2st 1lb lost in just 13 weeks

Thirteen weeks weeks into my Slimming World journey and I am 2st 1lb lighter than when I started and just 6lbs away from my target. 

If you'd have told me on 11th November, when I walked into that room terrified, that I'd be at this point in the middle of February I would've thought you were insane. But I am here and so happy. 

I've been toying with altering my target and maybe not going as far as I initially intended and I'm still not all too sure whether or not to do that. I keep saying 'I'll just see how I feel' but I felt so much better just after week one, when my trousers were already falling down, that this is just amazing. 

My weight now starts with a 10, which it hasn't for almost five years. Last time my weight started with a 10 was after I'd been really poorly in hospital with pneumonia. That's a totally different story altogether, though, so I'll bore you with that one another time. 

But when I was ill, I lost a lot of weight very quick. And everyone kept saying to me 'ooh you've lost too much weight, you look too thin, you don't look well' which, of course people are going to say when you've nearly died, but that has been playing on my mind a bit. I don't want people to look at me and think I look 'too thin' or lanky or anything like that. But right now, I don't think I'd look like that if I did carry on to target. 

It is playing on my mind slightly, though. Because whilst I don't want people to think I look too thin, I also really like it when people notice that I've lost weight. So many people said to me when I started Slimming World that I didn't need to and that I was fine. I maybe looked it to them, but I didn't to me. And I certainly didn't feel good whatsoever. So when people notice now, it makes me feel fab. 

I found a picture last week from September and couldn't believe the difference. My friend said I look more defined now, I think that was the word she used. I remember it being a funny word to describe me anyway! 

I think I'll keep going to my original target because that's what I wanted before I started, and before people started noticing. And if, when I get there, I find it's too far then I'll bump it up. 

For now, I'm just chuffed to have lost this amount of weight in what is quite a short space of time. 

This week has been a funny one - I wasn't as organised with my meals as other weeks and, when I was organised, it all went to pot. 

Monday night was supposed to be chicken for tea. I'd bought a whole chicken and whacked it in the slow cooker so it was ready for us getting in from work and just needed some veg doing. Cracking. Or at least it would have been if the bloody thing was cooked and not still practically raw. Cue Tom running round the supermarkets in Selby at 8pm looking for a cooked chicken. He didn't find one but he did bring me home some turkey steaks which we did on the George and added to a stir fry with the vegetables. All was not lost, as much as I felt like it was as I sat in the middle of the kitchen floor trying not to cry whilst cursing a practically raw chicken and the slow cooker. 

As it turned out, I cooked it overnight - and it worked - and we had it cold with salad the next night. So all was not lost!

I haven't really tried any new recipes this week except a burger and BBQ relish. Huge thumbs up from me!!! The link for it is below in the food diary - amazing!! I'll definitely be doing that one again. 

This week shouldn't be too bad, we're having a meal out on Saturday night for V-Day but I can't imagine it being too extravagant and far away from food optimising and, if it is, it's only one meal out of 21. 

Tonight, though, I'm just happy going to bed looking at this (and hoping I don't do what I've done the last few times I've got an award and gained the next week haha!)

Week 13 food diary

Day 1:

Breakfast: Two rashers of lean bacon, poached eggs and a huge pile of spinach
Dinner: Homemade SW roasted tomato and basil soup
Snack: Apple and pear
Tea: Pizza Express - dough balls to start (17.5 syns) followed by Legerra Pollo Arrabiatta (6.5 syns) with a side of broccolini
Syns for the day: 24

Day 2:

Breakfast: Melon
Snack: Strawberries
Snack: Apple and two pears
Tea: Chilli salmon with peppers, carrots and rice
Snack: Baked oats with raspberries (1/2 syn for 50g cooked raspberries)
Syns for the day: 0.5

Day 3:

Breakfast: Bacon, poached eggs, beans and loads of spinach
Dinner: Onion, pepper and ham omelette with a big stack of spinach and lettuce
Snack: Walkers French fries (4 syns)
Tea: SW bacon burger with BBQ relish (HEB for wholemeal roll) with a big salad and homemade chips
Drink: 175ml rose wine (6 syns)
Syns for the day: 10

Day 4:

Breakfast: Baked oats with 50g raspberries (1/2 syn for these cooked) and a pile of strawberries 
Dinner: Homemade sweet potato, carrot, onion and orange soup with chill flakes
Drink: A glass of prosecco (4.5 syns) 
Tea: SW speed-filled and swede-topped cottage pie with broccoli and carrots.
Syns for the day: 5

Day 5:

Breakfast: Bacon and egg sandwich in a wholemeal roll (HEB)
Snack: Strawberries
Dinner: Spaghetti bolognese pot (3.5 syns)
Snacks: Apple and two pears
Tea: Turkey steaks stir fried with vegetables and chopped tomatoes with noodles.
Syns for the day: 3.5

Day 6:

Breakfast: SW syn free pancake with a strawberry Muller Light and strawberries
Snack: Melon
Dinner: Leftover turkey and vegetables with lettuce and spinach
Snack: A packet of Hula Hoops Puft crisps (3.5 syns)
Snack: Apple, pear and strawberries
Tea: Roast chicken with salad
Syns for the day: 3.5

Day 7:

Breakfast: Melon and strawberries
Dinner: Ham sandwich in a wholemeal roll (HEB) with one packet of Hula Hoops Puft crisps (3.5 syns)
Snack: Apple and two pears
Tea: Chicken curry with rice
Syns for the day: 3.5

You may also like: Last week's update

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