Well it’s been a while since posting my progress, for a number of reasons. I’m continuing (ish) with the Harcombe Diet, the scales are going in the right direction but have certainly slowed down. Click here to see my progress
So 2 stone by Christmas (2.5 stone in total) is out, but if I lose another 5 pounds that’ll be 1 stone by Christmas (1.5 stone total), so that’s my new goal. Which will most probably go back on within 24 hours over Christmas but hey, I need a goal for 2014, right?!
What are they?
Radical Reward Charts are charts that you buy once, and use often. They are designed with a 20 step progress route which you move up with a marker – this can be either a carrot, or a personalised mini-figure of your child. There are 6 collage designs to choose from, all of which incorporate an educational element – choose from Wacky Wildlife, Creepy Crawlies, Reedy River, Gruesome Graveyard, Grungy Garden and ‘Orrible Ocean. The charts are 30cm wide by 84 cm tall.
Three lovely mums – Beth, Katie and Emma – tested these charts, here are their thoughts:
The Reef 2: High Tide sees the return to the big screen of Pi and his friends. The loveable orange guppy is enjoying married bliss with Cordelia and Junior, their son, and holds an important position in the underwater community since defeating Troy, the shark bully. Life is good… until Troy returns. Having escaped from a Naval research facility where he was pumped with drugs and experimented upon, Troy and his friends arrive at the reef at low tide. They leave, vowing to return at high tide, sending Pi into a panic as he tries to gather support from his fellow reef inhabitants.
But their attention is diverted by a charismatic stranger – Ronny the dog shark - who wants to stage an underwater musical that will attract humans and thereby scare away the sharks. Pi fights against this idea and eventually decides to go it alone, before realising that it might just be better if they all work together…
First stone off!
I hit an important milestone this week – click here to see my progress.
I’ve continued with the Harcombe Diet and am now in Phase 2. It’s not as strict as Phase 1, and introduces other food groups such as dairy. As described in my previous post, the rules are:
1. Do not eat processed food
2. Do not mix fats and carbohydrates at the same meal
3. Do not eat foods which cause your cravings (something you are able to work out from having followed Phase 1)
It’s also important to try and stick to 3 meals a day, eating in between only if you are genuinely hungry (turns out I am genuinely hungry a LOT – but I’m working on it…)
Caffeine and alcohol are still discouraged, but a small red wine with a meal now and then is allowed. I tried doing this, truly I tried, but a small glass became almost a bottle. Again, I’m working on it… Maybe abstinence is the key? Blimey, I just shuddered at that thought. Let’s not be so hasty.
It’s literally been an up-and-down few weeks but the overall result is one I’m happy with – click here to see my progress over the past 3 weeks.
We had a short break in the Forest of Dean (beautiful place, another post on that to follow…) and on our return I started Phase 1 of the Harcombe Diet.
So, there were a few words written in a little publication this week, which led to a BIG reaction! (I whispered that sentence and said it very quickly, as hubby still hasn’t forgiven me for roping him into it, and is pretending it never happened…)
I was truly overwhelmed by the response.
It’s 25th September today. Which means that Christmas is exactly 3 months away. The part of me that loves Christmas is getting excited, the (much larger) part of me that wants to be 2 stone lighter by then is saying “uh oh”.
I went for a run/wobble this evening, my first in a long time. It felt great, and by the end I had that nice exhaustion where you feel as though you’ve worked hard at your exercise but it was also enjoyable, not as bad as you’d been expecting it to be.
Then I looked at my running app and saw I’d only run 2 miles. Not only that but it had taken me 22 minutes. That’ll be why it didn’t feel as though it had taken everything out of me. I’d basically done little more than run to the top of the road. Slowly.
2 stone by Christmas? I’ll be lucky to lose 2 more pounds by then.
(Damn that pudding looks good!)