How I’m feeling:
Feeling a bit demotivated at the moment - I feel I am trying hard to do everything right but progress is disappointingly slow. I know deep down that consistency is key but I really find it hard to stay on track all the time, especially now that the world is opening up again. I feel that I need something to help me to find my mojo again.
Weight loss update:
Slight gain of 0.3kg. Weight lost to date 8.5 kilos/1 stone 5lbs (6 inches lost from my waist)
Biggest challenge in the last week:
I was disappointed to have a small gain and I know the weekend when I allowed myself to stray off plan has caught up with me - which is probably why my weight loss has stalled. However I am really proud of myself because rather than reaching for chocolate and “giving up”, I gave myself a pep talk and reminded myself of how much progress I have made. If it matters to achieve my goal then I have to accept that there just isn’t any wriggle room. I am responsible for what I choose to eat and I know that ultimately the diet that works is the one that you stick to!!
Biggest success in the last week:
Lost another inch from my waist so that was a great boost :)
I learned this week that the average woman in the UK spends 31 years on a diet? I do not want to be part of that statistic… So I have decided that I need to re-boot my mindset. I have downloaded an app that allows me to create goals and tracks my progress. At the moment I am trundling along and know that I have to stick with it if I want to achieve results.
I need to get my body fat down, develop more muscle and be consistent with exercise.
I am fortunate that I genuinely love fruit and veg, I enjoy cooking and rarely crave any type of processed (fast) food. I know that I need to commit to regular exercise and create healthy habits that last a lifetime. My two children ask me lots about what I am eating and I think they understand the importance of healthy food and enjoy cooking with me.
I actually have a very sweet tooth - I love cakes, biscuits, and chocolates - and often get a sugar craving mid-evening once I sit down and relax after a busy day. This is the 'danger-zone' when I used to binge on high-sugar, high-fat snack foods and treats, and then I would feel dreadful and guilty afterwards. I used to get so cross with myself for binging, and my biggest challenge in this whole process has been breaking that cycle. I am working on strategies to control these sugar urges (like not having them in the house at all!!) and I do have control over my choices. Temple Vie is much more than losing weight, it has helped me realise that food is fuel and it needs to be the best fuel possible to feed my body and mind. Nobody would put rubbish fuel into a classic car and expect it to drive well!!
And finally, I would like to touch on something that rarely gets talked about; I have been thinking a lot about why some people (including me) would overindulge in high sugar/ high fat foods in the first place? Is it because they like the taste so much and simply can’t help themselves? Is it because we have been sold a dream, advertisements for chocolate and desserts for example marketed at women with a “because you're worth it” message. (These adverts always feature slim beautiful women) is it because they are so readily available and cheap for a quick pick me up or reward?
I think that for a lot of people with stressful lives, who may be dealing with challenging circumstances, low incomes, busy jobs or family life - perhaps they are also lonely and don’t feel accountable to anyone else… I really think there are a whole heap of people up and down the country who self medicate / comfort themselves with food. I think we need to ask why we are a nation that does this and perhaps look at promoting happier lifestyles in conjunction with healthier ones. Sadly, the cost of eating more healthily is far greater than the cost of just buying a jumbo frozen bag of turkey dino’s or chips and that is so very wrong. I realise that these “foods” have been created in a science laboratory to make me crave them and want more - the food and drink industry is all about profit - and I am one of the many who pays the price. Yes we all need to be accountable for what we are encouraged to eat but why do we not educate our children more about the importance of nutrition at school? Where are the classes that could inspire young people to cook and create healthy and delicious recipes?
One thing I can say for certain is I am much more conscious of how I treat my own body – I think about/plan what I am going to eat now and I have really enjoyed learning more about the importance of gut health from Dr Sam Robson. I am also aware that in the longer term, it would be much more expensive on every level for me to eat cheap processed food - I would risk paying with my health and my happiness… whilst still spending a small fortune on “quick fix diet tricks” which don’t actually work.