Okay so it’s been another couple of weeks since I posted but there’s lots been going on. I won’t bore you with all of it or you’ll maybe never read one of my posts again!
The biggest news is that as of this morning, I now weigh 10st 9lbs! So another pound loss although I did put one on last week. I had a really horrid week because of a number of things (which ended with me sobbing in the staff room on one of the days). So I did indulge a little. But not as much as I would have done previously.
And then I climbed back onto the wagon and had a good week this week so I effectively lost 2lbs this week. I’m pretty pleased with that! It’s so hard now but I must remember to celebrate those little victories. One of my biggest weaknesses is for sausages. We had sausages for tea on Tuesday (a non-fast day) and yesterday (a fast day) the left overs were there. I had one and then later on went back for another. I had it in my hand, was walking through the kitchen with it, when I made myself go back and put it back on the plate. A significant victory for me!
On Tuesday we went to Run Club and it was a timed mile session. My previous PB over a mile on track was 10:04. I wasn’t hopeful that I would get under that time as we haven’t done as much running as I’d like lately. But I pushed it, especially on the last half a lap, and did it in 9:53! 11 seconds off so not a huge breakthrough, but encouraging none-the-less.
I’ve also re-started going to circuits thanks to my good friend who wanted to go. The leader has changed and it’s a much more fun but also much more challenging workout than before. Today’s was particularly challenging – the sweat was flowing and I’m definitely going to feel it tomorrow! I still enjoy spin but I think I have to mix it up a bit more than I have been. It’s hard to get to a mix of classes when I’m working (it’s been half term this week which has helped) but I must make more of an effort. And at the same time hope that I don’t put on weight with muscle which is always a bit disheartening.
Anyway, back to my title and bread. I have known for some years that I have a sensitivity to yeast, and bread especially. About 6 years ago I stopped eating white bread because I always got a severe, stabbing pain in my sternum after eating even the smallest amount and stuck with seeded brown bread which seemed to be okay. Other bread products seemed to be okay. After a year or so I found I could eat tiger bread (a firm favourite) and other white bread again as long as I didn’t eat too much.
When I first started trying to lose weight in 2013, I found I only lost a very little and then it seemed to plateau for ages. I was trying to calorie count and then discovered that the bread I was eating each day was about 110 calories per slice! As I was aiming for 1200 calories a day, that was a huge number gone just like that. So I decided to give up bread. And the weight started coming off again.
But then after a few months, I saw bagels on special offer at Tesco and bought some. Before I knew It, I was buying bagels most weeks and often having them for lunch. I knew really that I shouldn’t be eating them, and my colleague said that she didn’t eat them because they make her feel bloated. And what do you know? The weight was creeping back on.
So when I started the 5:2 Fast Diet, I knew that I would have to give up bread. Sandwich bread and even bagels I could cope without. I thought maybe every now and then I would be able to have a little and it would be okay. But no. Perhaps I overdosed with the bagels and now I’ve really messed up my system.
The other Thursday we had a fry-up and I thought I would be okay having just one slice of fried bread, especially as it was brown. But almost immediately I felt painfully bloated. My tummy was hard and tender. This lasted all night and well into the next day. During the afternoon I ate a doughnut and the bloatedness came back. Then on Sunday I was feeling better until I took communion at church. Such a small piece of bread and woah, the pain was horrible!
Since then I’ve realised I’m also going to miss things like: pizza, sesame prawn toast, treacle tart, and worst of all – hot cross buns!!! One of my colleagues often has a toasted hot cross bun at work. The smell really gets me drooling but I know I can’t have one. Easter will be so hard!
Well that’s all from me for now. Let’s hope there will be more good news the next time I post. Take care everyone! 🙂