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Whole 100: My Day 100 check in

Here we are – Day 100 of my Whole 100. The end of a pretty good experiment.

Casting my mind back three and a bit months (obviously, with the help of a blog post from then too!), I wanted to give a Whole 30 a bit longer and see if I could address a longer standing problem of having a poor relationship with food. The makers of Whole 30 acknowledge that, while it shouldn’t be a 365 day way of eating, you might want a bit longer than 30 days if you’re experiencing different or more embedded issues. My previous Whole 30s have been great experiences – each time I have learnt a little more about myself. The problem for me hasn’t been in the completing the Whole 30 (I’m bloody minded enough to stick with it for that kind of time), but it is the “after” that I really struggled with. Moderation, as I have said before, is not something I am good at. I’m an all-or-nothing kinda girl. As a result, I quickly slipped back into old eating habits, putting on more weight, and then, well, several stone later and the rest is history! So, without waffling further, I wanted to see if 100 days of eating in a strict paleo way would help me battle some of the longer standing niggles.

The Grand Results Progress 

I’ve been thinking about the rhetoric that I use to describe what I’m on, and I was chatting to Mum at the weekend about a couple of things, including my recent weight loss. It got me thinking. I don’t like “results”. No, that’s a lie. I like results (as an entity) a lot. I don’t like the word as a word to describe where I’m at. Results to me imply that it is an arrival at a destination – I’ve finished. Except, I haven’t finished (not by quite a long way). So, I’m calling it progress.

Numbers wise, I’ve lost 36 lbs since I started this Whole 100, and since the beginning of the year, I’ve lost 56 lbs – 4 whole stone. That kind of blows my mind. Apparently, according to I Lost What that is the equivalent of a hang glider or 280 tomatoes!

Whole 100 Results Beyond the Sofa February to August

However, health isn’t just about weight, and there are plenty of non-scale victories to complement the decrease in my waistline. Even if I had no other highlights, I’d be pleased with the above, but actually I can also be pleased about:

  • Going down two dress sizes (okay, at the moment, it’s only officially one size, but my current trousers are too big so I know I will fit into the next size down).
  • Tackling hills. Particularly lately, I’ve done pretty well on powering up some hills at the weekends and during a week off.  I definitely think I would have struggled with this 6 months ago.

Whole 100 Hills

  • Sticking with yoga. Following in a similar theme, I have to admit that while I do struggle a little bit with it at the moment (I am absolutely nowhere near being able to do jump throughs or anything, as I am carrying too much weight), I don’t think I could have done half as much 6 months ago. Back in October last year, I went to a beginners course at the studio I go to now, and I found that hard and disheartening. I don’t feel like that now, which is great.
  • More home cooking. I find cooking generally quite relaxing, and, let’s face it, very rewarding. I have enjoyed cooking more food and eating better. I’ve also tried to make more choices to support local businesses, like buying from our local butcher (who has an amazing “meat for the week” deal), and our local greengrocers. The only thing I REALLY don’t like, is the washing up. Urgh. When will I be able to work in a tidy way? It looks like World War 3 has happened, a sea of mutilated onion peelings and crushed garlic trailing in my wake.

Whole 100 meals

  • Eating out. In my previous Whole 30s, I have actively avoided social interaction and eating out. That’s doable for one month, but for three, not going out just wasn’t going to be a workable solution. It took some effort and pre-planning (no, Italian could never be on the list of places I could go, and Chinese was out for the soy they put in everything), but I did manage it. I keep thinking I’ll do another post on eating out on paleo, but suffice to say for now, I’ve maintained some sort of social life. Also, bonus non-scale victory? Realising that soda water with ice and a slice at the pub is free. Yes, I stood there with my purse for about 5 minutes, waiting for the bartender to come back and charge me, before he realised that I didn’t know it was free. Winning!
  • Better handle on my binge triggers. I have always know that when I feel low, my willpower slips and I end up eating ALL the things. Typically all the sweet things, though I am non-discriminatory in that sense – savoury is equally as game. While I’ve always known this, it has nearly always been a surprise when the urge to eat anything and everything in sight hits. For the large part of my Whole 100, I haven’t felt the need to do this, until recently (maybe the last 4 or so weeks). I’m not surprised I haven’t really noticed it before, but there are tell-tale signs that this kind of behaviour is imminent, but when it really hits, it’s like someone has flicked a switch and nothing would satiate that feeling. It’s hard to describe, and I am probably not making a load of sense. My point is, that I have now experienced that feeling, paid close attention to it, and then promptly got on with a distraction to help the time (and the urge) pass. Hence why I have gone through several balls of wool and crocheted a lot of granny squares.
  • Enjoying summer. I won’t lie, my parting is very much not enjoying summer and practically sizzles like a hot plate when I get in the shower (I really do need to remember a hat), but generally, I am really enjoying this summer, for the first time in literally years. I’m not sure if I can attribute this to just the Whole 100, feeling better in my skin, or living in a different town, but I am definitely doing a better job of living beyond my sofa so far this summer.

