Hey everyone,

Wow where has January gone! I thought I’d do a bit of an update on how I ended 2015 and how I’m getting on with 2016 so far. I think it’s pretty fair to say that there have been some ups and some downs, but hopefully more ups then downs!

Finishing in style

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I guess before telling you about my plans for 2016 you might want to know if and how I survived the festive season. Well, I got myself worked up in a right tizz about Christmas. I was convinced that all my hard work would go out the window and that I’d spend 2 weeks solid just eating whatever I could lay my hands on. In the weeks beforehand Jennie spent some time with me working out strategies for how I could cope, and what I could do in different situations. I decided I’d be happy if I started the New Year having put no more than 2lb on.

Christmas and New Year came and went. I had a great time with friends and family and I didn’t beat myself up about food. I made a determined effort to eat well up until Christmas Eve and I ate whatever I liked on Christmas Day & Boxing Day. The only rule I set myself was that I could eat whatever I liked as long as I was sat at the table to eat it. Doing that meant I avoided nibbling at the chocolates and crisps all day, and I actually enjoyed my meals much more as I wasn’t already full up (it also meant I had room for an extra helping of roast potatoes – win!) I was definitely tempted but I made sure I sat up the other end of the room, away from all the goodies. Only eating at the table definitely helped, and it is a strategy I will use in the future. 

We went out on New Year’s Eve with some friends and I drank far too much Prosecco, but I filled up first with a sensible meal to avoid the dreaded “beer munchies”. I even managed to make my hangover-curing fry up pretty healthy too (though I did eye David’s fried bread quite enviously).

I found getting back to eating healthily really difficult though. We didn’t really have much Christmas food in the house, but I still found myself constantly thinking about it. I have to admit, I did eat a fair bit of it. I tried to make a conscious decision to enjoy it for what it was, but there was definitely some “mindless boredom” eating too. I ended up taking what was left into work and palming it off on my team to get rid of it. I also made sure I kept active with a couple of workouts and plenty of walks. I think that really helped as something I’ve noticed recently is that not only do I feel better when I’m more active but it feels much easier to eat healthily too. It’s almost as it one behaviour breeds the other….

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 Small victories still count!

So, since the start of December I’ve lost 9lb, including a 2lb loss over Christmas & New Year!! I’m absolutely delighted with that, especially managing to lose over Christmas rather than the controlled gain I’d planned.  Ever better that I don’t feel like I deprived myself or really went without.

I’m still not the fastest loser but now my fitness is improving as well, I’m starting to see some non-scale victories that prove to me my hard work is showing, and it is worth while.

I admit that some of these may sound a little weird. but they’re all wins to me:

  • I can cross my legs again– Not long ago I couldn’t cross my legs without it being a massive effort and hugely uncomfortable
  • I’ve gone in a hole on my belt
  • I’m much warmer – I suffer really badly from cold hands and feet and, despite the cold weather, I’ve recently hardly noticed it happening at all
  • Lung capacity – don’t get me wrong, I still go bright red and am VERY sweaty when I work out, but I now get my breath back within a couple of minutes at most, I’ve also found that my deeply attractive beetroot red face returns to normal much faster too
  • Elbow fat – ok, I admit this is a bit of a strange one but previously when my arms were straight down by my sides I had a ledge of flab that jutted out above the elbow bone, there’s still flab there but it’s definitely a gentle slope now rather than a full on ledge!

 

 

Looking ahead

Perhaps the biggest non scale victory is that I’ve finally found the confidence to do something I’ve wanted to do for years – I’ve signed up to do a triathlon! I’m doing a beginners length one in June, so I’ve got a good few months to do the training. I feel slightly sick every time I think about it I’m also really excited…..

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I’ll update you on how my training is going next month, as well as sharing how I manage with 5 days in Berlin next week to celebrate our wedding anniversary (I’m hoping lots of walking will limit the damage caused by beer & bratwurst)

Maria x