Here I go... !!!
Well, I joined months ago for a 'Final Stand' and it just never really happened.. I blame the holiday season! But every year at this time I give something up.. this year I have given up.. FOOD!!!
Ok, so not strictly true.. I will be giving up food that requires chewing, lol! So for the next 6 weeks or so I am going to be 100% Exante shakes.. hopefully at that point I will be able to just continue with it as I will be far from finished by then.. I have about 6 stone to lose.
Currently on Day 3. Day 1 and 2 were ok, although I didn't feel very well so only had 2 shakes and not enough water.. more on track today! I enjoy having a vanilla or banana shake in the mornings with part boiling water, part cold water (to cool it), a sweetener and a huge heaped teaspoon of coffee!! Mid afternoon is whatever is next in my basket (I keep a week of shakes mixed and sorted into 3s in a basket in the kitchen) and in the evening it is another warm shake.. usually chocolate but I like all the flavours I have!
Mainly I stick to peppermint tea, normal / sparkling water to drink, with the exception of the morning coffee, but when I have done this previously I do enjoy black coffee too now.
Looking forward to being successful for longer this time (!) and I plan to introduce the 30 day shred once I have made it past the first week or two.. so, here goes!!!
Good luck. You sound really well organised!
I'm quite a visual person so the kitchen is quite amusing at the moment.. I have two cocktail glasses on the window sill, one full of coloured stone type things for lbs to lose and the other empty.. for now.. ready to transfer across as I go.
Then a countdown chart on the fridge with the weeks and gaps for weight lost to remind myself to reach for the filter jug of water and not something of my OHs.. there are even coloured stars! ;-)
I struggle with motivation and have been a few days here and there for a while, but once I get into the swing and it becomes a habit I know it will be a breeze, so having everything there will hopefully help!
Hello and welcome! :D
You sound very motivated and organised - well done! :)
Hope it all goes well. The motivational tools will definately help you. I have done the same so that everyone can keep track of how I am doing x
Thank you! This really has to be the last time so I'm going all in!!
Sounds like you have a good plan!
well done for getting this far, you will have completed a week before you know it :)
Hi FS. I like the visual stuff too. I have 2 glasses with pebbles in both at home and at work! I'm going to copy Ed's idea and do a chart with planned weight loss on too. There's no way I could put anything with my weight on on display - my sons and their friends would all see it! One of my sons recently out dreadful picture of me in my dressing gown drinking the last of a can of Fosters on f***b**k with a caption of something like 'My mum's a real classy bird.' It has had a number of likes and is really embarrassing - good job I have a sense of humour! I don't want my weight or final statisics going the same way!
I know the feeling! My chart just has a space for loss that week and a 'could lose x lbs' at the end. Really need to stick to it this time.. have my graduation and a big holiday coming this summer and our wedding next year etc. Another day down.. had some really good news today about my final assignment and celebrating with an expensive bottle of... sparkling water, hehe!
Thoughts of food have been tough today though.. I find the weekends harder with having the OH at home.. tried keeping busy and reminding myself the feeling will pass.. it's not even real hunger, just a habit. Trying to not shy away from food this time too by still cooking for / with him and remember this is my choice, I could eat and lose weight another way but I want the quick results that a VLCD offers. I am in control :)
You're doing really well. Stay strong!
Thanks Lynne :) Day 5 and feeling much better.
Also feeling proud that I didn't let go yesterday.. we went to the cinema and instead of thinking 'I deserve a treat after doing so well on my assignment' and going all out with treats and / or a meal I stuck to a can of coke zero and then some sparkling water in the evening.. in a champagne glass because I am weird!!!
It's a beautiful day outside and for the first time in a while I feel I am starting to turn things around.. it's going to be a tough few months at times but it's been a tough few years yo-yo'ing and being miserable. I think to how much I have changed in the years since I met my OH and rather than wallowing in it like I used to, and getting upset at the years I have 'wasted' due to decreasing self esteem and an increasing waistline, I am making plans and concentrating on doing something about it.
I know even with the quick results of this diet things won't change overnight, on the scales or in my head, but I have made a pact with myself that I am not going to wait until I am x size or have lost x stones before I look after myself. If I let things go and don't buy new underwear or clothes or get my haircut as often as it needs etc because I am constantly waiting to feel good enough, I never will. Why shouldn't I spend an evening giving myself a mani and pedi or soak in a bath with candles.. If I don't learn to like myself now it doesn't matter how much weight I shift I will surely put it back on again because I won't feel worthy slimmer either!!
Whew! Think I needed to get that out!
I can relate to so much of that post!!
I too wouldnt buy new things or get haircut etc until i was slimmer!!
This time for the first time ever, i decided to treat myself to something for getting into another month. I can be big, small or whatever but its something!
So january i got some bodyshop smellies, for february i got a new bedroom carpet and for march i have just got a new phone cover!! Random i know but things i wanted :)
It does help.
Dont wait until you are at goal, treat yourself on the way down too and it helps to keep you going :)
I couldn't agree more with both the last 2 posts. Losing weight is only part of feeling good about yourself - it isn't the be all and end all - but it certainly helps. We also need to be positive about ourselves in every way we can. It's no good saying I'll not treat myself until I'm thin. That's like saying that I'm not worthy unless I'm skinny! It doesn't work like that. I know that being thinner helps build self esteem but it is also about believing in yourself as a person, in your own abilities and opinions etc. We need to recognise when we've done well and reward ourselves for doing so.
It's all about healthy thinking in the end. So right that being slim isn't all there is to it. We have to learn how to deal with food & that eating doesn't actually solve our problems when we are feeling low or insecure & that achieving something good should't lead to treating our selves to food rewards. Such a vicious circle.
At the same time having a treat of some sort is important. Mine is usually clothes of a smaller size but then I would end the shopping trip by popping into Thorntons for some chocolates. Now if that isn't defeating the object what is!!
Anyway this time I have bought the micro pedi & that will be my treat for when I reach the 2s loss.
Well done on passing your last assignment FS. You have a good few reasons for being successful in your weight loss this time. The thoughts of food are a nuisance but as you say they do pass. Well done for staying on track x
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