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Weigh-in: 1.5lbs Lost

Sorry I’m so late with this update.  I’ve had a nasty cold this week and haven’t been doing the things I usually do.  However, I did go to my WeightWatchers meeting on Wednesday morning although I didn’t stay to class.  The official scales said that I’d lost 1.5lbs giving me a total of 6.5lbs over the three weeks I’ve been attending.

Last week I set myself a little exercise challenge.  I have the WW Pedometer which counts your steps and converts them to Activity Points.  So last week I decided to make sure I always got into the ‘healthy’ range (this is related to your height and weight and is the minimum number of steps one has to take before Points start to be earned).  I check the Pedometer at dinner time and, if I’ve not hit the target I have to go for a walk or use the Wii Fit until I do.  And I got into the Healthy range each day!

This week, despite the cold (from which I have now recovered), my exercise challenge is to earn 0.5 Points each day.  And, of course, I’m continuing to track everything I eat or drink and bank as many Points as possible.  My period is due so I may not get a loss at the meeting on Wednesday but would be ecstatic if I could have that 0.5lb to get me my first ‘silver seven’ award!


I’ve been watching the numbers all week and was pretty sure I knew I’d maintain this week.  Of course, I’ve been hoping I’d see a loss so I’m still a bit disappointed.  But I have a good handle on the whys of this maintain – a few packets of crisps while out and hungry plus milk with a higher fat content than I usually buy.  This week it will be skimmed milk all the way and no snacking between meals.

The good news is that I’m once again off sugar so should start to feel a lot better (and lighter!) soon.  Exercise-wise, I’m not using my car nearly as much and am back to slogging up hills under my own steam.  I’m surprised at how much fitness I seem to have lost in the two weeks (or thereabouts) that I was driving.  I seem to have gone back to the beginning where everything is full of effort and slow.  But at least I know the ‘stuck in treacle’ feeling will pass if I just keep doing what I’m doing.

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!

4lbs Lost

The numbers are going in the right direction again!  I’ve lost 4 of the 5 pounds I’d gained last week which is really good.  Just one more to go and I should be able to do that over the next seven days thus sticking to my plan of getting back to where I started over the course of a fortnight.

I’m not really very happy though.  I’ve lost those 4lbs more by good luck than good management as I’ve not been sticking to my plan.  A treat today (it’s hot – I need ice cream) has morphed into a treat everyday (it’s Tuesday – I need ice cream).  And, meantime, I’ve had a couple of social occasions which have revolved around food and alcohol (as these things tend to do).  I know from (bitter) experience that, when things start to slip this way, it’s a short step back into bingeous-extremis.  I need to stop the rot now, before I’m back in a size 26 and the Land of Back-Ache.  Actually, I have had a bit of back-ache over the past week and that little reminder is more than enough.

I really feel a lack of confidence in my ability to stick to the eating plan I’ve designed.  Probably because I’ve been ‘proving’ to myself that I can’t.  Or, rather, won’t.  I’ve been here before and, really, it’s never had a happy ending.  However, I’ve thought a lot about my past experiences and have come to the conclusion that if I retrace the steps I took at the beginning of this weight-loss journey, I might be able to do something different this time.  So I’m back to tracking everything I eat or drink through the WeightWatchers website while following my usual blue-print.  This has automatically reduced my portion sizes to where they should be and stopped the sugary treats.  As these are the things I knew I had to address, the website is working for me rather than forcing me into something I don’t want.  I’ll keep using it for as long as I find it useful.  At the moment, I’m finding it very reassuring to keep within my Points and not have to think about whether X amount of pasta is too much or whether I really need to eat item Y.

