Progress, At Last!

So I haven’t been on here for a while but I thought it was the time for actions rather than words. I have actually lost weight and no one is more surprised than me 😁!

It has been a hard slog over the last couple of months but when you see a weight loss graph like this then it’s all worth it.

I’ve had a couple of rises at the beginning as I was still getting used to my self-created plan but now it isn’t too difficult to follow. The line for the last couple of weeks is more like this:

My husband has joined weight watchers and he has also got some great results. My weight loss takes longer because of my hypothyroidism but it’s slow and steady.

When I used to go to weight watchers or slimming world then I felt accountable, I knew I had my weigh-in on a certain day and that if I didn’t lose weight then someone else would know about my failings. When you diet at home on your own then you’re only accountable to yourself which is when you can fail. No one else knows that you have had a rubbish week and you don’t have to explain why your weight has gone up. Going to a group helps with staying on track and provides you with a supportive network. Going it alone doesn’t give you any safety nets, I have failed loads of times when I’ve gone it alone, apart from this current time.

So what have I done differently this time? I thought about what going to group gave me and I decided to emulate that scenario. I have a little record book in which I record my weight every week on a designated date and time. I don’t deter from this and ensure I only record my weight in the book once a week, same time, same type of clothes. Then I have a column showing loss or gain and then a final column for cumulative loss or gain.  For those of us who have been to slimming clubs you will realise that this is exactly what they do. I’m doing the same but saving myself the £5 weekly fee 😀.

The only thing that is pissing me off is the fact that I’ve lost over a stone and not one person has noticed! A whole bloody stone and no comments, nothing. It makes you think of how much a heifer you just really be though if even a stone hasn’t made a dent in your appearance!  In a way I suppose it’s good that no one has noticed as as soon as someone comments it can lead to complacency. You feel people have noticed that you look good so maybe you don’t need to try as hard. I still have just a over 1.5 stones to go before I am no longer officially overweight (according to my BMI) but thankfully I’m no where near obese so that’s fabulous 😀. 

I still have a long slog ahead of me but I’ve got past the stage of wanting to overindulge as I’m seeing results. It’s always hard to stay on track when you don’t see any improvement, that can be very demotivating. When you stick with it and see results then you don’t want to jeopardise your progress, especially when you have a designated weigh-in day.  The next time I’m allowing myself some time off my plan is on Mothers Day, where I’m going away for afternoon tea and intend to enjoy everything that’s offered!

My plan isn’t complicated, it’s just good old fashioned calorie counting. It means I can enjoy some chocolate and a small glass of something if I want to. It does make you realise how many calories you can waste on things like a pack of crisps and it makes you use your calories more efficiently. Eventually your taste buds change and your stomach shrinks. This is the time you have to carry on as it’s far too easy to dip back into your old habits.  I’m using the My Fitness Pal to log my calories and find it much easier than logging points or syns. Every food item will have calories so it’s easy to still cook your own dishes and work out the calories per portion. This is the part I like the most as I love cooking my own food and it means I can still enjoy my Indian food.  I don’t cope too well if I don’t have my roti 😀.

Everyone needs treats now and again so I’ve come to the hairdressers today to treat myself.  It’s always important to reward your hard work.

Good luck with your weight loss and fingers crossed I don’t fall back into my old ways 😬.