Having a break from work and from the training/dieting has given me time to reflect on progress so far and it seems a good idea to capture those thoughts now so I can look back and to this point if im struggling in the future.
I went shopping yesterday and everything I tried on was a size 16 and fitted so that is a result as I was an 18-20 when I started. I'm sort of starting to figure out what my style is (or could be). And realising that it's okay for me not to wear floaty floral dresses or cutting edge fashion if that's not what suits me. I'm more of a preppy/layering/slightly sporty chick and have started finding clothes from brands I couldn't fit into before like Musto, Saltwater, Crew Clothing etc.
I've fallen in love with mountain biking again, enjoy running and have started to feel a lot stronger from all the training sessions. I feel like my old self again and proud of what my body can do and that's still with carrying an extra 3 stone so I can only imagine what it will be like when that physical and emotional ballast has gone.
I've made some new friends and socialised a lot more. Basically stopped hiding away.
Getting a bit of confidence back has made me question some of the other areas in my life and I'm not sure what to do about that so for now am just trying to enjoy the present and will park those particular worries until I'm further towards my goals. I don't want to make rash decisions whilst I'm still in the process of changing.
I still eat way too much cheese and drink too much. I'm definitely still trying to get the balance right between getting out more/having fun and still maintaining a steady weight loss.
I couldn't bring myself to get on the scales yesterday as I can guarantee I haven't stayed the same during my holiday as I really did eat and drink whatever I liked for seven days. It was fantastic to get away from scales for a week which shows how much of an obsession I have developed. I hate that my mood is entirely dictated by what they say. My primary goals when I started this was to get fit and be able to buy nice clothes so why have I become so hung up one measurement? I simply cannot stop weighing myself daily so I am wondering if I should just throw my scales away and just get weighed by my personal trainer every 4 weeks when he also does all the other measurements. Any advice from you seasoned weight loss experts?
So my advice to myself for the next Phase:
Cut alcohol right back again
Exercise every day
Stretch every night
Make an effort with clothes/hair every day even when you can't be arsed- you know it makes you feel better
Fewer carbs, more protein
Drink lots of water