New Year, New Target ....
To be honest, when I joined up with Slimming World at the back end of June 2012 I really didn't expect to be starting the next year 3 stone lighter - I have such an appalling history of not sticking to diets that my expectations were very low. I set my first interim target to lose the weight put on since I had an operation in May 2010, plus a bit to take it to a nice tidy figure of 15st.0lbs. Yes, I really did put 3 stone on in about 18 months.
Now I'm just chasing that last elusive 3.5lbs to get to target, and then will start my new SW book with the new ambition - and no illusions about how difficult it will be to shift that weight. it's been there for over 20 years and probably reckons it can claim squatters rights by now!
So, back on plan after a (fairly good) Christmas and New Year, with some new aims and strategies ..
1 Move More! For various reasons I haven't done as much with Body Magic up till now, but assuming my back doesn't give out again that will change. (upcoming house move should help - and a new garden to create!) The new cozzie 3 sizes smaller than the last one I bought is a major incentive! (wasn't expecting it to fit - but it does!).
2 Portion control - my stacking tiffin tin is brilliant but came to the conclusion that it's probably designed more for 2 people and I really should cut down the quantities a bit, even if most of my lunch is Super Free salad. So treated myself to a posh new bento box, which still lets me organise all the bits & pieces and stops them migrating all round my work bag, but prevents over-indulgence.
3 Don't eat so damn fast - a habit from boarding school, which I know has a bad effect on my digestion and its efficiency. In the course of packing up some kitchen stuff I came across some chopstick sets, which might be extreme in the case of baked beans but I think will get used more!
4 Plan further ahead - I usually work out what I'm going to have about 2 or 3 days in advance but think a weekly plan would be better protection against too-tired-to-think-never-mind-dry-fry evenings. Think I'll try to set my Body Magic targets at the same time.
Very back on plan today, with porridge, frozen fruit and 0% yoghurt for breakfast, then HEA babybels, grapes, satsuma and banana through the morning and an egg, tomato, pepper and pasta salad (soy sauce for dressing) in the new bento. & supper will be a sort of oriental soup-y thing with chicken, chinese leaf, mushrooms, leeks (and spaghetti as I'm out of noodles). And plenty of chilli, as I find strong flavours are more filling!
Hey ho - onwards and upwards!