I took before pictures yesterday and they are awful. I have at least 2 stone to lose. I have joined other threads here before, with some success. Then quit after getting halfway to my goal and gaining everything back in half the time it took me to lose it.
I am 5 foot 6, have been wavering around the 12 stone mark since having my 2 dc within 13 months. Youngest is now 2.
In my "before" pictures (which I won't post until I get to post them with my afters!). It is painfully obvious that nearly all of my weight is around my middle. This is particularly worrying as my family history is full of diabetes, heart problems, cancer, strokes- you name it.
My plan is this:
MFP to track my calories
30 day shred or alternate 30 min workout 5 times a week
More conscious eating. Re-reading Paul McKenna, "I Can Make You Thin."
Easy on the carbs. My current 2 slices of toast breakfast, 2 slice of bread sandwich and crisps lunch, and insert random carb heavy dinner here, is doing me and my middle no favours.
Drink more water. At least 4 pint glasses per day.
Chew gum instead of mindless snacking.
No baking. I can think up any excuse to bake, and then of course I have to test my product--no more!
And that is basically it.....
I am hoping that I can make all of these things my new way of life, rather than a diet.
I am tired of hating myself in every picture.
I am tired of refusing to buy new clothes in this size, and looking like a slob as all of my clothes are old and don't fit properly.
I want to be healthy and I want to be here for my kids for as long as possible.
I want to be a good example for my kids.
I would like to feel attractive again.
I am going to check in here at least once a week. Monday morning weigh in to keep me honest over the weekends. Please feel free to join me, or cheer me on.
I don't want to be a diet bore in real life so I am going to use this thread for my rambling instead.
It is the same as I was when I went away howi, but my original goal had been to get down to 12 so I was a bit disappointed in myself for not hitting it. I had managed to get down to 12.3 so I'm hoping that I can get my head straight and my motivation back on track.
There's something like 28 weeks to my birthday now so I need to get on with it, I do not want to be the whale in the pool at Centre Parcs!
The weather is definitely a motivator! Feels nicer to be more comfy in summery stuff but there is still much more I would like to achieve clothes wise, I keep daydreaming of one day wearing an actual bikini - but perhaps that is something I have to resign to never doing (why didn't I wear one constantly when I was 18 years old and a size 10?!!!). I am suddenly completely fed up of MFP and all calorie counting, feel like I need something new to hold my interest. Got out my book 'escape the diet trap' by dr john briffa, bought after a MN recommendation some time ago, but barely read. It's basically low carb - wondering if I might dabble in a bit of that to get me going again. So many end of year chocs from my class (I'm a teacher) and I'm just quietly eating them in little instalments and feeling terribly guilty about it! Think I need to give them away! Veeeeerrrry quiet on this thread of late - everyone enjoying the sun I hope