Since then I’ve had a couple of people ask me how I lost those corona kilos, so I thought I’d share my answer here.
Last time I lost weight it was due to upping my exercise regime, however that wasn’t the case this year. I was already going for morning walks, and working out with a personal trainer on a weekly basis. While that has no doubt helped to boost my physical and mental health and wellbeing, they didn’t specifically lead to weight loss this time around.
It must have been about February when I tried on the dress that had been languishing in the back of my wardrobe, only to find that it was well, just a little snug around the middle.
If I was going to wear my gorgeous dress, I knew I had to lose weight!
Luckily I still had several months up my sleeve, so I could take it slow but steady.
So here’s what I did differently:
Cut the Junk – We stopped buying chocolate, lollies, cakes, biscuits, and the like in our grocery shop (can you tell I’m a massive sweet tooth?!), based on the principle that you can’t eat it if it’s not in the house!
Instead, I determined that if it was going into my mouth, it had to have some nutritional value and not just be empty calories.
I can’t say that I purposefully cut back on my food intake; some days I felt like I ate HEAPS – but it was ‘real’ food, rather than junk.
That said, I must confess that I allowed myself leeway on the weekends, or when out and about.
And, I kept a bag of bite sized Mars Bars in my drawer for those days I *really* couldn’t live without chocolate – but only allowed myself one. (Mars Bars aren’t my favourite chocolate so unless it was a strong craving, I found them fairly easy to resist. That, or I brushed my teeth LOL.)
Frozen Meals – I’m not a huge fan of frozen meals it’s true, but I did have a few weeks where I relied mostly on a frozen meal for my dinner. It saved time, but more importantly, it helped that they were portion controlled.
Hmm, what else did I do?
I weighed myself once a week and kept track of my progress in my diary. Some weeks my weight went down; sometimes it went up; and sometimes it stayed the same. I didn’t beat myself up about it but just kept plodding on and that did the trick. There was an overall downward trend, and by the time our daughter’s wedding arrived, I was 4.5 kg lighter AND that mother of the bride dress was once again a flattering fit.
It’s not a big enough weight loss that people have noticed, but it’s enough that I’m fitting into some of my clothes again.
I’m not planning on losing any more weight (though according to my BMI I probably should), but my goal is to keep doing what I’m doing now and hopefully those corona kilos won’t come back – or bring any friends with them!
Mind you it’s just a little bit more difficult now the husbear has created a ‘snack bar’ in our media room (insert rolling eyes emoji here) …