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Sunday, January 12, 2020

I've had a Major Boost in Confidence This Week, Here's Why.... | Ad


You'll likely have read my last blog about my first week trying SlimBiome (if you haven't - here it is - How I'm Regaining Body Confidence in 2020) and were interested in either trying it yourselves to see what results you could get - whether weight loss or just gaining energy and reducing your need to snack - or are just checking back in on my progress... either way, welcome back!

This week has gone by incredibly fast and the weekend, even faster. I've gotten into such a habit with taking my sachets after each meal now (or around the time I'm supposed to eat if I'm not hungry enough to eat) and taking lunches into work, going to the gym and making sure I drink enough water and get enough sleep, I certainly feel like this trial is setting me up with some great habits.


Before Xmas, I was exhausted all the time, I struggled to get up in the mornings and often had to reach for Diet Coke cans 2-3 times per week for a hit of caffeine to keep me awake during the day and able to concentrate on work. Now, after 2 weeks of this trial, I've had maybe one can of Coke every other day, and they're not for energy, they were just a tasty drink I reached for instead of water. I've still eaten a little bit of chocolate this week, maybe 3 out of 7 days, I had a small bit, again, not because I was hungry or needed to snack on something sweet, but because I've got so much Christmas chocolate left that I'm slowly working my way through it when normally, I would have demolished the whole lot in one sitting.

The main claims of SlimBiome from Holland and Barrett that really stood out to me were that they claim to maintain your body's blood glucose levels so that you don't crave sugar or feel the need to snack, the different types of dietary fibre it contains keep you feeling fuller for longer, the Green Tea, Guarana and Garcinia Cambogia all help metabolise macronutrients and oxidise fat, as well as vitamins and minerals including Inulin which help to turn carbohydrates and fats into energy. These bold claims so far for me, are proving to be true!

My higher energy levels have allowed me to go longer and harder at the gym as well as help me get a good night's sleep without being a walking zombie in the mornings, I'm rarely caught snacking and am occasionally even choosing not to eat a meal as I'm really not hungry or only eat a small portion rather than my previous mammoth-sized servings, my stomach fat is practically melting away, with this weekend being the first time in over a year I've really seen my waist and had a flat stomach and I'm honestly feeling better than ever.

As with any lifestyle change that involves taking supplements, shakes or vitamins, they never claim to do all the hard work for you, you must alter your diet and start/ramp up your exercise so that whatever you're taking can support you in your goals. You'll have seen my horrendous food diary last week (mostly chocolate and fast food), so this week's is much healthier - not salad and fruit healthy, but it's unrealistic for me longterm to just eat salads while I'm taking part in this trial if I want to maintain this new lifestyle afterwards, so I've just been eating meals I would normally eat (which were usually fairly healthy and balanced) as I slowly start swapping my usual fajita night for something smaller. 

A plate of Leftovers from the week. Looks unhealthy, actually isn't!
Here's what this week looked like:

Monday: Breakfast biscuits (GF, DF, low cal) and a banana for breakfast, Jacket potato with beans and cheese for lunch and Paprika Pork and brown rice for dinner.
Tuesday: Breakfast biscuits for breakfast, leftover paprika pork and rice for lunch and sticky chilli beef burrito for dinner. Went to the Gym in the evening.
Wednesday: Breakfast biscuits again, paprika pork for lunch and a banana as a snack, with a homemade chicken kiev and broccoli mash for dinner.
Thursday: Skipped breakfast as I had meetings, sticky chilli burrito for lunch and leftover kiev and broccoli mash for dinner. chocolate for pudding. Went to the gym in the evening.
Friday: Skipped breakfast as I had an appointment, chicken brioche burger, cucumber and homemade fries with chilli mayo for lunch. Dinner, we went out to a Turkish restaurant and filled up on falafel, hummus and pita and only managed half my lamb and rice dish.
Saturday: Coco pops for breakfast, skipped lunch as was out, 6 segments of Terry's Chocolate orange as a snack, 2 slices of pizza and a cookie for dinner.
Sunday: Eggs, bacon and croissant for breakfast, skipped lunch as wasn't hungry and had leftovers for dinner - Turkish lamb mince plus chicken brioche burger with homemade fries. Went to the gym in the afternoon.

My favourite breakfast - I can have it without feeling guilty now!

The downside (for some) to this week, I've only lost 1lb. I say 'for some' because I explained in my last post that I really don't care about the numerical weight loss and is not what I'm hoping or aiming for from this trial. Whether I lost 3lbs this week or gained 2lb, it doesn't bother me. I've done a lot more weight training at the gym today and have worked at firming up my thighs and abs, so really haven't been expecting any, or hoping for any weight loss at all. My progress has been predominantly emotional, with my stress, mental health and confidence vastly improving! My waist has also gotten smaller as you can see in the image below, which has probably hugely contributed to my confidence boost this week.
I've got a trip to Disneyland Paris booked for March and I've started planning my outfits for each day in the park, with a few of them being tightfitting midi skirts and t-shirts tied at the waist - outfits I never would have considered a few months ago. I've also found myself taking way more photos of myself this past couple of weeks too as I've been feeling more and more confident.

I can't wait to see what results next week brings!
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