Slimming World Week One

sw week 1

Before I start, this is not going to be a weekly thing (for those totally uninterested) however I do intend to check in every now and then to let you know how I’m doing and what I’ve learned so far – the end of week one seemed like a milestone to mark.

As I’ve previously mentioned what drew me to this plan over others is that it promoted healthy eating rather than skipping meals (I’m looking at you, calorie counting) and encourages me to cook from scratch. Since I don’t have a huge amount of weight to lose I took it steady in my first week, I didn’t follow the plan TOO strictly but for the most part I followed the extra easy every day and fell within the 15 syn limit. I did have the odd treat (Double Decker, I’m looking at you) but given that I didn’t beat myself up about it and was even less active than usual I’m surprised to have lost 3lbs. It could be a total coincidence, my weight is pretty constant but it can fluctuate by a lb or two and I don’t weight myself daily so who knows but it’s encouraging so I’ll take it as a loss.

The thing I’m enjoying about Slimming World so far as opposed to calorie counting is that like beauty blogging there is a whole community of sw’ers out there (I’m looking at you, Instagram) to lean on when you need help/advice/meal ideas. It’s easy to get bored on any ‘diet’ but the choices are so vast here that there are seemingly endless healthy meal to choose from and there’s pretty much nothing you have to cut out altogether so you really don’t miss anything – I’m eating Oreos right now 😉

Like I say I’ll check in occasionally with updates/recipes if I find anything of note but for now, I’m enjoying it!

Miss BB



  1. Binnie
    27 April, 2014 / 7:44 pm

    Wow congrats interested read would love to

  2. Keeleigh
    27 April, 2014 / 8:17 pm

    Congrats on the weight loss, and hey what are a few oreos between friends!? May have to look at SW as the pics of the meals look great and I’ve tried Myfitnesspal and its good, but as you say you end up skipping meals to get below the calorie goal as if its a game OR working your backside off in the gym, enabling you to demolish a bar of galaxy, haha x

    • missbudgetbeauty
      28 April, 2014 / 9:43 am

      haha, I just had a couple more 😉 – yeah it’s not going to be the same for everyone but I know that I would get to tea time and have no idea what I could possibly eat for the cals I had left lol

  3. 27 April, 2014 / 8:25 pm

    great post as normal. I love slimming world and this is life style of choice. I would of said diet but it is not really a diet its more of a life change as you say to learn to eat healthy and know what is going into your body.
    I am really looking forward to seeing your posts about your slimming world adventure. 🙂


    • missbudgetbeauty
      28 April, 2014 / 9:43 am

      agreed, even if I quit it altogether it’s already taught me so much about what’s good/bad for me and made me cook from scratch more and I think that will stick with me

  4. Emma
    27 April, 2014 / 8:39 pm

    It was really good to read your views on SW. I’ve just become an online member, mainly to try and eat better and to stop relying on something in a packet, which is quick but not good for you. Bonus is that I should loose weight too, not a bad thing in my case. Looking forward to further posts in the future. Ex

    • missbudgetbeauty
      28 April, 2014 / 9:42 am

      that’s totally me, the thing I miss most is when I’m starving I HAVE to cook, I can’t just go to the freezer

  5. Megan
    27 April, 2014 / 9:38 pm

    I really want to give slimming world a go, I’ll have to wait till I’m back at uni though as my mum is doing the 5 2 diet and is pretty adamant she wants to stick with it instead of just changing her eating habits
    Megan x | MeganRoisinn

    • missbudgetbeauty
      28 April, 2014 / 9:41 am

      Some people do a 5 2 with SW, they do 5 days of syn free eating then 2 of eating what you like – different I know lol but something to think about

  6. laura edwards
    27 April, 2014 / 10:00 pm

    It’s great that you are enjoying slimming world but for those of us who calorie count you are being a bit unfair I have never skipped a meal or felt that I should. I have lost 18lbs so far this year. I follow alot of slimming world people and find I can incorporate the recipes into my plan. I think that all programs can be done healthily. It may be that I have interpreted your words wrong and if that’s the case I am sorry. Congrats on the 3lb lost. 🙂

    • missbudgetbeauty
      28 April, 2014 / 9:40 am

      Not at all, I lost weight calorie counting and so long as you’re making healthy choices it can be a great way to do it. That being said when you have to add up EVERYTHING that you eat there comes a point in the day when you could have had all you’re ‘allowed’ whereas on SW you could get to 8pm and have a full meal without having to count anything because it’s free – that’s where the skipping meals comment comes in, if you want to eat X later you have to make allowances during the day. SW encourages you to eat the RIGHT things rather than less of what you already eat. I’m not saying calorie counting is unhealthy AT ALL I’m saying that without guidelines it wont necessarily make someone like me who likes her junk food any healthier. If you tell someone they have to stick to 1200 cals for example what’s to stop them eating 1200 cals of chocolate? I like this plan because it teaches you about food rather than just limiting what you intake

