I spontaneously joined Slimming World Online. And when I say spontaneously, I really mean it. I made a snap decision to sign up for the 12 week online program and less than 10 minutes later it was all a done deal, but I needed to do it this way. I have considered joining Slimming Wold before, but being abroad is a big problem. With the online membership though I can’t really make excuses anymore. Another thing I can no longer make excuses for is my horrifically bad health choices I’ve made since coming to Abu Dhabi.
I’ve always struggled with my weight, but 3 years ago I made a big effort and I lost over a stone and a half and I felt so amazing for it. I really committed to it and I loved the results. After the initial loss I stalled, but I somehow I managed to maintain and fend off the weight for 2 years until I moved last year when I put it all back on. I wont lie, it’s really after effecting my confidence. I never had buckets of it to begin with, but putting on a stone and a half and not being able to fit into some of my clothes has been quite awful and it has held me back a lot. I’ve put off going to the pool and the beach completely over here. As in I have never once put on a swimsuit over here and I actually can’t even remember the last time I wore said piece of clothing.So that was that. I’ve known that I’ve needed to make massive changes for myself for a while but now I’m going to do it.
The first 5 days went great. It maybe sort of turned me into a domestic goddess. I had never made steak for myself or even baked a potato. Everything I’ve made before has been pre-made or on the hob, but in the space of a few days I made chicken Kiev’s, spaghetti bolognese from scratch, homemade chips and chili. Overall I’ve been making better choices, like having fruit for my breakfast and walking 5km in the evening.
I’ll be honest I fell of the wagon almost a week in after we had a cake morning in work. Although I had the initial satisfaction afterwards I was back to hating on myself. I had been doing so well and it actually made me feel really great so I’m not going to wallow and instead I’m jumping right back in and I’m committing to this for the next 11 weeks. I’m hoping to drop 30 pounds before Christmas. It’s a big goal, but I need to do this for myself. In my first week I lost 2.5 pounds which I was a bit disappointed in because I know I can do better, but a loss is better than a gain.
Seeing as I don’t have a group to go to I’ve decided to document the whole process on here every week after my weekly weigh-ins to motivate myself. Wish me luck!