Time for this week’s newly titled, Healthy Lifestyle update, and it has been a pretty interesting week.
Remember me saying last week that I would be veering more towards calorie counting from now on, using the My Fitness Pal app (although Lifesum looks pretty cool too) … but would still be using some Slimming World principles? A hybrid diet of watching how much I eat but cooking with SW recipes. Well I have to say, it went jolly well. (You can skip to RESULTS further down if you want to see how I got on.)
Looking back at what I’ve eaten this week, it hasn’t been that different to what I ate last year on Slimming World. I still choose lower fat options for everything, I’m still having banana pancakes with Nutella for breakfast, and strangely, I’m finding that I’m not even finishing my main meals. For example, I’ve always had two salmon fillets for a main meal, alongside salad, but this week I haven’t been able to finish them. I’m still listening to the Thinking Slimmer Slimpods, which I know help me not overeat, but you’d think with all the work I’m doing at the gym, I’d be ravenous.
I have upped my carbs a little – snacking on Malt Loaf predominantly, for it is the food of the Gods, and I wonder whether eating more carbs is making me feel more full. I’m careful to count those calories though because even though it’s low in fat, it’s still about 300 calories for a wedge (about a 1/3 of a loaf). Changing my eating plan is forcing me to look at nutrients more within food which I think going forward can only be a good thing.
But don’t worry, I have no intention of becoming a Calorie Wanker. Food won’t rule my life anymore, and so in that respect, changing how I do things, doesn’t really change anything at all in that respect. I’ve been in control this past year of everything, and that’s not going to change now.
It’s been a great week at the gym. I went with a friend on Monday, and we had a good workout. Tuesday was Spin, and then Wednesday and Friday I went on my own. (Snowed off Thursday). I started to add a few more exercises into my routine, particularly by using the barbell, and finishing off with planking (that’s PLANKING) … going from a measly 12 seconds last week, to 25 seconds this week. Doesn’t sound like a lot, but I have a lot of weight to hold up don’t forget. Shows that my core is getting stronger. And then I finished Friday’s routine off by doing some kick backs with my legs whilst on all fours (saucy), some extra sit ups and a thorough stretching out session.
I kicked ass.
And then … it all went a little Pete Tong. I was sitting at my dining room table on Saturday morning, feeling good about the workout the night before, ready to start work (I do a few hours work every Saturday) when I felt a twinge in the right middle side of my back. I was literally sitting still when it happened, I hadn’t moved awkwardly. I hadn’t stretched for anything. I hadn’t moved at all. I felt my back seize up and to cut a very long and painful story short, my back got so bad during the day I had to go to bed, and then I couldn’t even get out of bed without crying. And I’m not a cryer. The paracetamol I had didn’t touch it, nor did the Ibuleve gel, and I couldn’t send Dexter out to get Deep Heat and hardcore pills from the shops because he’s not old enough.
I tell you what, I don’t ever pine for a boyfriend, wish I was married again, or get sad because I’m single … I love my life, BUT at that moment, when I couldn’t even get off the bed to go to the toilet, and I was crying my eyes out because I was in so much pain, I wished I wasn’t single. That I had someone that loved me that could help me.
Don’t worry, the pity party didn’t last long. I somehow got through the night and in the morning I was able to take some co-codomol my amazing best friend had posted through my letterbox at 11pm the night before. And throughout today my back has felt better and better, to the point where I’ve been able to catch up with work, housework, and food shopping because let’s face it, if I don’t do it, it doesn’t get done.
But where does that leave me? Pissed off, because I’m trying so hard to lose this weight and my body’s like, “Nah. Nope. We’re going to throw a spanner in the works to see how you deal with it.” And I’m like, “Cut me some slack yeah?” For the record, I don’t actually have conversations with my body. My mind? Yeah, all the time! Anyway, it’s just another hurdle to overcome. I’ve mentioned Pilates before and I was just trying to find a way to incorporate it into my weekly schedule, but it looks like it’s more important than I thought and it will take precedence from now on. I’m not sure whether this happened because of my age, or because I did too much, or … I’ve spent so long doing so little. Either way, what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger, right?
I’ve stuck to circa 1700 calories each day, going over by 300 calories on Thursday when I didn’t go to the gym, but going slightly under on the other days. So, onto the results:
As you know, I haven’t weighed myself in about five weeks, and I knew I’d put weight on over Christmas but had started to take it off – just based on how my clothes were feeling. So I weighed myself on Monday and Saturday, so this weight loss was for five days and … I lost 5lbs! So that brings me back down to the lowest weight I was before Christmas, and the lowest I’ve been so far. It’s given me a great boost and I feel fantastic – back aside.
I don’t know what I’ll be able to do at the gym this week, but food wise, I’ll do the same this week and see if I get a similar result on Saturday. I’m going to weigh myself for the next couple of weeks, just to make sure I’m on the right track, and then switch to a monthly weigh in.
I’m hugely thankful to Slimming World for helping me break bad habits and create new good ones, and I will continue to use SW recipes, but if I’m honest, I think I needed to stop seeing my syns as an excuse to eat crap. I’d save them every night and sit and eat three bags of maltesers, and as much as I believe everything is OK in moderation, I think I got to the point where it just wasn’t working for me.
But we’ll see. This is the beginning of another year and if something starts not to work, I’ll need to continue to re-think it, but judging on this week, it’s been a good start. I’m sorry I wasn’t able to take a full body photo this week, but my back prevented me from having a wee, let alone taking photos, but I’ll try and do one tomorrow and add it then.