So, I gathered up enough courage to go on the scales, and I’m back where I started – booo! To be honest, it’s absolutely of no surprise really – my eating habits have been appalling recently. Too many treats, too big portions, too many portions! I’m actually relieved I haven’t put on any more than that. Seeing as I’d only lost 5 pounds to start with, I’m not too devastated – just realise it’s high time I pulled my socks up. I’ve also had to have a couple of weeks off exercise, because of a small health scare I had soon after the race (nothing to do with ‘fitness’ I hasten to add – running has only helped with that!). Anyway, that’s all settled down now and my doctor’s assured me I’ve nothing to worry about – so phew. Went back to Curves yesterday and I was delighted to discover that my muscles allowed me to do as many repetitions as before on the machines, so that’s great news.
Anyway – I’ve got some specific goals – and one of them is to lose a few pounds before the beginning of September – my youngest starts school then and it’s also Mr N and I’s wedding anniversary – hopefully we can have a night or two away by ourselves. So that’s about 7 weeks away. I’m not going to give myself a fixed amount of weight to lose, otherwise it all ends in tears if I don’t achieve what I want. I’m just going to commit at the moment to one week of careful eating, with 3 visits to Curves, plus at least 3 other forms of exercise – including some running if possible. Let’s get back to basics! I haven’t have a full week of nutritious eating for a while – a really bad addiction to sugary foods has hampered this – so I’ll try going cold turkey on sugar and see what happens.
I’ve also been doing a bit of reading and this article has proved very helpful. It basically pinpoints the results of a survey on a large number of men and women who’ve managed to lose weight and keep it off – and the habits they all had in common. The amount of regular exercise they all did/do was really interesting – about an hour day – wow! And the average calorie intake for the women as they lost weight was about 1,300 – again – wow! These people were all obviously very serious about their commitment to weight loss. But, interestingly, all the participants had another thing in common – they’d all unsuccessfully tried to lose weight in the past. So that’s really encouraging, isn’t it? I find myself without even realising it, thinking at the back of my mind ‘You’ve blown it. It’s too late now. You should never have regained this weight in the first place. What’s the use? etc etc’ Well, reading articles such as this one, plus plowing through plenty of weight-loss blogs has helped enormously to counteract this mentality. As I’ve said in the past – I know I can do this – I’ve just got to get down to it, and stop putting it off for fear of making a mistake – putting it off is in fact the biggest mistake I’m making!