Thursday, 11 April 2013

Warning: Much Waffling Ahead!

Ah Wednesday, the hump of the week, and for me this week, weigh in day. Eek! For some reason, I've been as nervous as anything over my weigh in this week and I really don't know why. I've been on plan, nothing different has happened, just part of the weirdness of being me I guess ;) 

Due to weigh in being at 10am, I had to get my bum out of bed early and so set an alarm....not needed though as firstly the binmen gave us their opening chorus at around 7.30, swiftly followed on by next door who were having a new door fitted. Lovely. So my half 9 alarm was a bit superfluous really and so I spent the time laying in bed catching up with the internet on my phone before getting myself to weigh in......

So how did I get on?

I got this :) It seems like it's been a long time coming, but looking at my previous certificates, it really hasn't been - funny thing perspective! I got a lovely reception from the 10am ladies too, so welcoming and a lovely celebration when I got given my certificate. It's rather a strange thing to see other people's reaction to my weight loss, my own group have some idea of how much I've lost, but obviously with me only being a visitor to the Wednesday group it's not quite the same situation. People are genuinely shocked at how much I've lost, and it's quite weird to feel like I'm out on a limb with my loss, as to me it doesn't feel that extraordinary. Perhaps it should feel extraordinary? I'm not sure. Anyway, enough musing, I had actually lost 3lbs, to give me a total gone now of 7 stone and 1½lbs - 99½lb :) Not quite dipping into the 17 stones, but I'll do that for my next weigh in, plus I won Slimmer of the Week (which made me feel a wee bit bad as I was only a guest, but every little helps and having some fruit in the house will be marvellous!)

With Slimming World done and dusted (and fuelled by a banana from the lovely Jade), I headed home, to sort out my brunch before work. For some reason I had it in my head that it was Thursday, despite having weighed in. I worry about myself sometimes, I really do. The realisation that it was, in fact, still Wednesday put me into a bit of a grouchy mood too, even after my weigh in :( I did myself a lovely big brunch to cheer myself up though, and I managed 5 minutes on the exercise bike whilst it was cooking too! Get me!

I even found a rogue sweet potato lurking in the pantry cupboard to add in with my normal wedges, which nestled alongside 3 Linda McCartney rosemary and red onion sausages, roasted onion and tomatoes and a couple of eggs. Perfect start to the day, well if you discount the banana!

Once again, my food had barely had time to settle before I had to get myself to work. This week seems SO long :( Not helped by me having to train someone who makes note of nothing I say, doesn't listen and because of that is prone to making mistakes *le sigh* Roll on Friday :(

One good thing about this week is that the breaks are quite generous, and so I can spread my snackages throughout the day :)

A(nother) banana courtesy of my fruit basket along with my Benefit bar, plus a different tea, blackcurrant, once again from Sacha!

For my next break, I decided to celebrate my weigh in.....sort of :)

I wonder if they'll change the name to 7 down in my honour? I had an interesting email exchange with someone at work, about the Wellness@work campaign our company is running, trying to encourage us to live a healthier lifestyle. The original email was regarding a 5 a day challenge, where teams will compete to see who can eat the most fruit and veg. After reading TOK's blog about her company having fruit deliveries, I thought I'd broach the idea, as despite the food in our canteen having quite a few healthy options, when you aren't working on days it's closed and our only source of food is a vending machine which is stuffed full of chocolate and crisps, which to me seems a contradiction when the company is trying to encourage us to be healthy.....the idea will be put forward to the guy on our site who looks after the catering budgets, so only time will tell. During the conversation I may have mentioned my weight loss and so might be featuring in a company newsletter too.....fame awaits lol!

I do seem to be on one hell of a rambling meander this evening, I do apologise, shall I get back to the matter in hand and talk about food?

Lunch was yesterday's leftovers, which tasted just as lovely reheated, along with some crisps, a SotW clementine and my last Shape crumble yogurt. Plus lots more water of course! Whilst I was working, TOK was weighing and so she kept me updated with her group, and happily informed me of her fabulous 4½lb loss. Fabulous hun, so proud of you! We have decided that we are both gunning for out next stickies in a fortnight :) That purple wagon is flying at the moment!

My final break was quite late and I ummed and ahhed about having my Benefit bar, but I'm glad I did in the end.

With work done, I headed to the station to pick up and then deposit Hague at work before heading home. I had a phone date with the lovely WeightLossBitch sorted out and so wanted to get home in plenty of time to get myself changed and the animals sorted before she rang. Now, I get very nervous chatting to new people, especially on the phone, but it was like nattering to an old, old friend and we were on the phone for over an hour. It was fabulous to talk to someone I already consider a good friend, and I'm sure there will be many more before the meeting of the minds in the summer (can't wait). As I said, it was a good job I did have that Benefit bar, as after my lovely phone call it was closing in on midnight, luckily I'd sorted out a soup which had been merrily bubbling away in the slow cooker, and so all I had to do was blitz it and add a bit of milk before tucking in.

It's the mushroom and pearl barley soup I've had before, I've just not made it in the slow cooker before and it worked just fine :) Plenty left for another day too. As I'd taken the frozen fruit out of the freezer, I decided that I'd better have them for dessert and so reprised yesterday's yogurty noms.

I'll be treated myself to a nice, milky hot chocolate in bed as soon as today's (rather huge) blog is done and dusted!

Food Diary

Free Food
sweet potatoes
LM sausages
cherry tomatoes
leftover stir fry
pearl barley
summer fruits
fat free natural yogurt

Healthy Extras
A - 250ml semi-skimmed milk
B - 2 Benefit bars

Crisps                      5
Shape yogurt           ½
tbsp honey              2½
Options hot choc    2

Total syns               10

Hydration - 4.15L

Wow, that's quite a Wednesday! No wonder I'm so tired when I look back at all the things today has held - and looking back makes me wonder why I was such a grumpy cow this morning! I've also been pondering why my award today didn't make me feel as over the moon as all my previous ones have. It should have done, it marks the first time I've ever achieved a 7 stone loss. It's an award I've been aiming for for a while, and it brings me ever closer to target, but somehow my excitement wasn't there. I'm wondering if the passing of each half stone is now less of a marker for me than other, non-scale, measures of my loss - clothes getting looser, feeling fitter and feeling happier when I see myself in the mirror. Believe me, my enthusiasm and determination for my weight loss is a strong as ever, this isn't a wobble in that way, I just think it's a natural progression in a long journey to re-evaluate what your driving forces are, to help keep you on the right path, and trust me, just seeing my book still makes me smile and feel that warm glow of achievement inside, so perhaps I'm talking crap and I really am just a grumpy moo :)


  1. Hi well done Karen that is such an amazing weight loss. I read your blog on a regular basis and it always makes me smile , I have only been going to sw since January and I achieved my 2stone certificate last night and reading your blog really spurs me on so thank you Julie x

    1. Aww thank you :)
      I'm so glad I can spur you on too, how much more do you want to lose? xx

    2. Another two stone if I can x

  2. Really look forward to reading this blog, find it the best of the lot.Makes me pull my socks up when I start getting a bit fed up,realising that I have to keep my eye on the prize at the end like you do.Very well done on your 7st award. :-) Jo

    1. What a lovely comment, thank you so much! Sometimes it's hard to keep plugging away, but it will always be worth it. The thought of my target dress, and pretty clothes always keeps me going :)