Thursday, 25 February 2016

How to Get Started With Your Weight Loss Journey

When is the best time to start losing weight? Just how do you get started if you have stones to go?
There are so many questions people have before they start their weight loss journey. Just getting started can seem like a huge milestone. Don’t worry if you feel worried or overwhelmed with all the information out there. You are definitely not alone.

I remember looking through all the diet plans, wondering just where to start. Even the last time I joined Weight Watchers as a new member I wondered if it was the right plan for me. I contemplated giving Slimming World another go, despite it not working at all for me the last time.

So you don’t have to go through all the choices and questions, I’m going to help you right now. Here’s a few tips to get you started with your weight loss journey.

Decide on Your Goals and Reasons

Before you even think about which plan to follow, decide what your goals and reasons are for losing weight. While I wanted to fit into my old clothes, I also wanted to be healthier for my daughter at the time. That meant no crash diets; a long-term plan that was liveable was important for me.

You may want to lose a few pounds in time for a holiday or want a long-term, lifelong diet. Deciding on this now will tell you which type of plan is right for you.

Look at All Your Options

“Don’t fix it if it ain’t broke”

That’s a common phrase people say but I’m going to tell you something different. Just because it’s worked for you in the past doesn’t mean it’s going to work for you again. There are lots of reasons why diets and healthy eating programmes don’t work.

Just because Weight Watchers worked for you in the past, doesn’t mean it’s going to work for you again. Nor does it mean it’s the best option for your current weight loss goals.

So, look through all your options. Check out the different plans and read reviews.

This part can seem overwhelming, but that’s why I say think about your goals first. You can eliminate a number of diets quickly by setting some goals. If you want something to help you lose a few pounds in a few weeks, a short term diet is likely to be a better option for you at the time. If you want something that helps you focus on health and weight loss, a long-term, expert-approved programme is better.

Plan Ahead with Your Diet

Planning ahead will help you get stuck into it. When you go in with a plan, you have the steps to succeed and you’re more likely to see them through.

Once you decide on a plan, get all the information you can and create your eating plan. Decide on a breakfast, lunch and dinner and think about your snacks. As you get used to the new programme, it will be easier to plan ahead.

Be Committed to the Diet

This is the part that trips people up. They are committed for a day or two and then fall off the wagon. For some, they just don’t have someone to hold them accountable.

That’s why you need to get yourself committed. I had my Weight Watchers leader to keep me accountable and my husband also helps. I’m the one that keeps him on track.

Find someone you trust if you don’t go to meetings. There’s a reason recovering alcoholics have sponsors. It really does help them!

Be committed and plan ahead. With your goals set, you can get started on your weight loss journey quickly, easily and effectively.

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Finding Motivation After a Weight Gain

Whether you’ve been good or bad all week, gaining weight one week is disappointing. You may know exactly what you did, but it doesn’t stop your heart from dropping as you see the numbers go in the wrong direction. When you’re not expecting it, it’s even worse.

All this leads to a drop in motivation. You start to wonder if the diet plan is right for you. After a weight gain this week, I’ve had a drop in my motivation, so it’s time to get back on track. Here are the tricks I’m going to use for finding motivation after a weight gain.

Remind Myself Why I’m Doing This

The first thing to do is to remember why I’m losing weight. There are multiple reasons why I want to drop a couple of stone again.

The main part is to be healthy. That’s been my goal all along. I need to drop at least one and a half stone to be within my healthy BMI range. While that doesn’t tell me everything, it tells me enough right now.

Health is also important for my girls. I don’t want to be the fat mum that struggles to do everything. I want to be able to play in the park and be there for them until they’re having kids of their own.

Remembering why I’m doing it, often gives me the little extra push after a weight gain. I focus on the long term journey rather than the one week.

Look Back at My Goals

My goals and my reasons for losing weight are different. While I want to be healthy, my main goal right now is to right back into my pre-pregnancy clothes.

Some of them I’m in right now but there are others that won’t fit until I lose another two stone. And I want to fit into them comfortably and feel great in them.

Yesterday, I tried on a few of my jeans and denim skirts to see how far off fitting into them I was. Some of them I have a fair way to go, so it’s time to get focused and find my motivation again. Having a goal like that—one that doesn’t revolve around the weight at the scales but on my body shape changes—will be good to help me stay motivated.

Something I’m going to do this week to help with finding motivation again is to take my waist and hip measurements. They give me a better idea over clothes sizes.

Look Back Over Successes
This time I’m only on my fourth week, but really I’ve been following the plan for years. It’s time for me to look back over my successes over the years. I did get to goal in the past and I know I can get back down there.

One of the biggest successes was keeping the weight off for 18 months. There were gains during that time—and at one time there was a 5lb gain due to a holiday—but I always got back down to my goal weight. I will be able to get back to that.

Looking back over successes tells me that it’s a long term journey. I also get to see the weeks I gained weight and what I did to make sure there was a loss the next week. It’s a renewed feeling of belief; I know I can do it again.

I did gain 2lb this week, but I’m not going to lose my motivation. It was my own fault for not really sticking to the plan and I think the week before caught up with me a little. I’ll get back on it from today and make sure I see a weight loss next week.

