For my Thin Thursday post this week I wanted to talk about staying motivated.
We're into week 3 now, and I know I found the patience wearing a little thin this week. A big part of that for me was the weather - I was supposed to go to a party on Saturday night, and stay with my sister - but the roads were too bad. I'd even gotten my husband to start walking the dog with me in the evenings, and we were really getting into the swing of it - but then the bloody snow and frost hit, and I wouldn't walk because I was paranoid I'd slip.
I tried to do as much as I could at home - exercise bike, drinking water, stepper - but last night the whole thing went to pot and I ended up having chips. And a glass of wine. I had the weeklies to cover them, but I still felt awful. I'm actually GLAD I felt awful, because it really did remind me that for me to function properly, and to feel good, I really can't put grease into my body anymore. I felt physically ill all evening.
Looking back over it today, I know exactly where I went wrong yesterday. I didn't plan the day. I had a vague idea that I was going to make something pasta-y with a tub of Philadelphia Light, but I hadn't a clue what was going to be in it. I ended up using a mish-mash of recipes and made a kind of low-fat Carbonara thing, a thing that did not fill me for an hour, let alone for the evening.
Today, I went for a long walk (no frost, WOOHOO), got a pint of water, and sat down and planned today's meals. I know this isn't going to work for everyone, but it's what I need to do in order to keep this programme going, because if I get complacent I don't just fall off the wagon, I de-rail the whole train and drag it off the track, set fire to it, and dance in the ashes with pizza in one hand and beer in the other.
With goals in mind, I wanted to show you a couple of fun things to make your weightloss journey a little more enjoyable. First up is something I originally came across on a facebook group, a website called Model My Diet. On that site, you can input your weight, height, a rough idea of hair, eyes, etc - and get a little virtual look at what you could achieve. I did mine with my current weight & my own personal goal, and here's the result I got:
I kept that picture in my mind on my walk home from the school this morning and shaved 9 minutes off my time! Result!
The second thing I use for motivation is music. I came across the site Walk.Jog.FM and found it absolutely fantastic, you can input your walking, cycling or jogging time and it'll generate lists of songs that have the right beat to move to. I've discovered some fantastic walking songs through this (even if I can now include bizarre novelty rap into my mp3 collection). Here's a quick snapshot of some of my (massive) playlist:
Give it a go if you're sick of the same music all the time, I've discovered some fantastic artists via this site (Grace Potter & The Nocturnals and HAIM are definitely worth a listen).
The last thing I wanted to say, is to put some money away if you can for every pound you lose, so that you can have a treat when you get to 10lbs, 20lbs, etc. It could be a dress, a nail polish (or ten), shoes, a jacket, some books - whatever. But do it, and stick to it. It's so satisfying to see it building up, even if it were just €2 per pound.
I was down 2lbs at Saturday's WI, which makes a total of 8lbs gone in January so far. Another 2lbs and I'll be treating myself to some more of the China Glaze Cirque du Soleil polishes! (Lets all pretend I wouldn't have bought them anyway, mkay?).
I'll leave you with two thoughts. The first one is one I've been guilty of complaining about, but it doesn't look so miserable when you look at it like that, does it? Every half pound lost is fantastic. The second one is just a bit of fun I've seen on a few different forums.
A small tub of butter/spread weighs 227g. THAT'S HALF A POUND.
Secondly, how much have you lost so far? I've lost a human head!
Have a great week, and don't forget to check the #ThinThursday hashtag on twitter for more inspiration.