Monday, 14 November 2016

Slimming World Diaries: To cheat or not to cheat? That is the question ...

I realised today that my head is in the right place for once with slimming world. I weighed in for the first time and lost 4.5lbs. I was so so happy I wouldnt to shout from the rooftops, but unfortunately it was a bad week for my group. I dont know if other Slimming worlders find this, but I find that some weeks seem to bring the mood down for everyone. Lots of people struggle at the same time.

Anyway, when I lost weight before I 100% endorsed treat or cheat days. After my weigh in I would take the rest of the day off and treat myself to what I had been craving. Most weeks it would be something little but other weeks I would go crazy. Let me say, this never affected my losses but its a very individual thing. Slimming World does not endorse it (they have other methods such as flexi syn days etc) but after getting near to my target and ricocheting a stone and a half heavier than my original start weight I dont want this time to mirror anything about then.

Remember, this is not a diet, its a lifestyle.

So today I left group and headed into town ready to have some off plan food. But what did I really want? I thought and thought and then came to the conclusion that actually I would syn whatever I was going to have. I wouldnt put a limit on it, I would just make myself aware of exactly how many syns I was eating.

I didn't want anything fried, that was a given. I have felt a lot better with my IBS this last week (apart from one day) and I have put this down to either eating less fried food, eating less fat or eating less sugar. On the latter point, I didnt want to binge on chocolate. I have the syns to have chocolate everyday if I want but actually I haven't really been reaching for it like I used to.

In the end I decided I wanted a sandwich. One thing led to another and instead of finding myself sat in a cafe eating a sandwich made for me (and possibly fat and calorie laden) I was on the bus home armed with smoked salmon, quark and some sugar free pink cranberry lemonade. I cant describe how I feel at the moment. For the first time in a long while I don't feel like I am depriving. I am broadening my horizons in one way and I am experiencing hunger which feels good. I used to constantly graze because I was bored and food was something I just had out of habit. Whereas one week in I am inspired to cook and have been eating much bigger portions.

My lunch today was beautiful. On plan and really satisfied me! More than that though, it showed me that cheating the plan is only cheating myself. Eating in secret is a habit I need to break. Don't get me wrong if I have been invited to eat out etc I will be enjoying myself. Eating should be a social thing. When I was binging I would do it alone.

My mental health has been up and down this past week. After having my implant out I went on this crazy hormone induced roller coaster which left me crying in nandos (yes, that really happened) and now things seem to have calmed down in that department I am looking forward to getting back into my routine. I am back at work this week after a loong 7 weeks off!

Happy Go Lucky.

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