Slimming World: How I got motivated again!

I’m such a fan of Slimming World and joined in January 2018. I’m a target member too, but since I came back from a super swimsuit holiday and after I fitted beautifully into the dress I was slimming for, my motivation plummeted. After a few weeks I was fed up so here’s how I got motivated again.

how I got motivated againI’m taking part in the Wellbeing Wonders linky with Becca from Beccas Blogs It Out and Emma from Sunshine and Rain.

 

I felt so good that I’d lost the weight and I loved that I could fit into all my clothes again. So why was I reaching for the snacks in the evening? (I could not watch Bake Off with out eating something! Mind you, that went for Masterchef too. And Eastenders…) I knew I had to do something about it so here’s what I did to get back on track.

The first thing I did was

revisit my member’s handbook folder. I’ve kept all my certificates and all the Food Diaries I filled in for the first 10 weeks on SW. Just looking at what I had achieved and how I’d been rewarded (stickers still work as a fifty something!) made me a little bit more motivated to lay off the crisps during Masterchef.  For 10 weeks I’d recorded everything I had eaten, counted all my syns religiously and attended every single ‘Image Therapy’ group. I’m so glad I’ve kept it all.

how I got motivated again

Next I decided I needed another target

I’d bought a dress in the January sales that I needed to fit into into for a wedding this August. The dress wasn’t available in my size but I bought it anyway! It was an expensive purchase so I knew I had to slim down to avoid it becoming a white elephant in my wardrobe. So there was my motivation and I had lots of time to achieve my target.

With both my holiday and the wedding out of the way, I had no clear reason to keep to my SW plan. “I’ll get back on it next week” I would say to myself. So when the scales at weigh-in showed an increase bordering very near my top target limit, (you need to stay 3lbs either side of your target weight to stay a target member with all the benefits that brings) I decided I needed a new target.

I averaged a pound loss each week so I thought I would have a specific date as my target.

My youngest’s 16th birthday

is next month and we’ve a lovely family meal booked. How much more motivation do I need? A meal out! A chance to eat lots of tasty saturated fat and not feel guilty as I’m at target!! And I’ll have a pudding thank you, please, thank you very much! I’m salivating at the thought. BUT, I won’t enjoy it (as much) if I don’t get back to target and so that makes me even more determined.

I further motivated myself

deciding that I want to wear my red jeggings to this celebratory meal. They are a little very snug at the moment and I doubt I’d feel comfy sitting down in them, let alone filling up with a delicious meal. Yes, I need to shift those pesky pounds to feel fab in those.

I told my BFF

that I was going back on plan. I used to text her my weight loss while I was waiting for Image Therapy to start and she would come back with words of encouragement. Knowing that I’d have to report back to her again definitely motivates me to get back on it and do well.

Remembering how I felt motivates me more than anything

  • I had energy
  • I loved hearing all the compliments
  • I enjoyed the food
  • I felt so much healthier
  • I didn’t feel uncomfortable anymore
  • My clothes fitted me again
  • My hips didn’t ache so much

I could go on! I wrote a post about being successful at Slimming World (here) and I have been successful. I’ve not failed – I have just lost my way a little and need a little reminder of why I lost the weight in the first place.

If you are struggling to keep to target, or indeed have lost your way a little in your weight-loss journey, perhaps you may like to revisit your reasons and motivations for starting some an awesome thing in the first place. One or two blips are not going to ruin your weight loss. Unless you let them, by throwing in the towel and giving up. Leave me a comment if you have ‘got back on it’ and what motivated you.

how I got motivated again

Until next time…

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14 Comments

  1. 19/09/2018 / 5:24 pm

    It sounds like you know exactly how to keep yourself motivated! Well done! #WellbeingWonders

    • Helen
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      19/09/2018 / 8:32 pm

      Thanks Becca. I try my best haha!

  2. 19/09/2018 / 6:38 pm

    I’m a past master at hitting targets both at work and at home but my weight always yo-yos once I hit target. I finally got it sussed 8 years ago when I hit my target in time for DD1’s wedding and set a yearly target. My yearly (maintenance) target is to never be more than what I achieved the day before her wedding on her wedding anniversary. I might yoyo a bit during the year but always hit that target in December – perfect for Christmas!

    • Helen
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      19/09/2018 / 8:36 pm

      That is a brilliant target! I think I’d let myself go too far though and be unable to get it back! Christmas is a great target though for me, as we really go to town with the ‘trimmings’ – and by that I mean beer, wine and chocolate! It will be nice to indulge when I’m at target weight.

  3. 20/09/2018 / 11:47 am

    I love this Helen, it’s so encouraging to see you finding your focus again and it’s encouraging me to keep going! I do worry about my weight going up again once I reach my goal, but it looks like making certain habits part of your daily routine instead of a temporary fix is the way to go 🙂 Thank you for sharing #WellbeingWonders

    • Helen
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      20/09/2018 / 7:06 pm

      Hey Emma, thank you! It was weigh-in today and I’m definitely back on track – that motivates me too haha! You’re right about habits too and they do help me stick to the plan.

  4. 20/09/2018 / 1:52 pm

    This is a great post. Well done you! I really needed this today as I too plan to ‘get back on it’. It’s just great advice to draw a line under it and start again!

    • Helen
      Author
      20/09/2018 / 7:10 pm

      Jo, thank you! No, you mustn’t be a angry with yourself if you wander off plan, even though you feel it and think you may as well give up. Life sometimes gets in the way and it’s not the end of the world. ‘Draw a line under it and start again’ is an excellent way of looking at it (accompanied with a shoulder shrug!). In fact that sentence could apply to so many things in life couldn’t it?

  5. Becky parry
    20/09/2018 / 7:26 pm

    Well done Helen, it’s had to keep the motivation and even harder to find it once you lose it but your absolutely right if you don’t give up then you are not yet defeated. I’m not yet at target but I am a dam sight closer than when I started a year ago 9/9/17. Nearly 4 and a half stone lighter now 😊

    • Helen
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      21/09/2018 / 7:44 am

      Wow Becky! That’s fantastic! You’ve obviously got your motivation game down to a fine art. Keep at it and thanks for your comment x

  6. 27/09/2018 / 8:00 pm

    Well done! I cannot get motivated for more than a couple of days even though I have several reasons to lose weight. I couldn’t even sustain my motivation for my recent cruise holiday. Absolutely no will power I’m ashamed to say. However I am going to the gym 3 to 4 times a week, just started walking and try to walk as much s possible. It’s just reducing calories low enough to lose weight I cannot do. Being menopausal my metabolism is virtually at a standstill. I so admire you!

    • Helen
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      28/09/2018 / 8:13 am

      Bless you Elaine! Walking, they say, is so good for you, and the gym – wow- 3 or 4 times a week is fantastic! I’d say my biggest tip is to meal plan and prepare ahead. (ok that’s 2!) I found I was more likely to stick to it when it was planned out. I like to have as little to worry about as possible haha! Keep up the good work!

  7. Jon
    15/10/2018 / 3:26 pm

    Well done for getting back on track, I lost 13 stone with slimming world then October 2017 went on holiday, so over the past year the weight has been creeping back on, I have gained nearly 7 stone back so when I get home from Turkey I really need to get back on Slimming World!

    • Helen
      Author
      16/10/2018 / 1:13 pm

      Hi, Jon you’ve so well in the past. Don’t think negatively about your weight gain – it’s not failure! Just put it behind you and get back on it. Just think of what you could achieve before Christmas! Good luck!

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