Yes its me. Don’t panic, I’m still here 😉 I know I didn’t post last week and I’m sorry. But actually, I’m not that sorry. It was my choice. A sort of self imposed rest and even now I know it was the right thing to do.
I didn’t have such a good week last week, in many areas of my life, let alone my food and subsequent weight gain. Yup. Gained 2.5lb Yeah. Owch! I came home last Wednesday really sad. Like really sad. Not angry or annoyed, but just sad. And really I don’t think it was all about the weight. I think life in general had got on top of me and I hadn’t been as good at handling it as I thought I’d been. Thursday wasn’t much better, but I let it breeze through me (along with a very yummy piece of Coffee Cake at the Devils Punchbowl cafe) and by Thursday evening I was feeling much calmer. I think just knowing Oscar was going to preschool in the morning made everything feel so much better. I know. I am a terrible person 😉
So yes the rest of the week was much better. I came away from group with an SOS log, something I’ve not used in a while, but something I was keen to give a go. It’s a way of logging every single thing you eat, along with when and how come and all that jazz. Coffee cake aside I kept for for the first few days and found (what I already knew) that I was wildly estimating my syns, when I even bothered to consider them at all. I guess I’d fallen into a bit of a trap of thinking, well it’s not cake, it’s not chocolate, it’s not ‘exciting’ food so it doesn’t matter as much. Trouble was it wasn’t free food either. So the syns were piling up and I wasn’t really paying them as much mind as I should have been. Deep down I knew this of course, but having it down in black and white does rather make you accountable doesn’t it!
So I kept a closer than usual monitor on things this week. Oh except for the weekend! I know, worst week possible to have an event, but the week before had been so utterly crap I decided not to worry. How often do I get to go out on the lash? So rarely in fact that I had to ask Twitter if it was indeed still called “the lash”. I was reliably informed by Slimming World’s Man of the Year, Brendan O’Donnell, that yes it was. Phew!
I drank copious amounts of wine, with a cheeky cocktail thrown in for Emma’s birthday and spent the entire of Sunday lying on the sofa eating what can only be described as bread. Loads and loads of bread. And bacon. Oh and some chocolate. All for
hangover medicinal purposes of course. And once I felt better I made a lazy roast for dinner, with syn free potatoes, chicken and sprouts. And carried on as normal. The only real changes I made this week were being more mindful of what I was eating AND cutting down on non speed fruits like bananas. I decided last week I was eating way too many and I have to say I think I might have been right.
So weigh in last night could have gone either way really. I felt better in myself though, and actually for me that’s the most important thing. Anyway turns out getting larey in Guildford did me the world of good, because I lost 3lb this week. Taking me back to 6 stone 6lb lost. And back on track towards 7 stone.
The weekend aside, I have to say making a few conscious changes and writing stuff down again did feel good. It made me feel more in control than I have done in a while and it’s a feeling I want to keep hold of. So this week I’ve been looking at other changes I can make. I want to mix up our menu at bit and I got plenty of inspiration from last night’s Free Food Feb taster session. I’m definitely going to be giving the pulled pork a go and the quinoa salad Becky made is already on next week’s shopping list. I took my syn free hummus with veggie sticks for people to try and it went down a treat. Great for a party or for nibbling in front of the telly.
I also want to add more exercise to my week (I know, me, wanting to do more exercise!) It’s worth a whole post in its own right, so keep your eyes peeled for that, but suffice to say Pilates has given me a taste for something more! Eek, exciting!
Have a great week thinking about small changes you could make to put you firmly in control.