My VLCD Journey – Week 2 weigh in

What a week it’s been!

first off, i had a social ‘situation’ last weekend that had started to stress me out. I was off round the in laws for what i thought was a bbq. I had already resigned to eating in my head but had decided upon ketogenic foods so it wouldn’t affect my plan. However, with the storms etc, they decided to do cold cuts of meat, quiche, fruits, salads etc. So it was pretty easy for me. I just stuck to salad and lean meat. 

It’s also been the start of the school holidays so trying to adjust and change my routine has knocked me for six! even to the point where i forgot what day it was yesterday and didn’t weigh myself as i should have (kept thinking it was Wednesday). My son is off school for 6 weeks so i have made a summer pledge that i will take him to the park at least 3x  a week and lets face it the walk will do me good.

Anyway i weighed myself today (one day late due to my stupidity which i am putting down to lack of sleep) and really pleased that i have lost 2lbs this week. Taking my total to 10lbs WHOO HOO

 

My VLCD Journey – Week 1 weigh in

I can’t believe it’s been a week already! There’s been tough days and days where it’s just flown by without a second thought.  I posted in the support group on facebook yesterday that i was excited but feeling abit nervous and anxious. I guess it’s because we SO want to be rewarded by the scales for our hard work and effort that we are putting in. We put so much emphasis on the numbers rather than how we feel. 

I love the film mary poppins and there’s a scene where she is measuring the children and instead ofmary poppins numbers it describes them of course Mary is practically perfect in every way! i kind of wish there were scales for sale that were like that. Instead of telling me my weight, it had some kind of affirmations such as ‘doing great’ ‘keep going you’ll get there’ i would SOOO buy those scales! (new business idea me thinks)

Anyway i was so chuffed when i popped on the scales this morning 8lbs gone. That’s just over half a stone so i’ll take that all day long!

To me, although it’s great that ive had an amazing weight loss this week, it’s more about the ‘doing a vlcd’ that i’m happier with. I feel amazing, have heaps of energy, been more organised in every area of my life (in fact my to do lists are even getting crossed off) and ive even noticed my skin is brighter (must be because of the water i am drinking). 

There was a day where i noticed i didn’t drink as much as i could have and i suffered with a headache. It made me realise how important the water is especially with our heat wave. So i have gone and brought 2 bottles of water. As i like my water freezing cold, i make sure i always have 1 in the fridge at all times so there’s no excuse and it’s a great way of measuring my 2 litres per day.

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Attitude is important to me. I am a firm believer that our thoughts really affect our actions so every day i ensure that i remain positive. Even from the moment i wake up, i make sure my alarm clock wakes me up with a song that has some get up and go. It would be so easy to have that dreaded buzzer go off at 6am but waking up to one of my favourite songs gets the day off the right way and throughout the day i want to do things that ensure my motivation stays as high as possible. So today i’m going clothes shopping and going to buy a nice outfit for my birthday which is in 13 days. Can’t wait to wear it!

 

My VLCD journey and so it continues….

Well my first weekend on the vlcd was an odd one. On one hand i was celebrating as it was SML’s 2nd birthday (WHOOP WHOOP) However, i also had the sad news that someone in our family passed away. It’s times like that that made me realise how we use food for any occasion really. Normally if off plan, i would have celebrated SML’s birthday with a meal out or maybe a glass of fizz to say YES WELL DONE YOU! but also when ive had bad news in the past, i know i have reacted with food. Shows how much we use food for other methods rather than just keeping ourselves nutritionally balanced.

No excuses though i just had to plough on with the plan. On saturday, i woke up full of energy and raring to go. I found that i wanted to spring clean the house, do the garden and i was like a full blown domestic goddess!

By 10.30 i had already brought the food shopping for the week and been to the garden centre and i set work on doing the garden (that is until i saw a HUGE spider and retreated indoors) House was sparkling and i now have arms like popeye after cleaning (yes cleaning) all the windows in my house (get me!!!).

