Before I get started, I thought I’d share the reason for my smiley-ness today…
Another 4lbs off this week means I’ve made a 9st 4.5lb dent in my target weight loss of 33st 5.5lbs. Yes, alright, it’s still a bloody long road ahead, but I’m getting there.
I was also the Slimmer of the Week and so came away with a lovely big basket of fruit and a fridge magnet! And probably the most important award for me, was my Bronze Body Magic one! I am working so bloody hard – at 34st 1lb – to get off the sofa and move my butt more, so this award means a lot to me. Especially when I think back to my first WI when I had to park so close to the group entrance, have a rest before getting on the scales, couldn’t stand for more than a few seconds and had to sit down again whilst my weight was recorded in my book. I have made so much progress and I’m very proud of myself…and yes, I LOVE myself for making the effort! 😉
I also took the ‘dreaded’ photos today – front, both sides, rear and face shot – along with taking my measurements. I was initially doing this every three months, with the first being in July 2012…I couldn’t stand up long enough to take the pictures before then! 🙁 But I think I’m going to repeat this on the last WI day of each month. Today’s results were good. The pictures are staying mine for now…I will share them eventually…but the measurements I will share!
July 2012: Chest = 64″, waist = 68″, hips = 85″
Oct 2012: Chest = 60″, waist = 64.5″, hips = 79.5″
Jan 2013: Chest = 58.5″, waist = 60.5″, hips = 77.5″
Since I began then, I’ve lost 5.5″ from my chest (thankfully sideboob and not frontboob, as I don’t have much of that to spare!) 7.5″ from my waist, and 7.5″ from my hips. Whilst I might have the proportions of a TellyTubby, I am at least not going to be classed as their fatter older sister soon…I’ll be one of the gang, yay!
So, here is today’s Weight Loss Bitch rant! 😉
As I watched yet another documentary last night – ‘Weight Watchers: How they makes their millions’ – I realised something. I realised that I need to get a life and stop watching crap TV – haha! Seriously though, I had been looking forward to watching this Dispatches episode since seeing it advertised last week. An in-depth look into the competition – what could be better? However what was shown was thirty minutes of incredibly biased and shoddy journalism by a lady without a spare inch of flesh on her bones. What did she hope to show by going on the diet for a week for goodness sakes? All it demonstrated was that she was a lazy, convenience food using dieter for a week, who had a seriously nasty bee in her bonnet!
As a confirmed Slimming World devotee, I wasn’t watching it just to sit there thinking that if all Weight Watchers followers moved to Slimming World, it would be the answer they’ve been looking for. If you took a look at Twitter last night though, you might have thought otherwise. There were Slimming World consultants talking about how great the plan was – it is!, how there are no points to count – erm, what about syns?, no fancy calculators to buy, blah, blah, blah. Obviously this is part of their role – not bashing Weight Watchers, but encouraging people to attend Slimming World classes. I just can’t help but think that dignified silence in these instances is a better way of dealing with it, rather that starting ‘diet turf wars’. But I guess when you truly believe in something, you want everyone to hear you shout about it…fair enough really!
I used to share information with other large companies and often had meetings with my competitor counterparts to talk about the state of the industry, and our chosen profession, and any developments that were taking place. It seems however that the diet industry likes to keep their cards close to their (rather hefty!) chests! Why is this? After all – ALL DIETS ARE DESIGNED TO DO THE SAME THING! And no, that isn’t to make your purse lighter whilst you flounder around wondering what the hell you are doing. They are there to help you! At the same time they are also there to make money and convince you that their plan is the only one that works…which is rubbish really! Different plans work for different people; I know that counting points for each an every thing I ate would do my head in…sending me straight to the convenience goods the diet giant has on offer. Yet counting points might appeal to those who perhaps feel a little out of control with unrestricted amounts of certain types of food. Each to their own I say!
Helping yourself though must be your priority…and not to that huge helping of jam sponge and custard…but helping yourself to get educated about weight loss, nutrition and exercise. According to last nights documentary, Weight Watchers hold a meeting in parliament in order to help our MPs lose weight. One lovely lady said she thought this was a good idea, yet that Weight Watchers sold a good deal of convenience foods…the very same types of food that made people fat in the first place.
The root cause of the obesity issue in the UK is not because diets don’t work, it is because people are lazy. I don’t mean lazy in the sense of not getting off the sofa – although that is a factor – but I mean that there is an increased reliance upon convenience and processed food. Why would the manufacturers churn out these products if they weren’t selling enough of them to make a decent profit? We keep buying them, and so they keep making them!
