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.
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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.