Sunday, 25 October 2015

Slim Down Sunday: Week 24

Greetings from the airplane!  I'm currently writing this as I head home to the UK and you know what?  I couldn't be more excited.  Don't get me wrong, it's been lovely to be away in Corfu for these past ten days but it's made me realise how difficult it is to keep to a calorie goal when you're not preparing the food yourself.  A couple of extra tablespoons of oil, a few more ingredients and that could throw me off for the day.  I don't mean to sound like a control freak but my plan to stay within my calories had to go out of the window until I get back as I was driving myself mad with it.

In the end, I decided to just try to be sensible with meals, I forfeited the chance to go mad with cocktails and other delicious alcohol drinks on our all inclusive package.  To some, that's utter madness but the way I see it is this is a one off that I will be like this, our next big holiday I will be at my target weight so I reasoned that this will just help me keep the calories as low as I can however I did start having dessert.  

I don't think I mentioned this in my other Corfu post but I actually brought with me a few bags of my beloved Propercorn Popcorn which I adore, to tide me over in an emergency if I really couldn't find anything else I fancied.  This was a really good idea for me as it kept me away from the truly unhealthy foods.  

So let's talk a little bit about how I'm feeling.  Obviously this is the first holiday with a huge chunk of weight, gone.  I feel so much more confident, words can't really describe it.  I know that when I look in the mirror I still have work to do to get to where I'm happy but you know what? I've come so far.  My stomach feels so much tighter and I can bend down so much easier.  I stand up and I can feel that my physique has totally changed. 

As I've been wearing summer clothes that are typically more revealing I have been using the full length mirrors in the hotel to look at the new me.  This is something that's not possible in my own home because I would never have had long mirrors, it's bad enough having to walk past them in shops.  Unfortunately I think doing what I've done and ignoring them for so many years was another thing that stopped me addressing my size earlier.

Where we stayed for this holiday was really out of the way and up some seriously steep hills.  This is a true way to feel away from everything but unfortunately it rained for quite a lot of the 10 days we were here so it meant we were no where near anything.  One day we decided to walk to the nearest shop which was around 15-20 minutes away.  Of course with my new found fitness, I wasn't expecting to struggle at all despite my husband warning me that the walk would have some really steep hills.  I managed it but it was definitely tough going that I know there would be no way I would have managed if I was four stone heavier.  

I'm going to sound a misery here but I normally don't enjoy hotel entertainment, I typically find it pretty lame but some of the nights at the hotel were actually pretty good.  One night they did a Greek night with Greek dancing and this was another huge change in my attitude as they had gotten me up to join in dancing with them and I did it and what makes it more amazing is that I didn't care.  I would have rather been mauled by wolves than stand up in front of others for people to judge me previously but this time I just went for it!  I just think I'm finally comfortable with myself, I'm content and the fact that for these next few months I will continue to improve as I shrink down is incredible.  

I have to say, a little bit of my greedy tendencies came back during this holiday though.  Previously I wouldn't have one bag of crisp, I would go to the cupboard and get two bags, reasoning with myself that you just don't get enough Quavers in one bag or whatever.  I thought that after these past five months, those thoughts were finally laid to rest but whilst I've been away I have had little thoughts like "oh that was lovely, let's go and get a second plate" although I wasn't hungry anymore.  I don't know if that's a natural thing that slim people may do, I hope so. I'm also hoping that once I return back to my usual calorie controlled diet that I will naturally go back into being used to my smaller meals and return back to not think of seconds.

Right now, as you know I'm sat on the plane doing the three hour and twenty minute journey back to Manchester Airport.  As I haven't been able to weigh myself, all kinds are going through my mind in terms of weight I've put on.  I hope that it's 5 or 6lbs at the most.  I know that this is normal for a holiday but I hope that I don't put myself backwards too far.  I won't have an official weigh in this week so although I will weigh myself tomorrow morning, the next reading I'll be counting is next Sunday.  I hope that whatever I've put on is virtually gone by then.  I plan to get straight back into the gym as of tomorrow morning.  We even ordered a Tesco delivery that arrived last night to my parents so that I can return straight back to healthy eating for this evenings meal.  

This photo I took whilst I was away.  I don't know if it was just a really look fitting top or whatever but it makes me happy to see a feminine shape again.  I do still have a tummy but it's definitely smoothed out so much.  I regret not having before photos but that's the way life goes, it didn't occur to me to do that. Anyway, that's all for this weeks post and next week I hope to report a big juicy loss!
  • 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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