Monday, 29 June 2015

Bringing an End to the 100 Day Challenge

I unfortunately have to bring an end to my 100 Day Challenge. I’m disappointed, especially with how close I was coming to finish it, but for personal reasons I just can’t keep doing it. Over the next few weeks I’ll explain more, but for now I need to focus on myself and my health.

My weight loss is still important to me, but isn’t a priority right now. Staying healthy and eating well is. I’m not actually allowed to weigh each week right now.

That doesn’t mean I’m going to go ridiculous now that I’m not tracking absolutely everything and focusing on losing weight. I am still going to focus on filling and healthy foods, while I support my own members. 

The good thing about Weight Watchers is that there’s never really a real reason to stop following the plan. I want to remind everyone that Weight Watchers isn’t a diet. It’s a lifestyle change. The whole point is to focus on eating healthy foods, while creating a calorie deficit to lose weight healthily. I get a lot of members upset when they don’t lose 3, 4 or 5lbs regularly. Up to 2lbs is a healthy weight loss. Any more than that, and you’re not actually losing fat. You’re losing muscle and water. Keeping that weight off afterwards is unrealistic.

So, I will keep blogging. Probably not on a daily basis as you may have noticed I don’t have time for that with all the other writing that I’m doing. But I will keep offering tips, advice and help.

Over the next couple of days I have a post about why not losing too much weight is important. It’s a topic that I’ve wanted to write since the weekend, and I will do it this week.

Thank you for following me on the 100 Day Challenge. I hope I’ve inspired you to take on your own. Maybe I’ll take on a different type of 100 Day Challenge later.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

100 Day Challenge Day 67: Almost on Track Yesterday!

I was almost completely on track yesterday. I’ve not had many bad days while doing the 100 Day Challenge, just a few slips here and there. Yesterday started off great until I failed to keep most food down. It’s so difficult to do anything when you’re struggling for energy because of lack of food and drink!

Everything that was tracked didn’t likely stay in my system. It was only by dinner time that I was well enough to eat normally, and then I stuck to small amounts just in case. I did make sure I drank as much water as possible though to remain hydrated, although that was a struggle.

Sometimes my body does this to me. I expect it now and then, but it usually happens on a Sunday—almost like my body knows that that is my day off. Even after a holiday, it looks like my body has told me that I’ve been doing too much. I couldn’t just take the day off though, and forced myself to work until everything was all done. Luckily, with it being the first day back after a break it wasn’t that packed. I was able to curl up on the couch and watch some TV and read my book in the end.

Today looks to be a better day on the 100 Day Challenge. Touch wood it stays that way!

Monday, 15 June 2015

100 Day Challenge: The Catch Up

So I haven’t been blogging about the 100 Day Challenge for a while. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been doing it. I have been tracking and watching what I’ve been eating. But for one reason or another I just haven’t pulled myself to the computer to blog about it.

I know, that’s bad of me. But sometimes we need a break before we burn ourselves out. I’m not going to spend the whole post going through everything that I did and what I’ve not been doing over the last almost two weeks. Yes, my last blog post was June 2 and it’s now June 15! Naughty, Lexi, indeed!
I’m onto day 66 of the 100 Day Challenge. Unfortunately, I’ve not been great on the plan, but I’ve tracked it all. I know exactly what I’ve done wrong and I know what to do to fix things over the next third of the 100 Day Challenge.

First of all, I have been ill. Eating hasn’t been easy and all I’ve really wanted are water-based foods like melon, apples, celery and tomatoes. I’ve also been drinking a lot of water. Other food just feels too stodgy to eat, and leaves me feeling worse. So, I’ve been listening to my body. It does mean that pro-pointing has been hard. Most of the food I’ve eaten hasn’t given me enough pro-points because most of them are zero. The others have been very low, and I’ve not been able to eat much of them. Last night we grilled some chicken and chopped it up to have with a salad and I managed two small pieces! That is not like me normally!

So, I’m having to take each day as it comes. The scales definitely show that not eating enough is just as bad as eating too much. In the first week I gained 4lbs! That’s a lot, and took me way over the 2lbs that I’ve been fluctuating between. Since then, I’ve stayed the same each week. Well, I say each week. I chose against weighing myself this week because I just didn’t want the scales to tell me something I already know. I can tell in my clothes that I’m not where I should be—and definitely nowhere near where I want to be.

