I definitely haven't been perfect this week. Not that I'm in any kind of turmoil or about the throw in the towel. I'm completely unfazed by it. The reason I chose to lose weight by increasing my activity and cutting back on my calorie intake, rather than some super severe programme that didn't allow for deviation was, well, in part because I have done those before and while I lost a lot of weight, they often put my energy levels at zero and more importantly, I always put the weight back on with another couple of stone. This time I wanted to do it slowly and steadily, in a sustainable way, that eases me into maintenance, but also let's me live my life - I didn't want to be in a situation where an invitation for a meal out was either a massive test of my will- power or an excuse to go off the rails. So, yes, this week has been a bit unsettled. Part of my job is meeting with clients and this is generally in coffee shops or pubs, where I did indulge in hot chocolate and coke respectively, this week. And then on Wednesday my boyfriend and I piled three dates into one day (we don't get the chance that often with me working on the weekends), including a meal with pizza and a big chocolatey dessert. But, I tracked them all and am ok with my choices. What's important is that I didn't use having a pizza and dessert as an excuse to eat everything I wanted! So I still ended up eating a lot less than I would have done just over a month ago.
What is more of an issue, I feel, is that my water consumption has been appalling because I've been rushing around a lot. One of the good things that did come out of doing meal replacement diets, was that I got very good at drinking water (on LighterLife I drank six litres a day) and it's no longer a chore for me. So I really feel it when I don't keep it up - I get headaches and I think the scales show a higher weight.
Enough of that rambling! I was flicking through the photos on my phone the other day and I found a shot of me trying on some new jeans and a top, I happened to be wearing the same outfit so thought I'd do a comparison photo. At my weight, losing over a stone doesn't seem like much and I definitely haven't been able to see it, even if my jeans have been a bit looser. But seeing how tight that top was when it was new, compared to how it fits now is the first real visible marker of my progress. Happy! Obviously I have a long way to go, so, don't think I'm looking for comments about what a transformation I've made!
Check out my odd socks...!