This weigh in is actually a whole week late, and is going live only a few hours before I get weighed again! Half term has set me right back, but better late than never, hey?!
After my last weigh in I was a bit gutted after having a maintain as I’d been on plan after my gain the week before, and I thought I might have managed to pull something back. I went away from group with best intentions to be on plan again but it didn’t really go so well, and went downhill pretty much straight away.
I was feeling quite low and all I wanted to do really was eat rubbish food. Which I did. Then we went away overnight at the beginning of half term, which also happened to be the day before weigh in. So I was just hoping for the best, and not too much of a gain.
I love my slow cooker, and especially at this time of year it comes out a lot. One of my favourite one pot meals to cook in there is a chilli. It’s usually a beef chilli but I decided to do a veggie one this time using the beans I received in my September Degustabox. I added a variety of tinned beans to make a 5 bean chilli – it’s totally syn free on Slimming World too, and makes a great EESP meal 🙂
This one is fairly hot but you could use mild chilli powder instead, or halve the amount of hot chilli powder. I love spicy food so I don’t mind the heat factor! You don’t have to use the same beans I’ve used either; whatever is available will be fine.
After my weigh in last week it was one of those weeks where I knew I had been bad, so I was happy with my small gain. I really wanted to smash that target this week though so I went away from group with a plan; a few EESP days before weigh in (again!), stay around 10 syns every day, and lots & lots of speed food. I managed to stick to that, even enjoying cake as I factored it into my days syns and just ate free and speed food for the rest of the day.
On Sunday I started my SP days and I enjoyed them again this week, as much as I miss my yogurts and pasta. The first thing I do when I get home after weigh in too, is eat a banana, ha! I used to really miss grapes too but I’m not so bothered about those any more. I seem to be getting better at posting my meals on Instagram again too.
After last week’s maintain, which I was actually very happy with, I went away from group with the mindset to make the most of what I knew was going to be a partly bad week. With my 30th birthday on the horizon, and my driving test on the same day, it was either going to be a day of double celebration, or commiseration! (It did end up being a double celebration though – yay!). We hadn’t planned anything in particular for my birthday, but we did end up with a KFC, a Chinese takeaway, and a trip to Frankie & Benny’s within a few days of each other! I also ended up with two (very tasty!) cakes, so yeah…
Other than those three meals (and cake of course!) I was actually using the “on plan when I can” method. Until I weighed myself on my home scales. And saw that I had gained around 4lb. Eek. That’s when I decided it was time to get on with EESP! I did so from Sunday up until weigh in on Tuesday evening. With planning ahead though, I actually quite enjoyed it this time around, so I’m sure I could do it weekly for one or two days if I feel I need to in the future.
Last week I was a little disappointed with my weigh in to begin with as I really wanted to reach my target, but it wasn’t to be. I knew I had a couple of “bad” food days coming up, but I just prepared for that beforehand, and worked to balance it afterwards. I kept my syns low most days, then I decided I would go for an SP day on Monday and Tuesday, before weigh in. (I did do that at the last minute because I had porridge for breakfast, then decided I wanted toast. I’d only had speedy fruit too so just went for it!).
I had a feeling I wouldn’t be able to lose that 2.5lb this week – I could hope for a maintain at least! – so I had an epiphany. I decided – I may not be at target for my 30th birthday, but after my NSV last week, I should be over the moon that I was six dress sizes than I was at my heaviest. It’s quite humbling actually, knowing that I have managed to do that, all by myself. Of course, I had support, but I have been the one controlling what goes into my mouth.