I haven’t written a Slimming World blog yet but I’ve decided to do like a weekly update which will hopefully help me to stay motivated (we’ll see). So I originally started Slimming World back in May of 2016 and I got off to a great start, I was loving feeling better and when I saw weight dropping off I was totally addicted. I set myself a target and things were going pretty great, I was loving the comments people made and it really did wonders to my self esteem. HOWEVER (and that’s a big however) as soon as I reached my target weight I got lazy. Well I’m not sure if lazy is the right word, I always making a homemade meal from scratch for my family every day of the week so probably not lazy just bored.
I’m sure everyone gets bored on a diet I can’t be the only one and that’s how I started to see it, as a diet. It was a lifestyle choice or that’s what it was meant to be but it started to seem like I was punishing myself, never having a day off. So I just stopped. Not straight away it was more a gradual thing, a KitKat here a Ben & Gerry’s there but then it was totally gone. Now, instead of being at the bottom end of my target zone I’m hovering at the top end about to drop over the edge at any minute. I had totally forgotten the feeling of buying the size clothes I desperately wanted to be, forgotten the huge smile inside when someone told me I looked great, I just didn’t want it enough. So here I am, not fat or over weight like before but unhappy with how I look and feel.
Now I’m the kind of person who believes it doesn’t matter what size you are or how you look as long as you’re happy & healthy, now I’m neither. I’m starting to feel slow and sluggish and with my kids that is just in no way acceptable. I spend a huge proportion of my day running around after two small kids and a moody teenager, on top of that I have a hard working husband to cater for and a house to run. I ain’t got time to be slow and sluggish. While I am still within my target and I worked my arse off (literally) to get here, I don’t like the way I look lately. My skin has gone to shit (no one likes a spotty woman in their thirties) and I can see that muffin top creeping back in! (put down the muffins Natalie). I’m just not happy, simple as that. So it’s time to do something about it.
I’ve contacted my consultant and told her exactly how I feel and told her I want to lower my target, I need something to work for again. So I am now officially 9lbs off my new target, I’ve also signed up to do Race for Life in July (I must be mental – I get stitch running up the stairs) with a friend of mine. So that’s it, that’s the plan. I have a new target to aim for and a fun run to get ready for, so I’m going to use that and this blog as my motivation (as well as all the other reasons – healthy mind, body, do it for the kids blah blah blah). The fact is, if I’ve said here that I’m gona do, on all my social media platforms that I’m gona do it, to save face I’m gona have to do it. Right?
Writing is defiantly a form of therapy for me. I suffer with terrible anxiety and writing here on this blog as well as other places really helps to sooth me and take ownership of my thoughts. I also love to cook and I meal plan our families meals each week (because I pride myself on being a budget Queen). I thought I could share some family meal ideas, fave Slimming World recipes, budget meals etc. It’s something I enjoy which will keep me on track too. Combining writing and cooking sounds right up my street. I love to write and I love to eat. Win win. So all in all no actual update this week but it’s a new start, so from here on in my mission is to eat happy again. Join in if you like?!
Natalie Abraham AKA Mostly Mummy