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Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Slimming world and weightloss- my journey so far..

I was so surprised by the amount of you that wanted to see my food diaries, I was inundated with private messages and so many of you liked my post on Facebook. Weight can be a very personal and touchy subject and I really struggled with whether I should share my journey with you, but even if I help one person it will be worth it!

Up until about 2 years ago I had an extremely good diet. I'd eat 3 meals a day, a few pieces of fruit and veg, had sweets a few times a week and a takeaway only once a month.  I started working part-time (about 20 hours a week) and was in college full-time and I was so overwhelmed with everything that I made no attempt at preparing my food in advance, and my bad habits continued for 2 years and now I'm suffering the consequences with lots of insecurities and I'm about a stone and a half heavier. I won't go into details about what I hate in my body, because this post is going to be a positive one. I'm going to Cancun at the start of June, so I have ten weeks left to lose the 20 pounds and feel confident in my own body again!

I joined slimming world at the end of February as I felt like I needed someone to weigh me in regularly and keep me motivated towards my goal weight. My group consultant Sinead is beyond helpful, motivating and inspirational. The groups are fantastic as you are sitting with a group of people who have the same goal as you. There are people in attendance who are all different shapes and sizes, everyone is so encouraging and always willing to give tips which is fantastic. When I joined I didn't really know what to expect and it really is an amazing meal plan which caters to everyone. I almost feel like I'm eating too much to be able to lose weight!

I had a stressful few weeks and didn't go to my slimming world meetings, so of course I became unmotivated, slipped into bad habits and had a gain. This week is the week that I start fresh, so I'm calling it Week 1! I will update you with my losses as the weeks go on!

Disclaimer: This is what I have been eating day to day, to get the best results you can join a Slimming World Group. They are located all around the country. Joining fee is only €9 and it is €9 per week (What you'd spend on your takeaway!)

Snacks- All day every day snack on FREE FOOD- it's your FRIEND. You need to ensure that 1/3 of each plate is made up of speed food (fruit and veg).

Day 1:
Breakfast- 2 Boiled Eggs in a cup, a serving of baked beans, 2 slices of wholemeal bread
Lunch- Spaghetti Hoops, Muller light yoghurt with strawberries and blueberries
Dinner- Chicken stir fry with plenty of veg and rice

Day 2:
Breakfast- 30g porridge oats with strawberries and banana
Lunch- Baked potato and beans, apple and orange
Dinner- Omelette with ham and mushrooms and slimming world chips

Day 3:
Breakfast- Fruit salad
Lunch- Salad and chicken
Dinner- Slimming world chips, bacon with fat taken off, cheddar cheese

Day 4:
Breakfast- 2 weetabix with fruit on top
Lunch- Slimming world superspeed tomato soup
Dinner- Mallons sausages, bacon with fat taken off, beans, 2 eggs, mushrooms

Day 5:
Breakfast- Syn free pancake and berries
Lunch- Pasta and tuna
Dinner- Irish stew

Day 6:
Breakfast- 2 fried eggs, beans and bacon with 2 slices of wholemeal bread
Lunch- Lettuce, chicken and sweet chilli sauce
Dinner- Slimming world chicken curry

Day 7:
Breakfast- Scrambled eggs and smoked salmon
Lunch- Butternut squash soup
Dinner- Chicken, veg and potatoes

The above is just my average week. I try to mix it up as much as possible so I am going to try lots of different recipes and if you want to see them please comment below! Let me know how you all do this week and best of luck to anyone who joins a group or is doing slimming world themselves!

Week 1: -2.5lbs

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