I got weighed today just to see if my dining out and new exercises have had an impact on my progress and I was shocked to see that I’ve lost 5lbs this week! So there you have it, either dining out and Tai Chi are the way to go or cocktails and champagne have a secret weight loss ingredient we didn’t know about.
I joked with Nick this morning that I’ve found a brand new weight loss plan which I’m going to sell and make millions from… the Be Happy diet. I concluded that being happy just uses up more calories than being miserable and even though it was a joke at first, we realised that there actually might be something in that. If you feel happy you are more likely to engage in living, get out and move more and even laughter has to use up more calories than sitting watching TV with a blank expression right? Of course if you’re an emotional eater then if you’re happy, you may eat less and lose weight anyway, but I’m a true emotional eater and eat when I’m happy too! I mourn my sadness with food and celebrate my happiness with it so I don’t think that’s true for me but could be true for other people.
I really think that this loss is probably because I’ve eaten less than usual because someone else has been in control of portion sizes and because I was determined not to step away from my healthy lifestyle I over compensated for eating out by only having one course and bulking that up with salad and veggies most of the time or swapping a dessert for a cocktail.
Whatever, I’ve proven that you can dine out, date, have a holiday, be away from home and still manage to stick to a healthy lifestyle, even throw in a few treats and still lose weight. I’ve done it once, I can do it again and again.
And those naughty smutty people out there who are thinking I’ve been ‘exercising’ more than usual just in ways I really ought not to share on here (come on hands up who’s thinking it) … stop it, go clean out your filthy minds with soap and water, for I am a paragon of virtue as we all know 😉
I’ll update my stats page later but this means I’m now at a total weight loss of 62 pounds! No change to Tracey and not yet under 20 stones but getting there and as I’ve gushed about non stop lately, emotionally, physically and mentally I’m a whole tonne lighter.
So, now it’s out with one house guest and in with the next. this is great timing really for my closest girl friend (apart from my daughter) to arrive as I have lots of juicy stuff to spend hours giggling about as girls do. Also it’s going to be wonderful to have a little one around, I have my kids’ ‘creation trunk’ all ready, stocked with glitter and fluff and feathers and paints and glue and all manner of wonderful stuff to cover my dining table in. I’ve vacuumed and washed all the soft toys and filled the little ones bed with them and dragged boxes of Barbies and Polly Pockets out of hiding, the Lego chest is ready and waiting and the box of percussion instruments has been placed on the floor in the music room just waiting for little hands to make a racket with. Nick filled the sand pit this morning for me while I was at the hairdresser so we’re all ready. I’ve bought a little bike for her to use and also we bought a lovely kite when we were out the other day for good old fashioned outdoor fun. I was going to get her bucket and spades for the beach but thought she’d like to choose her own. I’m so excited, I adore kids.
Nick’s going back to London later today 😦 You know I’ve had a great time and he’s enjoyed himself too by all accounts. After he was asleep last night I crept back downstairs for a while, I was feeling a little restless and realised that I was a bit sad to think that he was leaving. Anyone who knows me will know that is so not like me. I’m not a clingy person and I don’t get sad about goodbyes and I like being on my own so this was quite unusual for me to be bothered by that thought. But anyway, I’m over it now and just feeling lucky to have had this fabulous opportunity to have a catch up and some fun.
We didn’t talk about the future, as in ‘us’ I’ve kind of changed the subject if it’s headed in that direction, I want to just go with the flow and not make anything contrived. He asked if I’d consider going on a holiday with him somewhere nice and relaxing and after consulting with the kids I’ve agreed to do that. It will be lovely to spend some more time with him. The kids were positively squealing with delight at the thought of me living again which reassured me about leaving them behind. My son’s signing up for a week long outward bound training camp near my daughter so they’ve taken care of themselves really.
So Nick’s currently holed up in my office trying to plan a surprise that ticks the two boxes I was allowed to have. My daughter evidently told him to only let me have two conditions related to the holiday so that I didn’t make it too difficult for him to find somewhere suitable (she knows me too well). My two conditions were: I’m not wearing a bathing suit in front of anyone but him but I want to swim and I want to be able to do some outdoor exercise besides swimming. We’ve got to go before the end of the month and I have a few commitments regarding work but other than that it’s up to him, all of the when’s, where’s and what have yous and for once in my life I’m happy to relinquish control and let someone else make the arrangements. I’m becoming so much more laid back in my new state.
Can’t wait to find out where we will be going and this will sound pathetic but even though he’s still here it will be good to see him again. Neither of us are sure why we’ve left this so long but well, it’s happened now and that’s a good thing.
My son’s having a lovely time with his sister, they’ve been very active by the sounds of it he will come back a shadow of his former self at this rate. Can’t wait to see them both on Saturday.
Next test is coming up for me, can I survive a few days with kids’ treats in the house? I know my friend is currently on a healthy eating plan herself as is her daughter so they are looking forward to some healthy eating and exercise but the little one does eat a lot of rubbish and am I going to be able to survive packets of crisps, biscuits and choc bars lying around? I’m ready for this challenge, it’s going to be the hardest one yet but I’m up for it.