Back in September I told you that I was joining Nuffield Health’s Healthy Weight Programme at my local gym, you may want to read that post first if you haven’t already so that this one makes a bit more sense. Assuming you *are* up to speed though (there isn’t much to it tbh: woman wants to lose weight and be healthier, so she signs up to a programme to do just that) I thought a bit of an update was in order.
I’m now on week 7 of the 12 week programme (crumbs!) which means that this time last week I was being prodded and poked (nicely, mind) for my six week health MOT and general progress update.
I’m tempted to draw this out for ages but I know you’ve clicked this because you want to know if I’ve actually lost weight so I’ll just get on with it: I’ve lost half a stone. I’ve also lost 5cm off my tummy, which I’m rather thrilled about. My hips are their usual fabulous size. (My hips refuse to lie. WHY WON’T THEY STOP LYING? I SWEAR I COULD BE A SIZE SIX AND MY HIPS WOULD ALWAYS STAY THE SAME).
If you’re a crash diet fan, half a stone in six weeks may not seem like “a lot”, but you’ll just have to take my word for it that it is. I am wearing clothes that I haven’t worn for forever and I am suddenly finding myself interested in fashion again, which is nice given that it’s a hefty chunk of how I pay my mortgage. I’d kidded myself that my interest in fashion had waned to pretty much nothing when in reality it really hadn’t, I just felt too unhappy with how *I* looked in clothes to get excited about shopping/fabric/anything that wasn’t jeans and a shirt. Now that I’m slimmer, I actually want to put on a nice dress and force my husband to “TOUCH MY TUMMY, FEEL HOW SKINNY I AM” at every opportunity, even though my BMI is still 26.6 and I have a long way to go.
The thing is (and this is where I get clichéd about it, consider yourself warned) the best part of this programme for me has not been the weight loss – it has been the fact I feel SO much healthier.
I’ve been a lot slimmer than I am right now, but only ever through deprivation. I can look back longingly on how slim I was towards the end of university (obvs at the time I felt hideously fat, natch) but the reason I was two stone slimmer then was because I had no money, was super active and barely ate. I used to walk for miles and miles because I was too tight/broke to pay for the bus and I ate way too little. If I look at photos of back then I often envy my flat as a pancake stomach, but I have to remind myself that I would have to sleep for hours *in the day* because I had no energy, often surviving on nothing until a sugary skinny hot chocolate at 4pm and then maybe some sweet potatoes, spinach and mushrooms for dinner. I was miserable, as if you could be anything but when eating like that.
Right now, I am a bundle of energy. If you watch my vlogs you may have heard me mention this in throwaway comments, but I really do feel fantastic. I get up early every day – including weekends – because my body is awake and ready to go, not because my alarm is forcing me to. I can do so much more work in the daytime because I’m ACTUALLY EATING LOADS and not “saving all my calories” to have dinner with ST at 10pm. In fact, I haven’t been counting calories at all which has been by far the most liberating part of the whole programme.
With the exception of SlimFast and Alli (lol), I’ve never done a diet which doesn’t involve serious food tracking and/or calorie counting. Whilst it’s extremely helpful (especially if you aren’t very clued up to nutritional values) and undoubtedly works, it has always made me somewhat obsessive. I’d be thinking about how many calories my dinner would have on Tuesday and therefore what could I have for breakfast now on Saturday. It was constant adding and subtracting, not to mention bewilderment and anxiety when eating out socially as I would have no idea what the calorie counts were. It would completely take over my brain and sap all the joy out of food, not to mention lead to really poor decisions as I’d often go for whatever was lowest calorie-wise as opposed to healthiest. Oh and then there were the times where I had loads of surplus calories ‘spare’ so I would splurge them on absolute rubbish “because I could” even though I wasn’t necessarily even hungry. It was silly.
On the Healthy Weight Programme I’ve really learnt to look at the overall nutritional value of foods and to try to be mindful about eating. If you follow me on Instagram or have watched my videos over the last six weeks then you’ll know full well that I’ve still eaten loads (like, loads) and that yes, I’ve been drunk and been in restaurants every week…but I’m still here half a stone lighter feeling fabulous.
I’ve taken everything the nutritionist and PT have taught me on board and most of the time I am making healthy decisions which do my body a favour, and it’s been pretty easy tbh because although weight loss itself takes a while the rewards of exercise and allowing yourself breakfast are pretty instantaneous. You can’t come out of a swimming pool or spinning class moody, it’s an actual fact.
I wanted this to only be a quick six week update and I’m nearly at 1000 words so I will wrap this up now. I will go into the programme in much more detail in my 12 week update post as I only intended this to be brief and I want to do a ‘proper’ review once I’ve actually finished it, because who knows maybe I won’t lose any more now? Or maybe I’ll be sitting here in December with an officially healthy BMI (imagine!) and even more pounds knocked off the scales.
I’m enjoying it though and I know I’m making realistic changes to my lifestyle which I will keep up when the 12 weeks are up for the simple fact that I feel so much better. If I hadn’t lost any weight yet I’d still be carrying on the way I am now…and that’s probably the biggest compliment I can give the Healthy Weight Programme.
Prices for the Healthy Weight Programme start at £12 a week and you can find out heaps more about it here. If you’ve ever wanted to join a programme which is flexible enough to consider your individual needs and goals whilst looking at the bigger picture of health and not just ‘summer bodies’, this may be just what you’ve been looking for.
I’m not just doing this Healthy Weight Programme with Nuffield Health ‘to blog about it’, I have wanted to do something like this for forever I just didn’t know the service existed. I have to admit I was invited by Nuffield Health to try it, but it’s something I would definitely have signed up for anyway had I discovered it first and I’m doing it alongside ‘real’ members – nobody at the gym knows I’m there blogging about it so I’m not getting any VIP treatment 🙂 And this is not a sponsored post.