The perils of weigh day rituals and habits!!

Ok so hands up, how many of you avoid eating and drinking on weigh day? Until around 3 weeks ago I would have been one of the first to put my hand up, with a 5.30pm weigh in I would eat a light breakfast and then try to avoid eating again until after I had weighed (which by the time I get home and cook is generally 7.30pm or later!!). As for drinks, I always stuck to no drinks after 1pm. Then one day I saw a post about it in a slimming world facebook group and it really got me to thinking… is my weigh day routine actually sabotaging my weight loss rather than increasing it? and I have to say, I’ve come to the conclusion that yes, it probably is!!

When I first rejoined group, I attended a morning session (9.30am) which was great, I could take my breakfast with me, jump on the scales and then sit down and eat with a coffee. Then when we swapped to an evening group, I panicked a little! Its common knowledge that you generally weigh more in the evening than the morning, you’re filling your body with food and fluids all day for a start! So I found myself compelled to practically starve myself for most of the day each Tuesday. Yet all this actually did was made me feel lethargic, not to mention extremely hungry and by the time I got home from weigh in, with an epic headache, I just grabbed whatever I could as quickly as I could, which 9 times out of 10, was rubbish! I’m talking ready meals, crisps, bread, chocolate, biscuits! Sitting down to eat hungry just faulted in me completely over stuffing myself in order to try to rid the feeling of hunger!! Not to mention the effects it would have had on my body… and this is where it gets a little scientific as I’ve been doing a little research into how my body would have actually been effected by this lack of fuel.

  • Reduced metabolism – This is a huge effect of not eating and drinking enough! When trying to lose weight we need to keep our metabolism up and our bodies hydrated in order to burn the calories we are consuming, to do this your body need to be regularly fuelled by eating and drinking! Your body will go into starvation mode if it isn’t getting adequate fuel and your metabolism will decrease in order to maintain your body weight and reserve fat cells: completely the opposite to what we are aiming to achieve through slimming world! The faster your metabolic rate, the quicker you will lose weight, therefore, the more you eat, the higher your metabolic rate will be!
  • Reduced energy levels – Physical workouts will no doubt help reduce your weight, but your body needs energy to maintain other functions of daily living. Without enough food, your body simply will not have the energy to carry out such tasks!
  • Increased fat storage – going long stretches without eating, or waiting until you feel starving, results in the body becoming accustomed to expecting very little food. This then causes it to hold onto its stored energy supplies (yep, you guessed it, fat!!) making it difficult to lost weight! 

One of the things that will always stick with me out of everything my consultant has ever told me is ‘the more you eat, the more you lose’ and my goodness was she right! Of course, I’m not saying to scoff your faces unnecessarily (least of all with synful foods!!) but just to eat regularly!! Eating causes your body’s energy levels to increase and a regular energy supply will encourage your body to be more comfortable with burning off energy! The body cannot function efficiently on limited resources; eating little and often not only allows your body to function properly, it also helps it to learn that it can safely rehearsed stored fat as it knows it will get a regular supply of calories!

These habits were, believe it or not, quite hard for me… I’m ALWAYS hungry so it took a great effort to ignore my body telling me I was hungry and needed to eat! Yet after really thinking about it, I was able to stop this series of bad habits and in turn I hope that I will see a positive impact upon my journey! I now enjoy 2 good meals before I weigh and keep my body well hydrated well into the afternoon! 

  
What is your weight day ritual? 

Onwards and downwards,

Big love 

Xoxo

    Regaining motivation

    It’s been a long time since I sat and wrote a blog post…. I could sit here and reel off the excuses why I haven’t blogged in so long but when it comes down to it, there is no excuse! There is always time to blog and I am making a pledge right now to blog at least once a week. Talking about my week helps me to realise where I’ve gone wrong and what I’ve done totally right, moreover, it keeps me on track (and I hope it offers motivation to others!)

    Lost-Mojo

    It’s been a while since I’ve written a proper blog post but the weeks are whizzing by, Christmas is fast approaching and quite frankly the numbers on the scales aren’t exactly changing much! I’ve always been a slow loser, I guess that will never change, but is that really a bad thing?! Possibly not but right now it feels like it!

    Since my last blog, there have been good weeks and there have been bad weeks, my weight has been up and down but ultimately I feel like I’ve completely lost my mojo! I know the plan inside out, so you’d think it would be easy, right? Wrong! There’s something in my head that just gets in the way sometimes and I let it! I know I need to say no when these well meaning people offer me cake or biscuits, I know that ‘just one more wont hurt’ will hurt come weigh day, I know that that flexi syn day isn’t going to get me the best loss I could get. I know what I’ve gotta do, I just need to get my bum in gear and DO IT!

    My journey so far has taken some detours but on reflection I have come so much further than I thought I would have in just a few months! I am 22lbs down, I have gone from (more often than not) a size 14 (Even if I never admitted it to myself and squeezed my fat arse into a 12 most of the time!) to a comfortable size 10-12 and my BMI is dropping every week! I’m feeling so much better in myself and that can only continue! My journey may be slow, but I’m going forward and that’s what counts!

    motivation

    So what’s been happening since I last blogged? To be honest, not a great deal worth writing about! I have had 2 weekends away though, one to Nottingham to stay with the in laws. we had a lovely time but ate far too much and I came back 1/2 lb heavier! The following weekend we spent in Swindon for our gorgeous godsons christening. We had the best time, I got spend some very much needed time with my best friend, Taylor got to spend time with his little friend and of course the absolute highlight was having the honour of becoming godparents! I got to wear a beautiful new dress… But not only was it beautiful, it was a size 10! Thats 2 sizes smaller than I would have worn just a few month back! 

    I may not always be seeing the results I want on the scales, but I’m certainly seeing it in the mirror! I walked down the stairs that Sunday morning, and I felt good… Really good! For the first time in goodness knows how long, the first words to leave my mouth were not ‘I look fat/awful’ but they were ‘I love this dress, I feel so much slimmer’!! What a non-scale victory!!

    I cannot stress enough how important it is to keep track of measurements… It’s lovely to watch the numbers decrease on the scales but to me, seeing the numbers on that tape measure getting smaller is even better!! 

    Below are a couple of pictures from the christening, how gorgeous is my Godson Miles? Just perfect!

       
     
    I want to get some blog posts written this week on things that my followers want to know/read about! so… what do you want to read about? Tell me in the comments below and I’ll see what I can do!

    Until next time,

    Onwards and downwards,

    Big love

    xoxo