As you know, there are two other strands to my Healthy Laura Campaign:  exercise, and caffeine.  I’m a little further along the path of being willing to exercise.  Yesterday, when I was walking to my destination I decided to see if I could run between lamp-posts.  I can.  And then I can walk for the next three lamp-posts and run between the next ones, etc.  Unfortunately, my knees and hips protested quite quickly and I’m sore today but the fact that I was willing to try is a big step forward.  Being in pain is obviously a sign that I’m still to heavy to run which is fine.  I’ll try it again when I’m down to 12st something lbs and see how it feels.  In the meantime, I’m nearly ready to say I’ll do some intentional exercise on the days I’m not in pain.  Nearly.  Almost.  But not quite.  The reality is that I’m lazy and busy with other things.  So I’m going to accept that this is where I am and just continue walking instead of using the car (easy when its brakes are broken!)  My mindset has changed over the past few months and, I think, if I continue accepting instead of nagging myself I will get into mindset of being willing to exercise.

Caffeine is another area in which I’ve slipped.  And I’ve slipped further into old habits with this than I have with food where, I think, I’ve stopped the rot fairly quickly.  Sigh.  I know what I have to do.  I’m still on decaff for tea and coffee but am happily quaffing soft, sugar-free drinks.  It’s hot.  I’m thirsty.  And, heck, I like them.  At the moment I’d rather have a Coke than a coffee.  I’m also really tired (perhaps because of the extra weight?) and ‘needing’ the kick of caffeine to get myself moving.  But, with that kick comes anxiety later in the day.  And it’s not really worth it.  Sainsbury’s is going to deliver my groceries tomorrow night and I’m going to add some caffeine free Coke to the order as it’s not easily available locally.  This means I’ll be extra-tired and very headachey for a week or so but should be worth it.  I do hope so.

See you next week.

Another Pound Bites the Dust!

This past week has had its ups and downs but, as it’s resulted in a 1lb loss, I’m quite happy.

I had a slip on Thursday or Friday and ate a large portion of chocolate confectionery.  I wasn’t hungry – I was tired, had stomach cramps, felt faint and just wanted sugar.  So I ate it.  The next day I weighed in and had gained 2lbs.  I was non-pleased and remained non-pleased until this morning when they disappeared and took one of their friends with them.  Does that mean I lost 3lbs this week?!

I’m starting to think about exercise.  This is probably because the weather is lovely – we’ve had blue skies and sunshine for a few days now – but I’m also conscious that, when I hit my next plateau, there’s not much more I want to reduce in my diet.  My plan was to change my supper (currently a big bowl of porridge) to a mug of hot milk but I’m baulking at that.  I really enjoy my porridge – it’s the ultimate comfort food to me.  So I think exercise may be the next change I choose to make.  However, as the weight is till coming off, I don’t need to worry about that just now.

2lbs Gone!

Last week was somewhat mixed.

I did follow my eating plan six days out of seven  Unfortunately, the seventh day involved a binge which left me hung-over for the next couple of days.  The lesson is that it is not necessary to buy in a lot of junk just because someone is coming for tea.  I’d have been far better to do a little baking of things we could all eat with integrity.  As it was, the visitors didn’t eat any of the rubbish I bought and I polished it all off within an hour of their leaving.

Not surprisingly, my binge resulted in a gain of 3lbs and I thought I’d be lucky to maintain come today’s ‘official’ weigh in.  So I was very pleased to drop the 3lbs and then 2lbs more in the latter part of the week.

I’m now firmly back on my eating plan and have stopped craving sugar once more.  The car’s still off the road and I’m in no hurry to get it fixed as I’m actually enjoying my walking.  Intentional exercise still isn’t a possibility (according to my head, at any rate) but it will be something to think about when I next stop losing had have to tweak things around.

The Tweak Worked – Lost 2lbs

Last week I’d maintained my weight and decided it was time to make a change to my eating plan.  I told you that I’d cut out one of my snacks and see how things went.  In fact, I watched the scales for a few days and then cut out both of them.  And I’ve lost two pounds this week so we’re back in business and I’m a happy bunny.

I’ve found that I’m not really missing either snack although I am hungry come meal times now where I wasn’t before.  But it’s OK to be hungry when dinner’s on the cooker, isn’t it?

