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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!