Monday, 4 June 2018

Monthly Fitness Update: June

Hey everyone! Can you believe we're pretty much half way through the year already? Because I certainly can't. Anyway this months fitness update is going to be a bit different from all my last updates. Because I'm not weighing myself at all!

Current Weight: Unknown
Loss Since Last Month: N/A
Loss Since Start Weight: N/A

Now you're probably all wondering why I'm not weighing myself and thinking "why bother with a fitness update post if you have no weight updates?" Those are both excellent questions and the reason I'm not weighing myself if because I am taking a page out of Joe Wicks diet and lifestyle regime. He calls the scale the sad step and explains how the scales can be very misleading by not taking into account water weight and muscle. You also get a false sense of accomplishment at the beginning of your diet because you lose a lot of weight really quickly... that is just the water weight. You then become depressed when the drop in numbers starts to slow down, almost to a halt. It's at this point that the scale somehow manages to convince us you've plateaued and if you're like me, you give up thinking you've gone as far as you can go. You're then left feeling broken and disheartened thinking you'll never be the size you want to be. You go back to your old habits and pile all the weight back on (plus a little extra). This is why Joe Wicks strongly recommends that you don't weigh yourself when dieting. So I'm not. Instead he says the best way to track your weight loss is with regular full body photos and/or measuring various parts of your body; waist, hips, thighs, arms etc.

Now I can't go to the gym as much as I would like to at the moment due to Jordan's erratic work hours, Vala's nursery and taking care of Flynn full time. So I know weight loss for me will be slow to start with. For this reason I haven't decided whether to take monthly body photos or measure myself. I think I'll take a body shot to start with and then do monthly measurements, taking the odd photo here and there when I think I've lost enough to maybe see some difference. It will be hard for me to stay off the scales and honestly I think there will be the odd day here and there where I'll cave and check my weight but I'm not going to let the number on the scales consume me. I'm not dieting, I'm trying to change my lifestyle and the sooner I focus on being healthier, happier and more active, the sooner the weight will come off. I stress so much about the number on the scale that it probably prevents me from losing weight. The stress hormone Cortisol does prevent weight loss after all. 

So here is to another new approach. I feel very good about this approach and have seen first hand the effects that Joe Wick's books have had on people. I hope to one day be sharing my story just as they have shared theirs. 

Until next time,
Alli xo 


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