New Year... New Start - onwards and downwards.
2012 has, for me, been a pretty mixed year. There've been some fantastic times - I qualified as a teacher, I got my first teaching job and most importantly, I met a fantastic man who makes me happier than I thought anyone could. So really, it's been a pretty good year, just not weight wise. I was doing great diet wise until around April time and since then I've lost and put on the same stone more times than I care to remember. It's now a new year (first time I've started at this time of year) and so I thought I would have a new start with a new diary. I started my old diary a lot heavier than I am now but I reached a fair bit lighter too. I don't want to get bogged down in what I was or where I could have been now if I hadn't messed up, which I so often do. No point beating myself up about any of it, just need to pick myself up and get back on track. So today is the first day of the brand new me. The me that will take each day as it comes. The me that won 't beat herself up for shoulda, woulda, couldas. The me that won't give up, no matter how hard it gets. The me that will finally get to goal, whenever that may be.
Starting Slim and Save again today. It might not be the best way to lose weight for some people but I know that it works and I think that at the moment, I need the simple plan that will give me good losses. Aaron (my boyfriend for those that don't know) is doing it with me so it'll be a lot better doing it together. About to weigh myself for the first time in a while, see the damage that has been done by Christmas and the like. Each Wednesday I'll update with my weigh in. When I'm at home I'll also do measurements and body fat %. I'm going to take photos probably once a month as well, track the changes. I've bought a pair of trousers in an 18 down to a 12, 18 will go on my wardrobe door and each week I'll try them on til they fit and the next size down go up!
So, my stats as of today are...
Weight: 116.5kg / 256.8lbs / 18st 4.8lbs
That's disgusting. I'm still just under 3 stone away from my heaviest but I'm now 1st 6lbs away from my lightest, where I was in April last year. I've put on around 11lbs in the past month, since that included coming off of S&S I know a big chunk of that will be water weight. Well now that I've faced the hard truth I'm ready to just get on track and get this done. It's going to be a long hard slog so I'll be around for a while but I WILL get there!
You're a lot closer to your lowest than your highest! And, you're right: F the couldas, shoukdas, wouldas...and we'll use can, shall and will!
Yay, to having a partner in this -- it has been (despite the car accident, job search stress, house move mess, long commute -- a pretty good year for you. What a lot of growth and progress! I'm very proud of you, Miss G!
Last edited by MinnieMel : 2nd January, 2013 at 11:00 AM
Hello shiny new diary!!!
You can do this my lovely, i know you can. We are all behind you 100%. Go Caroline!!! xxx
Half way through day one and I've not cracked yet, despite being offered different food by Aaron's mum! Obviously he hadn't told her we were restarting, which I just assumed he had for some reason. I don't really want to be the one to tell her, I know that she supports us losing weight but isn't a fan of a diet like S&S, Exante or Cambridge. It got me thinking though, it's so much harder to stick with things when people (innocently) offer you food because they don't know what you're doing. So I'm going to tell my parents this time, yes it'll mean all my sisters knowing and me getting comments, questions and concerns, which I find quite uncomfortable as I don't like talking about anything to do with my weight, but it also means that they can help keep me on track. My mum won't offer me any dinner she's cooked, my dad won't ask if I want anything from the chip shop with them, there'll be a lot less temptation. For me, this is the easy bit, it's not getting on the diet and beating the hunger, it's sticking to it and beating the habits. Not sure I feel comfortable enough telling people at school though, one step at a time!
Love the new positive diary Caroline !
This is brill Caroline!
I'm doing the same - new year, new fresh start. Am going to be starting Slimming World but starting on 8 Jan when I get back to uni. Off to London before then so pointless to start then!
Hi Amy! Sounds like a good plan. Slimming World is great really, think that's probably how I'll keep the weight off long term. It worked when I stuck to it, I just found it too difficult doing a different plan/diet to Aaron, I don't think I was confident enough about SW though if I'm completely honest. Didn't really know what to pick if we ate somewhere or something like that, so was fine if I was home cooking for myself but otherwise I thought 'sod it' too much!
Like the new diary and positives Caroline. I don't tell anyone at school I'm on a diet just let them think that I'm having a cupa soup and salad, which isn't unusual for me anyway.
