As many of my readers already know, I have embarked on a course of healthy eating and exercise over winter in an effort to emerge in spring time significantly thinner and more glamorous. Today’s blog is an update on that process, which I christened Operation Chrysalis.
Wednesday was weigh in day at the slimming class I attend. It was not good news. It was like every week in January really. I have either put weight on, or I have maintained the weight loss. Okay, it was a pound that I put on, and in the grand scheme of things, it could have been much, much worse. But, I have given myself a target to reach for my second stone coming off, and that date is fast approaching. I can feel things slipping away from me, and I am DAMNED if it is going to happen to me this time.
My body is doing what it always does. I lose a stone and then it decides it is going to creep back up again. And yes, I am still following the diet and no, I haven’t gone back to bad eating habits. But something isn’t going right. Now, the old me would have decided to say “to hell with it” and go and eat junk food – not entirely sure why, because I don’t like it and it makes me feel decidedly icky. But not this time. No, this time, the new me, has decided to arrest the downward slide and get back on the path of righteousness… or at least the path of losing weight.
My group leader has given me a pep talk, and suggested I go back to basics. On this diet plan I am on that means writing EVERYTHING down. If it passes my lips it goes on the sheet. I have just done the food I have eaten so far today, and I know I am on the right lines today. The thing is, I need to do this for all my food over the next week. It takes commitment, but it will be worth it, I know it will, so I just need to keep it up. I am trying to jazz up the process by using a funky coloured pen. It is bright pink ink. So far, its working! I am willing to try anything!
If the weight gain has been because of food choices, the food diary will show it. If however, my body is doing its thing of holding on to weight because I am stressed… well, I need to find some way of reducing the cortisol flying about my body. My track record of finding positive ways of reducing stress is not great – my previous favourite way of letting off steam was to go out on the tiles and get drunk. No… not a good way of doing things. Alcohol has a HEAP of calories in it anyway. No, there has to be a better way.
I have therefore decided to use some of those old exercise DVDs which have been lying around the place gathering dust. I actually mean this literally and not figuratively… some have never even seen the light of day!! So… I am going to put them to one side, set up the DVD player and when I feel like I am going to pop with the stress, then I am going to burn through some workouts. Hopefully it will help both the cortisol levels AND the weight loss.
Stay tuned, to see if it works!