Children are THE best motivators when it comes to dieting.
After months (years) of procrastinating I started the Cambridge weight loss plan last Wednesday.
It's been four years since the last sprog popped out and I can honestly say I've been congratulated on my happy news three times already this year...it's time to get rid of the <ahem> mummy tummy drum!
The cwp for those not of the crazy diet persuasion is a very very focussed and structured diet inwhich at the initial stage consists of three meals a day in packet form. All the 'meals' are approx 200 calories each and contain approx 33% of your recommended daily nutrients - soup, shake, smoothie, a few slightly nicer chewy bars and a couple of pasta/rice dishes - and you stop all cravings and icky symptoms by drinking a shit ton of water!
You have a one to one cwp 'mentor' who provides your weekly goody bag - mine conviniently happens to be a friend who has recently lost three and a half stone so is an absolute inspiration!
She is there for me to message whenever I feel the need for support and knowing you are answerable to somebody each week is a real motivator (that and the £50 a week price tag - I forgot to hide the receipt from the other half! Damnit!)
Five days in and I'm not feeling too shoddy - I have been very strict and not cheated at all even though I've been struggling with a migraine for two days which usually sends me straight to the larder!
The shakes, smoothies and porridge are a shock as they are very very sweet but I guess it stops cravings for sweet food so it works! I am of the old school salt in porridge and nowt else so the cwp version reminds me of sugary ready brek which brings back happy memories of childhood breakfasts!
My first weigh in is tomorrow despite only being five days in as Monday is a good day for me to meet with my lovely skinny mentor. I am dreading standing on the scales in case I don't achieve as much as I hope. Reading other people's stories is so inspirational but you get drawn it to ones who have lost the most - I only have three stone to lose so I guess a 19lb drop in my first week would be pushing it a touch!!!
The husband is trying to be supportive but is failing as he's far too nice - darling I love you just the way you are - is NOT motivational it just makes me think fuck it I just have a slab of cake followed by a g&t.
The children, however, are marvellous - running into our room this morning...throwing the duvet back and staring at my stomach they both go hands on with the tummy drumming - a quizzical look at my healthy breakfast and a look back to the ripples still flowing from the last drum strike ...
It's not working mummy - you're still wobbly!.....