And what a journey it’s been. I started my quest for weight a little late, and not to auspiciously. You can read the story so far here. As a clipped summery, I stuck to the plan but actually put on weight. After reviewing the facts, I realised I was pre-menstral and that water weight was to blame. I’m so glad I took the time to take stock, as it urged me to stick with the plan.
I’ve been eating a healthy diet 5 days a week, with plenty of lean proteins, fruit and veg. The other 2 days I have been using the Lighterlife Fast Fastpacks. These are shakes, bars or meals that eaten 4 times a day give you all the vitamins and nutrients you need at around 600 calories. Now I’ve met and spoken to people who swear by the 5:2 and others who haven’t been so successful with it. I do like the fact that on those ‘fasting’ days I still get to eat pretty well. The bars and shakes are very filling. I’m not so keen on the meals, which are a little like chunky cup-a-soups, but it is nice to have some savoury in the day.
So, to the scores on the doors. My total loss so far is:
That’s in 3 weeks!
While I have no real end date for my weight loss – only a figure (3 stone to start), I really would like to lose a stone for my wedding on 16th August. With the results I have seen so far, I think this is doable, as long as I stay focussed and committed, and as in the first week, not be swayed if one week my loss isn’t what I hoped for. I’ve shown myself the pay off is big if I stick with it, and often catches up with you.
I’ve no doubt that the fasting days are speeding up my weight loss, and I’m so thrilled with the results so far. I do however know that this has to be a long term thing for me. I can’t afford for the weight to creep back on again when I’ve finished actively slimming. This can only be achieved with a new attitude to food and forming new habits now. I love my veggies and I love healthy food. J and I fell into bad habits when we met, and we’re both as bad as each other when it comes to justify eating naughty things. For my health and my fertility, I can’t do that anymore. Everything in moderation of course, but for the most part I need to be eating well. The stupid thing is that I feel so much better when I eat proper food and not rubbish.
Mmmm….quorn sausages and veggies!
Time and energy
Lack of time and energy have led me to lean on convenience food, but I’m slowly remembering (it’s amazing how easy we forget) how much more energy I have when I eat right. Also, if you choose simple options, a healthy meal is just as quick to cook or prepare. The silly thing is that I’ve always cooked right for the kids, but rather than joining them in proper meals I’ve ended up eating a bowl of cereal, or worse still nothing later that evening.
So here’s to eating better, feeling better, and feeling more comfortable in my own skin.
If you’d like to try Lighterlife Fast you can visit their website here for more information, and the Superdrug website to purchase products for the plan.