Monday, 15 October 2018

A Little Weight Loss Update

I've not really posted much about how I'm getting on with my weight loss journey and I thought it was time for a little update.

Disclaimer: I'm not one of those people that gets really into diets and fitness and loves to eat a big bowl of salad for lunch. I've tried and it's just not me, and probably never will be. And I'm ok with that! I have no shame in being a regular human who eats regular food and doesn't have all of the best tips and top diet advice.

But I can share my experience...

How I'm Doing

I oficially began monitoring and actively trying to lose weight on the 25th June, and during this time I've had ups and downs, but I've lost a total of 32.4 pounds. From my heaviest weight, which was in January 2018, I've lost around 45.3 pounds.

How I Look

I've been losing weight actively since June and I've not really noticed any changes in myself until this week. I knew I was losing weight because the scales were telling me so and my clothes were fitting better (or even getting big) but I just didn't see it in myself. The first time I noticed was on our recent trip to Hong Kong (probably because I took 3473938474589 photos) and when I looked back at the photos, I could really see the weight I have lost. And I needed to see that, because there's nothing like noticing the change to keep you motivated.

I think I can particularly notice it on my face, it's much less bloated that it was and I no longer have 100 chins, I now only have about 3! I can also see a different in my stomach and my thighs. It would be great if I could notice a difference on my arms, although I think I may have to workout for that to happen. Nobody needs to see their bingo wings in all of their glory!

Mostly though, I am absolutely loving having clothes to wear. I can't even explain how happy this makes me; I feel like a normal human being again. For years I've lived in leggings because they were the only thing that I had that fitted me. Paul summed leggings up perfectly the other day when I put jeans on, leggings aren't flattering on anybody, even the skinniest of people. And it's true, you have to have the right outfit and body shape to pull of leggings. I didn't wear them because I wanted to, I wore them because it's all I had. I got into that mindset of not buying new clothes because I was always going to get back into the clothes I had, but I never quite got there. Now I'm finally getting there, and even though they're not new clothes (well some are, because we're all guilty of buying clothes that are too small for us because we're definitely going to stick at this diet and they'll fit in no time) it's like getting a whole new wardrobe.

I bought some coral trousers last summer, because coral is my absolute favourite colour and although they don't fit still, they're so close. They are my next target!

How I Feel

Motivated! The best way to describe how I feel is motivated. Seeing the results is making me more determined to stay on track and do this.

Again, I really noticed a change when in Hong Kong. Life used to be hard for me. A mix of bad eating and being overweight made me feel tired and unmotivated and the simplest things would feel hard sometimes. It's so true that eating bad food really does a lot more damage than making you gain weight, it genuinely messed with my head and made me feel unhappy and weak. I felt mentally weak. This holiday was the first one in a long time where I have been up and ready for the day, wanted to walk places and not dreaded all of the activities we would do for the day. We walked, we explore and I wanted to do even more (despite my incredibly borken body, because being a tourist is hard) I felt energetic and it was a good feeling.

I'm less lazy. Paul regularly tells me I'm lazy, and although I wouldn't admit it, he was right.I was lazy, because everything felt hard, from simply getting up to walk to the bin or get something from upstairs. Not only am I more energetic but I feel like my mindset has changed. I am much more productive now.

Lastly, and most importantly, I feel happier. I think part of this is down to finally having a plan of action and working towards it but despite that I feel happier. I don't hate myself so much anymore and I feel stronger and more on top of life than I have for a really long time.

What I'm Doing

This is the part where I should share all of my tips on how to lose weight but to be honest, I don't really have any. I don't eat all of the fruit and veg I should, I regularly drink frizzy drinks and I live for chocolaty snacks. But despite these things, what I'm doing is working and as long as it is working I will keep going as I am.

So what am I doing right?

Being realistic - Sometimes I have bad meals, or order a McFlurry from McDonalds (because you can do that in China) or have an extra snack or get a bread bun with my lunch, and that's ok. I'm in this for the long haul; losing weight is not a quick fix and trying to make it a quick fix is the reason I have failed so many times before. I know not every day will be perfect and I don't beat myself up about my slip ups. But what I do do is get straight back on it. I don't let one bad meal or day ruin an entire week, which was very much a big mistake I used to make.

Variation - When I came back to China I brought a whole load of Colamn's packet mixtures back with me and they have absolutely saved my life. I can't believe I didn't know they existed until this past summer. Every month I pick out 8 different meals, prepare the ingredients for them and freezer them. This, mixed with a few other favourite healthy meals (which I will share in upcoming blog posts) gives me a month's worth of food for me and Paul, with a different meal every night on a 2 week rotation. This works so well for us as there is plenty of variation, but the meals are prepped so it's easy to make them after work. We're having a lot of hearty meals like casseroles and cottage pie which I love and are filling, but we're also eating more vegetables with them as a side too which is a bonus.

Portion Control - This has always been one of my biggest problems when it comes to weight loss. I just like food and I like a lot of it. I'm also the girl who won't stop eating until all of the food is gone. Put that together and it's a bad combination - huge portions and devouring it all. The Colman's packet mixes are great because it has the weighed ingredients on the back of the packet, which are the recommended portion size. I've been sticking to the recommended portion sizes and I have been full after all of the meals so it goes to show I never really needed that much food in the first place. Also, I'm actively considering what I eat, even when I make 'bad' choices, instead of getting a whole sandwich, I will get a small bread bun. Instead of getting 2 McFlurry's, I will only order one. Each time I do this I find myself actively arguing with myself to make the better choice becaus emy natural instinct still goes to order more than I need or want, but I'm doing pretty well at controlling this at the moment.

I think this will always be a thing for me and something I have to control to ensure I keep losing weight, and maintain when I reach my goal.

Eat what I like - Like I said, I love food, but I especially love all of the anti-diet foods like carbs and chocolate. I'm not cutting them out of my diet, I'm just controlling how much I have of them. Some of the Colman's meals are pasta-based and I often have potato as a side with some of them, but because they are normal portion sizes I can get away with it and the numbers on the scales still go down. I think that eventually my weight will begin to stall and I may need to cut some of these things out but until that happens I will keep on doing what I'm doing.

When I came back to Beijing I brought a whole suitcase filled with food (which cost me about £380 because bloody Emirates stupid extra luggage charges!!!) but it was so worth it because it really has kept me on track. I brought so many different snacks - Breakaways, Club biscuits, Mini Cheddars, Rice Krispie Squares, Graze snacks and so much more. I keep them in a bag at school and each day I choose one thing to bring home and have as my after dinner snack. They are all around 100 calories and knowing I have that snack to look forward to is sometimes the only thing that keep me on the right track.

I still have a long way to go and I'm nowhere near my goal yet but I'm feeling so much better. It's a good start...

Are you on your own weight loss journey? Let me know and we can support each other. It's the hardest thing in the world to do so we need all of the support we can get.

How are you getting on in your journey? What is your biggest challenge? What is working?


  1. Wow Nikki! 45.3 pounds is a huge weight loss! Well done, you are such an inspiration! I agree with your suggestions, especially being realistic. It's so easy to make a bad choice but it doesn't have to ruin everything, balance is key. I know how hard weight loss is, I lost 4 stone a few years ago and it's all about determination and persistence. You are doing amazingly and looking great! <3 xx

    Bexa |

  2. WOW! Go Nikki! What an AMAZING achievement! You're such a star, and you look absolutely fab! xxx


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