OMG!!

If you read my last post about really working hard for the next few weeks (especially now that boyfriend is away), I have super duper good news!

It’s the end of the month and I decided to weigh myself after my gym sesh this evening….I’ve lost 3.5kg in the last month! YAY!!!

It seems all my hard work and conscientious eating has really paid off. In all honesty, I haven’t deprived myself of anything and I haven’t been starving myself. I’ve just tried to eat a little less and cut down a little on the amount of wine I’ve been drinking…..it’s not been easy as I’m a bit of a wine fiend and all, but sometimes you’ve just got to suck it up and do something that you know is for the best.

Well, I just wanted to share my good news with you all. This has really given me incentive to keep at it.

As a good friend reminded me today….nothing comes easy & hard work pays off! 

Yay Me!!!

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A Golden Opportunity

I’ve been in a relationship with my boyfriend, Greg, for over 10 years now and I’ll go as far as to say that things are going well. The only problem (if I can even call it that!) is we sometimes get into bad habits. If you’ve been in a long-term relationship, I’m sure you can appreciate where I’m coming from here…..Things like, you get home and slob around in your PJ’s, I’ve long since stopped shaving my legs every day to impress the man, and God knows, if I own 3 pairs of matching underwear, it’s a lot…no biggies, but these are bad habits that could be avoided. We all do it, and they’re sometimes hard to break!

Us.

My & Greg’s main problem is that we’re both as weak as one another when it comes to food. I’ve actually mastered the art of “Nandos Inception” as I like to call it. This is where I know I shouldn’t really have it because there are healthier options for dinner, but I love my Nandinos and will do whatever it takes to get my grubby hands on a plateful. I begin by planting a seed into Greg’s brain and developing the idea throughout the day so that come dinner time, he’s the one that suggests Nandos and I conveniently “give in” to this for his sake, when in actual fact it was all me. I can then enjoy my Nandos guilt free! Sneaky, I know…..

What Greg does in return is to sneak desserts into the house. I cheeky cheesecake here, or a block of chocolate there……and I don’t have the will power to say no. It usually starts because I’ll have a bad day and he just wants to cheer me up and it’s done out of love, but in the long run, it won’t get either of us anywhere. If it’s in my house, I will eat it.

Another problem is that when I finish work, the last thing I want to do is go to gym. I’d much rather head straight home to spend some time with Greg. I then trick my brain into thinking that I’ve made the right decision while sitting on the couch, watching a 30 Rock and stuffing my face with a mini Key Lime Pie….all in the name of love!

Looking smart! 🙂

Well, this is where the next two weeks are so important. Greg is flying home to South Africa for 2 weeks tonight, leaving me at home with a golden opportunity. If he’s not at home, I won’t feel the need to skip gym to go home and spend time with him. If he’s not around I can’t indoctrinate him with my Nandos ideas and he can’t provide me with an endless supply of desserts….Do you see where I’m going with this?

Don’t get me wrong, I’ll miss him when he’s away, and I’ve already had my little cry when I had to say goodbye this morning, but if I can use the next 2 weeks to really work hard at the gym and try to get into a few better habits….hopefully I’ll be able to hold on to them by the time he gets back from his holiday. Hopefully…….

Absence makes the heart grow fonder, and hopefully the waistline slimmer! 🙂

xxx

Wrapping up Week One….

It’s been an interesting week, but I’ve really enjoyed it! I’ve just completed my first ever week on Weight Watchers. So, what did I think?

Well, it’s taken a while to wrap my head around their ProPoints system, but I’m slowly getting used to it. As I’ve said before, I really like their approach to food. It’s not a diet, but rather a more conscious way of thinking about what you’re eating. It also allows you to eat what you want, as long as you don’t go over your allocated points for the day, which means you have to find innovative ways of mixing and matching food. With this in mind, I’ve been trying some new recipes, some of which are definitely keepers (maple syrup and pear pancakes!) and others I’m not too keen on (beef and papaya salsa wraps…blegh!). Overall, I love trying new things and I know how to fill out meals without using up a lot of points, which is great!!

Losing weight....

As for the rest of my 9 Things for November, I’ve been doing okay this week. For 4 days this week, I didn’t even switch on the telly. Some days were a little harder than others, but overall I think I’ve been able to get more done. On week nights, instead of rushing around just before bed time, everything was done and I even had time for some reading in bed. I woke up more refreshed and slept more soundly which was fantastic! It really is amazing what you have time for by doing something as simple as switching off the TV!

Switching off the Telly!

Also, because we’ve had the telly off, we’ve been eating at the dinner table more often. It’s really nice to have a decent conversation with Greg without having to wait for ad breaks! Another great result of switching off the telly, is that I’m drinking less wine. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had a few glasses this week, but because I’m keeping myself busy in the evenings, I just don’t have time to sit back and down one glass of vino after another.

Trying to consume less vino....easier said than done!

Gym wise, things haven’t gone exactly according to plan. I only went once this week and felt a little unfit, but I still did a good 30mins on the treadmill and also some cross trainer and weights exercises. I really wanted to go for my first Pilates class on Saturday, but I’m sick again. I gave Greg my “cooties”, and now in a weird twist of fate, he’s given me back my “cooties”. This meant that I’ve basically spent the weekend wrapped up in bed or on the couch, so exercise got shifted to the back burner for now. Hopefully I’ll feel a bit better next week and hit that treadmill again!

Getting back into the Gym routine!

Overall, I’ve had a really good week. I’ve got my second Weight Watchers meeting tomorrow evening and I really hope that I’ve lost a little weight. It doesn’t have to be a life changing amount, but just a little bit for encouragement would be great. So, I haven’t managed all the points on my “to do list” so far, but I’m working on them!

XXX

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