Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Staying Focused

Over the last few weeks I feel like I've been struggling. Not struggling to stay on plan, but struggling to see the wood for the trees. My weight loss has of course slowed down from when I first started Slimming World, which of course it was always going to, and recently I've felt like I'm doing the cha cha cha (as my group members call it), going backwards and forwards with losses and gains - this isn't actually true when I look at my progress, but it feels true, and when so much of losing weight is psychological it can play a huge part in whether you stay on plan or not.

As you can see, it's not like I gain ALL the time, but there are a fair few in there, and much as it feels as if I'm slowing down massively, perhaps I'm not when I look at the chart. Strange what our minds do isn't it? I feel like I've been focused on my 8 stone award for ages now, when in reality it's just been 3 weeks. Sometimes you need to take a deep breath, and a time out and appreciate the journey you've already completed, rather than frustrating yourself for not being THERE yet. So that's what I'm determined to do right now. Take stock, celebrate what I've achieved so far, and try and relax a wee bit rather than putting pressure on myself!

So what have I achieved so far? 

I really should stop whinging shouldn't I, and let myself feel proud and happy of my journey so far. Which I shall :)

I shall get onto Monday now, as you've sat through enough of my waffle for one day :)

As you know from yesterday's blog, I weighed in last night, and so woke up just in time to pick up Hague from the station and didn't have anything to eat until after weigh in and I tried something a little bit new, a SW friendly version of a Malayan curry, which is my favourite, but of course very high in syns from the take away!

I fried off some Quorn chunks, courgettes, mushrooms, pepper and onions for a little while, until they were soft and just added in a tin of tomatoes and a tin of Asda chickpea dahl and let it simmer away whilst my rice cooked. When the curry was off the heat I stirred in my secret ingredient...

According to the syns online, all multipack Activia 0% yogurts are syn free - so I would presume that covers the summer special flavours too! It worked though, and I thoroughly enjoyed my fake-away. I had dessert as well.

Got to keep my energy up on these night shifts! With that eaten it was time to head to work, my 8th day straight! Luckily, only one line was running again, and so the only real hazard during the night was staying awake! Due to me enjoying "proper" green days again, lots of HeB snackage made it's way into my bag of noms.

I enjoyed the new magazine as well, although I'll have to have a closer look at some of the recipes as nothing really leaped out at me. I also thought I'd have some Scan Bran as a bit of a change with the biggest bowl of salad ever for my lunch. I was literally eating it for my entire lunch break! As you may have noticed, I seem to have managed to have no syns today. It certainly wasn't planned, I'd taken in some Crispy Fries and an Activia yogurt, but was just too full, and so they came home with me! 

Food Diary

Free Food
Asda chickpea dahl
chopped tomatoes
Quorn chunks
Activia 0% fruit yogurt
spring onions
cherry tomatoes

Healthy Extras
A - 6 Laughing Cow extra light triangles
B - 5 Scan Bran
B - (split) 2 Bear yoyo's, 1 Benefit bar

Not a one!

Even though I didn't have any syns, I certainly didn't feel deprived, and I'll be honest, it certainly won't hurt as we're heading to the Great Yarmouth Beer Festival on Saturday and methinks I won't be keeping within my syns then! 

I can't wait! Nom!


  1. I love bear yo yos, I didn't realise you could have them as a B choice!
    You're amazing, and you'll be at goal in no time. Almost 8st gone, how fantastic is that?!

    1. Hiya Kat,
      They are a B choice on the Green plan, you'd have to check whether the same goes for EE if that's the plan you follow. I love them, and as 1 roll counts as 1 of my 5 a day, they're quite helpful for my work challenge too lol!
      It's quite weird to think that nearly 8st is gone....still over 5 to go :) xx

  2. Hello! I'm a new reader, you've done brilliantly! Congratulations!
    I've been a member since last Aug and am 2lb away from my 3stone award. I've been gaining and losing since Feb and am so close to that 3 stone sticker but I'm stuck in a rut of chachacha-ing (great description!). It's just so frustrating!

    The hardest time for me is at weekends, me & my partner have always seen eating out as a social thing - and i find it so difficult to make healthy choices when eating out. I was lucky and lost 2.5lbs at my weigh in last night (despite a naughty KFC on Saturday!!) I need to be extra good this week to get that 3 stone award!

    Loving reading through all your posts - very inspirational!

    Jen xx

    1. Hiya Jen,

      Thanks so much for your comment :) I'm glad you like the blog! I think cha cha cha ing can be so annoying, but it's a case of getting your head down and keeping with it.

      Me and my partner used to drink quite a lot at weekends, but have forgone that. Perhaps you could cook yourself lovely meals indoors instead?

      I'll have my fingers crossed for you x