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Accentuating the positive

By June 14, 2016Uncategorized
Hitting the gym in January 2016

Mixed bag of pics & vids to be sorted out 239


The good news is that I am down 2 lbs – yay! The bad news is that this is all I have lost since the middle of May.  It means that I have now lost 24 lbs in total and possibly a couple of dress sizes.  I am not sure about dress sizes as I have been wearing stretchy clothes.  However I plan to do a blog about my on-going wardrobe edit to explain this in a bit more detail.


The sugar challenge ended on Saturday 4 June 2016. I was not able to attend the grand finale and relied on the weight loss I had registered on Saturday 28 May 2016 of 4 kg.  There were 5 participants in total and I was joint-second.  The winner lost 5 kg.  As usual with me, life got in the way and I lost my focus meaning that I don’t know if I did as well as I could have.  Again, on a positive note, I am lighter than I was at the start so that’s a reason to be cheerful.


The fact however is that no matter how positive one is, it is difficult to ignore the fact that I have only lost 2 lbs in an entire month of healthy eating and regular exercise. In fact exercise has been going so well that I can actually now run on the treadmill and feel that I am finally putting my injury behind me.


My diet has improved in the sense that I don’t really crave large portions of food anymore. I have never really had a sweet tooth and these days on the rare occasions that I indulge in sweet treats I tend to suffer from stomach upsets.  However I keep chocolate made without sugar in my kitchen cupboard so that I can enjoy chocolate without the nasty side effects if I want to.  I still like to enjoy a cheat day usually on Fridays when I have rice and/or plantain or yam usually with some sort of tomato based sauce or stew (Nigerian stew is mainly tomato based and my non-Nigerian friends say it tastes like curry).


I have been weighing myself a lot of recent and noticed that I have huge weight gains usually towards the end of the week after my Friday cheat days. They are quite dramatic increases and the largest I have observed is a swing back up to 168 lbs.  Naturally this has worried me because I feel I have been here before.  At the end of 2012 I tried to get my weight under control by working with a personal trainer.  It was not a good experience for me for a number of reasons.  In the end however, the main reason that I gave up was that I got so fed up of feeling so anxious about seeing my trainer that I could not sleep very well the day before a session.  I was not cheating on my diet and I was sneaking in extra workouts and yet none of this effort showed up on the scales and I began to feel fed up with my trainer’s suspicion that I was cheating on my diet.


Last year when I was a member of Curves, I noticed the same thing. Some weeks I would lose nothing and others I would actually gain a pound or two.  Again, I would work hard at my exercise and try to stick to the diet.  My body seems to have a mind of its own when it comes to weight loss.


On the bright side, I have noticed that my clothes feel a lot looser and I can wear a lot of things that I have not been able to wear in years.   I think even my face looks different – in a good way.


Thanks very much for my friends, family and training partners for your help, advice, support and encouragement which is much appreciated


Author Julie

Full time legal aid lawyer (solicitor & founding partner) and part time blogger and founder of The YoYo Chronicles an account of my trials and tribulations as a yo yo dieter as I work towards a stable healthy weight.

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