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I have been inspired by all this talk of losing pounds and inches and although I have been doing a lot of big chat recently about what I am going to do, I am yet to put it firmly into action. I had a good couple of weeks there where I lost 10lbs and felt I had things under control but with my birthday and my hubby's birthday, it's all gone a bit haywire again. So I am committing my 'plan' to writing on my blog for all to see. I hope that the Motivational Monday or whatever name it's going to go by, will give me something to keep me focussed. I had started blogging about this over on my food blog but I only have 2 followers over there and it's a bit sad so I think I might shut it down :)
- I want to be a positive role model for my son. I want him to see me eating healthily and taking regular exercise as a matter of course rather than yoyo dieting and slobbing around.
- I don't want to end up with diabetes. It runs in the family and I am on the cusp I am told by my GP.
- I really hate feeling like I am always the fattest person in the room. I am probably not always the fattest in the room but that is how I see myself - the fat, cheery, easy going one.
- I want to be able to go into a 'normal' persons shop and pick something off the rail in my size and know it will fit me and look great. I want to look my age and wear fashionable clothes that other girls my age wear rather than the frumpy clothes I wear now that make me look ancient.
12 weeks then evaluate and change if necessary
I will eat healthily and in line with my slimming world principles (plenty of fruit, veg, starchy filling foods, lean meats and proteins, cut down on dairy, refined carbs like bread and cereal and obviously the really tasty stuff like cakes)
This won't mean anything to anyone who doesn't do Slimming World but I will only use 10 syns a week for meals and try to cook free meals where possible.
If a special event comes up (like the wedding I am attending next week in Belfast), I give myself permission to enjoy my food but I will go straight back on the Plan the next day, without guilt.
I will have a Starbucks skinny caramel frappe and a cinnamon swirl on a Tuesday as my wee treat of the week. (25 syns). This leaves me 35 syns for a special occasion/tipple/bad day chocolate attack.
I have done something really naughty - I have joined a gym. I told myself never again would I squander my hard earned pennies by throwing them away on a hardly used piece of plastic but here I am again, swearing this time will be different. You know what though, I hope it is. I really love exercise and it always makes me feel better. It can only help the PND to get out the house and dance around like a maddy. I have eased my conscience by choosing a gym with no membership fee or tie in period should this be a fad.
To get the most out of my membership I want to go to a minimum of 4 classes a week. Next week (when my membership starts) will look like this . . .
Monday - Body Pump 9.10 - 9.45pm
Tuesday - Body Pump 8.30 - 9.30pm
Wednesday - Day of Rest
Thursday - Body Combat 9 - 9.45pm
Friday - Body Jam 7.45 - 8.45pm
Saturday - Travelling to Ireland so I'll probably lose weight just worrying about the ferry crossing!
Sunday - Wedding so my exercise will be dancing the night away, unless JC has other ideas!
This is not a 'diet'. I am making changes to my lifestyle which I plan on maintaining even once I am happy to maintain my weight. I don't want to feel like I am denying myself or putting my life on hold. I have very serious and important reasons for losing weight which can't wait until next year. I don't want to look back in ten years time and wish I'd done something about the weight when I was younger. I am 28 now and I have loads of friends who are older than me. They all tell me the same thing, that it gets harder to lose weight the older you get. I don't know if this is true but I don't want to chance it!
My Obstacles - the things most likely to scupper me
My husband - He loves to bring me home treats so hopefully he's reading this and will be more supportive!
PND - Part of my 'issue' is leaving the house so I hope I can overcome this to get to the gym
Memory Loss - I am extremely effected by memory loss especially in situations where I have to make positive choices, I conveniently forget I am watching my weight, until that piece of tablet is dissolving in my mouth!
Wedding Buffets - I have just started back with the band and the smell of wedding buffets at gigs will be shouting on me.
The Grumpinator - I have not seen him recently as my little grump has been replaced by an angelic JC of late but when he does return he will knock me for 6 and remind me that I am at his mercy.
Wish me luck and I have to give thanks to Liska for reminding me I'm not alone. These lovely ladies are all fighting the same battle . . .