Weigh in days seem to come around fairly quickly, and I found myself standing at the front of the signing in queue yet again! I had a little moment of worry and nervousness today before getting on the scales, which was mad really as I have been on plan all week again. When I thought about why I felt like that, it was because I didn’t really feel as if I had been on a diet this past week!
This might sound a little silly – of course I had been on a diet (or a healthy eating plan!) – but the difference is that it is now starting to feel like a way of life rather than a chore which has to be worked hard at. This isn’t me sitting here all smug and polishing my halo…I am actually quite shocked about it all really. Getting on the scales recently hasn’t caused this worry; I have been confident in the past few months as I have felt like I have earned my right to have a weight loss. What I mean by this is that I have felt like I have had to work at sticking to the plan, whereas for the first time, this week has just happened quite naturally.
Progress then? I don’t know! I am well aware that there will be rocky times ahead and I am not deluded enough to think otherwise. But my main focus – apart from losing weight obviously – has been to work on changing those deeply ingrained habits…and I am slightly excited to think that I might be some way towards doing this! Meal planning has been easier – previously I would have settled for a Slimming World friendly meal as a poor second best to a Chinese takeaway – whereas now I can rustle up a Slimming World dish that tastes better than anything I have had from a Chinese. It seems to be that I am naturally choosing meals that fit with the plan rather than having to think about it. Anyway, I don’t want to get too excited and fall flat on my face, but I am a tiny bit happy about it!
Ooh – in all of the excitement I have forgotten to tell you that I managed to get rid of another 2.5lbs of uselessness and am now 11st 9.5lbs lighter. I am going to aim for my next award next week, but I think 4.5lbs is a bit of a big one to aim for…I am wanting nice consistent losses and I haven’t had a 4.5lber for a while, so it’s no big deal if it happens the week after. I was also Slimmer of the Week too and got some nice fruit…which I shared with my niece and nephew. She had told me off for not bringing her fruit for a while, not realising that I hadn’t ‘won’ for a while! 😉
Group was a bit of a ‘mare this morning. The PDA and weighing system was playing up and we had to sync the PDA again with laptop, which took a while. And, as always, people arrived before the normal time, so the signing in desk was a bit backed up when I got started. All was good though as I quickly got through people and managed to grab a drink as I was parched!
My favourite chap wasn’t in group today – no, not my other half…although he is my favourite chap and he wasn’t in group either – but the lovely chap who attends with his wife. He isn’t at all well apparently and has been taken into hospital. I asked his wife to pass on my wishes and really hope he makes a speedy recovery. They are such a lovely couple who celebrated 52 years (I am sure it was 52 years!) of marriage recently and I am a big supporter of them…if you can spare some positive vibes then send them over and I’ll pass them on! 😉
My favourite lady also came out with a corker today again! We were having a chat about the raffle prize, which was a selection of potatoes – baking, new and sweet – a tin of beans, some eggs, tomatoes, and an all purpose seasoning. So we were coming up with meal ideas and then as the conversation was coming to an end, the consultant was trying to make a point about Superfree food and had said, “so we’ve got syn free chips, beans and egg…what’s missing?” And pizza lady shouted, “bacon!” Well, the group just couldn’t help it and fell about laughing – good naturedly – whilst the consultant explained Superfree to her again. Bless her…I had half expected her to shout, “ketchup!”
When I got home and updated my weight on the Slimming World group website, I had another pleasant surprise. I was informed that my BMI is now 69.5! Now I realise that many of you have just spat your tea over your phone/keyboard/laptop…and my apologies…I do understand that most would be devastated to learn that their BMI was 69.5. But considering that it was 95.1 when I started, I am pleased with my progress.
Before I get on to the usuals, a comment on my Facebook page made me chuckle today. What tends to happen when I post a picture of my weight awards, is that the friends of people who comment on them often mistake the picture as one belonging to that friend. So I get messages such as, “well done Julie!” or, “great job Sam, you can’t have far to go now!” And I sometimes wonder if the people who ‘like’ the page and have commented, get a complex that their friends think they have that much to lose! Anyway, a lady called Penny had put a comment along the lines of, “that is just fantastic Pam (I think it was Pam…she edited it shortly afterwards) well done, and now that you are cycling, it will drop off even quicker!” So I responded, saying “LOL Penny – I think you have me confused with someone else…this 31st backside isn’t going near a bike yet…it will look like my bum is swallowing it!” Goodness me, this Facebook malarkey makes you wonder what people know about you that you don’t even know yourself!
So, the usuals were…
Mum picked me up this morning and took me to group and we stayed as long as we could, but had to get her back for a meeting. I grabbed a quick lunch and then headed off to catch up with my sister before she went to work…this meant longer with the children clambering on me, but it was good to catch up. Once she headed off the children and I had a bit of a picnic and played with building bricks and practiced some words too! My other half then popped down to help me work out how to switch the TV from DVD to Sky…as we had watched about 18 episodes of Peppa bloody Pig on loop and I was about to throw my toys out of the pram! Once that had been sorted out we had some more dancing competitions. Unfortunately I think my niece has developed a girl crush on a rapper by the name of Iggy Azalea, whom I think is pretty ace, but is in no way suitable for a four year old girl. She happened to discover Iggy when I popped to the bathroom and she changed channels…I came downstairs to find her replicating the rather questionable dance moves of a white female rapper pretending to be a lap-dancer in a music video! So we had a conversation about it and I encouraged more positive role models; she was having nothing to do with Taylor Swift and wanted the ‘shaky bum lady’ back on…oh my goodness…how do I explain this to ‘mummy’?! Anyway, once I had overcome that little situation, it was nearly time for bed – so we had a quick snack, a tidy up of toys and it was into PJs, teeth brushed and bed…phew! I then managed to grab an hour of peace before heading home.
Breakfast: Benefit bar (3 syns).
Another lovely food day – quite straightforward with no special recipes today I am afraid! Unfortunately my Original day went a bit to pot as my other half cooked dinner whilst I was babysitting…and he stuck beans on! So it was a bit of a confused day, but I am sure it won’t cause too much trouble on this occasion. I even managed to restrain myself on the crisp front and saved two packets as I had already used some syns with the leftover curry for lunch.
Exercise: Nothing specific today, just an active day with children!
Thank you for reading again – and thank you for your wonderful support; it really makes a difference,
Weight Loss Bitch xxx