The second week of my weight loss journey was definitely more of a struggle than the first week!
When I wrote my post last week I felt super motivated – a loss of 4lbs in my first week was a fantastic boost and I was over the moon and ready for a super successful second week.
I was convinced that week two was going to be just as successful and had high hopes of matching my first week’s loss but my willpower left the building around teatime on Saturday when I decided that a couple of extra grams of cheese on my Slimming World Syn Free Pizza wouldn’t hurt anyone. In my head, it was just a little bit extra and I had a whole week to worry about it so what difference would it make.
That extra couple of grams of cheese was the start of a slippery slope though. 😉 I then thought a glass of Baileys would be nice as a Saturday night treat (even though I had no syns left) and you know what goes lovely with a glass of Baileys? A Milky Way!
So you can see how my Saturday ended up and for some reason, I woke up on Sunday morning hungry and that feeling didn’t really leave me all day no matter what I ate. It was totally in my head though as I know I eat less and feel satisfied on a normal day and I think it was because I wasn’t really doing much so I had nothing to take my mind off it if that makes sense. I got through the day pretty much on plan but it felt like such a struggle that I questioned whether I could keep doing it and whether I even wanted to.
I gave myself a bit of a talking to, reminded myself exactly why I wanted to lose weight and hit the reset button on Monday morning starting my working week feeling motivated again.
It’s definitely all about planning for me – if I forget to take something for breakfast then I feel hungry and eat my lunch early which means I am super hungry by the time I get home from work which in turn, means that I end up with a boring tea as I just want to grab something quick. As much as I love my Syn Free Slimming World Pizza, I’ve had it for tea three nights this week because it’s quick and easy and I need more variety or I get bored.
I also haven’t had time to prepare packed lunches this week so I’ve been taking Weight Watchers chilled ready meals which are low in syns, quick to cook in the microwave at work and a cheaper option than buying something at work. I know I can save a little bit more money by making my own packed lunch or better yet taking time to cook tea on a night and taking leftovers to work as lunch but I’m super struggling for time at the moment for a couple of reasons.
I discovered Slimming World chips in Iceland this week and I have to say that my version is a much cheaper and much tastier option but at the same time, they do take longer to prepare so I get why people would prefer the ready-made option. They’re not cheap though at £2.50 but I bought them to have a try and both myself and Mr Frugal enjoyed them with some homemade burgers for tea one night this week. My burger and chips were probably my favourite meal of the week to be honest and I think we’re having them again tonight but with my homemade chips rather than the bought ones.
Exercise: I’ve struggled with getting exercise in as I’ve been busy at work but next week, weather permitting, I have a plan to go for a walk at lunchtime so at least I get some steps in.
Non-scale victories: I had a brilliant moment this week which gave me a mid-week boost when I try on a pair of trousers I’d bought in a sale last year. They didn’t fit me at the time but I tried them on again this week and the buttons fastened – they weren’t comfortable enough to wear for long but they fastened which I’ll take for now.
I was a bit nervous when I stepped on the scales this morning but I was so pleased when I saw the number on the scales…
I’ve come home and had a jacket potato for lunch and I think I’m going to try and make a Slimming World friendly risotto in the Instant Pot for tea. Then I’m going to sit down and write our meal plan up for the next week making sure that it’s as easy as possible with lots of variety!
Bring on week 3!
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