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Weigh in – Award time again

Yes!!  That’s my two and a half stone loss award bagged.  I am half a pound inside my lower range limit.  It feels so wrong to be TRYING to put weight on (only a couple of pounds or so) when I have spent so long getting it off.  I’d really like to get down into the upper 10 stones as, although everyone says I look great as I am, I still feel a bit on the chunky side.  For now I think I’m going to see what all this exercise does; I’m hoping it’ll tone up the saggy bits.

After last week’s demotion to the easier class at swimming (thank goodness), this week’s class was so much easier.  I am less exhausted (so far), although the arm with the partially torn muscle (in June) aches plenty.  On a more positive note the swimming seems to have eased the (?) sciatic-y ache in my lower back/buttock.  AND I managed to do more breathing out underwater.  Still managed to swallow some, though.

Weigh in

Another 0.5lb on, making me 1lb above target.  Still in range though, but I must get back in the groove.

Today was our group’s Woman of the Year competition.  I was shocked during the past week to receive a letter telling me I’d been nominated.  I managed to find a couple of photos of me in the bad old days, wrote a bit of a blurb (which I duly ignored and winged it) and thought “not a hope in hell”.

There were 5 of us to do our thing in front of everyone else.  Standing up in front of people to speak is NOT my favourite thing.  My mind went blank and, as I said above, I winged it – severely editing the 2.5 sides of A4 I’d prepared down to not even a side.   Musta done something right because I WON!!!!!!!!!  I was presented with a sash, a certificate and an orchid.  Took me a few minutes to stop shaking.

I’ve no idea what comes next, though there is a national final.  My consultant will fill me in later.

So, if any of you are struggling with your weight I can recommend SW.  I haven’t found it difficult to follow, and it’s got me from eating 5 a year to 5 (or more) a day.  If it can do that for me it can help anyone.  If you already belong to a group, then try to stay to the chat bit after weigh in.  That’s what I put my success down to (and my stubborn-ness when I really want to do something).

And remember, above all, this is not a temporary change to your eating regime.  No, it’s meant as a lifetime commitment.  If what you were eating before was gonna keep the weight off it would have done.  It didn’t work then, it won’t work now.  Not that I’m 100% on plan at all times.  I have the odd day off here and there, and the odd day where I’m part on and part off.  Any questions, please ask.

From this –

Sat in a cafe in Monte Carlo.

Sat in a cafe in Monte Carlo.


to this –

Same clothes, different size me (different location too).

Same clothes, different size me (different location too).

Size 12 shirt size 14 jeans

Size 12 shirt size 14 jeans.

 

Weigh in – yeah baby!!!!!

Can you guess what I did?!?!?!  That’s right, I hit my target.  In fact, I went half a pound under.  Go me!!!!!!!!!!

Wow!  I never thought I’d do it.  I mean, I hoped that I would, I wanted to, but every other attempt has derailed after a few pounds so I was expecting to get bored with Slimming World way before I got this far.

I cannot thank enough my consultant, Linzi, and the support of my group.  There were times when things weren’t going well (series of gains/maintains) but staying to group and listening to how others have got through these phases really helped.

And now, I positively crave my fruit and veggies during the day.  Whilst this may not sound impressive to you, I spent the first 43 years of my life refusing point blank to have anything to do with 99.9% of them.  In my life the 5 a day idea translated into 5 a month if you were lucky.  So big changes have happened; big changes that have embedded into my psyche and now feel normal and right.

Have I finished losing weight?  For now, yes.  In the future, who knows?  I have another target in mind but others have told me I look fine as I am.  So I’m going to give it a while and see how I feel in a few months.

Weigh in – Slimmer of the Week

3lbs off and SotW.  1lb to go.

It has been a fun week in a very not funny way.  Hubby’s surgery went according to plan, as is the recovery.  Unfortunately the recovery includes lots of pain and just when you think you’re about done with that it ramps up even more for a few days.  This is where we’re at right now and it’s tough on both of us.  The running up and down stairs has got the Body Magic ticking along nicely.

The stress of seeing your loved one in absolute agony and there’s nothing you can do is hard to take.  So, my appetite is down and I’ve been eating a little ‘off-plan’ – not as much as I would have done last year so the SW way has obviously gotten ingrained.

Roll on next week.

Weigh in – award

Yes!!!!  I lost a pound to get my 2 stone award.  Just 4lbs more to hit my target.

I consider myself VERY lucky to have done it this week.  Last week I was away visiting family and going out for the day.  So, my food choices weren’t always the best.  In fact, I think I flexi-syned every day!  When I got on the scales on Saturday (2 days ago) I’d put on 2lbs from my last weight in.  Somehow or other – and please don’t ask me how ‘cos I don’t know (but if I did I’d bottle it and sell it) – I lost 3lbs in 2 days.

