Quark is my New Best Friend

It happened again. I wasn’t getting the results, my weight loss plateau’d and I gave up. I lost control and I went carb crazy. It’s only been about a week and a half but I’ve gained the weight back, and more…

So I’m turning it around. I’ve joined Slimming World and for the first time in my life, I feel truly optimistic.

I had my first meeting yesterday and was amazed to hear about some fantastic results within the group. The best part? ALL THE DRIED PASTA YOU WANT (you just have to watch what you have with it – I ‘ll touch on this later).

The reason why I am so optimistic is because the plan is just so realistic. I was flipping through the information and recipes thinking “I can absolutely do this!”. After spending the majority of my life reluctantly cutting out certain foods, I am so excited about the prospect of being able to enjoy eating again. It’s just all about moderation and optimisation, something I’ve never been able to get under control before.

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I’m already thinking about and planning meals differently, attempting to fill a third of my plate with fruit/veg and another third with protein. I’m also discovering products like quark and passata which are total life savers. They’re free foods so you can have as much of them as you want (dust? anyone? no?). Combine them together and you’ve got a brilliant alternative to tomato and mascerpone pasta sauce, which I can tell you, is definitely not worth the syns.

You get a maximum of 15 of these “syns” a day and you’re encouraged to use them. That’s what makes this plan so sustainable. You’re encouraged to enjoy a treat, every day. Again, it’s just all about moderation. If I want to enjoy a cheeky chocolate bar, I absolutely can, but it just means I can’t have cheese on my baked potato for lunch. I’ve got to weigh up my options and decide what I want and what I can save until the next day. It’s so simple but it really gets me thinking about what I’m eating. These are also habits which you can develop for life.

It’s also really interesting to see how many syns some foods can be. Almond croissants, for example. I knew they weren’t great, but I didn’t realise they were THAT BAD. One almond croissant is 20.5 syns. The scary part? In the past, I wouldn’t just have one but TWO of those bad boys. And that was only breakfast. I mean, at least I know where I was going wrong…

Full breakfast as pictured above? I can have that all day, every day if I wanted. Tiny, unfulfilling almond croissant? Not so much. And I am totally okay with that.

I weighed in yesterday at a whopping 13 stone 11 pounds. That’s the heaviest I have ever weighed before. My long-term goal is to lose 4 stone and the short-term goal is to lose around 1-2 pounds a week, which seems totally do-able. I’ve got 16 weeks until my trip to Croatia and 19 weeks until graduation and realistically, I could lose 3 stone by then if I really stick to this plan. I can do this. I’ve got to.

I’m really excited.

 

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