Well, here I am with just three weeks left, and five pounds to lose, in my 20 week long Motivation Weight Management challenge.
My goal was to shed 25 lbs and it’s looking like it’s actually going to happen.
I’m gobsmacked because I don’t think anyone, myself included, really thought that I’d stick it out.
My track record wasn’t great: I’d never stayed with any weight loss programme before and I’ve never been known for my great self-discipline, to put it mildly.
Plus, there was Christmas, smack dab in the middle of my 20 weeks. A veerrrryyy extended Christmas, from the end of November to early January, because of family visiting from overseas. Suffice to say, there were challenges aplenty to anyone trying to stick to a regime.
So you can imagine my shock when I made it through the Christmas season with only one extra pound.
I didn’t deprive myself, if that’s what you’re thinking. I thoroughly enjoyed plenty of choccies, glasses of wine and big dinners. The main difference what that I was much more balanced in my approach to everything.
Because I’d gotten used to smaller portion sizes, my idea of bingeing was a fraction of what it would have been before. So, I ate a lot less but still felt full and as if I was spoiling myself.
I’ve also learned to compensate for my indulgences by stepping up the exercise routine a gear. No mean achievement, since there was no exercise regime at all before.
It’s amazing to be able to go into shops, grab something and try it on without grimacing. I’ve dropped a few sizes, am dressing differently and getting loads of compliments.
Needless to say, I feel a lot healthier too.
My attitude to exercise has changed in that I actually look forward to it now compared to before when I loathed the idea.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying I rigorously followed the rules on either food or exercise. In fact, I probably strayed as much as I behaved.
My Motivation counsellor Trisha has been great - never berating me, constantly encouraging me.
One Motivation mantra is that we learn from our mistakes, and she helped me figure out what my lessons were. I had lots and lots of learning opportunities!
Twenty weeks might seem like a long time, and it is. I think it’s needed, though, because it’s honestly only in these last few weeks that everything is really hitting home.
I truly feel transformed in more ways than one.
In addition to losing the weight and getting fit, I have a new found sense of confidence, pride in my achievement and generally feel better than I’ve felt in a long, long time.
For more information, visit www.motivation.ie or ring the Letterkenny Clinic on 074 911 3006.