I ended last year heavier than I had been in a long time. In fact I was 3 kilos heavier than I had been at the start of the year. This is not the end of the World, but for someone who has been actively trying to lose weight; it’s not exactly what you would call a success!!! I had a month of ups and downs and also had two trips to Manchester and Liverpool to contend with. But the overall result could have been worse!
I threw myself back into my exercise regime and started back to my fitness class as soon as was humanly possible, and I even took part in the Goal Mile on St Stephen’s Day in a bid to limit the damage from Christmas! It wasn’t difficult in the first week of January to “be good” in comparison to my pre-Christmas diet. I had a new lease of life, new year- new me and all that! It seemed to have worked and week one resulted in a 2 kilo loss! A fantastic start to the year and I was Happy out!
Maybe it was my big loss in Week one, but I became slightly complacent this week. I continued my exercise as normal, but I had relaxed a lot with my food. I didn’t do anything particularly bad, as in there were no sweets or take aways, but I wasn’t exactly strict. The result was a neutral result. No loss, no gain. When I tried Slimming World and Weight Watchers in the past, “maintaining” was usually seen as a good thing, but to be honest I was fairly annoyed with myself for having slipped.
In week 3 spurred on by the lack in progress I decided to do a sugar detox. This meant no refined sugars, no sweets and basically no rubbish. It was tough but I was very motivated so I got through the week easily. I was expecting a massive change when I stepped on the scales, but it wasn’t to be! I actually gained 0.3kg! I was absolutely disgusted!! My trainer had gotten a new body composition scales, and had reassured me that my water retention was high and that we would look at body composition a little more in future instead of purely the weight on the scales. I was still feeling very hard done by though after my supposed “detox”
In week four I was terrible. I had a weekend in Liverpool and I was drinking everything that was put in front of me. Cocktails, Prosecco, Cider, Vodka. Everything! I was so disheartened that I had given up completely on my detox and just inhaled everything I was offered! I did however notice that I have some healthy habits that remain, even when I am letting my hair down. I automatically switch poached eggs instead of fried, or an omelette for breakfast. I always order sweet potato instead of chips and I avoid bread without even thinking. Perhaps it was these few habits that allowed me a very modest loss of 0.2kg on the scales and a decent drop in my body fat percentage! I genuinely have no idea how it happened, but I’ll take it!
Total weight loss for January 1.9kg or 4 pounds.
In hindsight I probably could have done a lot better and been more consistent over the course of the month. But starting February 4 pounds lighter is not a bad start to 2017.