To say this week was a huge deal to me, is putting it lightly. Last week I found out I was 2lbs away from four stone lost. I could never imagine getting past the three stone stage as this is where I gave up last time so four stone blows my mind. Honestly I just can't get my head around what's happening to me, it just doesn't feel real. Unfortunately as I knew I was completely capable of losing the 2lb I needed, I started putting a lot of pressure on myself and that's not good.
I had ordered this necklace to mark my four stone loss. I adore everything nautical and I wanted a word engraved on it so I chose "believe" and since 2015 has been a life changing year for me, I chose to have it engraved in Roman numerals on the star. I did buy a necklace to mark my three stone loss but sadly that had a fault on it so it had to be returned for a refund so this almost replaces that.
Due to the pressures I've put myself under this week, I've struggled massively with food. It's the self destruct button isn't it? You know you're so close to something, you know you can do it but instead you self sabotage. I know it makes no sense but it's definitely something a lot of people go through.
If you're someone who's struggled with their weight, have you ever just wanted to get a big pile of something and stuff your face? Sadly I never get the urge to stuff myself with a load of broccoli but I have found a fairly good alternative which is this Proper Corn popcorn in "Sweet & Salty." This popcorn is particularly delicious, I buy mine from Tesco and you can buy it in big share bags - half a bag is just under 200 calories or smaller bags where the sandwiches are. It's very satisfying.
This week was not a good week, I was over on my calories most days, some days 100 calories, some days 300+ calories. The more I did that the worse I would worry about the weigh in but I tried not to regret what I'd eaten as that would make it easier to just give up and eat everything.
As it happens we were invited to a house warming on Saturday night so I decided to bite the bullet and weigh in yesterday morning to see what was what. I may have said a naughty word when I realised I had lost just over 2lbs! I couldn't believe it and I still can't. I now do believe that I could probably get away with a few more calories than I've been allowing myself but I won't up them by too much. This of course means I have hit my four stone (56lbs) in twenty weeks goal. I'm waiting for all of this to sink in as it still hasn't but I immediately changed my necklace over to the anchor.
I'll probably do little comparisons for you when I hit big milestones. The photo on the left was taken shortly before any weight loss and it's terrible, I wish photos like this didn't exist - trust me. The photo in the right was taken last night when I may have had a gin or two, my hair and face is hilarious but that's me all over. When you look at the changes it really hits home where I'm up to now. I have three stone to go, I will do this - there's no other option.
- 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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