Category Archives: Weight Loss

A Nice Surprise

Last night was weigh night.  I wasn’t really looking forward to going, not one bit, but the wife made me.  At the end of the day if I don’t go after a bad week it usually ends up being a bad two weeks and the damage is multiplied.

We got to group and it was quieter than usual.  Normally the 7 pm group has around 35+ people stop for IMAGE Therapy, but tonight there only seemed to be about 15 people.  This didn’t help me as I started thinking “well others haven’t been bothered to turn up, why am I here”.  But I put my bag down on the usual seat and went to check me and the wife through pay while she used the ladies room.  I paid the usual weekly fee and then put some Kiwi Fruits in the Slimmer of the Week basket.

I then queued for the scales.  One of our friends was just ahead of us and she started giggling like a little kid and was really happy – I would be if I’d lost as much as her in a week, 8.5lbs lighter she was.  I was happy for, I know the last couple of weeks she’s struggled and it’s had her down, so it’s good to see she was able to bring that sort of weight loss in this week, no doubt it has motivated her a bit more for this next week.

It eventually came to my turn to step on the little black square that I sometimes wish would just swallow me up.  I closed my eyes, didn’t want to see the figure on the display and asked for the weight lady not to tell me what I’ve put on.  What was just a couple of seconds seemed minutes in my head.  All of a sudden I heard the gentle “well done” I usually get when I’ve lost weight.  This confused me, I opened my eyes and looked at the figure on the display.  I’d lost but couldn’t quite workout how much by – it wasn’t a huge loss.

“Three pounds off this week” is what was said next as I stepped down.  I couldn’t believe.  I know some meals this last week have been on plan, but equally some have not.  I’ve snacked and I went out with some friends on Saturday night.  How I lost 3lbs I do not know, I just can’t understand it.

IMAGE Therapy went on as usual, us all having a laugh and a joke with our consultant.  Annette (our consultant) then turned to me and congratulated me on my loss this week.  She asked the usual “are you happy with that”.  I was over the moon, on cloud 9, but still couldn’t work out why.  I gave the usual “yep, I’m happy with that, it’s a loss so I’m not going to complain”.

She could tell from my tone of voice I wasn’t expecting it, so she asked “how can you protect yourself for the next week and make sure you have a loss again next week?”.  I didn’t know what to say, I wasn’t expecting a loss this week and I certainly wasn’t looking to next week just yet.  Then I remembered I have a Food Diary at home that should help protect me this week, “I’m going to use my food diary, note everything down and make sure my syns are counted” – I’ve not properly counted syns since probably week 3 or 4, hence why I don’t loose every week.

The loss this week has inspired me a little, so I feel right now anyway.  It made me realise that no matter how I feel I have to go to group, get weighed and stay for IMAGE Therapy.  I’m also looking forward to trying out this new bike now it’s prepped and ready to be rolling.  Exercise isn’t a requirement on Slimming World, but ‘body magic’ as it’s called will always help.  Hell, I might even try for my Bronze Body Magic award.

Breakfast Is Key, Or Is It?

I have been told for the majority of my life that ‘Breakfast is the most important meal of the day’.  My parents told it me all the time when I was younger and I often didn’t want breakfast – usually to have some more TV time or something.  But is it really the most important meal of the day?

Now I’ve been alive for a little over 11,500 days.  Now quite a few of those days I was a baby, not eating food for breakfast etc, but we can safely say the vastt majority of those days I have eaten breakfast.  I’d say that commenting on how I feel through the morning if I have had or have not had breakfast could make me an expert – just like those of you who are older than me, or those who are younger but are reading this (I doubt kids are reading me drone on about weight and cycling).  Now I can’t and will not comment on how other people feel, I can only and will only comment on how I feel.

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Breakfast isn’t something I always have.  Most of the time I do, sometimes I do not.  It all depends on how I feel when I wake up in the morning or if I have woke up with enough time to grab something before going about my business.  But it is safe to say the most of the time I have breakfast.

