Mr WLB is not a happy bunny today. He was shocked – his words – about his holiday and Christmas weight gain.
He weighed in at the gym and had gained 7lbs. The look on his face was priceless. Had we actually gone for a workout today, and not for me to make a point about his holiday eats, I think he would have been lifting and running for Britain!
Mr WLB loves sweet food. It is nothing for him to eat a family bar of chocolate in under five minutes. On holiday he was eating half an apple and cinnamon cake, and a big chunk of chocolate daily. There was pizza consumption, and a few McDonalds, and Dairylea Dunkers, and cheese pastry pinwheel things, and lots of cheese…
So when he used the words, “I’m shocked!”…I was floored. I had one of ‘those’ conversations with him. I asked if he was really all that shocked considering the shite he had been shovelling in. Compared to the eating he had been doing pre-Christmas…he was moving more towards a healthy and balanced diet – kind of following the Slimming World principles, but with a few extras – his holiday eating was a bit crazy.
Yet it wasn’t crazy and frenzied in the same way that my eating used to be, and I must admit that it does feel quite strange trying to pull his eating into line. I am turning into a preacher! I just don’t want to hit my target to turn around and find him welded to the sofa as I was…I want us both to be healthy enough to go out there and grab life by the balls. Which incidentally will be what I do to him if he doesn’t fall into line soon!
So where did the shock come from? Was it genuine, or was it the ‘I truthfully know why I have put some weight on, as I disregarded all that I know works, and went a bit mad’ kind of fake shock? His apparent shock made me smile, as I too have often played that card even though I absolutely knew why I had put weight on.
The simple truth is that if you follow the principles that you know work, then there should be no surprises. Actually, there will be a few surprises and frustrating moments…but you give yourself a much better chance of success if you are honest with yourself. The surprises I had with weight losses slowing down when I joined the gym were not even a surprise, as I was making changes and my body had to get used to it. When you sit and rationally think about why things are happening, there is usually an answer…you just might not like the answer being that you aren’t doing what you are trying to convince yourself that you are doing!
Mr WLB is fine. I have kindly pointed out the error of his ways…they do say that you are tougher on your nearest and dearest…so asking, “Are you really that fecking shocked considering that you have eaten your body weight in cake and chocolate over the past couple of weeks?”…is not really something I would usually ask – although perhaps a direct approach is what most people need?!
Just get honest! The reason that Slimming World, and all of the ‘professionals’ I have spoken with, encourage a food diary and journaling is that it works…it makes you accountable for your actions. Even if you keep for your eyes only…if Mr WLB had written his food down, then I doubt that his fake shock would have surfaced!
So that’s it for me for today. I had a crazy morning of overhauling my bedroom…it now looks all boutique-chic and we are planning on watching a nice film in bed tonight with candles and new PJs! I then went to Asda and picked up some supplies for the horses, who were thrilled to see me and soon tucked in to their veggie treats…although my Welshie makes me smile – he always looks wary around Mr WLB…and Mr WLB always look wary around him!
I then went to my sisters – my Mum was there and I got my cuddle that I missed out on yesterday! I saw the kids and my Dad arrived not too long after I got there too, so I caught up with him…lots of family time today.
Breakfast: Total Greek yogurt, Black Forest fruits and bananas.
A lovely food day – I opted for a sneaky Green day so that I could have extra cheese on my dinner! Brekkie was quick and simple – just berries and yogurt with bananas. Lunch was toasted Warburtons wholemeal rolls, with scrambled egg on top. I fried off some mushrooms with garlic and Worcester sauce and cherry tomatoes…lush! Dinner was gorgeous. A Quorn family roast with roast potatoes and red onion. I then melted some of the LowLow cheese and poured this over my broccoli and cauliflower, and had some carrots with it too, to add a bit of colour. My snacks were good too…the last of the Alpen light bars…and I can’t say that I am sad to see them go really, a bit too sweet and fake for me now…even though I used to love them!
Exercise: Housework and horses…but nothing too taxing.
Thank you for reading,
Weight Loss Bitch xxx