A comment was made last night about a food choice of mine…and it got me thinking.
Now, I wasn’t bothered in the slightest by this comment…you can ask what you want to ask – as long as you are not being a dickhead about it…as I have finely tuned dickhead radar and will strike you down!
The comment related to this little bar of loveliness…
You might be thinking, it’s none of your fecking business, but I answered – as it really didn’t bother me and spending 12 syns on one item is just personal choice.
When I first started Slimming World, my aim was to stop eating massive quantities of junk food, and to eat massive quantities of on-plan Slimming World food. I knew that I couldn’t go from sinner to saint overnight and so my plan was to phase in healthy eating as I developed confidence in my ability to shift this weight.
One of the reasons that I love Slimming World is the flexibility. I have said before that it suits ‘can-opening queens’ (people who love convenience quick food items!) and those who want to be ‘clean eaters’ (unprocessed food with minimum additives) and a whole lot of people in-between.
For health reasons – I don’t really like the thought of eating foods when I can’t pronounce the ingredients used in them written on the labels – I would love to eventually be a clean eater…I would say that I am 75% there…some days are better than others and I am far from perfect.
Given that I reached 43st 5.5lbs, they way I look at it is this – I have had more than my fill of shite food to last me a lifetime! I cannot guarantee that I will never eat some of that food again, but I try and avoid it where possible…not only for health reasons, but also because they could well be trigger foods which send me back down the slippery slope.
One of my concerns over posting pictures of my meals is that people may well try and replicate them. I am all for sharing ideas and seeking inspiration for new meals…but when it comes to my food, it works for me. It might not work for you. I still weigh a hefty amount and I train a lot…so I can enjoy big portions of food and still lose weight. If you have a few stone to lose and don’t work out, then eating what I eat would be a recipe for disaster.
For me, a recipe for disaster are things that I have mentioned on many occasions before…1 syn cakes…’free’ roasted chickpeas that aren’t really free and should by synned as if being eaten on an Original day…using Smash to make gravy when using an ingredient as a substitute and not for what it was intended also means that it needs synning…I could go on, but I won’t!
So if I look back at the comment about my frankly delicious, filling, wheat free, made with gluten free oats, transfats free, GM free, packed with protein, and vegan friendly flapjack…I do wonder why it matters?
Does it matter what I choose to spend my syns on?
First off I don’t drink – not for any major reason other than the fact that I too had my fill of drink back in the day (a double shot of vodka with a shot of tequila added and a top up of diet coke was my usual tipple and I could easily drink 13 of these in a night!) – and I don’t actually like the taste of alcohol…so I would rather eat my syns than drink them.
Secondly, trying to get as much food for my syns is not something that appeals to me. If you look at those 1 syn cakes that have about half a huge jar of sweetener and six eggs…I could in theory eat 15 of them…wowzers…almost 8 jars of sweetener and 90 eggs! I would challenge anyone to do this in reality though!
Thirdly, I just enjoy different types of food now. I have not forced this change or banned anything really. I have just chosen what is best for me throughout this weight loss journey. My tastes have changed. I don’t like the taste of Muller Light yogurts anymore…and I used to adore them…I don’t like the chemical taste that I get from sweetener…milk chocolate makes me feel sick…peanut butter gave me a dodgy tummy…things have changed and this is okay!
My advice to people is always to find your own path. I still choose to follow Original and Green days. I have tried Extra Easy and it works well…but I prefer my Green and Original as I can eat extra cheese!
So do your own thing! And maybe try a Trek bar and then you will see what the fuss is about! Mr WLB ate one recently, I smelt it, checked out the syns, and decided to have one too. I had eaten a decent amount of food yesterday and that Trek bar was the perfect evening treat for me…for me…it might not be for you, but that doesn’t bother me in the slightest as it just means that there is more stock of them for me to eat!
Personally I think the issue with worrying about food choices is driven by what we see other people doing. We see the latest celeb diet, or a personal trainer giving advice to eat high protein when we love our pasta, rice, and potatoes…and we worry. As a loser, you want to lose weight…and so when we see fellow losers doing something different to us, well I guess it’s natural to question it. I am trying to develop blinkers though in a sense…and am trying to trust my intuition, to listen to my body, and to listen to how great I am feeling…and to remember how great that coconutty bar of loveliness tasted!
As for my syns today – I got more for my money I guess…different days, different choices. I often wonder why people see the need when trying to lose weight to go out and drink their body weight in vodka followed by a kebab at the weekend and then moan all week about having to get on the scales…but I rarely question it as I like my choices and will continue to make them, and they obviously like their choices and will continue to make them too!
Quality over quantity is my aim now…most of the time!
So today has been good. A nice workout – I say nice when I mean painful…my arms were hurting a little after yesterday’s training…and by some unfortunate planning error on my part, today was arm day! But it’s all good. Then we went to see the horses and took in a bit of sunshine, before heading to the shops, getting home and getting ready to travel and see Russell Brand. I will tell you all about the marvellous Mr Brand tomorrow evening as I will post this a bit earlier tonight…I won’t be home until past Midnight and have scheduled the blog to go out whilst I will be sat listening to the wonderful Mr Brand!
A nice food day. A quickie breakfast of bananas was followed by a quickie lunch of pasta with cottage cheese stirred through, veggies – carrots, spinach, green beans, red onion, mushrooms, and peas – with even more cheese on top. Dinner was/will be a car picnic – I planned ahead for our Mr Brand event…Linda Mc sausage, egg, and spinach rolls, with a pot of fruit, and a packet of French Fries. And for after the show, a couple of Nakd bars for the drive home.
Exercise: 15 minutes elliptical machine, 30 minutes arm weights, 15 minutes hand-bike.
Thank you for reading,
Weight Loss Bitch xxx