‘Stuffed’ may be a little dramatic, but I just need to bow down to the fabulous knowledge and eagle-eyes of the Slimming World consultants who told me to eat more. It seems illogical to do this – and I am aware of the science behind basal metabolic rates, and that we need a minimum of 1200kcals just for our bodies to perform basic bodily functions. I hadn’t thought I wasn’t eating enough – I mean, I am not exactly a bird-like eater…I wouldn’t have gotten so fat if that was the case. So who would have thought that eating more syns – albeit in a healthier form than the old me would have gone for – would help me to have a bigger loss this week?
Talking about the loss, it was 3.5lbs off this morning, which takes me to a total of 11st 4lbs off now…and a 26% reduction from my starting weight! So I was rather happy today…although the scales did waver a little and I was hoping to get under the next stone bracket…but that will happen next week. My consultant looked a little concerned as I stepped on the scales, and I have to admit being apprehensive too; I wasn’t convinced that eating more would make a difference, or at least make a positive difference! She was as thrilled as I was with the loss, and we both agreed that this was the sort of figure we think is appropriate for me to lose each week; I am hoping I can keep it up.
I know that eating more helps in some cases, and what my consultant was most concerned about was the fact that I was having a very small breakfast for someone of my considerable stature, and was then heading off to the horses and using this breakfast to sustain my exercise too. So I have upped brekkie and have been enjoying porridge this week, and I must admit that my energy levels feel more stable…which for a diabetic, is a good thing.
Now I don’t want to get too excited, as it could just be a fluke, but I hope not! I am going to stick with it and see how next week goes. In my true inquisitive style, I decided to have a look on the internet at how eating more when trying to lose weight can help. I found an article in everybody’s favourite – the Daily Mail – which stated that the single most important thing for people who are trying to lose weight is to eat breakfast, according to Claire MacEvilly of the British Nutrition Foundation. It is clinically proven that people who eat breakfast are generally lighter and slimmer than people who skip it and less likely to want high fat morning snacks like croissants (I bloody love croissants…especially almond ones!) and muffins. The problem with not eating breakfast, she says, is that when you wake up in the morning your blood sugar levels are low and if you don’t eat they get lower throughout the morning, bringing on cravings for high fat or sugary foods that will boost blood sugar. It’s much healthier to eat a proper meal in the morning. Nutritionists suggest choosing foods that will release their energy slowly through the day. Good choices are cereal with milk, wholemeal bread with a thin spreading of butter, jam or honey, porridge oats with skimmed milk and fruit or muesli with yoghurt. So my porridge was a grand idea!
Dairy products are also great for weight loss, so the fact that I have included extra dairy as part of my increased syns is good too! According to the article – and I know I too have done this in the past – cutting out milk, yoghurt and cheese is often the first thing people do if they want to lose weight. But many dairy products are not as fatty as people think – even full fat milk is only four per cent fat – and that would count as low fat if it was on the label of a cereal bar. A glass of milk contains much less fat than chocolate or crisps and semi-skimmed milk is less than two per cent fat. But what makes dairy products so important, says new research from the USA, is their high levels of calcium, which is important for health and weight balance. In fact, research from the USA shows that lowering calcium levels in the diet can actually increase the levels of fat in the body. It is thought that this may be because calcium can heat up the body, enabling it to burn fat more efficiently. And the good news for us Slimming World followers is that skimmed and semi-skimmed milk actually have more calcium than whole milk as well as being lower fat, so they are even better for weight loss…and you can more of these milks for your HEA too!
Anyway, I won’t bore you all with the details in the rest of the stuff I read. Needless to say there were the zealots who suggest hardly any food and a ton of exercise, or the more sensible people who seem to feel that ‘dieters’ cut too many calories – and certain food groups – to the detriment of weight loss, as the body sort of shuts down. So I am going to join the sensible camp…which is where I thought I was anyway. One interesting thing I did read was that a rough guide to working our your basal metabolic rate – for fat loss – was to multiply your weight in pounds by 12-13…so for me, this would be 5394kcals…anyway, I’m over it – I am going to stick with eating more and watch the lbs melt – haha!
