Happy Sunday everyone, and welcome to this week’s Slimming World results update.
Things are good chez Sutton. I’ve had a quiet week (well up until last night – suffice to say, Jarvis Cocker was involved), but sometimes it’s good just to keep your head down and bum up (ahem). I’ve written a little more of my dating book but am finding it quite hard to be inspired, bearing in mind I haven’t actually dated in months. But it’s all good – I’m having to dig really deep to remember dates I have actually had in the past … all of which were fairly hideous.
(MY SATURDAY NIGHT FACE)
Exercise wise, still working hard like an absolute beast – now there’s a vision. So, Zumba, Spin/weights, Zumba, day off, then Spin/weights. I don’t tend to go to the gym at the weekend because I think it’s important to allow your body to recover, but as I’m sitting down writing this on Sunday, I’m wondering whether I could get a light workout in this afternoon. Except my double sports bra situation (ie. the two sports bras I have to wear at the same time) are in the wash and I’m not sure I can risk an al-fresco situation in the gym. Mind you, if I keep it low-impact, no one needs to get hurt.
(POST-ZUMBA FACE – I LOOK STUNNING)
My stomach is continuing to shrink – I mean it’s still pretty noticeable, but I can see it getting less bloated and ‘big’ big, if you know what I mean. When I look down (and peer over my boobs), I can actually see my feet! This pleases me a lot because it means that what I’m doing exercise wise is working, and it’s the one part of my body that has really refused to change over the years, no matter what I did, so it goes to show that there is hope! I would just love for it not to flap when I jump up and down. Goals right there.
Food this week – all good. Oh, apart from another bloody Terrys Chocolate Orange, but dinners were healthy. Slimming World KFC Chicken one night, which Dexter was really excited about bless him, and a gorgeous Oriental Chicken from M&S, with stir-fry veg and rice another night. I can’t remember what else I ate (it was SO long ago), but everything was above board, honest. And as we speak, I’m baking a Slimming World friendly pasta bake – low-syn bolognese sauce, pasta, and half-fat mozzarella on top – it smells divine!
I’ve lost 1/2lb, and as I don’t really count the 1/2lbs, I’m going to say I stayed the same. But I did lose 1/2lb haha. And grrr, I’m a bit miffed. I know, I know, it’s still 1/2lb, and I know that I’m building muscle, and my body’s retaining water blah blah, I do get it. But I’ve worked/work so hard that I’d really like to see the scales start to come down please. If they could. Thanks. Jeez. My weight loss has slowed down so much since I started going to the gym, but it just goes to show that the scales aren’t everything. But it’s still frustrating. (Making a total loss STILL FFS of 3 stones and 4lbs.)
Here’s something interesting, something I have only mentioned to one friend. I bought two more size 14 tops this week, which both fit, but I couldn’t bring myself to tell you. I talked it out with my friend as to why that was, and I think it’s because I just feel if I say it out loud, and especially the smaller the sizes get, it’s almost like I’m tempting fate. As if the spell will be broken if I say it out loud and I’ll gradually put all the weight I’ve lost back on. I mentioned it once last month, that I’d bought a size 14 top, and it really weirded me out – so much so, I can’t even bring myself to wear the damn thing!
I probably sound completely insane, with three size 14 tops sitting in my wardrobe, but it’s like they belong to someone else because they can’t be mine. After all, I’ve been a big woman for a long, long time and I think I’m a little scared of what’s ahead, ie. the unknown. It actually makes me feel really tearful, because I’ve hung onto this weight for so long, as a protective layer, that I can’t quite believe what I’m doing is now working – even if the sodding scales aren’t behaving. And what will happen if I become slim for the first time in my life? What then?
So that’s where I’m at, head-wise. Please don’t do a runner, I’m perfectly normal really haha!
I’m out for my Zumba Christmas party next Friday, and I’m probably way more excited than I should be (I don’t get out much) so I’ve been thinking about what to wear. I literally live in gym gear these days, so I haven’t really seen what my body looks like lately in other clothes, so I thought I’d try on a dress I bought these week. It’s a size 16, from ASOS – you can find it HERE if you like it, and it fits beautifully! Oh, apart from the fact that BOTH BREASTS ARE LITERALLY HANGING OUT. I mean I like showing off a little cleavage as much as the next woman, but this is ridic. So I’ll sew it up a bit, and I should be good to go! It’s not traditionally Christmassy, but I’m not really a sparkly/glitter kinda gal.
What do you think?
I explain more about the difference in these two photos over on Instagram, so do follow me there. I’ve been thinking about splitting up my Instagram into SW stuff and main blog/travel stuff, so I’m still mulling that over.
With that in mind, I do have a question for you. I follow several young, American women on Instagram and Facebook who share their gym workouts. So, short clips of what they do in the gym … a little bit like The Body Coach I suppose. But whenever I watch them, I always think, “Wow, they look incredible, but as much as I could do what they do in the gym (OK, with lighter weights!), I’m never going to look like them.” It makes me feel like what they have achieved is unattainable. So … do you think you might be interested in me sharing some short videos/blog posts about exactly what I do in the gym? Bearing in mind that where I’m at at the moment isn’t where I want to be, but I’m on the journey (there’s that J word again) and I’m trying hard. I would really like to think that if I can inspire just one person to get healthy, it would all be worth it.
Anyway, let me know what you think.
OK, it’s pasta time! And let’s face it, I’m not going to the gym am I? I’ll be honest, I’m still recovering from the whole Jarvis Cocker thing last night …
As per, you can find me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – come and follow me everywhere! (But not literally.) And I’m still listening to my Thinking Slimmer Slimpod every night as I sleep, and that means that I never overeat or binge, and I have a positive frame of mind. Click on the link if you want to learn more (or feel free to message me.)