I have always been quite the fan of Slimfast, ever since I had my first baby back in 1990. The first time I used it I lost three stone in three months, so it is no surprise that it was my chosen weight loss program after having my next three kids.
Twenty six years later and losing weight seems much harder. As I get older I am finding the weight much more difficult to lose and I have noticed a definite slowing down of my metabolism. The pounds do not just fall off me anymore, I have to work a little harder.
I spotted the #SlimfastChallenge on Twitter and thought I'd love to give it a go again after all these years. To be honest, I was not really convinced that I would be able to stick with it. I'm a woman in my mid forties and I love my grub. I like my comfort food, but I feel so unhealthy being over weight so I was determined to give the seven day challenge my best shot.
The plan is very straight forward and that is what I most like about it. The fact that I don't need to spend my day thinking about food and what I can eat or can't eat really appeals to me. I like the simple 3,2.1 approach because it keeps me organised with what I'm eating.
What I do on a daily basis is start by putting my 3 x 100 kcal snacks aside for the day. I usually have a piece of fruit, a crisp type snack in the afternoon and a chocolate snack in the evenings. I always make sure I have an evening snack because that is the most difficult part of the day for me with regards to sticking to a diet. I'm always at my hungriest when I'm watch Eastenders.
Meals - For my evening meals I buy low calorie ready meals. I prefer to do this because that way I know exactly what calories I am eating and I don't have to put any thought into it. Sometimes I'll add some salad to it or a slice of bread if I'm craving carbs. As for my water intake, I find it keeps my hunger pangs at bay if I have a bottle of water constantly by my side.
Slimfast Challenge App - This app is really helpful. You can set your goals, track your weight, find 600kcal recipe ideas, exercise programmes and a photo gif generator to show your progress. I also joined the Slimfast Challenge facebook group which is really supportive and friendly.
Exercise - For my exercise I have been doing my Davina DVD 3 x times a week and I have just bought an exercise bike. I also walk every day, even if it is just around the block, I go on my walk.
I lost 3lbs! Yay! Since then I have lost a further 7lb. I have a lot of weight to lose so I'm still on the plan and aiming to lose three stone for the summer, so watch this space.