Ive lost a little but gained much more :) In a good way!

I haven't lost as much weight as I would have liked to have lost. Ive lost about 8 lbs in 8 weeks. I was aiming for 2 lbs a week. Even though it has been frustrating it it ok. I know where I am going wrong and I know what I need to do. But even though I haven't been losing as much weight as I should, one big thing that has changed is the gluttonous mentality I used to have. That feeling that I could eat everything and anything I wanted to to! And believe me I used to indulge myself everyday. Me wait?! For what? for when? For they why!!!???? If I wanted it I had to have it, at that time! Burgers, chips, chocolates, fizzy drinks! You name it, I ate it. And while indulging in my gluttony I would feel this overwhelming sense of being out of control. I despised my weakness even though I indulged in it everyday.

So yes, I haven't lost as much weight as I would like but what I have gained far outweighs everything else. I have gained a sense of control, not only over my eating habits and my health but over my life. I am beginning to enjoy the concept of delayed gratification. Of looking forward to something and enjoying it when I finally get it because the wait was sweet torture. But most importantly I am learning that I am not a victim, I am not helpless. I can and I will and I am! Its slow but the 8 lbs weight loss has given me energy to keep going.

When it was hard to wake up this morning I chanted this verse to get me going: God has not given me a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of POWER, LOVE and SELF DISCIPLINE! And that is what I am proclaiming over my life this week when all the toxic thoughts come up and when Im just feeling down and feel like I cant do it.

Slow and steady....

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  • The toitoise and the hare which was clever and won the race?

  • Definitely the tortoise! Even though sometimes I wish I was the hare with a bit more brain :)

  • LOL😊 You will get there and 8lbs is banished forever with a dedicated mindset just think 2 months ago you were over half a stone heavier and could have been more if you hadn't made this lifestyle change so well done. Onwards and DownwardsπŸ‘

  • That is truth right there! And even if I stay the same, its much better than gaining weight, which I was doing at a rapid pace. I remember thinking, if nothing changes I am going to die! I will literally eat myself to death! THAT is how out of control I was.

    So yes, its onwards and downwards

  • You go for it Thabaz and you have put the brakes on you are no longer out of control just the opposite you are the driver in your own personal weight loss journey, enjoy the ride🚴

  • Very positive and uplifting post 😊 I agree totally about changing the mindset, for me, the first step on the weight loss journey starts in our own heads, on our relationship with food 😊 Your thoughts and feelings echo mine 😊

    I only ever lose 1lb a week, recently 1/2 lb a week, but I follow a generous achievable plan 😊 And I am in this for life!! Almost a year on, 2 1/2 stone off, one to go 😊 But enjoying the process, like you say, looking forward to meal times and really savouring the food, feeling thankful that we can eat when so many cannot 😊

    Very well done on getting "in the zone" I feel sure another 8lbs will soon follow 😊😊😊

  • "I follow a generous achievable plan" <<<< THAT just made my day! It sums me up completely! :) Well done on the weight loss sofar, Ill have to hop onto google to check what 2 1/2 stone is, i think in kilograms. Just wrote pounds in my post to floss a bit :)

    And yes, I am in the zone. Not all day, everyday but I am a better mess than I was last week :)

    Onwards and downwards! Slow and steady (I have to always remind myself that through the process I am building character and strength, and basically a new me)

  • 16kg 😊 I prefer kg but most use lbs 😊 The biggest success for me is still being on the eating plan, I have off days but I'm straight back on to it, I seem to have lost the whole "on a diet/not on a diet" mentality 😊

    Evidence suggest new habits are created after two weeks, and the longer new eating plans are followed the greater the chance if long term success 😊

    Go us!! πŸ˜ŠπŸŽ‰πŸ˜Š

  • Wow, 16 kg is what Im hoping to achieve by the end of august, well done to you. Im not on the NHS eating plan but I did join a slimming club called weighless and I love it because its proudly south african. I have been using it as a general guideline :) :) :)

    One habit that I am trying to cultivate is to hold my negative thoughts captive and think positive (whatever is good, whatever is pure, whatever is noble, lovely, excellent, praiseworthy - these are the things I want to think about). Its not easy though. I will let you know how things are going after two weeks!

  • I don't follow the NHS plan either, the one I follow counts 'helping' or servings, but that is the beauty of this site, everyone has thier own way of doing things but all support each other 😊😊😊

  • TRUE!

  • Hi thabza

    Well done ,it's more likely to stay off the less you lose each week.keep up the good work.

  • Thank you gman. But I wont lie, there are days where I wish I had a magic wand and I could "swish" the weight away. Where the slow and steady just feels too slow :)

    Speaking of magic wands, the other day my 3 year old sons comes home with a wand. and he says he wants to practice his magic skills on me. He waves his wand in my face and chants something and says "mommys face will turn brown" And he starts jumping up and downs ans says, look mommys face is brown. I look at him and burst out laughing because mommys face WAS already brown! The whole experience just warmed my heart.

  • Nice story

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