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Weight Watchers SmartPoints: Why Am I Losing Weekly Points?

The change from ProPoints to SmartPoints didn’t just bring a new allowance. It brought changes to the current way of losing points as we lose weight.

On Tuesday, I shared a video on YouTube discussing the loss of 42 weekly SmartPoints to 35 weeklies. I saw a question on a Facebook group from a member, too, as she’d lost weekly points. Why does this happen now?

The short answer is that as we lose weight we need to eat less.

You knew that, right? After all, that’s why Weight Watchers originally reduced your daily points allowance until you got a minimum. But it never changed your weeklies.

With SmartPoints, your daily and weekly allowances are personalised. That means you could have fewer weekly points but the same daily points as your best friend.

You’ll first lose your daily allowance until you get down to 30 per day. Then you will start losing your weekly allowance. You lose seven at a time, and yes it seems like a big jump; something else I talk about in the video.

Here’s the video for you to find out more about why you’re losing SmartPoints and what you can do to help yourself.

Friday, 5 February 2016

Weight Watchers Pancake Recipe: Your Pancake Day Sorted!

Pancake Day is on Tuesday. I can’t believe it’s here again already.

Pancakes are a dieter’s worst nightmare. They’re full of eggs, milk and flour! While eggs are fine, the milk and flour can be problematic; and not just for weight loss. Some people have gluten intolerances, while others can’t stomach the dairy.

I’m here with my favourite Weight Watchers pancake recipe. You need just two ingredients:
  • Bananas
  • Eggs

I suggest playing around with the balance of both to find a texture and taste that you prefer. I like using two eggs for each banana, but others find they prefer it the other way round or just doing one egg per banana.

The method is simple. Mash the banana, add the beaten egg and you have your Weight Watchers pancake batter.

Not only will pancake day be guilt free (depending what you put on top, of course!) but it will have minimal mess. As for the toppings, I love mixed berries and a tiny bit of maple syrup, but the choice really is yours.

 I hope you enjoy this Weight Watchers pancake recipe. I’ll be back with more delicious, weight loss friendly recipes very soon.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

How I’ll Continue to Help You Lose Weight

I’m not actively losing weight at the moment, but that doesn’t mean I’m not actively eating healthily. I’m still waiting another three weeks, once I have my six-week postnatal check, to get back on the Weight Watchers diet properly. This is more for health reasons to make sure my body is ready to lose the baby weight.

That being said, healthy eating has meant that I’ve seen my weight drop. Because my husband is weighing each week, I jump on the scales too. So far, I’ve lost 8.5lbs since that sneaky weigh in after having my daughter.

Even though I’m not actively counting my points, I know I can still help you lose weight. Not only am I still a Weight Watchers leader, but I’m also proving that the tools and tips still stick with you over time. Weight Watchers isn’t a diet but a change in lifestyle for the better.

So, how can I still help you right now? This is what I’ll be doing over the next three weeks:

Actively Blogging With Tips

I’ve been a little hit and miss with this blog recently, and that’s not good. I always intended to offer a post a week at least, but did want to offer two or three posts a week.

I did have and do have posts scheduled but before maternity leave, I didn’t have the chance to write enough for a post a week. That means I’ve got to fill in the blanks. There was no chance I was doing that in January!

So, the first part of my support is to get back to actively blogging with weight loss tips. I’ll also share some tips I’ve found looking through and loosely following the new SmartPoints plan. Once I start following that properly, I’ll share my full tips from religiously sticking with it.

Sharing Video Updates

I’m not just going to write about weight loss anymore. I want to get into doing more vlogging (video blogging) and this is something I’ll do for this blog.

There are plenty of things that work better by me doing rather than telling. Videos are great for that and YouTube is really easy to use; I’ve done it in the past for other niches.
I’m not sure when I’ll be able to properly start sharing these video updates. Right now, I’m still trying to find my bearings and get to grips having two children in the house while I work!

Doing More Recipes

Recipes are a big help, right? I know that, really I do.

With changes in routine in our house, I’ve started doing more cooking. Three days a week I’ll be taking a turn in front of the stove, and that means I get to try out some recipes. Even when I don’t, the hubby likes to experiment.

Part of my ways to help you lose weight will be to share more recipes that we do try and create ourselves. I’ve done no flour pancakes, Weight Watchers friendly muffins and quick and easy lunch ideas in the past but never had the chance to share them. This is definitely going to change from this week.

With the recipes, I’ll include the SmartPoints values. While I’ve never made this blog wholly about Weight Watchers, I do follow this plan and I know plenty of readers follow it too. For those still following the old ProPoints plan and even the old Points plan, I’m sorry but I can’t work out the values, but I’ll include the full recipes so you can work them out at home. Those following other diets, you can work out your Syns etc. from the recipes or decide whether it includes ingredients that are on your no-eat list.

I am still here to support you with your weight loss journey. My goal was always to offer support, while giving myself extra support along the way. You can lose weight with me and keep it off for the long term.

Would you like to see something specific from me on this blog? Please feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll certainly see what I can do.