I love food. I also love feeding people, not in a strange channel 4 documentary way, I just mean that I like making food that people enjoy. I love TV cooking programs and trying out what I see. I love eating out. I love the magic of food, the community, the way it can bring people together. I like trying new foods, experimenting, bringing new life to my Granny’s classics and enjoying them just as they are. I like home food, comfort food, northern food – hotpot and roasts and stews.
No surprise then I need to loose weight.
I am a northerner living in Birmingham with my lovely partner Luke. Since we started dating we have both put on a lot of weight; the eating out, the romantic meals in, the alcohol, the ‘I have someone to cook for me so I don’t have to eat beans on toast any more’ (Luke)! It is time to take action, and we have.
After two months of playing with the idea of joining Slimming World together we finally have. One week down and between us we have lost 19.5 lbs (almost 1.5 stone). Needles to say I was shocked but completely over the moon. We have enjoyed the food we have eaten, and we have eaten well – we weren’t even sure we would have lost any weight!
**Update: 12 weeks in and I have now lost 2st 1lb and luke has lost an amazing 2st 9lb!**
Last week we enjoyed steak and chips, chili con carne, king prawn fried rice, burger and chips and even a Sunday roast. Food for big appetites with lots of flavour. Like me you must be thinking, how did they loose weight then? It’s about cleaver cooking, keeping the flavour in and taking out the fat and the sugar, Slimming world calls it food optimising I call it an answer to my prayers. I am here to share with you some of the things I am learning and the recipes for some of the tastiest food we have eaten.
I am not going to share the full slimming world plan with you here, not because I am worried about being sued, simply because the act of going to class every week, having a supportive leader and group and getting weighed in can not be substituted by reading the plan here.
Here is the Slimming World website in case you would like more info on a group near you.