Summer’s coming!

I have so many breaks planned, and I vowed to myself that this summer will be THE SUMMER that I wear shorts.

I’ve been body conscious for as long as I can remember, and have been too scared to wear the sorts of clothes I want because I hate the way I look. I wish I wasn’t, I know in the grand scheme of things I am not that big, but I’m just not happy.

I was always the bigger girl at school, and although people told me carried my weight well. I called bullshit and decided I needed to do something about it.

Over the years my eating habits have changed drastically, being diagnosed with IBS and being lactose intolerant does that to you. But I now swap a KFC bucket for a bowl of bulgur wheat, and I’m proud of the way my diet has changed. But as of late, I have been allowing multiple chocolate bars, biscuits and crisps. Things I would have¬†NEVER¬†done a year or so ago!

back to a bigger time, with awful hair choices

Though I definitely don’t look like this now, I’m always terrified that I’ll keep slipping up until I return to that person. I’m so not here for that. It does sometimes make me laugh though, because the picture on the left shows how furious I was that there wasn’t any chicken nuggets left!

I have decided to embark on a weight loss journey along with XLS-Medical, to see whether it works and I’m hopeful that it will get me into the habit of eating better, and keeping up whatever progress I make in the next few weeks.

I’m up for trying anything once. Slimfast and shake diets have never really been my thing, but this seemed a little different. I love that the shakes include B Vitamins for energy release (because I am so tired ALL THE TIME), 27g of protein (gains) and they’re gluten-free, non-GMO and vegetarian friendly!

 

So 5 months and 1 stone heavier, here I am.

Here’s how I’ve found it so far…

I didn’t to do a post as soon as I started, because it takes 3 weeks to create a habit and I didn’t want to sell something that wasn’t working for me.

The first week I did struggle, mainly because I’m used to stuffing my face whenever I want to and working from home made that even easier. It was hard to not physically chew on something and it showed. Though I had my shake and ate on top of that, (which is essentially adding 500 calories onto whatever I was actually eating!) I did still manage to lose inches even if I didn’t lose pounds.

I didn’t feel happy about it though, it didn’t feel natural. I turned to my Boost Buddies (a facebook page where people can leave tips and show progress) and they were incredibly motivating, I also spoke to Jodie, our nutritionist, and she informed me on what snacks I could have along side my shakes. This definitely helped a lot. I have been LOVING mixing the chocolate shake with hazelnut Alpro, it’s getting to the point where I’m actually craving it!

I am really happy with how it’s going so far, I’ve lost 3lb so far and quite a few inches. But not just that, my bloating has depleted dramatically. I have more energy and keeping myself full on the go has never been easier!

The real challenge is my holiday. Tomorrow, at 7pm, I will be getting the train to London. Preparing for a (half) decent nights sleep before jetting off to the USA and Canada! I’m intrigued how well I will do with my weight loss, and hoping that my step count will counteract all the good grub I’ll be too tempted by… We’ll see eh?

Good luck me!

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