I’m now 12lbs away from the goal that I want. But that’s not something I’m focusing on right now. I need to focus on getting better and right now just eating what I can stomach.

I’m not giving up on the 100 Day Challenge. Motivation isn’t an issue for me right now. It’s just the finding foods that don’t make me feel sluggish and horrible. Hopefully it won’t be too long until I’m back to normal and I can get back on track properly. For now, I’ll continue the mixture between pro-pointing and the filling and healthy plan for the rest of the 100 Day Challenge.

How is your challenge going? I’m two thirds of the way through mine now (wow!) and definitely feel much better being back on track so religiously. What’s your one thing that you’re struggling with to start your own 100 Day Challenge?

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

100 Day Challenge Day 52: Another Rocky Day Full of Illnesses

It’s not easy dieting or tracking when you’re ill. Usually, when I’m ill, I really don’t feel like eating and I definitely don’t feel like tracking. But I’m just over half way through the 100 Day Challenge and I forced myself to make a note of everything I ate.

I didn’t go anywhere near all my pro points but at least it’s tracked. Sometimes I feel bad about not eating enough, but right now I’m focusing on my health. That’s the more important thing. It may mean I gain weight this week because I’ve not given my body the energy it needs, but I really don’t care right now. Illnesses really mess up the weight loss journey, anyway.

It may sound to some like I’ve slightly given up. That definitely isn’t the case. All I’m doing is focusing my efforts on getting better. I can’t focus my efforts on everything when I’m ill, and focusing on weight loss is the wrong thing to do. I’ll just make myself more stressed, and that won’t help my health.

Hopefully things will look up soon. There isn’t long until the summer ball and right now I seem to be just where I was when I started. It’s annoying and it makes me feel like this whole challenge has been a waste of time, but the more I do it, the more I show my members that we’re not perfect as Weight Watchers leaders. We still struggle and weight fluctuations are all part and parcel of it.

Monday, 1 June 2015

100 Day Challenge Days 49-51: Not a Great Weekend

I’m behind on the blogging front again. I didn’t have the greatest weekend on the 100 Day Challenge, and not due to food I was eating. It was a weekend of feeling under the weather while trying to deal with everything happening at once.

Friday wasn’t a bad day but the meal that I went to in the evening with the Sunday School teachers was long. It took an hour and half for the food to be sent out to us. And when I did get it, it wasn’t even that great. Being disappointed is an understatement, and I won’t recommend the place I went to anybody. In the end, it was 11pm by the time I was on the road to pick my daughter up from the babysitters—a whole hour later than I expected to be there!

I didn’t get weighed on Saturday. With the hassle of Friday night, we all slept in on Saturday, so I had to drive my husband to work. It takes 45 minutes to get to his work by car, so it was an hour and half by the time I was finished with the driving. This was when  started feeling under the weather and me and my daughter ended up curled up in bed watching movies all day. After a long afternoon nap, we decided to take a trip to McDonald’s for lunch. Not the best for the diet, but it was tracked.

I then had to go and pick up my husband from work, which meant another hour and half in the car. He wanted pizza for tea, but I managed to convince him to get the frozen ones from ASDA rather than going to a takeaway. That saved on some points and without breakfast it meant that I didn’t go over my daily pro points all day. I didn’t end up having that much dinner because I just felt so rubbish.

That brings me to yesterday, when I still wasn’t feeling great. We had a simple breakfast of yogurt and fruit and then tucked into a mushroom omelette for lunch. Dinner was spaghetti Bolognese after a three hour trip around IKEA! That was a lot of walking around!

Surprisingly, I’ve not touched any of my weekly pro points this week. That’s great for the rest of the week, when I’ve got plenty to things coming up.

It wasn’t the greatest weekend in terms of feeling well, but in terms of food choices I didn’t do too bad. I’m contemplating a treat to McDonald’s again later this week because my daughter is going away on Friday with my parents for a week. It will be nice to spend a little mummy and daughter time with her before that happens. I just have to get her to nap before we go anywhere because I’ve realised that helps her eat!

The great news is that I’m over half way through the 100 Day Challenge now!