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Monday, February 27, 2012

A successful weekend

Ambrosia courtesy of the
Healthy Food Guide
Just a super short check in to note a 400gram loss after a weekend with lunch out on Saturday and a BBQ with friends last night. Didn't make stellar choices at the BBQ (still had a cheesy sausage!) but I stayed off the alcohol and we had been for a 6km walk earlier in the day. Phew. We were asked to take desert - eek! Was very thankful for the inspiration of the Healthy Food Guide - went for the retro option and took (relatively) safe Ambrosia which was a mega hit all around.

Hope everyone had a good weekend whereever you are.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Where a frantic Friday doesn't turn into a disaster

What I usually hang out with on a Friday
when home alone. Not tonight baby!
This week has been nuts as work. New systems going online, lots of meetings and too many phone calls. Today was to be an early start and a late finish with me coming home to an empty house. That can be a recipe for disaster. I can usually find an innocent reason to stop at the supermarket on the way home and then end up at the beginning of a night long binge. Not this Friday!

I went for a walk at lunch time while the weather was good and my lunch was a good serving of my homemade low fat chilli with extra cannelloni beans (instead of my usual salad) that kept the hunger away until 7.30pm. I drank heaps of water even though I was busy and am feeling super in control right now.  Have tracked and exercised every day this week. Getting the groove back baby! I love proving to myself that a bad work day doesn't have to translate to a bad food day.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Thinking long term, struggling short term

I'm still here but struggling. There are great days and bad days and I'm trying very hard to not let the bad ones derail me longterm.

Strawberries from my garden
blueberries from Mums - and
2 types of plums from friends.
I'm sitting at 85.3kg (188 pounds). Lack of progress is getting me down if I'm honest but I'm trying to remember how far I've come and how great it feels to have a success. Shortly after my ex husband proposed I chuffed myself down the road to my local London Weight Watchers to do what every impending bride does. The last time I had really weighed myself before then would have been shortly after I left school and it was 72kgs (158 pounds) when I signed up for a gym membership (because I felt fat!).

That little Scottish woman that weighed me in that night wrote 104kg (229 pounds) on my little booklet and I remember not really hearing what else was said during the meeting and then crying the length of short walk home. I must have only gone back a few times. Not enough to make a difference anyway.

So while I've read research that tells us how easy it is to gain a pound or 2 each year - I'm 18kg (41 pounds) lighter than I was 12 years ago.

Something must be working. Back to the fruit!

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