Whilst at group this morning I left my purse in my bag so I ran back to get it.  Big mistake.  The consultant yelled at me to stop running on my bad knee.  By the time I left group it was feeling a bit twingy.  Then when I got home I indulged in some Body Magic – otherwise known as spring-cleaning the bedroom.  Let’s just say the ice pack was my bestest friend this afternoon.

So, dear readers, for those of you who know about this sort of thing.  I tweaked (twisted/sprained) my MCL – no tearing.  How long do I rest it?  It’s 2 days shy of 5 weeks since I did it.  Should I still be taking it easy or should I be doing some sort of rehabilitative excerise?  The urge to run again is really pulling at me but I don’t want to make things worse.  Any ideas, please??????

Weigh in – Gold Award

I am a happy bunny, so happy that I may be an annoying, tormenting little so-and-so for the rest of the day.  I got my Gold Body Magic Award – 8 weeks of 150 minutes of moderate+ exercise spread over at least 5 days.  AND I lost half a pound, despite expecting a maintain at best – 2 large glasses of wine on Saturday evening, and a gammon roast with hubby’s yummy (and not SW-friendly in the least) gravy last night.

The best thing today, though, is that I have lost 7.25 inches in 2 months.  That’s off my chest, ribs, bum/top of thighs, hips and waist.  Seriously friends, I am flying high!!!!!!!!!!!

Weigh in – Award time

Yes!!!!!  (Picture me punching the air, multiple times).

I’ve cracked the 1.5 stone loss, beaten it by a whole pound.  That’s 3.5lbs disposed of in the past week.  Mind you, I was busy every day.  Now I ‘only’ need to shift another 10.5lbs to target – maybe.  That target may go down another 7lbs, depending on how I feel at the time.  Strictly speaking, to keep the medical folk happy I ‘should’ go down a further 7lbs after that.  We’ll see.

 

Weigh in – on the move again

Finally!!!!  After a month of little gains my body has taken the hint and gone for it big time.  4.5lbs down!!!  Enough to earn me my Club 10 Award.  (Club 10 is where you have lost 10% of your starting weight).

I’ve also set myself a series of mini-targets.  In two weeks, because I’m away next week, I want to have lost another 1.5lbs to take me to my 1.5 stone loss award.  Then, by the end of April I want to have lost a further 5lbs to take me into a new stone number.  Finally, by the end of May I want to have shifted a further 7lbs to take me to my target.

Happy days!

(And while I’m goal setting I’m hoping to run/walk 25 miles this month).

Weigh in – and what I’m doing this week

This week saw me put on half a pound.  I wasn’t too surprised as I’ve been lazy for 3 weeks whilst fighting this cough/fever/sore throat/catarrh thing that’s doing the rounds.

Last week I got my Silver Body Magic award, so this week I am starting my Gold.  Gold means I have to do 4 (I think, could be 8) weeks of 10 x 15 minutes or 5 x 30 minutes sessions of exercise – enough to get the blood pumping and the sweat pouring.  In just over 24 hours I have managed to tick of 7 x 15 minutes (a 45 minute walk, a 45 minute jog/walk and a 15 minute swim).  Needless to say I am now sitting with my feet up, staring at the sunshine, watching hubby finish off our lunch of pasta, gammon ham and tomatoes.

Tomorrow sees us attempting 45 minutes of badminton (or racket ball, depending on what’s available), which will take me to my 10 x 15 sessions.  The rest of the week will be a bonus – OR I’ll be feeling thoroughly miserable with achy joints 😉

Why all this mad activity?  Hubby and I are at Center Parcs.  We’ve left our kids guarding hearth and home.  The youngest is 19 so they are old enough.  Eating out here is very difficult if you want to stick to the SW plan.  Yes, there are cooking facilities in our villa but it’s my holiday too so there’s not going to be much self in the self-catering (a cooked breakfast and a very light lunch).  So all this exercise is going on counteracting the rather tasty, and synful, meals on offer.

Last night we had tapas.  Tonight it’ll be the American diner.  Hubby fancies sticky ribs.  I’ll have a long look at the menu and take it from there.

Weigh in

Managed to make it to group today, though the effort tired me out – these flippin’ germs are still making their presence felt.  I was shocked to find out I’ve lost 3lbs in the past 2 weeks!  Especially as we went to the pub last night, though I did have a nice large chicken salad (and a nice large glass of white wine thanks to hubby).

I also picked up my Silver Award!  Think it might be a week or two before I can think about starting towards Gold.