So week 24 and I lost 3 1/2 pounds - YAY!
And I got 'Slimmer of the Week' - YAY! (again!)
I am so chuffed with that as I was REALLY disappointed about the last 2 week's losses of just half a pound each week, as I felt I had done nothing different. I decided to see if there were any changes creeping in that I hadn't noticed, so looked back through my weekly pics and there were! Baked oats and hifi bars were a noticeable addition to the last two weeks. On closer inspection, it wasn't the baked oats as such but the amount of fruit, sugar, honey, maple syrup etc I was having with them. I was also having additional fruit for breakfast with yogurt and fruit still as an afternoon snack. Now you can have fruit with Slimming World - it's a 'free' food and you can eat as much of it as you want but I have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and one of the factors of this is weight gain due to your bodies capability to process sugar and insulin. So having identified an increase in sugar over the last two weeks, I decided to add a few 'tweaks' to my weekly plan.
I read back through my PCOS Diet book and came up with a few things to try and which could well of made a difference this week.
1. Drink 6 cups of water a day - 1 1/2 litres.
I'm terrible at drinking water and this has been a monthly goal for ages.
2. Eat no more than 6 eggs (last week I'd had 11)
Eggs are 'free' on SW but maybe keeping an eye on how many is good.
3. Have a snack mid-morning and afternoon to keep the blood sugar levels up.
I only ever snacked in the afternoon.
4. Eat 3 pieces of fruit a day and eat them with nuts.
The protein in the nuts helps to process the sugars in the fruit.
5. Eat 5 portions of vegetables a day and include as many green leafy varieties as possible.
I easily do this but have included spinach where I can.
6. Eat at least 2 portions of fish a week.
I eat fish but only had one salmon and tuna portion in the previous 2 weeks.
7. Eat less red meat and more chicken.
Easy to do - have planned more chicken into our meals.
8. Eat low sugar!!!
So it would seem my easy 'tweaks' may well have got the scales moving again for me. I've planned out the new week ahead with all this in mind and am hopeful for another good week.
I know I've done well, I know I've not much more to lose but I am still technically 'overweight' for my height and have always had a healthy BMI as my aim/focus/target. So as I enter the last 'losing' phase I shall be mindful of these few changes and hope they will help speed me along to the finish line.