Here we are, the first day of the new year and my first 52lb in 52 weeks blog post. So, what is this series about?
After having my beautiful daughter 4 months ago, I think it’s fair to say that I have piled on the pounds. I’m now two dress sizes bigger than I was pre-pregnancy and I wasn’t very happy with my weight then. Something needs to be done and that something is my 2017 new years resolution to lose 1lb per week for the whole of 2017. Hence the title, 52lb in 52 weeks. If I’m honest I could (scarily) do with losing more than the 3st10lb that I’m aiming for, but I wanted my target to be achievable. In the case of weight loss I’d much rather aim low and do better than planned, than aim too high and fall short.
My decision to lose weight isn’t just about my dress size… although that is a big factor. I’ve recently been finding the excess baggage a little difficult to deal with. My back, hips, knees and ankles are feeling the strain and starting to feel uncomfortable. I’m also struggling when I get up in the morning as my everything feels stiff! I’m sure that it is the additional weight (definitely not my age!) that is to blame and I’m hoping that as the pounds melt away something similar to my previous level of fitness will return, just in time for me to run around after Baby as she starts to toddle.
Once I had decided on this goal, I obviously had to decide how I was going to achieve it. As much as I would like my excess pounds to disappear in a puff of smoke, I realise that this probably isn’t going to happen, so the big question was Weight Watchers or Slimming World.
I’ve used Weight Watchers successfully before. In my early 20’s when I was single, living on my own and had time to visit the gym 4 or 5 times a week. I managed to lose 3 stone with them but back then I found it easy to count points and eat some remarkably bland food when points were a little scarce. Unfortunately when I tried again last year it was money down the drain. I was now living with Grumpy Dad and as he likes to do all of the cooking and regularly kicks me out of my own kitchen, point counting just didn’t work.
I’ve had less experience with Slimming World. I would have been about 19 last time I tried it and it just didn’t stick. It was back in the days of writing things in books and looking up Syn values in pamphlets and I found it fiddly and confusing. I also wasn’t very adventurous with food back then. I didn’t eat pasta or rice and anything with so much as a sniff of a herb in it was deemed inedible. Far too many years later and I’m looking at the free foods on Slimming World and thinking I could happily live off of them without a second thought and as there’s no restrictions on the weight of free foods, it will be easy for Dad to prepare.
Having gone through this decision making process I had hoped to start Slimming World a couple of days before new year, giving me time to read up and put together a shopping list. Unfortunately, problems with the web site meant that I couldn’t sign up until the evening of the 1st January, when I was so annoyed with the lack of any technical support from Slimming World that I really did resent giving them my money and had to eat a mars bar to cheer myself up! Still, I have signed up now and with the exception of the mars bar, I did eat very well today.
Over the next week I will be spending some time learning about the Slimming World plan and working out how to use their website. So far, I must admit that I am less than impressed. The website appears to be very basic, more of a magazine than anything else, and tracking appears to still be a case of manually recording what you’ve eaten rather than entering it into an app. Hopefully my opinion will improve over the week. I will be using my 1byOne smart scales (see my review of these HERE) to keep track of my weight and stats. The advantage of using these scales over regular bathroom scales is that, should I fail to lose weight during a week, I will stand a better chance of understanding why.
My next weigh in will be on Sunday 8th Jan, when I will learn if I have managed to lose my first 1lb.
Are you aiming for a weight loss goal this year? How are you planning to achieve it?