So, at the end of week 7 of my first weight-loss experience and I can definitely say it’s worth it. I think you’ll have gathered from my early posts that I had no idea what I was up to. One of the main reasons I had reached the size I was unhappy with was because I had got to the point I had no will power. And on starting this journey with no expectations of myself but ridiculously high expectations of a product, I was a little naive. Seven weeks in, I am feeling body better with XLS-Nutrition, appreciating it’s a two-way street.
I’m now averaging the 2lb a week weight loss which was suggested on the XLS-Nutrition guidance. I’m still having two shakes a day and a healthy evening meal. Generally. For the past three weeks I’ve made the 2lb loss. Before that I had averaged a 2lb loss over the four weeks.
It’s tough, but oddly not physically.
I feel hunger because I want to eat. Not because I’m physically hungry.
I have come to realise from talking to Jodie, the XLS-Nutritionist, that I use food as a crutch. “I’ve had a really bad day, I should eat to make myself feel better”, “I’ve had a really good day, I should reward myself with food”.
In addition, in the early days there were all the things I decided to see past. Wine definitely isn’t calorie free. Snacking because I wanted to eat, isn’t calorie free.
I’ve realised that everything really is about balance.
There’s nothing wrong with treats. But treats are treats. They shouldn’t be an everyday thing. I should work for them. And they should taste better because I’ve worked for them. Treats shouldn’t make you feel guilty as soon as you’ve devoured them.
There’s nothing wrong with snacks. If you need them. I’ve realised if I eat breakfast or have a shake replacement I don’t need anything until lunchtime. But I tend to need something around 4pm, and that’s ok.
With treats, I’ve started working towards things. I know I have a fantastic celebration to look forward to this weekend, so I’m making sure I have a good week food wise so I can enjoy an evening out without guilt.
We’ve just got back from a four-day camping trip. I knew I wouldn’t be having shakes, as I wouldn’t have ready access to fresh milk. We were also at a festival, so I knew there was going to be an excess of unhealthy food. So whilst I probably didn’t do as well as I have been, I didn’t spoilt myself. My treat was to be away for a fantastic weekend.
So whilst the kids treat meal was pizza and chips, mine was spring vegetables and noodles. I’m sure it wasn’t the healthiest, but it was one of the healthiest choices available. Importantly, it was delicious, and I didn’t carry the same weight of guilt as I might have tucking into the same meal as the children.I’m also learning that exercise helps. In so many ways. Since I’ve started monitoring my exercise I’ve felt the weight come off a bit easier. This is in part due to my competitive nature. The last time I had a Fitbit I programmed it for 10,000 steps and X number of staircases. I got to the point where all I knew was that I wasn’t hitting my steps or staircases, and I wasn’t getting enough sleep. My response was to stop wearing it, it was only telling me what I already knew.
This time I’ve taken a different approach. I know I’m rubbish at exercise. The days I work from home are almost impossible. So I set my target at 5,000 steps. I am motivated my achieving my goals. I’m happy to raise the game if I know what I’m doing is achievable. I’ve taken to really going after my steps when I’m working way. And trying to get out with the kids after I’m done for the day when I work from home.And it’s working for me. Week-by-week I’m seeing an improvement because I get to see the small achievements. So much so, this week I’ve changed my target to 7,500 steps. I will get there, but it needs to be on my terms.
And it seems I also need to get there…. I’ve signed up to a 5k Pretty Muddy ‘Run‘ for September.
The great thing about this approach is the results. I’m sat typing this post in a pair of trousers which didn’t fit me when I bought them but I kept because I loved them.
Over the weekend I wore a pair of trousers, comfortably, which I hadn’t been able to wear last summer because I couldn’t get them over my hips.
I have caught sight of my waist.
Mr J thinks my bum looks smaller.
I suspect the biggest challenge with XLS-Nutrition has been overcoming my own habits and choices. It’s taken a while to realise if I really want to change my body’s appearance, I have to change my body’s mindset.
And with a focus on being beach-ready for August, and 5k ready for September- there’s certainly a challenge ahead.
Disclosure: I am participating in the XLS-Nutrition Boost Buddies programme. All views and opinions contained are my own.