Planning to survive Reading 2013!

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Weigh in was last night and I lost half a pound. As I usually say at this point, a loss is better than nothing or gain, but I do wish it was more. I have shed a stone of the weight I put on during the holiday and edging towards my all time low weight. I’m looking forward to that so i can start pressing towards my final target again. However, this weekend will not help!

I didn’t stay in group as I had to get straight to the gym. I don’t usually go on a Tuesday evening. However, this week, I am venturing off to the Reading Festival, which has knocked my routine around a bit, so I’m trying to get in as many gym sessions as I can before we leave this evening. I have another session booked in for this afternoon.

So, I am now looking at how I survive the festival. Drinking isn’t going to be a problem, as I am taking my daughter. However, the food is going to be tricky. Usually based on grabbing some sort of greasy snack from a burger van. However, I will be packing some saviours to help me by. Some of the free foods that I will be taking with me are mugshots, low fat super noodles, various super rice, Asda Lamb Tagine, Asda Chickpea Dhal, beans, tomatoes etc. Most of the stuff is canned or dried as we are camping. The really tricky thing will be getting enough super free food. I haven’t worked that one out yet. I am sure I will have the odd bad snack over the weekend, but I will be working hard when we get back to balance this out.

Two Years on Plan

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August marks the anniversary of joining Slimming World. The last year has been good, but with two major blips that have slowed me down a bit. That aside, I have continued to lose weight and have now lost 8 and a half stone.

Blip one was Christmas. I put on 12lb, but got that back off in two weeks.

Blip two was our very recent holiday to Turkey. I put on 16.5 lb in two weeks. A horrendous gain. I have lost 13lb of this in 3 weeks. Hopefully the rest will be removed this week!!

I don’t think these are indicators that I cannot live on the plan long-term. I think it proves that I cannot afford to get complacent – ever! But I’m happy with that. I find it very easy to switch the plan back on 100% and I continue to enjoy the food I eat and there is still no danger of boredom or there being a lack of variety. Far from it!!

What I am very pleased about is my fitness. I joined a gym a couple of months ago, and with the help of one of the trainers, my fitness levels are through the roof (compared to my old self!). I’ve done a couple of months of core strengthening, and CV interval training and we have just started doing weights. I’ll start writing some blog posts specifically on my gym exploits very soon.