Thanks Jo. This is exactly what I’m trying to deal with at the moment, so not overstepping at all! I currently go out, don’t think about calories, just make a sensible choice for that meal (no carbs, steak and salad kind of thing) and then get straight back to it with three meal replacements. Where I’m coming from on the meal each day thing is trying to get myself back into something a bit more “normal” because I find sticking with the products fine, but from previous experience, it’s when I add in regular food again that I then start to struggle. I guess my thought is that if I can incorporate food back in to this plan, I’ll find it easier to transition from it once I’m at my target weight? At the moment, I feel anxious about that step because from reading my previous diary, that’s when things started to change (albeit, I was dealing with Christmas etc then!)Ha the ‘acceptable weight’ buffer - totally recognise that!
Sounds like you’ve got lots of events to challenge you to change coming up. I imagine you’ll lose more or less the same on 810, but that’s if it’s really 810..
You’ve absolutely got to do what’s best for you, but I’m not convinced even the best planned low carb meals work in an 810 plan when you’re dealing with meals out, so wonder if you just forget the calories those days and just try and stay low carb, and stick to lowest level of plan the other days to balance it out? I guess it depends if you now feel you need a meal every day. Apologies if I’m overstepping, just reading and imagining me talking to myself and interpreting what I’d say in response!
Amazing achievement breaking your habits!Monday weigh in and another 3lb down. 3st 1lb to go to my target weight (and 2st 8lb to go to my new "upper limit." I've been doing this for 12 weeks now and i'm finding my rhythm definitely.
This weekend I was supposed to be away, but Covid struck on Thursday so I had a weekend at home with just my youngest, whilst my husband and eldest continued to go away. This would normally be a binge situation with me making the most of being alone and eating whatever I wanted. I am so pleased to say I stayed on plan all weekend! I had 200cal evening meals on Saturday and Sunday night which was really nice and despite those familiar urges popping up, I resisted!
Covid test is negative for me today and i'm feeling better which is a relief. My oldest daughter has a cough now so i'm at home rather than work today and out of normal routine which might a be a bit tricky.
I am planning to stick with 3 products for the medium term, but thinking of introducing evening meals at the weekends. I know that the recommendation was to do this for 12 weeks so that's sort of on my mind, but also things are going well, so I dont know if i'm ready for a change yet...lots to think about this week!
It's been a while, and i'm conscious that this journey started a year ago, and I dropped off last April from updating! With it being January, I know that new starters may come, and my diary is
So, what happened after April 12th? Well, over the next two months, I stuck with the plan, adding in weekend meals when we had things (remember easter? and the jubilee?) Listening to binge podcasts etc were really helpful for me, and I enrolled in a course to break some of these binge eating habits etc.
I lost another stone, taking me to 13st 7lb (1st off my target weight) but realised that I had lost the energy and motivation, and I was in a happy place. I also thought that 13st 7lb was probably more achievable to maintain. So, a 5st loss overall, which was pretty great. I slowly started to reintroduce food, often still opting for a shake for breakfast at work, and doing things like increasing my exercise levels, generally being more active and investigating foods that I actually like. Alongside the binge eating course, I was feeling mega positive. I stopped weighing myself as I realised this was a big trigger for me, but my clothes were still fitting and I felt great.
September my eldest started school, and teamed with that, my busiest two weeks of work, and a family wedding which required complex logistics, I lost my way, and haven't been fully in the mindset to dive back in.
I've not been fully binging, but I am overeating, picking and I can see these behaviours creeping back in. Winter doesn't help as we've been riddled with colds, and Christmas has been quite a triggering time in the past, and I haven't fully coped with it as well as I could. I also know that the weight has crept back on - not all by any means, but I can feel it, daily.
I had planned a pre-christmas blitz - two weeks on plan to get me back on track, but in reality, my heart wasn't fully in it and I gave up after a day.
So, where am I now? Anxiously thinking about stepping on the scales again and smashing out a couple of weeks back on plan. I restocked with my favourite flavours, I just need to stop the self-sabotage and get on with it. I think that a couple of weeks will afford me that time to mentally readjust. The biggest thing is that I have no time to myself at the moment - it's either work, parenting or jobs around the house and i'm exhausted by life. This means i'm back to using food as a comfort again, and I don't know how to get that mental clarity without first putting myself through the pain of sachets for a couple of weeks...I also need to pick up the course again and carry on to the end - I have a habit of starting something and thinking that i'm "cured" or because i've paid the money, I will osmotically absorb the information, forgetting that this stuff actually takes work, more work than mentally, I can give it at the moment (hence the ease of sachets and a simple plan.)
I hope that this helps some newbies to realise that this diet isn't a long term solution, and though the weight loss aspect can be great to begin with, it's the behind the scenes work, which needs to continue, that will actually help long term,
I'll still be checking in periodically - more so as I get back on plan as i've always found keeping this "diary" really useful.