Summer 2016

I think I have gone on for quite long enough today. I am still feeling a little nervous about coming off of the Whole 100, but I have given it a lot of thought over the last couple of weeks, and think I have a plan in place – more on this another day!


My other Whole 100 posts are all here:


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Non Weigh in Wednesday 19: Baggy trousers

Non-Weigh In Wednesday

 

I really must get better at putting together my Weigh In Wednesday posts, as it has been another couple of weeks since I last posted one.

It’s been a good couple of weeks for non-scale victories.

Loose trousers

So we all know about my work trouser saga, and I haven’t resolved it yet. As a result, my bum has got properly baggy, but I hadn’t really noticed how much until I caught sight of myself in the mirror at a conference today during a loo break.

Mirror selfie

It’s all well and good, but the bottom of my trousers are really scuffed up now. I need to make it my mission in my week off to find a new pair of work trousers. I’m not really complaining. I think it’s actually kinda cool (though doesn’t look great, so yeah… Need to get it sorted!).

People noticing

Mum, Dad and me travelled to Hampshire on Sunday to see my sister to go out for lunch for her birthday. It was really lovely to see her (as it always is), especially as I haven’t seen her since Easter. She was very complimentary and said she could see a real difference. I was a bit concerned about what I was going to eat, as we were going to a pub. I picked a salad, and I swear it was one of the best salads I have had in ages. I’m now looking for roquito peppers, as they were in the salad and they may be my new favourite thing.

Our catering account manager has also said she can see a massive difference every time she sees me. I swear she is my favourite person at work sometimes!

Yoga

I went to my Moving into Mysore class again on Monday, and really enjoyed it. I think mentally, I’m feeling in a bit of a better place. I have always struggled with downward dog and normally revert to puppy pose instead. This week, I actually managed some downward dog. I was pretty pleased! I am feeling it in my hamstrings today though.

In other yoga news, I went to a wellbeing conference for work today and was introduced to laughter yoga. It is probably the most bizarre thing I have ever experienced, but it was really fun. I hadn’t heard of it before today. Very sadly, apparently while children smile in excessive of something crazy like 400 times a day, adults are lagging way behind. It’s the same for laughter, so the idea of laughter yoga is to get back in touch with your inner (smiley, giggly) child – going around and clapping and saying “ho ho ho, he he he”, greeting people like you’re really excited to see them and are long lost friends, and all sorts. It was completely random, but good fun.

Days ahead

It’s going to be a busy few days ahead. My meal prep has been okay this week, and I just need to make sure that it continues for the next few days. I have made a couple of really good salads, eggy muffins for breakfast, and pulled stuff out of the freezer for tea. It definitely takes the stress out of it all.

It’s Blogtacular on Friday, and I got my photowalk instructions this morning (woohoo!). There was a link to making the best of a photowalk on that email, and one piece of advice was to be prepared to be involved in the actual photos. Normally I would have though “urgh” as I really felt uncomfortable in front of the camera. At the moment, the thought of this doesn’t bother me at all. This is quite a revelation for me!

There’s a few more non-scale victories to add to the list! It’s all good!

Have you ever heard of laughter yoga? Would you ever give it a go?


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Whole 100 Day 30 – Progress Update

Here it is! The sun has nearly set on Day 30, which I guess makes this my fourth Whole 30, and (you guessed it) 30 days into my Whole 100. I thought I’d just run through where I am right now.

Highlights

I’ve had a couple of really good highlights so far. Firstly, I am in the next size down in jeans and really do need to replace my work trousers sooner rather than later. I’ve actually lost 15lbs since Day -1, which takes my weight loss since the beginning of the year to 31.5lbs lost which I am really pleased with. I’m just trying to see if I have any pictures of me at Christmas for a better comparison (if I find any, I’ll post them at some point). Frustratingly, while I feel different, I don’t think you can see a massive difference in my progress pictures, though it is slightly more evident front on (I think, maybe).

