Well I'm back on the "trying to lose weight wagon" and decided to retry Slimming World as I found it easy the first time I went. Now I am not following the plan exactly to a T because of what I have learnt from doing a Whole 30 earlier this year.
What is a Whole 30 you ask?
Well basically I reset my system by having no sugar, dairy, grains, beans or alcohol for 30 days. I lost a total of 16lbs, my skin, hair & nails were never as good, I was sleeping better and overall I felt brilliant. However it is not something that you can keep up the whole time and of course I went back to my old ways with a bang.
You can read my Whole 30 journey here (http://makeupbyrubysue.weebly.com/whole-30)
I love going to a class and having weekly weigh in so I don't lose motivation and I know the Slimming World group in my town are lovely so decided to restart with them last week. The Slimming World diet is super easy to follow...you can basically eat everything, there is no calories or point counting and you won't feel hungry. Like a Whole 30 you need to plan your meals in advance and cook everything fresh from scratch. So off I went with my mum last Wednesday.
I always find Week 1 easy as I am so motivated and eager to start and with Slimming World you don't have to cut out any food group. Basically they have a list of FREE FOODS you can eat including all fruit & veg (yes even potatoes), rice, pasta, meat (with all visible fat trimmed off), and then you choose from a healthy "a" option and a healthy "b" option. Healthy "a" is your breads, crackers, cereals etc and Healthy "b" is your diary e.g milk, cheese, yogurt etc. So basically if you have cereal in the morning with milk you cannot have bread or cheese that same day without using your syns ( you have 15 syns per day). That's it in a nutshell (Slimming World would probably kill me for wording it like that!!!!)
If you have any questions please feel free to leave me a comment or message me on Facebook.
Breakfast: Mornings are easy because I love Porridge and Weetabix. (I don't eat any other cereal because they are full of sugar
even Special K & Corn Flakes!)
Now from my Whole 30 days I still use Almond Milk, throw in a little fruit and a sprinkle of Linwoods Flaxseed, Sunflower, Pumpkin & Sesame Seed with Goji Berries. This is full of good fats, omega 3, Vitamins B, E & D as well as Iron, Protein & Zinc. (This is not strictly SW approved though).
Other options are a full Irish (Yes A Full Irish - rashers, eggs, grilled tomato, mushrooms & fried potatoes) Yogurt & Fruit, Mixed Berry Pancakes and Eggs Benedict.
Lunch: I love making soup. My favourite is Butternut Squash and Smokey Bacon or Tomato & Basil. If you make these yourself they are 100% free on SW and are also Whole 30 approved. I also had a Baked Potato smothered in Beans, a Spanish Omlette and a Chargrilled Chicken Spinach & Pasta Salad.
Dinner: This is super easy as you can just make healthy versions of your normal meals. My favourite is Spaghetti Bolognese. I just make my own Bolognese sauce which it 100 times nicer than any jar of processed crap. Another favourite is Chicken Curry with chunky Chips. Again I make my own curry sauce & chips and wallah you have a healthy dinner. Also on this weeks menu was Steak, Shepards Pie and Chicken wrapped in Bacon.
I stuck to plenty of herbal teas and water and allowed myself 1 coffee per day. For a treat I had 80% dark chocolate. I was very strict with myself and had no alcohol or takeaways.
And because I was very strict with myself it paid on on
Wednesday when I went to weigh in .
I had 7lbs off and was delighted with myself.
So for week two I am going to pretty much stick with what
I done for week 1.
If you want to ask me any questions or would like some recipes just let me know in the comments below.
I will continue to keep you updated as I go along
( yes even on the bad weeks).
Also let me know if any of you are following Slimming World or Weight Watchers or any other type of diet and we can help and support each other along.
Until next time...Chat soon!
Lover of all things beauty, Makeup Artist, Blogger & Wife . I am always on the look out for the perfect makeup or the best beauty product so keep reading to follow my never ending quest!