I’ve been not so quietly putting on weight again for the past few weeks. There has been a lot of cake in my life. It has not been good. Well…it has been good…but not for my weight!
So, today is a fresh start! This morning I spent 10 minutes on our exercise bike, I burned just over 100 calories and I got my heart rate up which is great. I’m going to aim to do some exercise, outside of walking the dogs, 3 times a week from now on. It might not always be exercise biking, it could be a long walk or some yoga if I want something a bit more gentle, but I’m going to get moving more because I need to. I know that eating is more than half the work, but for my heart health and to try to avoid the type 2 diabetes that runs in the family I need to start exercising.
Additionally, I’m restarting my chocoholic pod, alongside my Slimpod & Fitpod. I think I’ll be chocoholic podding in the morning/afternoon and then continue falling asleep to my Slim/Fit pods from Thinking Slimmer.
Medication wise, in 5 days I will be totally off Depamide (Valpromide) and I’m hoping that once that’s out of my system I will find it easier to lose weight as I won’t have to fight the weight gain side-effects of that drug anymore. I’m still taking 3 other types of medication but I really hope that one less will decrease my appetite.
One thing I am really struggling with is my appetite in the run up to my period. For a week or more before I crave crisps, cake, chocolate, basically anything ‘bad.’ And given that my period is often late, those cravings, which lead to eating ‘bad’ foods, can regularly last beyond a week. And poor eating for at least a week every month is just not good. So if anyone has any tips on managing those time of the month cravings do let me know.
I haven’t weighed in as part of this fresh start, that may surprise you. But I am trying to focus on how my clothes feel and fit, and what I look like in the mirror. Weight is, as we all know, a poor measurement of health and after I got hooked on weighing in before I’m determined not to get obsessive about the scales again. I will be checking in every now and again, just to adjust my Fitbit information and such, but probably only once a month.