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Tardy but Happy

Sorry I’m so late in posting here – I’m not sure where the week has gone, to be honest.  Anyway.  My first week properly back with WeightWatchers sees me getting a whopping loss of 5lbs.  It’s been easy to stick to the plan and still have the odd treat (chocolate cheesecake, anyone?)  My car spent most of the week living at my parents’ house and I’m sure the added exercise helped so I should really take it back up there tomorrow.  It seems to have crept back to lurk just outside my front door.

My plan for this week is to continue doing more of the same – track everything I eat or drink, stay within my Points allowance and walk instead of driving wherever possible.  I’ll update you on Wednesday …

Going Down!

Finally! The numbers on the scale are going in the right direction.

It’s been a difficult few weeks and those numbers have gone up, stayed the same, wobbled a bit and now – phew! – I’m 4lbs lighter than the last time I updated you.  In the meantime, I’ve done a bit of bingeing, a bit of WeightWatchers, a bit of SlimmingWorld and am now finally, joyously back with my own blueprint of What Works for Me.  Believe me, just giving up sugar and walking as much as possible is a whole lot easier than the alternatives.

I’m feeling positive about my weight-loss journey again and confident of my ability to nourish my body.  That confidence has been lacking of late.

So, my plan for the coming week is to continue with the eating blueprint and to leave my car at my mother’s house.  It’s back on the road (although it now needs more work it is safe to drive) which is good.  Kind of.  Having a car parked outside my house is like having chocolate inside it – too big a temptation to this dieter.  So the car’s about 15 minutes walk away but available if I need it which is the best compromise I could work out.

See you next week!

Clearing the Clutter

I’ve made two big decisions recently.  And I do mean ‘recently’ because although I’ve been heading towards these lifestyle changes for a few months, I’ve only become committed to them in the last 24 hours.  I think it is perhaps true that an addict must ‘hit bottom’ before embracing recovery.

The changes I’m referring to are:

*  Giving up caffeine.
*  Giving up sugar.

Regular readers will know that I gave up caffeine for Lent and, liking the reduction in anxiety and migraines I experienced, decided to keep the change.  But I wasn’t committed to it.  Not really – I’d happily quaff a Diet Coke for a ‘treat’ or take painkillers bundled with a caffeine hit.  Yesterday I made myself feel really ill and decided to cut out caffeine totally.

Meantime, I’ve been successfully slimming by avoiding my trigger food (sugar) and, therefore, not bingeing.  Until today.  So what went wrong?  And what’s going to be different in the future?

What went wrong is clearing out the larder.  I’ve been meaning to do it for a while – as you can see from the ‘before’ photo it was a mess and I’d got the the stage where I’d no idea what was in there.  So having decided the caffeine had to go for good, I decided to kill two birds with one stone and clear it out while purging the caffeine.  And all went well until I found the sugar.  My trigger food.  The sugar.  Had I forgotten it was there?  Kind of, I suppose.  It certainly hasn’t been preying on my mind.  I’d kept it to bake (for charity events, not for me to eat) and it’s been lurking on the second shelf of the larder without causing me any problem at all.  Until I had to handle it this morning.  And see it.  And smell it.  And taste it.  Sad to say, the rest is history and I’m feeling very sorry for myself as the hangover begins.  And, of course, tomorrow I’ve to weigh-in with my Doctor when my body will still be bloated and unhappy and heavy.  So I’m cross as well as headachey and nauseous.

But onwards and upwards.  What’s going to be different in the future?  I’ve learned that the sight and smell of sugar is enough to trigger a binge.  Previously, I thought I was OK to have it in the house and even cook with it so long as I didn’t taste it.  This isn’t true – would you ask an alcoholic to work in a pub?  So I’ve thrown all my sugar into the bin – even the icing sugar for which I haven’t yet found a non-sugar alternative – and I won’t be allowing it back into the house.

What happened today is part of the learning process and I’ll try hard not to beat myself up about it.  This will be easier when I’m feeling less physically ill, of course.  It’s hard to feel ill and know it’s your own fault.  But I do now have a tidy, usable larder and a familiarity with its contents which was previously lacking.

Maintaining my Weight

So I’ve maintained this week.  And I’m really disappointed about it, even though I think I know why and, therefore, what to do about it.

I’m 2 stones (28lbs) lighter than when I began my slimming journey and, hence, my body is burning fewer calories.  I’ve noticed a lot of everyday things are taking less effort – I ran for a bus the other day and, although I was out of breath, I could do what I was unable to do at 15st 11lbs and caught the bus.

