Whoop!!! I've only gone and reached my goal today!! 9 stone 6lbs - down from 15stone 6lbs.
Six stone loss!!! In about eleven months! Which sounds long but really it doesn't feel long and this year has flown!
The changes in my physical shape, strength and fitness has been incredible. My mental health too has been boosted by all the outdoor exercises I've done, by feeling happier in the clothes I wear and the sense of accomplishment that leads me to believe if I can do this I can do anything.
My eating habits have changed but gradually and in a way that hasn't felt forced. One thing that always made me fail diets before was the feeling of "having" to do something. Being told I "have" to give up things or eat things I dislike.
I've - probably most importantly and thanks to starting off with the 5:2 diet - learned what feeling hungry is REALLY like. I can now recognise boredom hunger and thirst signals and have learned that a little food (portion sizes!) goes a LONG way.
And I also eat fruit now! Really weird! Lol. I used to be of the mindset that if I had to choose between a chocolate bar or an apple I would choose the chocolate because it gives me satisfaction whereas the apple wouldn't so I would still want the chocolate and having both is more calories than just having the chocolate. However I have changed! Now I can see the value in the fruit. Being lower in calories you can have quite a bit to be of equal calories to a chocolate bar and it does fill me up and usually takes longer to eat too so lasts longer if I am watching TV whilst having one of my planned snack times.
So the plan from here?
Well 9.6 puts me on the fence of a healthy bmi! 9.7 is overweight again lol. So I still need to come down a bit more. I want to have a maintain range between 9stone and 9.6. That should cover birthdays, Xmas and treat days as I usually put on about 5lbs after a pig out day lol.