This is day Five of my Slimming World Fast Forward Plan.

This is day Five of my Slimming World Fast Forward Plan.

Slimming World – Tuesday 15 February 2022

Starting weight on the Slimming World Fast Forward Plan: 86.2


  • One 86.2
  • Two 85.8
  • Three 85.4
  • Four 84.8
  • Five 85.2

Gutted, absolutely gutted, that is the only explanation I can give today. I got on the scales, expecting the scales to read 84.4. Following on from my 0.4 weight loss. the scales read new show 85.2 kg. Ordinarily, I would be still thrilled because I had lost weight. However, I was expecting it to be 84.4. In my mind, I put on. If you expect to lose weight and don’t lose, it’s devastating. So now I’ve got to tell my mind somehow not to worry and continue with this slimming or fast forward plan.

I know you should never weigh yourself every day. There are very few slimmers who do not weigh themselves every day. For me, I have a small ritual when I weigh. It’s got to be first thing in the morning after I’ve been to the loo, with nothing on and before I have my morning coffee.

My treats

Day 5 Slimming World Fast Forward Plan

I don’t want to say that I live for my treats. But it has to be said that I look forward to my treats. When I am Slimming World regular plan, I save all my syn for the evening, which is my danger zone. I will sit with two Hi-Fi bars, one bliss bar, three syns and a small packet of crisps, five syns or a 25g or Aldi chocolate seven syns.

However, you don’t have 15 syns to play with on the Slimming World Fast Forward Plan. The plan uses a point-based system. Depending on where you are with your weight loss journey, you are allocated several units to have each day. The units range from 18 to 23. I am in 21 units. The treats are called snacks in The Fast Forward Plan. The values are only 1 or 2 units. For example

  • One sachet Cadbury Highlight Chocolate Drink – 1 unit
  • 150 ml of gravy, made from granules with water – 1 unit
  • One medium banana – 2 units
  • Two slices of wholemeal bread (400g loaf) – 2 units

I miss my treats. My syns plate is no longer filled with the lovely goodies. Instead I have one Cadbury Highlight Chocolate Drink and a packet of skips crisps. I should use the syns smarter. Therefore I don’t need to fixate on chocolate and sweeties. I have come to the conclusion that the issue with the regular Slimming World eating plan and syns is I use mine for sugar treats.

An New Breakfast

I love my new breakfast of poached egg on bread. On the regular Slimming Plan, I can use the bread as my healthy extra, and the eggs are free. The Slimming World Fast Forward Plan is a secret ploy to get you to look back at your habits of food optimising and see where you are making mistakes, with a helpful hint on how much weight you could lose if you kept to plan. I think my consultant may be very cunning.

What have I learnt about being on the Slimming World Fast Forward Plan so far?

Finally, I have just figured it out! I have a sweet tooth, and I like chocolate, biscuits, and ice cream. However, they are all full of sugar. It’s all about the sugar! Somehow, I must get it in my head that it’s not the end of the world if I don’t eat chocolate. I am not missing out and not being deprived. It is a sugar addiction, just like drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, or drugs.

This is day Four of my Slimming World Fast Forward Plan.

This is day Four of my Slimming World Fast Forward Plan.

Slimming World Fast Forward Plan – Monday 14 February 2022

Starting weight on the Slimming World Fast Forward Plan: 86.2


  • One 86.2
  • Two 85.8
  • Three 85.4
  • Four 84.8

Total loss: 1.4 kg. – Yea, another weight loss.

This is day four of my Slimming World Fast Forward Plan.

I have found a fantastic breakfast on the Slimming World Fast Forward Plan. I missed the option when I first glanced at the book the first time.

  • Two small slices of wholemeal bread (400g loaf), toasted,
  • Topped with two poached eggs.

There had to be one swap, gluten-free bread, and I didn’t toast the bread. I’m not too fond of soggy toast. But it is filling and keeps me going until lunchtime.

