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!!!!!!!!!!!
As I’ve mentioned previously, I’ve entered the Gosport Golden Mile. It’s in 2 weeks. When I entered (arm-twisted gently by a Slimming World friend) I couldn’t run for more than half a mile in one go. Yesterday I managed 0.92 of a mile!!!! If I’d known how close I’d got I might have made it. Might not because I was puffing worse than a steam train pulling out of a station (and just as loud, too).
I’m no longer worried about running it all.
After a week of being off-plan nearly as much as being on it – think 2 x pizza takeaways, sweet wine, pub lunch – I was gobsmacked to lose 3.5lbs!!!! The getting fit has been a bit thin on the ground too.
Normal service is resumed this week.
Today’s weigh in saw a 1lb gain over 2 weeks. I’m actually quite pleased by this as the second week was spent on a cruise ship and, if you’ve ever been on one, you’ll know how more-ish the food is.
On board I realised that I AM capable of judging my appetite AND want versus need. It wasn’t always easy to stick to the Slimming World plan – salad and grated carrots gets a bit samey after a couple of days, plus the veg choice at dinner wasn’t always something I liked – but, even eating more bread/pastry than I should, I managed to make mostly sensible choices. My plate was never filled up (unlike previous cruises), plus I still managed to have a large glass of wine most evenings. Maybe having to push the wheelchair around for at least an hour most days helped.
So, I’ve learnt that I can possibly loosen the reins a little and, as long as I show constraint on portion sizes, it won’t bring about too much weight gain. And that, my friends, is good for my soul.
(I did go look at the gym on board but that was all I did. Far too many sporty, fit looking types for my comfort level).
Another half pound gain. Yet I’m not unhappy about it. Why? Because other areas are seeing the benefits of this new lifestyle. Take a look at what my SW consultant posted on FB the other day:
I can tick all of those. I run further, the red jeans that I bought that were very tight are now loose enough not to irritate when I sit down, the inches are going (slowly), it won’t be long before I’ll have to have my wedding ring resized, and I have way more oomph than at almost any time in the past 10 years. And as an added bonus my body fat percentage has fallen 2% in the past 6 weeks or so. I’m just all round happier.
I’m doing longer run periods without stopping and, when I have to walk for a while I’m walking less. Muscle is being built, which is denser than fat. A pound of muscle takes up less space than a pound of fat. To put it another way a litre of muscle weighs more than a litre of fat. So, because my fat is going and being replaced by fat my inches are going down but my weight is maintaining/increasing slightly. Yes I am looking forward to the scales moving downwards again BUT it’s not the only thing.
It seemed like a good idea at the start. Do a longer session to see how I do. EXCEPT my thighs (left one in particular) had other ideas. None of my run periods were as long as I anticipated, nor were there as many of them. Y’see, due to a bad fibromyalgia flare-up I had to hire my daughter a wheelchair so we could go shopping on Monday. Let’s just say I have a new and profound respect for people who do the pushing on a full-time basis. (According to my SW consultant, it counts as strength training).
I’ve got an osteopathy appointment for tomorrow because my tennis/golfers elbow is giving me gripes (again, for the umpteenth time). Think I may need some leg work too. Good job she’s a friend – and we’re doing lunch after.
The S.A.S. log is really helping. I know I shouldn’t weigh myself at home but I’ve dropped a pound since Monday – fingers crossed it stays away and takes some of its friends with it. I’ve tried not to weigh myself during the week but that seems to be a trigger for poor weight loss or even weight gain. I think I need to see what’s happening to keep me on track. If any of you have any ideas on how to wean myself off needing the scales please share them in the comments.
Another maintain! But after last week’s extravagances (dabbling with chocolate brownies, ice cream, sauces AND whipped cream, as well as wraps and fried potatoes) I so deserved to have put on. Thus, I am happy with the maintain.
What I am not happy with is this new groove of getting nowhere fast with the weight loss. I lose a bit, put some of that back on, maintain – RINSE & REPEAT!!!!!! I need to shift another 3lbs to get my 10% Award (where I have lost 105 of my starting weight). My SW consultant has given me an SAS (Sabotage All Sinners) log for me to plot what’s happening for a week. Hopefully, this will give me clues as to why things are dithering. Of course, it may also be due to my getting better at jogging and, from that, increasing muscle mass. Muscle is denser than fat so a cubic centimetre of muscle weighs more than a cubic centimetre of fat.
I got my strength training in today, pushing a wheelchair around our local town (in the snow, silly me) and then around the supermarket with one of those clip-on trolleys on the front. My thighs and shoulders are tight tonight.
My goal for this month is to move that 3lbs AND have covered at least 15 miles jogging/walking (bearing in mind that I only started this yesterday, 10 days in).
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.
After belatedly updating my weight loss tracker (down there on the right, and no I still haven’t worked out how to make it bigger), I realised that I am now just over half-way to my interim target. Interim because I haven’t decided yet if that is where I want to stop, but it’ll do for now.
I just need to lose another 2.5lbs to make the 10% club. This club is for those Slimming World members who have lost 10% of their starting body weight. This is my goal for the next couple of weeks.
Another “did it” post. That pesky half pound bit the dust this past week to leave me one stone (14 pounds) lighter than when I started out at the beginning of December! Good riddance, don’t hurry back.
After group this morning I went for another walk/jog. It was really invigorating to notice that I could run for longer and more often.
I am doing a food log this week, just to make sure my bad food habits don’t start to sneak back in. So far so good.
That’s it for today. Hope you all have had a good week.