Welcome to my Wednesday weigh-in, the first in a series of posts about my weight-loss journey (I hesitate to say ‘success’, although I’m hopeful) over six months. I’m sure I’m not alone, as a woman, in struggling to stay happy with my body. Having had two children I now find it both easier and harder all at the same time. On the one hand I am agog at what my body has achieved: grown two beautiful, perfect human beings from nothing, birthed them, fed them from my body, nurtured them in my arms – I mean wow, right? Then on the other hand I have stretch marks from my hips to my lower ribs, the glorious C-section overhang, a wibbly tummy, boobs that (whilst miraculous sustainers of life) are unwieldy as to size and firmness and I just generally look and feel slightly run down and overweight.
The negatives of my appearance were brought home to me rather forcibly this weekend when I saw the photos of me in potential bridesmaid dresses for my little (tiny, even) sister’s wedding. At the time I tried them on I felt fab – curvy, glamorous, even a little bit sexy (there was a thigh-high slit in one, and some nice cleavage). When I saw the pics I looked…matronly. Bosom-y. Not awful, but definitely mumsy. It made me feel a little embarrassed. I imagine it would be even worse standing next to my size 6/8 sister in her wedding dress. I am, depending on the shop in question, anything between a 14 and an 18. The hot shame of that number 18 is burning my cheeks as I type. The reason isn’t anything unusual. I just eat too much food.
On the positive side I do a heck of a lot of walking in my day to day life – consisting of the school run twice a day at 20 minutes each, plus quite often a further walk of at least 20 minutes to try and get The Girl to sleep in her buggy. That’s all without factoring in trips to the shops, park, friends’ houses or just a country bimble for the hell of it. So my basic fitness levels are pretty good, although I should probably speed up a little to improve my aerobic exercise. Where I fall down is in my eating habits.
I’ve written about habits before – before I even conceived of this post and this weight loss plan – where I admitted that snacking was my biggest enemy. The thing about parenting two small children, especially whilst trying to work from home, is that you never, ever get enough sleep or rest. Tired mummies (and daddies I presume) turn to sugar to boost energy and feel better – there’s nothing like that lovely endorphin kick you get from a ‘naughty’ snack – and we eat too much of it, too.
If I could just cut the snacking I would probably see the weight dropping off, but since I can’t seem to do that just through willpower I’m going to have to research other options. Slimming World or Weight Watchers might be options, though I’m not sure how long I could sustain £5 a week. Forcing myself into some kind of exercise regime requiring trainers and a sports bra might be successful as it would replace the endorphin rush from snacks with a sports-induced boost, plus make me reluctant to ruin my hard work with a quick bowl of cereal. The difficulty there would be finding the time. Running with a buggy is not much fun and running in the dark is worse. Most nights the kids aren’t asleep until 7.30 or 8pm and chances are The Man might not be back yet, either, so just finding the opportunity is tricky. Maybe I could take The Girl to the sports field and just run circles around her or something – she’d probably find it funny!
This week’s goals
– Drink more water (at least 4 pints a day)
– Reduce sugar and refined carbohydrate intake.
– No snacking
– Dish up the same portion size of food that I give my 1 year old. I am allowed second helpings if still hungry 10 minutes after finishing.
– Do some of the 30 days of yoga programme every morning
– Walk faster.
So, lots of ‘to do’s, but easily achievable ones I think. I will report back.
Anyway. Feel free to send tips, or (if you’re a sports clothing brand) some running gear for fat lasses. My vital statistics are as follows, along with a photo so we can have a ‘before’ picture and pray that, by May, there’ll be a noticeable difference in the ‘after’…
I only have to lose a lb a week and I’ll hit that goal weight early.
This week’s vital statistics
Weight first thing: 78.8kg / 12 stone, 6lb
Bust: a matronly 43inches/ 102cm
Waist: 37 inches/94 cm
Hips: 43 inches/104cm
R. Thigh: 24 inches/61cm
L. Thigh: 24 inches/61cm
R. Arm: 12 inches/31cm
L. Arm: 12 inches/31cm
Neck: 15 inches/38cm
Overall inches: 210 inches/533cm
According to this chart my ideal waist measurement is 25.5inches. Not sure that’s even achievable (esp after two children), but ten inches less than my hips and bust probably is, so given that I’ll hopefully lose a couple of inches from those, also, I’m going to aim for a conservative 31inches, that is a 6inch loss from my waist.
Goal weight 11 stone
20lbs total weight to lose
6 inches off my waist
in 26 weeks from now!