“Operation what?” cry my new readers.
Let me fill you in. Basically, back in September, I began to feel like a big fat caterpillar. I had put the weight on that I had fought to take off in the previous 6 months and I decided to start again and to lose all the weight that I want to lose. Initially I tried to do it on my own, using my own knowledge of nutrition and what worked and what didn’t for my own body. The plan was to use the winter as my form of cocoon (they are also called Chrysalises, hence the title!). The idea is that come the spring, when the summer wardrobe is back out from the loft and everyone want to looks awesome in shorts, I shall take off the winter layers and reveal my new butterfly me. Or if not the entire transformation, certainly a good way towards it.
The first two months of Operation Chrysalis did not go well. I discovered, week after week, the weight was going back on again. So, I decided to take the bit between my teeth and head for a local slimming class.
It so happened that I got a text message from one of the leaders I used to go to slimming class with, and as I do not believe in co-incidences, I decided to go along. So… I did. In the 8 weeks since I have been going (even with Christmas and New Year festivities in the way) I have lost 15 and half pounds. This is really, really good for me, because with my PCOS and Insulin resistance, losing weight is incredibly difficult for me. I have great support at home, which is crucial, and I must say, it is rather pleasant to have people from Church come up to me and tell me how good I am looking, and have I lost weight. It is massive boost to the morale, and makes you want to keep going.
I have also taken my measurements. Those inches are really beginning to show. I have to wear a belt with all my jeans now. Some of my skirts are too loose on me. I am actually looking to take some of them in. This is, let me tell you, a FABULOUS feeling.
Seeing as it is a New Year I have committed to a new start on the diet front as well. I lost 1.5 pounds this week, but I am going back to basics on the eating plan. I am going to write down everything I eat (“write as you bite” is the phrase I am taking away from today’s class!) and hopefully I shall come away with a good weight loss next week too.
If any of you are undertaking your own “Operation Chrysalis”, how are you getting on?