My journey to getting fit and losing weight for my wedding began last November, with a moderately enthusiastic start. It was difficult to maintain motivation to exercise and with the thought of the busy, food filled Christmas season impending, sticking to a low calorie, healthy diet was a real challenge.
It usually is a stressful time for a mum and partner. As usual most of the organising, planning and doing of all-things-Christmasy fell to me. I therefore decided to enjoy Christmas as I generally would but just try to eat smaller portions. The children and I walked everyday with the dog, but I put on a few pounds. I felt bad. I was desperate for it to be the 1st of January, so I could say “I’m getting married this year!” and start getting really excited and feel more positive about the challenge ahead.
New Years Day arrived and I woke feeling different. Something happened in my head that made me feel like I could accomplish my challenge and do it easily. We had a lovely family stroll – a long, fresh walk down by the river, with the boys and my parents, followed by homemade ham broth, wholemeal bread and a fun game of Mousetrap. In the evening, Lee and I spent some quality time together making our action plan. We discussed nutrition and put together a family menu plan which would be easy to stick to and shop for. I also started logging everything I ate using the My Fitness Pal app on my phone. It’s an excellent tool to help me stay on track and evaluate my eating habits.
The first week following this reduced calorie diet proved really hard. I thought about food all the time. I just wanted to eat anything high in calories and in large quantities – especially when the children came in from school tired and grumpy and needing all my attention. I didn’t though. I had small treats and stuck to my daily calorie allowance. I was amazed at myself and how strong and focussed I was being with my food. I was also weighing myself every couple of days. Apparently you shouldn’t but it did help me, as I was seeing results. I lost the pounds I put on over Christmas and a couple extra in the first week. In the past I would have given myself a large food treat for doing so well. I felt the buzz of success and the second week was easier. I increased the pace when walking with the dog and went a bit further too, then trained with Lee once a week. He’s so patient with me and really encourages me when I not putting in the effort he knows I’m capable of. I still don’t like him telling me what to do, but I feel energized after each session. At the beginning of the third week into my successful dieting, I suggested to a lovely friend of mine that we try out the Zumba class in Godmanchester on a Friday morning. We went to a session and I absolutely loved it. It was great fun and our faces were truly glowing afterwards. We booked in for the next week straight away.
We’re into February now and my motivation is still there. I’m sticking to the diet, I’m exercising ‘energetically’ three times a weeks and I feel positive. I’ve lost a massive 14lbs since the start of my challenge. The next target is to continue with the food diary and make exercise a part of my regular routine ready for wedding dress shopping in April.
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