My First Week of Slimming World

A little while ago I realised that I was making no headway with my weight loss… in fact it had turned again in to weight gain, so I contacted Slimming World and asked them to help me.


First week of slimming world


I have written posts before about trying to lose weight, such as 47 reasons which I actually wrote in August last year. In that time I have lost weight… and then gained it all back plus some. This is where I could insert lots of excuses about why I put weight back on and why it wasn’t my fault.


However I am honest (to a fault at times) and the entire truth of it all is that I lacked the willpower and I gave in too easily.  Things came to a head though in recent weeks, where I realised that rather than having 47 items of clothing to try to get back in to, I actually had hardly any left that I could wear. Unless of course bulging buttons and split seams are suddenly fashionable – you never know skirts over trousers were a bit thing in the nineties…


I was wearing the same clothes all the time and feeling dowdy and podgy. I’ve not taken the boys swimming in a long time as I’ve become so self-conscious…. plus my bikini top no longer fits me without being pretty obscene.


Things couldn’t carry on the way that they were, it was unfair to the boys that my insecurities were meaning they couldn’t do an activity that they love and that we’ve always enjoyed doing together. It was also unfair to Si to have to put up with me being grumpy about my weight, tired as the junk I was eating wasn’t giving me the energy to get through the day and generally a miserable pain in the (rather large) bum.


I have heard great things about Slimming World online from friends and everyone seems to know a friend who did amazingly well on it, so I thought I would give it a go. I knew I needed something with a plan to follow, as winging it really hadn’t worked for me so far.


For anyone who hasn’t really heard of Slimming World (there must be one or two somewhere) with Slimming World without getting in to the technicalities too much, you have free foods that you can eat as much of as you like, some foods which you should limit to a certain portion size and your syns. Syns are the treats that you fancy eating, you have a syn guideline each day which stops you from eating too much of the slightly more naughty foods.


The theory is that no food is really off-limits, you can have a bit of what you fancy. I liked the idea of no food being banned, as this was part of my issue with previous diets… I always ended up giving in and binge eating which ever food was banned.


I came up with a plan that instead of paying to register for Slimming World online, I would pitch to them the idea of a ‘free’ membership in return for write ups like this rather long-winded one. I’d like to point out here that I pitched so that I would have the added encouragement to keep my willpower as I’d feel I was letting them down as well as myself – I know myself too well, not because I am too ‘tight’ to pay for things. I’m frugal not tight…


Amazingly the lovely people at Slimming World said yes and this week I have been learning a whole new language of Syns and healthy extras.


Last Tuesday when I weighed on the day of my first Slimming World day, I was 10 stone 6 lbs – before you tut and ask why I would want to lose weight as that’s not heavy, I am really short at 5 foot 2 tall and therefore classed as overweight until I touch on 9 stone 13 lbs. My aim though is for somewhere in between 8 and a half stone and 9 stone as this is in the middle of my healthy weight range according to my bmi.


Yes I know bmi is really outdated, but it gives me a rough guideline and I felt at my best in the past being in between the two weights I’ve mentioned above.


Slimming World Progress


After 1 week of Slimming World I am now 10 stone 2 lbs, a loss oflbs in a week! I’m surprised the difference that 4 lbs has made to how well I can actually now breath in my jeans and just in general how I feel in myself.


I am actually amazed at how well my week has gone, it was a mixed effort of using my TomTom GPS watch to get myself moving more and back to running, and following the Slimming World guidelines.


Other than one evening when I’d used up all my syns and everyone else decided to have a takeaway and I may have gotten a little embarrassingly emotional as I fought with my willpower (cringe yes I know…. I am ashamed and at least the willpower won!), it has been easy.


I can eat so many foods for ‘free’, that really there is no reason to be hungry and my skin is really benefitting from all the extra fruit and veg I’ve been chomping on. Other free foods include potatoes and a lot of meats (and loads of other foods), so I have been loving potatoes this week.


Syn Free Meal


I’ll write a bit more about some of my Slimming World favourite meals after I have been at this for a bit longer, and after I have tried out some of the recipes on the Slimming World site. I’m really not feeling deprived though, the trick I have found so far is to make the most of your allowances and eat filling foods, ones that will keep you going for longer without cravings for naughty foods.


I haven’t touched chocolate for a week, not because I can’t as I could easily use it as my syns, but because I haven’t felt like I’ve needed it and I’d prefer to use my syns on something more filling. Usually I eat a lot of chocolate, but I think the extra fruit is keeping my sweet tooth happy enough.


I also feel like I am naturally making healthier choices now, without having to think about it. My first day with Slimming World I was a bit lost trying to work out what I should be eating, but this was only because I have a bad habit of trying to work things out myself instead of reading instructions.


On the Slimming World website, there are handy tools for checking how many syns are in things, sheets to print with the free foods clearly listed on and so much more information including some great looking recipes.  There is even an app for my phone, that has made things a lot easier since I downloaded it.


I have found that as the week went on, I was having to check my sheets and app less as I was remembering the information easily myself.

As recommended by Slimming World, I am also keeping a food diary and considering how much food is on there I am amazed how much weight I have lost already.  This week my aim is to get below 10 stone for the first time in ages, which means I need to lose more than 2 lbs….. wish me luck!


