It’s even harder now

This is the end of my second week at target, and I’m getting twitchy.
Once again I haven’t had the extras I’m allowed to maintain my weight, but my scales are going in the wrong direction again.

No new pictures this week as our meals have been the same old favourites, though I’ve only had one egg (my first in three weeks) and have been packing my plate out with veg.
The sheets we fill in weekly are returned to us at a later date, something that didn’t happen before, and I’ve been taking the comments on board. I still complete them, but don’t have to hand them in now, but they are a good tool for keeping on track.
Basically I’m doing great and getting the most out of my meals, understanding about speed and free foods, though perhaps my A and B healthy extras could be more varied.
I thought about this.

At the moment, it’s 2 As and 1 B, the As being calcium rich (milk and cheese) and the Bs being high in fibre.
My basic is 350ml of skimmed milk which is plenty for my cereal and cups of tea/coffee during the day, and my B usually 60g of dried apricots. Sometimes I will swap that for 2 slices of wholemeal bread (400g loaf), 40g porridge oats (OK, only once) or 2 Hi-fi bars.
I don’t have 2 A options every day, but if I have a second it would usually be 30g of cheese, which is sufficient for topping my pasta bake or having with an apple or synned crackers.
However, if I change my B option, I can expect to stall in the digestion stakes or tickle the scales the wrong way.
When Maggie was finicky about her food, our vet said that once we found something that worked, to stick with it. Guess my standard A and B options will continue as they are then.
I anticipate another sock gain, and if so, will be ignoring my Target status and keeping strictly to plan until I’ve lost it. Target members have a three pound fluctuation either side and aren’t expected to attend group every week. As long as they attend at least one every couple of months, their membership remains valid. If you slip outside of your target range, you have a week’s grace to get back into it or you start to pay again.
I have a theory that those at target attend every five weeks or so, but in the interim, eat well and not necessarily to plan, extras or otherwise. Then when they’re due to attend, they go back on plan the week before in the hope of losing anything gained!
To be honest if it works, that appeals to me………… a lot!

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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15 Responses to It’s even harder now

  1. fransiweinstein says:

    I find that even if I eat exactly what I’m supposed to, at some point I either don’t lose weight or gain slightly like you have. At Weight Watchers they call it a plateau and say it’s quite normal. I know it is, because over the years I’ve seen so many dieters go through the same thing. Your body does stabilize and the weight does start to come off again, if you stick with it. Which you clearly are. I have no doubt you will reach your goal and keep the weight off. You’re doing everything right.

    • I remember the dreaded plateau stage Fransi. that was when most people lost heart and gave up. If nothing else over the years I’ve got to know my body pretty well in the food stakes now which is why I don’t intend to blow it. My GP (2000) was right when she said it would find its own level, which was the target I set myself and reached two weeks ago.

      • fransiweinstein says:

        Yes, I think the most important thing is to set goals we can reach and maintain. The tendency always is to try and lose more weight than our bodies can handle.

      • I think that was where I went wrong last time as I could NOT lose those extra three pounds.

      • fransiweinstein says:

        I’ve done the same thing. I think most dieters fall into that trap. I find the people who are the most successful in both the short and long term are those who set realistic goals, who track what they eat even years after their weight loss and pretty much stick to plan forever, with the odd indulgence here and there. Which is exactly what you are doing.

      • There is a cheesecake with my name on it………… somewhere in the future! And I’m going to damn well enjoy it!!!!

      • fransiweinstein says:

        LOL!! Good for you, you’ve earned it!

  2. Sadje says:

    Stick to the plan. But maybe too many veggies are bloating you. That can happen.

  3. I loved your cartoons.

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