Today is looking much better than the weekend. For lunch, I had a salad followed by a Muller Light yoghurt. One of my favourite yoghurts, and it’s gluten-free. I am at work, so I don’t have a lot of free time to think about what I am not eating. Time vanishes when at work. Our evening meal will be a second helping of roast chicken. Me cutting back on the amount of chicken means we get two roasts. How wonderful!

I am thrilled that I am now 84.8 kg. I am certainly on target to get that 3 kg loss I want. When I was getting dressed this morning, I took one of my favourite dresses out of the cupboard and tried it on. Last week I couldn’t do the button up over my chest. Today I could do the buttons up. Yes, there was a little gap, but I could wear it if I used a safety pin. I am not going to, as I don’t want to have that kind of aid. My summer wardrobe may be a lot bigger than last year.

A Leap of Faith

I gave away all my sizes 48/50 (the UK sizes 20/22) clothes. It was so nice to hand them over to someone who needed them. It was, however, one of the most complex decisions I have had to make. You always have in the back of your head. What if I need them again? Once they are gone, I can’t get to them. I hope that this will mean that I will never have to buy that size again. Your old clothes are like a warm cosy blanket you can snuggle in and hide your weight. You know they are too big to look awful, but it’s what you are used to wearing and having learned to hide.

I do have a suit I would love to wear. I repurchased it in 1992; it is a size 44 (UK size 16) that was always snug. I can get the skirt over my hips but can’t quite do the buttons up. Every step helps.

Are we Unique?

Are we Unique?

Are we unique? I would love to say yes, but doing a quick Facebook search on my name, a dozen other Facebook accounts appear with my name. So, if we accept that other people have our name, does that stop us from being unique?

It feels like an exam question. Do we first describe what being unique is? Why being unique is essential to our lives? Somewhere in the world, we all have a doppelgänger, so physically, we may not be as physically unique as we would like to think.

I have to be honest; there are very few things I have done in my life that I have done on my own. I have shared experiences joining classes or groups of people doing something. My experience is, therefore, not unique.

Does this mean that our expertise makes us unique? I would say that I am not an expert in anything important; this is not to say I am useless. I am not.

Where am I Unique?

At last, I have found something where I am unique; it’s my DNA. No one else has my DNA. I am not an identical twin and, therefore, unique.

Why am I rambling on about being Unique?

I have just finished watching a TV show about plastic surgery, and it breaks my heart to see all these women and some men going under the knife. Injecting chemicals into their bodies and convinced that this procedure is safe and necessary. They all have the same story, and I will be happy when.

Why not be happy now. Plastic surgery does have its place, those who have had cancer, been in an accident or other such issues. What breaks my heart is the young girls of 20 who want to have bigger breasts, bigger lips or no wrinkles.

It appears that many of these young people are worried about how they look. This is referred to as body dysmorphia. This is when you look at your body and see flaws. These flaws become ingrained and start to grow in the person’s mind until they are all-encompassing.

What is the solution?

Are we all putting to much pressure on young women to look a certain way? The sad thing is that all the procedures these young ladies undergo make them all look identical.

Maybe as older women, we need to teach our young girls that physical beauty is not as important as inner beauty. Being kind to yourself, forgiving yourself and loving yourself.

Day Three – Slimming World Fast Forward Plan

Day Three – Slimming World Fast Forward Plan

Starting Weight: 86.2 on the Slimming World Fast Forward Plan

Today’s Weight 85.4

  • First day 86.2
  • Second day 85.8
  • Third day 85.4

Total Loss: 0.8 kg.

Yea, another weight loss.

This is day three of my Slimming World Fast Forward Plan.

It was a miserable, horrible day yesterday (13 February 2022). The day you sit inside, turn the TV on and cosy on down with a TV box set and munching a bag of Maltesers or Haribo.  That will not happen, much to my disappointment. I am still strongly resounded to stay on plan and reach my one-week weight loss goal. As always, my personal goal is to keep going, focus on my successes, and learn from failures. Taking each new day and weight loss with grace and… who am I kidding? I want to lose 7 pounds this week.  I have stagnated on my weight loss journey, so my consultant suggested the Slimming World Fast Forward Plan. The current numbers are therefore looking good. It seems to work.