I'm rubbish at making up soups! Just can't do it, they're always lumpy. Otherwise I'd have them for lunch I think.
Day one almost over. Had a double chilli for lunch, which was tasty as ever. Chocolate truffa bar just before Aaron came home and then a cottage pie this evening. Not drunk enough really, will finish my bottle of water which will take me up to 1.7 litres. Will try hit 2 tomorrow and I'll be spending even more time running to the loo!
Me and Aaron have decided to start Biggest Loser USA from season 1. One episode a night. Found it really motivating and encouraging before, hopefully it'll help keep us going strong.
Last edited by Caz : 2nd January, 2013 at 09:14 PM
Biggest Loser Season 1 (that was before it went by body %).
Originally Posted by caroline g
How are you watching it?
Last edited by MinnieMel : 2nd January, 2013 at 10:48 PM
I mix the soups with a mini whisk and there are no lumps. Well done on the water intake, I really struggle with water.
I assumed it was always % loss, when I found out it wasn't I sat there and was like 'What?! That's not fair! How's that supposed to work?!' I don't think Aaron was quite as bothered as I was though lol We've been a bit naughty and found it online so downloaded the whole first season. I get how the losses work for the first week, the teams had an almost equal combined weight but it'll be interesting to see if they compensate at all this week. Me and Aaron have both said that if the big guy Maurice doesn't get sent home, he'll probably end up winning because though he may not end up losing the highest % he has the most potential to lose the highest number of lbs.
That's a good idea Trisha, I'll keep my eye out for a mini whisk.
Day two and doing surprisingly well. Not really feeling hungry at all, I think Aaron was last night so we went to bed fairly early. Thankfully, I don't struggle too much getting into ketosis. Not sure why but that's not the difficult part for me. I rarely feel that physical hunger that makes me want to break plan, for me it's all in my head. Like walking past a tray of chocolates yesterday and wanting to pop one in my mouth. I wasn't hungry at all, it was just habit that made me want to really, completely in my head. That's what I have to learn to break, bad habits and giving in to psychological cravings for things I don't even really want or need.
We're going to a party on Friday night. It's Aaron's friend's girlfriend's birthday but we both know them both, him better than me obviously, so we've been invited. At first Aaron said no because we'd be back on S&S but he's now said we'll pop along for a bit. There's going to be lots of food and lots of alcohol so it'll be our first real test but we should hopefully be ok. I'm going to say to him before we go that if either of us are struggling, we just need to tell the other person and we can leave. If it was in a few weeks I think it'd be different but it'll only be day 3, doubt either of us will be in ketosis by then so could get rather tempting!
Spoke too soon, feeling hungrier than normal today!
After the first season, the producers realized it was never going to b a real contest unless they even the playing field and switched to %. I used to hate BL because of all the "Woe is me" stuff, but it can be very motivational.
When do the new series start?
I just had my porridge -- I know "The Skinny Rules" say to eat within an hour of waking, but I need to get gong on S & S properly, then incorporate the Skinny Rules good habits (with an eye to maintaining).
Oh so next season it changes to %? That's good then. I know what you mean, they can all feel a bit too sorry for themselves. We've only watched the first episode of season 1 but we couldn't believe some of it. A guy who ate a donut off the table of food that showed them all that they ate last week, just before going into the house! Then two girls who weighed 175lbs and 167lbs like that's really that big! They didn't look that big really. The girl who went was the one who weighed 175lbs, she lost 5lbs that week and then lost another 14lbs after leaving the house and looked great. 19lbs is a decent amount to lose but it's certainly not what I consider Biggest Loser material!
Not sure when the new seasons start, I'll have a look.
I can never eat that early in the morning. I really struggle to eat soon after waking up, just not hungry at all and it makes me feel a bit ill. I wake up at 5.40am and the first thing I eat is usually lunch at a bit after 12pm. I will sometimes have breakfast but it'll usually be toast, bagel or fruit that I can eat on the way when I leave at 6.45am. I find that with S&S I try to put my first pack off as long as possible so that I have more later - I struggle more in the evenings. Once I'm properly into it and in ketosis, I sometimes struggle to fit in my last pack so I might, once I'm in ketosis, start to try and follow that rule too.
Feeling a bit rough today, more so than normal on Day 2. Need to keep glugging the water, will probably end up being an early night!
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