As promised, for those who’ve been listening, I was due for a weigh-in today as I had to go to the doctor’s for a pneumonia vaccination. And I like to use the same scales I was first weighed on at the outset of this diet. I stepped on the scales very gingerly. Afraid I wouldn’t have lost anything or, much much worst, gained. Gulp!
I know you tend to lose a fair bit at the beginning. It’s sticking with it after that initially big loss that’s the problem. And I need to stick with this diet for at least 18 months if not two years. Well, actually, forever really. It’s not a go on it, lose weight, come off it diet. But then, no diet should be. Not if you’re serious about taking the weight off and keeping it off. So, how did I do?
After ten weeks
Okay let’s remember I’ve been at this for just ten weeks. Began on February 1st. The average settle-down weight loss is about a pound a week. My loss this week – five weeks since my last weigh-in which registered a nine-pound (4 kilos) loss – was… just two pounds! Exactly 1.1 kilos so bit closer to two and a half pounds, yes, I am clutching at straws! But least that makes it half a pound a week since I last stepped on the scales.
I had hoped to lose more. I had hoped to lose three or four pounds, or two kilos. But, it’s a loss. And means I’ve lost 11 pounds (5 kilos) in ten weeks. So I’m on course for the recommended slow weight loss that’s easier to keep off.
My BMI has gone down from a bit over 34 to a bit over 32. It needs to be below 30 to be just overweight rather than obese. So I’ve still a fair way to go yet. But my waist is now 36 inches (92 centimetres) down from 39 (100 centimetres) and that’s just an inch now above what it should be for safety. Anything above 35 in a woman is dangerous. In that can lead to heart attack and strokes as well as diabetes.
Had my blood pressure checked today too and that’s fine. So all in all, my size aside, I’m in good shape and the surgery approves of what I’m doing. Not sure they’re all that keen on the Paleo/high protein diet I’m following as opposed to the still-peddled low fat/high carb diet doctors still tend to push. But if I lose weight and keep it off, they’ll be happy enough.
I found a bottle of fizz I didn’t know I had! Well it’s Prosecco actually, not champagne. I must’ve bought it for my birthday last month and forgotten to drink it! Imagine that. Having a lovely bottle of finest Prosecco and forgetting all about it. But I won’t be opening it yet. I want to wait till I have a reason. Fizz always tastes so much better when you have something to celebrate don’t you think? The first stone off perhaps? Perfect for a stone-age style diet! (For any American readers, a stone is 14 pounds. For the metric among you, it’s about 6 kilos)
If you are, happy dieting! And thanks for reading.