From SW to calorie counting...let's see what happens!x
Hi all :wavey:
thought i'd better start a new diary on here for my daily eats seeing as i'm now giving calorie counting a bash.
for the last 14 months, i've been following the slimming world plan, thought it was great and 2013 saw me stick to the plan almost 100% (give or take the odd social event) until round about november/december time when birthday and xmas celebrations started.
i went to class every week to be weighed, but could never stay for the meeting so i made the decision to go it alone this year...i wasn't missing anything other than paying someone £5 to weigh me and with the support on here, i felt i wouldn't be missing much as a whole.
anyway, i lost 5lbs for the month of january but feb seemed to be a bit iffy for me...on plan all week but not so much at the weekend so i was just maintaining.
my biggest love of SW, was that for me, it stopped me having constant thoughts of food, what was good/bad, what i wanted/was allowed etc and that was a huge thing for me....to not have guilt...to eat when i was hungry and still pencil in some goodies every night...but lately, these devil thoughts have returned and i seemed to become aware of how easy it would be to eat way too many calories on their "free" foods or to food abuse and it's really messed my head up a bit cos the battle of thoughts of food etc made a quick return :(
i stuck to plan 100% and saw a gain every 4 weeks....but was always ok with it cos i knew i hadn't "done anything wrong" and i just took it in my stride...it always sorted itself out the next week and it actually taught me that our bodies like to do what they want sometimes no matter what.
for the last 2 weeks, i've followed sw but also tracked calories in the background....and it's been driving me crazy! it's pretty hard work cos everything is made from scratch so trying to work it out was challenging!
i've had some stuff going on at home which has been consuming my thoughts in a negative way and really just felt that that, along with the food stuff was getting me down...it just feels too much!
so i made the decision yesterday, after battling all day to fight away tears, to calorie count and to try and give me one less thing to worry about.
with SW, you have to be prepared at all times and it's just been exhausting for me at times...pretty much down to other stuff which is making me anxious.
i decided that it's ok for me to need convenience things at times....and that calorie counting might help with that a bit better than SW.
i noticed that the days i was off plan on SW, i'd literally binge on as much off plan foods as i could....to get it all in when i could and that's not good. imagine how many 1000's of calories i'd be eating just for the sake of it!
initially, considered doing sw through the week, then calorie counting at the weekend to let me take control of the junk if i wanted it.
SW really taught me how to cook better, food optimising is fab and it seems normal when it comes to meal times so i know if i keep that in mind, i'll be eating healthier and saving calories rather than eating pre packaged food all the time!
so...i'm giving this a bash...to see what happens. not sure how long for, or if i'm making the right decision but i'm so terrified of putting the weight i've lost back on so i can't afford to be NOT following some sort of plan hence the reason for this new start!
i lost 2.5 stone in 2013, put on over nov/xmas time so sitting about 2 stone off now.
i'm tracking calories using MFP and have decided on 1500 a day which says i should lose 1lb a week....not what i want of course...we all want 5lb a week off don't we lol, but i know that it's probably a healthy number...and if it's constant, that soon adds up as the months go by!
i usually put my food on at night for the whole day rather than as i'm going along.
so now that i've written a novel to introduce myself...let's see where this goes....x