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.
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.
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.
Until next time…