Last week I was going on about how I’d lost six kilos. Go me. This week – nothing. I lost nothing, except some willpower. I definitely lost that. Moral of the story – don’t count your chickens.
But you know what, I’ve learned from past experience not to be hard on myself as that will only lead to defeat. And I don’t want to let myself down. Instead, I’m going to celebrate not putting any weight on. I’m also going to remind myself of the awesome things I did.
Here’s a couple:
1) I swam six laps of my local Olympic-sized pool. Aside from swimming lessons as a kid, I have never swum laps. I had no idea of the etiquette, but luckily for half the time there was no-one else in my lane. It was really hard. I swam a couple of laps side stroke, a couple breaststroke and the other two a combination of back stroke and freestyle. At one stage, I passed a woman in my lane and spluttered: ” I think they need an extra slow lane for me” and she replied: “No way, just have fun”. She was so right. Just have fun is my new mantra for exercise. If I start to hate something, then I need to find another exercise. The point is getting your body moving. If you find an activity you love, you won’t feel like it’s chore.
2) I went on some lovely local walks. I did some exercises at home in the ad breaks of My Restaurant Rules and I did the Nutbush on roller-skates. Overall, I moved my body more over the week.
3) I gave myself a break. Drank wine in the backyard, ate pizza late at night, saw a show at The Fringe and I drunk one of these –
Yes, that is a Haigh’s Chocolate cocktail from the Hilton. It was my dessert of choice.
The reality is – I ate too many treats, let my resolve be broken and I dunk too much. As a result, I had crappy sleeps, feel bloated and am lethargic. One week of not sticking to my healthy lifestyle has really impacted on me. I see this as a positive, as it made me aware of just how crap I felt when I lived like this all of the time. I actually like feeling alert, awake and not sluggish. I actually crave better choices. Strange, but true.
So, it’s back to the straight and narrow for me. I have a job to do and that’s to lose more weight, get physically stronger and get my bright eyes back.
How are you traveling?
We all need those weeks xxx
I think so too xx
Congratulations on your swim! I hated swimming, last in every race at school, frightened to dive off the blocks etc etc. But I started doing laps while our boy was having his swimming lesson because I needed some exercise. I started with 4 laps of slow breaststroke in the slow lane and after a little over a year of weekly swimming can do 10 laps freestyle in the medium lane. Can’t say I love it, but it’s very satisfying. Very often I think of Dory from Finding Nemo and chant ‘Just keep swimming!’
Stick with it 🙂
Chloe that is so cool of you. Well done – it’s so darn hard. You champ xx
I am loving reading your Wobbly posts! This is me all over, I pretty much start a new diet every week and of course fail every time. Thanks for being so honest, you are really motivating me to just take it day by day and small steps. Thanks.