Yes…this is another blog post title chosen by Mr WLB…something to do with Google and his ‘professional work’!
It’s true though – I really have lost 21st with Slimming World – look…
It was a little touch and go though. I got on the scales after a little wee and had lost 0.5lbs. I laughed as it was my best option – knowing that I had needed 1lb off to grab that shiny sticker. So I went and got on with my social team job before heading off for another minuscule wee…and took my thin socks off…which pushed me over the edge and grabbed me the 1lb I needed.
It was a happy face moment!
There was also a touch of frustration though.
Recent doctors appointments seem to be pointing to a major hormone imbalance. I have an appointment with a specialist in September but the early indications are that I am at a disadvantage…a pretty bloody big one. By all accounts it seems that I should be getting 3 or 4 times the results that I have been getting. So I might end up on some medication to get it sorted…but I might not. I need to do further investigations and so do the doctors.
It has kind of given me a little bit of smugness in a way. Obviously having an out of balance body is something that I have been used to for a long while…and being out of balance hormonally isn’t the source of the smugness. But this news has justified my frustration. I felt that I was doing everything right…but that something wasn’t ‘clicking’ for me.
My habits are far from perfect, but compared to how I see ‘normal’ people losing weight on Slimming World, I should be at bloody target by now…maybe not quite there! So I kind of feel that this is a bit of a big fat two fingers up to those who have been giving me advise – not you…but people who have been giving me face to face advice without really knowing me. Forgive me, but if they can show me their qualifications in the field of metabolic and hormonal studies, I might listen…until then, my thoughts are ‘wind your neck in!’
Now, I will always stand by the fact that if you are following Slimming World as it should be followed you will lose weight. The caveat here is ‘as long as there are no underlying medical issues’. So if you know – honestly and truthfully – that you are following the plan and doing what you need to, but the results aren’t there, then maybe it is worth getting checked over. If I liken it to my horses, my first port of call is to get them checked by the professionals if I notice that something isn’t right…so I am going to make sure that I am all checked over too!
I have tried all of the usual things. More syns, less syns. A change of healthy extras. More variety. Cutting out bread. Reducing carbs. Increasing carbs. More cardio work. Less cardio work. More weight training work. Less weight training work. More water. Recording my food. Tracking calories too. Half a plate of superfree. Protein with every meal. Carbs with every meal.
None of this has seemed to help.
So hormones may well be the answer.
They might not.
But I think I owe it to myself to explore this avenue and see if I can give myself the boost I deserve. I know that you work hard for your weight loss. I know I bloody do. I still have over 11st to lose. I workout ‘like a beast’ according to my trainer. I follow the plan – I ‘food optimise’. I feel that losing 0.5lb or maybe 1lb just feels a little lame considering those circumstances. It is hard to keep the motivation going under these sustained tough times. So I am going to try and see if I can get to the bottom of it all and will keep you posted.
Incidentally, in getting to the bottom of it I may spend more time focussing on my bottom…as some of this medication (which I might need to go back on) made me quite ill previously and I spent the first fortnight either in bed or in the bathroom!
I think I will leave it there. It’s been a hot day and I am getting ratty and need to retire to my bedroom where the fan is! I had a coaching session this morning – and actually have a couple of spaces if you are interested! – which was followed by weigh-in, which was followed by a meeting about a project I am working on, which was followed by a good workout. This workout involved 15 minutes on a bike…I am in practice for Mr WLB dragging me out in public on a bloody bike! Then we grabbed lunch, went to Asda – where I found a long hair in my tub of fruit salad…yuk! Even more yuk was the fact that I ditched the piece of fruit it was stuck to and ate the rest! A hair is not getting between me and my food…unless it was a short and curly one! Then I sat outside yet another bike shop whilst Mr WLB went on a test-ride. And this evening will be nice and relaxed…I am reading a book about deception by Dan Ariely…it’s an interesting read!
Today’s food looked like this…
Exercise: 15 minutes rowing, 15 minutes hand bike, 15 minutes treadmill, 15 minutes bike.
Thank you for reading,
Weight Loss Bitch xxx