I am really pleased to report a good loss of 3.5lbs this week. I even updated my photos page. I am now the lightest I have been for probably over three and a half years.
I think what really helped was having a good variety to my meals. It was getting all a bit samey – chilli con carne, lasagne, carbonara etc, and it made a nice change to have a lot of salads and some new meals (and some variations on a theme). When I feel myself getting into a rut, I think it will do me some good to follow a 7 day plan from the magazine. The only thing I would say is that having such a variety in my diet does make for an expensive shopping trip. However, if it kick starts my weight loss again, then it is worth it.
I have found it easier to resist the office snacks too, which I think has been down to the more grazing approach which the 7 day plan seemed to encourage. I’m not saying I have been 100% saintly (there was that trifle sundae on Sunday after all), but I’ve been trying to pay more attention to how I feel. Also, I am a scan bran convert – it takes me nearly all morning to eat the prescribed 5 for my Healthy Extra B with cottage cheese.
I’m pleased with how things are shaping up, literally, too:
So January 2013, I felt and looked like a blob. My face was all podgy and I just didn’t feel good in my own skin. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not exactly wasting away now, but I can see a difference, and I can definitely feel a difference.
It’s only about a dress size worth of difference so far, but it is pleasing (for me) to know that I am slimming, as there are times when I just don’t feel like I am.
It’s another 3lbs to my next half stone award, and I am hoping that with some sensible eating, taking away some of the learning points from last week, and keeping up a food diary for this week, I will be close to achieving (or actually achieving) this next milestone in my weight loss.
Exercise wise, I haven’t really been doing anything. While my foot is on the mend, I wore my running shoes around the house, and my feet weren’t happy, so I have postponed running by another week. As it turns out, I don’t have the opportunity to go to spinning tomorrow night, as I am meeting my dad for tea as we need a catch up. I have decided that, when I am getting back into running, I will do a week of 1 milers so that I don’t aggravate my foot too much. From there, I will get back to my Hal Higdon 10k plan, starting at Week 1 again.