Another week of my big hairy challenge, where I attempt to loose 18kg or 2 stones in old money just to jump from a plane.
A long day at a blogging conference, Cybher. As I has a very stressful start to the day I gave up worrying about what I ate or drank. Indulged in some biscuits, chocolate mousse, enjoyed the different bites that were served for lunch and with evening drinks, and even had 3 cocktails before switching to water.
New day! I know I’ve lost fat, but not sure whether I’ve lost weight, so I’m going to be a lot more conscious about what I eat. I started the day with eggs for breakfast. As the family were having egg-fried noodles for lunch I spared some eggs for myself and had it on its own. You must be thinking I’m overloading on eggs, but I love them and could have them for all my meals.
Dinner- I couldn’t avoid the pasta- spinach, chorizo, tomato and mushrooms on broken up sheets of lasagna. Yummy!
My exercise for the day? Packing up the tent and our campsite. Exhausting!
Continued with the protein bias: eggs, frankfurters, burgers… all with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber.
Ran about after kids a lot, walked up and down the stairs a lot.
Started by breaking my cardinal rule- I missed breakfast!
I didn’t intend to, time just ran away with me and having a coffee sort of took away the immediate impact, compounding the cravings for sugars till later.
I had a chat with Sandra from Thinking Slimmer who, in her lovely way, gave me a gentle kick up my back side. As we talked I realised I had just hoped the slimpod would magic away the calories consumed. I had hoped that the slimpod would do it to the extreme level that I need to loose weight to do this skydive.
What the past month has proved to me is that it does help gently guide one to better confidence and gradual lifestyle changes, therefore has the power to help make these changes permanent. It will help me get to my long term goal in a nice comfortable gradual way, but not this short-term kick-start goal.
So my mantra for the next 46 days is-
There’s no time for complacency!
I can do this, but only if I get behind it full-heartedly and not just going along for the ride and the gentle weight loss that the slimpod gives.
Time for action!
I’ve already started cutting out refined carbs from my diet. This, I feel is a big step towards my success.
The other thing I said I’d do was walk and swim. Sandra has guided me to try a high intensity training (HIT) approach instead. Just 3 times 1 minute of heart raising exercise daily to start.
Here it goes!
Running around like a headless chicken all day. A couple of times I remembered to do the high intensity training, each time while I decided what to do something interrupted- a baby woke up, the postman rang, the phone went. How can it be so difficult to get 10 minutes to myself?! I swear I’m just going to lock myself in the loo and pretend I’m doing a crap!
We spent the day travelling. Finding the right snacks for a road trip is not easy at all! I ended up munching on sausages- probably too fatty, but hopefully better than biscuits or crisps.
Then in the evening: how do you tell friends who are awaiting you with lovely food, that you’ll only have the meat? It seems rude! So you take as little rice as you can get away with and stack up the topping off veg and meat.
Then to top it all I fall asleep during the evening breastfeed, probably quicker than Max. So much for a quick set of push-ups when Max is asleep!
A day of wedding decadence.
The food was lovely and it was relatively easy to avoid the refined carbs. The only thing I couldn’t resist was the wedding cake. I had no alcohol though, just lots of water. It became a fun thing for the waitresses to keep my glass of water filled.
In the evening I even hit the dance floor for a while. At one point my knee buckled forcing me to go for the more gentle songs, rather than the old favourites that make me want to really boogie. 🙁
Food was quite difficult today- the choices all included bread, rice, and other refined carbohydrates. Sticking to a specific meal plan when travelling really is hard, especially going as a guest to friends you’ve not seen for ages. It tried sticking to smaller portions instead of not having things.
On the other hand we walked a couple of hours, sightseeing in Gouda.
Weigh-in again will be on Monday.
So I’ve stepped on the scales.
that’s 4.6 lb!
I’ve lost a 7.1 kg in the past 5 weeks
…which is a fraction under 40% of my target loss so far!
Over the weekend friends and family who haven’t seen me since February were commenting how much better I look. I’m starting to feel the difference… just easier to get up and go.
Target for next week–
- Daily session of high intensity training
- Drink enough water
- Listen to my slimpod daily
- Go swimming twice this week, especially as I have my parents staying with us.
Can I please ask for your support?
And here’s how:
If you feel you’d be able to sponsor me, please leave a pledge in the comments
- Tell me how much you will sponsor me by… and seriously even £1 is amazing!
- Tell me when I can claim the sponsorship? What do I need to achieve? Do I need to loose X kilograms/ X pounds?
Do I have to dive from an aeroplane first?
All sponsorship goes to the Lullaby Trust in the memory of Matilda Mae.
Other ways you can support the Lullaby Trust and my fundraising are:
- Buy Barefoot Books via my account… there’s 30% off Father’s Day titles