Saturday, 12 May 2012

Phase 2 - Woohoo!

Hi there gorgeous tulips!  I gotta say, phase 2 is going REALLY well!!!  I'm so so relieved because over the last 3-4 months that I've been off track, I've often decided to recommit only to screw up by the end of the first day and give up.  Sound familiar?  That's exactly what we all did over and over again pre-band.  I can't pinpoint why this time is working, but I'm not going to question it!  I've been planning my food for the next day every night before bed and have been sticking to 1200-1300kcal a day, thoroughly tracked, no sneaky extras! I'm also really focussing on protein, getting at least 60g, but aiming for 80g.

One of the reasons for this strong focus on protein is because, to my horror, my hair is falling out!!  OH NO!  I have fine hair, but a lot of it, so luckily I haven't had any patches or any baldy bits (THANK GOD) but my pony tail feels a lot thinner than it used to.  I'm trying not to panic, and from what I've read up online, it should just be a cycle and will be ok, as long as I address the protein deficiency.  I'm sure I was getting hardly anywhere near enough protein during my off track months, where I was eating plenty of calories but most of it was sweets and chocolate and popcorn.

So as you can see from my ticker, I gained 5lbs from my lowest of 14st11lbs (207lbs) - on Monday when I weighed in for the start of phase 2, I was 15st2lbs (212lbs).  I'm weighing each day, can't seem to help it, and the scale is going down!!  I'm always using the lbs function instead of the stones because it measures to the nearest .2 of a lb.  So in fact I was 211.8lbs on Monday.

Exercise is going pretty well, it started slow at the beginning of the week, but I joined the gym on Monday, it's a great membership that gives you access to 4 different gyms, swimming and loads of exercise classes including a weight loss bootcamp and zumba.  It's going to take a bit of courage to start going to the classes, just coz I don't know what to expect and going on my own is scary, and what if I can't keep up!?  Do you worry about whether or not you'll be able to keep up and whether you'll embarrass yourself when you go to a new class?  But anyway, I was at the gym at 8am this morning (the time it opens) - and I am not a morning person!  But I did good!  Just got to keep going, harness this motivation and remind myself constantly of why I'm doing this.  I've spent too many months not losing weight and I'm so up for phase 2 to carry on! x


  1. Have you tried Berocca? It's got a lot of the protein based vitamins you need for healthy hair and nail. I was really skeptical but I tried it when my other hair, skin and nail vitamin capsules weren't going to go down. It's definitely working.

  2. I take BIOTIN for my hair and nails and I make sure I get no less than 70 grams of protein a day and my nails and are hair are great!

    Diet is all about healthy hair and nails. These reflect nutrition deficits the soonest because the cells turn over so quickly. I am glad you are losing again. Keep up the great work I know you can do this!

    ZUMBA rocks my dear you will not be sorry!!!

  3. I understand your anxiety about trying the classes. I am the same way, but one of my goals once I am cleared for exercise is to face that fear and get my sweat on :o)
    Go get your sweat on Mari!