This means I need to either:

  • burn more calories by exercising.
  • eat less.

Neither option is very appealing.  However, I’ve cut out the two snacks I usually have during the day and will see if that’s enough to get things moving again.  If it isn’t (and I really, really hope it is) I’ll start thinking about intentional exercise.

See you next week!

9th April 2010 – 5lbs lost – Total 2st lost

Can you hear me going squeeee?  As of today, I’ve lost a total of 2 stones (ie 28lbs) from my top weight of 15st 11lbs.  I’m absolutely thrilled.  And the thing is, it’s so easy!  I eat normal food five times a day and I walk instead of using the car.  That’s it!  No complicated diets and no workouts.  What could be better?

I’m down from a size 26 to an 18 for my top half and a 20 for skirts and trousers.  And I can wear nice underwear again – no more straps that look like hawsers.

Now – how to celebrate?  All suggestions will be considered 😉

1lb Lost – Milestone Achieved

I did it!  I did it!  I lost one more pound this week and achieved the milestone of a 1st 7lb total loss.  Can you tell I’m a little bit pleased?

Last week I continued with the Counsellor C/Stop Bingeing! method of eating and included afternoon tea (with sugar-free cake) for Mothering Sunday.  I wasn’t sure if this would trigger a binge but I was fine even after my mother and father had gone home leaving me alone with the remaining goodies.

Exercise-wise, I’m still car-less and walking everywhere although I’ve not been out and about as much as the week before.  I’m finding it a whole lot easier to walk with a purpose (ie walk to the Chemist to collect prescription) than to do intentional exercise.  But, hey, if I can lose weight by running errands I’m not going to complain.

I’m going to continue doing more of the same in the coming week although I know I may not see a loss as the euphemistically-named ‘star week’ will be looming.  It’ll be interesting to see how I deal with the inevitable PMS without resorting to caramel shortcake …

14st 5lbs – 1lb Lost

I weighed in as normal on Monday and am delighted to report that I’ve lost 1lb by not dieting.  I’ve just followed Counsellor C”s plan as well as I can without throwing out all my white flour and buying wholemeal.  I’ll gradually replace the white versions with their healthier equivalents as I use things up.

Exercise-wise, my car’s off the road just now so I’ve been doing lots of walking and not worrying about doing any intentional exercise.  I’m aware that this will eventually have to change but am in no hurry for it to do so.

I’m a little disappointed to have lost ‘only’ 1lb.  Counsellor C’s method is slower than other diets I’ve tried but the important thing is that it is sustainable which the others aren’t in the long-term.  Or, come to think of it, in the ’till I get to goal’ term either.

This week, I’m continuing with the plan and the walking and hoping to be able to report that I’ve lost a total of 1.5 stones next week.  Actually, getting to that milestone might just be motivation enough to persuade me to use the Wii Fit.  Or it might not!

I’m Fading Fast …

This post is destined to be a bit of a ramble so, if you’re short of time:

I’ve had a busy day.  I’ve had the cold for a while and am feeling ill.  I don’t know if I have the stamina to make it to SlimmingWorld tonight.  And then I’m going to ramble about ‘real food’ for a bit before moving on to talk about Lent.

Today started at 5am.  My days are meant to begin at 6am but, lately, I’ve been waking up earlier which is kind of OK.  So I woke at 5am, snuggled with the cats for a bit and then got up.  My cleaner came this morning so we’re all spick and span.  Then Sainsbury’s delivered groceries and I put them away – I love knowing I’ve got lots of food in the house.  And having food means I’ll be cooking for the next few days till the freezer’s stocked again which is fun.  And then we’ll go on to the eating …

But moving on.  Lunch happened and then I thought about studying but didn’t actually open the books.  I wrote yesterday about bringing prayer into my daily life and to this end I decided I needed a prayer book.  Shopping or study?  Shopping or study?  Shopping won.  It usually does – just ask my Bank Manager!  So I trotted off into town and chose a really lovely (but suitably simple) prayer book.  For those that are interested, it’s this one.

Once I’d made my purchase, I realised that I was starting to feel really ill.  So I came home via a pet-sitting job (little old man called Tigger who is missing his mummy very much).  I fed myself some painkillers and had a coffee before hitting the shower in the hope that this would revive me.  It didn’t – although I now smell of coconuts which is always good.

