This week is officially declared as the week I battled between the old me and the new me. I can honestly say I'm not sure which you would class as winning the battle but I would like to think it's the new one. I never want to blame Christmas or New Year or whatever, at the end of the day it's my willpower that either keeps strong or fails but of course, with all of the amazing party food around for nearly two weeks it's hard to keep away.
All the days have merged into one so I'm not sure what I've said and what I haven't recently but I went to the gym Boxing Day and New Year's Day when they opened at 8am as I figured that as I had eaten whatever I wanted pretty much over Christmas, I knew I needed all of the help I could get to maintain roughly the same weight.
This might sound warped but I don't acknowledge any weight gain officially, if I know I won't lose that week than rather than upset myself I just keep a check on it and focus on getting shut plus some more the following week. I will say that between Christmas and New Year I apparently put on 7lbs but we all know that's not real weight and mainly just to shoving as much food junk food in my mouth that I could manage.
My original plan was to literally get back onto things the day after Boxing Day, last Sunday. This proved too difficult for me which surprised me as I thought I had the strength to just jump back onto it but as I still had chocolate and other delights around, I found that I was eating a few more hundred calories than I was meant to trying to have little bits of them.
I think my problem has ultimately been that I knew all week I needed to focus on starting to shift this temporary weight which came down pretty quickly so my warped head would have a cheeky something that was left over which then slowed the weight loss for the day.
Losing weight is such a mess with your head. I can start off buzzing about the day ahead and then I get an idea of something I want to eat in my head and all my good intentions go out of the window.
I thought I'd go over some of things I do to try and keep myself on track, although probably some of it might sound ridiculous or obvious.
If you're calorie counting, try to return back from food shopping and log everything on an app like My Fitness Pal as you're putting it into the fridge. This way I can make sure everything gets used but also I can play around with the days and make the meals as low as possible by mixing things around, if something is too high calorie, I'll look for something low calorie to pair it with.
Now this one is hilarious but I don't care, I'll share it. If you're like me and you just need sweet stuff, look for something you can happily get that fix from. In this case my current obsession is these lemon meringues from Marks & Spencer's. They're amazing, a whole tub is 140 calories and they're £1 (find them in the baking section.) Of course, cutting out sugar is going to be so much better and speed your weight loss but if you're human like me then you need something that's going to hit the sweet spot and these are doing it for me as there's a lot of it so it feels like I'm having a proper treat.
A big tip would be to try to save a couple of hundred calories for the evening. There's nothing worse than getting to the end of the day and being so hungry (or you think you're hungry) and not actually having any calories left, it's virtually torture to me.
Anyway, weigh in isn't happening this week. You know why, I haven't shifted all of the Christmas weight yet, I'm about half way which I'm happy with. For those first few days afterwards, my stomach felt huge and I was really uncomfortable but now that it's gone down I'm starting to feel more like me again. I'm hoping to get that other 3.5lbs off this week, anything else would be an amazing bonus. I'm back to my weekday workouts at the gym and I have all of my meals planned. Here's to the New Year, the new me and the final two ish stone (28lbs) to be gone.
- 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.
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If you want to read my explanation of calorie counting and basic weight loss methods - click here.