I feel like this is a weird post to write… I should be telling you about how happy I am with my Slimming World accomplishments and preaching to you all about why you should sign up immediately!
But truth is, I’m leaving, and with good reason (I think, anyway), so hear me out…
My history of eating everything
I have never considered myself fat, but I have definitely been unhappy with the way I am. You see, I’m a recovering binge eater. I’ve typically eaten out of boredom, sadness, happiness, guilt, frustration - you name it, I ate it. The worst bit was that I would attempt to undo the damage by taking up a fad diet, which would obviously only last a short period of time until I crashed and burned and ended up at square one for the millionth time… it was a vicious circle.
Fast forward to the beginning of 2019 and my best friend was raving about how much weight she’d lost at Slimming World. I was curious and read tons of positive reviews online, so I thought, “f**k it” and joined my local group in the February. So far, I’ve managed to lose a mighty 12.5lb, and the best bit? I’ve kept it off, which is something I’ve never managed before.
Why I’m leaving group
I suppose you’re wondering why on earth I’m writing a post about leaving Slimming World when I’m so God damn happy about my results thus far. So, here goes…
This is the best I’ve felt in YEARS
This will sound lame, but I look in the mirror and feel happy with what I see for the first time in a long time (*violin playing*). So, the initial compulsion to get to my target weight by August and not cheating under absolutely any circumstances (!!!) just isn’t there any more. I’m still following the basic principles of the plan to eventually get to target, but I’m happy to have the odd treat here and there, and counting every single dash of milk won’t be necessary.
I feel ready to go it alone
I can hear my inner devil laughing at how ridiculous it sounds that I think I’m able to restrict my binge eating without the help of a diet plan (hahaha)… but I feel ready. Slimming World has taught me how to maintain a good, healthy diet without depriving myself. What’s more, I have been cooking (you heard - cooking!!!) nutritious, healthy meals and swapping artificially sweetened snacks for fruit and healthy extras by choice.
Confession… I don’t even go to group
I obviously started off going to group and found it invaluable at the beginning of my journey when I was finding my bearings and gathering ideas (my group liked the crustless quiche, by the way). However, I moved to the other side of town and swapped my group to the one down the road which I just didn’t like. Going to group became such a chore, especially when I was h-angry and waiting until 7pm to go. Also, I never won the raffle… did anyone?
It costs £4.95 to stand on the scales when I can do that in my own bathroom
Like I said, I don’t stay for group because I don’t receive any benefit from it… so, am I flushing money down the toilet every week when I hand over my £4.95 to stand on a set of scales at the local church? Absolutely. Let’s take into account the £70+ healthy food shop I do a week, too!
There we have it - I’m leaving, and it feels sort of… liberating!!! I want to hear other people’s stories about leaving group, whether on Slimming World or a similar plan. Have you gone it alone? Do you think I’m making a terrible mistake? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
*Disclaimer* I think Slimming World is a great plan to follow. This post is only an account of my personal experience.