Note to self: you can actually lose weight without telling the world about it. Who knew? As much as I enjoy reading about other people’s weight loss journeys (and I really do) I’m not about to become a diet bore and write about it all the time here. So don’t worry, I’m not about to make a regular habit of this.
I have lost 25lbs in about 9 months now and no, there is no secret to my weight loss. I have dropped the pounds and a whopping overall 19.5 inches very slowly and just by eating (an awful lot) less and moving (an awful lot) more. There have been many weeks where I haven’t lost a single pound and when you hit a plateau, I guess it is easy to become disheartened. But actually the fact that I just keep on plodding on goes to show that for me, this whole diet thing isn’t about a quick fix (far from it in fact) but about changing my lifestyle habits forever.
It’s hard to do the whole losing weight thing without numbers coming into play. I used to kid myself that it didn’t matter what the scales said which saw me balloon up to almost 12 stone *weeps* Back in October when I started out on my mission to lose weight, I didn’t know how I ever gained that much weight, although many of my Timehop photos are making it much clearer it has to be said. Macaron for breakfast anyone? But I had no idea how I would ever lose it all so to be honest, when I set myself a goal to try to weigh less than 10 stone it was all a bit pie in the sky. I didn’t imagine that I would ever get there. Now that I have, although the numbers might not matter as much, feeling this good definitely does so why on earth would I stop? I can hand on heart say that I will never go back to my fatty bum bum days. I honestly didn’t realise just how bad I used to feel until I started to feel so good.
When you’re doing the low calorie thing like I am, you want to make every calorie count and as much as I don’t deny myself treats, I just don’t treat myself as often as I once did which means that actually, I enjoy them all the more. I know, I know *polishes halo* But in general, I’m just much more mindful about what I eat now and I’ve never eaten so well. The zero anything approach to dieting would never work for me, not long-term anyway. I just try to eat clean where possible and I’ve definitely cut out lots of the stodge that I once lived on. Just simple things like swapping pasta with roast courgette, white rice for sweet potatoes and asparagus with my poached eggs instead of a doorstep of white bloomer (although I do still have the odd doorstep of bread, I’m not a complete saint)
But the days when I would see how many chocolate hobnobs I could eat while waiting for the Nespresso machine to make my third latte of the day (four at a push in case you were wondering) are long gone. Of course I knew at the time that it wasn’t the best of ideas but I became really rather good at convincing myself that it wasn’t that bad. My head is in such a different place now it’s not true. And actually I guess that for me has been the real secret to losing this weight and more importantly, keeping it off. It’s all up there *taps noggin*
So yes, I am still a calorie counting bore and yes, I’m hoping to lose a few more pounds if I can but despite all of that, I don’t see this as being a diet anymore. In fact, I haven’t for a long time. I’ve changed my eating habits forever and I even look forward to squeezing exercise into my day. In fact I get twitchy on days that I can’t fit in a workout I love it that much. Yes really. I just want to carry on feeling this well for well, forever.