It feels amazing to be back and writing my first blog in quite a long time. Summer is on its way and hopefully the weather will improve and we’ll be able to enjoy more meals outside (as food always seems to taste better then). I’m having a little trip down memory lane this month...
Three years ago, in May 2016, I had just half a stone to go to reach goal for the umpteenth time. By July 2016, I still had half a stone to go to reach goal! I’d spent three months losing and gaining the same couple of pounds and knew I needed to do something about it.
As WW still offered No Count as part of their programme then, I decided to give it a go. Following No Count did mean more cooking from scratch but I began to enjoy creating new recipes from the ingredients on the No Count Food List. I realised I was eating fewer processed foods and that the meals I was eating were keeping me fuller for longer so I didn’t need all the snacks I’d usually had in between meals or during the evening.
It took me just six weeks to lose that last half stone and I celebrated reaching goal on 10th September 2016. During those initial six weeks on No Count, it struck me that I’d always lost weight for a particular occasion: a holiday, a wedding, a family ‘do’ and that, in the past, once I’d reached goal, I’d go back to eating whatever I fancied and putting all the weight back on again! I realised that it wasn’t just about reaching goal, it was also about finding a way of eating that I could be happy with for the rest of my life which would make sure I maintained the weight I had lost.
And that’s why I love No Count so much! It’s helped me to achieve what I thought would be impossible: I’m now spending my fifties at the weight I’ve wanted to maintain since I was in my twenties.
If you’re thinking about giving No Count a go, you will have more success if you set limits on the amount of carbs you eat. I love bread, pasta and crumpets but know that if I eat too many of them, it will have an effect on my weight and usually leaves me feeling bloated. I do love the freedom though of being able to make crumpets with No Count jam and a skinny latte when I’m having a ‘hungry’ or stressful day: it certainly helps to make me feel better!
No Count has played a large part in my success but so has WW and the support from the WW Community. I’ve continued as an online WW member while maintaining and I know that’s part of the reason for my success too. I look back to that day in October 2015 when I decided to join WW and give it one last shot - and boy, am I glad that I did!
This Month’s News:
I’ve recently become an Ambassador for GoStationery. After searching for ages for a new notebook, I came across GoStationery on Instagram (thanks to girlaboutderbyshire) and love the notebook I ordered from them. You can receive 15% off all their products by using the code: GOGLAM78. I do receive commission every time a product is bought using my code which will go towards the upkeep of this website. So, a big thank you in advance for taking a look and maybe purchasing something from them.
And finally, I’d just like to say a massive thank you for everyone’s support and lovely comments during this past month. It’s been great to hear that you and your families have enjoyed the recipes, and it’s also lovely to hear how you’re getting on with No Count or your WW journey. Thank you so much for tagging me in when you create the recipes too. Please keep the comments coming and spread the word about the website wherever you can. I hope you all have a fantastic (sunny) month ahead!
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