Well after last's week rather disappointing half pound gain I rallied myself reading other bloggers' posts and decided to really try to cut bread from my diet (I failed once with a freshly baked small roll but it was small!) and continue with a little bit more exercise (a couple of extra half hour walks during the week as well as my normal weekly exercise class and 45 minute Walking for Health walk). I was on schedule to be reporting a two pound weight loss when I hopped on the scales this morning to find I had actually lost THREE - so as I type I have a big Cheshire cat grin on my face :)
This means I have gone from ___ 7 and 3/4 to ___ 4 and 3/4 this week and a weight loss of 6 pounds overall from where I started three weeks ago.
Kate in her blogging to jogging post this week talks about us getting hung up on big numbers and feeling it's all too much which might lead us to giving up. I think I am certainly focusing on small steps each week rather than a final position. I want to lose some weight each week and it doesn't matter if it's only 1/4 of a pound as long as it's gone it's good!! I want to aim in my month towards going down that half stone marker and feel I can truly celebrate if I do. Certainly in the past, I have looked towards those long term goals and felt on an uphill struggle throughout as well as failing to reach them and then giving up and putting the weight back on again.
Below is my Food Diary page already for February so if you would like a copy just click on the image to download from Google docs
Please let me know your thoughts and what's worked for you in the past? I'm also hoping to do a little more exercise work concentrating on reducing the "muffin top" around my waist so if anyone has some good exercises to share on how a "beginner" can go about this I'd be happy to try them - no 100 sit ups please!!