I have decided that from this point onward I will be weighing myself on a Wednesday morning and I will do my best to write an update that same day. With this, I am also going to start with a clean slate and new/updated goals. So, I’m essentially starting again – but I’m okay with that.
Without further adieu, here are today’s numbers:
Current weight: 12 stone 11 (179 pounds)
Goal weight: 9 stone 7 (133 pounds)
Goal weight loss: 46 pounds (around 3 stone)
So during assessment time I managed to gain around 11 pounds (probably more in fact as I have since started back on my diet). That’s not great… But we’re not going to dwell on it any longer.
The important question is: what am I going to do to fix this?
Well! You’ll be very pleased to know that I have already made some positive changes this week:
I have cut refined sugar yet again and am already feeling the benefits. I’ve missed feeling less bloated and more energetic – and my skin is certainly much clearer already! Why did I ever stray? There are still so many delicious foods which I can enjoy, for example, today’s lunch and raw afternoon treats (one for today and one for tomorrow) from Food Story:
I’ve returned to the gym and will attempt to go at least 3 times a week (alongside yoga). I’ve noticed that going to the gym makes me want to be healthy and more body confident which in turn, motivates me to eat more high-protein meals and snack less. I’m not sure if it’s because I feel less bloated or just because my body craves protein post-exercise, but either way this certainly helps. We all know that exercise is extremely beneficial in more ways than one.
I have also started using the My Fitness Pal app which I am finding extremely useful. I thought long and hard about the reasons why I struggle to maintain a diet and I realised that perhaps I need to take more controlled measures to really put my daily intake into perspective. Well, this app certainly puts things into perspective and gives you a good kick up the a** when necessary.
I used My Fitness Pal many years ago when it was relatively new but found it to be quite limiting and time-consuming which really put me off. Since then however, inputting information has become a lot quicker and more automatic. A wide variety of brand names and products are now automatically recognised which saves you from having to manually input every bit of information (which can often become quite tedious, especially around meal times when all you want to do is eat!).
The app is also just much more accessible in general. It sets weight-loss goals based on your lifestyle and monitors this through calorie intake by providing you with a daily allowance. This is so helpful in monitoring portion control and also makes you realise just how much you are eating every day.
My Fitness Pal also allows you to record daily exercise (with which you can gain additional daily calorie allowances) and also monitors nutritional levels and water intake which has proved to be particularly useful for me, because I am rubbish at drinking enough water.
At the end of each daily entry, the app estimates what your weight will be in 5 weeks, based on what you ate that day (if you were to eat like that every day). This is when it gets really real…
If you haven’t tried this app before, I highly recommend it!