I just wanted to do a little update post from me.
As you know this blog was started back in 2009, in which I lost 46lbs following the Slimming World plan (mostly Extra Easy) and then fell pregnant with my daughter in 2010. During my pregnancy I kept my weight gain to a minimum and a week after she was born I was back into my pre pregnancy clothes.
I went pretty much straight back into Slimming World after she was born, but found I was able to stick to the in the week, but struggled at the weekends, as life was busy with two small children to look after. So I found although I was losing the occasional 0.5lbs to 2lbs here and there, I was gaining it back the week after and it seemed to be a viscous cycle of losing and gaining the same few lbs.
Then this year lots of stresses and illnesses saw a gain of approx 10lbs towards the end of the year and I started having some stomach issues, so did a bit of research and decided to combine clean eating into Slimming World (clean eating is basically cutting out as much processed foods as possible, all those artificial sweeteners, ingredients that sound like they come from a science lab and focusing on fresh ingredients as much as possible). I saw improvements, but things still were not right. Then just before Christmas I got talking to a friend about Paleo and found out about something called The Whole 30 program. At first, I must admit, I thought there is no way I can do this, but reading more and more into it, I loved the concept and theory behind it all and if I could heal my stomach and try and curb my sugar cravings a bit, even better. So in January decided to take on my first Whole 30. I am not going to lie, the first few days were tough, but you really have to focus on the foods you can have and not want you can not. Then I hit the stage where my stomach was starting to feel worse, as it was healing from all the foods I had taken out of my system, but I was assured things would get better, so I stuck with it and around day 20 into the first whole 30 I started to feel amazing, my stomach was so much better, I felt so healthy and full of energy and was sleeping so well. Stepping on to the scales on day 31, I saw a loss of 11.4lbs – amazing!!
Then throughout February I had a go at combining paleo into Slimming World and it was surprising how easy it was, especially with Original days and I saw a loss that month of 5lbs. Then in March I decided to do another round of Whole 30, and this one saw a loss of 8.6lbs. So I am now at a total loss of 25lbs this year and I am feeling amazing.
Through out doing it all, I have been sharing pics on instagram and facebook and it really helps to keep me motivated, hence the decision to start posting my food diary to my blog, it will keep me on plan and hopeful give others ideas for meal plans to.
I am now combining most Paleo foods into Slimming World, but I have made a decision to occasionally allow certain none Paleo food, into my day (mainly non gluten grains and legumes) I know I can’t tolerate gluten and too much dairy is not great for me, so I limit that now. My sugar cravings have definitely reduced and I now find certain things I enjoyed before far too sweet. I feel much more in control of my food and because I feel so healthy eating this way, I want to carry on feeling this way, of course if I feel things getting out of control, I now also have the tools to reign it all back in again by jumping into another Whole 30.
You may wonder why I don’t do just Paleo to lose weight, well the main reason is because there are certain non Paleo things I include and even Paleo things you need to keep a reign on to lose weight and because of that. So combined into Slimming World it works perfectly. Most of the Paleo foods are in the basic Free Foods list. That is one of the things I love about Slimming World, you can really adapt it to suit you so easily.
If you want to know more about Whole 30, You can read about it here: The Whole 30 Program but I also highly recommend reading their book “It Starts with food” as it goes into depth the theories behind it all.
I also now combine exercise into my week – 2 days of Zumba, 1 day of Bokwa and 1 day of boot camp/cardio type workout. I go to classes, I am in awe of those who can workout at home, but for me I like the atmosphere of a group class, it is great fun and the hour flies by, whereas I just can’t find the motivation to do it at home. I think it is important to enjoy the exercise you do, as if you don’t you are less likely to keep it up.
Lets hope I finally make it to goal this year. As always I will continue sharing ideas and recipes with you all.
Thank you everyone for your great support.