Week 2 : Weigh In

So, today marked the second weigh in on my weight loss journey and well, what can I say….it was a loss!

This week I lost a whopping, wait for it….300 grams.

That’s just over a tub of butter.

So whilst the figures don’t look like much, when I look at a tub of butter, I suddenly feel better. Now, that’s not something that I ever thought that I would hear myself say, ha!

Butter
250 gram tub of butter

 

I believe it’s pointless to beat myself up over what is deemed to be a small loss.  The fact is, it’s a loss and I’m actually happy with that, and to be honest, was I the best that I could have been this week…um, no!

So, what happened?

It was all going well until the weekend kicked in and I’ve just recently been introduced, ok, ok, since we are being honest, I stumbled across these amazing Vodka Cruiser drinks called Chocolate Milkshake and OMG do they taste amazing.

So one of these little gem’s is equivalent to 11 points! Now that’s a fair whack of points considering I only have 32 per day to consume and well, it’s really hard to just stop at one of these chocolaty delights.  Not only that, when you have a drink you are generally in a somewhat social environment, even if that is at home on the couch with your partner watching TV.  Now what goes well with a drink in one hand? A snack in the other, of course.  Cue potato chips here!

I mean seriously, the thought crossed my mind ever so fleetingly to get up and create a healthy snack alternative of carrot sticks and hummus but it didn’t quiet have the same blissful indulgence as chips did, so that idea got scrapped.

Also, whilst travelling, I was dining on room service and well, they have the most amazing crème brulee at this place and yup you guessed it, after a day of meetings and flights, I indulged and didn’t even care!

So can I whinge about my 300 grams? Absolutely not!  If anything, I am over the moon with gratitude that it was a loss and not a gain.

What does this mean now?

I have to get back on the blue dot challenge and ensure that this week I’m adhering to the program completely.

I still have some 27.3kg to go. Along with completing a small challenge that I’ve set myself, which was to lose 10kg by 20 May, therefore I have 7.5kg to go and only 7 weeks and a couple of days in which to do it.

Achievable? I believe so!

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How Many Points Was That?

TrackingSince starting my Weight Watchers journey just over a week ago, my nights have very quickly turned into something that resembles a statistician working out the latest polling figures for the Trump campaign.

I mean, I sit down in front of the television and flick on something motivating to watch, either My Kitchen Rules or The Biggest Loser Transformed and then proceed to plot, chart and work my around the Smart Points system to figure out what I can eat tomorrow, whilst always allowing for a little indulgence, so as not to feel deprived.

If I’m not doing the online thing, I’m going through my pantry scanning bar codes in order to work out how many Smart Points are in that particular product. To my neighbours, I must look like am in training to become a shelf stacker or merchandiser with those little scanner machines that we see being used at the supermarkets.

But whilst I complain about tracking everything, I must admit, it does work. It allows me to gain perspective on how much processed food I was consuming and how that one extra biscuit puts me over the limit.  By putting in the time the night before, it allows me to get up in the morning and know exactly what I am going to have for breakfast without even thinking about it, which when rushed is a godsend.

So my tips for being on this journey:-

  1. Track everything that passes your lips, so as not to end up on your hips!
  2. Eat more fresh fruit and vegetables because they are 0 Smart Points.
  3. Getting moving. A little each day goes a long way!

Speaking of which, I must get going myself as I have a yoga class to attend.

Week 1 Weigh In : ‘Wait, I’m not ready’

Well, it’s finally here!

The Week 1 weigh in, and in a few short moments, I will know whether it’s been a good week and a good start to this journey or, a better not discuss it, any further week.

Holding my breath, about to stand on the scale, I pause, I hesitate and vocalise to myself; ‘Nah I might just wait a minute, might need to pee again and well that could be the difference between a loss or not. Procrastination sets in and I busy myself with anything other than standing on that scale, ha.

Alright, it’s time to bite the bullet and stop being a wuss!

I creep up to the scale, place one toe on it, then another, then a foot, and another foot. OMG, I’m now standing on the scale.

Don’t look down, don’t look down and well of course, when you tell yourself or someone else tells you not to do something, what do we always do? The very thing we are telling ourselves not to do, so I….LOOK DOWN!

Weigh in

It reads a loss of, no, that can’t be right. Let me try again, step off, step on, hmm, let’s go for the best of three. Step off, step on.

Well after three readings all the same, the result is: 2.2kg loss.

WOOHOO

I’m all over it, I think to myself, but then reality sets in.  I still have a whopping 27.8kg to shed and I know that the first week is usually a bit easier as I am always a bit more gung-ho and really diligent, so, I will just have to take it; one meal at a time, one day at a time, one week at a time and see how this all pans out.

Elise x

The Journey Starts

Twenty-seventeen has seen me make a few changes in my life and one such thing is; my want and desire to get my skinny pants back over my currently, not-so-skinny thighs!

I, like many others, have decided to embark or embrace (depending on your perspective) on a weight loss journey. In doing so, I thought that I, like many others again, would document my trials and tribulations for all and sundry to read.

In order to assist me with my journey and keep me on track, I’ve chosen the Weight Watchers program for this quest.

I am doing the program ‘Online’ and believe that keeping this journal will assist in holding myself responsible and accountable.

As a kid I was very active and weight was never an issue for me as I was one of those lucky ones that could stuff my face with anything and everything and not put on any weight whatsoever.

Well, all of that changed when I hit my late twenties and quit my sport. I then took a job where I was sitting for some 10-16hrs a day, whilst getting paid to drive a desk.

In return for all my labour some efforts to get ahead in life, my body rewarded me with; you guessed it, a cessation of my metabolism. Yup, it was like a flick of a switch and it was gone, moved out, shut for business, no longer in operation. My days of eating anything and everything had come to an end, however that didn’t seem to stop me.

It was during the first 18 months of that job, that I managed to stuff 30kgs down my throat and into my fat cells through bad food choices, way too many caramel lattes and a sedentary lifestyle.

Since then, my weight has gone up and down and I have learned to accept my body at each and every stage. Now I did say accept, not love! What I have learned throughout the, to many to count years is; that I am an emotional eater / stuffer!

When things in my life are going great, the weight drops, when it’s not, I only have to look at a piece of chocolate and my weight would increase.

I have done most programs, including Weight Watchers previously (where I had success) in order to shift the kilos. However I am now at a point in my life where I am over, starving myself, drinking nothing but shakes, eating nothing but protein and everything in between. I am now looking for a less restrictive, everything in moderation kind of life and I believe that this is the program for me.

Where I do fall down is, I lack consistency and commitment once I get to goal to maintain. The ‘she’ll be right’ or ‘one won’t hurt’ attitude or the ‘I’m tired and don’t want to exercise today’ excuses kick in.

Well no more!

I am determined to kick the extra padding to the curb and get back into my skinny pants before Christmas of 2017.

I do hope that you will join in on the fun as we inspire, support, nurture, swap stories and even a few recipes along the way as we head to destination; fit and healthy.

Elise x