I’m seeing my GP for a check up this afternoon so hopefully there will be a difference on his scale.  I’m still a bit caught up in the ‘diet club’ mentality when I weigh in with him – I don’t want to ‘disappoint’ him and it’s always a bit worrying to be weighed wearing clothes and having eaten and drunk all day before the appointment.  I know this is silly as he’s really supportive – even if his scales don’t show that I’v lost.  He can see the physical change in me.  I can see the physical change in me – my size 20 jeans are getting loose and now need a belt to prevent a bad case of workman’s bum.  When I can afford it, I’m going to try on some size 18s and see if they’re wearable yet.  I have a feeling they’ll still be a bit too tight for comfort but there’s nothing to stop me trying.

My plan for the next week is to continue eating as I have been – sensible breakfast, lunch, dinner and supper.  I’m still losing and remain lazy so I’m not committing to intentional exercise yet.  My endeavours to get to Mass daily mean I’m getting at least a little walking every day (the Church is about five minutes’ walk away) and, as the car’s still off the road, I’m getting a couple of longish walks each week.  But the thought of actually donning my trainers and setting out to walk for the sake of walking is still beyond me.  However, my walking is a whole lot easier.  My back no longer aches after 100 yards.  Actually, it doesn’t ache at all which is wonderful!

So it’s onwards and downwards for the next seven days.  I wonder how I’ll do?

13st 11lbs – Maintain

This is the problem of weighing myself every day.  Three days ago I achieved a total loss of 2 stones (1 stone = 14 pounds) and, unsurprisingly, I weigh the same today as I did then.  I feel quite neutral about this – although I rather wish I’d kept the news to myself earlier and announced it today as today’s my proper weigh-in day.

I’m still enjoying my food and am feeling nicely settled with my eating blue-print without being obsessive about it – the odd deviation is fine so long as I avoid sugar and return to the plan at the next meal-time.

Intentional exercise is still absent from my life but I’m getting lots of walking as I still haven’t had my car fixed.  I do now have funds with which to fix it but need to empty it out and book it into the garage.  In all honesty, I’m not in a hurry to do so.  It’s Spring.  The weather is lovely and I’m enjoying my walking.  I don’t want to go back to driving everywhere and am not confident enough about the change in lifestyle to think that, once the car is available again, I’ll continue to walk.  So it can have a well-earned rest.  And I’ll regret this decision next time it rains …

24th March 2010 – 2lbs Lost

I didn’t think I would get a loss this week as it’s ‘star’ week but I did do a lot of walking on Sunday and have followed my plan so I guess I do ‘deserve’ that 2lb loss.  This takes me up to a whopping total loss of 1st 9lbs!

Not eating sugar is getting to be quite easy although I do know that I must be on my guard.  I still look at food items or smell them and think, ‘Oooh, I’d like some of that …’ but, thus far, I’ve been successful in following that thought with, ‘Yes, it would be nice but I choose not to eat it.’

My car’s still off the road (although I do now have funds to get it fixed) so I’m walking everywhere and not taking any intentional exercise.  I still don’t want to, to be honest, but am enjoying walking to get to where I want to go.  And it’s getting easier.  My body feels different and seems to be enjoying moving about.  I think walking (and then running) will be my preferred modes of exercise but I’m also keen to substantially reduce my car-use even when it’s fixed.

1st March 2010 – 2lbs Lost

It’s nearly a month since I checked and I’m delighted to report a 2lb loss.

February was a tough month.  I was ill twice with coughs and colds and I have some personal stuff going on just now that’s really sapped my motivation.  The end result of that 2lb loss is actually fairly miraculous as I’ve spent a good deal of my time eating readi-meals and chocolate and haven’t been exercising.

Actually, I have been keeping an eye on my weight and those 2lbs disappeared over the past week.  I’m physically well again and I’m hoping the personal issues will be resolved later this week – although it’s possible that they will get worse before they get better.  Isn’t that always the way?

The interesting thing is that I’ve lost weight without dieting and only taking what I call ‘incidental exercise.’  Incidental exercise is the activity one engages in in day-to-day life rather than ‘intentional exercise’ which might involve a swim or a trip to the gym.  My car’s off the road at the moment so I’ve had to walk everywhere I want to go.  This has clearly had an effect on my body.  It’s also had a good effect on my purse …

I’m in the process of reassessing my whole dieting mentality and there’s another post in the works about that.  So I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing this week and shall expect another loss next week.