I didn’t think I’d be writing this post but then in the back of mind I probably did! After having the first lady I was so fit and healthy, running and eating well so by the time I found myself expecting the second lady I was slipping into a size 10 skinny jeans and toned throughout. After the second lady I ran like mad and used My Fitness Pal to lose weight, which I did, getting back to pre-pregnancy weight by about 12 weeks post partum. BUT, my friends, there is a significant difference between weight and shape when it comes to most Mammies. Life with two small kids, a full time job and a busy husband doesn’t lend itself to many opportunities to exercise. Sitting behind a desk for 8 hours in the day then doesn’t lend itself to being toned. Eating yummy scones and chocolate bars at your breaks or a glass of wine here and there in the evenings (hello I deserved it after almost 2 years of abstinence over the past 4 years!!) most certainly doesn’t lend itself to an overall healthy lifestyle, unfortunately.
Over the past few months I’ve noticed things getting softer around the middle, jeans that little bit tighter and skin that little bit less spot-free. You know it’s a sure sign something is not quite right when you tell your husband you’re going to join Slimming World and he doesn’t disagree….
So join is I did. A friend and I joined which was great because that was the motivation I needed. I can genuinely say I was not prepared for the weight that appeared on the weighing scales. I’m tall so I probably carry weight well (if that makes sense) but I’m just touching the ‘unhealthy weight’ range which you can check for yourself here. I think most people have been surprised when I’ve said I’ve joined and that I am almost at unhealthy weight so perhaps this can be an eye opener for people with regards to weight and our attitudes towards what we perceive as healthy.
So here I find myself a few days in having actually eaten a healthy breakfast at my morning tea break instead of starting the day with a scone…and lots of real butter…and jam….I’ve only attended one Slimming World class and I was truly impressed with their attitude to dieting, actually it doesn’t feel like a diet it feels like a change in attitude and a rethink of how I view food. I think it’s breakfast and lunch I’m going to struggle the most with but there seems to be lots of inspiration online so I’m looking forward to the challenge!
Have any of you tried Slimming World? Did it work for you? Any tips to share please do!