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    Too much pressure.....apparently

    So my consultant thinks I'm trying too hard and putting too much pressure on myself to get my 5st which is proving elusive.
    The problem is I'm not sure how to do this any other way!!
    I stick to plan most days (I have the occasional blow out afternoon or evening).
    I flip between weeks of red or green and occasional EE.
    I have cut my gym down to 3 time this week as I'm exhausted by Thursday after 4am wake up calls and 4 gym sessions.

    I'm not sure what to do differently?

    I've planned my food for the next few days and made a big batch of soup (lentils dahl soup!) And am going to have 2 early nights to see if that helps.

    Any other ideas? I still have half a pound to go for that 5st award.

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    Hi melonball
    Well done on your journey so far x
    I feel your pain, I'm half a pound short of my 6st award (and have been for last couple of weeks) - it's proving really elusive. As I had a blowout at weekend (big bbq party at ours...lots of wine drunk which then means I make crappy choices!) I very much doubt I'll get it at weigh in on weds evening (and may even put on) :-( .
    I may be wrong but I suspect what your consultant is trying to get you to do is not to get so hung up on your "failure" to get that award (as we're all programmed to focus on what we've not achieved, rather than the huge achievement you've done so far) but to ease up on the self-applied pressure. We're all told to break up our planned weightloss into mini-targets but sometimes we focus so much on the next target we forget to look back at how far we've come already. my consultant knows how important those shiny stickers are to me but she said to me to always talk to myself the way I'd talk to a friend... After all would you allow a friend to get disheartened because they were 1/2 pound short (and had poss hit a plateau..which you will get past) or would you remind them of how brilliantly they've done already? that really hit home with me cos I've been here before about 10 yes ago, hit a "wall" and rather than sticking it out, I gave up and put 4.5st back on (along with another 2st).
    Can I ask how much you've got left to lose? It sounds like you're doing the right thing by changing the plans about (maybe throw in the odd success express day?).
    The last bit of the journey is often the hardest but we can do it ;-) perhaps we can support and motivate each other.
    Sorry about long post..but this struck a chord with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by melonball View Post
    I stick to plan most days (I have the occasional blow out afternoon or evening).
    I think you've answered your own question here! Stick to plan every day and you will get to target!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jo.b View Post
    Hi melonball
    Well done on your journey so far x
    I feel your pain, I'm half a pound short of my 6st award (and have been for last couple of weeks) - it's proving really elusive. As I had a blowout at weekend (big bbq party at ours...lots of wine drunk which then means I make crappy choices!) I very much doubt I'll get it at weigh in on weds evening (and may even put on) :-( .
    I may be wrong but I suspect what your consultant is trying to get you to do is not to get so hung up on your "failure" to get that award (as we're all programmed to focus on what we've not achieved, rather than the huge achievement you've done so far) but to ease up on the self-applied pressure. We're all told to break up our planned weightloss into mini-targets but sometimes we focus so much on the next target we forget to look back at how far we've come already. my consultant knows how important those shiny stickers are to me but she said to me to always talk to myself the way I'd talk to a friend... After all would you allow a friend to get disheartened because they were 1/2 pound short (and had poss hit a plateau..which you will get past) or would you remind them of how brilliantly they've done already? that really hit home with me cos I've been here before about 10 yes ago, hit a "wall" and rather than sticking it out, I gave up and put 4.5st back on (along with another 2st).
    Can I ask how much you've got left to lose? It sounds like you're doing the right thing by changing the plans about (maybe throw in the odd success express day?).
    The last bit of the journey is often the hardest but we can do it ;-) perhaps we can support and motivate each other.
    Sorry about long post..but this struck a chord with me.
    Oh my took me a while to reply as your post choked me up. Definitely up for some shared support and motivation. I've got 8 1/2 lbs to target. I'm going to try and be kinder to my body this week. I get up mega early for work (4am) and quite often survive on 5 hours sleep so this week I'm going to have a couple of early nights, and not do 5 high intensity gym classes. Hopefully that could help too.
    Lol tried success express twice and put on both times!! Not sure how!!
    Thanks for your message really changed my mind set for the day