Usually if I go without breakfast my day can go very differently compared to days I do have breakfast.  Usually without something in a morning I feel less energetic (obvious you might say), but this goes on all day.  I don’t suddenly pick up after lunch when I’ve eaten, it feels for me like the whole day drags.  We all know what it’s like for a day to really drag when you’re at work, it’s not nice.  Also, when I do get to lunch I can quite often feel the need to binge eat.  This is where I eat more than I need to, likely because I feel deprived from missing that most important meal of the day.  I then snack throught he afternoon and eat my evening meal later on.

Making sure I eat breakfast turns my day around completely.  It doesn’t deel it drags, often it feels it goes too quick and there isn’t enough time in the day to do everything that needs doing.  I snack a lot less, even in the afternoon when I’ve eaten something early on.  I don’t binge at lunch, instead I just eat whatever it is I’ve planned for lunch.  I’m also a happier person around others – this is key as I work with a lot of people and lets face it, no one likes a grumpy colleague.

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So, breakfast for me is rather important, maybe the most important meal of the day – who knows?  But this is why I make sure I have breakfast when I can.  I don’t often have breakfast before heading into work though, I often have it at work due to my earlier starts.  This isn’t always an issue as we have things at work like microwaves and fridges, so some hot and cold stuff is doable.  But we also have a small canteen that serves things like breakfast cobs and cereals (if i fancy paying).  Cereals are often a favourite of mine as I can take them to work in a tuppaware bowl and just add milk at work.  I have the fortune of being able to eat at my desk – my company isn’t as strict with food/drink in the office as some others may be.

A common discussion at my Slimming World group is people who often miss breakfast and they struggle with ‘on the go’ requirements.  Most of the time these people are nurses, or carers or some kind of job that requires you to be on your feet all the time with little chance of a break.  Again I’m fortunate as I sit my fat bum behind a desk all day.  But I do often feel for thsoe who eally struggle for morning meals.  If it was me who was in a job where I couldn’t find it easy enough to eat breakfast most days – I’d be unbareably  misserable.

Heading away from Slimming World and into cycling, I read around the Internet of people using a ‘fasting ride’ in a morning to loose that bit more weight.  Heading out on the bike for a short, hard ride before having breakfast when they get back.  I envy these people if it really does help loose a bit more weight.  I could only wish of getting up a hour or so earlier to hit the tarmac, especially around this time of year going into winter.  There is nothing I like more than a nice cosy, warm bed in a morning before the kids get me up.  Maybe it would be an idea to give it ago, at least a couple of times through right?  Surely it can’t be a myth that a few small fasting rides help loose that bit more weight?  Some keen cyclinst reading this post may comment and tell me to just get out and ride (if you’re still reading by this point) and feel the benefits of a little exercise to get the metabolism going instead of food.

 

What Goes Up Must Come Down

My Slimming World journey lately has been very much like the bike rides I do.  I normally start and finish a ride at the same point, so what goes up must come down.  This is what I tell myself when I’m struggling up a hill (a hill most people wouldn’t even huff and puff at), it often gets me to the top knowing that at some point I will be going down again and can have a break, I mean recover.

I was on a roll a few weeks ago with my weight, I’d lost 12.5 lbs in the space of 4 weeks, that just over 3 lbs a week… I was feeling good.  Then the dredded manflu set in and this is what kills me more now than the actual weight gain during this period.  In the last two weeks I’ve gained 7.5 lbs, a whopping 3.75 lbs each week on average.  It kills me that it is so much easier to gain weight than it is to loose it.

The bike (or rather my dads bike) hasn’t seen any action in 3 weeks now.  That coupled with two weeks of really bad decisions food wise has left me in a state.  At the start of last week I felt really low, low enough that I started not to care about what gain I may see on Wednesday weigh night.  But then Wednesday weigh night came and long behold I found 5 lbs of that 7.5 lbs I have gained.  This hit me in the face as hard as one of those freak flies that catch you when hurtling down a road at 20mph on the bike (not that I often reach that speed).

