My Weight Loss Journey- August 

August Weight Loss

Well I was hoping to write my monthly weight loss post last week, but time ran away with me and I simply wasn’t well enough to write anything extra so I thought i’s leave it until today.

August was an incredibly difficult month and the truth is I struggled. I fell of the healthy eating wagon a little. To be honest I have made some big changes over the past year. My weight lost Journey began in October 2014 and we now use healthier options. We use wholegrain pasta instead of white and eat more salad and veg.

I really do think making small changes a little at a time is a great way to go. We even add sneaky veg into Sylvia’s meals and she ends up eating it without realising. For example John grated three courgettes and then added them to our spaghetti bolognase sauce.

So where did I go wrong? It was a combination of steroids, being out of routine with the holidays and emotions. About 8 weeks ago my steroid meds were increased from 20mg to 30mg and that made a huge difference in my strength and adrenal symptoms and stopped me from getting to the point where I would need to go into hospital.

Having such a big increase in steroids has increased my appetite. I am more hungry. I crave sweet food and crave food’s high in fat..and on a few occasions when I felt a lot of pressure, was under stress or upset I turned to these comfort foods and made not so great choices.

Well it really is not easy. Especially when I’ve done so well for so long. My weight loss has been slow and steady but last month I stumbled. We ate McDonalds twice, I ate some Mr Kiplings Bakewell tarts and scoffed quite a bit of chocolate! I told myself, I’ll eat what treats  I like and once Sylvia is back at school and we are back into a routine, I’ll get into it again.

Meal wise we ate quite well all month. It was just the snack food I bought while stressed and I ate when I felt the extra hunger that comes from being on steroids. So here are my results.

I gained 2 pounds over a four week period. This is my first gain since October 2014. I’m back up to 18 Stone 13 lbs. to be honest in the grand scheme of things, having one gain in 10 months is not too bad and it’s only 2 pounds. However, I will be focussing once more and trying to get back into healthy snacks.

I have a plan to help me lose more weight!

  1. I plan for John and I to cook up lots of meals, in good portion sizes with plenty of veg and healthy goodness in them and freeze them in the freezer. This will not only help us make good choices on the days I’m unwell and John is tired, it will help me to put the right nutrition in my body each day.
  2. I am going to research healthy snack options and rather than buy naughty treats, plan some healthy treats to cover the times I feel extra hungry.
  3. I plan to look into the Diet Chef programme and potentially contact the PR team to see if they might be able to help me out. I have been reading about Diet Chef and it looks like a good option for me. The meals are calorie specific andI’ve never tried the ready style meals- this could potentially work really well for me.

So this is weight loss Journey to date. I could feel really upset and feel annoyed with myself but it’s just a stumble in the road and I really don’t want to give up over something so small. I cannot believe how fast time has gone.

If I can go from 21 stone down to 18.13 in 10 months, just imagine what I can do by the end of the year!

I’m motivated and ready to go once more! Thanks for reading and I look forward to sharing my success for September.

I’ve created a quote to motivate me to keep going! This not only counts for weight loss efforts but also for my blogging and life goals too. I hope you like it.

 

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21 Comments

  1. Good for you, brush yourself off and get back up. Sometimes when we are fighting we get so caught up in the battle we need a reminder for why we are fighting in the first place. When I am forced to reiterate the reasons it mean so much to me, well, it makes we fired up to fight again. You got this!

  2. Your outlook is fabulous! I’m glad that you’re going to keep trying to lose and not let this get the best of you. I like the idea of making healthy meals ahead to freeze. Plus, there are so amazing healthy and yummy snack options out there that I’m sure will help curb your cravings for the sweet stuff. One of my favorite healthy snacks is plain yogurt mixed with honey, peanut butter, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. It’s SO good, full of protein to keep you full, and really healthy and natural! I thought I’d share it with you in case it catches your fancy 🙂 Thanks for linking up with #candidcuddles!

    1. Thanks Katie! That does sound tasty. I’ve never tried that but now i want to! Thanks for taking the time to share this! We will have to try it out next week after we get some groceries in! 🙂 Angela xx

  3. Keep your chin up! 2lbs is nothing and sometimes can be attributed to a big meal with too much salt! Lovely quote to motivate you. Visiting from #candidcuddles

  4. A really great post! seems like you have had a tough month but your doing all the right things! don’t let it get you down, as you say its a stumble in the road. pick yourself up and carry on 🙂

    #weighloseorstay

    1. Thanks Becca. Compared to my weight loss attempts in the past this really is nothing. I’m all ready doing my best and have seen a result in the past 4 days! Angela x

  5. I’m glad to hear you’re feeling motivated and ready to re-start your journey. As my Slimming World consultant says, don’t look back or you’ll fall over, pick yourself up and carry on going forward. Good luck!

    #WeightLossWednesday

  6. Every dieter has a stumble it is how they get over the stumble and get back on with the journey that counts and steroids so make it a lot harder. You have done so well before and you can again. Good luck Angela x
    #weighloseorstay

  7. I love that quote! Certainly don’t let a stumble in the road be the end of the journey!

    You have done fantastically in the last 11 months! A weight loss journey is hard, and I struggle during school holidays because of the lack of routine.

    Thank you for linking up with #WeightLossWednesday!

    Beth xxx

    1. Thanks Beth. It’s not ben easy and when I went to the dietician she said it is 3 lbs not 2 which kind of rubbed the salt in a bit but overall i am doing okay… just got to find a way to improve. Angela xx

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