This week I was still so focused and feeling so positive. After only a few hours sleep and a full day at work I still did Couch to 5K on Friday night!
I had one of my favourite Slimming World dinners, the recipe is here but this week I used orzo instead of risotto rice. It really is proper comfort food and SYN free :)
I was up at silly o'clock on Sunday morning to go running, it made me feel great for the rest of the day!
I put my slow cooker to good use, I have it working as much as possible at the weekend so that I have loads of Slimming World meals in the freezer. This was a chicken and chick pea curry and it was lovely.
On Sunday afternoon I went for a lovely 5k walk with some Slimming World friends :)
And when I'd finished I had this for late lunch. Because I'd planned and prepared my meals around my exercise I knew exactly what I was eating when I was done. If I hadn't of planned then I know I would have grabbed the first thing I could which would probably have been full of SYNs!
Tuesday night is always walking night and even though it was wet and windy I still managed just over 4 miles!
And on Wednesday we went up a level in the Couch to 5K program.
Imagine how disappointed I was after all of that planning, prepping and exercising to get on the scales and find out this:
I don't think I could have tried harder this week and was so disappointed to get a gain. A couple people that I hadn't seen for a few weeks told me I looked like I'd lost more weight so I have decided to ignore what the scales say this week. My clothes feel a bit looser so I think I'm losing inches.
One thing for sure is that I'm not going to quit because #defeatisnotanoption!
Last weekend was a heavy one, I was down at Paul's and he spoilt me for my birthday. I didn't count SYNs and I didn't care what I ate. In fact, as I said to Paul, "What's the point of breathing in and out if you're going to leave clotted cream on the plate?"!!!!
As soon as I got home I got on my scales (yes I know I shouldn't weigh at home, but sometimes it helps) and was shocked, but not really surprised to see I'd gained 5lbs! 5lbs in just 2 days!!!!!
I got straight back on plan and made sure everything I ate and drank was 100% Slimming World friendly, I even started the Couch to 5K program with my sister!
My hard work paid off because not only did I shift the 5lbs I'd gained at the weekend I also managed this when I went to my weekly weigh in:
It just goes to show that you can have a weekend totally off plan and still have a loss.
I really feel like I'm back in the zone, back in the positive place I was before Christmas and I'm going to have another loss this week.
This year I will be continuing with my five favourites project, it kept me up to date with scrapping the year, although there are still plenty of photos from 2015 that I want and need to scrap.
For obvious reasons it was especially hard to pick just five favourites from December! I've written a list of all of the photos that didn't make the cut but I still want to get scrapped and I know I'll get round to them eventually. Here are my very bestest:)
Maddie putting the star on the Christmas tree just like she's done every year since she was one!
Me and Clare, friends for 33 years, at her lovely Christmas wedding:
The family :)
A couple of toffs ready for the Christmas party :)
Maddie playing Rapidough, this has to go in the album because she hates touching anything with her hands. She can't eat with her hands, stroke the dog with her hands, open doors with her hands....it's a nightmare!
As you can see from the look on her face in the photo I took when she first picked up the playdough :)
I am really looking forward to turning them in to pages for my album.
In addition, and to help my get rid of my ton of stash, I'm going to attempt to make 5 cards from all of the scraps that are left over from the layouts! Bitten off more than I can chew? Probably but I'll give it my best shot!
This week I was really good and did a lot of planning and prepping:
Overnight oats meant I could get breakfast ready in the evening when I had more time.
I made sure that the leftovers from our Sunday roast (Slimming World friendly of course!) were used for salads.
I tried to make sure half of my plate was full of speed foods.
I made some lovely Slimming World recipes.
I did lots of walking and exercise.
And this is what I saw on the scales!
I think the problem I have in the weeks after Christmas is that I have a tooth that is sweet. Now normally I can control it but, over Christmas, I really let myself go and why not...it is Christmas. The trouble I have is reining it in after Christmas.
I'm going to enjoy this weekend, it is my birthday weekend so no holds barred, and the I'm cutting out the sweet things from Monday.
At last my five favourite photos from November are scrapped! December is such a busy month for everyone so am I bothered that I didn't get them done until January? Nope! :)
After having a good sort out I found a lot of old kits, this one is probably from 870BC! The paper I used for the background made me think of fireworks so I thought it was perfect for a photo taken on 5th November.
I loved getting out my big box of Christmas stash for this one. I only used one whole sheet of paper, the rest was scraps that I built the layout around. I really hate waste :)
I love the paper I used for the background on this layout, that's why it wasn't used...because I loved it so much. But what is the point of it not seeing the light of day in a box when it could be in my album?!?
This was another sheet of paper I'd been 'saving', now is the right time to use it though :)
I know that sign post is more suited to America but I loved it so much and thought it looked great tucked behind the fence on this layout showing my walk in a very foggy park :)
I spent a good part of November and all of December working with wool so it was lovely to get back to playing with paper.
Now to narrow down five favourites from December, it's gonna be tough!
Living life to the full with my daughter, Maddie, and pooch, Alfie. Dividing my time between Surrey and Bournemouth where my partner, Paul, lives. I juggle my hobbies, of which there are many, with full time work and I'm 3 years in to my Slimming World journey.