Sunday, March 08, 2009

8 months into the LighterLife journey

It’s been just over 8 months since I started LighterLife. I’ve been going it alone now for a few weeks and as I feared it has been extremely hard. I’ve discovered some triggers that are very very difficult to ignore. However the good news is that my weight is staying fairly stable with a fluctuation within  4lbs. Max I’ve weighted is 15st 11lbs, lowest has been 15st 7lb in the last 8 weeks. I’m happy with that and am weighing myself a few times  a week to make sure things don’t start moving out of control.

So my triggers. It’s no surprise to me that it’s sweet things and evenings. Put the two together and you have a recipe for disaster with me craving something sweet and sometimes winning the battle, sometimes not. It doesn’t help that there’s a continual supply of sweet stuff in the house for “the girls”, I say we don’t need it but obviously I don’t know what I’m talking about. If I don’t have anything sweet I’m usually fine but if I do then I want something else, and so on. It’s an addictive mentality. It’s to do with the sugar rush as it’s short lived and does make you crave more. So I’ve started having a cup of tea in the evenings as a way of putting something else in my mouth. Jury’s out on that one but it’s worth trying.

I’m surprised that after all the time, effort and money spent on this diet I wouldn’t have thought it would be so easy to stray of the path of good intent but let me tell you it’s much harder than losing the weight in the first place. Like any diet, anyone can loose weight but it’s keeping it off that’s the hardest thing. The good news is that with a little effort I can move the scales back the other way too and moving 1 or 2 lbs is much easier than moving 1 or 2 stones!

I’m getting noticeably fitter too now. I’m cycling a lot and have been on a 20 mile ride this morning and have been working on a 10 mile route each week and seeing my times dropping like a stone. Started at 1hr 7 minutes and got it all the way down to 54 minutes. I started the 200 sit-ups program 6 weeks ago and even though I’ve only managed four weeks out of the 6 I can see a difference already. I’ve gone from doing about 30 situps in one hit to about 60 now, still a long way from 200 but it’s an improvement. I can feel my abs and stomach getting very firm (shame there’s still a bit of loose skin on top!)

I also had a go at the 100 pushups program and am finding that much harder. for some reason I’ve never been able to do push ups, I was only ever able to do 1, on the way down. Well again there’s been an improvement but it’s still pathetic. I can probably do 6 push ups now but they still hurt. For the program I do pushups while resting on my knees as I find full push ups too hard. I’m going to stick at it as there is definitely an improvement.

I’m dropping in to see my LighterLife counsellor every 2 weeks now and I find this very useful and it makes me accountable to someone else. I can’t hide any weight gains and she knows all the issues people face at this stage so I know I can talk to someone if I need to.

So I’m mostly happy with things at the moment. Just need to get the better of my cravings and the hardest part of the battle will be over.

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