Buckled In And Ready For The Ride

So we’re officially in the second half of 2017. I mean really, how is that even possible? It doesn’t seem two minutes since I kicked off the year with a renewed determination to get back on track and stop throwing the door wide open for the fuck-up fairy to waltz right in and make herself at home. I’m happy to say that with the exception of one four-day visit, her open invitation remains suspended and I’m doing fine.

It’s good to take stock. I’m 29lbs down so far this year, which averages out at a cock-hair over 1lb a week. I’m not gonna lie, I’d prefer the average to be a bit more impressive, but the momentum from switching up my food plan to calorie counting through My Fitness Pal is going to carry me forward a bit faster, I can already see that. I’ve had another cracking loss this week which I’m  so excited about especially after our holiday, and the Shitbird scale is definitely losing the upper hand.

I would never diss Weight Watchers, right? It’s been my travelling companion for a good 18 months and it’s served me well. That said, it was the right time for me to move away from counting points, which I suspect is built around normal people who don’t have a tendency to eat their own bodyweight in anything positioned as ‘free’. I mean come on, some folk just take liberties, and I’d be the first to admit I’m one of them.

Hooking up the technology on my wrist with the MFP app means I’ve been forced to compare the exact number of calories in whatever I’m eating versus the exact number of calories that I’m burning, and shit, there’s no wonder some weeks I’ve lost the equivalent of a gnat’s ass. I know I’m fairly active these days but on the other hand so are my jaws, right? Most weeks I’ve felt a bit aggrieved at my snail’s pace progress because to all intents and purposes I’ve been sticking to the plan, but the reality is the plan I was following was probably just giving me too much rope.

Now, I feel like I have insight and complete control, and it’s a game-changer. I’m excited to see what I can do with this over the next few months, you know? It took me the first five months of this year to lose twenty two pounds, but I’ve lost another seven in the last three weeks, which says it all really. Honeymoon period..? Possibly, but I’m happy to see where it takes me. I’m buckled in and ready for the ride.

How weird is it, that I’m embracing this level of discipline? I don’t ever do too well with rules and rigidity in fact I’ve made it my life’s work to push back against anything that feels like it’s tying my hands, and yet right now I appear to be living in an Asshole voice-free zone. I suspect that at the deepest level I recognise this as the silver bullet that could free me from this fucking fat suit once and for all 🙂

 

On another note altogether, may I ask for five minutes of your time to answer a couple of questions for me? I’d be so grateful for your help. When I started this blog as a way of supporting my own weight-loss journey, I discovered a love of writing that I never knew I had, and as we’ve walked this path together over the last couple of years, many of you have reached out and suggested that I should think about writing a book.

Now, I’m not daft enough to let a few bits of nice feedback turn my head, but you know what, I get the biggest kick out of knowing that what goes on in these pages helps  some of you guys too, and I’ve got almost three hundred thousand words’ worth of blog posts in the bag…imagine if I could turn them into something resembling a book?

I feel a tiny bit dizzy at the thought of it…I’m not a writer, I’m just a fat girl who loves to write but if this journey has taught me anything, it’s that dreams are worth chasing, so I’m doing a little bit of market research to test the water and I’d really value your thoughts. You can help by clicking HERE and it’s completely anonymous so please be honest!

Before I go, I just want to wish Nicola well with her goal this week…if you follow her Shitbird page you’ll see that she’s incredibly close to kissing the hallowed turf of one-derland and I’m excited for her weigh-in on Thursday!

 

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11 thoughts on “Buckled In And Ready For The Ride

  1. I did the survey. I do like MyFitnessPal, but I will say when you’ve done something for 18 months or more, you do tend to take your own shortcuts. The validity of any plan is sticking within your limits. So, drink up the water and make sure you get in enough protein and keep on watching the pounds shed.

  2. Congrats on another successful weight loss week. I already knew this since I saw it on myfitnesspal. I don’t think of counting calories as being “disciplined”. I think of it more the way of spending money. You only have so much money to spend before its gone, and there is no going into debt with the calories. The hard part will come when you know in your head you ate to many calories for the day. Also being honest when you input it is a must always you only hurt yourself when you cheat. I also think that the weight predictor at the end of the day is often wrong.

    I am bummed out I gained two pounds last month thanks to my darn calf injury! I haven’t gained weight in so long!! Its maddening and discouraging!! My only goals this month are to stay injury free, and lose those two damn pounds! Thankfully I am able to walk again. Its hard starting over because I want to jump right back to where I was before but I am not. I am slowly building back up again.

    PS I did your survey.

  3. I’m so glad I started reading blogs again, I love this post. I also recently switched from Weight Watchers to MyFitnessPal. I know what you mean about taking liberties with “free” foods and giving me too much rope. I’m doing so much better counting calories. I love your writing sytle and think you definitely have a future as an author. 🙂

    1. Thanks Diana! I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog and I appreciate the lovely feedback! Not just me then, with the free stuff ! 😉

  4. When i realized that discipline (doing things on a schedule and having habits to help me get them done) meant more freedom not less, because the basics were then covered, a lot improved. It’s a lesson i’m still learning in many areas of my life.

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