Thursday, 20 March 2014

Weigh in

Crikey, I am SO blinking busy.

Too busy actually. So busy that all I've done is work, work and more work. This has meant that in the past week the only exercise I've done has been one PT session. That's it! One of my clients is being a total boot and because she has ignored set deadlines I am having to squash a whole lot of work into a very small time frame - so my life has not been my own for the past week.

On top of that I was helping at an event all weekend. Which was good in that I was active and pretty much on my feet for two whole days. But it's not exactly the equivalent of a run or even some swimming.

And then there was a bit of a chocolate incident on Monday. And on Tuesday. Let me explain... I was running  a sweet making activity at the weekend. I made 3 batches of fudge, 6 batches of sticky rice crispy squares, 6 batches of truffles and 3 loads of jelly sweeties. That meant I was surrounded by chocolate, butter, toffee and sugar. Oh, and condensed milk. Can you imagine?  CAN YOU?!. However, during this time, I exercised caution, so much caution. I had the odd mouthful of fudge and couple of bites of sticky squares all weekend - and that was it. Well done me!

But then, we got home with all the left over ingredients. Do I need to go on? Let's just say we're a couple of large bars of white chocolate down; down my pudding chute. With this in mind, and the lack of exercise, scale time was not an optimistic place to be this morning. How wrong I was. 12 stone 1.75lbs. Yeah, I KNOW. 2.25lbs off and into FF. What the hell?

I am confused. How is that I do less and eat more, but I lose weight. I've said it before and I'll say it again - it's like some sort of black art. I talked it all through with my PT this morning and while I'm sure he knows his stuff, he's not actually got a real answer for anything. There was a lot of chat about body types, water retention (as I've increased my water considerably) but nothing it was all pile of vagueness.

I'm already mentally on to next week as I have no doubt whatsoever that the number will ping back up again. It might not be by much, but I bet it will. However, I'm back on the exercise wagon (PT and spinning today) and the the 100% healthy eating is in full flow so I'm going to do what I can to try and avoid it. 

There have been a couple moments in the past few days that have been a bit of a reality check. I was watching some vacuous programme on the telly and a fit LA type who clearly worked out and looked after themselves thought that working out 5 times a week was a lot. I work out five times a week. I suppose that is a lot, it dawned on me. What gets me is though, is that I don't look like most people who work out five days a week. Why is it such a serious fight to lose weight. So much effort, such tiny rewards.Which leads me on to the next 'ah....' moment.

I got the analysis back from my PT of the seven day food diary I did. So um, turns out Seren was right. For the amount of exercise I am doing, they don't think I am eating enough. Oh. Specifically more fibre, iron and potassium is needed. I rarely eat grains, pulses, pasta or bread. That needs to change. I've already swapped my melon for bran flakes. So I'll give it a bash, eating just a little more and more robust foods.

Lastly, when I was spouting forth about my shitty weight loss to my PT this morning, I said: "For crying out loud, in two and a half months I've only lost half a stone. Yes, I've upped my water and built muscle...." Oh yeah, I've lost at least half a stone of fat.

2014 Starting Weight: 12 stone 9.25lbs
Current Weight: 12 stone 1.75lbs
Weight Loss This Week: 2.25lbs
Total 2014 Weight Loss: 7.5lbs


  1. How funny - I was reading something about just this the other day - an article about water retention from exercise, which mentioned how when you're on a very low calorie diet (your diet does seem to be very low in calories...) and the effect that a big injection of calories can have in helping weight loss. Here it is

    I'd heard about this anecdotally as the 'starvation effect' - sometimes, your body just needs to know there's food around to feel comfortable letting go of fat cells. If you cut your cals really drasticallly, exercise like a demon - well, your body kind of thinks there's a famine going on...

  2. Losing half a stone of fat is an amazing achievement. We are all so hard on ourselves with regards to what we think we SHOULD be able to do that sometimes we don't focus enough on what we have done. And that's not even getting started on all the fantastic health benefits of being so fit and active as well.

    Pats on the back all round!


  3. I am so proud of you (talk about misplaced maternalism!). We've both been at this for years, different issues, different priorities, different solutions and strategies, yes, but we've been sticking to it (more or less ;-)) for YEARS! And look where you are compared to where you were!! How much happier you are. The size you are now. The exercise you do. *Adopt Lion King tone* "Truly, you have come far, my daughter..."

    *Note, I am NOT old enough to have a 30 year old was a metaphorical "daughter" reference!!

  4. Thank you so much for the positive comments ladies. I really do feel great about myself, I just need to not let stupid numbers rule the roost!

    I love your maternalism, Lesly! Let's call it sisterly love. x


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