Friday, 31 January 2014

Kicking February's arse!

This month has been a bit of an odd one. Towards the end of last year I was more determined than ever to get back in shape but after a crappy Christmas (I've decided that's the last time I'll mention it!) my motivation took a complete dive and I slowly slipped back into my old ways. Now I'm not saying I sat around with my old friend's Ben & Jerry every night and put all my weight back on, I still lost but the embarrassing thing is I only lost 2 pounds in about 8 weeks. Now I've written that I'm so annoyed with my self. Sometimes it takes seeing it to do something about it.

So I've decided February is going to be my month. I'm giving up Diet Coke! Now for those that don't know I have a very slight Diet Coke addiction, I know that sounds dramatic but I drink ridiculous amounts of it daily and find that if I don't drink it I get awful headaches and can turn into the grouchiest person, some would I say I resemble the Hulk! But having watched my parents do Dry January this month it's definitely given me a kick up the bum. I've stocked up on Sobe Water and I'm challenging myself to drink 2 liters of plain water a day. I'm going to get back on my Weight Watchers, not that I was ever really off it but I'm going to make a lot more effort to stop skipping breakfast and cut out the snacking. Drinking isn't really an issue for me, I'm not a massive drinker, I used to enjoy going out drinking when I went out with friends when I was 18/19 but when I became really unwell with my clinical depression I decided to cut it out. It wasn't until I went to my Cognitive therapist when she told me that alcohol was a depressant and wasn't helping, so I cut it out.

I'm really going to make an effort to get out the house more. It's always hard in the winter when I get home from work at 5.30 and it's pitch black outside but the clocks go forward in March so it's not long before I can get back into the routine of taking Dave for his evening walk. Dan's little brother got a pedometer for Christmas and I reckon this could really help me. Working in an office all day means I'm sat on my backside for most of the day, I try to get up and walk about as much as I can but I could be doing so much more than I am. Having a pedometer may challenge me to get up and walk around a bit more.

My end goal is definitely to get to my goal weight by the time Dan and I move into our new house in June/July. It's a big challenge but for some reason I'm more determined than ever to succeed this time. I think I have spent so many years trying to 'beat the buldge' that it becomes boring and I lose momentum. But this time will be the last time, this may have something to do with the fact I'm turning 25 on the 2nd Feb and I'm fed up of shying away from cameras and putting on the same baggy clothes to cover my blobby body! My weekly 'Beat the Bulge' posts will be live every Tuesday after my weigh in on Monday so you can all keep up to date with my progress.

Wish me luck......I'm going to need it!
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