My Journey To a New Me

What does it take to change a life? I'm going to find out.

This morning was my week three weigh in, and I lost 3 pounds which means I’ve lost ten in three weeks. I am over the moon, I was happy with the thought I’d probably lost a pound and a half, which is generally what I’m aiming for. So to lose double that was a surprise.

This week I’ve increased my exercise, just by walking more, or when I walk going a longer route. I walked 17 miles this week, which I didn’t plan on, it just happened. I wear a fitbit and it is great for keeping track of everything for me. Walking at the minute can be a bit challenging as its been cold, snowy and slippy under foot but I persevere. I don’t think I’m ever going to be one of those people who gets up at 6am and goes for a walk with a smile on my face, but I don’t mind walking and hopefully the more weight I lose, the fitter I get, the more I’ll be able to exercise.

Both myself and my mum are doing slimming world, which has been a huge help having her there with me. At the minute we’re both considering rejoining our local gym, which is run by the council. Its £30 a month for a family group, which is 2 adults and 2 children. There are no children, so it’ll just be me and mum. Its not one of these ultra modern sleek gyms with all the fancy gadgets and high tech gear, but I wouldn’t go into those kind of gyms anyway because they’re usually filled with super fit, slim people. I’m neither slim nor particularly fit which is why my local gym fits me so well because you see a wide range of sizes of people. From the slim and fit, or ripped and fit, to people my size and larger. Its a welcoming place.

I want to up my exercise and also, having gone to the gym before whilst losing weight, I know the two in tandem can help. So, we’ll see. Maybe in a few weeks when I feel fitter. For now, I’m just going to concentrate on keeping up my walking. Its free, good for me and low impact.

I’m also pleased with my weight loss because this week proved to me that I can do things and live my life, while sticking (mostly) to plan, and still lose weight. I had a pizza last thursday, but it was the new range dominos do, which is very thin crust, light on the amount of sauce, low fat cheese and healthy toppings. Its 30 syns for a small, which for me is 2 days syns, or 15 of one day and three a day for five days depending on how I want to do it. I also went out for a meal on Sunday, with family and my friend and her son. I had a steak, baked potato and side salad. It was delicious and within plan. Then I had a ice cream. Which wasn’t on plan, but once it was done, I drew a line under it and that was it. I had it, I enjoyed it. I moved on.

I feel confident that I can keep going the way I have. I love my class, they’re all so supportive and my leader is lovely and friendly. I have a lot to lose, in all honesty, probably about eight stone (112lb/51kg) to lose, or there abouts. But for right now, I don’t look at the big picture, there’s no point. I just focus on the each 7 pound and let the big picture take care of itself. Right now, having lost 10, I have 4 pounds to my next stone mark. I have a pound and I’ll be under the next stone bracket and 9 pound to my interim target, which was 21lbs and 16 pounds to my club 10.

Feeling happy, confident and ready to tackle the next week coming.

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