Now The downside of the Fast Forward Plan so far.

It was Sunday yesterday, which means roast dinner was sitting around the dining room table with the family. The Slimming World Fast Forward Plan accommodates a roast but is a very sad roast.

  • 100g roast chicken, without skin
  • 175g potatoes boiled or mashed
  • 70g carrots
  • 75g Savoy cabbage
  • 75g cauliflower florets
  • Free option of 150g of broccoli

I have to tell you. It’s not a lot when it’s on the plate. Especially as the rest of the family had big juicy roast potatoes cooked with the chicken and a mountain of vegetables and gravy. I don’t enjoy being on a diet. The benefits of being on plan and losing weight are the goals. However, sometimes I have to question if it is worth it. I don’t want to be on a diet for the rest of my life, and watching my family eat a full meal while I consumed a tiny portion of it seemed so unfair.

I heard a quote a while ago from Tony Robbins, “Nothing tastes as good as slim feels”. As I eat my small meal, I think about these words.

Slimming world and the family

Most of our meals are home-cooked and adapted to Slimming World menus.  My family is very supportive.  We cook with Fry-light, have increased our fruit and vegetable intake.  We only have low-calorie treats in the house.  The Bliss Bars are a big hit, and only 3 syns each. The salted caramel bliss bars are a big hit in my household. It is like a marathon without nuts.

Am I still enjoying the plan?

Yes, I have to say I am. I have learnt that I have steadily increased my portion sizes without realising it on my regular slimming world eating plan. I have also not included the odd Syn, for example, gravy on my dinner or tomato ketchup on the Friday Fakeaway days.

So, onwards and upwards to Day Four

Day Two – Slimming World Fast Forward Plan

Day Two – Slimming World Fast Forward Plan

This is day two of my Slimming World Fast Forward Plan.

Slimming World Fast Forward Plan – Saturday 12 February 2022

  • Starting Weight: 86.2
  • Today’s Weight 85.8
  • Total Loss: 0.4 kg.

Yea, a weight loss.

Without having the correct groceries in the house, it wasn’t easy to decide what to have for breakfast. Additionally, I am a celiac (admittedly; I have fallen off the wagon, suffering the symptoms of gluten in my body and trying to rectify the situation), and some of the food options are gluten heavy. So today for breakfast I had two gluten-free Weetabix and not the regular Weetabix. I must make swaps.

This plan is rigid with a family, so I had to make various meals for my evening meal. I had mince, onions and tomatoes as a casserole and rice, and the family had burgers and chips. Same ingredients but cooked differently. My treat was a Cadbury light hot chocolate and a packet of skips crisp. Delicious.

Do I feel hungry?

I must be honest. Yes, I felt hungry. The cupboard with all my slimming world treats was yelling my name. It would have been so easy to get up and get the goodies. I have such a sweet tooth.

Why have I not taken a treat?

“This is going to sound awful, mean and fuelled by jealousy.”

I haven’t run to the treat box yet because of my jealousy towards another group member. I know this is mean, but it’s the truth.

There is a member in my group who has massive weight loss. The first time she was a member, she lost 10 pounds in her first week. I was thrilled for her. The following week, she lost 5 pounds and then 7 pounds. Each week, she had massive losses. There were some weeks when she put on, but you can count those on the one hand. She was slimmer of the week, slimmer of the month. You get the idea. She reached a three-stone loss in about three months and then left the club.

Two weeks ago, she re-joined the club. She had put on the weight she lost, plus two stones. I know she is sad about that, and I want to support her weight loss. In her first week, she lost 13 pounds. In her second week, she lost 3 pounds and was slimmer of the week. Please don’t get me wrong, she is a lovely lady and brings a lot of fun and laughter to the group. It’s just her success that I am jealous of, and I know it is my issue, not hers. I have been in the slimming world since December 2019 and still have 20 pounds to go. I plodded on with half a 0.2kg or 0.4kg. Finally reaching 22 kg over two years.

I told you this was selfish, but it is my truth. The treats will stay in the box, and I am staying on the Slimming World Fast Forward Plan. It’s only seven days, and this is day 2.