Through following the Slimming World plan, I’ve dropped a couple of dress sizes and almost a stone and a half in weight. Part of what helped to keep me on track was attending my group every week. So am I losing weight during lockdown without it?
Food and Lockdown
Prior to lockdown I was diligently planning meals in advance and using my food diary to track my consumption. I can tell you now, I am not doing that right now! Like everyone else, we’re finding grocery shopping a little more difficult than usual. I don’t think it’s realistic to plan meals a week or so in advance and expect all of the items needed to be available. Instead we’re buying what we can, relying on fortnightly deliveries from Ocado for the bulk of things.
Instead of deciding a week ahead, I’m meal planning in real-time. What have we got in the cupboards? How hungry is everyone? Do I want to spend a long time in the kitchen? I’m also enjoying doing baking with the girls right now too!
What I’m buying hasn’t changed very much, just the addition of a few treats here and there. I’m definitely not focusing on losing weight during lockdown. I don’t think that anyone should be too hung up on losing weight during lockdown. We all have so much more to think about right now. I’m certainly not going to add to my anxiety by counting my syns and beating myself up if I have more than one healthy extra B choice in a day.
Slimming World During Lockdown
Slimming World closed all groups just before lockdown was announced, I think. The group that I go to was closed before Boris’s announcement, as it’s held in a retirement village. Initially my consultant had thought about having people weigh in at her home, but of course that can’t happen now.
For those who don’t know, Slimming World is a franchise business. That means that each consultant pays Slimming World for “their” business and, of course, it means Slimming World have no obligation to pay NI, tax, etc. It’s not a business model I particularly approve of because, like MLMs, it serves the people at the top more than the people doing the work.
Knowing this, I did feel sorry for the consultants as without everyone weighing in and paying, they have no income. Slimming World, of course, found a way to continue to try to charge us though. It was decided that groups would continue via Zoom, with members weighing themselves at home. This will cost £2.50 per week, instead of the usual £4.95. Consultants who don’t feel comfortable with virtual meetings have apparently be asked to give up their franchises, which I find appalling if it is true.
The End of My Weight Loss Journey?
It was a difficult decision to make, but I think I’m done with Slimming World. Firstly, I can’t be focused on losing weight during lockdown. I’m almost at my target weight and I don’t like the idea of virtual meetings. I went back and forth with my decision because I do feel some guilt at the loss of income my consultant will suffer. However, being self-employed and looking at a future with no income ourselves, I have to put our finances first.
Who knows, maybe when life returns to normal I’ll go back. Plus, I’ve got all of the information and could carry on by myself without any help. But for now, I’m done with losing weight.