The Diet Starts Monday

What A Weekend

The diet starts Monday, just how many of us have said this?  I’ll start it on Monday; I’ve lost count how many times I have said that.  And guess what?  I’m saying it again.  I was really stressed over the weekend and the reason being was that my beautiful younger sister had her first chemo on Friday and I couldn’t handle it.  It was a dreadful day and obviously even more so for her.  Someone at the hospital had messed up and forgot to give her an ECG and as a result, they were telling her she couldn’t have the chemo for another week.

Waiting Game

When you have already been waiting 4 weeks being told one more week, well they may as well have said a year.  The waiting is unreal it just drags and drags.   Thankfully my mum and dad are with her and a wonderful nurse pushed some buttons and she finally got her treatment late Friday.   I just had a complete stress meltdown and ended up putting whatever edible items I could find into my mouth.  Just goes to show yet again I am only human.  It’s difficult I think because it hasn’t sunk in yet with us all.

As for my sister she was being violently ill all weekend.  I need to be strong for her and the rest of my family and that’s what I need to keep telling myself.  If she is having to endure what she is enduring then me giving up a biscuit is nothing or as she would say “a piece of piss” (ex RAF).  Sorry for swearing Mum.

 

Find A Distraction

I admit I was a mess this weekend and was feeling very emotional and that I need to stop beating myself up about it because it’s going to be a tough journey right now.  But as the days go by it will get easier.  I just need to change my mindset and my reaction process in the meantime.  I have to accept that there are going to be bad days in my sister’s journey and me stuffing my face every time isn’t going to help anyone.

Walk The Dog

So I have been thinking this morning about what I can do differently.  The thought that popped into my head is when I am thinking about reaching for food reach for the lead and take the dog for a walk.  Being outside I hope will put me back on track.  So that’s what I’m going to do.  Harvey is going to love it.

However, he is terrible to walk though as he can’t do straight lines; it’s literally zig-zags and I’m not over-reacting.  In fact, I think I’m going to video him so you can see for yourself.  So that might not work; there’s a thought I might end up coming in more stressed than when I was when I left the house.  Hmm.. this will be interesting might have to think of a new distraction.  So what are your distraction go tos?

Coping Mechanisms

There are a lot of things you could do to distract yourself actually.  One of my others is art or being creative, whether that is drawing, painting, or making jewellery, knitting, etc.  I will write about these and other coping mechanisms in a lot more detail in a future post.  In the meantime please feel free to share your coping mechanisms at the bottom of this post as it might help others as well as just me.

The Diet Starts Monday

So as the blog post title says, the diet starts Monday.  I’ve given myself a huge talking to and I am back at it.  So far today 2 bars and 1 shake down and one more left to have tonight when I get home.  I am not just doing this for me but my sister.  Because she has no choice and I do.  She also needs me healthy so I can give her 100%.  If that’s not enough incentive I don’t know what is.

So the diet starts Monday… Let’s do it….

Tracey xXx

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How To Lose Weight Quickly And Safely

Exante Day 3 of 100 days to Christmas Challenge

So here we are on day 3 of 100 days to Christmas Exante Challenge.  Drum roll…. I’m feeling ok considering I’ve probably dropped my calorie intake by 1000 calories a day.    Yep, it shocked me too.  This is coming from the woman who wrote “it’s not rocket science”.  To be honest I’m kind of glad I’m in this position again as it shows I’m only human but we can make a difference when we put in the effort.

Yo-Yo Dieting

How many people have lost weight to gain it again?  We are all guilty of this.  I know where I have gone wrong so that is half the problem won.  I also know the right and wrong foods but I chose the wrong foods.  I mentioned in my last post the horrible things that have happened this year which has had an absolutely negative effect on my health.  You have to make lifelong changes.  You can not go on a diet lose all the weight then go back to eating the way you did before.  You have to make a serious change to your lifestyle.

The Secret Of Why Exante and VLCD diets work the best

The first reason Exante for me works better than the others such as Slimming World and Weight Watchers is that you get results fast and that seriously affects your motivation in a positive way.  Usually, with all diets on week one weigh-in, you lose a lot but the 7 days leading up to that is the most difficult.  But as soon as you see that lower number on the scales it becomes a whole lot easier.

6 Things To Do Before You Begin Your Diet

Take a photo – The first thing I suggest you do is to take a before photo.  Yes, it is going to look bloody awful (you wait until you see mine).  Do one from the front and one from the side preferably in your underwear or the same clothes every time.  For my challenge, I am taking a photo every day so that at the end of the 100 days I will post a timelapse video so you can watch me shrink before your eyes.  How lucky are you?

Measure – So following the photos find yourself a tape measure and take measurements.  This is because obviously when you reach your goal at the end of your weight loss journey you can see how many inches you have lost but also you will have weeks where you will lose inches and not weight which is completely normal.  So being able to see those losses and to look back can keep you on track.  This is so important believe me.

Write – I also suggest getting yourself a really nice A5 notebook or my Diet Journal which is on Amazon.co.uk.  Keep a record of what you eat each day, how you are feeling both emotionally and physically.  Put your weight and measurements in there.  I take my measurements every week just the once along with weighing.    Keeping a physical record is so very important to keep your motivation going.   You can also print off a photo of you at the beginning, 4 weeks, 8 weeks, 12 weeks etc and stick it in your book.  Don’t worry no one has to see it but you but again but when you have a bad week if you are a visual person it helps to see how far you have come.

Diet Journal

Drink – You can also keep an eye on how much water you are drinking by making a note also.  Drinking plenty of water is key.  We are so bad at not drinking enough.  I have set several reminders on my phone to go off during the day to remind me to drink 500ml of water.  It just seems easier to do it that way.

Goal Setting – choosing a goal is a game-changer too.  You are going to have bad days we all do but if you have a goal and you think about that at times of difficulty it will help.  In fact, write your goal in your notebook.  Do you want to be healthier?  Do you want to fit in the little black dress at Christmas?  Are you going on holiday and want to feel more confident by the side of the pool?  Now for me I want to be healthier, I want to feel better inside and I want to feel more confident and improve my self-esteem, fit into a pair of jeans without the muffin top.  I remember how I felt when I lost weight before and I miss feeling like that hugely.

Visualise – visualising goes along with goal setting too.  You need to imagine yourself at your goal weight.  For me, I will envisage myself wearing my size 12 jeans and looking at my reflection in the mirror.  Make the image bright and colourful and see how amazing you look then step into that image and see how it feels, how good you feel.  While doing that make the tip of your middle finger touch the tip of your thumb making a circle.  If you do that every time you visualise you will eventually make a connection so that when you are going to reach for that biscuit if you do the finger thumb circle it will trigger your visualisation image.  You need to do it every day though.  It might be easier to just start your day with a visualistaion then use it during the day.

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So I hope today’s post, how to lose weight quickly and safely helped to prepare you for weight loss or to even keep you motivated.

Any questions please just ask away and don’t forget you can save 35% on your shop with Exante by using my code TRACEY35.

Tracey xXx