Whole 100 Day 30 side comparison

On the plus side, I look a bit chirpier than I did in the Day minus 1. When I’ve spoken to Mum, she said I sound happier too and I guess I feel more like that in myself despite some extra challenges and stress at work.

Whole 100 Day 30 front comparison

When I talked about my Day minus 1, I said that my skin, hair and nails weren’t great. I was suffering with some pretty gross dandruff, my nails were super brittle and flaky and my skin was spotty and patchy. This is definitely a work in progress, but I’m really pleased to say that my dandruff has mostly cleared up and my nails are growing well and are much stronger (despite catching my thumb nail in the grater when I was grating carrot a week and a bit ago! Ouch!).

Another highlight has been eating out. In my previous Whole 30 escapades, I have actively avoided going out to eat. This time, I’ve eaten out twice and haven’t found it too bad an experience (and hopefully, I haven’t been too difficult to eat out with!).

Food

I thought I’d just mention food that I am really enjoying right now.

Whole 30 Meals

Sweet potatoes are everything. I eat something sweet potato related most days, and I am nowhere near bored of them (which is quite unusual for me). I’ve also really enjoyed my salads lately, along with some deli tuna from Well Fed 2. For dinners, I was glad to welcome some spicy food back into my life in the form of curry. From having eaten quite a lot of red meat over the last month, I’ve batch cooked a load of chicken dishes, so it’s going to be a bit more varied this month.

The next 30 days

Over the next 30 days, I had a couple of things I’d like to work on. Firstly, I want to make sure that I’m actually eating enough. There have been a good few days where I forgot to eat breakfast, and then meetings roll on or I get caught up in something at work and before I know it, I haven’t had any lunch either. I’ve tried to make sure my portion sizes aren’t too big, but that’s not much use if I am not eating until tea time. I’ve guessed that might be why my moods are a little all over the place at the moment. Poor Matt – he’s dealt with a lot of my hangry moods lately.

Secondly, I want to add some activity in. Last night, I started a Moving into Mysore class at the yoga studio I went to last October. It’s a six week course, and I’d like to think that it will set the foundation and structure for a better commitment on my part. I’ve been comparatively more active in terms of just getting out and about over the last month or so too so I would like to keep that up.

In summary

Despite a couple of rocky patches so far, it all seems to be going okay. I’m not at the stage of feeling all out amazing, but that has just confirmed that I need to stick at this way of eating for longer to see if I can really break out of some bad habits. I do remember thinking that 100 days was an awfully long time, but now that I am 30 days in, it doesn’t feel too bad. I think Jo had exactly the right advice which was to just treat it like 100 single days, instead of one massive block of 100 days. Thanks Jo!


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Non-Weigh In Wednesday 18: Checking in

Non-Weigh In Wednesday

Non-weigh in Wednesday is here again! I still haven’t stepped on the scales yet, and think I am going to leave it until a Whole 30 has been completed before I do so. What’s been going on this week?

Steps

Well, I think I did my most steps this year on Saturday just passed, when Matt and I went to the Devon County Show for the day. I’ve got a post to write up about it, but I tipped over my goal at 10:30am on Saturday, which I don’t think I have ever done before. I feel like I am more active generally too.

Devon County Show 2016

Sleep and Concentration

I am definitely finding it much easier to get up in the morning still, though I am struggling to shut my brain off in the evening. I feel like I have so many ideas (work, blog, life) and so little time. Plus my note book is never near me when I need it, and I’m just not a digital enough kind of person to pop it on my phone. So this isn’t really a non-scale victory for me this week. My concentration levels aren’t brilliant, but I think it is because I am stretching myself quite thin (jack of all trades, master of none right now!). That will get better over the next few weeks (hopefully).

Clothing

My clothes are definitely getting baggier, which is brilliant news. While it is good news, frustratingly, Next don’t have any immediately available trousers in my size so I have been forced elsewhere. I’ve taken a bit of a gamble on what size I am in a different shop, but I think it’ll be officially the same size as I currently wear for work trousers. I need to buy some new jeans too, which I am hoping will match the size of my work trousers (they’re currently a size bigger). I also wish I had taken a selfie or something before I started my Whole 100 as I am sure my face looks a bit thinner (or perhaps I have found better lighting!).

