Before I joined Slimming World, I lost count of the times I’d plan to lose weight from 1st January, only to give up by the 31st! Losing weight back then seemed like an endurance test, a race between how soon I’d see results and how long I could stick it out. I’d spend the whole month feeling as dreary as the weather, saying no to my favourite foods and going to bed with a rumbling tummy.
Since finding Slimming World, I’ve realised that there are so many things you can do to keep your slimming mojo alive and kicking, no matter how difficult you’ve found weight loss in the past. Even though this year looks set to be just as challenging as the last, with the support of a Slimming World virtual group or the online community, you can learn to spot the barriers to your success and discover strategies to help you overcome any obstacles that 2021 throws at you.
To help you get into a slimming mindset, we’ve delved into some of our members’ top power-up tips – and we’d love to hear yours!
Soak up support
A Slimming World virtual group is the place for sharing ideas and achievements. It’s also where to head when things aren’t going so well and you need support and reassurance – with absolutely no judgement or humiliation. ‘Let your group know if you’re struggling,’ says Slimming World nutritionist Evie Lovell. ‘You won’t be the only one, and your fellow members may well be able to help. In fact, you could also help others by letting them know they aren’t the only ones.’
Here’s Consultant Jo Firth (@jofirth_sw), getting ready to celebrate her members’ amazing successes in her virtual group…
She says: ‘So many awards to give out this morning!! Members have totally smashed it in January 👏👏👏 I’m so proud of their determination and commitment 💕’
Tap into your deepest desires
Really connecting with your personal reasons for wanting to transform your shape, your health and your life will supercharge your motivation. ‘Setting aside time to think about your “why” can be a good way of pinning down what really matters to you, such as “being a healthy role model for my kids” or “having the confidence to start dating again”,’ says Evie.
@sw_mum_of_boys made this gorgeous inspiration board filled with family pics, ‘before’ pics, ideas for non-food rewards and favourite meals. She says: ‘I love how visual it is as it really helps me focus on what matters to be about my weight loss journey’.
Setting a goal can increase your chances of success and our study of 24,000 Slimming World members showed that those who set an ambitious ‘dream weight’ target lost far more than those who aimed to lose a more modest five to 10% of their body weight.
‘Think beyond just numbers on the scales,’ says Evie. ‘One week, your goal could be having more Speed Free Food at every meal. The next, it could be keeping an eye out for extra Syns sneaking in through guesswork.’
Have an incentive
‘Reaching your target is a delayed benefit, so look for more immediate perks to stay incentivised,’ says psychologist and author Dr Linda Papadopoulos. Little rewards for weight loss, such as a new outfit or gadget, can really fuel motivation. Some members even like to add money to a jar for every pound lost! ‘It’s about making the journey rewarding, too,’ Dr Linda adds.
@big_ben_to_slim_ben, who’s lost a fantastic 10st with Slimming World has a whole gallery of shiny award stickers to keep him motivated! And check out @nikole_does_sw’s pinboard filled with weight loss certificates!
It’s not just the numbers on the scales that count, either. Did you get up early to exercise, or take a healthy lunch to work all week? Then you did well! Don’t just let it go – have a mini celebration. Little pats on the back can mean a lot.
If you’re looking for lasting weight loss, you’ll find a whole world of support waiting at your local Slimming World virtual group or in our vibrant online community. Join us, and discover ‘that Slimming World feeling’ for yourself!