Sunday, 20 December 2015

Slim Down Sunday: Week 32

I literally couldn't have predicted how this week was going to go.  Obviously I didn't weigh in last week as I just didn't see a point, I had been in Poland and unable to calorie count and then I had been on a Christmas night out.  One of biggest the things I've learnt along the way is that I know myself better.  I knew if I had weighed and told you all I'd put on a certain amount of weigh I would then be disheartened and it would start a downward spiral with food, so I didn't.  As I always say, I make the rules up here.  It was me that decided to do this and I am in complete control.  The moment you realise you're in full control of weight loss, it doesn't have a power over you anymore.  

To remind you where I'm up to, I've lost four stone 11lbs (or 67lbs) in 31 weeks.  I mentioned this on my Facebook page a while ago but I bought myself a Michael Kors watch at the airport back in October for when I finally reached my five stone goal.  Although I was only 3lbs away, I knew I would likely to be working off whatever weight I put on in Poland and then chipping away to get there after that.
I don't have very many full length before photos of me but I found this one to show you.  On the left is me in Toronto at the CN Tower a couple of years ago and the other was taken in Poland last week.

I know I said I was going to try and use the principals of Slimming World but continue to calorie count and I have done that to a certain extent this week.  I've also tried to make sure I'm busy at the times of day that I would typically be tempted to eat.  I had a gap in my day on Monday so when I saw that Creative Academy+ Manchester were looking for a model for LVL, I jumped at the chance which was good for both my lashes and my waistline!

I met my friend JP on Wednesday and we went shopping.  When it got to lunchtime I always make sure I join in.  I've always said that I never want to be that person that can't let herself off for one meal.  Sometimes I'll try and be sensible (with food, not life, I'm never sensible with that!) but sometimes I literally will just pick what I fancy and then figure out the rest of my day around it.  That day I chose a cheese and pepperoni panini which was naturally greasy but delicious and I find when I do have things like this I'm not attempted to have anything else as I feel like I've had something "proper."
I dragged out a pair of my old jeans to try on last night, just for fun.  Oddly I also kept a pair of UK size 14 jeans from when I was at my slimmest adult weight, aged 17.  I think I always knew that, despite it being thirteen years on, I would use them as my guide when I finally did lose the weight.  I laughingly tried them on, I'm currently a size 16 but I didn't expect for them to even get over my bum but they did.  Of course they are no where near fastening right now but the fact they even fit over my thighs and bum is amazing.

I did one thing that I'm seriously proud of myself with this week, I finally got into my swimming costume at my gym.  I still do an hours workout every weekday morning, without fail.  Some mornings I really want to give myself a rest from it but my determination is so strong that I do it anyway.  On Friday I finally took my swimming stuff into the gym with me and shaking I went into the steam room in my cossie!  That's a huge deal for me as I would only begrudgingly brave one on holiday where nobody would know me.  

So finally, the weigh in.  The truth is a weighed in yesterday because I could feel in my body that I had lost weight.  This week I've suddenly noticed that my body is very different to what it was, I can't describe it.  I feel lean (I just said "feel" - I still look porky!) but my back is defined and various other areas.  Anyway, as I knew I was so close to five stone lost I checked for the last couple of mornings and yesterday I had lost the 3lbs needed to hit my five stone goal (70lbs.)  After standing on the scales and having a little weep, I had to sit down and really take this all in as I truly will never believe that I've done it.  

My weight has been a silent battle in my head for over ten years.  It was a battle that I never thought I would conquer.  It effected every aspect of my life and I've finally taken control of it.  I wish you all knew how much this has changed my life.  I'm a different person, not only physically but mentally.  It doesn't make me better than anyone else but it makes me an equal which is something I've never felt before.  

I'm delighted to get to a five stone loss the week before Christmas.  Christmas was a concern for me but my determination is so strong that I know that the days leading up to and after the big day will be fine.  
  • 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 to read my explanation of calorie counting and basic weight loss methods - click here.

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