Thursday, 13 June 2013

FitBits, FatBits and a Slimm-A-Versary!

Another week of earlies, another week of delayed blogs and me being grumpy! How do you all put up with me? ;)

I was actually quite excited on Tuesday morning as I couldn't wait for my little FitBit to turn up. However I had work to get through first and so the usual routine of getting up too early and drinking much coffee had to be completed. As well as the very welcome addition to the routine of emailing TOK all day long as she is off work with a poorly hand and I'm working in the office :)

Work consisted of very familiar foods..



With the excitement of work, and CoSHH risk assessments behind me I headed home, all ready to have a good play with my FitBit, although I also wanted a bath AND a nap. I only had 3 hours maximum to get all of that done. First priority was definitely the FitBit though, which has been christened FiFi :)



Isn't she cute? I got her all set up to sync up with my iPad and with MyFitnessPal too, and then promptly decided to settle down for a nap, purely to see how well it tracked my sleep of course, no other reason at all. However, I made the mistake of picking up my phone and checking FaceBook one last time before settling down and saw a message from my Consultant desperate for help to set up and so up I got and off I went to help.

I actually quite enjoyed helping set everything up, and as she was short of social team members too I got to go on pay as well, which was great fun. It was lovely to actually get a chance to chat to everyone as they paid and if only the good mood had continued after I got on the scales.....3 poxy lbs on. Not how I wanted to celebrate my final weigh in before my anniversary at Slimming World. I'm starting to get immensely frustrated with gaining each time I'm on earlies. I could handle small gains or maintains, but the last two times I've been on earlies I've gained 3½ and 3lbs, pretty big gains really and it's really starting to get to me, as I feel like I'm wasting 2 weeks every month with gaining and then losing that gain once more :( So if any of you have any advice on how to minimise these pesky gains when I hit the combo of star week and earlies I'm all ears!!

With me suitably grumpy we headed home from group, with me rather tired too and so dinner was a quick affair. After a few discussions at group regarding meals I thought I'd try a bit of an experiment and combined a sort of mac n cheese and cottage cheese cheesy bake concoction....


Please excuse JadeyPuss' bottom there...there is a reason I only have part of the dish in the picture. I had started to dish it up onto a plate, and it looked decidely vomity, so I put it all back in the bowl, where the disturbed parts still looked vomity, hence you only getting to see the slightly more appetising part of the dish I hadn't touched :) Regardless of looks it tasted pretty good, and did the job of filling me up. Well, until I decided I needed something sweet anyway.


I'll be honest, I only had the Mikado as I hadn't had any syns! With my noms eaten, and time getting away from me to the point that it was gone 9pm when I got into bed, I'm sure you can forgive me for not blogging.

Food Diary (Tuesday)

Free Food
banana
apple
kiwi
fat free natural yogurt
broccoli
cherry tomatoes
cottage cheese
tomato puree
egg
spring onions
asparagus
pineapple

Healthy Extras
A - 40g reduced fat cheddar
B- 35g Jordan's unsweetened muesli
B - 2 Benefit bars

Syns
10 Mikado          5

Total syns           5

Once I was upstairs, it was time to play with FiFi again - as she came with a wristband so I could measure my sleep! She's an alarm too. I love her already.


So with Grumpy Tuesday over and done with I awoke to the anniversary of me joining Slimming World. June 12th! So much has changed in the last year. One thing that hasn't is my deep hatred of earlies though, and so a very grumpy me headed out to work just after five in a proper bad mood.

Once again, after an hour or so on the line, I was back in the office again. So once again I found myself yabbering away merrily to TOK all day, oh and doing some work as well. A bit. All accompanied by FiFi, who really isn't getting the use whilst I'm sat on my bum!

Anyway...food...I could really use the same photos over and over again when I'm on earlies...



Spot the difference? It really is too much effort to think about food on earlies :) Anyway, at 2pm, I was free once more and headed home to a rather wonderful surprise. Hidden in with all the usual craptastic post of bills was a handwritten envelope, which I always find exciting, but inside was a lovely little pressie from TOK, which totally lifted me and was a perfect gift to mark my Slimm-a-versary :) I didn't take a picture, which is rather shocking, but I shall try and take a picture today! So, thank you my lovely, you brought a very welcome smile to my face.

After all the excitement I finally got around to sorting out my lunch. Minimal effort I'm afraid.


It just shows how lazy I can be on earlies as I bought the grated LowLow to put on my spud, yep, I truly can be that lazy ;) It was really nice though, it hit the spot perfectly.

After feeling so down about my gain I decided to mark my Slimm-a-versary by measuring myself. I'd taken my starting measurements a year ago, and wanted to see how many inches I'd lost. I originally measured my neck, both my arms, my underbust, waist, hips, both thighs and both ankles. So 10 places around my body.....how much do you think I've lost in a year?


I've lost 60"

So an entire one of these tape measures - or 5 foot! Yes, I've lost 5 feet from those 10 places on my body, most notably 10" from my underbust and 12" each from my waist and hips....that's a lot of me gone for good.

Insane.

Utterly insane!

That did perk me up a wee bit, and I couldn't wait to tell Hague when he got in from work :) Although as I then decided to update all my weight loss on the MyFitnessPal website and noticed how much my weight loss has slowed down the grumps descended again and even a bath and cuddles couldn't sort it. As once again time was getting away from me, I sorted out a very quick dinner.



