I'm not even sure where to start with this week so here goes nothing! This week started off so well in terms of everything but food but that was okay. I met 18 followers in Birmingham and enjoyed an amazing overnight stay at Fairlawns Spa.
I never wanted to be that person during this process that wouldn't eat anything and made others feel uncomfortable as they all ate what they liked and I didn't. Since I'm so strict on myself usually it's times like this that I throw the rule book out and I will eat and drink what I like. We had a three course meal at the spa and they had unlimited freshly baked scones and brownies all day which were amazing. I also had a few Koppabergs as well as Southern Comfort and lemonade (I was fuming they didn't have diet lemonade but never mind!) I even had a Kit Kat Chunky (the peanut butter one, just for reference) for breakfast on the drive over to Stockport to pick my friend up and head down to the spa!
I had two treatments whilst I was there, neither were anything amazing but I think that's more to do with personal preference than the spa's fault and I would definitely go back there. When I returned on Monday evening I was ready to get back on track with my calories and pull back any gain that I had and started my routine back at the gym on Tuesday morning.
Somewhere in the middle of the week, life got messy. I can't talk about this publicly but it resulted in me being very down but I still managed to hold onto the reins in terms of my calories in fact, Thursday I only managed just over 500 calories which of course isn't good for you but I couldn't have managed anything more. On a side note, like a typical woman driver I managed to reverse my car into a post at Creative Academy+ Manchester that day so it now has damage on it which just topped my week off. Instead of eating, my friends said for me to go and do some retail shopping so me being me took it to the extreme and went and bought a Michael Kors bag in one of my favourite colours!
This probably sounds ridiculous but I learnt that I could do something this week that was never possible before. That is that I can now jump into my husband's arms and he can carry me! Previously I was always too heavy, he was unable to carry me over the threshold when we got married so this is a novelty to me. I often say to him "I feel thin today" and it's so hard to describe but it's amazing to me.
Many people say to me "you must feel amazing!" and I do. I was trying to explain to my husband how easy I find things now and my best explaination is when you're on the cross trainer on a hard level, your legs and arms are really pushing themselves hard and someone comes and puts it down to level one. All of a sudden your whizzing around with no problems at all, that's what it's like to me. Previously the tops of my thighs were so big that I struggled to put my knees together completely and keep them shut without a big effort, now I can do that no problems. I can squeeze past cars in car parks without having to second guess if I will fit. Even just being at the spa in a swimming costume allowing everyone to see what I looked like was a huge accomplishment because I'm finally to a point where as I can accept myself a little.
So onto the weigh in, I always hope and aim for 3lbs each week. I realise that this is a big ask but most weeks I've been able to manage it. Of course this week was different because I only had five days that I was actually calorie counting but I still tried my best. This week I lost 2lbs bringing me to a total of 4 stone 9lbs lost (or 65lbs) in 27 weeks. I forgot to include this comparison photo last week so here it is now, hopefully you can see the difference. I'm now only 5lbs away from my five stone reward, my Michael Kors watch!
- 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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