So it’s week 4. I began my new lifestyle 4 weeks today and started weighing myself 3 weeks today.
For those who don’t know, I was too scared in the first week that if I weighed myself I would be so upset and horrified at what I saw that it would have prevented rather than encouraged me from starting off on a good footing.
But a week in I realised one of the things I had to do on this trek was face facts and be honest.
I weighed in and I lost 3lbs this week! Which makes 16lbs in total a whole stone and 2lbs of fat gone and never coming back. That’s some achievement.
I’m happy not to lose huge numbers every week, I eat a lot, portion control is something I’m not even trying to master yet, but having said that I don’t eat as much as I did and I have trained myself to stop when I’m full now which is great progress in itself.
My focus is on healthy, healing foods (in the main), a little of what I fancy, no total deprivation, detoxing, eating foods that do my body and mind good and light exercise which I’m gradually building up.
I do things like taking stairs instead of elevators, getting things myself instead of sending the kids, walking 6 flights of stairs in my lunch break at work, taking a daily walk with my son and daughter if she’s around, even if it’s only ten minutes, dancing for twenty minutes with the kids every evening and I started taking the bus to work as that gives me 20 minutes a day walking time to and from bus stops which I wouldn’t normally have. I also spend more time in my classroom walking around rather than sitting at a desk, even when I’m not doing delivery and the students are working on something I circulate for the whole time rather than snippets of time. I’ve also done more housework… cleaned out cupboards, pulled out furniture and some gardening. Eventually I’ll get to a gym but that’s not now, I’m changing my life in a sustainable way so that I never stop with the changes, this is not a quick fix.
So what does my 16lbs total loss mean?
- I lost over a stone UK measures which is a big step
- I lost over a tenth of my target of 140lbs loss
- I’m almost under 150kgs – achievable goal there (keep them easy to reach)
- Another piece of Tracey is history. Bye Bye Tracey! (Tracey is my 140lb extra person I carry around, check out my visual top right, it motivates and focuses me)