Slimming World Here I Come 

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So I started slimming world 2 weeks ago, you might have seen me allude to it on some of my social media platforms. I started the week after I got back from Italy, feeling hefty and determined. I have mentioned in previous posts that the pounds had crept on since being back to the 9-5 and it was making me feel pretty crappy about myself, I’d worked so hard to get them off. 

I had tried doing it on my own but like anything I generally succeed at, being accountable works better for me so I decided to take the plunge. I settled on the Slimming World route as I had done Weight Watchers before and think I knew the method too well and thought a fresh approach would be better.

I went to my first class intrigued and ready to learn. The method sounded good, focusing on balanced nutritious meal along with a fibre & dairy healthy extra and of course your ‘syns’. I cleared out some remaining naughty bits from the cuboards and re stocked the good stuff. 

The first week I just found it tricky on what to snack on and changing my mind set and habits but stuck to plan. I wasn’t able to exercise much due to being sick and need to find out more how that fits into the whole concept as I move forward. Anyway, week 1 and I was down 4lb-thrilled! I came away with focus and real determination. I had needed to de bloat and detox the body somewhat and it had worked! 

Moving into week 2 I was getting a better gauge of the way it worked but probably was snacking more, still a little unsure on the best options. I had a personal 2lb target heading into week 2 so I was nervous stepping on the scales. I lost 2.5 tonight so I was thrilled. 

The regular leader was back so I had a good chat with her about snacks, eating out and exercise. Roll on week 3 and minus more lbs! Heading towards the half stone gone.. Back on the bus as they say.  

 

My Fuitile Fitness Regime 💪🏼😕

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Since starting back in an office environment I have steadily seen the pounds creep on. In 6 months I’ve gained half a stone so it was time to stop that in its tracks.

I worked hard to be fit and healthy pre Josh and had lost the bulk of my baby weight bar a few pounds so creeping back up has affected my confidence and motivation. 

I eat well and exercise regularly but snacking definitely played more of a part and being primarily sedentary from 8-4 daily wasn’t helping. It was juices for brekkie, salads for lunch and careful eating in the evening. I was working out 3-4 times a week but still was slowly creeping up or at least not seeing any loss. I felt sluggish so it was time to take action.

I have  just finished a bootcamp course which I really enjoyed with Fitsquad . I always thought bootcamp were for two extremes-really unfit people or seargent majors (I am neither, thankfully). I was wrong, well certainly about this class. I found the instructors really engaged and whilst they changed weekly I found this good for mixing it up. They focused on technique too which is important. I will be re signing up! 

I also do a weekly PT class with a guy from my old gym, this is good for focusing on weights and we keep it short and snappy which I like.

Finally I do a weekly/bi weekly lunch run with some of my work crew which is hard but I really enjoy it. I keep it under 5k but feel it getting easier all the time unless the heat takes its toll on a balmy day!

Food wise I knew something had to change so after one big weekend of indulgence for our anniversary it was time to sign up to something to kick start a healthy regime. 

I signed up to the 3 day High Protien Plan from Urban Health. http://www.urbanhealth.ie/products/high-protein-meal-plan?variant=1263590912. 

With my husband away the same week I did this I found it great. Easy, fast and good for you-winner! I really liked the breakfast protein smoothie and the salads were great. Some of the juices weren’t to my taste and I’d probably have more varied salads if I was to do it again but before my next holiday I think I will sign up again if I see it made a difference over the coming days. I found the protein really filled me and it’s a great few day cleanse, with food which I found great as just drinking juice doesn’t do it for me.. 

I have also had super advise from a nutritionist pal of mine so with this along with my recent adjustments o hope to lose those few extra pounds, gain the motivation back and get bikini ready for our holiday to Italy in a few weeks time!