Week 16

We were away last week and I managed to gain 5lb 🙄 but over the last week I’ve lost most of it and so overall I’m 0.2lb over what I was a fortnight ago.

Being disowned is taking its toll on me and seeking solace in food is leading to its own problems. I wish I could tell you how I’m doing so great and that the weight is flying off, but I never was a good liar. Rather than bore you all senseless with tears of woe I think I’ll have a break for the rest of the summer and come back refreshed in September.

The goal posts have changed now and I’m not looking at another stone off before September. My focus now is to maintain the weight loss whilst I go through this rough patch and then start afresh when my daily routine normalises. Current weight loss stands at 1 stone 3.8lbs.

It’s important to understand that your goals can be changed depending on what is happening in your life. I have also decided to change my weigh-in day to a Tuesday now as most weight is gained over the weekend and then there’s an immense amount of pressure for Monday morning’s weigh-in.

On the plus side I’ve not had any alcohol all week. Drinking whilst upset is a recipe for disaster, it might make you feel better short term but the long term effects aren’t worth it.

Enjoy the rest of the summer folks and I’ll see you back here in September! 🤗

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Weeks 13 & 14

I had a weight loss of 1.2 lb this week but as it’s over 2 weeks I didn’t see the point in jumping for joy over it. I didn’t blog last week as I had a pretty rough week with family politics and ended up emotionally eating my way through a shed load of junk. I had a massive takeout on the night before weigh in and last Monday I had put on 2 lb so didn’t bother to blog about my failure as the politics had me feel crap about myself anyway.

Anyhow this morning it said 1.2 lb loss over two weeks but if you add in lasts week’s 2 lb gain then it’s a 3.2 lb weight loss which is the brighter way to look at things.

One of my earlier blogs looks at emotional eating and the effects it can have on people. I was basically disowned by my extended family again last week, I say again as it’s pretty much a regular thing for me. I seem to get disowned as often as most other families go on holiday together, at least once or twice a year!

This time I was really upset and rather than venting my anger, I just left it and ate my way to a happier place. Then I realised that all I’m doing is making it even worse for myself in the long run. At least now I’m disowned but relatively healthy, the last thing I need is to ostracised and be the size of a small house.

All I’m saying is some people will bolster you up and support you, others will envy what you have and put you down at any opportunity. Learn to cope through the bad times without relying on the comforts of food and drink. Go and meet friends who do care about you, curl up with a good book, go shopping, be pampered at the hair dressers or spa. Just get away from the negativity but don’t end up in the chip shop!

I have the summer off work and to be honest with everything going on I’m finding the weight management a little tricky. Bear with me folks as I try to sort my life out and then my weight.

Week 12 Weight Maintain

I’ve had a week off calorie counting and I’ve managed to maintain last week’s weight. I was expecting it to go up so I’m pleased I haven’t gained.

I’ve gone back to tracking my calories today so that I can have some loss next Monday. It was great having a few days off the diet but the quicker I get back to it then the easier it’ll be.

Socialising whilst trying to lose weight is always tricky but I was determined not to become a hermit this time. Previously I’ve been on a diet and socially secluded myself from fear of failure but I think if you’re realistic then you can have ‘time off’ and continue dieting afterwards.

Saying that I haven’t had a loss for a fortnight but I did feel so much better when trying my dresses on. I’m gaining my body confidence again, slowly but surely!

Here’s hoping for some loss next week fingers crossed 🤞. Enjoy your week folks!

Week 11 Weight Gain

Yes you read correctly, I have gained this week. It’s only 0.4 lb but it’s still disappointing. I wish I could explain what happened but all I can think is that I normally enter calories of items I have but this week some items didn’t scan correctly and so I had to approximate the calories. Maybe I underestimated my intake and thus the minor weight gain. The hot weather has meant lots more fluids and BBQs, it’s not always easy to account for every calorie exactly.

I’m hoping to be back on track in a fortnight as this week it’s my last week in my current role and lots of other staff are changing as well so we are celebrating! I’m trying to be careful as I know once you have a setback it’s tempting to give up. I’m definitely not doing that, I have lost consistently for most weeks and so far have a total loss of 1 stone 2.8 lb. there’s no way I’m throwing all that effort away. It’s a blip but we keep calm and carry on!

Week 10 Weight Loss

I don’t believe it, I’ve lost 2.4 lbs this week, woohooo!!!! I am celebrating tonight as I got a promotion at work so who knows whether I’ll lose or gain next week 🤷🏻‍♀️. So far I’ve lost 1 stone 3.2 lb and I’m ecstatic about that.

I had ordered a fleece for work months ago and today it finally arrived and it looks enormous on me! All good news which is why I’m having a celebration tonight. Back to the plan tomorrow 😀

Hope things are going well for you all!

