Sunday, 2 August 2015

Slim Down Sunday: Week 12

I usually start these posts telling you how excited I am to get through the week and have a good result at the end however, it wasn't like that this week.  I don't know why but there was something that was telling me that I wasn't going to reach my goal of being in the next stone bracket, even though I was only 2 pounds away from it.  It's probably just in my head but I think the reason is that last time I lost three stone I struggled being in this stone bracket and I ended up clawing away to hit my three stone award at Slimming World and then I completely lost it and fell off the wagon.  In my head I know that I am in a different place, I'm losing weight a different way and I need to stop thinking that this particular stone is almost the "cursed stone."

This week I have really been enjoying my food.  I tried to make sure that I have planned my meal for the following day, the evening before.  The reason for this is that I have found that previous weeks when I haven't done this, I have ended all looking at the calories remaining and then searching for something that would fit it.  If I don't have very much time oh I'm not sure what I will want, at the very least I always log my evening meal so that way I can then work backwards on the day and use the calories remaining for lunch and breakfast.  

The cracker obsession has continued.  I do realize that some crackers is can be high in fat or salt so I do try and make sure that I choose wisely.  I always and pair them with the Laughing Cow Triangles.  I think the thing I like about them so much is that there really light for lunchtime but also because each cracker is only a certain number of calories, I can work out exactly what I can "afford" to eat.

I did go to Wetherspoons this week and have my sweet chilli noodles with chicken.  This meal is under the 600 calories and really filling.  

I stand by my way and that I will not be someone that won't go out for meals anymore but I know I deserve it and I don't mind saying that here.  I used to go out for food at least once a week so to go to Wetherspoons once a month and get something like this is really nice - even if it is just Wetherspoons!

I have been trying to make sure that I have had breakfast each morning, admittedly this isn't something that are used to do but of course it makes sense to eat it so that you're not hungry later on.  Normally I will have cereal and I use that little scoop I showed you on a previous post.  Every now and again though, I buy the Warburtons Bagel Thins which to me feel really naughty eating them.  I don't think I'm ready to trust myself with butter yet so I have it with a Laughing Cow Triangle instead which is nice but also it's in a premeasured portion.

I realize the dried fruit contains a lot of sugar but that I saw these Whitworths a Fruit Shots in Tesco I decided to pick a few up to try as an alternative to a small bar of chocolate.  I really like them because it's something different and the gold full if I'm heading somewhere m, just to keep in my bag.

It's amazing what influences you to what you're craving.  I saw something on Facebook about a man in Yorkshire who has opened Britain's first crisp sandwich shop.  Well after that all I wanted was a crisp butty so I made it happen!  I have a Warburtons thin with Walkers Prawn Cocktail crisps and a tiny scrape of butter, it was delicious!  

I've also really wanted birthday cake. I said this to my parents and they couldn't understand why it was specifically birthday cake but there's something about special cakes that make it amazing.  Bless my dad, he went and bought me a little raspberry sponge cake that I could have a little bit of over a few days.  

I don't want people thinking my life is only about weight loss but as I have a huge amount to lose it is the main part of my day at the moment.  I try to limit the weight loss chat to the people I'm absolutely the closest to (poor people!) and the clients who are genuinely interested and ask me.  I pick up little tips of things like I was told to have a little peanut butter as it is "good fat" and will work to sort out any "bad fats" so I bought Meridian 100% Peanut Butter and I've had a little of that with bananas (if you like bananas, you'll like this!)

In terms of my body, I can really feel the difference in the changes I've made.  I needed to get some new clothes so I went shopping and it feels unreal to be shopping in the "normal sizes" again.  When you've been limited to the larger stuff for so long it's like the best treat ever to wander around the whole shop and not just to the corner of larger clothes that are often frumpy and tent-like.  

I've upped my game on the treadmill again this week, I'm now doing 11k steps on average which is insane.  To active people this probably sounds just like an average day but I would say that previously, remembering I work from home, I wouldn't even hit 2k, possibly even 1.5k.  

So onto the weigh in this morning.  I think I may have mentioned briefly at the end of the post last Sunday but I did go to Jo Malone last week and I treated myself to White Jasmine & Mint perfume as a goal present which I could have when I hit the next stone bracket down.  Honestly, at the start of this week I just had this nagging feeling I wouldn't quite do it.  As I was only two pounds away from it I had visions of losing two pounds but staying on the dot just outside of my goal.  I am delighted to tell you however that I lost 3lbs bringing me into the next stone bracket, a total loss of two stone 6lbs (34lbs) in 12 weeks.  As you can imagine, I'm so happy with the result!

Now here comes the big thing, I'm now in the same stone bracket as when I gave up back in 2011.  Back then I was doing Slimming World and right now I'm calorie counting and I intend to continue just doing this.  One thing hit me, wow the next bracket down is actually one I haven't been in in more than ten years, it's uncharted territory for me.  I don't know myself as an adult in that zone really, it's a distant memory.  I think I'm in a sort of shock when I think about it, this doesn't seem real that from May to the start of August, I could be here but then it shows you what you can do when you want something bad enough.
Things to remember: 
  • Every day we have a choice, it's a fresh start and the most important part from any healthy eating plan is to just try and make as many days, good ones.
  • Losing a pound a week is still over three and a half stone in a year!
  • If you're feeling particularly down about your weight, remember that if you stick to a balanced diet then by this time next week you could have dropped quite a few pounds, just the kick start you need to get going!  Even just by cutting down on treats you could make a difference, how good would that feel?!
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If you want to read my previous Slim Down Sunday posts - click here.
If you want to read my explanation of Slimming World - click here.
If you want ro read my explanation of calorie counting and basic weight loss methods - click here.

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