Thinking myself slim: a new approach with Slimpod, week 1

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Thinking Slimmer plan – Week 1 of my weight loss journey

It’s that time of year where we all reassess our lifestyles, we’ve put on a bit of Christmas and winter weight, the media is telling us unequivocally that we have to join a gym, lose weight, detox and eat healthy.  The trouble is, by Easter they’ll be telling us to eat a roast, followed by dessert, followed by chocolate.  It just isn’t sustainable.  The only way is to permanently change the way you think about and approach food and exercise.  Two and a half years ago I was super healthy, I dieted on a calorie controlled diet, exercised 2-3 times a week and I looked great!  This is me at Buckingham Palace no less.  I turned heads that day (just for fun, I’m happily married!) and had a great time with my Mum.

how I'd like to look again

I’d had two children, but loved going to the gym and the little break it gave me.  Then, before I decided to have a third child, I was beginning to get a little bored with the gym, and skipped a few sessions.  I discovered how much extra time I had to do things at home!  Once I’d lapsed out of my routine that was it and once I was pregnant I had a definite excuse not to go even though there’s no reason not to keep fit during pregnancy.  I gave myself permission to eat again too and ate what I wanted.  Afterwards, I tried to get back into it, I went a few times, rejoined the gym and signed up for a Spartan race.  Training for the race gave me something to work towards, but I didn’t do that much training for it and, although I enjoyed it, it was my third obstacle race and the challenge has gone out of it a bit, and since my husband injured his hip 2 years ago he can’t do it with me so the fun went too.  I haven’t signed up for anything else, I didn’t get into the London Marathon ballot which left me stranded.  Baby D doesn’t sleep too well so I often feel a bit lacklustre energy wise as well which doesn’t help.  I still stalk fitness and exercise ideas on pinterest and I will get back to it eventually.  I also discovered this lovely world of blogging, which has captured my heart and soul and takes up every spare moment of my time (by choice), so I am not motivated to give up that part of me to exercise!  This is what I look like now, I’ve got no make up on and straight after Christmas, bleurgh:

Before shot midwife and life

Enter Slimpod by Thinking Slimmer, something I am intrigued by.  It harnesses the power of the subconscious mind to change the way we feel about food and exercise to lose weight.  It promises no diets, no regimes, and no quick fixes, but results are proven.  There is a 9 minute podcast you get straight to your phone easily which you listen to once a day for 21 days.  You get email support, access to a closed facebook group for support and a workbook.  I’ve written down the goals I want to achieve and put it on my mantelpiece.

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They highlight that’s important to set realistic goals and not to focus too much on weight lost.  I’m putting my starting weight and measurements here so I can see a difference (hopefully).  There’s also a success log which you fill in before you listen to the Slimpod every day with any little changes you’ve noticed.  I have been listening for three days now, I started on 6/1/16 and I have noticed that I seem to be eating a little less and making slightly healthier choices, but I’m not denying myself anything which feels great.  It’s very liberating to know that I can eat anything I want, I’m just choosing not to at the moment – I have just ordered a Chinese though, but lets see if I can not pig out totally on it!*  The man’s voice on the podcast is so relaxing, there’s some music in the background and he gently talks to you about how you think about food, and talks to your subconscious mind.  I must admit, I have a little bit of a voice crush on him!  I listen to it in bed last thing at night and every single night (3 so far) I’ve fallen asleep!  Apparently it still works on you in your sleep, but I’m glad it has this hidden benefit, as I sometimes have trouble dropping off.  I may try putting on when Baby D gets up in the night to see if it hypnotises him, although I don’t want him to lose weight!

So here goes, these are my measurements for week 1:

Waist – 96cm

Hips – 114cm

Weight – 74.4kg

Obviously I’m hoping they’ll decrease as time goes on, it’s a 12 week initial programme and I’ll do a post a week so you can follow my progress.  Want to join me?  You can get your own access to the slimpod programme via clicking the box below.  I’m on the gold programme, but there’s a silver level too and it’s on offer at the moment.

If you’d like a taster (pardon the pun) of what it’s like, they have a free Ebook on beating sugar plus 50% off the beat sugar slimpod, available below:

Good luck to you all however you are doing your weight loss journey, I’d love to hear how you are all getting on and what works for you.  Until next week!

*Update on the Chinese – I think I ate marginally less than I usually do, I managed to leave one prawn ball which in itself is a major achievement!

Disclosure:  I received the Slimpod Gold programme free of charge but opinions are my own.  This post contains affiliate links, which means if you purchase anything it costs no extra but I get a small commission, which helps the blog to run.

 

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10 Comments

  • Reply Babyfoote

    Good luck! It will be interesting to see how you go. Diets are not for me – I begin to eat more purely because I’m thinking about food more..
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    January 10, 2016 at 3:48 pm
    • Reply Midwife and Life

      I know me too, this isn’t a diet and I’m not denying myself anything, so it’ll be interesting to see how and if it works!

      January 10, 2016 at 4:04 pm
  • Reply A Moment with Franca

    You look beautiful in both photos!! I’m very excited about this programme. I hope we can achieve our goals. I haven’t said how much I want to lose as I will just see what happens although it will be nice if I can go one size done clothes so I can fit better in my clothes. Good luck lovely and Fingers crossed we can say after 12 weeks that we feel better!! 🙂 xx

    January 11, 2016 at 5:07 pm
    • Reply Midwife and Life

      Yes, let’s hope so!

      January 11, 2016 at 5:10 pm
  • Reply Mummy's Blog

    This sounds like an interesting concept, I’ll be interested to see how you get on. P.S Woohoo on the prawn ball! Xx
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    January 12, 2016 at 1:25 am
    • Reply Midwife and Life

      It’s something I now look forward to listening to it’s so relaxing… Watch this space!

      January 12, 2016 at 6:06 am
  • Reply Rosie @Eco-Gites of Lenault

    Good luck – I need to shift a little weight for the sake of my back but I am not good at dieting or the gym …. but boy is the dog getting a lot more walks which I have just blogged about.
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    January 12, 2016 at 8:11 am
    • Reply Midwife and Life

      That’s great, walking is good exercise and getting out and about helps. I need to do some exercise too x

      January 12, 2016 at 12:50 pm
  • Reply Jennifer

    Hie Jenny
    Have you had good progress with the Slimpod?
    I did not see an update on this post… apologise if you have put an update already, would appreciate if you could guide me to it. I am new to your blog and Slimpod has me interested and would like to know your experience.

    Thanks so much. Wishing you a Happy New Year!

    December 31, 2016 at 9:29 am
    • Reply Midwife and Life

      I petered out with it but I did see good results in my attitude towards food. Like anything you have to stick with it and have the will to change. You get a great support network with it and I’m still in touch with the owners and on the Facebook group.

      December 31, 2016 at 9:56 am

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