Well, it’s officially been 140 days since I started my calorie deficit. Starting on January 14th 2021, I went into this thinking I would more than likely give up after a month or two, but here we are almost 5 months later, still going with the same burning desire to lose the weight I’ve put on over the years.
When writing this post, I can happily report that through restricting my calorie intake, I have managed to lose an amazing 19.8 lbs, which is almost 1 and a half stone for my fellow Brits.
I always said going into this, the bare minimum I want to lose each week is 1 lb, and now, 20 weeks later, I can look back and say I achieved that goal.
But If I could go back in time to the version of myself who is just starting to embark on this journey, here’s a few things I would love to say.
1) Its okay to have cheat days.
I never wanted to restrict the types of food I ate, simply just the portion sizes I was eating and therefore lowering the calorie intake, I have to admit I’ve had my fair share of takeaways during this journey, and the one thing I would love to tell myself in the past would be, that its okay to have cheat days, you don’t have to feel guilty about going over your daily allowance or even going under your allowance. Weight loss is not linear, and the funny thing is, I always put on more weight during the weeks I hadn’t had any ‘treat meals’.
2) Your weight will fluctuate…a lot.
I guess I always thought that being in a deficit would mean I would constantly be losing weight. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Yes, I’ve had some amazing losses, but I’ve also had weeks where I have gained weight—1lbs here another 2lbs there. But the important thing to remember is that this journey will take just as much time as it took to put on the weight in the first place. I didn’t become overweight overnight, so it’s silly to expect a constant decline in my weight.
3) Take measurements, for the love of God. Just do it!
During a few of these ‘bad weeks’ where I would have out on a couple of pounds, I often felt demotivated and felt as though I was at a standstill. Countless people in my TikTok comments urged me to take measurements, and I always said I would. But never did until about a month ago. Since then, I have seen the inches dropping off even if the number on the scale is going up. Muscle weighs more than fat, water retention is real, as well as countless other reasons why the scales might not be the best thing to focus on when losing weight.
Since taking the measurements, I have become a lot more confident in my food decisions. I don’t feel guilty about a cheeky McDonalds here and there, and I’ve even invested in an exercise bike that will help me burn more calories per day and allow me to be less restrictive on my food choices.
All three of those things I have just mentioned are things I wish I knew before I started, But like anyone who undertakes such a journey, it’s hard to get out of our own heads and change our beliefs, so I’m glad I was able to learn these lessons—the long way round.