Weight Loss: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

Organise yourself skinny…

The latest strap line encouraging people on their weight loss journey. Although I don’t agree with the skinny connotation.

Losing weight is never easy, at least not to begin with. It takes determination, commitment, positivity and sometimes some serious willpower. My weight loss journey began four weeks ago. I had to admit defeat that my comfort eating and lazier lifestyle since leaving Singapore 16 months ago had gotten out of control and I needed to get back in the driver’s seat.

Eat less sugar, you’re sweet enough already!

My mechanism is Weight Watchers, a tried and tested programme which has been a success for me in the past. One which transformed my lifestyle until I returned to the UK where it all went pear-shaped. I knew what was expected from the programme so it was easy to get started and get my head in the right frame of mind.

I suppose when you embark on a weight loss journey the initial thoughts and questions arise, oh my god how long will it take to reach my goal weight, will I have sufficient willpower to not cave and give in to temptation, am I going to have to eat cardboard?!

The answer to all these questions is another question, “Well how much do you want it?”

And I wanted it. Bad.

I won’t lie the journey hasn’t been without its ups and downs, it has been a slow start but I’m here to hopefully provide some comfort to anyone about to commence their journey, or even in the middle of it, that by sticking with it, you WILL start to see results.

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I’ve documented my journey into three thought processes which helps me to reflect when I am feeling I am in one of these buckets:

THE GOOD
  • Support – you need this when taking steps to change your lifestyle. Whether it be from my Weight Watcher community or your loved ones, having that comfort and moral support can be a real inspiration.
  • Creativity – I am way more innovative in meal preparation. Scouring recipe books has influenced my cooking and presentation skills. I think that when people embark upon a new eating regime (I refuse to call it a diet), they think the only options are cardboard or dust. Some of my recipes are in a previous post which you can read here.
  • Food Journalling – being a list, detail person this really works for me. It keeps me on track and a way to understand which weeks worked better than others depending on my meals and exercise.
  • My mood – I truly believe that I feel healthier, more energetic, more confident and the best bit…I have a flatter tummy! I am sure this is as a result of carb reduction as for many years now I have been suffering with a bloated, painful tummy. It’s lovely not to endure that!
  • Clearer skin – a better balance of foods has given my skin the nutrients I think it’s been lacking. An increased intake of fruit, vegetables and healthy fats has helped me become blemish free!
  • Compliments – Now this is the best bit. Loved ones and colleagues have noticed the weight loss and have congratulated me. That endorsement of all my hard work has spurred me on the road to success!
THE BAD
  • Disappointment – from past experience my biggest weight loss was in the first couple of weeks but this time I didn’t see anything big until week 3. Initially I was disappointed. After all that time spent dedicated to meal preparation, the hours in the gym and not exceeding my daily points once, filled me with frustration. I tried not to feel despondent and promised myself I needed to stick with it for a bit longer and see what happened. But the third week, bingo! The bigger loss started to appear and has (fingers crossed) continued on the downward slope since. Thanks to my loved ones they also reminded me that the slower you lose the weight the more likely it is to stay off. So I am still going.
THE UGLY
  • Temptation – whilst I haven’t caved or exceeded points the tantalisation of a cheeky Chinese takeaway on a weekend or the seductive waft of fish and chips have been difficult to ignore. I have decided that once I have hit my first milestone I will ensure there are sufficient points for one of these treats!
  • Time of the month – when you want to see a huge weight loss and nothing changes! Goddam you Mother Nature! But stick with it, rest assured you will see the weight loss the following week.

Photo Cred: Rezel Apacionado / Unsplash

Overall the journey so far hasn’t been a bad one and I have a little way to go before I begin the sustained path but here’s a big ‘Well done and keep going!’ shout out to anyone else joining me on this journey! Good luck!

N x

So hey you, yes you…I want to thank you for reading my post. Whether you’ve stuck around since the beginning of my journey or whether you’re new to my blog, thank you for reading and supporting. I genuinely appreciate it.

8 Comments

  1. February 5, 2018 / 8:05 am

    It’s nice to know I’m not alone!

    The disappointment is the biggest killer for me. I’ve been on a weight loss journey for awhile now and the flux in weight can really make me question what I’m doing it all for. But when I look back at how far I’ve come and how better off I am mentally and physically, it pushes me to keep going!!

    • niccimcshane
      February 5, 2018 / 8:24 am

      You’re definitely not alone! I agree with you it’s so hard when you don’t see the loss coming off or even as fast as you want it to! I was thinking oh my god on week 2 why am I putting all this effort in to not see any results but it was just taking its time. We can do this!

  2. February 5, 2018 / 6:12 pm

    I love this! I’ve never used weight watchers, but my boss uses it, and loves it.
    I’m going to be trying your chicken enchilada recipe & the lemongrass and Lime herby chicken kebabs recipe. Yummy!
    I, too, have experienced that frustrating bloating & weight gain associated with my “time of the month.” Ever since I went on the Whole30 cleanse last August, my weight has stayed consistently the same, EXCEPT for that dreaded week every month, where I feel bloated and I gain about 5 lbs. That’s actually usually how I can tell I’m going to start soon – the weight gain is the first sign!

    • niccimcshane
      February 5, 2018 / 6:38 pm

      Oh maaaan the chicken enchiladas were so good and it was so easy to make! I had so much left over I had some the next day!
      Oh wow the Whole30 how did you find it? I can’t believe at that time of the month we can actually put on so much weight! It’s crazy how the added fluid can do that!

      • February 5, 2018 / 8:25 pm

        I really enjoyed Whole30, though it was challenging. The benefits were definitely worth it! I actually wrote about my experiences and posted them in a post last Thursday. I’ve linked to some resources and tips for “surviving” it in the post as well. If you’re interested, you can check out my post here -> https://www.beagoalgetter.net/tips-to-survive-whole-30/
        No pressure, of course. I’ve just had a lot of people ask, so I thought I’d write a blog post about it!

        • niccimcshane
          February 5, 2018 / 8:29 pm

          Oh yes I’ll definitely read it tonight thank you for sharing??!!!!

  3. February 22, 2018 / 2:38 pm

    Thanks for sharing!!! You are definitely not alone here! Best of luck!!!

    • niccimcshane
      February 22, 2018 / 2:39 pm

      Oh thank god for that! Thanks so much for reading and good luck to you too 🙂

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