Obviously I had to get a seasonal pun in there. But now that crack is out of the way, let’s just get straight to the numbers, shall we? Like ripping off a plaster: quick, decisive and painful.
Post-holiday WI said I’d put on 5lbs – it’s never good to put on, I was dreading weighing myself but this was for 3 weeks and I firmly told myself to suck it up and get working. First week back on the diet I lost 2lbs. This is sounding like a happy story, right? Then came Easter. I put on a staggering 4lbs. Yep, in a weekend. A long weekend but essentially it’s 1lb a day. Since I am currently comprised of 40% mini eggs, 30% other chocolate egg, 20% hot cross bun (slathered in butter) and 10% wine, this ought not to be the shock it was. I don’t even like Cadbury’s chocolate but I swear they put crack in mini-eggs, I just cannot stop at a couple. The only thing that makes me stop is running out. So, it’s cold turkey for me on mini-eggs. I can eek out the rest of my eggs in a normal, moderate and rationed (not to mention rational) way. I am firmly back on the wagon, nose to the grindstone – and every other hackneyed phrase you can think of.
It’s not easy. Even in 4 days, I got used to having something to eat when I was peckish – but no longer. Today I’m on a Dieting Day Type 2 (Jane Plan packs) as I thought going straight into a starve day would be just too brutal. So that, dear Reader, is something to look forward to tomorrow L.
I won’t be doing Jane Plan again – the dinners and the breakfasts suit me very well, but the lunches! Ugh. Seren asked how you could make soup unpalatable – well, it’s a good question. I think they bung a load of starch in them to fill you up – but the taste! Oh dear. I’m still feeling intermittently queasy from the flu (or possibly mini-egg overdose) and just couldn’t face the soup today. This happens quite a lot with their packs – kind of works as I end up just skipping them, but this is not the idea at all.
I do want to get back to proper, focused dieting. We have a family wedding in a couple of weeks and I know what I want to wear. No, OF COURSE I’ve not tried it on – I’m far too chicken for that. Equally, I know I need to so I can make plans. Luckily I think we’re not close enough family to be in the pics (it’s P’s nephew) so that’s one bullet avoided, but I find these things traumatic. At least I’m around 2st lighter than I was at my cousin’s wedding a year ago. The photos from that still haunt me. Not that I look a whole lot better but at least it’s something.
After the wedding, the next thing to focus on as a goal to have shed more blubber is our holiday in October. That’s our probable holiday at the moment – a few financial question marks before we can say with confidence that we’re going back to Canada, but we’re hopeful. I’d definitely like for less of me to go away: the question is, what can I realistically achieve in 6 months. I’d like to say 3 stone but my history would cast doubt on this: maybe another 2 stone? I’d still not be into the zone where I’m not constantly self-conscious and only a social occasion away from a full freak-out, but any progress would help. If I could lose 3 stone, I would be into the less-freaked-out zone – I’d still need to lose, but I wouldn’t be quite so distressed about myself. Well, let’s see what I can do now I’ve stepped away from the mini-eggs.
So, Easter – did you have a good one? Four days off work, chocolate and hot cross buns make for a pretty damn amazing public holiday in my opinion. Until you hit up SoD that is and pay for your transgressions. We had one fairly feeble hike – about 6 miles – since we’re still suffering post-flu fatigue and this was the only opportunity to get out without being soaked, pelted by hail or blown over (possibly the extra egg/bun ballast would have prevented the latter).
P seems to be getting a 2nd dose of the flu – or at least the tiredness and a nasty, dry cough. I’m hoping I don’t copycat him this time around, the flu was ridiculously debilitating and led to flopping about exerting no energy and eating toast and marmite. Not a way to get to that 3 stone goal.