It is! Healthy Eating is so hard! Especially when the weather is terrible outside like it has been! Its making me want to curl up on the sofa with my little lady and eat rubbish all day long. I’d be lying if I said I had been on plan 100% all of the time! Having said that, there has been two out of the 7 days when I have gone over my daily allowance of calories and that has been by a max of 100 calories on each of the days I went over.
My eating this week!
I mentioned last week that I had been through a bit of a rollercoaster in my personal life and I guess that, combined with the wind, cold and rain have just got me a bit down! I’ve just wanted to eat the days away! Thinking about it though, I might have been a bit disheartened at life but I certainly haven’t gone to town with my best mates Ben and Jerry like I normally would have. I ate a Maltesers Reindeer on the way home from the supermarket and felt guilty as hell about it for hours afterwards.
I know my healthy conscience is in there, I just need to be listening to her a bit more rather than giving in to the extreme amount of temptation the shops are offering at the minute with all of the Christmas chocolate and Halloween treats making their way to the shelves.
At the grand old age of 34 (nearly 35), I have learned how to cook a baked potato without either having it explode in the microwave or come out of the oven like a lump of coal. So my week has been all about the baked potato. Who even knew there were other ways to eat them then enough butter to make my arteries cry? I’ve been enjoying tuna mayonnaise (the lighter than light stuff) and baked beans on them. They’re now my go-to food for something quick and easy.
Luckily, my daughter has my back! She made some chocolate crispie cakes with her daddy and very thoughtfully brought me one to try, let me have one bite, took it off me and ate the lot. I’m telling myself she’s thinking of my waistline!
I’m still drinking 3 litres of water per day (sometimes more), I am still going to the toilet every 23 minutes (sometimes more)! OK, so that is a huge exaggeration, but I am definitely going to the loo a lot more often than I used to. I suppose I’m just waiting for my body to realise this is the new normal!
Progress this week
Well… I’m more excited about the visible progress this week. My favourite jeans to be precise. 3 or 4 weeks ago the zip stayed up… unless I coughed, bent over or you know breathed, then down it went. I had these jeans on over the weekend and didn’t have to pull the zip back up once. To others, this might not seem like a big thing but its a massive win for me!
My next jean related goal is to get into a pair of Zara jeans I was bought for a Christmas present around 3 years go. They’ve hung in my wardrobe, still with the tags on for the whole time because I was embarrassed to tell the person that bought me them that they were too small! I’m expecting this goal to take a good few weeks yet though but still… its my aim.
Weight is just a number!
Its easy to get bogged down with the number on the scales and the inches on a tape measure. I haven’t weighed myself this week, and I am not going to. I know weight loss slows down as time goes on and for me, if I don’t see a good loss on the scales, I lose faith and give up. Before going to the appointment I had decided against getting measured this week, instead choosing to take a photo and compare it against my first week photo (I’ve posted this below), this way I can actually see the difference rather than relying on scales to tell me I’m doing a good job!
I can tell the difference in the pain in my knees. As I said in my first blog, I need a knee replacement and I am doing everything I can to avoid this, its a major operation and I am too young to be replacing my body parts when I can lessen the pressure on them by losing weight. At the beginning of this blog, right at the start in week one, I was in pain ALL OF THE TIME. Now, they still hurt, I am by no means cured of pain, but the pain is much better than it was before. I am expecting this to only get better, which I am over the moon about!
My appointment this week
The first thing I did when I stepped into see Denise this week was be honest about the types of foods that have “fallen” into my mouth this week and how I found this week especially tough in terms of keeping on track. Denise was so supportive and told me that no matter which bump in the road I hit, there is always a way to claw back and get in control of myself again! The more I thought about this during the treatment, the more I realised its true! I am in charge of what I do, and I can’t blame feelings, emotions or Thursdays for my own choices.
Despite deciding against getting measured initially, I quickly changed my mind when I saw the tape measure lying there and I am so glad I did. Since my first appointment, I have lost a total of 10 inches! 10 whole inches! I’m so happy! I feel so good about myself right now. It’s totally renewed my positive mindset!
This week was more of the same treatment, my favourite treatment Cavitation and my not so favourite treatment Shockwave. Shockwave was focused on fat metabolising this week so I am expecting to go to the toilet every 10 minutes now (OK I am exaggerating again!)
I’ve found a renewed sense of drive to get me back to the mindset I had in week 1 and 2. Healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle has to be my priority in my self care now! I can’t allow myself to feed the chocolate demon (she just gets bigger, louder and harder to ignore). Personal issues will no longer get in the way of a lettuce leaf reaching my mouth.
I’ve decided on my days when I really don’t need to drive, I won’t be taking the car anywhere. I will be walking, strengthening the muscles in my legs and kick starting myself into being even healthier. Whether this be a little walk up to visit family or to the shops for something healthy for dinner that night, all the fresh air will be better for me and little legs – it might make her nap better during the day too!
I’ve got another appointment next week, for cavitation again and skin tightening shockwave!