Slow and steady…

Update time and this week I have lost 2lbs giving me a total weight loss of 5.8lbs. Only 34.2lbs to go till target number one is reached! 

It might not seem like much but to me it is a good start. I am determined to lose the 40lbs I have to get rid of but I am in no rush. I want to lose the weight slowly and also keep it off. As I briefly mentioned in my previous post, I have been using MyFitnessPal to roughly track calories to help me become more aware of what I am eating. I am not being strict and when I’m in a rush I’m not measuring accurately, which I know isn’t the idea of calorie counting but it is working for me. 

I hate diets and if I start being strict and counting every calorie or stressing if I go over my daily allowance I know I will give up. I’ve tried many diets and nothing seems to work long term as I get bored of how strict they are. So I have decided that I am just going to eat mindfully. It has already helped me stop secret eating (I was terrible and would even lie to myself about food consumed in a day) and I have become more aware of my bad food choices and started to alter them. 

I’m still having the odd treat,like fish and chips with the in-laws or a breakfast butty with friends,  but try to compensate by making healthier choices the rest of the time. I know that with my fibro sometimes a takeaway or something unhealthy might be the only option because I’m too tired to cook or I’m in a lot of pain and I have found by changing my mindset and not beating myself up about it. Also I haven’t let my eating spiral when I have had something naughty.

 In previous years if my fibro flared or I had something not on plan I would continue eating rubbish and then feel crapabout it (self sabotage ), but this time is different. Yes I need to lose the weight to qualify for treatment but I also want to lose it to become healthier and I believe that it needs to be a balance between being happy and being careful. I can’t be strict as I know I won’t stick to it, so I have allowed myself to go over my calories some days as long as I am truthful with myself and log everything I eat. 

A longer post than I was planning but I feel it is important to share my reasons for the way I am trying to lose weight so that it might help others who are beating themselves up for not sticking to their diets. Life is too short to denie yourself what  you want all the time and the most important thing is to be happy with your life; you only get one!! 

Gentle hugs

Hannah ?

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