So now the up is here, I’m not feeling all that confident for this weeks weigh-in either as I’ve not been on plan, though some meals have been.  I keep telling myself it’s time to be an adult and make the right choices when it comes to eating, my head is in the game, but unfortunately my stomach keeps winning.

But I’m not well over the spurt of manflu I had for a couple of weeks and I now have some time to get out on the bike again.  I was on call with work last week whihc restricts me a little, but no excuses this week.  Come rain or shine I will be pedalling away.  They say at Slimming World you don’t have to exercise when you stick to plan, that’s all well and fine, but getting out on the bike is the only time I get to myself, the only time I get to clear my head of all that goings off.  Being on my bike is more than just exercise, it’s where I can turn off from thinking about work for a bit, turn off from thinking about home for a bit, for that time is just me, the bike and the road (not forgetting all those impatient drivers of vehicles with engines).

Hopefully I am now at the crest of the hill with this weight gain and come Wednesday next week I will be well and truely on the way hown snaking around that bag of crisps there or that sausage roll over there.  It won’t quite be like cycling up the alps and back down again, but as long as I’m going down I will be happier.  I will believe inmyself that little more and I will not get myself stuck in a rut.  Afterall, the lighter I am, the easier it will be to get up those hills on the bike.

I Am Who I Am, Not What I Am

Weight loss for most people will give all sorts of benefits to their health and lifestyle.  Unless you’re already at a desired weight or underweight, loosing weight can make you better mentally as well as physically.

Being overweight can increase the risk of all sorts of conditions and issues, not least to mention;

  • Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Stokes
  • Pains in Back and Legs

These are only some things that can be linked directly to being overweight.

Me, I’m very overweight.  I joined Slimming World back in May this year and since have managed to shift a little over 1 and a half stone.  My blog isn’t going to be a giant advert for Slimming World, instead I want to share my journey of loosing weight and share the benefits of loosing weight.

I don’t want to suffer from Diabetes (though I’m currently at risk).  I don’t want High Blood Pressure.  I certainly don’t want to suffer from a Stroke and I have the fact I sometimes suffer with back pain and pains in my knees.  Loosing weight is best way forward I see to turn my life around.

I’ve two small children, both of which I want to see live until they’re getting old.  I want grandchildren and even great-grandchildren.  I face a seriously reduced chance of seeing them at my current weight.

Now I won’t at any time reveal my weight, that’s personal to me, but at times you will see posts indicating how much weight I have lost.  Hopefully if there are other people out there who are thinking about their future and are current overweight, maybe I can inspire someone to loose a little too.

A lot of people link our weigh to who we are.  My weight is not who I am.  I am who I am regardless of whether I way 25st or 15st.  There is no right weight for anyone, other than feeling comfortable with yourself.

People have interpretations of what you’re supposed to be like. If you’re unattractive and overweight, you must have a great personality. If you’re attractive, then you must not be nicest person.

Above is a quote from Mila Kunis (according to brainyquote.com anyway).  It hits the nail on the spot in the world we live in.  So often are people who are smaller branded as not being nice, I know bigger people who aren’t nice.  Who we are is not defined by what size we are.  I like to think I’m a nice bloke and at the moment I am overweight (quite a bit overweight actually).  But eventually I will be at a weight that I feel I’m comfortable at.  That doesn’t mean I wont suddenly turn from being nice old me into someone not so nice.

Weight loss, as I said above can be good for you mentally.  Since joining my local Slimming World group, I feel better about myself.  I know I’m not the only person in my local area who wants to loose weight because they’re on the larger size.  Everyone has an idea of what size they want to be, for me I don’t know what weight I want to target, but I’ll know I’m there when I’m there.

For now though, my journey is only just beginning.