I was slightly coy about posting last week after my group. I didn’t lose any weight! I stayed absolutely the same. I genuinely couldn’t believe that it was anything to do with just a couple of glasses of wine on my ‘off the wagon’ weekend.
And it wasn’t. Without putting too fine a point on it, it was about the c-word. Constipation! Now this is not something that I’ve ever suffered from before (apart from a nasty incident after a gall bladder operation, but that’s another story) and it simply hadn’t occured to me. My counsellor suggested it, and after a couple of days of monitoring and some remedial action (lighter life drink mix and senokot, if you’re curious) all returned to normal. The result? Almost 3.5 kilos shifted at this Monday’s weigh-in. Now that’s a result.
So I’m almost two stone down after six weeks on the plan, and I’m delighted. I’m at the point now where I can really see the difference, and other people are noticing too. I’m down a size in my jeans, and the ones that I had been wearing are so loose that they sit pleasantly round my hips, ‘boyfriend’ style. It feels good.
Group bonding seems to be going well, too. There are a lot of us in the group now, although a couple are about to head off into management in the next couple of weeks. To be honest, I think that can only be a good thing (not least for them!). There’s a risk that there are so many of us that the whole session is taken up with weighing, and also the debate can be a bit skewed towards their hopes/fears for the management phase. I think it will even itself out, though.
In terms of exercise I’ve turned a corner too. Not only did I run 3 miles at the weekend, but I ran almost 5 miles home last night for the first time since I was marathon training last year. That’s bloody ages ago! I say ‘ran’, but I was easing myself into the distance by doing 3 minutes running, 1 minute walking. It really helped. I also forgot to bring my running watch to work so ended up downloading a brilliant free app called Jog Log for my iPhone. Not only does it track you via GPS, let you play music and keep a training log, but it enables you to programme interval training into it. So a handy beep told me when I had to change my speed. Admittedly I’ve only used it the once but I was pretty impressed.
The next few weeks are going to be tricky. I’m at the beginning of a succession of hen weekends and weddings, which are possibly the worst events for someone on this plan. And then, after that, the wedding dresses loom! So I need to muster all of my willpower, that’s for sure.