#WeightLossWednesday – 5 Tips for getting back ‘on-the-wagon’

3rd February 2016

I am warning you in advance that this post is nowhere near the inspirational and driven #WeightLossWednesday post that I would have liked to have posted but… I have been ill.  Before I go and get the world’s smallest violin to play the world’s saddest tune, I would like to say that despite feeling like death warmed up and drinking orange juice to my heart’s content I did manage to lose some weight.

Being ‘off-the-wagon’ for such a long time, I really am struggling to get back ‘on-the-wagon’.  So what tips can help you get back on it and stay on it?

Firstly, give yourself a break

This is potentially THE most important thing to remember.  We all have a tendency to be critical of our failings.  However, it is important not to dwell on it all for too long… Get up, brush yourself down and get back on.  You can do this!

Plan Ahead

I plan my meals every week which, when I am on form, helps me to avoid snacking between meals and keeps me on track.  You don’t have to plan weekly because daily planning works just as well.  It is also good to plan ahead so you know when you will be elsewhere at a meal time and to enable you to make the best choices.  Even if you know you are going to be out for dinner, most restaurants have menus online these days… so take a quick look and decide in advance what you are going to be ordering.

Allow room for treats

If you know you are out for dinner one night of the week… allow yourself a treat.  But as I said above a little bit of forward planning goes a long way.  It will probably give you the opportunity to have that cheeky pudding if you plan correctly.   A little treat never hurt anyone and it also helps to keep you on track.

Set small goals

It’s all very well saying that you have 9 stone to lose but that 9 stone seems like such a long way away.  Why not say that you want to lose 14lb in 8 weeks?  That 14lb is more than achievable AND once it’s gone you then have just 8 stone to lose. 

Make sure you have support

I couldn’t have lost the 3.5 stone in 2013 if it wasn’t for my group of fabulous weight loss friends.  We were all there supporting each other through the good and bad weeks.  Now, I’m working on getting back into the fold and being there to support them as well as myself.

February Weight Loss Goals

Lose 5lb : -1lb = 4lb left
3pt of water a day : 0 days target made

Weight: 19st 10lb > 276lb > 125.2kg
Loss: -1lb (1lb lost in total)

Please feel free to link up all your posts below.  All we ask is that you comment on a few of the other blogs each week to offer support!

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    Rebecca Smith
    9th February 2016 at 8:34 pm

    Some fantastic tips and ones I really need to remember!

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    Kate Holmes
    8th February 2016 at 10:26 am

    I love this post and your advice is absolutely spot on. Baby steps lead to huge changes.

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    Michelle Twin Mum
    6th February 2016 at 7:53 pm

    Well done Beth, staying positive and being able to be honest with yourself and us all is a mark of real progress, here is to the next week and I hope you are feeling much better now. I am in the depths of a cold and it is miserable. Mich x

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    Kirsty Hijacked By Twins
    4th February 2016 at 11:56 am

    These are five great tips! Sorry to hear that you have not been well, I find that being ill and the dreaded time of the month really do effect my week and how I eat. I think that it is so important to have treats. If you deny yourself the things you love too much that is when we can fall into the trap of over indulging. Thank you for sharing with #Slimmerseeker this weeks linky will be live later this afternoon and I will be popping by to link up up with #WeightlossWednesday x

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    Mum Reinvented
    3rd February 2016 at 7:49 pm

    Well done on losing weight despite feeling rough this week. Hope you’re feeling better soon. Great tips. I certainly need to take note of them having just rejoined Slimming World for the billionth time this week! x

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      3rd February 2016 at 9:41 pm

      Thank you… I’m struggling to get back on it though. Good luck with Slimming World. )


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    Emma Shilton
    3rd February 2016 at 7:14 pm

    I completely agree with your tips. It’s so important to plan ahead. I like the quote ‘Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail’, if I forget to sort my lunch out for the next day before I go to bed, I always end up forgetting something.
    Have a good week 🙂

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      3rd February 2016 at 9:40 pm

      Oh I love that quote! I need to write that in my bullet journal to remember! 🙂

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    Mrs TeePot
    3rd February 2016 at 2:45 pm

    Sorry you’re not feeling great, hope you feel better soon.
    Some great tips, it is SO hard to get back on the wagon and get yourself back in the zone, you can do it though!

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      3rd February 2016 at 9:39 pm

      I do feel much better now, thanks… I will get back on the wagon. I need to. 🙂

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    Cheryl Pasquier
    3rd February 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Some brilliant advice here, it is really hard to get back on the wagon and stay there on the weeks when the scales don’t play along ! I think Sim’s on to something with the water too – I don’t drink enough either.

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      3rd February 2016 at 9:36 pm

      Sim is unfortunately, always right on the water front… I’m struggling with the wagon at the moment, but have just bought myself some shiny new scales to try out! 😀

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    Sim @ SimsLife.co.uk
    3rd February 2016 at 12:42 pm

    Some fantastic points made love – you know mine is all about the water and you need to drink more! You can do it, you have us all behind you, willing you on your journey xx

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      3rd February 2016 at 9:35 pm

      I know I need to drink more water… I’m working on it. 🙂

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    Anna International
    3rd February 2016 at 11:26 am

    Hey! I don’t blog about my weighloss because tbh, I am not ready to talk about it yet, and since I’m predominantly home/DIY, it would be a bit odd. When I get to goal I will probably do a post about it though and I’ll deffo link that up. But I think this is a brilliant idea, and I am looking forward to reading some great posts. I’ve got my wedding in August, and if that is not the motivation I really need, nothing is! 1 stone off since Xmas with Weightwatchers, and I’ve got almost 3 more to go! We can do this! x

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      3rd February 2016 at 9:31 pm

      Well done on your 1 stone off!!! When you are ready to blog it, please do link up. 🙂

      We celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary in September, I lost 3.5 stone for mine. 🙂

      Beth xxx

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    amanda walsh
    3rd February 2016 at 12:00 pm

    5 fab tips that I live by. I definitely agree with the setting small targets, I have been with Slimming World since July and still haven’t set an overall target. I’m happy it coming off a stone at a time

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      3rd February 2016 at 9:34 pm

      They are pretty much the dieting bible verses aren’t they? There is never a huge need to set an overall target because I think you know when you feel at your most comfortable. 🙂

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