I genuinely can’t believe it’s been 4 months since I started my weight loss journey. Even more so, I can’t believe that this time round I’ve actually managed to stick at it! In this progress check I want to go over how July has been and also what my goals are going forward, now I’m only around 7lbs away from my target.
So as far as the numbers are concerned, I’ve lost 5lbs this month, which is bang on what I wanted (1lb per week). This takes my overall weight loss since the start of my weight loss journey in April up to 17lbs. My current calorie intake is still at a reasonable and sustainable level, so my plan going into August is basically to just keep doing what I’m doing!
To recap, here are the main strategies I am using to continue my healthy weight loss:
- Tracking calories daily (this isn’t a good idea for everyone, so of course only ever do this if it is healthy and sustainable for you).
- Treating my calorie target as a weekly figure rather than a daily one (some days I come under, some days I go over, I just try to make sure it balances out).
- Getting plenty of sleep (I function best off around 7-8 hours).
- Drinking lots of water (which I’ve always done anyway).
- Getting outside, de-stressing and walking (although I’ve been super busy with work recently, so admittedly haven’t been doing quite as much!)
This is basically it! Of course, it’s great to focus on nutritional value of foods and macros etc, but in the past I’ve got so caught up in this that I’ve ended up overeating. Essentially, it has sabotaged my weight loss progress.
This time round, I’m focusing on one thing and one thing alone – calorie deficit. For me, it’s been much more sustainable to only have to think about the number of calories I’m eating and expending. I do plan on refocusing on nutritional value once I’m back in the gym but for now, one thing is enough to think about, and that’s ok! Not everything has to be ‘perfect’ all the time!
On a side note, I’ve actually had a fair few people in my DMs over this period providing unsolicited advice on how I should be ‘eating more protein’ or ‘cutting down carbs’ or doing this or doing that. Don’t get me wrong, I’m more than happy for people to discuss things with me and offer suggestions, but you can really tell by the tone who is well-meaning and who just wants to say “ACTUALLY you’re doing it WRONG.”
It’s annoying because at the end of the day, I know my body. I know the way my mentality works, I know how my PCOS affects my metabolism, and I have finally found a method that works for me through years of fighting and frustration and tears. So trust me guys, whatever your ‘ideas’ are that are so much better than what I am doing, I can almost guarantee I’ve tried it before and it’s failed miserably. Committing to a simple calorie deficit and letting go of the jargon has worked a treat for me.
Anyway, with the risk of this turning into a rant, I’m so happy with my progress this month! There was a point in the middle of July where it was looking like the weight loss was going to start slowing down, but it seems to have got back on track again now.
Going into August, I’d like to just carry on with what I’m doing and see how I go. I’m 7lbs away from my original ‘target weight’ and it feels absolutely surreal as to be honest – I was convinced I would fail. I think there will be a natural point that my body settles at, so I’m not going to stress over that specific number. I may end up not quite reaching it, or I may go a little lower, I’m just going to play it by ear and see how I feel!
August is going to come with its own challenges as we already have about a million places planned to visit for Eat Out to Help Out, and I will NOT be missing out on this opportunity, that’s for sure! Life is way too short. I’m just going to have to be mindful of what I’m choosing on the menu and what I’m eating the rest of the time to try to balance things out a little bit!
In the upcoming months I’m also going to start working out some sort of plan for when I’m back at Uni, as once I’m at a weight I’m happy with, I’m excited to get back to the weights section and build some muscle!
But for now, it’s been a great July and I’m excited to see what progress August has in store!