It was my birthday on Tuesday – which has meant lots of celebrating and not a lot of concentrating on keeping a track of my Syns!
We had friends over on Saturday afternoon and we enjoyed a generous buffet lunch – I snacked, picked and munched my way through all sorts of treats. I didn’t bother to check syn values or write anything down, I just enjoyed my birthday party!
On my actual birthday Dave and I went to Housing Units for breakfast – Eggs Benedict and “bressert” – chocolate cheesecake and a hot chocolate. I really enjoyed it but I must admit to feel a bit sick afterwards – it was clearly more “naughty” food that I’ve been used to eating of late! I also enjoyed some Hotel Chocolat goodies after the kids were in bed!)
Three days of birthday celebrating and not really paying much attention to my food meant I knew I had to work really hard to draw a line under it and get back on plan. Previously I’d have had the attitude of “Well I’ve ballsed these week up now so I might as well keep eating” – not this time. Wednesday morning and I was back in the game, weighing out my cereal, carefully planning my lunch for work and writing every mouthful down again.
On Friday night we made a mad dash up to the Trafford Centre for a quick shopping session – I had birthday money to spend but also needed something to wear for our family photo shoot (watch out for a separate post on this). Anyway, you know when you’ve lost a bit of weight but you don’t necessarily feel like you can see it yourself – then you go shopping? I had one of those nights on Friday, smaller stuff was fitting me, stuff that wasn’t made of jersey! I bought jeans, actual jeans not leggings (though I admit they are stretchy) . . . And a bright red anorak. No black. Bright flipping red. Knowing that I was fully expecting a bit of a birthday related gain when I got on the scales the following day I decided I would keep a tight hold of this win to keep me focussed for the next week.
Dave took this photo of me when I’d fallen in the mud and you know what – I was quite pleased with it so I’m going to share it with you . . .
I’d said last week that really I was just hoping to maintain – I think most people would be more than happy with a maintain in their birthday week right? Imagine how pleased I was with myself to discover that I’d actually managed to lose weight!
Basically I’ve lost the 0.5lb I put on last week and, as an added bonus, not gained anything over my birthday. The last two weeks have just cancelled each other out. I know I’ve got a good straight run this week – no plans to tempt me off plan. Just a normal week where I can remain focussed – which is just as well really with next weekend being our Wedding Anniversary and Easter! Eeep! I’d be thrilled to lost 3.5lb this week which would get me to the next stone under however I’d be happy with 2lb really.
On top of my new jeans and my 0.5lb loss I was also awarded Slimmer of the Month!! I couldn’t believe it. Especially considering the last two weeks didn’t really count for much! When I first went back to class two months ago but first mental target was to “feel better” by this week – to feel nice for our photo shoot. I achieved that. I felt nice having my pictures taken yesterday – I just hope that the camera agreed with me!
You can read about my journey so far here: