Week 1

It has only been a week (just under) but I am already feeling the benefits of cutting sugar and carbs from my diet. I feel less bloated, my jeans are fitting just that little bit better, my energy levels have significantly improved and best of all I have lost 5 pounds! I actually weighed myself straight after eating a large breakfast (more about that later) so I’m really happy with that result.

So, my official results after the first week are as follows:

Current weight: 13 stone 3 pounds (185 pounds)

Total weight loss: 5 pounds

Goal weight loss remaining: 3 stone 9 pounds (51 pounds)

Smoothie: mixed berries, spinach, protein powder, a dash of almond milk and water.
Smoothie: mixed berries, spinach, protein powder, a dash of almond milk and water.

The first few days were a little tough in terms of cravings – especially between work shifts when all I wanted to do was curl up on a couch and eat lots of delicious, comforting food; however, working a lot has kept me very busy and active, which I feel is very important. Between shifts I alleviated cravings by drinking lots of water and tea and snacking on small amounts of fruit, vegetables and occasionally cheese (I do love a Babybel). I stuck to high protein meals and smoothies which were very filling and never once felt hungry – there were even days when I was still too full to manage lunch!

I particularly like this diet because it does still allow me to remain sociable. Today, for example, I went for brunch with my friend to Rosie Thistle’s Tea Room (Aberdeen) and was able to enjoy a pot of tea and a full Scottish breakfast which was completely carb and sugar free. Without these little treats, diets can become so depressing and mundane, so I think that it’s really important to keep that up.

In order to stick with this diet long-term, I also need to set myself some incentives! So here’s what I’m thinking (any suggestions welcome):

Rosie Thistle's Tea Room in Aberdeen.
Rosie Thistle’s Tea Room in Aberdeen.

-1 stone (14 pounds): new workout top (in preparation for an increased number of weekly gym sessions).

-2 stone (28 pounds): meal out (keeping within my diet limitations and allowing for a G&T – slim line, of course).

-2.5 stone (35 pounds): hair cut and one new outfit.

-3 stone (42 pounds): begin to allow ONE treat day each week.

-3.5 stone (49 pounds): tattoo.

-4 stone (56 pounds): new wardrobe.

Finally, I just wanted to say thank you for such a positive response from everyone so far – the support has been overwhelming! I’m certainly more determined than ever and hope to continue posting with weekly results throughout the course of this journey. Thank you for reading! I’ll see you in a week.

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