Basically this was a very long-winded post to say I want to lose weight, I’ve lost 4 lbs so far and thank you Slimming World…


Stevie x


*I was given a free 3 month membership of Slimming World online, but only as I requested it and all my thoughts and opinions as ever are my own and honest*


My first week of Slimming World and my weight loss pin

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  1. Julie C
    11 May 2016 / 1:25 pm

    well done hun, know you can do it. Being much active has helped me the most, I have a fitbit and try to achieve 10k steps every day @msedollyp

    • 11 May 2016 / 1:49 pm

      I’m working on those 10k steps a day as well, and thank you lovely

      Stevie x

  2. 11 May 2016 / 7:43 pm

    Good luck. I joined at the start of January and lost over 2& a half stone. It’s an amazing plan that isn’t restrictive and fits in with the family. I am so glad I joined as its changed my outlook so much. Congrats on such a great first week. I look forward to reading your progress x

  3. Tina Holmes
    11 May 2016 / 7:43 pm

    I’m on my fourth week, I’ve lost 11lbs so far. Had a few wobbles but it’s amazing how much you can eat. I’m actually eating more than I used too. Good luck on hitting your target.

  4. sophie
    11 May 2016 / 8:40 pm

    I started SW 3weeks ago and have lost 7lb so far. I’m really chuffed. I’m loving the food and like you not missing chocolate at all.
    Good luck for this week and I look forward to reading your blogs on SW

  5. Melantha
    11 May 2016 / 9:40 pm

    Great start well done xx lovely to read gives me the encouragement to go back …watch this space x

  6. 12 May 2016 / 12:25 am

    I need to do this for my own self esteem but until I get a new job somewhere that does not feed me gorgeous food each shift I’m doomed. Well done you keep it up!

  7. 12 May 2016 / 10:05 pm

    What an amazing start! Well done Stevie! x

  8. 13 May 2016 / 7:32 am

    Stevie, you look just lovely in your photos and I’m surprised you need to lose weight! So pleased slimming world is working for you and you are on the right track. I try and do more steps in the day too -I have a desk job so some days I don’t even get to a 1000 :/ I try and walk at lunch! good luck Stevie, you’re doing great! #PicknMix

  9. 13 May 2016 / 7:47 am

    Wow, Stevie – what a great start. Making healthier choices is definitely the way to go, I believe. Good luck with maintaining what you are doing, although I am sure you don’t need it! :) #PicknMix

  10. 13 May 2016 / 7:56 am

    Awesome petal! Well done. You know I’ve had some success with SW so if ever you need to ask any questions or just a rant at someone on the plan let me know! And never, ever be ‘ashamed’ if you have an internal struggle you don’t win. Its just life sweetie. It happens. Learn from it and move on. Cant wait to hear how this week goes. xxxx #PicknMix

  11. 13 May 2016 / 9:12 am

    Wow a great start! your salad looks very healthy and yummy. I love sweetcorn! xx


  12. 13 May 2016 / 9:22 am

    WELL DONE YOU. I need to do something like this for myself as I feel hideous.

  13. 13 May 2016 / 9:43 am

    well done thats a great start, I’ll be following for all your healthy recipes and motivation. Thanks for sharing all those numbers we dread…i havent weighed myself in years, only when the doctor has too! #PicknMix

  14. 13 May 2016 / 2:09 pm

    Well done on making the decision to be healthier. I think slimming clubs can be a great way to kick start this as nowadays they have come a long way from self-deprivation and cardboard for dinner! I hope you feel happier and more full of energy to keep up with those boys now! #PicknMix

  15. 13 May 2016 / 2:49 pm

    Good luck with the weight loss! I hope it goes well for you, and good luck! #picknmix

  16. 13 May 2016 / 4:10 pm

    Wow, great result for your first week. A plan certainly does help, but then I would say that . Those trackers are good too, mine has really helped me to get moving more. X #PicknMix

  17. 13 May 2016 / 10:54 pm

    Sounds amazing! Well done on your 4lbs loss!! I have just started a 12 week weight loss plan with a company as I had got to a stage again where I’m not feeling confident in how I look and I’m sick of wearing the same clothes all the time! Slimming World is on my list of things to try after this 12 week plan :)


  18. 14 May 2016 / 5:40 pm

    That is a fantastic result for one week. It is amazing how just a small change can make a difference in how you feel and give you the incentive you need to carry on. Good luck with Week 2. #picknmix

  19. 14 May 2016 / 8:19 pm

    Well done Stevie, that’s so impressive! 4lbs is loads in a week, you’re doing fabulously. I am loving the new site as well!x

  20. 15 May 2016 / 12:27 am

    Wow! Congratulations Stevie! I think I need to look into Slimming World too. When I visit Thailand in Easter – people thought that I was pregnant again! OMG! I need to diet! SOON! Thank you for this – you are my inspiration. x

  21. 15 May 2016 / 6:07 pm

    I’ll be really interested to hear how Slimming Workday works as I’ve heard lots about it too. Well done one the week 1 weight loss! #picknmix

  22. 16 May 2016 / 9:19 am

    What an amazing start – well done lady! I’ve done Slimming World before and found it a brilliant plan once you get into the swing of things – it’s so simple to do, just a matter of DOING it! You’re doing so well :) x x

  23. 17 May 2016 / 8:56 pm

    Well done lovely – that’s amazing! I lost weight by controlling my food and need to get back into it as I’ve got lazy and as I’m exercising but want to lose a few more pounds. #picknmix xx

    • 17 May 2016 / 10:24 pm

      Thanks gorgeous, I need to write up my second week now :) and you so don’t need to diet – you look amazing with all your running!

      Stevie xx

  24. 19 May 2016 / 8:16 pm

    Good luck hun, I loved slimming world, I lost nearly 2 stone after Finlay with them. You wouldn’t know it now but when Finlay was a year I was heavier than I was full term with Ava. Ive got a tiny frame so extra weight is really obvious on me. I also lost 4lb the first week and felt instantly better. The thing I liked about slimming world was that it encourages healthy eating. When I did another well known one I would eat something bad like a dohnut and use up all my points and then not eat a meal to make up for it. You can’t do that on slimming world. xx