Hiya! How’s you?
I’m good thanks. Still slightly baffled that it’s September already but good. Seriously though, where did the summer go? A blink of the eye and you’d have missed it! The weather’s already on the turn and the boots have been dragged out from the back of the cupboard once already this week. Autumn is definitely upon us. I don’t know about you, but for as long as I can remember, September has felt like the start of something new. When you (or your children) are at school, September is the start of the new school year, but actually I’ve found it hard to shake that feeling of new beginnings in September, even when the school year no longer had any baring on my life.
We talked a lot about new beginnings in SW group last night. I think many people find it hard over the summer months (particularly when children are home from school) to find a focus they once had. It’s understandable really. We can be creatures of habit and having that routine thrown out of the window for 6 or 8 weeks can be tough to take. I think holidays and days out can also be challenging, particularly in terms of planning ahead and food optimising etc, and a couple of ‘bad’ weeks can play havoc with your motivation. But the children start going back to school this week and routines are being re-established. I think everyone, whether they have school to worry about or not, was feeling that new start last night. I definitely felt a renewed sense of vigour in the room. We talked a lot about going back to basics. Regaining that spark we once had. Falling in love with our food again. We also talked about revisiting the personal reasons we each had for joining Slimming World in the first place. It’s so much easier to carry on a journey, if you can remember why you started it. I’ve covered my own reasons at length before, but for me it boils down to being happy in my own skin. Losing so much weight has made me so happy, I just don’t want to lose that.
And when I weighed in with a loss of 2.5lb last night, I really felt the happy! That takes me to a loss of 6 Stone 2.5lb (86lb) and well onto the journey of reaching 7 Stone lost by Christmas.
So today I’ve been heeding Sara’s advice and going back to basics. After a great morning at The Hen House, chatting about motivation with my friend (and fellow SWer) Emma, I came home and made a gorgeous salad, with mixed leaves, pepper, cucumber, hot smoked salmon and my new favourite, pickled red cabbage, followed by a box of fresh cherries. All free (or Super Free even better!) and all delicious!
Have a great week, going back to basics and falling in love with your food again.