But hey, I’m the first to admit that a little bit of convenience is, well, convenient really! A good packet of Supernoodles with some veggies for lunch is a regular occurrence in my house. So is cooking from scratch though! I also don’t use these convenience foods as a snack…they are a meal. Regardless of how many points something contains, a packet of noodles is not really a snack…if you disagree with me, you are probably struggling with your weight! An apple, or a yogurt is a snack – something with less than 100 calories – not a packet of noodles with 322 calories! The one thing that I don’t like about Weight Watchers is that you could select breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks from their own branded range of prepackaged products, without going over your points for the day, and without a ‘fresh’ morsel passing your lips! When you stop going to their groups, you are likely to continue buying this type of food, but might not want to pay WW prices and therefore end up eating cheaper prepackaged food with a higher calorie content. This is because the easy option IS an option on their plan! It might be okay for someone who wants to lose half a stone to go to a wedding, but most people need to relearn how to cook from scratch and work out how to fit doing so into their lives.
I was a little tickled by a comment that one lady made, “I’m plump by nature and wouldn’t be happy being skinny.” Haha! No one is plump by nature, you’re plump by nurture…nurturing yourself with too many calories! She said this with a look in her eyes that told you she wasn’t really happy being overweight and would love to be rocking a nice pair of jeans! I get very frustrated by people in denial but understand that this is easier than facing up-to reality! I am a hugely overweight individual and I became so because I was lazy, ordered too many takeaways, ate shite food in a bid to try and make up for other shortcomings and issues in my life, and I preferred sitting on the sofa watching TV to getting out there and having a life, in the belief that I wasn’t good enough to do that. The more you tell yourself that you are happy being overweight, the more you are chipping away at your already depleted self esteem. Own the problem and deal with it!
That brings me onto my final rant. Fat people who call themselves ‘curvy’! I am a huge advocate of learning to love yourself, as I think it is crucial to your happiness and therefore success. However, I am not an advocate of wearing rose tinted glasses and living in denial. Fat is fat, is fat – let’s not make any bones about it (that’s if you can find any bones under that fat of course!). Being fat, overweight, obese, morbidly obese etc is NOT healthy. Having tits and ass like Beyonce or Kat Dennings is wonderful, and what I would class as being ‘curvy’. What most fat people have however is fat on top of their curves! You must absolutely love yourself, and your personality, and your values, but don’t cheat yourself into thinking that it’s okay to use nicer words to describe your poor health. Don’t trick your brain into accepting that it’s okay! Love yourself but get healthy at the same time.
Face up to your problem, fix your head and work out why you ended up where you are, and then work hard to discover your inner Beyonce – sorry chaps, I’m not sure who the male equivalent of Beyonce is…but you are welcome to shake your jelly with us in the meantime whilst we are on our path to bootyliciousness!
Now that my little rant is over, I’ll move on to the usuals… 😉
It’s been a jam-packed morning, following a night of rubbish sleep as my dog kept waking me up, and then my other half was ranting about ‘birds’ in his sleep. Upon waking he assured me they were birds of the feathered variety…but I’m not convinced! Haha! So I had a shower and dried my hair – which is a mission as it’s so bloody thick that it takes ages to dry! – then met my niece and sister outside. After dropping my sister off at work, we took neicey to nursery who decided that it would be nice to stamp on a worm…following words about this, and when she was safely inside, we headed to the horses. After they were fed and happy, we headed to Asda, and then off to group! Phew! Then it was back to nursery, off to the horse feed shop, back to the horses and then home.
My group was lovely this morning and it was nice to see how pleased my consultant was with my Body Magic award! I really do love going to group and think that staying, and making some group buddies, is really helping.
Lunch: Asda bought sandwich, Quavers and water.
Dinner: Chicken tikka chunks, Mexican spicy rice, halloumi cheese and baby plum tomatoes.
Snacks: Dairylea dunker, six packets of French Fries, raspberry Muller light.
I am feeling really pleased now that I am making better WI day food choices. Despite the fact that I wanted McCoys crisps, I chose a much better – and still bloody tasty – option. I also quite fancied a kebab later; they do a lovely one in a try of spicy tomato sauce…but I’m going to make the SW kebab and slice this into my own tomato sauce later on in the week instead. We went for an old favourite for dinner…I haven’t had my squeaky cheese in ages and so saved my HEA for it! Lunch wasn’t great – it tasted okay, but I don’t like relying on packet sandwiches etc…I was in a rush though, but then drove past a jacket potato shop after eating and realised I could have gone there instead. So much better than the McDonalds, takeaway and afternoon of junk food that I used to ‘treat’ myself too though! Perhaps today’s loss was a reflection of the fact that I curbed such days and reined it in last week?
Exercise: None – it is my well-deserved day of rest!
Instead of exercising I have relaxed in my PJs this afternoon…and I’ve loved every minute of it!
Thank you once again for reading this my lovelies.
Loads of love and squishy hugs…and remember to love yourself!
Weight Loss Bitch xxx
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