So in the month of September I really sort of hit a plateau with my weight. But it was a self imposed plateau as I had totally lost the mindset that I had since March to help me lose weight. I had let a disappointment I experienced in work trigger a host of bad emotions. Instead of dealing with them properly – I went back to my bad habit of comfort eating and zero exercise.
It’s funny now that I look back on the month of September; I see that I didn’t solve anything by comfort eating. Comfort eating didn’t change my work situation. Comfort eating didn’t help me deal with my disappointment. Comfort eating didn’t help me make progress on any of my goals.
So I gained and lost the same few pounds in the month of September. It’s a bit frustrating but it was my choice to slack off and choose unhealthy habits. I’m hoping that I am going to learn from this experience and find ways to deal with disappointment and emotional turmoil in a better way. Because sugary and fatty food didn’t help!
My focus is on reaching my 50lbs loss milestone. I am currently at 42lbs lost so I am near it. Halloween is three weeks away which maybe a little ambitious to reach my milestone. But if I set my goal to work out 5 days a week and track everything between now and then I should be very close to it if I don’t achieve it.
Lots of people have asked me about my progress with Weight Watchers. From now on I will do a weekly check-in to document my weekly weigh-in and give an honest insight to the struggles I have.
I joined Weight Watchers on 16th March 2015. At my first weigh-in I was 21 stone 1.5lbs. That’s 295.5lbs or 134 kg. But whatever way you look at it – I was huge! That was the heaviest I have ever been in my life. I was struggling to find clothes that fit me and I was incredibly unfit.
There was no one reason that pushed me to re-join Weight Watchers. Often people have a defining moment when they see a photo or something happens and they decide – enough is enough! That didn’t really happen to me. There had been many depressing incidents where I thought about re-joining but none of them spurred me into action.
It just happened on a random Monday morning I decided that I was going to go back. It was the day before St. Patrick’s day and a part of me thought that maybe I should wait another week before re-joining. I mean, St. Patrick’s day is a day of indulgence in Ireland. But I thought – why wait another week so I can be another pound or two heavier? So off I went to Weight Watchers and re-joined for the 7th time!
A lot of people ask why I re-joined something that had failed 6 times before? Weight Watchers didn’t fail me – I failed myself. I was the one who didn’t listen to my leader’s advice. I was the one who stopped going to classes – even though the classes were working! I was the one that sat on the couch bingeing on cakes and Netflix. I was the one who instead of facing reality just bought a bigger dress size – ignoring the problem.
I have tried to lose weight in many ways in the past. Weight Watchers is not perfect but for me I feel as if it is the right fit. I just have to work on getting my head in the right space in order to persevere to get to goal and maintain my weight loss. I’ve realised that as much as I need to work on my eating habits and exercise regime – my mind is the true key to success. I hope to talk more about mind-set and motivation through out my blog in the coming months. So keep an eye out every Monday for posts about helping you get your mind in the right place to lose weight and maintain the loss.
So in the past 6 months I have lost 40lbs – with an average weight loss of 1.5lbs a week. I’m happy with this steady weight loss. I haven’t lost every week (one week I gained 4lbs!) but overall I am losing weight. From now on I’ll post up my weekly results so make sure to subscribe and follow my journey!