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    Quote Originally Posted by lardylady View Post
    I think you've answered your own question here! Stick to plan every day and you will get to target!
    Ok when I mean most days I mean a chocolate bar off plan every couple of weeks, not like a huge binge weekly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by melonball View Post

    Oh my took me a while to reply as your post choked me up. Definitely up for some shared support and motivation. I've got 8 1/2 lbs to target. I'm going to try and be kinder to my body this week. I get up mega early for work (4am) and quite often survive on 5 hours sleep so this week I'm going to have a couple of early nights, and not do 5 high intensity gym classes. Hopefully that could help too.
    Lol tried success express twice and put on both times!! Not sure how!!
    Thanks for your message really changed my mind set for the day
    I'm glad my wittering made sense!
    You're nearly there melonball..it would be such a shame to jeopardise it all. Although I've heard it said that the last half a stone is the hardest (but it'll be the sweetest feeling when you get there). When do you weigh in?
    Fingers crossed for my weigh in tomorrow - I've not yet set my final target (I think it'll be another stone -ish. I'll know when I get there.) I'll keep you posted. Let's hope we both break through this 'wall' soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jo.b View Post

    I'm glad my wittering made sense!
    You're nearly there melonball..it would be such a shame to jeopardise it all. Although I've heard it said that the last half a stone is the hardest (but it'll be the sweetest feeling when you get there). When do you weigh in?
    Fingers crossed for my weigh in tomorrow - I've not yet set my final target (I think it'll be another stone -ish. I'll know when I get there.) I'll keep you posted. Let's hope we both break through this 'wall' soon.
    Jo
    On that note, the man of the year was in our group, he lost 17 stone in 18 months and said it took another 8 months to shift the last 8.5lbs. I'm sure you will get there melonball!
    Week 1-4 - Lost 12lbs
    Week 5-8 - Lost 4lbs
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    The last stone definitely is the hardest, I got my 4 1/2 stone at the beginning of May!!!
    Good luck for your weigh in tonight.
    Are you on Ins-tag-ram?

    Well first day of taking it easy was ok, had an early night last night but then have been awake since 1am!! So hopefully I can keep it up today. Luckily I should be finished work by lunchtime! And my sore throat is in overdrive, so all I can stomach for breakfast is a smoothie not SW but its no more fruit than I'd normally have, so it'll have to do!

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    I'm really chuffed.. Got my 6st sticker today (****** knows how but I'll take it) with a 2.5 lb loss, taking me to 6st 2lbs in total. So if I can break thru this barrier, so can you melonball. I'm keeping everything crossed for you...sending positive thoughts your way. I'm not on *********, I'm afraid but do keep on touch as I'd love to share progress x

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    Not sure why the ** came thru, I didn't swear but should've read:
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    Quote Originally Posted by jo.b View Post
    Not sure why the ** came thru, I didn't swear but should've read:
    chr1st & ins-tag-ram
    Maybe for some people, the use of 'Christ' as an expletive would be deemed offensive. As a Christian, that would include me!

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    Well done that's a fabulous result!!
    I'm going to keep posting in this thread for now

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    My apologies, lardylady. It wasn't meant to offend anyone but I entirely take your point. X
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    How are you doing today, melonball? How's the throat? Could you maybe freeze some yoghurt to ease it or perhaps some sugarfree jelly?

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    Hey Jo, well yesterday I woke up with toothache and a sore throat so it was smoothie again for breakfast. But by the end of the day I was actually feeling human! Lol
    Today I've even managed a lie in!! (No really I'm usually up for work at 4am!) And I feel loads better for it! So hopefully for the first time I can have a proper on plan day. . . . . .but relaxed about it. . . . . .
    On a good note I finished my Woman of the Year entry last night!!
    Was really proud to be nominated by my group, hope I do them proud in the next round!!


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