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!

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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 🙂.

Week 3 Weight Loss

It’s only been a loss of 1.2lbs this week but I’m not disheartened at all. I had one cheat day this week and enjoyed every minute of it! The weather was too gorgeous last week to not have a drink in the sun 🌞

1.2 is still a good loss despite my cheat day. I didn’t feel guilty at all the following day as there was no point in wallowing about my over indulgence. If years of dieting have taught me anything it’s the fact that one mistake can be forgotten but self diet-destruction happens when you think ‘oh well, I’ve ruined it all now, may as well quit.’

Next week I’m hoping for the full 2lb loss possibly 3lb if I get a good week. Tomorrow I’m supposed to be going out so I will have to plan in advance of what healthy options I can eat. The worst thing I could do is just turn up at the restaurant with no plan and order impulsively. Some items on restaurant menus can be deceptive. Don’t automatically go for the salad as this can have a lot of calories in the dressing and who wants to eat a salad on a night out! Grilled foods, boiled or jacket potatoes rather than chips, tomato based sauces rather than cheese. We all know what we’re supposed to eat but it’s having the willpower at the restaurant when you’re sitting there with all your ‘thin’ friends.

I’ve found telling people you’re on a diet can go both ways where some people will support you and others will try to sabotage your good intentions. This time round I’m telling no one apart from my other half who is also trying to follow a healthier lifestyle.

Have a great week everyone and fingers crossed I can keep my will power in check whilst socialising!

Week 2 Half a Stone

Second week of the ‘cutting back’ and I have lost 2.8 lbs, a lot less than last week’s 5.2 lb loss but it does mean I have lost my first half a stone! Break out the cakes, oh hang on a minute maybe we should stick to rice cakes 🙄.

My partner had brought me a fitted t-shirt for when I’d reach my first half stone loss. Unfortunately with 3 stone still to go, fitted t-shirts are not made for people of my size🙁. I tried it on and immediately felt disappointed, despite the good results this week. It made me realise how much I still had left to go. Half a stone is just a small dent in a very large target.

However, there is no point in wallowing – I didn’t gain all this weight in a few weeks so I’m not going to lose it in a few weeks either 🙂

I appreciate his gesture and I know he was doing a really nice thing, however I gave the t-shirt back to him, even though he suggested I keep it for the future. I know I will one day be able to wear a designer fitted t-shirt but I have enough clothes in my wardrobe already for when I lose the weight. To be honest I’ve had clothes in that wardrobe for years that I have bought and kept thinking they’ll fit one day. I’m pretty sure some of them are out of fashion now!

One thing that bugs me about designer shops, why do none of them cater for the more voluptuous figure? It’s very rare that you can get a nice branded top for a female, whereas for blokes they’re readily available? I don’t wear designer clothes but now and again it would be nice to go into a ‘posh’ shop and find something that fitted.

I think I’ll set my next treat for when I lose a stone, not sure what it’ll be yet but maybe something that’ll actually make me feel good – spa, manicure or a non-fitted top!

For now, the sun is shining and it’s time to soak up some rays and fire up the BBQ for this Bank Holiday. Enjoy your extended weekend folks!