Having to buy smaller clothes is the best feeling

After last week's blip I've been more focused and have had far fewer cravings.  I've upped my speed fruit intake as snacks so have felt fuller for longer and less of a desire for sugary treats.

I've still had some sweet treats this week, but I've done so by remaining (just) in my syns - or going a teeny bit over.

This week I maintained.

At first I was quite happy, then I was a bit miffed, then I was ok. But no need to dwell. I've had a great week full of off-scale victories. 

I exercised some brilliant self-control on Sunday when I went to my friend's little boy's 5th birthday party.  It was crisps, pizza, sweets, chocolate, jelly and cake galore!!!  If it had been a week earlier I would have been diving headfirst into the food devouring everything.  But I didn't.  

I restrained myself to just one slice of pizza and took a cupcake home for after tea.  

On Saturday I went out with my best friend for a few drinks. I literally had nothing to wear that fit me that was suitable for going out. So I made a last minute purchase of clothing that was a size 8 to 10 *chorus of angels singing hallelujah*

I felt fantastic. People were noticing and even my best friend, who I see all the time, noticed this weekend my weight loss. She looked at me like my trousers were split or something when I walked into her house on Sunday!

A lady at my group said tonight she'd found an old paper from early November and there was a picture of me presenting a competing prize to someone. She said the difference in me in such a short space of time was amazing.

So, I tried to find an old photo to do a comparison to make myself realise that, just because the numbers on the scales aren't saying I'm at 'target', I actually have more than surpassed my target appearance.

I can't stress too much about the numbers on the scales because our bodies naturally fluctuate. I feel fabulous how I am now. I'd be happy staying like this forever!! So whilst I am a bit 'men' about a maintain, I have to remember how good I've felt this week.

So here we go...

The picture on the left was in September, whilst the picture on the right was Saturday night. 

I'm still just 5lbs away from my target weight on the scales and I'd still love to get there before Easter. This week I'm going to work at increasing my speeds in my meals and making better choices when it comes to my snacks. 

That's my plan for this week. It'll be a bit challenging with a couple of meals out its two meals out of 21 - I can do this. 

And even if I maintain again, I'm still 2st 2.5lbs lighter than I was when I walked into that room in 11 November last year. 

Week 16 food diary

Day One:

Breakfast: Fresh strawberries and raspberries with a raspberry and cranberry Muller light
Dinner: Egg and beans on wholemeal toast (HEB)
Snack: Apple and pear
Tea: SW speedy chicken jambalaya with spinach and lettuce
Snack: Caramel iced ring Krispy Kreme (15.5 syns)
Syns for the day: 15.5

Day Two:

Breakfast: Fresh strawberries and raspberries with a raspberry and cranberry Muller light
Dinner: Leftover jambalaya with lettuce and spinach
Snack: A bag of Quavers (4.5 syns)
Snack: Melon
Syns for the day: 4.5

Day Three:

Breakfast: Strawberries and a strawberry Muller light
Snack: Raspberries
Dinner: Bacon and egg sandwich on wholemeal bread (HEB)
Tea: Chicken tikka skewers with salad and plain rice.
Drink: Three vodka diet cokes (3 syns per 25ml vodka)
Syns for the day: 9

Day Four:

Breakfast: Bacon and egg sandwich on wholemeal bread (HEB)
Snack: Strawberries
Dinner: A slice of pepperoni pizza (8 syns)
Snack: Melon, strawberries and blueberries
Tea: Chilli salmon, salad and plain rice.
Snack: Vanilla cupcake (15 syns)
Syns for the day: 23

Day Five:

Breakfast: Melon
Snack: Apple and pear
Dinner: Tikka chicken with salad
Snack: Apple and pear
Tea: SW five spice chicken (1/2 syn) with stir fry veg
Snack: 35g bar of Dairy Milk (9.5 syns)
Snack: Two rocky road hi-fi lights (HEB) with a vanilla Muller light
Syns for the day: 10

Day Six:

Breakfast: Fresh fruit salad
Dinner: Tikka chicken with vegetable cous cous
Snack: Apple and pear
Snack: Caramel shortbread (18 syns)
Tea: SW spiced pork chops with cauliflower rice and broccoli
Snack: Two rocky road hi-fi lights (HEB)
Syns for the day: 18

Day Seven:

Breakfast: Poached eggs and spinach on wholemeal toast (HEB)
Snack: Apple and pear
Dinner: Baked beans, turkey breast and peppers
Snack: Strawberries
Snack: Walkers French fries (4.5 syns)
*Had tea after I was weighed*
Syns for the day: 4.5

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