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THIS WEEK I LOST…

THIS WEEK I LOST…

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Did the Ginger Warrior stick to her calorie-controlled guns and avoid the shoals of tasty temptations as she solemnly and publicly vowed?  Or has she fallen at the very first hurdle?

 

I know that these questions have been plaguing your minds all week.  I imagine you have found it hard to focus on little else.  Well, my dear Warriors, the agonising wait is over at last.  Brace yourselves…

I can report that Watch my Weight Wednesday is off to a respectable start with a loss of…

TWO POUNDS!!!

Ok, so it’s nothing major, but progress is progress and it has made me all the more determined to ensure that the trend continues next week and beyond.  I don’t wish to let either myself or my Warriors down!

 

11st 2 pounds

  • 156 pounds
  • 70.7kg
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Bust: 39 inches

Waist: 34 inches

Hips: 38 inches

Wasn't expecting any changes here!

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Monday: 1 hour of zumba

Tuesday: 1 hour of PT (personal training)

Wednesday: 1 hour of Zumba

I usually have a Zumba session on Thursday as well but we couldn't use our usual venue and I was unable to get another one.

 

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I used MyFitnessPal to record my calorie intake everyday. My daily limit is 1500 calories.  Five days out of seven I was under my allotted intake by a couple of hundred calories which made up for Friday night and Saturday night when I went over!

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Two pounds is a decent start but I do feel I could have done slightly better.  Eating out on Friday and Saturday may have hampered progress and I did two hour's less exercise than usual.

Onwards and upwards (hopefully downwards on the scales) this week!

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Losing weight is plain, old hard work, don’t you think?  We all know what we should and shouldn’t be eating, what is good for us and what will pile on the pounds but knowing and doing are two very different things.  When it comes to shedding some chub you also have to be in the zone.  You know what I mean by that, don’t you? There are times in our lives when we just have so much else going on that losing weight is not our top priority. Then there are periods in which life appears to take a calmer route and we are thus able to focus our thoughts and energies on battling the bulge. 

I also keep reminding myself that along with healthy eating and regular workouts the key to successful weight loss is patience.  Oh how I struggle with this one! I want to see results right here, right now - not in 5 or 6 weeks' time gosh darn it!  The importance of the saintly attribute of patience was highlighted in this article that I read this morning:

Permanent weight loss is the ultimate goal when you go on a diet. You want to reach your ideal weight and maintain it. The quality of patience is an important factor in long-term weight loss. Without it, you might find yourself making decisions that lead to short-term results but long-term disappointment.

 

So this very week my goal, other than to continue to monitor my calorie-intake, is to strive to exercise (no pun intended) patience and to adhere to the AA axiom of: "one day at a time."

Wish me luck.  :) 

Ginger Warrior, over and out.

P.S. When it comes to losing weight what is your greatest challenge??   Have you come up with any successful strategies to face your challenges head on?  I need all the advice I can get!!

 

THE GW'S DIET TIP OF THE DAY

 

DON'T AVOID YOUR FAVOURITE FOODS ALTOGETHER!

Whenever I try to lose some pesky pounds I think I need to banish chocolate (my own personal weakness) from my diet. This invariably ends up backfiring and leading to what is known as rebound eating.  I call it bingeing.  Do not deny yourself the pleasure of eating what you enjoy, simply be snack wise and buy one cake at the bakery rather than an entire box.

A little of what you fancy does you good and will keep resentment and potential bingeing at bay!

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13 Comments

  1. It doesn’t help when the shops have giant chocolate buttons on BOGOF……

    Also, with creme eggs there is a law that you have to eat three in one sitting.

    Think I might be doing something wrong here………hmmmm.

  2. Being pregnant I am finding it very strange to be putting weight on & it being a good thing in fact necessary. However I would say from previous weight loss the main thing I felt I needed to do was change my attitude towards food, think about what I was eating & how much of it.

    I felt writing everything down (as you are) helped me because I could see what I was eating & reflect on that at the end of the day / week, I also felt guilty writing down the naughty things I shouldn’t be having & as I wanted to be honest to myself I ended up not eating
    them & didn’t feel guilty. I personally feel that small amounts of full fat products are better for you & more tastier than some of the low fat alternatives that have A LOT more additives which can some times be hidden from you.

    Just my opinion… I’m looking forward to having my baby & getting back on the weight loss wagon. Determination is key! Thanks for the blog GW! I’m loving it

    • The Ginger Warrior

      Glad you’re loving it Lea. I cannot wait for the bump to make its entrance into the world!! xxxxx

  3. The only problem was when I lost weight was my boobs definitely shrunk! Not fair!
    Also my spine was clearly visible too.

  4. It’s always tricky knowing if you are losing weight or not if you are doing weight baring excercise as well as eating a good diet, but making sure you get protein for muscle recovery, becasue muscle weighs more than fat, so never sure if my weight going up is good or bad or not important! Am i getting hench or chubs?! Also, reducing calories, i have to careful that i’m still eating enough to have the energy to teach my classes! I once went on a very strict calorie controlled diet and ended up feeling a bit confused (ie not able to remember routines!) and when i jumped i didn’t go very high because i lacked the oomph and energy from my food! I think you have to take in to account, when calorie counting, your normal daily routine, if you are fairly in-active then you need less fuel, if you are bonkers (as the GW often is!) then you will need more to sustain the normal you! Xx

  5. Slow but sure wins the race. Keep going GW and you’ll soon have that waist you desire :)

  6. Patience sure is important – not just when trying to lose weight – and that’s something I struggle with. I too want to see results immediately, or else it’s hard to stay motivated. It’s a tricky one…

    When it comes to successful strategies, I think it’s absolutely essential to choose a diet (and/or a way to live) that is sustainable throughout your life. Doing short periods of dieting will only cause you to bounce back as soon as you stop dieting, preventing you from succeeding in losing weight. So, pick foods and a way of life that you know you can enjoy long-term.

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