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Preparing for a Hen Do with Fibromyalgia

I'm not going to lie, I've got an insanely busy few months coming up. As someone who is used to spending a lot of time alone, this is genuinely so different to my normal life, but I'm so happy about it! I did a quick post earlier this year going over some of the things I've got going on this year, so I thought I'd share some posts about how I'm preparing for these with regards to my fibro.
First up I've got two hen do weekends for two amazing bride to be's this year. I am so excited and crazily happy that I've been asked to attend. I've got one in Benidorm and one in Leeds, and they're both going to be jam packed with activities to make it an unreal time. But with this comes a lot of preparation on my end, to make sure I know I can have a fantastic weekend without a dreaded fibro flare. Whilst I'm fully expecting to need a bit of recovery after, I'd like to try and make it through both weekends without a flare up.
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My SlimmingWorld Journey | Finding My Motivation Again

You might have seen on my Instagram and Twitter that I've been following the SlimmingWorld plan, and a couple of months ago I hit my 2 Stone target! I've never been happier, I worked really hard but also allowed myself some treats, and I enjoyed cooking all the recipes and actually learning to cook! You can see my posts all about my journey so far here and here.

Losing Motivation
Well, since hitting my target, I was managing to stay in the target range for a few weeks. You're given +/- 3lbs, which is definitely acheivable. I was given a new booklet with loads of information in to help stay in your target range. I definitely started to treat myself a bit more than usual, but it was more like having more snacks than having terrible meals, so I was doing okay. And then I had some bad news, and basically SlimmingWorld was just not a priority.

I'm a very emotional person, and I deal with emotions by eating. So when I started to feel stressed, panicked and upset, I turned to fast food, comfort food and a lot of chocolate. My main meals were still SlimmingWorld, but there was no way that was balancing out all the rubbish I was eating at work or on a night. I didn't even weigh myself for the two weeks I went mad as I was so ashamed! I'd worked so hard and I'd lost my way.

Turning It Around
After two weeks, I realised I wasn't even enjoying stuffing my face, it had stopped helping and was only making me feel worse! I think I needed to come to this realisation myself for it to really work, but thankfully I didn't have any pressure from anyone, I think they all knew I wasn't in the right frame of mind to be thinking about it all. I finally decided it was time to get my butt into gear and get back into SlimmingWorld, ready for Christmas as I always end up eating loads when the festive food comes out! I thought I'd share with you the steps I've taken to get back on track, which might help some people who are in the same boat as me.

1. Don't Rush It
The same with a lot of things in life, if you rush something, you won't stick to it. This was definitely true for me, I was still going through a tough time but was attempting to stick to SlimmingWorld but without fail, by the time it got to lunch time I was reaching for snacky food that definitely wasn't on plan. I wish I wasn't an emotional person but unfortunately I am, and I clearly wasn't in the right frame of mind even when I first started to try again. I needed to take the time I needed to deal with my outside stressers, mentally I couldn't deal with what was going on and adding up syns at the same time!

2. Go Back to Basics.
When you're at target, you're normally so used to the plan you don't need to write stuff down, you're a dab hand at working out syns and healthy extras and it's become your whole lifestyle rather than a diet you need to concentrate on. Well I'll tell you now, it's so easy to lose that ability! Once I got my head back into it, I knew I couldn't jump straight back into target member life. I decided to buy myself a new food diary from The White Triangle Company, so I can get back into writing everything down again, planning meals and properly tracking my Syns and Healthy Extras. It's something I did when I first started that I do think is so important for sticking to plan when you're trying to get the hang of everything.

3. Remember Why You Started
We all have our own personal reasons for starting SlimmingWorld. It might just be general weight loss, or you might have a big event coming up, or even just wanting to be healthy! When you're struggling to get back on track, it's a good idea to focus on why you started in the first place, or maybe look for a new reason to kick start your motivation again. I've added Christmas onto mine - not only do I want to look good and feel good, I'll need to get my head back into it so I can keep on track during the week to make up for all the festive meals I've got booked in on the weekends!

4. Revamp Your Menu
It's really easy to get into a routine of eating the same meals. You'll find your favourites, or you'll have easy and quick meals to fall back on during a busy week. After a while though, you might find yourself getting bored. When I was ready to get back onto plan, I bought some new SlimmingWorld recipe books and printed off recipes from my favourite SlimmingWorld blogs (I personally love SlimmingEats, PinchofNom and TwoChubbyCubs). This meant I could try some new recipes, making my menus a bit more exciting. I bought the new Take 5 book from the SW online store which really helped, they're all easy to make with them only being 5 ingredients per recipe.

And really, at the end of the day it's important to realise that it really isn't the end of the world to have fallen of the wagon! Despite being a bit gutted that I'm no longer at my target weight, I'm still in my target stone bracket, so I still have more happiness and confidence in myself. I'm still struggling a little bit now with staying on plan with it being the run up to Christmas, but I'm back to preparing my lunches and snacks so I don't go out and buy loads of rubbish when I'm at work. Stuff like this is never easy, and a diet like SlimmingWorld isn't just a quick fix, but I know I'll get back to target soon.

Do you have any tips for staying motivated with exercise or weight loss? I'd love to hear some more tips!

Abbey xx


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