Skin

This is a bit of an odd non-scale victory. My skin has broken out horribly. I’ve decided that this is a good thing. I have no idea whether this is actually the case, but I’ve decided that the crap from everything I was eating before my Whole 100 is on its way out and of course, being acne prone (still), it is my skin that suffers. If I am completely honest, my stress levels are quite high again, and that probably isn’t helping.

Digestively

This is a big thing for me. While I am generally pretty good, digestively speaking, this has got better over the last couple of weeks and it’s great! I don’t think I am eating as much, and life is just settled in this respect.

So that’s me this week. How is your week going?


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Non-Weigh In Wednesday 17 and My First 10 days

It’s ten days since I started my Whole 100! I’m stuck in that place where I feel like that hasn’t been very long at all, while also feeling like I have found my rhythm with it and like I have been eating this way for ages. As I am not weighing in, I thought I’d share some more non-scale victories (which are decidedly less sarcastic than last week).

Stronger nails

As I mentioned in my pre-Whole 100 post, my nails have been brittle, flaky and weak for what feels like absolutely ages. They were slow to grow and when they did, they wouldn’t last. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t like super long nails, as I struggle to type, but I do like a little tip so that nail polish (on the rare occasion that I wear it) looks nice. Hurrah for stronger nails!

Yogi Tea - Bedtime

Getting up

I don’t know whether this is a Whole 100 thing or just a lighter mornings thing, but I am finding it much less difficult to get up in the morning. So much so that I have shrugged off my night owl preference and got in early to work both yesterday and today without having too much issues with flagging during the day. I’ve had a lot of work this week with one person down in the team, so I have been getting in to work for 7am. I have actually impressed myself. I don’t even think I represented a zombie when I’ve arrived – no one has recoiled, so I can only take that as a good thing! Importantly though, I have also managed to have a normal day until about 10:30pm. I don’t think it is something that I would want to get into the habit of long term, but it does feel good to be able to get up without having to feel like I am dragging an anchor behind me.

Whole 100 breakfast

Enjoying food and feeling hungry

Prior to starting this Whole 100, I cannot tell you the last time that I felt my tummy rumble. I am trying to remember where I found an article which I’ve read recently which was basically saying that we are designed to feel hunger and we shouldn’t avoid feeling like that. I’ve actually felt hungry! Who’d have thunk! I’ve also been really enjoying the meals that I made and froze. I don’t think there is anything that I have really felt “blurgh” about at all, which is great!

Well Fed Deli Tuna

Feeling fuller on smaller portions

This bit really is that simple – I feel that I am eating much less than I was and that I am taking longer to eat my food which is good. Obviously trying to race through crudités gives you immense jaw ache, so I have been taking my time.

Day 8 Lunch

Whole 100 generally

I have actually really enjoyed this all so far. I haven’t had my temper tantrums (yet) though I suspect they’ll arrive at some point. My concentration is a little better and I feel perkier. I don’t know if I feel thinner, but I am feeling much better in myself. I’m less windy, my stomach ache has gone and I haven’t had any since I started my Whole 100. I am not really craving much at the moment, but is phantom smells a thing? I swear I can smell things like freshly cooked doughnuts (mmm….) and other random smells in unsuspecting places. I have a feeling that I have this in my January Whole 30, but I don’t appear to have written it down in the blog.

Thinking back on my decision to go for a Whole 100 over another Whole 30, I feel like I have made the right decision. The fact that I am feeling pretty good, when ordinarily my temper has frayed and I have been a nightmare to live with for the first two weeks in a Whole 30 indicates to me that I still have stuff working its way out of my system (certainly if my skin is anything to go by, that is definitely the case).

The only thing that really hasn’t improved yet is a dandruffy scalp which makes me thing that it is more to do with my stress levels than my diet. It’s frustrating (not to mention sore) but I know it’ll go away over the next few weeks.

Anyway, that’s me for this week – I feel much more positive. All round chirpy!

 


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Non-Weigh In Wednesday 16: Non-scale victories already?

With my whole not-weighing-in during my Whole 100 (at least for 30 days anyway), I thought it might be nice to share some non-scale victories I have had so far.  Are you ready?

I’m alive. Functioning, just. I have had a headache for the last two days that just won’t shift (damn it Whole 30 people – you were right when you said that the amount of suck experienced in this phase is directly proportionate to how much crap you ate before starting). I am genuinely considering being alive and not having murdered anyone for a shortcake millionaire thing as a remarkable success. Where did the little chocolatey treats come from? My manager – she bought them for the office (normally a very lovely gesture that I would completely appreciate). I had to sniff them. It was the closest I could get. Thankfully I don’t think I dribbled in the tub… Nope. My colleagues just think I’m a weirdo.

