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Wednesday is usually my day off from posting, I’m not sure why I just got into the habit of skipping it, but I’ve decided to do a regular feature for a while, perhaps in the hope that if I’m updating the world with my habits, it might encourage me to stop living in denial.

I have been on a weight loss journey for probably most of the last 7 years. I’ve lost, gained and maintained for periods of that time. I guess you could call me a yo-yo dieter, but I would be inclined to disagree as my weight has only fluctuated by a stone in all that time. My most recent journey has been going on for the last couple of years. I put on some weight when I met Harry through copious amounts of alcohol and my love of eating out and I’ve been struggling to lose it ever since. I’ve had some success so far losing 11lbs but after Easter I put back 5 of those pounds. I was frustrated because I felt like I was eating properly and exercising but I see now I wasn’t. I was in denial about how much I ate.

After seeing my weight creep up again for weeks I finally resolved on my holiday to lose those stubborn pounds when I got back. I’ve got two special occasions that I want to lose this weight for, a wedding which is in August and a holiday in September. I really want to be back down to how I used to be, it’s not a lot of weight that I’ve put on, but for me it feels like a lot, my stomach is bigger, my clothes are tighter and I just don’t feel as good in myself. One thing that will ensure I succeed as well this time is that Harry is dieting alongside me. It’s much harder when he’s not dieting because he wants to eat bad food all the time.

I’m hoping to lose the weight in two stages- 7lbs before August 8th and the rest of the weight before September 16th. Both are relatively close dates, but I feel that they are achievable goals as long as I don’t lose focus.
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Week 1
Weight Loss: 2 lbs
Total Weight Loss: 2lbs
Lbs to Goal: 11lbs

This week I’ve lost 2lbs!!! I’ve wouldn’t say I’ve changed my diet much except I’ve been really strict with myself and not gone over my Weight Watchers points for the day. It has meant ultimately that I’ve had to deny myself some things, like snacking after work before tea, or having naughty desserts (ultimately the things that were putting the weight on), but it’s not been bad, I’ve not felt (too) deprived or grumpy and I think I’ve adapted fairly quickly. Some say that it takes 3 weeks to break a habit so in theory I should have broken my bad eating habits in two more weeks…yeah right.

I’ve been trying out new foods too, I saw a delicious recipe for porridge with chia and I have been loving it and what’s more, it fills me up for 4 hours without a peep from my stomach. I’m still eating lots of fruit and veggies and I’m still relatively low dairy although I’ve started including a small Dairylea cheese triangle into my lunch at work to spread on my celery, yummy!

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I have to say it’s not been as hard as I thought it was going to be. I had a cheat day on Saturday as it was my friend’s housewarming and he had a BBQ, but even then I didn’t go mad. I tried to stick to my points as much as possible but a few extra things somehow sneaked into my mouth when people started offering out garlic bread, mozzarella sticks and BBQ chicken mmmmm….

Hopefully I will do just as well next week, or at least lose something so I can keep working towards my goal. I think next week will be more in depth about different tasty meals I’ve trying to hopefully give people inspiration as well.

Let me know if you are currently starting or in the middle of a weight loss journey?