Thursday, 20 October 2011

The Start of Something New

I've always been a little overweight, the fortunate thing is I am quite tall which means I can carry that little bit more weight without worrying.  But recently the weight issue has reared its ugly head when I tried on some skinny jeans a size larger than I would normally wear and they didn't fit... suffice it to say I was a tad depressed.

So with inspiration from my friends Scott from Ausländer Blog and Erik from Couch Potato to Marathon Runner I joined the local sports centre to exercise more, I especially enjoy swimming.  It'a helping but not enough, so with my friends Gemma, Rachael and Sarah I have jumped on the bandwagon and joined Slimming World.

When I first heard about it I will admit I snubbed it as another fad diet that wouldn't work, I would probably starve in the process and put all the weight back on when I finish, how wrong could I be!  As Slimming World says themselves this isn't a diet it's a Healthy Eating Choice to change the way you eat.  I don't follow it religiously like some but it has taught me to think about what I eat and cook with and cut down on the wrong things.

Much like Weight Watchers, Slimming World uses a point system to calculate how many Syns you can have during one day, but the best thing is it doesn't stop you eating anything just cut down on what isn't so good for you.  There are so many foods that are free you don't even have to use your syns to make a great meal, so can use them for treats every now and then.  I've been using lots of the Slimming World recipes and the meals are huge and very filling, quite often I have left overs for lunch the next day.

This is one thing that is really transforming my life and 7 weeks in I'm glad to say I have lost 13 pounds and dropped a dress size around my waist.  I am lighter now than I can remember being for a long time.

So have I wet your taste buds with the photos of recipes I have been trying? I'll keep you posted on how it goes and which recipes I'm enjoying the most!!

Oh and I have already received my first award for losing half a stone, only 1 pound to go until I get to 1 stone so wish me luck!!