Wednesday, 20 October 2010


Ah, it's been a while since I wrote anything other than a weigh in post hasn't it? Apologies neglected blog! I'm back. With a vengeance.

To combat the slightly miserable nature of the last post I thought I'd focus on some of the positive things that losing 65.5 (!) pounds has brought about, as well as a couple of not so positive things that are slightly odd in nature. Despite moaning that I've not lost very much recently, I do still get a little shock every time I see that number written down!

1) Shoes. Yes, shoes. I've gone down about 1.5/2 shoe sizes since January. Bizarre yet incredible. Also, as I'm no longer carrying the same amount of fat that I was, I can wear high heels and not be in agony. I used to be only able to wear the smallest heels, and even then my feet would hurt after about ten minutes. These days I trot around in super high heels all day and don't even get a twinge.

Various work outfits, taken in about July this year I think

2) Work clothes. It's no secret that I was hugely ashamed of my weight at the start of the year. I wore the same clothes to work every single day, in an attempt to hide my great bulk. A pair of size 18 black baggy trousers (that I couldn't button up after I'd eaten my (admittedly huge) lunch), a pair of battered black ballet pumps,one of a selection of baggy tunics/ill fitting blouses and a long black cardigan that had seen better days. I wore my hair scraped back and didn't really bother with make up. Now I wear pencil skirts, brightly coloured tights, fitted tops, three quarter sleeve cardigans, nice jewellery and high heels. I also make an effort to straighten my hair and wear it down (most days) and wear make up. It takes me three times as long to get ready in the morning but I feel professional, well groomed and pretty damn good most of the time.

3) I feel the cold. I never ever ever used to get cold. In the middle of winter I'd still be walking around with short sleeves and wearing flip flops. I think the blubber I was carrying kept me warm, almost like a security blanket. If I walked into the office and the radiator next to my desk was on then I'd be sweating almost instantly and I'd have to turn it off. Now I need that radiator on full blast to stop me turning into an icicle. However, this also means that I finally get to embrace winter coats, gloves, scarves and hats. Before I lost weight I couldn't wear them as I'd be too hot, even in sub zero temperatures. I used to covet the gorgeous coats in shops (that never looked right on me anyway as they just made me look even bigger) and bemoan the fact it just wasn't worth me spending the money on one. Now I wander around in my new fake fur coat, leather gloves and ear muffs. And it's only October.

4) Lady pains. Ahem. This might be TMI but I never used to get period pains. At all. I think my body was in such discomfort generally as a result of being so overweight that any pain I may have felt was masked by bloating caused by such an unhealthy diet. Now I get pains. A lot. In a way though, and this will sound strange, I kind of like it. I used to think that I was barren and doubted that I'd ever have children. I don't particularly want children but now I feel like my body is capable of having them, if ever I did decide to. The body is a magical machine, if maintained correctly.

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5) Size. This is an obvious one but always worth pointing out. For the first time in my adult life I can fit into size 12 clothes. Not all size 12s fit me, but a lot do. I honestly do not remember even buying a size 12 before. If I did it must have been when I was about 14. Which is 14 years ago. Crazy. Those leather shorts above are my new big love.

What changes have you seen since losing weight that have surprised you?

Weigh In # 33


My weird way of losing weight strikes again. Looking back at my book I can see a pattern developing. If I lose 3 or 4 pounds one week then I'll only lose a half or 1 pound the next. It's been happening for the last 3 months or so and it's driving me insane! I was more on plan this week than last but I only lost half a pound, compared to last week's 4!

I am officially the exception to the rule of a weekly 2 pound weight loss if the plan is stuck to 100%. Oh well!

I am annoyed this week though as I realised that in the 3.5 months since I went to Glastonbury, I've lost just under a stone and a half. Considering I lost the first 3 stone in a relatively short space of time, I'm getting frustrated! I have to keep plodding on though I guess.

Sorry this is a bit of a downbeat post, I'm just struggling a little bit and wondering how on earth I'm ever going to get to target!

Starting Weight: 227 pounds
Current Weight: 161.5 pounds
Weight Loss This Week: 0.5 pounds
Total Weight Loss: 65.5 pounds
Target Weight: 140 pounds

21.5  pounds to go!

Friday, 15 October 2010

Weigh In #32


Woop! All my holiday weight gone, plus another 1.5 pounds. I'm extremely chuffed and feeling very very motivated to get to my target now. Fingers crossed I'll be there by Christmas!

I realise I've neglected this place a bit recently and I do apologise for that. I've just been so so busy at work plus I write another blog (my main blog) and that takes up a lot of my spare time. Do go and check it out if you have a moment or two.... Clear Your Heart.

I am going to get round to writing about my experience with the Slimming World Fast Forward plan, I promise! Hopefully I'll be able to get the post up this weekend, as I don't have a lot on over the next few days.

Starting Weight: 227 pounds
Current Weight: 162 pounds
Weight Loss This Week: 4 pounds
Total Weight Loss: 65 pounds
Target Weight: 140 pounds

22  pounds to go!

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Weigh Ins #30 & #31

So, ahem, I kind of didn't update after weigh in last week. But I have an excuse! I had no internet at home for the whole of last week. And internet has been banned at work. Sob. Weep.

I gained 3.5 pounds in New York, by the Slimming World scales. Not too shabby considering when I weighed myself the day after I got back I'd gained 12!!!! In 8 days. Yep, I enjoyed myself A HELL OF A LOT. I'd lost 8.5 of that by the time I set foot on the scales 4 days later and was really rather chuffed.

Then a lot of stress happened last week.

And I had a Burger King.

And some cookies.

And some ice cream.

See, even Women of the Year struggle sometimes :p

One more pound off this week but I'm still 2.5 heavier than when I went away. So I'm fuming with myself. Hopefully a 100% week this week will see me back down to my lowest weight! Fingers crossed.

Starting Weight: 227 pounds
Current Weight: 166 pounds
Weight Loss This Week: 1 pound (weight gain last week was 3.5 pounds!)
Total Weight Loss: 61 pounds
Target Weight: 140 pounds

26  pounds to go!