Week 1 Weigh Day

The results are in, and I can reveal I lost 3.5lbs on my first week of Weight Watchers (I’m also still taking the XLS Medical).

It has by no means been easy, and I have to say I found Slimming World A LOT easier to follow, but I needed a change, a different plan to follow. I knew it so well, that it just wasn’t working.

So, I started on 27 points, and because of my loss, I’m now down to 26 *sob*.

I do have some concerns about my group leader though. She did her introductory chat to me at the end of group last week. Told me that she joined WW twenty-something years ago, reached her target and has been a group leader ever since.

My first thought was “Yes, but you’re not at target now, are you?” Is that mean of me? Perhaps, however, she’s encouraging (supposedly, I’ll get onto that in a minute) us to lose weight, but she’s not in a healthy BMI range of 20-25, and that is what Weight Watchers aim is. Your target has to be in the healthy BMI range if you are ever to become a Gold Member (Slimming World lets you choose your own target, even if it’s not in the healthy BMI).


Last night, she wanted us all to write down a goal on our weigh in records. We had to have a goal in mind for the week after Easter. Something we want to achieve, something achievable It could be a particular weight we want to be by then, the next dress size down, the next hole in your belt etc. I wrote down that I wanted a total of 10lb loss by then. Not unachievable as I’ve already lost 3.5lb, so it’s only another 6.5, over 4 weeks, that’s less than 2lb a week. She asked for people to tell her what they had written down. As I’m new to the group, and quite shy (yes, really!) I didn’t put my hand up to volunteer my goal. Another lady did though, and her goal was to lose 7lb between now and then. The leaders response? “Well that’s silly isn’t it? How are you going to feel if you don’t reach that? You’ll feel awful” So the other lady sheepishly changed her goal to a loss of 4lbs.

Now, I get that she doesn’t want us to be disappointed but we are all there to lose weight, we have all been referred by our GP’s so it’s not like we don’t have the weight to lose, so I was really shocked at her attitude.

The other thing that irked me is that she didn’t tell me I’ve dropped down to 26 points. It was only because I registered for “esource” (where I can track online and on my phone/iPad) that I found out. If I hadn’t of done that, I wouldn’t have known and could have jeopardised my own weight loss without even knowing.

I really want to do this, and I want to do it well. Luckily, I am part of a wonderful online community and have some lovely friends that are helping me out and letting me rant at them! Thank you, you know who you are ūüôā

So, onwards and inwards!



Skinny Girl Lost

One of my new years resolutions was to¬†lose¬†weight.¬†Believe¬†it or not, before Jake was born, I was tiny. Look, here’s a picture!


Somehow, along the way, that girl has got lost.¬†That¬†girl has had a lot thrown at her. Let’s¬†work¬†it out:

September 2008 РGot a positive pregnancy test

May 2009 – Gave birth to Jake


October 2009 – Joined a gym

January 2010 – had a chest operation to determine what a mass was

February 2010 – start 6 months of chemo after my Hodgkin’s diagnosis


June 2010 Рspend a week in hospital with pneumonia including a stay in intensive care

September 2010 – given the all clear


November 2010 – half of my thyroid is removed

December 2010 РThyroid Cancer diagnosis given

February 2011 Рother half of thyroid is removed

August 2011 –¬†positive¬†pregnancy test

February¬†2012 – a scare that my Hodgkin’s was back

April 2012 – Zack is born


And now, I am back at the weight I am¬†just¬†after I¬†finished¬†chemo. Now, I know I can’t¬†place¬†all the blame on everything¬†that’s¬†happened, although I truly believe it has a large part to play. But I also¬†believe¬†that 2013 is my year to change that, with no cancer and no planned pregnancies!

So, dear readers, I have a plan.

I had to go to the doctors the other week to discuss my medication. Whilst I was there, I brought up the subject of my weight, and that I want this year to be the year I change it. Without hesitation  she offered to refer me to Weight Watchers. By doing it through the NHS, I get 12 months free. I am on a waiting list, so just have to wait for my turn. I have done Slimming World successfully in the past, so until my place comes up, I am going to follow the basics of that.

I have already started the c25k programme. I have completed week one, which I know to some is a walk in the park, but for me, it’s a huge deal. This week, I am¬†starting¬†week 2.

For those that don’t know c25k is a¬†programme¬†designed to get¬†you¬†from doing no exercise at all, to running 5k (or 30 minutes) in 9 weeks. I have to admit, I’m¬†sceptical¬† but I am going to do it, or die trying!

What I point blank refuse to do, is publish on here my starting weight. I will keep that to myself, but I might add a little widget somewhere saying how much I’ve lost. I don’t know exactly how much I want to lose yet, but it’s around the 3.5 stone mark.

I can do this. I can do this. I can do this.