Tuesday rolls around so quickly at times. It feels as if I had only just left group, and I was back there this morning…it’s lucky that I love it! Although I have probably could have won the award for ‘Most Irritating Slimming Worlder’ today…
I got weighed and was pleasantly surprised to find that I had lost 2lbs. After all the BBQ food – albeit ‘on plan’ – that I had packed away this weekend, I was thinking that I might have stayed the same. However, nothing is ever good enough, as the 2lb loss meant that I was only 0.5lbs away from my next award. So I toddled off for a wee, even though I had been before I left the house, only to find that I couldn’t squeeze much out…well, not enough to make a difference on the scales! But I then decided that if I was extra vigorous on the signing in desk I might shift half a pound…so not a drop of water passed my lips, and my arm gestures when taking cards and money were more exaggerated than usual! That didn’t work either. I will just have to look forward to an award next week instead…and hope that the weigh in ladies will let me back on the scales!
As a confirmed – but trying to reform – salad-dodger, I was pleasantly surprised by the contents of the new magazine. There are some gorgeous salad ideas in there that I want to try – especially the Moroccan couscous and halloumi, and the Jamaican jerk chicken one – and also a lovely looking recipe for stuffed tomatoes. I have only managed a quick flick through the magazine so far, but a story caught my eye and made me chuckle. It was an empathy chuckle as I, like the chap in question, have also broken chairs with my bulk…not amusing at the time but I can laugh about it now. He has gone on to lose over 9st and looks amazing. There are so many great male role-models coming through the Slimming World ranks…I am going to get my Dad joining in with me soon hopefully.
I need to take a moment to salute Pizza Lady yet again, as she managed to outdo herself this week. I genuinely mean it when I say that I think she is fab…she provides me with so much entertainment, how could I not think that? Today was no exception. My consultant was talking about one of her sons – all of whom she adores – and was describing how one of them has a really good eye for fashion and colours. He gives her advice on her outfits and tells her to stick her ‘magic pants’ on if she needs too! And out it comes…”Is he gay?”, asked Pizza Lady? The response was a ‘no’ – but really…just because a man has an eye for fashion does not mean that he is gay…what a question to ask!
This was followed by a discussion about non-scales victories (NSVs), during which we all went around the room and gave an example of one of ours. Mine was that I was flicking through old blog posts last night and noticed that I have not had food from a takeaway or fast-food place since 16th January…a big, big change for someone who used to order takeaway food at least five times a week. I bet some eagle-eyed bugger will prove me wrong now! Anyway, I digress. We were talking about NSVs and that even if your weigh in hasn’t produced the result you were hoping for, you still had something to be pleased about…your progress.
My consultant went on to say that all of us – apart from a couple of her members over the groups she runs – have lost weight on the plan; only a couple weigh more than when they started. I piped up that their NSVs could potentially be the fact that, despite the weight gain, Slimming World is helping them to stay on the straight and narrow…how much heavier would they have been if they were totally out of control? Pizza Lady piped up, “Well, they can’t be following the plan then, can they?”, at which point I almost choked and one of Pizza Lady’s friends started chuckling…as we all know she rarely – if ever – follows the plan…hence her nickname, as she thought pizza made specifically for you at the counter in Asda was okay on plan without syns! She is a darling! There were a couple more gems from her, which I can’t remember…I must take a notebook with me!
It was great to hear the NSVs from the group. The one that touched me the most was from a friend of mine who had been away on holiday. Her partner had encouraged her to take her swimming costume, even though she didn’t want to. However, she wore it with pride and went swimming a few times! I was thrilled for her. She still has a big journey ahead of her and I know how tough it would have been for her to put it on and get out there. From the sound of it, she really enjoyed it and is looking for somewhere locally to swim!
We also had one chap who has had to take his belt buckle in by three holes, and a lot of people fitting into clothes that they haven’t worn for years…my lovely consultant looked gorgeous this morning in her outfit – very summery and bright…an outfit she hadn’t been able to wear for two years. Those evens are great, and really spur you on. Mine – the takeaway ordering – was more of a mental NSV but just showed me how my habits are changing and how much progress I have made.
Before group started I was sat outside chatting to two ladies who I have affectionately nicknamed the ‘Gangsta Grannies’…I have no idea why I named them that, but they are tough old birds – or like to give that impression at times – and are always in cahoots. One once offered me some veterinary supplies at a cheap rate…I asked no questions and politely declined! Anyway, I am rambling again…we were discussing weight loss and that much too talked about topic of loose skin, when one of them said to me, “You’re young, you’ll spring back into shape.”.
Now I didn’t want to burst her bubble, so I didn’t say what instantly popped into my mind, which was, “There ain’t no fecking springing here I’m afraid!”. Instead I politely explained that I thought it would be a near impossibility and that I am already considering a remortgage…or I would be if I wasn’t stuck in a negative equity house thanks to the recession! I don’t want to dwell on the loose skin issue, as my weight loss is far more to do with health benefits than cosmetic ones. Needless to say though, I will be gutted when I look like a hot air ballon without any air in…but I will just throw it all over my shoulder and crack on as best I can until I am in a position to let a surgeon loose on me!
Right then – that was group…onto the usuals…
I am such a bugger when it comes to sleep – or lack of sleep. With this heat, I have the fan on at night. As a light sleeper who is used to hearing sounds in the house – they kind of comfort me – I can no longer hear these over the noise of the fan, and so am imagining them instead. I was up four times last night and restless for most of it. So I will be developing bags under my eyes if I keep the fan on, or sweating buckets if I turn it off! Oh well. I woke up and grabbed a shower and then started working on my other half’s project before heading to group. Once group had finished I had to go and meet my Mum at the stables as our farrier was coming to sort the horses feet out for us. This is always a delight! My Welsh lad came in without a problem, but my Mums mare decided that she couldn’t wait and so ducked under the electric gate – which was on…so she got a shock as she did that and shot off across the yard! And then my silly youngest lad decided to just run through it as his sister wasn’t by his side…he is usually found stuck to her like a shadow…and so he got a big electric shock too. Whilst all of this was happening, my Shetland just stood and observed, probably rolling his eyes at their idiocy…after all, why would they want to be in the yard when there is grass in the field…he takes after me in the stomach department! So the farrier arrived and all was calm. Or kind of calm. My youngest was being a bit of a plonker and was a bit jittery, so he wasn’t the easiest horse to deal with on three legs…and he is a big bugger – both him and his sister are well over half a tonne each…probably nearing three quarters! Here is my youngest lad walking to his field…
…shortly after this he took off…headcollar and leadrope attached! He was running around like a mad thing, whilst my Mum was trying to catch him so that he didn’t tread on his rope and break his neck…horses eh?! After their feet had been trimmed, we sat chatting with farrier and after he had left, Mum and I chatted whilst I dunked my feet in the paddling pool to cool down. Although this probably wasn’t a good idea as my feet were then sloshing around in my shoes whilst I was trying to put the horses out! This evening is going to be nice and quiet hopefully…and I am going to see if I can watch ‘Luther’ somehow…without a TV that works!
Today’s food was all about ease and speed! Brekkie was just a banana before weigh in, lunch was grabbed very late when I got home after the horses and was just a packet of low fat Supernoodles with a box of the Asda mushroom stir fry. Dinner was very self-explanatory…and cheesy…yum! And the crisps were my usual Friday guilty pleasure…that I am not that guilty about either.
Exercise: Nothing formal today…rest day!
Thank you for reading – and I hope this week brings the weight loss results you are looking for…
Weight Loss Bitch xxx