Meds for me, meds for cats, dinner for cats, dinner for me.  And I neglected to use my new prayer book to say Grace.  Bad Laura.  I now have seven minutes before I have to leave for SlimmingWorld if I’m going.  After the recent feline interruption we’re now down to three minutes but I can have more painkillers now …

I am not going to SlimmingWorld tonight.  I’m ill.  I’m tired.  And I just want to veg out in front of the TV and then go to bed.  The diet will still begin tomorrow since I now have suitable food but I will go it alone for a week and see how I do.

OK.  So on to the other topics I’ve been thinking about.  I read a very interesting blog post last night and, unfortunately, can’t remember where it was so that I might give credit where it is due.  Ah well …  The writer was talking about her experience of ‘real food’ which she described as being unprocessed wholefoods.  She had become interested in the real food movement after reading The Maker’s Diet by Jordan Rubin and claimed various benefits including weight-loss.  And she got me to thinking:

Could my health problems (in particular the constant migraines) be connected with my diet?

So I’ve done some digging on the internets and there are mixed reports about The Maker’s Diet.  I think the basic premise:  eat what God intended a human being to eat instead of chemical-laden rubbish, is good and I’m very interested in the whole concept of ‘real food’.  I’ve just ordered a copy of the book from Amazon and we’ll see how I get on with it.

And this brings me nicely to the question of Lent.  I haven’t had RCIA instruction about Lent yet (we’re doing the Sacraments at the moment) but I believe one should give something up for it and also do something positive?  And I’ve been wondering what to do for a while.  I’ve decided I’m going to take a big, deep breath and give up caffeine.  Now, I have to confess here that I’ve done this before and felt fabulous once my body got used to it so I’m not being entirely selfless.  But it is something I will find very hard and should, therefore, turn my thoughts to Christ’s passion.

For the doing of something positive I’m going to commit to daily Mass during Lent with a ‘missed for good reason’ caveat as I can do without feeling guilty if I’m sick and so can’t go.  Again, this is something I’ve done before (although not at Lent) and it made me feel really good and behave like a nicer person.  Being in Church at 9:30am every day will also help me stay awake without umpteen cups of coffee!

Once again, the pieces are falling into place.  Life is good – even if my throat does hurt!

New Year’s Resolutions

Sharon, over at The Bird’s Nest, has been reviewing her progress on 2010’s Resolutions.  And it seems that she’s doing quite well.  Which has prompted me to go and find out what mine were …

  1. Lose 52lbs in 2010: Yes, I’m the kind of perfectionist who aims for 1lb a week for 52 weeks.  I’ve lost 2lbs so far this year so I’m already behind schedule.  But I have high hopes that SlimmingWorld will get me back on track.  If the snow stays away I’ll be starting my new class tonight.  The groceries have just arrived and I’ll be starting to cook it all up into meals this afternoon so I’ll be ready to start on the new plan from breakfast time tomorrow.  Watch this space.
  2. Attend Mass every Sunday in 2010: I’ve failed already although, as I had a genuine illness, I’m not beating myself up over it.  I’m in a cycle of migraines at the moment or I’d tell you I’d be there on Sunday for sure.  As it is, I’ll be there on Sunday if I’m not squinting in pain.
  3. Read 100 books in 2010: This one has gone awry too.  I need to read 8.3 books a month and I only managed four in January.  I’m in a real slump with reading just now and don’t know how to get myself back on track.  If any of you knows how to reignite the spark then I’d love to hear from you.

So that’s my review of 2010’s Resolutions.  And now I’m depressed.

Week 4 – 1lb Lost

I forgot to update last week – sorry.  But the news is all good.

Last time I checked in, I was sitting at 15st 5lbs.  I’m now 14st 12lbs which gives me a total loss of 13lbs from my top weight of 15st 11lbs and means that I’ve achieved my first goal – to lose 5% of my body weight.  My next goal is 10% which I’ll see when I reach 14st 2.8lbs in the New Year (can you believe it’s nearly time to start making Resolutions?)

I’m actually more pleased with the way I’ve lost this weight than the weight-loss itself.  I have been sticking to the WeightWatchers Plan without depriving or starving myself.  Last week I even had a packet of crisps and a bar of chocolate.  A little voice in my head is saying:

This is how it’s supposed to be.

And I think it may be right.

Christmas is, of course, coming and the goose is getting fat.  It’s my birthday on Christmas Eve and my mother has promised me a pepperoni pizza and ice cream for afters.  In fact, I’ve seen my pizza in her freezer!  I’m going to take the two days off dieting and just suck up the weight-gain that will inevitably result.  And, most importantly, I’m not going to starve myself on the surrounding days to ‘make up’ for it.  I don’t do a whole lot of socialising so taking 2 days out of a diet that’s going to take more than a year is really neither here nor there.