthy eating, chip shop chips just taste greasy. So I didn’t eat them all, but did almost manage the half portion.
At this point I knew that I was going to have a gain and not a loss or possibly if I was lucky a maintain this week. I messaged my SW consultant and said I wouldn’t be coming to class this week and to book a holiday week for me. But I realised that if I didn’t go to class this self sabotage would continue and then by next week I might of gained half a stone. So I decided to bite the bullet and go, take the gain and draw a line. I carried on the plan and ate a normal SW day on Thursday, drinking lots as I would normally do.
I gained 2.5lbs this week.
For treat night we had a chinese takeaway, I didn’t even think about syns, thinking that if I have something comforting (naughty) then maybe it’ll be out of my system and I can start again this week. But noooo…this morning I have woken up craving warm cinnamon rolls. Don’t worry, I’ve had two alpen light bars (HEB) for breakfast.
Looking back, I have always been a comfort eater. Some of my fave foods are chips with gravy or mashed potato with roast chicken and gravy, shepherds pie or treacle sponge and custard. No prizes for realising how I got to 25st!!
I did have issues as a child with bullying at school and started eating secretly at the age of about 8 or 9. When my mum cleaned my bedroom she would find what she called ‘hot wrappers’ of chocolate bars I had eaten in my room and stuffed the wrappers down the back of my bed. I have continued in the ‘eating for comfort’ routine for the past 35 years with bouts of dieting in between.
I remember losing 3 stone previously whilst at a slimming world class but I remember starving myself for long periods to get the weight loss, so wasn’t really following the plan. The a couple of years ago Joe and I did the Cambridge Diet. I lost 3 stone then too, but once I started eating normally again I gained it all back and more.
That is why I am really enjoying the Slimming World plan now. I am following the plan, I am not depriving myself of anything (except maybe treacle sponge and custard) and my eating habits have changed along with my taste buds.
So this week, whilst I do still want to gnaw my right arm off (after I dip it in chocolate) I am going to be inventive and try some new recipes and if I crave something, try to find a good SW swap or SW version.
I am going to Aldi to shop later, so am going to sit now and look at SW recipes so I go armed with a full shopping list of what I need.
At last nights class, one of the ladies told us about a soup she makes that is like Heinz Tomato soup. Pic below – I am so trying this.
I’m also going to make SW rice pudding with Almond milk.
So we’ll see how I cope this week and if things improve. I have challenged another SW member, the lovely Viola, to a 3lb loss this week, so I’m on it like a car bonnet as my mum would say.
Thanks for reading.