      • laura edwards
        28 April, 2014 / 8:19 pm

        For me it’s the exact opposite of what you are saying if I was doing a program where there is unlimited food (doesn’t matter what it is) then I am going to over eat so calorie counting tells me you’ve had enough and if you have you learn from it and better plan next time. I have breakfast lunch dinner and more than a couple of snack. If we are having something new then I forward plan so that it works in. But I also allow for surprises for example the other day I drank a bottle of volcanic flavoured water only to find it cost me 100 calories. I just used it as one of my snacks and moved on. (Won’t make that mistake again) I also find calorie counting help with evaluating whether you need something or not. Could you make it healthier yourself. I think different plans work for different needs. I need the cut off point you don’t so much. On another note but still same subject I lost 3.7lbs this week. 😀

        • missbudgetbeauty
          29 April, 2014 / 4:19 pm

          It boils down to not one plan will work for everyone. Portion control has never been a problem for me, I stop when I’m full and wouldn’t sit and eat an entire packet of biscuits etc but my eating habit weren’t (aren’t) healthy. SW is making me cook from scratch and fill up on food that’s good for me rather than just having less of the junk food to fit with my calories. I love that I can eat as much as I want but at the same time I’m not eating more because of it whereas someone who has no concept of when they’re full may not benefit from the plan at all. Well done on your loss.. It doesn’t matter how we do it so long as we’re TRYING to do it healthily 😉

  7. Toni McCann
    27 April, 2014 / 10:18 pm

    Well done on your loss, that’s fab. Hope you continue to find it easy, it really is the best way of losing weight in my eyes! x

  8. 28 April, 2014 / 5:24 am

    Hi! I like your youtube videos, so I decided to come to your blog to check it out. I think what also important for a weight losing diet is the size of portion. You don’t have to cut down the size of your plate but instead of eating all of them once, you can devide them into 2, or 3 meals. So maybe you will end up eating 6 small meals a day to keep you going, but better for digestion and so on. Eating a lot of veggies (raw without cooking, like carrots, cucumbers, plum tomatoes etc.) or fruits as your snack during meals will also help you to feel full so that you won’t be hungry and end up eating chocolate cakes and fell guilty late. I know it sounds like telling you eat more, but weight losing is never about skip meals but eating healthily and doing more exercise. Sorry about the rumbling, it’s just I like you, so I want to share what I learnt as a former nutrition student. Good luck with your diet!

    • missbudgetbeauty
      28 April, 2014 / 9:45 am

      I’m a grazer naturally, very rarely finish a plate of food but am hungry again an hour later, that’s why this plan is great for me cause so long as I choose the right things I can have as many portions as I like throughout the day and it doesn’t matter

  9. Susana
    28 April, 2014 / 7:35 am

    I randomly came across your blog about a month ago and love the beauty reviews. The fact you have just posted about sw is amazing. I joined just before Xmas to get ahead of the new year rush but didn’t embrace the cooking part fully until this month. Just this week I have cooked loads. Curries, cottage pie, burgers and chips. The recipes are amazing. If you posted about beauty and sw you’d be my dream blogger 🙂

    • missbudgetbeauty
      28 April, 2014 / 9:46 am

      hahaha! I feel like that when I’m changing my hair, I gravitate towards bloggers with a similar style or colour cause it’s what I’m in to at the time.. I don’t want to bombard people with SW posts but I will check in from time to time x

      • Susana
        28 April, 2014 / 2:34 pm

        Keep it up, I’ll be following your beauty reviews anyway, if I come across an amazing SW recipe i’ll tweet it to you! My weigh in is tonight, last week I lost 4lbs so hoping for some sort of loss tonight. x

  10. 28 April, 2014 / 9:46 am

    Well done on your weight loss!

    I found it hard to get my head around how much I could eat on Slimming World at first but eventually you get used to it. Packing your diet full of superfree helps a lot and after a while you’ll find that you’re easily eating fruit and veg with every meal and not noticing.I think Slimming World helps you create great habits that last for life!

    Good luck on the rest of your journey!

    Jaq @

  11. 28 April, 2014 / 10:29 am

    I wish Slimming World had worked for me. I know people who’ve lost more than 5st with it and have gone to be nominated for Slimmer of the Year awards, but I’m really bad at portion control and the looseness of this programme just didn’t sit well with me. Best of luck to you! 🙂 x

  12. 30 April, 2014 / 12:52 am

    I love reading about people’s health/weightloss journeys. I think choosing this plan was such a wise choice, It’s not disruptive to a normal life, the way that calorie counting can be, plans like this prepare you to keep being healthy for years and it’s so much easier to stay on track.

  13. 17 July, 2014 / 7:49 pm

    Thanks for your post! I love listening to what people eat and always search for ‘What I eat’ posts/videos. I tried Slimming World last year but being a student, and having a job and going to placements meant that I couldn’t always cook at home and it was easier for me to go for something with fewer calories/fat/carbs but out of a packet.
    That said, I use myfitnesspal but very rarely stick to it because i hate calorie counting! Would definitely try SW again once I can cook at home a lot easier 🙂


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