Week 9 Weight Loss

A loss of 1.6 lb this week, it would have been more but I found it tricky to get back into the swing of things – Especially yesterday with the England football result, the gorgeous sunshine and general summer vibe.

Still happy with the loss and it means I am now back to where I was before I went away on holiday.

Yesterday we did a lot of cooking so that we have pre-prepared meals ready for during the week. I find my mealtimes are healthy but it’s the late night snacking that causes the calorie over-run! I might have to tweak my plan over the next few weeks if I can’t stick to the rigid calorie counting. Maybe allow myself to have fruit and vegetables without counting the calories which means I can snack on those. Will see how this week pans out first.

Now that the first stone is off I’m aiming for another stone over the summer. So in September I hope to have a total loss of 2 stone, fingers crossed! Not sure if it’ll happen though as the longer I’m on this plan the more difficult it is to lose significant amounts.

Weeks 7-8 Maintaining Weight

I have had a busy few weeks with a lot of family celebrations as well as going away for half term. Since my weight loss in Week 5 I was supposed to maintain my weight but I did have a further weight loss in Week 6. I have not been able to retain the ‘extra’ loss but I have been able to stick to the Week 5’s weight which is what I wanted to maintain. Yesterday was the last of the celebrations as it was Father’s Day so today is the start of me getting back on track.

I have enjoyed 3 weeks of eating and drinking more than my regular 1200 calories but it was important to have a plan in mind. I knew that I wanted to enjoy my break but I didn’t also want to totally out-do everything that I had worked so hard to achieve. I’m about 0.8 lbs away from a full stone of weight loss. That would have been achieved today if it hadn’t been for further celebrations last night!

My mission now is to get back into the swing of things and carry on losing weight. I’m very proud that I didn’t go totally overboard in my weeks of maintenance because it would’ve been very easy to drop all my plans and eat senselessly. Every other time I have taken a break from diets I have never mustered the strength to get back onto plan, I’m hoping this time will be different as this time I’m losing it for good!

Week 6 Weight Loss

I wasn’t supposed to be update for a couple of weeks as it’s maintenance time whilst we have lots of family things going on but I’ve still lost 1.6lb this week! More importantly I have lost my first stone – 48 days to lose 1stone 0.6lb woohooooo!

It’ll be up next week as there’s lots happening this week but I just wanted to share my first stone celebration with you!

Week 5 Weight Loss

I’ll cut to the chase, 3.2lb lost this week! I had a whole week off alcohol and tried to stick to my quota of around 1000-1200 kcals per day.

It’s a great loss and it means it’s now a total of 13lb, so not too far from a stone. I’ll have to wait for the next weight loss though as we have a few trips booked during the next couple of weeks. I’m hoping to have just maintained by the time I write again and hopefully not have put weight on! ‘Just maintained’ isn’t as easy as it sounds and takes a lot of willpower as you enter the grey area of how many calories are you supposed to eat without gaining weight. I’m assuming we stick to the guidelines of 2500kcals for men and 2000kcaks for women. Here’s hoping that it works as it’s taken a lot of time and effort to get this far and I don’t want to blow it now!

Enjoy your bank holiday if you’re in the UK and I’ll update again soon!

Week 4 Weight Loss

Here we are a month in and it would seem that my weight loss has slowed down to a ridiculous snail’s pace. I was aiming for between 2 and 3lb this week but I’ve actually achieved 0.6lb. It’s embarrassing to say the least and I wasn’t too sure what had happened until I delved into it all a bit deeper. All week I have stuck to my daily allowance of calories (1200 max) and have not veered away from this. In fact, some days I haven’t even had the full 1200 and over the week I had a surplus of 500 unused calories. This is where my problem may lie, as looking through my food diary I’m only spending around 700 on meals – the rest is saved for treats including alcohol. This technique has worked for the first couple of weeks but now I think my body has gone into starvation mode and isn’t releasing any calories. It is a well publicised fact that if you drink alcohol then the body will burn these calories before burning any fat. Take a look at this article from DrinkAware.

I need to spend more of my calories on proper meals and less on ‘treats’. I was under the impression that as long as I didn’t eat more than my calorie allowance I would lose weight, this doesn’t appear to be the case. I fear I have totally messed my metabolism up and now I need to fix it all. So, as of today I am ensuring that my meals are more calorific and my treats are minimal.

On the plus side I have lost nearly 10lbs in total now over a 35 day period so we’re looking at around the average 2lb a week weight loss. I’m hoping by having more nutritional food and drinking more water I can kick start the weight loss again. I can still do this, I just have to keep believing that!

If this new regime doesn’t work then I may have to go back to my Dr as it could be that my hypothyroidism is causing problems. If this is the case then it won’t really make any difference with me eating more nutritional food until my levothyroxine mdication has been altered.

Oh well, until next week my friends, remember – chin(s) up 🙂.