What a great week it’s been. Glorious weather for this time of year has lead to lots of time out of doors. It’s good for the soul I’m sure of it. Well, it is for mine anyway. Seeing the buds on the trees and the first daffodils in the garden give me hope. Faith that every day counts, every day is new, every day matters. The world keeps turning regardless and summer will be here again soon. Aaaaaand breathe 🙂
We had friends to stay this past week, which was super fun. The meal I made was fully Slimming World, but had they not asked they wouldn’t have known. I did two recipes from the SW website, again both completely new to me. As several members of my group have asked, here are the links for Black Eyed Bean and Vegetable Chilli Bowl and Zesty Lemon Cheesecake. The chilli was fully vegetarian, like my guests, however the cheesecake does have gelatine in it. One guest decided this didn’t bother her (the other had good old strawberries and cream), but I think you could make this into more of a dessert than a cheesecake without the gelatine quite successfully.
Anyway the point is both recipes were roaring successes, both with those following SW and those not. And that’s one of the things I love about this way of eating. Cos I can’t stress enough that that’s what this is. It’s a way of life, it’s not a diet. It makes me sad when I hear people calling it that, particularly SW members. I think this is because, primarily, their view of what we’re doing is soooo far removed from mine, that its difficult for me to relate to them. And that makes me a little sad. Ahh well – to each their own. I would never dismiss any way people choose to lose weight. Weight that might be making them unhappy or unhealthy. What works for some wont work for others. Live and let live. Aaaaaand breathe 😉
So last nights weigh in was a bit of a rush job. Unfortunately Sarah and I were quite a bit late getting to group last night, which meant we got there for Image Therapy but had to weigh in at the end when most people had gone. There seemed to be a real mix of great losses and gains last night. I was so happy to hear Tamsin had had such a good week, following some really stressful times in her life. And I all I wanted to do was hug Corrin! Such a beautiful girl who has done so well so far. She’s having something of a stumble at the moment and I only hope she can find it in her to pick herself back up again. We are all here for her and I hope she knows that 🙂
So anyway, I weighed in at the end and was thrilled to see I’d lost 2lb. Which on any other week would be a very satisfactory loss. But on this week was enough to make me punch the air. Because that meant I’d done it. Yes, I’ve reached my interim goal of 5 stone! Total lost now is 5 stone 0.5lb (70.5lb). I didn’t stop smiling for hours and when I came home and put my certificate in the space I’d made for it, I felt some really powerful personal emotions. I think it’s called deep pride!
So yeah I’ve reached an interim goal and I’m not denying it’s an amazing achievement, but I’m not finished yet. I set my next interim goal last night. For those of you who don’t know, we only ever set our own goals at SW and my first target was 2 stone, then 3.5 stone, then 5 stone. Its not that I doubted I could get to 5 stone, but it sounded like such a massive amount, it was daunting. Which is why I split it up into smaller targets. But for a while the quiet voice in my head has been whispering what my next target should be. I’ve done the best I could to ignore it, but when I was asked outright last night what I wanted my next target to be, the quiet voice won the argument.
My next target is to lose another 3 stone. Making 8 stone lost.
I know! Its a mahoosive jump, but something in me wouldn’t let me break it down any further. What could I do? It never occurred to me I might ever reach the weight I am now. But I did. Which begs the question – just how far can I go?
Wanna come find out?