The two months since my last blog have gone so quickly. My weight loss however has slowed down dramatically. Sticking to my diet, menu plan and counting calories has felt like a huge effort and at times, it just hasn’t happened. I am, however, comparing this to my focus, motivation and relatively quick results from earlier in the year. I guess this is what they call hitting a plateau. It is difficult to maintain a high level of effort for long periods of time.
My attitude to exercising has stayed the same since the start of my challenge. I am still totally motivated to keep active. Exercising has become a habit which I really enjoy. In fact, if I don’t do much for a couple of days I really miss it. The good feeling you get from raising your heart rate and getting a little sweaty, borders on being slightly addictive. It’s been the best change in me so far. When I think back to how lethargic I used to feel before I started making all these positive changes, it’s no wonder I often used to feel a bit down and think myself lazy. There was always an excuse not to be active. That state of mind is in the past now and is where it will firmly stay.
So how do I tackle the downturn in motivation when it comes to my diet? I have obviously gained some good habits in healthy eating, but the amount I eat has slowly crept up again. Along with the little treats. I’m still losing weight, but at a much slower rate of half a pound a week. I know this is healthy but to get to where I want to be for the wedding, it’s not enough. I can feel a little prickle of panic and doubt creeping in when I think about it. I have had to look back at how I felt at the beginning of the year and remind myself it is possible, I just have to believe in myself and want to do it. Making a conscious choice to be focussed is going to be my strategy.
Wedding dress shopping was something I felt really anxious about. A shopping trip with my mam and that all changed. Wedding dress shopping is fun, exciting and tiring! I loved it. I tried on lots of different dresses and decided on what style I liked. I just had to find the perfect one. At the beginning of May it felt like I had loads of time to find ‘The One’, and get a bit nearer to my goal. Unfortunately (for Lee) wedding dresses became my obsession. I didn’t realise how important the dress would be to me, and far too much of my time was spent looking at dresses online and watching wedding dress TV shows! A chance discovery of a back garden wedding dress boutique in Potton – Sara French Bridal helped me with my ‘problem’. I found my fabulous dress and now I don’t have to obsess any more (about the dress anyway).
So here I am, only 5 months until the big day. There is a list starting to grow of all the things that need to be done. Top of the list is getting fit and having quality time with my family. The favourite part of my new active lifestyle, is walking the dog with my boys. It’s the part of the day I enjoy most – where I appreciate what I have and realise how lucky I am. A healthy and happy family. What could be better?
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