I’m two weeks into my latest attempt to shift some weight, so I thought making a weekly feature on the blog might give me some more motivation!

If you’ve read the blog recently, you might have seen that I joined a slimming club two weeks ago, but couldn’t get on with the plan, so switched to Slimming World, which I know like the back of my hand. So, I’ve been on plan for a total of two weeks now and in those two weeks, I have lost a total of 7lbs! Half a stone gone! *Does happy dance!*

I’ve managed this by following the plan. It really is as simple as that! And the best part is, I have not felt hungry, unlike my two disastrous days on the other plan! I’ve even had chocolate most days. I love chocolate. And I love that I can still eat it – in moderation – on this plan.

The best way for me to stay on plan is to… plan! Each week I write out every meal and then shop accordingly. This way, I don’t have to worry about what’s for dinner (and end up with a takeaway), and I don’t waste lots of food, as I only buy what I know I will use.

Here is a sample weekly meal planner…

There’s no big secret with the plan, other than to make sure that where it makes sense, your meal should consist of at least one-third ‘speed’ foods; that is, certain fruits and most vegetables. Dairy and fibre are measured amounts, but there’s plenty of fat-free yoghurts, cottage cheese and fromage frais that is ‘free’.  Lean meat, pasta, rice and potatoes can be eaten freely (I know, right?!) and pretty much everything else has a ‘syn’ count – you’re allowed up to 15 syns per day.

I find I can really fill up at meal times (keeping in mind the one-third speed foods) and I don’t really want to snack too much, where before I was stuffing biscuits by 10am! This was my dinner tonight: chicken, new potatoes (with a teaspoon of butter – 2 syns), salad leaves, cherry tomatoes and lots of coleslaw (made with Total 0% Greek yoghurt and light mayonnaise – 2 syns). I couldn’t finish it all.

Yum!

So, I’m off to a great start! I’ve got a long, long way to go, and it’s tough with it being ice cream season, but I’m more determined than ever now.

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