It really has been a while! The long and short of it is I well and truly fell off the wagon .. I didn’t just fall .. I plummeted head first. I threw a massive temper tantrum (as all divas will on occasion) and then I smashed the blasted wagon to smithereens.
Much has happened since my last blog post. Aside from the fact I put on every single one of the 43 lbs I’d worked so hard to lose, we also uprooted our lives and moved from our beloved, adopted Canada back to our home town in Scotland.
It’s been a crazy hectic year so I’m not totally surprised that my metaphorical journey to weight loss fell by the wayside to make way for the much bigger literal journey half way across the world, along with all the upheaval that entailed.
So now we’re back in Bonnie Scotland and somewhat settled .. we’re still living with my parents whilst we look for a permanent address of our own, but the kids are settled in school and nursery, and hubby has a started a new job. Me? Well, I’ve picked up the pieces of the wagon and now I’m painstakingly trying to piece them back together so I can climb right back on it (I’m not exactly what you’d call ‘handy’ so I’m hoping my repairs hold).
Jillian Michaels and her
torture exercise programme is on the back burner, for now. Trying to find space and privacy to exercise in a full house is not easy and let’s be honest here .. no one needs or wants to see me flailing, red faced and panting first thing in the morning (or any other time of day really). I have, however, joined Slimming World along with my personal chef, head cheerleader, with-holder of all things chocolate mum.
Slimming World is a new concept to me .. I’ve tried Weight Watchers (oh, so many times) but Slimming World seems to offer (in my opinion) more food choices, more variety and is a little less restrictive whilst still producing the weight loss results I’m looking for. We joined our local group 26th March this year and to date I’ve lost 2 stone 3 lbs (31 lbs to those of you that don’t work in stones).
These past 17 weeks haven’t been hard going at all. Granted I’ve had weeks where I haven’t lost weight, but generally those have been weeks where I haven’t followed the plan for one reason or another (nights out, days out, or just ‘I don’t give a crap and I’m going to eat my weight in chocolate’ days). I haven’t done much in the way of exercise (see previous
excuse reason), however I walk my boys to and from school and nursery (I take them both up in the morning .. walk back home .. traipse back to nursery to pick up the little one .. meander back home .. hike back up to pick up the big one from school in the afternoon .. stagger back home) .. all in all I get about 3 miles every day (not counting the detours we may/may not take). Of course, with the kids being on school holidays at the moment, I’m not getting my daily walks and it definitely shows on the scales!
All in all I’m heading in the right direction .. although I seem to have hit a plateau of late and the biggest challenge for me right now is not losing sight of my goal or the bigger picture and pushing myself through this glitch. I have to keep reminding myself plateaus happen and they’re temporary .. although there really is nothing more disheartening than denying yourself a lovely big slice of carrot cake then going to Weigh In thinking to yourself ‘of course I’ve lost this week! Of course I have! I denied myself cake! The diet Gods are good .. they will have seen my sacrifice and they will reward me with a mighty loss, and this epic ‘Weigh In Day’ will be remembered and recorded in Slimming World history for ever more’ .. only to see you’ve ‘maintained’ and haven’t lost a single, solitary pound!
I’m determined to get through this phase though .. so persevere I will. I want to lose another 1 and half stone (21 lbs) and I want to keep it off. I’m feeling hopeful that this is the
diet lifestyle that will work for me! It’s just sensible eating when all is said and done .. Ha! It sounds so simple .. fingers crossed!!!