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Saturday, 27 June 2015

On Reflection

Do you like what you see when you look in the mirror?
While walking through town the other day I caught a glimpse of my reflection in a shop window, it's not unusual I know and mostly I take no notice of it but I liked what I saw. Because I am so much happier with myself now I tend to look at myself more and I have to say, more often than not, I do like what I see.
There is a full length mirror in the locker room at work and I no longer avoid taking a quick peek before heading back to work. I don't look away from my reflection in a shop window anymore and I don't hate changing room mirrors.
I haven't become vain, there are still lot's of things I don't like about myself which I think is human nature.While I am still overweight I am happy with the way I look; there will always be improvements to be made and I will never be someone who can eat whatever they like without putting on weight. I know from the past week or so that life after Cambridge is not going to be easy with regards to eating but I'm determined that my size 14's will fit for a long time to come.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Confidence matters, thank you Cambridge

I know I've written about confidence before but lately it seems to be more important. When you're used to being overweight with very little confidence you tend to see the negative side of things so everything that's happened to me recently has been even more exciting as I can now focus on the positives.

In the past week I've been invited to 3 job interviews which in itself is fantastic, as of today I've been offered 2 of those jobs. This has made me feel even more confident about myself but also makes me realise that I must be appearing more confident in interviews in order to be that successful. Obviously I can only accept one of the positions but even the offer is a good thing.

Even more exciting though is the news that my boyfriend proposed to me at the weekend, so officially he is now my fiance! I know for certain that the confidence gained from my weight loss has helped this come about; not the proposal itself but even just the first date. This time last year I would never have been confident enough to agree to go on a date let alone actually go through with it.

I'm not saying you can't be overweight and confident but for me I've gained a great deal from losing weight and for that I will forever be thankful that I found the right diet for me.
This ribbon measures the same as my waist used to, I've lost just over 12 inches from my waist alone. If that sort of thing doesn't help you grow in confidence then I don't think anything will.
Thank you Cambridge plan for helping me lose weight and gain so much from life.

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Exceeding expectations

I love it when you think something is going to be good and it turns out even better than expected. I went to watch Spy at the cinema this week. I was expecting it to be funny especially with Melissa McCarthy and Miranda Hart starting in it; turns out it was hilarious. It's easy to focus on the bad things on a daily basis, we complain about bad service more than we compliment good service. If something turns out to be worse than expected we have a good moan.
Therefore I am using this blog post to celebrate things that exceed expectation. So if you've received good service tell someone, if you've enjoyed something more than you expected to, tell someone. Enjoy the good things that happen to you and focus on the positives rather than dwelling on the negatives.

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Quality over quantity

Last night I went to watch Take That in London. Having watched them as a four piece as well as a five piece group I wondered how different they would be with only three of them left.
They undoubtedly always put on a good show, not just the group themselves but also the dancers, band and everyone else involved in the production.
I wasn't disappointed with this tour at all. They have adapted well to only having three of them, the performance didn't suffer and they still put everything they had into the show. I do hope in the future that Jason decides to return and they once again perform as a foursome but for now the Take That trio are still keeping us fans entertained. Proving that it's quality not quantity that counts.

Monday, 1 June 2015

Oops!

I fell off the diet wagon last week!
After nearly 7 months of following plan 100% I stepped up to the next level and had a bit of a wobbly day. My weigh in today (2 weeks worth on new step) saw me lose 2 1/2lb which brings my total to 7 stone 8 1/2lb. This doesn't mean I'm looking at it as having got away with my bad day, believe me I felt quite ill the following day. I am however trying to focus on the positives from it.
I felt ill enough not to want to do it again.
By previous standards this was not a blowout (I still consumed less than 2000 calories for the day)
It wasn't worth it which means I'm less likely to do it again.
It has made me more aware of calorie content and that in moderation I can introduce other things in to my diet in future as long as I am aware of what I am eating.
The final positive is that this proves I am actually human! We all make mistakes, we all have bad days and slip up. What counts though is how you deal with them. I am focused on finishing the Cambridge plan on July 6th so I have 1 more week on step 3 followed by two weeks each on steps 4 and 5. I know that I am happy with how I look right now and if I maintain my weight from now until July 6th I will still be happy, I also know that should I want to return to the plan in the future to lose a bit more then I can. The most important thing with dieting is finding your own happy place not what someone else (or any form of chart) deems to be the place you will be happy.