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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.

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Weigh in: +5lbs!!!

Well, it’s my first gain in months and if you’re going to do something you might as well do it well, OK?

Last week, I had one binge, one supper with friends, one meal with friends and one BBQ with family.  If you count it as 1lb per event (plus 1lb because bodies do funny things sometimes) it doesn’t look so bad.

While I’ve been doing all this socialising, I’ve really taken my eye off the ball.  I’ve not been weighing every day and I’ve allowed caffeine and sugar (in the form of ice lollies – it’s hot here) to sneak their way back in.  It’s the lack of focus I’m peeved about rather than that +5lbs I’ve just written.  If I’d kept my focus, I could still have enjoyed myself but I’d have known what I was doing to myself and could, therefore, have made better choices.  Or not.  But it would have been a conscious choice rather than my actual ‘What the heck?’ attitude.  And there would have been no nasty surprises when I stepped on the scales this morning.

I wonder how long it will take to lose those extra pounds?  I’d really like to see them gone by this time next week but don’t think that’s a realistic target.  If I could say ‘Goodbye’ to them over the next fortnight I’d actually be quite happy.  Three weeks is dragging it out just a little too long.

How am I going to achieve the loss I want?  I’m going straight back to my normal blue-print of eating breakfast, lunch, dinner and supper with nothing in between and sensible portion-control.  I’ll be avoiding sugar and caffeine and that means I’m going to feel rough for a few days.  Am I going to exercise?  I know the weight would come off faster if I did …  But feeling rough and demanding more of my body probably isn’t a recipe to happy exercising.  And I’m an honest person – I won’t exercise if I’m hating every minute.  So no intentional exercise still although I’ll continue to walk and use public transport even if the car gets fixed soon (which it may).

I have a plan.  See you next week!

10th May 2010 – 1lb Loss

Another pound has left my body.  And the nurse told me last week that my BMI is now 35.5 which is the lowest she’s ever seen it.  I’m still obese but moving very much in the right direction.

I have to confess a little disappointment this week, however.  I wanted to lose 2lbs, not 1lb.  Perfectionism is creeping in.  I know why I’ve ‘only’ lost 1lb this week and, actually, it’s really good that I’ve lost at all as this is the week in my monthly cycle during which I find it hardest to lose.  I’ve followed my plan, I’ve done a lot of walking and I should congratulate myself.  Most likely, the disappointment I feel is more a symptom of PMS than a ‘real’ feeling.  So I shall quietly ignore it and continue doing what I’m doing.  This is a big step forward for me – I know feeling a bit off isn’t a ‘reason’ for a binge.  It just is and, if I don’t feed it, it will leave.

The plan for the coming week is really for more of the same.  I shall stick with my eating plan and walk instead of using the car.  See you next week!

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?

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 …