Whole 100 Day 3 Beyond the Sofa

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To be fair, I am considering the not eating sweet things as a genuine non-scale victory for my first week, as resisting those buggers was tough! Who doesn’t love the Marks and Spencer tub of treats?! I am assured by Matt that this does count as a victory.

Right now, I’ve ended up in a bit of a funk. It’s a temporary food funk. I have also apologised to Matt in advance of the impending storm that will be my toddler style temper tantrum that will strike without warning (and almost undoubtedly for no good reason) over the next 5 or so days. I should probably apologise to him again, now, as I think I’m being needy and difficult. All of this over sugar. How ridiculous.

I think my mantra at the moment is very much “this too shall pass”.

This too shall pass

(Photo credit: Marlis Borger on Flickr)


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Venturing towards a Whole 100

I can’t remember exactly what it was that set me off down this line of thought, but I have thinking about my next Whole 30. I had intended to complete another Whole 30 in July this year, a half year check in since my January Whole 30. Despite my best of intentions to live an 80/20 life of food, it hasn’t worked. If I’m honest, I’m not sure it has ever worked for me.

When I am good, I’m really good. If I am not tempted by anything, it’s all super easy, but if I have the taste of something, that’s it – it’s a lost cause. While I can’t pinpoint the exact time that I started thinking about my next Whole 30, I am quite sure it was after I had eaten a lorry load of junk during (and after) a training session at work. It’s just so easy to slip back into eating garbage. Yes, my willpower could do with a bit more exercise, and maybe some would say that I don’t want it enough (it being losing weight). Maybe sometimes, that is true – with so much else going on, sometimes I forget that actually I do need to do something positive for my physical health. Perhaps it’s an addiction to sugar (most of my foods of choice tend to be sweet things). I don’t know, but I know I need to change.

First Ice Cream

The people behind Whole 30 also recognise that sometimes, 30 days isn’t enough:

“Generally speaking, if you have a long-standing medical issue, an autoimmune disease, or a history of tenacious cravings for food addictions, you’ll likely find 30 days isn’t enough to see the full potential of your results.”

I am lucky not to have any medical issues or autoimmune diseases, but my relationship with food is still, three Whole 30s later, poor at best. Have my Whole 30s been failings? No, not at all. I’ve learnt lots about myself during and after each one. I just don’t think I have done them for long enough. I could consider doing a Whole 45 (45 days), or 60 (60 days). I could, but I’m not. I’m considering a Whole 100.

I want to have a really good stab at it. I wrote a while ago about something that really gets my goat – the New Year’s “it only takes 21 days to form a habit” rubbish. For me, 21 days just isn’t long enough. Thirty days isn’t long enough. Perhaps 100 days will be enough for my brain and body to realise that there really is life without sugar all day every day, and that the life after that can be pretty good (if the 30 days are anything to go by).

I’ve tried to read about what sort of things to expect, and it seems that food boredom is top of the list. I’ll be rolling out my well used copies of Well Fed 2 and Nom Nom Paleo and working my way through some of the new-to-me recipes in there. I am also considering buying another paleo cookbook, but I haven’t decided which yet. In terms of when to start, I am going to postpone until after my Mum’s birthday, as we are planning to go out for food (probably Wagamama), so factoring in some time for batch cooking, I think I am looking at a start date of Monday 9th May, making the 100th day Wednesday 17th August.

As for blogging, I won’t be blogging every few days as I have done in my previous Whole 30s, but will do a round up once every 10 or so days. I am currently thinking what to do about my Weigh in Wednesdays, as the consensus is to stay away from the scales during a Whole 30.

Anyway, that is my current plan. I have Friday off to exercise my inner domestic goddess and get some batch cooking done, and help batten down the hatches.


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Weigh in Wednesday 15: At a loss over a gain

Weigh in Wednesday 15

Getting straight to it, I appear to have put on two pounds this week. Two gains in a row, 5lbs in total. And I’m a bit confused.

I wasn’t surprised with my gain last week, but this week I am a bit confused. I’ve had a bit of a think and my food choices haven’t been too bad. Okay, they haven’t been super amazing, but they haven’t been too bad. Looking at my UP info though it seems I have been much less active than normal.

