Well after last week’s ‘ARGGGG I’M TOO FAT!!!!’ post, I promised I’d report back on how this first week of ‘trying to be better’ has turned out. Not too badly, as it happens.
I’ve decided a good day to weigh myself is Thursday. Monday weigh-ins suck because, well, it’s Monday. Need I say more? A midweek weigh-in didn’t feel quite right either, so I plumped for Thursday – beyond hump day (no, not that kind, sadly…) but before the excesses of the weekend kick in. Okay, so weekend excesses shouldn’t really be part of the plan anymore, and I’ll endeavour that they are not, but I think out of the whole week, weekends are more likely to be days where a treat is allowed.
So, what was the result? Well, so far I’ve lost 4.4lbs, hurrah!! To be fair, that is for more than a week, because I think my last official weigh in was last Monday, rather than Thursday, but no matter, I’ll take it. What pleases me more than anything is that I’ve not been eating ‘perfectly’, and anyway, what does that mean?
Well, I have a few thoughts /I’ve made a few decisions in terms of my ‘diet’ and here they are, in no particular order:
1. I’m not on a diet, this is a new way of life;
2. No more ‘I’m never eating anything sugary EVER AGAIN’ (to be shouted triumphantly from a rooftop with a smug look upon one’s face). Yeah, like that ever works. I’ve only said that about, oh, a million times in the past, and i’m still beach-ball shaped. Coincidence? No. So I’ve had the odd sweet-treat this week (hence the ‘not been eating perfectly’ comment above), but on a vastly reduced scale from my usual diet. Knowing I can have it, if I REALLY want it, means I’ve not been so fussed about having it;
3. Drink lots of water;
4. Think of food in terms of what will help me achieve my goal, what will delay my goal (thanks for that one Rob!);
5. Plan out my food for the day / week. I do SO much better if I think about every eventuality in a day – when am I most likely to want to gorge myself on sugary shit (mid-afternoon). What can I do to avoid that (bring something else to eat);
6. Don’t keep temptations around;
7. Wait for a while after I’ve stopped eating to see if I really am still hungry. Guess what? I’m not;
8. Accept help from anywhere and everywhere. I’ve had so many lovely messages and chats with pals offering support and advice, it makes a massive difference. I must admit I used to think that it would be more of an achievement if I did this all on my own, but actually, who cares. As my lovely pal Tracy said ‘you don’t get a medal for doing it on your own’. Well put, bawbag;
9. Take it one day at a time;
10. Cook everything myself and avoid processed food. To be honest I generally do this anyway;
11. Look at the positive, not the negative. In my last post I talked about putting up these hellish pictures of me from the Outlaw as inspiration but again my pal Tracy pointed out that looking at the negative isn’t a good idea. Why not put up pictures to aspire to?
I guess that list is a bit random, but they’re all things I’ve been thinking of/using this week to try to help me on my plight to anti-beachballness. I know in the past, I’ve had this idea in my head that I need to eat ‘perfectly’ to shift the weight. Of course I could never have actually told you what that even meant, so I was unlikely to be able to actually do it. For me though, what I really want is to eat real, natural food (meat and veg and fruit etc. that I can make into meals myself, not chemically covered processed crap). I want to be able to have a dessert sometimes, or a bar of chocolate, but knowing that those times are in the minority, and are seen as an occasional treat, not the norm. I want to stop the sugar slumps that leave me tired and brain-dead. I want to feel as though I have the energy to get off the sofa and go do some exercise, which in turn will make me feel even better.
So my first week is over, and I’m happy with how it turned out. Next week I think will be harder – weight loss is unlikely to be as high, which is fine, but I need to be extra vigilant with my eating to ensure I give myself the best chance of losing more weight. I’ve also got a busy weekend ahead, so this will be a good test!
I’m also looking into other things such as nutrition plans and NLP which I think could help me in my quest, but I’ll write about that another time, when I know more about them.
Thanks to everyone for all the support and positive input this last week, it has really helped.
Onwards and upwards 🙂