I'll be away from Sunday to Wednesday for a friend's wedding in Derbyshire, which my bf and I are combining with a few days 'glamping' in the Peak District. So I'll miss next Monday's weigh-in. But I'm encouraged after losing another 1lb this week, so feel confident about how I'll manage, especially as it is a self-catering-style holiday with lots of walking, so I'll have a lot of control. The wedding itself will be a different matter. I'm not planning to go mad, but I do plan to have a few glasses of bubbly and enjoy myself.
I thought it would be good to look ahead to the next two weeks on the weight loss plan seeing as I'm having this time away. It feels good to think about each week as a different phase or learning stage in the process. Last week (week 8) I experimented with different vegetables - added radishes to my salad, roasted some beetroots and added more spices, garlic, ginger, chilli etc into my cooking. Last night I finally made a veggie moussaka which was absolutely delicious and there are even leftovers in the freezer, happy days So hopefully the next couple of weeks will be similarly inspiring:
Week 9: This is the week with the fruit banana bran cake recipe, which sounds great although I'm meant to be avoiding wheat and dairy at the moment and it contains both of these. I'm wondering about adapting it into a fruit banana flapjack recipe - it would be a nice change to my usual apple flapjacks. Week 9 also encourages finding new activities to do. I've tried the nhs.uk/findyoursport link and it suggested... solo sports. I'm 'an independent-minded person who likes routine', so apparently I should do things like cycling, athletics, triathlon etc. As I already run and cycle, I think I must be on the right track already there... (pun definitely intended).
Week 10: This week's advice is about avoiding temptation and comfort eating. It lists 10 common triggers for comfort eating and suggests a whole lot of non-food comfort fixes. This is useful and helps me think about the difference/relationship between temptation and comfort eating. I think I'll re-read this when I'm back from Derbyshire as the few days after a holiday can be quite difficult for getting back on track. There's also a little memo sticker on week 10 warning that 'you're more likely to fall off the diet wagon at the end of the week' - I'll try to bear this in mind during my post-holiday return to business as usual.
Hope everyone else is getting on okay too