Weigh in Wednesday 15

The only day that I have really done well was when I volunteered at parkrun this weekend. I definitely need to be upping my movement over the next week. The weekend won’t be too difficult to get moving a bit more as Matt and I are off to Silverstone. My main problem is getting my steps in during the week. As my workload has increased (again) I am becoming more and more desk bound, so I need to make the effort to get outside.

Hopefully next week will be better.


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Weigh in Wednesday 14: Bad eating will catch you up

Weigh in Wednesday 14

It’s been a busy-ish week. I’ve worked some pretty long hours, and had a weekend away. On Friday night, I popped down to my parents’ house to spend some time with them as my sister would be going home over the weekend, and I wouldn’t get the chance to say goodbye after Friday. I finished off my Green and Black’s mint chocolate Easter egg while I was there. Thinking about it, that is probably the longest time it has taken me to eat an Easter egg. I was always the child who ate them over the course of the Easter weekend.

On Saturday, I had to be up early. Matt wanted to get on the road early on to get to Brands Hatch for the first British Touring Car Championship meeting of the year. He’d won tickets on Twitter and booked us in to the Travelodge at Dartford for Saturday night.

BTCC Brands Hatch

We’ve never been to Brands Hatch before but arrived in good time, and what a gorgeous day! We were really blessed with the weather. It was warm for most of the day, but turned a bit nippy as we took a seat in the grandstands to watch the touring car practice session.

Breakfast was a bit of a mish mash of stuff, but not unhealthy. Lunch was a different story. It was a burger and chips from one of the local vendors. Tea was then Burger King. I didn’t think to check what the facilities near the Travelodge were. I’m used to staying in Premier Inns with work, which always have proper food facilities there and I tend to forget that Travelodges aren’t like this. On Sunday, breakfast was a bacon bap from the circuit, lunch was a steak sandwich (with brie – this wasn’t really a winning combination). Tea was then from MacDonald’s as we hadn’t thought forward to get anything out for tea when we got home. If I see another burger in the near future, I will probably scream.

Perhaps unsurprisingly then, I’m recording a 3lb gain this week. More importantly, I’ve learned that my body just isn’t that keen on bread, despite what my taste buds say. After the first couple of mouthfuls, I always get hiccups. I kind of knew this already from my previous Whole 30s, and I don’t tend to have much bread these days, so it was a bit of a surprise.

I am back on it now though. I feel like it’s turning into salad weather now, so I have had salad for lunch and batch cooked meals for tea with loads of veggies. One thing I do need to kick is having cereal around 9pm. I don’t need it, I’m not hungry, and it’s just turned into a bit of a habit. Anyway, onwards and downwards!

Did you have a nice weekend?


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Weigh in Wednesday 13: Easter Egg Management

Weigh in Wednesday 13

Have I broken the Easter cycle? Maybe! I have very fond memories of Easter Sunday’s breakfast being an egg.

I didn’t do that this year, and in fact, I didn’t have masses of chocolate to eat. Normally, we’d go to my parents’ house for the day, and I’d haul my eggs home, and they would become the other food group that my meals would be based around. Not this time. I’ve decided that rather than binge eat them all (which is pretty tough to do anyway with dark chocolate, but I’d manage it), I have left my eggs at Mum and Dad’s, safe in the knowledge that they’ll survive longer there and I’ll enjoy it more when I do eat them.

As for the rest of the weekend, I ate pretty normally (with the exception of eating my fair share of Mum’s absolutely amazing shortbread, and the first ice cream of the year).

First Ice Cream

It turns out that by not binge eating ALL THE CHOCOLATE, I have dropped another 2lbs this week, which I am pretty chuffed with.  That takes my total weight loss this year down to 22lbs. I’ve said that when I hit my original Slimming World starting weight I would restart Couch to 5k. I’m about 5lbs away from that point. It’s still a stone heavier than when I completed Couch to 5k for the first time, but I think if I am sensible about it, and realistic in my expectations that I most probably am not going to complete it in the normal 9 weeks, then it’ll all be good.

My focus over the next week is to make sure I drink enough. I’m really beginning to feel sluggish, headachy and a bit naff at work, which I think is dehydration. The girls in the office like the temperature to be a couple of degrees cooler than the surface of the sun, and I can literally feel myself drying out.

What’s your favourite chocolate? Mine is probably Montezuma’s milk chocolate with chilli and lime. I don’t have it very often, so it feels like a real treat.