On Monday 8th June, I started the Slimming World Fast Forward programme. I am now on day 4 and, despite feeling hungry towards the end of the day, I am feeling SO much better.
WHAT IS FAST FORWARD?
Slimming World say that Fast Forward is a slimmer’s equivalent of a strait-jacket. For those periods when we are stuck or feel like rebelling. Sometimes, a week doing this will help.
The plan is carefully designed by top experts in the field of weight loss and nutrition. It is healthy and very effective and, as a Consultant, we have the tools to personalise the plan for the member by using a calculation which takes into account your metabolic rate and activity level so that you are given the correct number of units per day for your food allowance.
Once your Total Daily Unit allowance has been calculated, you can include a salad or vegetable unit each day for free and then choose from the Light Meal, Main Meal and Snacks section to make up your Total Daily Unit allowance. You get at least 18 per day. My calculations have given me 20.
It is even more strict in the fact that, if there are any minor parts to the meal that you don’t like, you can miss them out but you CANNOT add anything extra to the meal choices (in my opinion, just don’t choose them in the first place!).
You have to vary your choices and make sure you drink at least 500ml of water each morning, afternoon and evening. Snacks do include things like crumpets, jaffa cakes and even alcohol but even then, it is strict.
You have to make your choices at the beginning of the week and stick to them. This isn’t going to be easy!
THURSDAY 12TH JUNE
Today was hectic. At the beginning of the day I had a number of calls to make so I didn’t actually get round to eating my breakfast until 11am. This did kind of help though! It stopped me having me snack during the morning and meant that I saved it for when I really needed it.
As planned yesterday, I saved a 2 and 1 unit snack for around 5pm – especially as we wouldn’t be eating until around 9pm.
An added note here to say that Ross is doing this whole thing with me and is doing brilliantly.
THE FOOD I ATE
125g of fat free natural yoghurt with one medium chopped banana and 8 strawberries (nearly finished it when I suddenly remembered I needed to photograph it!).
A 225g Jacket Potato with 2 level tablespoons of sweetcorn, 75 of tuna in brine and some salad leaves.
A chilli cooked with one onion, 50g of lean mince, 100g chopped tomatoes, 2 heaped tablespoons of mixed beans, garlic, chilli powder and smoked paprika, 50g rice (weighed when uncooked) and my free salad unit which consisted of cucumber, lettuce and one cherry tomato with balsamic vinegar.
1 apple with 25g danish blue cheese.
3 cups of black coffee, 3 pints of water, 1 glass of no added sugar lemon and lime squash, lemonade.
HOW I FELT
I have definitely noticed that my tummy has gone down. I am feeling SO much better in myself generally and I am sleeping better too.
None (thanks rain!).
Weight at the beginning of my Fast Forward week: 164lbs
My Target Weight: 152lbs