Still no keto headache yet and am wondering if i am lucky  and maybe something is rewarding my hardwork by saying yeah lets not give her a headache this time round. However, i am hungry today. Had a hazelnut mrp shake this morning about 6am (btw it’s now my new firm favourite) and i have been sat here listening to my tummy talk thinking can’t wait to get home so i can have another foodpack. Then i realised DUH! I’m surrounded by them. It’s such a shame that vlcd doesn’t make me more intelligent

Happy slimming peeps 

Ally

xoxo

attitude is everything

My VLCD journey – Day 1

So today is day 1 of my VLCD and I am embarking on the SML Diet VLCD plan.
I am not a stranger to VLCD’s in fact I know them inside out as I actually work for the SML Diet. Last year I lost an amazing 2 stone with the SML Diet and then quickly fell pregnant so here I am embarking on the Simple plan to try and lose my final stone (or possibly more we will see)
So this year has been quite hectic for me. I had a baby girl in April and although I quickly lost my baby weight by eating healthily, I am aware that I would like to lose abit more. As I am formula feeding, I have been given the all clear to go ahead and start my VLCD and to be honest with you I can’t wait.
Being on a vlcd, is an odd feeling, yes it’s mentally hard. I find as soon as I start, I immediately start thinking of foods that I just want to eat NOW however, it’s all psychological and I know once I am off my diet, I can easily eat it if I want to (bu the truth of the matter is I probably won’t want to when I’m off as it’s simply psychological). I have been gearing myself up to start the VLCD, there were some days where ithought nope not today and I knew the time wasn’t right to start. However, this morning when I got up I was raring to go and in fact couldn’t wait to get my first shake down me (chocolate – yum).
It’s true! Attitude really is everything! I always find the first day the hardest for me personally as there’s always that mindset of well you haven’t really embarked on it yet, just start again tomorrow. Once the first day is out of the way, I know im on a home straight (although I will admit I really really struggle at weekends).
When I’m on my vlcd, I find that I am more organised, less groggy, less tired, more energetic (my house has never been cleaner) and I just feel fabulously healthy! In fact as I type this thinking of the benefits of being on my vlcd, I can feel my motivation levels just zooming through the roof!
So here I am, one shake down and although it’s not even lunch time and I am starting to feel hungry, I am on it like a pocket rocket
Today when I got to the office, I chose my goodies for the week 
Mainly shakes as it’s quite hot at the moment and I just love the toffee shakes. I have chosen a few bars for the evenings as evenings are harder for me due to relaxing and I am bringing home some of the chocolate drops as snacks (just in case). I have also got my water flavouring and today I’ll pop to the supermarket and get some hartleys jelly (this was a lifesaver for me last year).
So here I go, armed and ready to lose 1 stone minimum although I think it would be nice to probably lose 1 ½ stone in total
Wish me luck peeps
Ally
xoxo

Read before you feed

We have heard it before haven’t  we? Someone tells you that they are a secret eater or that they are a binge eater. What does this mean anyway?

It’s so easy to be put into a category relating to our overeating.

However, overeating is so much more complex than being just a ‘secret eater’ or a ‘grazer’ Have you ever stopped to think about why you behave in such a way?

As a weight management counsellor, a phrase I hear quite a lot is ‘I have a weight problem’

This isn’t actually true. The truth of the matter is that if you are over weight, you have an eating problem (as in you eat too much). The weight gain is just the result of over eating.

Unfortunately overeating is a symptom of an underlying issue whether it be because we are stressed or unhappy or for another reason altogether. Sometimes people turn to alcohol, shopping or gambling and other times people can turn to food. In fact overeating and turning to food is a great way of not dealing with our problems.  It can also be linked with the behaviour called Denial.

Again. As a weight management counsellor, when working with slimmers, I see denial every day. Now it’s not my job to judge. In fact far from it, it is my job however, to highlight any behaviours which are unhelpful or inappropriate in order to help my slimmers overcome the reasons why they put weight on in the first place.

