Staying healthy: keeping my head above water

In the last eighteen months I’m ashamed to say that this blog contains many, many failed weight loss attempts.

Slimming World, Weight Watchers, Calorie Counting, shakes… I’ve failed on all accounts and although I’ve not regained all the weight I’ve lost I’m in a worse head space than when I started.

I have no understanding of nutrition – yet I’m hugely conscious that what I eat greatly affects my pain, energy and mental state.

I’ve been looking into lots of weight loss plans and options recently.  I know that you shouldn’t have to pay someone to lose weight but I just can’t do it on my own.

I have no idea what I should be eating, all I know is that you need to eat less and move more, right?

So I stumbled across an online plan that is quite popular and has mostly positive reviews.  At this point it’s early days and I’m not going to name them – not until I’ve figured out what’s going on and how I feel about it all.

It’s a crash course in caloric deficits, macros and upping your exercise – you are given a calorie goal based on your calories in versus calories out and you need to aim to hit your protein goal daily plus hit 15,000 steps a day.

There’s a lot of myth busting involved – you have to put your trust in the plan and believe in it, which four days in I’m struggling with.  The first two days I made a huge effort to do 15,000 steps and then the last two days I’ve been too knackered.

And I ended up in the same vicious circle as always – I try too hard, set the bar too high, get pissed off and end up jacking it in.

I posted on the forum today, just asking others for some tough love and how people with other chronic illnesses cope.  The general consensus is to ease in slowly and listen to your body – 15,000 should be a goal, and maybe I should work up to it gradually.

So that is now my plan – which I’m hoping to do as follows:

Week 1 – 7,000 steps + one workout a week

Week 2 – 9,000 steps + one workout a week

Week 3 – 11,000 steps + two workouts a week

Week 4 – 13,000 steps + two workouts a week

Week 5 – 15,000 steps + three workouts a week.

I’m also really going to try and stick to eating better meals – instead of filling my calories up on things I don’t really like and rubbish I’m going to plan my meals and work out how to pack my meals with the maximum nutrients and make them filling.

I also need to focus on not putting so much pressure on myself – easier said than done but I want to try and find ways to chill the fuck out and not go off track.

I’ll keep you posted… I post daily on Instagram stories so follow me there to see how things go!

x

 

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