Saturday Swapit #26

Welcome to another Saturday Swapit which celebrates it’s half year anniversary this week.  Here you can let off steam, gets things off your chest and air your dietary laundry with no guilt or fear of repercussion.
To join in you can either write a post and create a pingback to this one then leave a link in the comments to it below, or just leave a comment for others to read.
This week our theme is to stay or go.
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.

Saturday Swapit is not intended as a diet programme, and anyone who wants or needs to lose serious weight should consult a medical professional or their GP.

We have all been at a crossroads in our dieting journey as to whether to carry on or stop.
This can be for a variety of reasons, and I left WW because it was not working for me. Perhaps attending in my lunch hour wasn’t helping as I could not stay for ‘the chat’ which probably was the most important bit. However, I was following the diet and not getting anywhere, so I quit, after which I had a low opinion of group diet programmes, though accepted they worked for other people.

SW has been a different kettle of fish (boiled, steamed or fried LOL) altogether, and the meetings nothing like I remember from WW. People in both SW groups I was in were friendly and encouraging, and even better, our group leader was not a fashion conscious stick insect who preached should you have a gain.

Since joining originally in 2016, I am over two and a half stone lighter, sadly never achieving my three stone certificate as Cancer got in the way and things came to an abrupt halt so that I could be ‘lined up’ for my radiotherapy.
I put a stone back on between Sept 2017 and May 2019 when I rejoined, lost it and a second strike came calling. My group were supportive as was our consultant who had already gone through what I was facing and her kindness and positivity was so very welcome.
Then Covid came calling and group meetings were either by zoom or text.
I opted for texting my weight in every week. This has worked for me and I have kept at target save a couple of glitches on days which were not official weigh in days.
Sadly, this is all about to change, hence my topic this week.

As from July 1st, text in weights will no longer be accepted and in order to keep my membership valid, I will have to attend a group meeting at least once every 6 to 8 weeks.
This is not actually a problem except I am now extremely conscious of groups of people I don’t know very well in close proximity, and the venue has also changed so I will have to drive rather than walk. With fuel prices the way they are, every penny counts.
My consultant is checking with Head Office to see how I can continue online as a target member, if in fact I actually can. She has offered to let me continue to text her my weight for the time being even though she can’t process it, but my membership would lapse after 8 weeks if I didn’t attend a meeting, so this is a kind courtesy she is extending to me to keep me on track.
I do not use their website that often as since everything was revamped, I find it difficult and confusing to navigate, and only use it occasionally to check syn values of food not listed in the SW Bible. I also don’t buy any of their food range as I don’t shop in Iceland, neither do I buy their monthly magazine (which I could buy full price in a newsagents) or their recipe books.

So I am indeed at a crossroads.
I can continue as I am, let my membership lapse and then go it alone, or I can attend meetings as desired, but purely for weigh ins as I did with WW rather than socialise with the group because of my own anxiety issues, especially as Covid is closing in around us again and we have had three cases on our estate in as many weeks. If I go out of range, I will have to pay, which is a fiver a week until I’m back in target, but obviously will require more group attendances, which in turn is more fuel, and more expense.

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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11 Responses to Saturday Swapit #26

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  2. Paula Light says:

    I wonder if something free could be set up via the blogging community. So many of us seem to be on a diet of one type or another. My new thing is to limit sodium and lower my BP…

    • I don’t use salt in my cooking anymore and taking garlic oil capsules which is helping keep my BP down.
      SS was a start to discuss various diets for readers and it’s not working out too badly. Everyone has their story to tell of extra poundage and losing monetary pounds with little reward,

  3. Nope, Not Pam says:

    I’ve never been a member of a group to be honest, I’m not a people person, but I do use a fantastic app called Fitness Pal. This allows you to record your food and your weight and though I have no friends on the app, I believe you can connect with others for support. Best of all the basic app is free of charge. So that might be another option

    • I am a people person, though sadly not so much now since Covid. I’m waiting to hear if target members can use the online system, but if not, I’m not too worried about keeping my membership valid.

  4. murisopsis says:

    A crossroads indeed! I’m sad that they’ve changed things up without any consideration for distance and health status. I’m sure there are others who, for one reason or another, can’t attend in person. It would seem beneficial that they continue to provide other options!

  5. Carol anne says:

    I know where you are with this Di! I opted not to rejoin slimming world, and go it alone, so I’ll see how that will go for me! I hope I can manage it. I had to get a taxi to and from slimming world, and it was 20 euro and then 10 euro for weigh in! So I thought that was way too expensive. Xx

  6. Quite a pickle! I’m hoping the help your consultant has proffered will be of some use. It’s tough to go it by yourself, but on the plus side you’ve maintained your goal weight for how many years now? You KNOW what to do and where the pitfalls for you personally are. Keeping on top of news is the sticky part I think, getting updates, socializing with other members and all. You’ll make a great choice because that’s just how you roll! Best wishes with it!

    • Thanks Melanie. I shall text in my weight tomorrow as usual and see if my consultant has heard from HO. I looked up the online system and there seems to be nothing for target members.

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