I missed this earlier. Mostly because I was a bit busy – and the rest was because I forgot! The second full week on Slimming World wasn’t a great success, despite all of my efforts to try my best.
I spent the week munching lots of crisps and craving sweet things and basically eating everything I shouldn’t. I was also at a local community event last Saturday. We have a street party at the community project every year, and normally I would take the photos. This year, they decided to hire a professional photographer and I said I would do whatever was needed. On the morning of the event, I made a sandwich to take with me, completely unaware of what I’d be doing.
So, I get there and discover I’ve been signed up for food prep and serving. In previous years we’ve had a barbeque outside where we’ve done burgers. This year, they decided on hot dogs. It’s easier to do and doesn’t require hiring a barbeque grill or spending hours cooking in the kitchen. They also got some of those oniony things you can get in Pizza Hut (the crunchy stuff that doesn’t require cooking at all!) and a couple of jars of gherkins. The sausages – ‘regular’ and halal, – were cooked in massive pots of water on the cooker and the vegetarian sausages (which we had far too little of, as it turned out!), emptied into massive bain-marie trays to keep them warm, and then we popped them into bread rolls.
It was relatively easy (I was just putting them in the rolls and popping them rolls on trays) but I spent the entire time, pretty much, on my feet. My measly little sandwich was woefully inadequate and soon found myself picking at the sausages that had broken up (they were gluten-free, so I could!) I was so tired when I got home, I napped! I woke long enough and just about had enough energy to make another sandwich and a cup of tea and then I fell asleep again. And so began the few days of eating absolute crap.
Come the Slimming World group meeting on Tuesday, I decided to wait until afterwards and eat dinner when I got home – I’d planned to have a frittata and a salad (I’d already made the salad before I left) – and had a bit of an achy tummy. I assumed it was just because I hadn’t eaten dinner yet. The group was good if a little daunting. It was the first proper group session I’d been to and my friend couldn’t come with me this time. They did the Woman Of The Year thing. And I put on 4lb. To be honest, I deserved it. And I was sort of expecting it given the start of my cycle was due soon-ish. Anyway, on my way home, I thought I’d pick up some fruit and veg and some granulated sweetener (for porridge) for the rest of the week, all with the best intentions of being healthy.
And then I get home to find TA-DAH! my cycle was starting. Well, that explains a lot!
For the first few days of my cycle, I tend to go a little crazy and crave salt and sugar, and I couldn’t help myself but have it. I did try to be as healthy as possible, though – filling up on porridge in the mornings (sweetened with the stuff I picked up after group instead of my usual sugar or Golden Syrup) and making salads, and eating eggs, etc.
I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll have lost at least some of what I put on this week, but we’ll see! I wish I knew how to get a handle on things during my periods! I lose the plot every single month for that one week!
I’m going to try doing some of the Body Magic stuff soon – well, as soon as I stop feeling quite so pukey, anyway. It’s fun being a girl, eh?!