Hello again! Hope you have all had a good week. I’ve just had an hour-long reflexology session so I am floating on a Zen-like cloud of euphoria right now. I will talk more about this later.
I’ve had a quiet week, which isn’t always necessarily a good thing because it can lead to boredom, which can lead to Mars Bars. However, thankfully that hasn’t happened and I made it my mission to start walking to Dad’s house every day. As I’ve mentioned, he is poorly at the moment, so I visit every day and I managed two trips to his, 2 miles each way, but by the third day not only life had got in the way but the shoes I was wearing really weren’t fit for purpose. Therefore, I just HAD to go out and buy some brand-new trainers. No, I really did have to. Doing two 4-mile walks is better than nothing and I felt better in myself for doing something physical.(I’m single so I don’t do many other physical things!)
Ahem, moving on …
As you may have seen it, I tried out another slimming world recipe this week … Slimming World Scotch Eggs, and my kids absolutely loved them! I’ve really surprised myself by how well this food is turning out. I’m a home cook, someone that has never really enjoyed the art of cooking, moreover I have seen it as a means to an end – folk need to be fed. But I am getting a lot of satisfaction from how much the children seem to be enjoying my healthy recipes and also from knowing that this food is good for me. And that I can eat a lot of it! I’m not eating processed crap any more and every meal comes with fruit or vegetables. It’s a bit of a revelation. But I just want to say that if I can manage to cobble together half decent meals, you most definitely can. Try not to feel daunted by trying something you’ve never made before. For example, I’ve never used quark or cottage cheese before I started Slimming World but I made a slow cooker lasagne this week with both ingredients and you just wouldn’t know they were in it. The thought of some healthy food can be offputting, but if you use the ingredients in the right way you can produce delicious food, trust me. (And I’ll share the recipe for slow cooker lasagne next week.)
Things I’ve Noticed
- I made a very important purchase this week … a new full length mirror! I mentioned a few weeks ago how over time I had unconsciously started to avoid reflections of any type so to purposely go out and buy a mirror is a bit of a big deal. And I’l be honest, I still struggle with what I see and probably will for a while to come. But it is getting better over time as I see my body changing, and I think it’s really important that I don’t avoid the issue any more. I think that is what had happened in the past, I stopped looking in mirrors because I hated what I saw. The problem then got out of hand and in the blink of an eye I was a size 20+. It’s time for me to stop avoiding the issue and face it head on. Literally.
- I went shopping for the first time in months this week. Buying clothes had become an absolute ball ache and something I came to hate so to want to go and buy new clothes was a big deal. I bought a pretty lime green cardigan and a pair of size 16 jeans. Now I know I’m definitely not a size 16 yet – I haven’t been for probably at least 10 years – and I’ve always been against buying clothes a size smaller because it never makes you feel good, but for me, where I’m at right now, I just wanted to see how close I was to fitting in them. Plus they were only £10 in the sale! So I got them home, put them on and started to pull them up thinking they would stop mid thigh. Surprisingly, I got them past my considerably sized butt and onto my waist. Not that they did up but it went a lot better than I thought it would! It’s a good marker of how well I’m doing and I think I might just try them on once a week on weigh-in day. The last thing I want to do is become obsessed about anything.
- I’m really impressed with how my son is doing these days. He’s lost over half a stone as a result of eating the meals I’m cooking at home, snacks on fruit, doesn’t ask for takeaways any more (well, maybe once a week), and is such a lovely, happy boy. We’ve both been through the mill and no-one knows your struggles right? So considering what we’ve been through, I’m really pleased with how he’s progressing in all aspects of life. Well, apart from school, but we’re working on that.
- I mentioned earlier I had a reflexology session this weekend and as much as I would sell both of my children for someone to rub my feet all day, every day, there is a reason I chose to do it. I’ve realised that stress has played a massive part in my weight gain and so going forward, it’s really important that I do my best to keep stress under control. We all have stressful lives, everyone has their battles and I’m a big believer that if you’re stressed, it’s harder to lose weight. (I mean I’m no doctor, but I’m pretty sure that’s the case.) So I have to keep as relaxed as I can without gin, which is where things like foot rubs come into it! So my advice would be to try and find a balance in life (easier said than done, I know), but even if it’s just taking half an hour out for a hot bath, I implore you to do it. Look after yourself I guess is what I’m saying.
One word, salmon. Yup, my addictive personality still dictates that I’ve had salmon three times this week AND banana pancakes for breakfast every day. EVERY DAY! But for the love of God, don’t tell the syn police because I don’t count the syns in the cooked bananas.
I don’t know if there’s any proof that constantly mixing your meals up makes you lose weight any quicker, OR whether as long as you’re eating healthy, it doesn’t really matter if you have the same thing every day. But I’m going to follow the rule that as long as I continue to lose weight I’m going to eat the meals I like, regardless of whether I’ve also eaten it the day before. If and when that changes, then I will start to mix things up.
I found myself (shock, horror) actually out of the house one lunchtime this week but made sure I made a beeline for Subway before I went shopping so that I didn’t get the 2pm shakes. I had turkey and ham salad, with sweet onion sauce, so that was a good choice. Thinking about it, next time I’ll ask for double meat (ooer).
I had another lovely mash-up leftover meal whereby I just fried off onions and mushrooms and chucked in leftover roast chicken and Slimming World Oxo roast potatoes. Yum.
Without getting too TMI, this week has been is the week before my time of the month, except I don’t have an actual period, just all the lovely symptoms to go with it.
*cough* Anyway, my point is that I’ve felt quite bloated this week but hung onto the fact that I did all the right things, including actual real-life exercise, but it meant that I really wasn’t sure what the scales would show. The pesky scales can have a life of their own sometimes.
But … I lost 3lbs! So that’s 1 stone and 11lbs so far (in 8 weeks.)
Phew! I’m delighted, but I’ll be honest, I bloody deserve it. Turning down chocolate cake on your Dad’s birthday is HARD!
I approach each week as it comes and the worse thing for me is to think long-term about how much weight I actually have to lose. Clue: it’s a lot. So onto next week. New recipes, more challenges, and hopefully more walking. Have a great week!