In 2014 I lost approximately two stone in weight. This was not something I deliberately set out to do. My new years resolution last year was not to loose a significant amount of weight. Now I’ll admit my weight had creeped up in the last few years and I would have liked to have lost some of my excess fat but it wasn’t really something I focused on, and I certainly didn’t want to embark on a strict weight loss diet.
When I was about 16/17 years old I lost over two stone with the help of Weight Watchers – going from approximately 12 stone to just under nine stone. Whilst my weight has fluctuated over the years I have never let myself get to the twelve stone mark again. When I was at my heaviest weight it was due to binge eating and Weight Watchers helped knock that unhealthy habit on the head, thankfully.
But getting back to my recent weight loss. I began to notice my clothes getting looser around April 2014. In January 2014 I started a new job and was totally engrossed and focused on doing my best. As a result I was snacking less during the working day. In my previous job I would have had a quite a big lunch – and whilst not unhealthy I was probably eating more than I actually needed. My homemade sandwich was often followed with a yogurt, a packet of crisps and some fruit. Then I’d have a biscuit or bar of chocolate in the mid-afternoon with a cuppa. I do not have an active job so in hindsight I probably was over-eating during my work day.
Since April the weight continued to come off very gradually. After noticing some weight loss I was spurred on to keep loosing it. I became more aware of what I was putting in my mouth. I still have breakfast, lunch and dinner but now I have smaller lunches, and I try and stick to one daily treat rather than two. It’s amazing what small changes in your diet can achieve.
But what initially led to my weight loss was a change of routine and a new focus. And if you are looking to loose some weight this year my one recommendation would be to change things up. Don’t do the same thing day in day out. If you usually have the same thing for breakfast everyday, try something new. If you tend to sit at your desk over lunchtime, go for a short walk or meet a friend for lunch. In the evening set yourself a little project after dinnertime. Maybe go to bed half an hour earlier and read for a bit.
Changing up your routine will do wonders for your mind…and hopefully your body.
I don’t want this to be a preachy post. We all know there is no big secret to weight loss – eat less, move more. We hear it all the time! But I know loosing weight is often easier said that done. Many of us are stuck in a rut and emotionally eat. My weight has fluctuated at various stages of my life and I have no doubt my weight will fluctuate over the coming years too (I just hope not by much). I’m also aware that being a size or two smaller is not necessarily going to make you immeasurably happier.
I recently read this post by The Agoraphobic Fashionista – ‘Will loosing weight make you happy?’ and it struck a chord. Whilst loosing a significant amount of weight may not equal overall happiness and well-being, I do feel more body confident and healthier too. I like that I don’t have to hold in my stomach anymore and that I feel good in skinny jeans for the first time ever.