Well, fancy that! I’ve been Huelling for 30 days! I guess it’s a good time for a recap…
Start weight on 11 July 2017: 13 stone 2 (83.5kg) - having been 13 stone 4 (84.4kg) the week before.
Current weight: 12 stone 2 (77.1kg)
So that’s a loss of 14 pounds (or 1 stone) OR 6.4kg in 30 days, hurray!
I need to get to 11 stone 2 (70.8kg) to be back within the ‘healthy’ range of BMI and I’d like to lose a bit more after that really - I was 9 stone 11 on my wedding day 10 years ago - that’d be nice
But I like to set myself mini-goals, to keep me motivated. The current mini-goal is to get under 12 stone. I’ll be stoked to see a weight with an 11 on the front!
I got all excited and got my eldest to take a couple of ‘progress shots’, sadly I was not a skinny 18 year old in them (like my head thinks I am…), so it was a bit of a let down… I was like, ah dammit, I’m still fat! But then I compared them to the ‘crunch time’ picture taken on a family day out for my son’s birthday at the end of June (the picture that made me go, oh fuck, I really am a fat person, when did that happen ) and there was a definite difference!
Also, I’ve had to drop a jeans size. I’ve found these wide leg jeans which fit my fat arse/thighs well. They allow me to basically go down a size, because my hips/thighs are so much bigger than my waist, I normally have to accept a gaping waist or constricted thighs! So anyway, I’ve gone from a 14 in these particular jeans to a 12, so something must be happening…
So, what am I doing? Well, I’m (mostly) tracking my calories with the free Livestrong app, and aiming for 1500 a day, this seems to give me a gradual loss of around 0.5lb a day on average (the average thing is important )
General diet is 2 scoops of vanilla/UU 50:50 with 400ml of water for breakfast and lunch, with raw fruit and veg and nettle tea for snacks, or a small salad, or other small 100 cal snacks if necessary, then a normal meal for dinner (anything from 500 cal to 800 cal), then I try not to eat anything else in the evening except a mug of nettle tea and 20g of 85% Green & Blacks dark chocolate (eaten very slowly ).
I’ve definitely had cheat days or cheat moments and managed to have chinese take out (scaled back a bit), pizza express pizza and treat food with guests during the past month, just had to balance the treats with many more healthy days. I still don’t think I’m fixed though, I reckon I could easily embrace my old habits of over-eating, grazing etc in a snip, though I think my stomach is accepting smaller portions, which may have helped the treats with guests not get out of hand, since I might have over-eaten, but I over-ate for my new smaller tummy
My Huel journey is definitely continuing, hopefully for the long term. I feel like it’s a way I can actually achieve my weight loss desires. It takes a lot of the guess work away. And even when I reach that far off target I think I’ll keep Huel around so that if I see the scales start to creep I can pop back on Huel for a week or two to get back on track. Also great handy thing to make when there’s nothing healthy to hand, perhaps it’ll stop me hangrily stuffing crap in my mouth in times to come
How’s everyone else doing? @Hayz-NZ, @Sarah_Susannah_Berni, @Emma, @lilbo? Can you guys do me a favour and tag me (like this) in your update posts, I find I don’t get notifications unless it’s a direct reply or a tag and it helps to have others on the journey too! xx