So, the word is out. The BritMums Back2Best WeightWatchers Challenge has started, and I was one of the lucky applicants.
I got my login last night and tried to remember most of what I’d eaten in the day – and was a little bit more careful today and logged everything as I ate it.
Both days I went over my daily allowance… and now I’m sitting here feeling hungry! I can’t wait to get looking at the recipes, and sorting out our whole diet as a family – we don’t eat badly, I think we just don’t eat as well as we could.
So one points saver would be to choose French Fries over Snack A Jacks – but there’s only one point in it, which I find quite interesting.
I’m quite sure the gluten free sandwich I had at lunch is actually more points than I thought – though my big points today were Sainsburys Spicy Bean Quarter Pounders – I had one and a half. I didn’t eat H’s leftovers (always the one you hear mums talking about when they put on weight) and I need to streamline what I eat a bit more. More bananas, maybe….
The app is really handy, though I can’t find a way to add foods on it, but that’ll come in time I’m sure. Right now I feel like there’s a mountain to climb and it’ll be fine.
Anyway, this is also a pre-warning I may bore you all to death talking about foods and diets until I get my head around it.
That and I’ve just realised an entire Pizza Hut Pizza is 40 points but if you go to Pizza Express it’s over 100?! That can’t be right… I mean I know pizza’s aren’t that good to eat, but that much? Whimper.
Okay. I’ll be honest. I’ve not lost any weight I don’t think. BUT! That isn’t what it’s all about – it’s about changing your ways and getting into your subconscious to make permanent changes. I do feel like I’ve progressed there hugely.
That alone is worth writing about. It’s an ongoing process, and not something which will work overnight – I’m very accepting of that. I have still had crisps and chocolate and biscuits – but just not at every available opportunity which is how I was before I started this.
These days I’ll head to Sainsburys on the way to work and all you see as you get to the tills are stacks of chocolate, all reduced. A month ago I’d have bought one – but it feels different; I’ve a different mindset. I know it’s placed there to make me think I need it, but actually I don’t. I don’t even have my 20p finger of Fudge’s any more even. That’s not to say I’ve not had an occasional chocolate bar, but that was more through hitting a point at work where food became my comfort when I needed the afternoon to go a lot faster.
That’s my biggest problem – my bad snacking habits are a prop. If I have too much space to think then I eat. So I’ve got my Graze box now – next one due tomorrow – and so far those are helping as far as afternoon snacks go. I should price up the two and see how they compare – old vs new. Yes, I know I could eat fruit, and I should. I’m definitely more of a vegetable person though… I’ll get to that bit when I’m ready – right now I’ll deal with this.
I’m half way, I’ve another 21 days of listening – and I think there’s subtle positive changes there, reminders of what I should be doing rather than what I’m doing. It’s a good thing, and hopefully will help prevent diabetes ever reoccurring. Ever.
Tonight we’re starting a new regime in our house. We’ll be listening to our first SlimPod.
“What’s one of those?”, I’m sure you’re asking. We’re not entirely sure just yet, apart from knowing it’s a ten minute podcast that you listen to it at the end of the day. Given my past with hypnotherapy and me feeling like it did some good, I’m giving it a try – but there’s another reason.
When I was pregnant with H, I developed Gestational Diabetes around the 26 week mark. Last year I got pregnant again, and even though I weighed a lot less than I had with H, the diabetes came back. There have been moments since when I’m aware of my blood sugars – while I’m certain I don’t have diabetes it’s something which I’m at high risk of developing the older I get.
When I heard that Thinking Slimmer were looking for people with Diabetes to try out the SlimPod, I put forward my history. I don’t have diabetes right now but it’s something I need to do as much as I can to prevent it redeveloping – and I know my eating habits aren’t the best. In fact, they’re pretty bad. I need to re-evaluate my life, let it fit in with what little time I’ve got in the evening and make sure we’re all enjoying our food.
Add to this my father-in-law has diabetes – so it’d be safe to say it’s a family concern – this goes all the way down to H and what we teach her.
So tonight I’ll be downloading and listening, and over the weeks I’ll be reporting back. I’ll be back doing the Monday Meal plan, and hopefully making a difference to all our lives in this house. It’s quite a task, we’ll do it.