I’m thrilled - another 3lbs lost this week, and I’m really feeing proud of myself. The magic two stone is within my reach and I will be trying very hard to make it or get close to it this week.
Mother’s Day could be a hurdle, but Motivation has made me think differently, so it won’t be an excuse, and if my son and husband are reading this - no chocolates this year please!
Thats the beauty of the Motivation Weight Loss Programme, it really does change your relationship with food.
I will be going out to lunch with my own mother this weekend, but I’m confident I can make the right choices, enjoy the food and the family gathering, but still eat healthily.
In the past I would have always used Christmas, Mother’s Day, St Patrick’s Day, Easter (I could go on and on and on) as perfect excuses to veer off my diet.
Now, the temptation of festive treats isn’t as strong as the health benefits I’m enjoying since I lost the weight.
I still have a long, long way to go, but I feel so much healthier and fitter and I’ll soon need a new wardrobe as some of my clothes are just getting too big for me!
This week my counsellor, Siobhan, set me a task to slow down when I’m eating, think about what I am doing and appreciate the food more.
Many of us eat far too fast and the faster we eat our food, the less we enjoy it and to be satisfied, you then need to eat more than you really need.
Apparently it takes 20 minutes for your stomach to send a message to your brain telling you its had enough. (Personally, until now, my stomach never seemed to have sent that message to my brain!)
Anyway, I’ve taken her advice and I’m eating slowly, putting down my fork between each bite, chewing the food completely and I find I’m tasting the food and enjoying it more.
I’m taking a break of a minute or two in my meal, where I can decide if I need to eat some more or not.
It is working - I realise I’m enjoying my food - and that signal does get through from my stomach to my brain!
One part of the programme I really enjoy is the daily task of imagining myself at my ideal weight and the many benefits of being at that weight.
I imagine myself super healthy and fit and able to wear anything I feel like and still look good.
That’s a powerful incentive to keep going, even if I still have a long road ahead!