So, from 1 January I have been trying to shift a stone in weight, which I had put on last year.
I decided, as well as getting back fully into my healthy eating, I would also do dry January. Anyone who knows me, will know that I love my wine. Especially Slim Wine, and in particular their sparkling wine!
So when I suggested I would do dry January, everyone laughed, and said there was no way I would do it! Now if you know me, you never say things like that to me, because if you do, I will make sure I prove you wrong!
27 days into January, I am still going strong. Even an opened bottle of fizz in my fridge has not bothered me!
I honestly thought that not drinking alcohol would really help me lose that stone quickly! The plan was that I could lose 3.5lbs per week for the 4 weeks of January.
I started again writing what I was eating each day in my journal. I ensured I planned every meal. I have completely stayed on plan every day. I am allowed 15 syns a day with Slimming World, but gave myself a 12 syn allowance each day. Most days I have had less that 3 syns a day!
Everything was in place for a fantastic month.
The first week I lost 3.5lbs Woo hoo. I then went down with the flu. This meant, that I went from planning to go to the gym 4 times a week and doing 17,000 steps a day, to doing only about 1500 steps!
On top of that, my asthma flared up! After a visit to the doctors, I was given steroids! That week I dreaded the scales, but was over the moon to see another 3.5lbs off! Happy days.
After 2 weeks off, I eventually returned to work. I had continued to eat so well, I was sure that now I had increased my walking, I would achieve the 3.5lb again if not more! I was so disappointed when the scales said only 1.5lbs!
I could easily have fallen off the wagon, but I didn’t. I have a goal in my head, and I want it more than anything.
When I started this journey, I measured myself. Today, I revisited those measurements. I may not have seen the scales moving in my favour, but the inches had. I was so pleased to see 1.75 inches off my bum and an inch off my waist.
Sometimes, you also need to look at the non scale victories to see how well you are doing.
I have 6 more days on dry January. I have 3 opportunities to go to the gym before month end!
I may not be at the target I want on 1 February, but I will certainly be closer to it than I was on 1 January.
So what ever you have to lose, whilst it is good to set yourself a goal, don’t give up if you don’t reach it when you planned to!
Our bodies are funny things! Sometimes, they take a bit longer to catch up with us.
I’m going to hit that target, I know I will. Why? Because I want it!
If you believe in yourself, anything is possible!
Watch my personal account of this week! https://youtu.be/UYYyPGo37kM