Day 330

Friday 25th November 2016

Since Grant my eldest son passed his driving test on Tuesday. Matt and myself have had so much more free time. 

It feels really weird one of us not taking them to school. We still get up early to check they have everything before they go. 

At the beginning of this year when I first started the metabolic balance, breakfast was my worst meal of the day. 

Before this year I never had a cooked breakfast, in fact the thought of it made me feel sick. I always had cereal with plenty of sugar on. 

But now sugar just isn’t on the menu. The only sugars I can eat are natural sugars like the sugar in fruit – though I have to watch the amount I have. 

For the last few months I have been eating granola cereal with almond milk and since I started to have that I have enjoyed my breakfasts. I have found that I have had it most mornings since.

However it’s not good to have the same every day. Jenny has always said that I need to have a bit more variety. The thing is time, it’s not always convenient to cook a breakfast every morning. 

Since we are not doing the school run any more Matt and I are finding time to make a cooked breakfast. 

Considering I never liked having a cooked breakfast I am enjoying them. I think it’s because my cravings for sugar are gone now. 

What is really good is that it gives Matt and I some nice time together giving us a chance to talk and catch up on things. I do find that sometimes life gets in the way. So taking time to talk is always good. 


Day 304

Sunday 30th October 2016

This morning we had an extra hour in bed because it’s that time of year again when the clocks go back. 

I have always loved it when you get an extra hour of the day.

All I wanted to do was use it wisely and catch up on some sleep. But no, I woke up early instead because by the time the morning came around I had forgotten and I didn’t change the clock by my bed. 

I then woke Matt up saying he was going to be late – his response was it’s only ten past six in the morning! It then dawned on me about the extra hour. I was then really annoyed with myself because I totally wasted that extra hour. Matt wasn’t too happy either.

I may have wasted that hour but one thing I am really glad about is the fact I haven’t wasted the year. 

In previous years if I think back to any accomplishments I have done in that year I wouldn’t have said I had achieved very much. 

I find that time goes by so quickly that you could blink and miss it half the time. That is how I have been in previous years. I do have some memorable moments but nothing I could say that I really accomplished anything in. 

This year, though, I am happy I haven’t wasted my time. I am doing things that I will remember forever, I have done a whole lifestyle change and learnt so much along the way. I have overcome so many emotional battles that I have lived with for years and I have lost weight in the process. 

So I may have wasted that hour but at least I am not wasting my year!

No weigh in

Day 296

Saturday 22nd October 2016

Yesterday the kids broke up for the half term holidays so we have decided to take them away for a few days which meant that I woke up this morning in a panic with a great big long list of jobs I had to do. 

Usually when packing to go away I have to do a lot to make sure we haven’t forgotten anything. I would be running around the house like a headless chicken.  It would also take me all day to do and I would get very tired in the process. 

One thing I noticed today though is that by lunch time all the jobs were done and I didn’t get as tired either.

It must be because I am 5 half stone lighter! It means I am getting through jobs an awful lot quicker and I have saved time in doing so. 

It has meant that I could catch up on other jobs that I was going to do when I got back. 

It has made me realise that I do things now at a lot faster pace. I didn’t really notice that I was slow before but I think you work to a pace you can handle and now I can obviously handle a lot more than I could before. 

Start weight 21st 5lbs

15st 13.8lbs. ⬅️➡️. 75.2lbs⬇️total

Start weight 136.5kg

101.6kg. ⬅️➡️. 34.9kg⬇️total

Day 252

Thursday 8th September 2016

With the kids going back to school, I can get back into some kind of routine. That means seeing some people I haven’t seen since the beginning of summer. 

I felt over the summer I tried hard with very little results. I went on a few bike rides – one that was 23 miles – I climbed Snowdon and I went on many walks, some of them quite challenging. I have done more activities this summer than I have ever done before. 

I have even eaten a lot healthier over the summer. I went away a few times and I still watched what I ate. I was very conscious that I didn’t want to ruin all my hard work up until that point. Putting all this into consideration I felt that I hadn’t lost any weight. 

So why all of a sudden are people shocked by how much weight I have lost? Some people say that they are hardly recognising me. 

I know deep down I am doing well but I just can’t see it. To me I am the same only I have more energy, my clothes are baggy and my health has improved. I just can’t see what everyone else sees. 

Today though I had a shock

One thing I was shocked about was that I decided to look back at what my weight was at the beginning of the summer. I thought I had not lost any weight but it turns out that I have actually lost 5lbs. Ok, so it’s not brilliant but it’s definitely better than nothing. 

I spend my time looking at what I was yesterday but when I actually looked a bit further back it turns out to be a lot better than I thought. 

Another thing that constantly shocks me  is when I go shopping for clothes. I would go for a 16 comfortably but I have been known to buy a 14. Yesterday I had to buy a 12!

Today I went shopping with my sister in law and niece, Kate, and I tried on a coat. I have always found that with coats I need to get bigger because of all the clothes on underneath. I got a 16 thinking I would need to go up a size but no, I had to go down a size. I couldn’t believe it. 

So there’s me thinking that I had made no progress whatsoever over the summer but really I think I achieved a lot!

Start weight 21st 5lbs

16st 7.4lbs. ⬅️➡️. 67.6lbs⬇️total

Start weight 136.5kg

105kg. ⬅️➡️. 31.5kg⬇️total