Monday, 17 April 2017

Slimming world update week two

Hello everyone!

As you know from my last post, my husband and I joined slimming world.  I have aimed to lose two stone (28lbs)  before my gastric bypass.
The first week I put on 1/2lb.  Great!  The Husband lost 5lb!  OK so I accept this.  Ive only just started eating again after my stay in intensive care which you can read about  here on our family blog.  So I accept a slight weight gain as my body adjusts to eating again.

So one to week two.  I weighed on Saturday this week instead of Thursday as its school holidays and we've just been so busy.  I had lost 1/2lb!  What even is 1/2lb?  The weight of my knickers!  Maybe I will take them off for weighing next week!  Second thoughts! LOL
The Husband, THE HUSBAND!!!!! Lost 6lb!!  How is that even possible.  We eat the same things, although I eat smaller portions.  I know people lose weight at different rates but come on!  Give me a break!  Don't think I'm picking on the Husband, I'm so pleased that he is taking this chance to improve his life and health.  He has about 5 stone to lose and is well on the way to doing it.  I'm proud of him!

Ive tried slimming world  before.  I love the food and the way of eating but as a weight loss tool it just doesn't seem to work for me.  Ive paid for 12 weeks so I will stay the course and do my very best.  I will stick to the plan and pray before I get on the scales each week.  Who knows this could be the time it works for me. 

The slimming world consultants say "It will definitely work if you stay on plan"  Well Ive news for you!  It doesn't always!  Still lets see what next week brings!  I could get on and have a huge loss! 
Here's hoping!

See you soon
Hales xxx

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Slimming world!

Hi Lovlies!

So today the husband and I joined up to slimming world (30/03/2017).  We first had a chat with the consultant.  She ran through the plan with us and the do's and do not's.  Then we were weighed.  Right now I weigh 185.1kg (29st 2lb or 408lbs)  This means Ive lost 1stone 4lbs since starting this weight loss experience.  (I hate the word "journey")

 The slimming world plan seems quite a easy plan to follow and seems to concentrate on eating protein more than carbs.  You can have unlimited lean meats, which pleased the Mr very much!  We've done slimming world before and it was quite a successful experience.  But like most things I got so far and then got despondent and gave up. 

This time I intend to go and follow the plan until I have the gastric bypass.  This gives me the best chance of being as healthy as it is possible for me to be before the surgery.  Ive set myself a goal of losing two stone.  That maybe doesn't seem a lot to most people but to me that is a achievable amount of weight to lose before my next appointment at the Luton and Dunstable clinic in June.

  Can I do it?  Of course I can!  I'm motivated and I have the support around me to do it.  It is the right time in my life to make the change.  I can do this!

Speak to you soon

Hales xxx

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Ive been poorly, but good news!

Hi everyone!

I'm sorry its been such a long time since I posted.  I caught pneumonia and ended up in hospital for 3 weeks! (one of those in intensive care)   It was a horrid experience one I don't intend to repeat.  The hospital staff were amazing and treated me so well.  I'm so grateful for our wonderful NHS service!

Well now to my news!  I went for my review appointment at the Luton and Dunstable hospital.  In the 23 days I was on the milk diet I lost 1 stone (14lbs)  Although I was expected to lose another half stone, Ive been approved for surgery on the understanding that I lose the other half stone before seeing the surgeon.  I now have a appointment for June to see the surgeon and anaesthetist.  I am looking forward to the appointment and from the research Ive done it appears that the surgery takes place about twelve weeks after the surgeons appointment.  This takes me to the end of august/early September.  Its exciting to think I will have my surgery before Christmas.  Its going to change my life.

In the interim my husband and I will be joining slimming world.  I want to lose as much weight as possible before my surgery so that I'm as healthy as I can possibly be before surgery and losing weight can only help this.

Well hats all the news from me.  I hope you are doing well on your weight loss journey and would love to hear your experiences.  Please comment below!

Bye for now

Hales xx

Monday, 27 February 2017

Week three, LCLD Low calorie liquid diet.

Hello everyone.

