Hi there peeps
How’s it hanging? (I can almost hear a chorus of “down and to the right” as I type that!)
My week’s been great – with plenty of superb weather, which always makes things better in my opinion. On Sunday we went to the local pub to sit and watch Oscar gleefully throw himself around the beer garden. He LOVED it and had such a great time I think it could become a fixture in our repertoire of summer hangouts (if the weather holds). Sunny weather combined with a pub garden needs beer and to keep the syns down I had a shandy. Only I forgot to ask Ben to specify Diet Lemonade. That little mistake cost me more syns than I had planned to spend. With diet it would have been 4 syns – with normal lemonade it’s a painful 9 syns (when a pint of beer is only 8 syns!) But it was so nice and actually I had enough to spare, so I didn’t mind too much. Lesson learnt I guess.
Anyway, as I explained in my last update this week has been shorter than normal (in terms of SW – I haven’t rearranged the Gregorian calender or anything!) as my group isn’t running on Thursday. So last nights weigh in was back at my alma mater, Liphook group. It was so nice to see some of the old faces and great to catch up on how everyone was doing. I swear I didn’t recognise Sarah Jane – she looked amazing! It was also slightly embarrassing as unbeknownst to us, it was their tasting session! Everyone had bought all this gorgeous food to try. We felt a bit mean coming empty handed – not that it stopped us having a nibble or two at the lovely things people had made 😉 Nice one guys!
I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect of this week’s weigh in. I knew the figure I needed to reach to get that god damn certificate, so when I stood on the scales, looked down and saw a figure lower than that. Well. Just ask Hayley. I was ecstatic! I needed to loose 1.5lb and actually lost 2.5lb, meaning I finally got the elusive 5.5 Stone Award. Total lost now is 5 Stone 8lb (78lb). I know my consultant in Haslemere will be thrilled for me but I also know Hayley was right when she said “Sara’s gonna be gutted you didn’t get that with her”. I am also a little bit gutted I couldn’t share the moment with my new SW family, but I’m just so happy to have got there Nigel Farage could have given me my certificate and I wouldn’t have minded. Much.
I’m so happy – I actually do feel like a room without a roof 😉 ! Last week I came home a little reflective. I was looking at my certificates and realised I had not created a space for the next one. I don’t know whether it really helped, but maybe by creating the space on the cupboard doors, I created some mental space for it to happen. A positive affirmation that I could actually see? Who knows? All I know is that this
went to this
The consultant in Liphook asked what my secret was, but as I’ve said here before there is none. Its such a personal journey, the food plan is only one part of it. If I had pick one word it would be ‘Responsibility’. Taking responsibility for your own journey is the biggest change I made. What’s the point of worrying about what your consultant will say if you don’t care what you think? We are human and things don’t always go to plan, but looking at why things didn’t go to plan and learning from that is the biggest piece of ‘advice’ I think I can give to anyone on this journey. Not that I feel comfortable dolling out advice. I’m me and you’re you. We’ll get there in our own sweet way.
So yeah, I’m actually now on my way to my 6 (yeah I know – count it on TWO hands!) stone award. I have 6lbs to loose to get there. It’d be great to do this before a wedding I have in June – its a month away. Hmm. OK. Lets do it (she says tentatively). Better get rearranging them certificates!
Have a great week!