It’s Day 21 of Mission Healthy Mum. 3 weeks into my mission to adopt a healthier lifestyle and I’m actively enjoying it. I really am! I’ve been eating well (read – substantially less) and getting out walking a lot.
It’s hard to break habits that have been formed over decades but I’m really trying to avoid getting into the ‘I’m on a diet’ mentality. Because for me that means there’s an end point or the odd ‘bad’ day. And those are catastrophic to my waistline. So I haven’t been cutting out all treats – I’ve had the odd slice of left-over Christmas Cake, chocolate biscuit or glass of wine. I think the fact that I know I can have something nice if I really want it, probably means that I don’t necessarily want it quite so much. Sounds crazy, but it’s true.
Ironically, I think I’ve eaten less in the last three weeks compared to weeks in the past where I’ve been on a calorie counting diet plan (Slimming World or Weight Watchers.) I think that’s mainly because I know that I can have whatever I want, if I’m hungry. But also because I’m not obsessing about every morsel that goes in my mouth, writing it down and counting syns or points.
Usually by now I would have jumped on the scales to see if I’ve managed to lose a few pounds. This time however, I’m avoiding the scales for the first 6 weeks. I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was trying out the SlimPod from Thinking Slimmer . As part of the SlimPod programme, they encourage you not to be constantly weighing and measuring but rather to measure your success by your clothes getting looser. The logic being that we often get depressed if the scales don’t show a large enough loss which can be enough to thwart our efforts to be healthy. Or for others, a big weight loss can be an excuse to eat as a reward.
I can’t say I’ve not be tempted to weigh but I’ve avoided it so far. I think not jumping on the scales all the time is also helping me to shake the diet mentality.
So, when push comes to shove, am I any healthier now than I was 3 weeks ago?
I think so. I’m certainly not going to go out and run a marathon (I don’t ever aspire to do that!) But I do feel like all the healthy eating and exercise has given me a bit of an energy boost. Unfortunately this seems to be wane at about 7pm when a long night of baby settling to bed is staring me in the face!
Compared to my Day 1 measurements, I have shrunk by 22.5 cm or 8.5 inches in total. Of that 22.5cm, I was quite pleased that I had 10cm off my waist. Although these measurements aren’t exactly that scientific – it’s hard to tell exactly where I measured previously. I haven’t noticed a massive loosening in my clothes but they definitely aren’t pinching like they were after Christmas.
SlimPod – is it helping me with my healthy aspirations?
I have to be honest. The first time I lay down on the sofa, got comfy and started listening to the SlimPod I felt a bit silly. Listening intently to some bloke tell me things that I already know. I’m also prone to a healthy dose of cynicism so I was listening carefully to every word, analysing the content for anything a bit strange. It seems too easy – spend 9 minutes a day listening to a recording and magically get slimmer. Things that seem too good to be true, generally are.
I’m only 3 weeks in and I’m not going to say unequivocally that this is a game changer when it comes to getting healthy and shedding some pounds. I’m going to keeping ‘podding’ along and let the results speak for themselves. Here comes the but.
But, I think there are differences with my experience of the last 3 weeks compared to any previous attempt to diet:
• I haven’t felt like I’m stuck on a boring diet, living for the next treat
• I’ve enjoyed the odd piece of cake etc without thinking that I’d ruined my attempt at a healthy lifestyle and therefore writing the whole day off as a ‘bad’ day
• I genuinely haven’t been as taken up with food in general
• I’ve made myself cups of tea/coffee without having a snack (this is unheard of for me!)
Whether these are as a result of my deliberate intention to get healthy without being on a diet or whether it’s as a result of listening to the SlimPod, I honestly don’t know. But one thing for sure, I’m not going to stop listening anytime soon!
How is Mr C getting along with his get-healthy mission?
He is plodding along with the slimpods and is as yet uncommittal about what he thinks. But he has lost 8cm, so he’s happy to keep going. He’s a busy busy bee at the minute so has promised a proper update in 3 weeks time when he hits the scales.
I’ll be back in 3 weeks time with my next update!
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