Saturday, 2 October 2010

The Big Momma Challenge Week 13

It's that time of the week again, and I'm pleased to say I've lost 1lb.  That brings my total loss so far to 18lb.  1lb is less than I wanted to lose, but instead of feeling that it's a set back I actually feel more motivated.  This is BIG for me because I would normally have buckled by now and starting scoffing everything in sight. 

During the past 13 weeks I've found some things that have worked for me and have kept me going.

  1. I weigh myself everyday.  Yes, I know most advice will tell you not to do this but it works for me as it helps me to stay focused. 
  2. I drink plenty of fluids.  I try to drink lots of water, although that can be quite hard, but I also drink a lot of tea especially if I feel a bit peckish.  Somehow the cup of tea takes the edge off it. There was also recent advice about drinking some water half an hour before eating a meal, as this makes you eat slightly less.
  3. I eat fruit in the evening if I fancy a snack.  Oranges seem to be good for this, because by the time I've peeled it, cut it into small segments and eaten it I feel quite satisfied.
  4. I allow myself an evening off.  On the day I weigh myself, I eat whatever I want in the evening and have a drink or two *cough* and I really enjoy it.  
  5. I'm trying not to become complacent.  People have started noticing I've lost weight and as good as it feels to get compliments I can't lose sight of the fact I still have a lot more weight to go. 
  6. I keep reminding myself that this is Not A Diet!  No, it really has to be more than that for me, it has to be a new way of living.  I'm seeing it as a long-term lifestyle choice - to be healthy and take care of myself more.
  7. The main reason I'm still losing weight is because of you. Yes, you! I have been so encouraged by the supportive comments from everyone - thank you all so much, you have no idea how much it has helped me to keep going. And of course, I really enjoy reading how the other bloggers are doing with the challenge.
I'm looking forward to hearing how everyone else is doing, and please don't worry if you have a bad week (we all have them) it's still interesting to read about your week and what you've been doing to stay healthy.  If you fancy joining in, please do.  Just link back to my update before adding your post to the linky below. 

Good luck everyone, have a good week!