I had really fancied eggs, so an omelette filled the gap perfectly. Although with Hague actually following the plan this week and eating superfree we were rather light on veggies and so this only had mushrooms, onion and cherry tomatoes in, I really fancied some tomato sauce, so had a tbsp of that on top as well. Dessert was the last Muller dessert in the fridge, and if you are of the mind that items past their sell by date must be destroyed immediately, please don't look too closely at the date on the label ;) It tasted fine, and I've had no problems today, so all good!

It was then off to bed for to prepare for today's 12 hour shift. Lovely.

Food Diary (Wednesday)

Free Food
banana
apple
kiwi
fat free natural yogurt
satsuma
jacket potato
fat free cottage cheese with onion and chive
beetroot
lettuce
cherry tomatoes
eggs
mushrooms
onion

Healthy Extras
A (both) - 80g LowLow grated cheese
B - 35g Jordan's unsweetened muesli
B - 2 Benefit bars

Syns
1 tbsp tomato ketchup         1
Muller white choc dessert    5

Total syns                           6

So a year has gone by - so quickly it's untrue. It really does seem like just a few weeks ago that I first walked into Claire's group, full of nerves and determination. It's been one hell of a year, with me feeling properly recovered from my breakdown at last, finding some genuinely true and deep friendships, and discovering a simple joy in sharing my journey with others.

I know that I have achieved a lot in this first year, but in some ways that was the easy bit. I had a lot to lose, and so the weight dropped off  quickly to begin with, and I had that optimistic fire in my belly that everyone starting a diet has. That fire hasn't died, but in the next year I shall face more challenges. I know that. I need to stop obsessing over gains and small losses as those will become more regular as I get nearer to target. I'm around 2/3rds of the way down to target now, and these last stone will be ground down, rather than me breezing through the numbers.

I know all this, whether I find the journey hard or easy will all be down to the support I get from all sides, from my family, friends, my huge online support network, Twitter, my FB page, FB in general, my SW group. You name it, I've used it to help me, and I do hope that I've managed to help some of you out there too.

Losing weight is a very personal thing - but by sharing, I have achieved so much more than I ever dreamed I would....

8st 1lb gone for good, which is 113lbs or just over 51kgs.

60" gone from my body.

Size 32 jeans gone forever, and now I'm in sz16 dresses and sz20 jeans.

Thank you all x

14 comments:

  1. I tell you a lot but going to say it again I am so proud of you x you are amazing and an inspiration to me x luffs you muchly

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    1. Luff you muchly too TOK....Bridget, this is TOK :)

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  2. Hi Karen, my name is Debbie and I am a slimmingworlder too, I stumbled across your blog and read it all the time now, you have done amazingly well, bloody amazing , I lost all my weight a few years ago and gained the whole lot again, long story, I know what it feels like to hit target and I will again, so will you, just keep doing what you are doing you have a lot of support! xx I find reading your blog very motivational it helps to see how other members cope etc., and you do make me laugh you can be so funny! Thank you and keep up the good work xx

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    1. Hi Debbie, thank you for reading, and I'm so glad you find it motivational :)
      I also lost a lot of weigh about 8 years ago and piled on over 10stone! I know now that I will be on SW for life, and will continue to go to group once I hit target xx

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  3. Thanks karen...travelling back from stansted now after the eventful four hr delay, booking in at 03.30......,then go to leave this morning...flat battery....called in sainsbury on way home(,never shop there normally too expensive)....low fat quorn sausages 2 4 3, which makes 4.60 for 3 packs..xxxx how many syns are quorn hot dogs....keep bloggin....love it xx lisa xx

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    1. Oooh might have to pop in tomorrow and get some more, and Quorn roast seeing as nowhere else sells them!

      Glad you're finally hope, looking forward to seeing you next week x

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  4. Aww Karen, I'd feel pretty crappy with a gain - when you did nothing to deserve it, other than be unfortunate to have shift work to contend with. It is easier for some of us who weigh from home. It is a well known fact that time of day has an effect on weight. You did the right thing, took stock of what you have achieved personally. God only knows how many you have helped along your way? Count me in as one of them. You are so on your way to achieving it, you don't waver in your resolve. you're brill! xx

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    1. I should be used to it by now really, but it still bugs me.
      It makes me so happy that I've helped people too, as you all help me so much, you really do xx

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  5. Happy Anniversary! Seeing as you say your weight loss has slowed down, it might be a time to cut down somehwere on what you eat, as your body needs less food now to carry on losing. Maybe put a lower cap on syns? Or make a point of only eating when hungry, for example when you said you ate the chocolates just because you have the syns left over, maybe you should make a point of having these treats less often to create that extra defficit needed for weight loss. Just a thought! :)

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    1. Thank you! I'm certainly going to look at things like portion control and my syns, although I'm saving cutting back on them until I really start struggling to lose.

      xx

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  6. Truly Inspirational. You go girl, you look fab x

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  7. You have done so well, amazing in fact but I know that doesn't stop the gains being annoying. First time round I lost 4st and it was relatively easy, especially in the begining as it just fell off each week it seemed. The last 1/2 stone was harder but this time round with 2st to lose (1.5st lost already) it's been a bloody nightmare - for the first time I understand what 'normal' size people are talking about when they moan about their weight - I always used to get annoyed when a size 14 person used to moan about not being able to get in a size 12, but i've been there once now and I so want to get back.

    You will do it, yes, it is harder than those first stones but very possible.

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    1. Thank you, I need to remember the bigger picture, and I know it'll get worse!

      I'm determined to do it!

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