Slimming Down and Hitting the Sales


I’m back at Weight Watchers….

Yes, I know, you’ve heard it all before (although to be fair it is usually Slimming World), however this time I mean business and it certainly seems to be paying off. WW have a new Smartpoints plan which works brilliantly for me and so I’m hopeful I’ll see some significant weight losses over the next six months.

The problem with slimming down is the fact that you can’t take your clothes with you. I’ve already lost a few pounds and if I lose too many more my jeans will let me down and I’ll be shamed on the school run for flashing my M&S belly-grabber knickers.

In the past, I’ve refused to buy new clothes when losing weight because of course I knew I’d be (hopefully) shrinking out of them. I’ve made do with what I’ve got (despite it looking too baggy) or hit the charity shop for some “in-between” basics. This time around I’m doing things differently. I’m not waiting until I hit goal before buying new clothes, I want to enjoy clothes and feel good about myself now!

This is of course where the Yorkshire/Irish mix in me (frugal leaning towards being tight when it comes to spending on myself) is in conflict with my “I want to look nice and have nice things” self. The answer…. Sale shopping!

One thing I do not do, or do as rarely as possible is go physically clothes shopping. I hate it! The queue for the changing room, the VERY unflattering lighting and huge mirrors coupled with that unique changing room smell makes it a nightmare for me, and one to be avoided at all cost.

This time around I’ll be hitting the online Vivienne Westwood sale instead of the charity shops or even the online Joules sale (if I’m feeling brave enough!). I’m making another new clothing change too, this time around I’m not going to keep my “big” clothes. They encourage me to slip into them when I gain a few pounds rather than keep slimming to stay in the new size (slimmers will understand what I mean!) so they have to go!

I’m quite looking forward to this next leg in the Grand Nicki Weight-Loss Journey, including (for the first time) designer clothes shopping online.

To keep me going (I’m determined!) share with me your top Weight Watchers or slimming down hints, tips and tricks!

Slimming World Progress #1

I weighed in on Monday after my first week back on the plan and nearly fell over to find that I had lost 6lb. Thrilled wasn’t the word. Clearly red days are most suited to where I am right now and so I’m working on a 5 red day and 2 Green day ration (I like to mix it up a bit!).

Monday is weigh-in again and I’d love a pound off to give me my half stone award in two weeks but we’ll see.

So far – pretty good and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being back on plan. Here are a selection of meals I’ve enjoyed over the past ten days for anyone looking for a little inspiration.

Sweet Chilli Salmon and Salad
Sweet Chilli Salmon and Salad
Salmon Quiche
quorn meal
Quorn with BBQ Frylight flavour cooking spray and veggies.
Coronation Tuna salad
Coronation Tuna salad
Creamy Mustard Beef
Creamy Mustard Beef
onion and basil risotti
Onion and Basil Risotto

Veggie Curry with a Brussel Sprout Base
Veggie Curry with a Brussel Sprout Base