Saturday Swapit #12

Welcome to Saturday Swapit, a forum where you can share success stories and perhaps those not quite successful as well as thoughts and ideas on the subject of food and diets.  Hopefully this will be seen as a means of support to others whose original enthusiasm is beginning to wane or simply to have a good moan about why things aren’t going as well as you think they should.
If you’d like to join in, write a post about your experiences and pingback to this one, then leave a link to it in the comments, or just leave a comment below.

DISCLAIMER:
I am not, nor do I claim to be, a professional dietician, nutritionist or diet programme consultant.
I rejoined SW in May 2019 and have managed to stay within my target parameters since August 2019.
Anyone who wants or needs to lose serious weight should consult a medical professional or their GP. This is not a diet programme.

Last week the subject was planning, and my thanks to Paula, Val and Melanie for their responses.
This week, I thought I’d go back to the beginning, that first decision to diet, choosing a plan which you hope will suit you, and the optimism of success.

In June 2016, I was informed that I qualified for 12 weeks free membership to Slimming World and made a phone call as soon as we got back to the car. I had absolutely nothing to lose except weight, and hopefully this would be something that finally worked for me.

Armed with a hi-lighter, I went through all of the literature in my joining pack marking up things I liked, bought, or treated myself to. There were a lot of yellow and pink lines.
Next I bought a set of 6 cheap exercise books to be used as my food diaries, and then made a shopping list. Unlike some diets, there was no initial outlay for particular things, just a tweak here and there like buying more fruit. Since my recent diabetes blood test results, I have not let a single grape pass my lips. I am due to have another blood test in a couple of months to see if it’s made a difference.

I got some support from a fellow boater who was attending the same group so we went together. We bounced some ideas off each other, and whereas Hubby was supportive and encouraging, my friend’s husband thought it was all a bit of a joke with the syn thing and she took a lot of flack. However, she’d been attending group longer than I had and had already lost a stone and a half, so that was encouraging in itself.

I lost four pounds in my first week and was thrilled. Another girl who joined the same night as I had lost 8lbs, and we struck up a friendship too. I am still in touch with her, though she no longer goes to her group classes.
I didn’t lose so much in my second week, but got my half stone certificate in week three.
The aim was to lose between one and two pounds a week, as slowly but surely, it had a fighting chance of staying off.

I have done exceptionally well, despite two strikes of breast cancer, and this time I have managed to maintain my target for over two years. If nothing else, I have learned a lot about food and balance, and that is half the battle to success in my opinion.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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4 Responses to Saturday Swapit #12

  1. Interesting story and I hope there are installments so you can share the whole thing up to current (if you’re comfortable doing that)!

  2. murisopsis says:

    My decision to really lose weight started with my annual doctor’s visit. He warned that I needed to lose weight (to protect my knees and reduce stress on my back) and get my cholesterol under control to prevent heart problems and diabetes in the future. So I got serious. The first step was to eliminate soda pop that was filled with sugar and caffeine. That was definitely difficult. But in a few short weeks I’d weaned myself off and was feeling better. Just by cutting the drinks out I lost 5 pounds. The next step was to reduce calories and increase exercise. I started using myfitnesspal.com to track calories, carbohydrates, fat, cholesterol, sodium, and calcium. It was/is free and it also let me track my exercise. I lost over 40 pounds and felt energized. I started walking every day at lunch. My employer instituted a “wellness” program and I signed up and they gave me a free Fitbit. I met with a wellness coach once every other week for a year and lost weight and toned. I managed to keep it all off for almost 10 years and then the pandemic hit. I’ve gained about 20 pounds but I’m in the process of taking it off one walk at a time!

    • I’ve lost over five stones in 20 years, most in the last six, but I seem to be keeping my weight stable which I am really pleased about. I can afford little slips and it doesn’t impact too much. It’s been a good learning curve though as although I had the right idea about certain foods, it was the mixing, matching and portion size that needed attention. Thanks for commenting again. I’m sure you’ll get back on track.

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