Recommitting myself back to Slimming World

Well, the title of this post isn’t entirely true. I’ve been attending group each week so, not quite fell off the wagon with Slimming World as such. However, I’ve been yo-yo’ing for essentially the last 12 months.

As I think I’d mentioned in my previous post, I’d been diagnosed with Angina and a suspected Heart Attack. I was also in Atrial Fibrillation for around 7 months, from January through to July.

In July I was referred for a procedure called a DC cardio-version. An electric shock is passed through the heart to try and knock it back into a steady rhythm. Thankfully this procedure seems to have worked and, whilst I am back in a sinus (steady) heart rhythm I need to keep up with my many medications daily. Whilst I’m no medical expert, I do believe from reading posts in a heart condition facebook group I am in that the medication might be hampering my progress a little.

This is kind of reflected in the results I’ve had. I have continued to float around the same weight since July. I have some good weeks, I sometimes have a couple of good weeks on the trot. Then, I’ll have a bad week and undo the progress that I had made.

Well, this behaviour needs to stop. I’ve decided that, to aid my cause, I need to commit my progress, thoughts and feelings back somewhere. Seeing as I have managed to ignore my blog for a little while, this is a perfect place to start.

It might only be at the weekend, when I have a little spare time from my rather hectic family life but, I’ll make sure that a little time is dedicated to putting an update here. If you do read this, please feel free to drop a comment below. It lets me know that some people do get to read my posts.

With recipes, I had originally intended to put a new recipe up each week when I first started. I think this might be reduced down a little to one per fortnight, maybe even one a month but, at least the pressure will be off a little. Maybe then, I’ll see my blog as a pleasure to write for again, rather than an obligation.

Here’s keeping my fingers crossed for Christmas, and on through 2020. As usual, I will be keeping everyone updated with my progress as I go.

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4 Responses

  1. Polly says:

    Just stumbled on your blog whilst looking for SW recipes. I have a lot of weight to lose. Wow you are such an inspiration. As someone who finds it painful to walk for 10 minutes, let alone do any of the challenges you did in 2018, the hikes sound incredible! Sorry to read about the heart problems, I hope you find a way of balancing them with your healthy lifestyle. It’s encouraging to read a real blog of someone actually doing this and the slight detours and obstacles that encounter and overcome on the way, instead of exaggerated, unrealistic weight loss headlines we see in the media. Your journey is an example of true grit, I say – I hope you are proud of your accomplishments.

    • Daryl says:

      Hi Polly. Thank you for your kind comment. Things were great back in 2018 with some of the stuff that I’d achieved. However, I think it might have been too much, too soon. I suspect that doing all that so soon might have kick started my heart problems off. After all, I’ve been overweight since I was in my teens. Things hadn’t been great since that last post either. I’d missed a couple of weeks at slimming world, then our regular consultant who I’ve been with since 2017 announced she was leaving. I hadn’t been back since then.

      However, in typical new year fashion, I realised that I need to start doing something again, desperately. I’m just coming to the end of two weeks holiday from work for the Christmas period and had way too much time to overthink my health and weight loss. I kind of realised that I’m not doing myself any favours and, in my current state, I’m posing a huge risk to myself.

      I’ve started (again) today, although I’m going back to calorie counting with MyFitnessPal for the time being. If I need a boost the year I’ll join back up with slimming world and see if I can drive myself further. This time though I’m in it for the long haul.

      I’m concentrating on getting close to my target weight before trying to conquer any strenuous activities. Hopefully once I have pressure off the heart, my body will let me do things again.

  2. Bridget Nichols says:

    Well done for getting back on there. Its so hard once you lose the plot. I hope you have had a possative January. Good Luck

    • Daryl says:

      I will be completely honest. It’s still a massive struggle, even now. The consultant at my group also left so I lost my way again a little. At the moment, I’m doing it alone, but doing a combination of calorie counting / common sense with some Slimming World principles like making sure that there’s a load of speed foods on the plate with each meal. It’s a little slower than I would like at the minute as I keep having up and down days but I will be back on the right path soon 🥴

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