Oh Happy Day!

Today I feel like doing this...







I won't.  For many reasons.  The main one being, I can't.  But if I could I would.

I weighed myself yesterday, and I have lost weight.  

In total I have lost 16lbs in weight over the past two and a half months.

I started eating a very healthy diet towards the end of March.  I haven't been hungry, or been hard on myself.  
I've just made lots of small choices to keep eating healthily, one meal at a time.  

And when I've fallen off the healthy eating wagon and found myself surrounded by empty ready salted crisp wrappers, I've not beaten myself up.  I've just decided to eat healthily at the next meal.

When I was first diagnosed with M.E. it never occurred to me that I might have to start watching what I was eating because I wasn't exercising the way I used to.

And when I was feeling a bit like this...








I did this...








Not realising I wouldn't be able to do this...








A couple of years ago I weighed in a shocking 3 stones heavier than I had been.  So I set about losing weight.  I lost 1 and 1/2 stones, but somehow couldn't shift the next 1 and 1/2 stones.  I've spent the past couple of years getting really down on myself.

At the end of March, I decided to take a different tack.  I was going to eat a really healthy diet to take care of myself, and I wasn't going to get hung up on the losing weight part of it all.  I just made a commitment to myself to choose to eat a healthy meal each meal time and see what happened.  If I ate something packed with fat, I wasn't going to beat myself up.  I was going to enjoy eating it, and then decide to eat healthily at the next meal.

And it's worked.

Hallelujah!

I've bought myself a purple dress to wear out when I hit my target weight.  I have about 10lbs to lose before I crack that baby out.

I hope you've had a fantastic weekend.




P.S.  All photos courtesy of www.weheartit.com

12 comments

  1. You've done absolutely brilliantly, well done.
    Your philosophy is really sensible, too. With an attitude like yours you'll be wearing that fabulous frock sooner than you think. xxx

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  2. Well done you, that's amazing in a short space of time. I'm trying to lose some weight too, and have just discovered you can buy a weight loss 'spell' on Ebay. Gotta be better than the gym right?!

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  3. Well done! Sounds like you have a very good approach to dieting, and although I am doing the same as you, I have not lost a single pound. I sometimes think you have to stick with these things for a long time to see results though.
    You seem to be doing so well, good luck with reaching your target weight. Abby x

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  4. just brill!

    not so much the losing weight, which is always a bonus if thats what you want, nor even the healthy stuff which is the best starting point for any tweaking that needs to be done, but the fact that you've stopped beating yourself up.

    Why oh why are we so hard on ourselves - and I'm the worst offender in the WHOLE WORLD for doing this!!

    One meal at a time. . .and one gorgeous dress at a time :)))))))))))))))))

    xx

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  5. Congratulations! Well done you!!!

    Lieve groet, Madelief

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  6. Well done you, on the weight loss and tjhe healthy eating! My daughter Amy (blighty boutique blog) has ME which she got after teenage glandular fever, she is often quite poorly! You have done brilliantly and I am going to try hard to follow your example!

    I did not know you were from Liverpool! My grandad is in Norris Green and my last liverpool home was Crosby although I was born in Kensington, then Croxteth, then Dovecot and finally Crosby when we became posher! ;-P lol x!

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  7. Well done to you - I really agree with your approach and you have proved that it works. I am also sure you will be able to stay where you want to be weight-wise this way, which can't be said for most 'diets'.
    x

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  8. Superb! I'm 100lbs lighter than I was 6 years ago (although 10lbs heavier than I was 8 months ago). And what I've always said to anyone who asks, is the thing to do is focus on eating healthily. Weight loss is then a side effect of being healthy. When we diet, we very often eat very unhealthily, not getting enough of the right balance of foods, and then becoming obsessed about all the stuff we are denying ourselves.

    This is why 95-98% of all diets fail (that is, within 2 years the dieter has put back on all the weight they lost on the diet - or more)

    Like you, however, with the CFS/ME it means I can't exercise to burn off the calories, so the quality of the food I put in my mouth becomes even more important.

    Sounds like you've got your system sussed - congratulations :)

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  9. beautiful blog.. happy to have stopped by :)

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  10. Congratulations on the weight loss, that is amazing, you must feel absolutely brilliant! I too have gained a massive 2 and half stone since being made redundant and you've inspired me to do something about it. Healthy meals here I come, and no more jelly babies, bit of an addiction going on there! Keep well. xx

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  11. Lovely. I like what you did with the images expressing even more what you are saying. I'm sure everyone wants to see you lovely, new purple dress. Are you gonna show it, the first time you are wearing it? Have a great day, Laura.

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  12. Thank you for your gorgeous comments and support! I think after years of trying to figure it out I've got my system sorted! I've stopped giving myself a hard time, choose to eat healhtily at each meal and don't tell myself that anything is off the menu, because as soon as it becomes "forbidden" it becomes irresistible! If I can pluck up the courage, I might even post a photo of me in my dress when I hit my target weight. xx

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