Sunday, 8 November 2015

Week 26: Slim Down Sunday

I think I worried some of you with last week's post but you know I speak from my heart with them and I was truly struggling.  I am a worrier and I worried that I had lost the plot with it all after doing so well within 25 weeks.  I want you all to know when I'm struggling, if you're in the process of losing weight too then you need to know that I'm not perfect and that I will still over eat on occasion but thankfully I work out hard to correct any over indulgences.

This week was a massive deal to me as I was so close to the next stone bracket down.  I've been dreaming of seeing that number - even the number I started the week on was a dream a couple of months ago - but this one was a big one as I can't remember the last time I saw it.    

Thankfully I woke up on Monday morning with a new sense of focus, I couldn't have been happier, I knew I could crack this and get a decent weight loss.  I honestly owe so much to the creators of the My Fitness Pal app.  For a free app, it's been the key to my success.  Of course it's taken my determination and the support of you all has been incredible (wow just typing that makes me choke up) but honestly, I never expected the love I've received from across the globe to something so personal to me.  It's made me realise that so many people are battling this too.  

My week has been spent trying to push myself as much as I can at the gym and keep away from sweet foods as much as I can as this is a huge downfall for me.  I find that the weeks I dodge sweet food always work out better for me, I tend to have better losses as I just tend to not want to overeat savoury foods.  

I was excited to go to Primark this week and I was actually able to get into a pair of UK size 16 lounge pants (although I'm probably currently somewhere between a 16 on a good day, and a 18!)  I still have to pinch myself that I am able to go and get clothes from all of the high street stores as I used to be a UK size 24 so that's five sizes down!  Every few weeks I raid my wardrobe and look for clothes that were just about not quite fitting and now they fit, it's so much fun.  I haven't bought an awful lot of clothes as yet, just a few bits to keep me going as I pass through the sizes as I just don't see much of a point yet.  

On Friday my husband was lucky enough to earn some tickets to be VIPs at the o2 box in the Manchester Arena to watch 50 Cent which was an absolute hoot but they had loads of amazing food laid out for us with unlimited drinks, it was all so tempting that it would have been rude not to have tried a little bit of delicious food but I stuck to Diet Coke to save on calories!

Onto this weeks weight in... I'll bet your eyeballs looked at the above photo for a moment or two.  When I told my friend that today I was going to reveal my previous and current weight, she was shocked.  As I said earlier, weight is such a personal topic.  You may look at either number and think that both are far too heavy or equally, dream that either number was you.  For me, I wasn't happy and it affected me so deeply that I've held back from so much of my life because of it.  I've taken a photo of every single weigh in and I have been creating for a collage of every one for me to look back on this journey.  I particularly like looking at the other information on my new scales and seeing that drop.  If you work in pounds, I was 271lbs and now I'm just over 208lbs as of this weeks weigh in with a loss of just under 4lbs so I'm just short of 4 stone 7lbs (63lbs) lost in total in 26 weeks.

I know I didn't need to share something so private with you all, there's a tiny part of me that may be embarrassed but you know what? That's not me anymore and I need to let it go so here I am, that's what I was and I am no longer.  If knowing what I weighed and what I am now in exactly six months pushes you to make the changes you want to make, then here it is.  Here is what's possible and here is how much your life can change if you want it as badly as I did.  I no longer shy away from opportunities and most importantly, from life.  My target weight is 12 stone, I am five foot four (on a good day) so technically that still makes me overweight.  My friends say they think I will go past this but it was my original ultimate goal and I am still aiming for this which will be a total loss of 103lbs or 7 stone 5lbs.  So now that this week is over and done with, let's get cracking heading to my five stone loss goal! 
  • 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?!
Why not come and be my friend on the My Fitness Pal app - search for 'liverpoollashes'
If you have a FitBit then why not be my friend on that and send me a challenge? click here.
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 to read my explanation of calorie counting and basic weight loss methods - click here.

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