I always know how well I am doing at slimming club by how closely I stick to the rules.
As a bigger man, I tend to be able to cheat a little bit and get away with it. This means I can have a little bit more of the naughty stuff than the consultant (I don’t really like that title, but group leader and teacher are even worse, if slightly amusing!) suggests.
As I’m sure you all know, the biggest slimming clubs (there are two or three that come to mind for me) coax you on to a healthy eating plan which either controls calories, or balances your diet etc.
After I’ve been doing the slimming club for a while, what tends to happen is I start to have more of the things you’re not really allowed. So this means I might have two or three biscuits after my dinner rather than the one I allow myself.
Or I might not count one meal as cheating because my previous/next was/is super healthy.
Or a snack doesn’t really count because I visited the gym at some point in the vaguely recent past.
Or I have to have an unhealthy meal because there were simply no healthy options/I didn’t have time to make the healthy option.
So this is why I am pleased with myself right now, for thinking ahead and planning for my weekend away – at least in part.
I popped to the supermarket earlier today, bought some lean meat, marinated it, and have cooked it. All ahead of my early morning train down south. So for at least one meal of the weekend, I can go for the healthy option. Hopefully that’ll be the plan for much of the rest my trip.
Will let you know how the rest of the weekend goes next week. But if I do cheat, I promise not to remove this blog saying I’d probably be healthy.
And I promise to also go into more detail of how to cheat, at a later date.
On that front, the important thing for me to remember, is to get the balance right – cheat but just a little.
The only man in the room.