So what type of over eater are you? Here’s some classic examples…

Emotional/Comfort eater – Picture the scene, you have a bad day at work. You immediately find yourself opening the fridge or food cupboards and reaching for what ever is in there. Now what you don’t realise is why you are truly eating. You may believe that you are physically hungry but what you are really hungry for is denying yourself that emotion that you are uncomfortable with.   Some people eat when they are sad, some eat when they are happy. There isn’t a closed book when it comes to the type of emotional eater.  I have never understood why it is called comfort eating. It should be more appropriately named discomfort eating as we usually feel anything but comfort especially after overeating in response to this emotion.

Grazer/Picker -  Someone who keeps picking at little bits all day rather than eating regular meals per day. In turn as you are a grazer, you don’t truly allow yourself to feel hungry or have a break from eating. The calories soon mount up as it’s hard for you to keep track of what you have eaten. In fact if you were to keep a food log, you would be surprised at how much you actually do consume in a day

Binge eater – There are so many myths around binge eating. In fact the phrase is used so freely it’s no longer a shock to anyone anymore. The truth of the matter is that someone who truly does suffer from binge eating can easily consume thousands of calories in one sitting. Eating when not physically hungry and eating to the point of feeling or needing to be physically unwell.  Binges are planned and the eater usually has certain types of food that they usually consume during a binge ‘special binge foods’.  Someone who binge eats, usually binges in private due to the enormous feelings of guilt associated with the behaviour. Usually they are disgusted with themselves and then tend to cut down on eating which in turn makes the behaviour worse.

 

Secret eating  – We all need alone time, it can be healthy for us to be alone however, when we choose to be alone so we can eat, then that is a behaviour that isn’t appropriate. Secret eating is usually associated with binge eating and usually involves a ‘secret stash’ of food hidden somewhere for when we want it.

These are just a few common behaviours associated with overeating and often have feelings of guilt, disgust and shame associated with them. In turn making the issue worse as the overeater usually suffers from low self esteem, depression and anxiety and as the overeating is usually associated with emotions, this can lead to a destructive cycle of overeating once again

 

Have you noticed that the cycle of overeating can literally go round and around and around. It’s like being stuck on a roundabout and not knowing which exit to take. Believe it or not, we all have choices. The choices we make can define our journeys. You can choose to numb your feelings, eat something to make you feel better (for that short term moment) or you can choose to get off that roundabout and make that change.

Change isn’t easy – if it was, we wouldn’t be here right now. However, change is do-able.

Three simple words can change your life forever – DECIDE. COMMIT. ACHIEVE

What ever you choose in life, you make a mental commitment and you achieve the results that come as a result of that mental commitment.

So if you decide you are going to lose weight, you have made that mental commitment and you will then achieve weight loss as a result. However, if you decide that you are going to eat based on emotions, then you will achieve what you have always achieved and will continue that cycle of overeating.

 

Recognise your emotional eating:Awareness can be a saviour when it comes to emotional eating. It takes time and practice however, you will start to become conscious of your ‘triggers’ and patterns and over time will be able to recognise why you are eating.

 

Go easy on yourself:I really dislike this ability we all have to put ourselves down. I say to my clients, imagine there’s a little child in the room. Now say to the child some of the thoughts you have about yourself on a daily basis. ‘Your fat’, ‘Your useless’ . It would be hard to do that to a child especially as we know that child would grow up to be an insecure and unstable adult. Now why do you find it so easy to do it to yourself?

Recognise the good in you. We do so many great things every day. They could be trivial things like making someone smile, helping someone out, putting on an outfit and thinking to yourself that you look great. However, how often do we stop and praise ourselves for these good things? In fact, it’s easier to be negative than it is positive and that’s a fact!

Shift your thinking and change will happen. Attitude is everything and it IS possible to stop overeating.

Exciting changes ahead at SML…

We have been using UKMail for sending all of our parcels to you however, all of that is about to change… 

Whilst the service that UKMail is generally good, we are aware that sometimes they are late with delivering the parcels and this reflects badly on us as a company. As a company, we strive to give you amazing customer satisfaction in every area. We have got the taste of our vlcd products just right, our social team are on the ball with supporting you and the last piece of the puzzle is our delivery service.

If a parcel is late reaching you, then that’s not good enough that’s why we are really excited to launch our new delivery service!

