I'm now over a stone lighter than I was four weeks ago!

My fourth week 'anniversary' at Slimming World was marked with a nice bright blue certificate marking my one stone award *chorus of angels singing*

Another 3lbs off this week takes my total loss to 15lbs (1st 1lb)

Despite my continual good losses, my first week was the only week of the four that I knew I had lost weight and went to group feeling confident.  Every other week, as I've said in my blog, I've worried I've had a gain or maintained.  This week was just the same.

This week, I've enjoyed a few more syns than normal after giving in to a few of my chocolate and crisp cravings.  I've never gone over, but I've definitely made the most of those 15 a day on some days.

Despite almost every meal being 100% food optimised, I still had that feeling in the pit of my stomach on Tuesday night/all day Wednesday that I wasn't going to see good results on the scales.  Part of me was worried that last week's shock loss of 4lbs, when I didn't feel like I'd had a great week, would come back and bite me on the backside with this week's results.

I only needed to lose 2lbs this week to get my stone award and I think knowing that, and having that pressure, is why I felt so uneasy.

I was worried that because I've lost 4.5lbs, 3.5lbs, and 4lbs in the previous weeks that 'just 2lbs' meant I would get complacent and let it slide.  There was no worry of that, though.

I think what I need to start remembering is that Slimming World isn't a strict 'you can't eat this, and you can't eat that' diet.  I can still eat chocolate and crisps (as you'll see by my food diary below) and enjoy a whopping big pork sandwich with apple sauce and stuffing.  As long as I stick to plan and remember what is good, and fill my plate with that as much as possible, I'll be laughing all the way to the scales.

I honestly never thought Slimming World would be this easy and this good.  The last two weeks have almost been like 'normal' weeks, before I joined.  I've enjoyed wine, prosecco, chocolate brownies, a trip to Kitchen, Wagamama, chocolates, I have an advent calendar, crisps... And the weight is still dropping off!

With Christmas round the corner, I'd like to continue losing up until then so that I can enjoy myself and still be far lighter than I was in November.

Week Four's food diary

Day One:

Breakfast: Overnight oats (30g porridge oats [HEB], dollops of fat free fromage frais, and loads of frozen berries - redcurrants, blueberries, strawberries, and blackcurrants)
Lunch: Leftover SW chicken jambalaya with lettuce, spinach, rocket and watercress
Snack: Two-finger Kit Kat (5.5 syns)
Tea: SW spaghetti carbonara (40g reduced fat cheddar as HEA)
Snack: Crunchie (7.5 syns)

Day Two:

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with passata and tomatoes.
Snack: Apple
Lunch: Homemade SW butternut squash soup
Tea: Leftover SW chicken jamabalaya with lettuce, spinach, rocket and watercress
Snack: Two satsumas
Snack: Three cadbury Roses (7.5 syns)

Day Three:

Breakfast: Two poached eggs, three rashers of bacon, half a tin of baked beans and loads of spinach.
Lunch: Homemade SW butternut squash soup
Snack: Walkers french fries (4.5 syns)
Tea: Turkey meatballs with ratatouille

Day Four:

Breakfast: Melon
Lunch: Pork sandwich with apple sauce and stuffing (11.5 syns for large white bread cake, not sure about the condiments)
Tea: SW pork and apple casserole with carrots, green beans and broccoli
Snack: Mini Milk (1.5 syns)

Day Five:

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with one third of a tin of chopped tomatoes, half a red pepper and half a yellow pepper.
Lunch: Leftover SW pork and apple casserole with leftover ratatouille
Snack: An apple and a pear
Tea: Tuna salad (on tin of tuna mixed with one teaspoon of extra light mayo [1.5 syns] and lettuce, spinach, and peppers.)
Snack: Walkers french fries (4.5 syns)

Day Six:

Breakfast: Melon
Lunch: Homemade SW butternut squash soup
Snack: Walkers french fries (4.5 syns)
Snack: Pear
Tea: SW cottage pie (40g of reduced fat cheddar as HEA) with carrots, green beans and broccoli.

Day Seven:

Breakfast: Four-egg omelette with half a yellow, half a red and half an orange pepper and one tomato and two mini Babybel light (HEA).
Lunch: Salad with chicken breast (lettuce, spinach and other half of peppers had at breakfast)
Snack: Walkers french fries (4.5 syns)
Snack: Two apples and a pear
*was weighed before tea as I had to go to the earlier group tonight but I had a jacket potato with tuna mayo (1.5 syns for extra light mayo)

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