So its week three of the LCLD.  It has been so much easier than I thought it would be.  I still haven't has a day where I have been able to finish the whole of the milk allowance.  I don't know if this will adversely effect my weight loss results but I'm hoping not.  The allowance is quite generous and apart from the odd days when I have felt hunger it has been easy going.  I'm not saying Id like to be on the diet indefinitely but its been bearable. 

When I go back to the hospital I will have been on the diet for 23 days.  This is a little short of the four weeks I was told do do but I guess the hospital fit you in for a appointment when they can really. 

I'm a little nervous to be weighed as I don't know how I will feel if I haven't reached my target weight loss of 1 1/2 stone, or  21lbs.  Ive been told if Ive reached target, my next appointment will be to see the surgeon.  Its exciting but nervous times! 

I'm also concerned about how to keep the weight Ive lost off.  I'm hoping I will be given a eating plan or some guidelines to help me with that.  I am also considering joining up with slimming world again.  I tried to lose weight with slimming world before and lost about 2 stone (28lbs) before I gave up.  Silly of me really but we all do these things.  I believe it will be easier this time as I have the goal of my operation to keep me motivated.  Well that and my improved health and fitness.

Well I shall sign off now and I will report back after Ive been to the hospital and been weighed.  Keep your fingers crossd for me and remember me in your prayers.

Bye for now
Hales xx

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Phone call from the hospital and jelly belly!

Hello everyone.

So today I had a phone call from the hospital. 
They took some routine bloods from me at my last visit and it seems there are some problems with levels in my blood.  This means I can only stay on the LCLD for four weeks and I have to return to the hospital on 2nd March to be weighed.  This means I am too have lost the 1 1/2 stone in four weeks rather than the six weeks I was originally allowed.  I pray I can do this.  The nurse who rang me said that as long as Ive lost the required amount then the next appointment I have will be with the surgeon!  Exciting times! 
So now I just have to make sure that weight has gone!

As far as the LCLD is concerned I have stuck to it rigidly.  When the rest of the family had McDonalds I just drank my milk and coffee. I even "went out" for breakfast and just drank coffee.   I have resisted all the temptations.  I have not wavered one bit.  But Id be lying if I said it hasn't been difficult at times.  The smell of my husband cooking tea, the Grandchildren offering me one of their crisps or sweets.  The temptations are real my friends!

I found day 9 & 10 really hard.  Nothing out of the ordinary happened (except it was half term) but those two days stand out as the most difficult.  I had hunger pangs that I hadn't experienced before and found it hard to take my mind off food.  My real saving grace on those days were the book I was reading (hollow city from the miss peregrine range) and the sugar free jelly I always keep for evening time. 

 It seems almost anti social not to eat with people when they are eating.  But this is the price I pay if I want to reach my ultimate goal. Project GET HALES A SMALLER ARSE is on!


I will update you when I return from the hospital next week.
Bye for now
Hales x

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Week one LCLD -6lb

Hello lovelies

Today I weighed in for the first time since starting the diet.  I have lost six pounds this week!  Well I think its six pounds as my scales keep giving me different weights but I know Ive lost some!  I will keep using the same scales and go from that weight.  I guess I wont get a true reading until I go back to the hospital but its good enough to know I'm losing some weight.

The liquid diet has been much easier than I first thought it would.  I haven't experienced the hunger that I thought was inevitable.  In face I haven't been able to finish all the liquid I'm allowed on any one day.   The bathroom trips particularly at night has been a little tedious but I guess you have to expect that!  The first few days I woke up with a huge breakout on my chin.  I can only assume that that was the toxins coming out of my body and that's got to be a good thing right?  But since then I have had really good skin.  Ive suffered from spots and breakouts for years so this is quite a welcome change. 

I will pop in next week with my weight loss statistics next week and hopefully I will have lost the same or even more.  Well that's what I'm hoping.  To lose 6lb a week puts me well in to the target of 1.5 stone in six weeks that the hospital want.

Thanks for reading and I hope to see you here in my teeny corner of the Internet soon !
Bye for now

Hales