I hate failing at anything and yet that is what I did last year. I set myself a weight loss target with my ‘47 reasons why I will lose weight‘ post to be back in my 47 items of clothing by the end of 2015.
Not only did I fail to get in to all of the clothes that I wanted to, but I worked my way back out of the ones I had gotten back in to. I blame Christmas….. well actually I don’t, I blame myself.
However I’m not going to be all down and miserable about it, I had a brilliant Christmas and oh wow did I eat some delicious food. I know where I went wrong, it was by setting an end date to when I was going to be lighter and in to all those clothes.
What I need is a healthier lifestyle, not a crash diet with an end date to panic about.
So, I am on a ‘diet’ again now, or rather I’m making some lifestyle changes. Over the Christmas period I put back on all the weight I had lost and then some. I went up to 10 stone 7 lbs, which I know might not sound that heavy, but I am only 5 foot 2 and this was the heaviest I had been in over 6 years.
This is the weight that I was last Saturday when I did my starting weigh in, and this week I have weighed again and I am 10 stone 2 and 6 ounces – that’s almost 5 lbs I have lost and I am feeling pretty proud despite my failure before.
My target weight that I want to be is 8 stone 12 lbs – very specific I know, but this is the weight I was 5 years ago after I lost a lot of weight (I used to be almost 12 stones ) and this was at a time when I was at my healthiest and running a lot. Looking back at photos, I love how I looked then.
I have had ongoing hip and back issues for over 18 months now and haven’t been able to sleep on anything but my left side for over a year. Over Christmas the pain was getting worse, and the only thing that changed was my weight, so this ‘diet’ is not about starving myself or vanity – although who doesn’t want to look good?! It’s about getting fitter, getting my health back and hopefully finally being able to sleep on my front if I want to!
Before anyone asks, I have been to the doctors, I’ve had physiotherapy and had x-rays and blood tests – which didn’t show anything, so I think I just need to work on strengthening my back and part of that is losing weight, so that it is taking less strain.
I’ve made a few changes already, mainly moving more and eating much smaller portions than usual – in other words not eating like a 7 foot tall man!
This week already I have had less painful nights, so the exercise I am doing is working. I’m using my treadmill for speed walking most days and doing squats at random times during the day. I’m hoping to build back up to running soon and up the other exercises I’m doing.
I think the biggest difference though, is that myself and a good blogger friend are having weekly weigh ins. Knowing that I am going to message someone else with my weight every week, holds me accountable and makes me want to work harder.
My best advice for weight loss would be to find your own weight loss buddy, someone to keep you motivated and confess your dieting sins to.
I can’t imagine I’ll be losing 5 lbs next week, but so long as it’s going in the right direction and I am still using my treadmill a lot, then I’ll be happy! Anyone else just restarted a diet or fitness routine, and how are you getting on?
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