 Whoo hoo to Interlink Express!!!

 We have been looking into new courier services for a few weeks now and after extensive research, we decided to change our courier service to Interlink express.

Efficiency and service is important to us so whilst interlink express are more expensive than UK Mail, we don’t really mind swallowing that cost as long as it means you get the service that you deserve.

 Having received parcels sent through Interlink Express, I must say that I have been extremely impressed and here’s why:

 o   If you have given us your mobile number/email address you’ll get a confirmation email/text with a 1 hour window. You can now plan your day accordingly and no more having to wait in ALL day only to miss your delivery the moment you step outside (as is always the case if you are anything like me)

o   With the confirmation you receive from Interlink Express, it will allow you to change the date of your delivery or you can ask for your parcel to be left in a safe place. Impressive eh?

o   NOT ONLY THAT but…. You can even go online and track where your driver is at that particular time so if he’s running late you can see how far away he is along with an estimated arrival time. Pretty cool!

 

How this benefits SML

 We have to be honest here, it caused us problems if a parcel was late reaching you. Naturally customers would call or email us if a parcel was late. Although customers would receive a text/email from UK Mail to let them know their parcel was being delivered that day, there weren’t any of the benefits mentioned above which meant that customers could be waiting in until 7pm with no idea of what time their SML goodies would be delivered.If the parcel had not been delivered on the predicted day, we would have to call UKMail (on a premium rate number – yes we have the same contact number as you do) and we would have to find out what the delay was. This meant that some of our team members were spending valuable time out of their working day ringing UKMail.

 We are really excited by this move as we think Interlink Express offers amazing service and communication for you as a customer. The fact that you get a 1 hour time slot will really help you plan your day.

  

To ensure safe delivery of your SML goodies, here’s some top tips:

 Please ensure you give us the correct delivery address (including post code)

If you want to delay your parcel from us for what ever reason, please do let us know when you place your order by emailing wecare@thesmldiet.co.uk

We can then easily pop your parcel to one side for you and post to you when you need it.

On the day of the expected elivery, please ensure you are in at the estimated delivery time. Alterantively, if you would like to re-schedule your delivery, please feel free to do so by responding to Interlink Express text/email.

 Although we are rapidly growing as a company, we want to ensure that you still receive a service that treats you as our number one customer.

 Thank you peeps. We couldn’t have done it without you. You guys rock! 

Gemma’s 7 stone weight loss – Incredible transformation!

ImageWhen Gemma first embarked on the SML Diet (VLCD plan), she was like any other slimmer – anxious, nervous with a touch of excitement. However what we didn’t expect was what an inspiration she would become to many slimmers in our secret support group!

Gemma (like alot of us), had gained weight over the years and was desperate to make some amazing changes to her life. Embarking on her VLCD, Gemma had very clear reasons for wanting to lose weight and get to a healthy BMI. Needing a knee replacement, doctors had told Gemma that she needed to lose weight & get to a healthy BMI before they would contemplate a knee replacement operation. So armed with her determination and SML goodies, Gemma went on to lose nearly 7 stone!

Over time, Gemma has helped support many of our slimmers in our closed facebook group, updating us with photos, motivational quotes and cheering on those who need a helping hand and we were so excited when Gemma finally shared with us her good news that not only is she now a healthy BMI but…. she now had a date fixed for her knee replacement operation.

Gemma hasn’t let anything stop her in her quest to change her life and has recently signed up to participate in the race for life. ‘This means the world to me as i am doing the race for life in memory of my grandpa & James Cardy who very sadly passed away with brain tumours. I am also dedicating my race for life to Aunty Flo who had stage 2 liver cancer & passed away this April. 

So come the 15th June, i am going to hobble the race for life with my crutches and leg brace and nothing is going to stop me!’

ImageAt SML, We are extremely proud and excited for Gemma and would like to wish her all the very best of luck not only for her knee operation but for the 15th June – we will be thinking of you and cheering you on.

If you would like to donate, please visit Gemma’s page here https://www.justgiving.com/HobbleRaceForLife/