The group was lovely as ever today, with such a good bunch of people. Yes, there were the typical comments…not understanding why they had gained weight even though they hadn’t eaten chocolate eggs…but had eaten lots of sponge cake and chip shop fish and chips instead, without counting any syns! And wondering why bread and porridge wasn’t okay on an Extra Easy day without synning the bread…as you are only allowed one HEB! But they are all lovely and I really look forward to going to group. My consultant had bought in a picture for me of someone who is in this years Greatest Loser competition…he looks amazing, but his consultant wouldn’t say how much he had lost as she was playing her cards close to her chest! Apparently, if you are in the top 3, you aren’t eligible to apply the following year…so consultants rarely disclose weights to each other in case it makes people hold off entering! I reckon he had lost a bloody good amount by the look of his pictures – and wish him all the best and look forward to the results soon.
The drive back from group was spent chatting to my other half about the prospect of being in a competition like that, and featuring in the magazine. In all of my previous attempts I have never contemplated it! Yet this time around it just feels within grasp. I feel really motivated and am actually beginning believe that I might crack this weight loss malarkey once and for all. It seems so far away with 21st odd still to lose – (crazy…scary…embarrassing…incredible…daunting) – but yet it still feels achievable. I am doing everything I can in my power to set myself up for success this time, and really hope that it is my time now!
But enough of my self-indulgent crap; let’s take a look at today’s usuals…
I set the alarm far too early yet still woke up before it went off, so I just headed into the shower to get ready for the horses and group. My body clock must be as buggered up as the rest of me! I grabbed breakfast and then headed off to the neddies…in gorgeous sunshine, so they were rather happy. It was nice to see our Shetland without his rug on – he’s shedding his winter coat in rather dramatic fashion – and leaving patches of white hair all over the field where he’s rolling. Once they neddies were sorted, we made our way to group but were there too early. However, I am now official payment and card taker – after ousting the husband to shop duties! – so I got set up after weighing in – it’s really nice to have a little chat with everyone as they hand their dosh over! It was then a trip to Asda and home for a quick lunch before heading off for my first babysitting ‘bedtime shift’…my sister works evenings and I cover those occasions that both her and her hubby are working the same shifts. So I had a nice afternoon playing princesses, dinosaurs and musical statues…although I am not sure that MTV and children are a good mix…Nikki Minaj wasn’t exactly pulling the kind of poses I wanted my niece to replicate! Anyhow, it was a lovely afternoon – with a few tears and a couple of tantrums – but nothing too unmanageable. Oh, apart from catching my niece looking had her poo…apparently she likes to see how big they are! I didn’t know whether to laugh, or cry at the smell, but just went with a grin and a head shake…how confusing for her?! Bedtime went well – but it was a novelty for them, so I am expecting it to get more challenging. Keeping up with Twitter and blog writing and Facebook updating is much harder with toddlers tapping the iPad screen…I don’t know how my sister copes sometimes. So it was a rather late dinner tonight, but we’re kind of night owls anyway so it didn’t mean I was going to bed on a full stomach.
Breakfast: Banana and HiFi Light (3 syns).
Lunch: Uncle Bens Thai rice (3 syns) and stir fry veggies.
Dinner: Quorn lamb strip kebabs – with fried onion, mushroom, pepper and tomato, salad, sweet potato chips, halloumi (2 x HEA + 6 syns) and two pittas (2 x HEB).
Snacks: Two posh mini raspberry macaroons (6 syns).
The food today was lovely! Breakfast was a bit utilitarian but did the job, and lunch was okay but I was rushed and didn’t season or flavour the veggies…it was fine though. The little posh macaroons were delicious – and bought for me by my lovely other half who went to a posh cake place – or patisserie! – in London yesterday, as he knows I love them. They were small and 3 syns each, so not too bad at all. Dinner is a current favourite and a real fakeaway treat…I feel a few more kebabs happening in 2013. I kept within my new official syn limit today too, so was pleased with this as it is probably the first time ever that I haven’t over synned on weigh in day. The only issue I have now is that of crisp restraint…as I had bought a multipack of French Fries for today but due to the other syns, and the fact that I was really full after dinner, I didn’t open them. I am going to try and ration them across this week, but I think that might be an ask too far!
Exercise: 30 minutes Boxercise and 15 minutes of Sit-ups – 45 ‘official’ minutes!
I say ‘official’ as I have also been playing musical statues and shaking around with my niece and nephew…so it was a bit more than that, but I hadn’t timed the really fun stuff!
Thank you once again for reading my ramblings, and I hope that my fellow slimmers are back on the bandwagon after any Easter treats,
Weight Loss Bitch xxx
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