Why is Weight Loss so Slow…

I was driving along today thinking about how slow my weight loss was going! Then I thought to myself I put this weight on ‘one chip at a time’ this wasn’t done overnight!  It took a lot of bad food choices to get to where I was, so why then do I think it will be a fast road back.  I need to remember those binge times and be so ‘happy and grateful’ for ME!  I am making the change and yes, its slow but as they say “Rome wasn’t built in a day”!  Onwards and downwards!

I have to be patient, my weight was born of the food choices I made and the amount I ate.  I am retraining myself, learning to eat healthier and make better choices, more organisation and food prep!  It’s a long way from where I was at before, as I said ‘one chip at a time’ !

Every day I need to think before actioning! I notice the effect of some foods like bread for instance, it upsets my tummy, go figure, I love bread and would eat it most days, I never realised it was the reason for my bloated stomach! Wow having a ‘good ole sanga’ can ruin my whole day!

I am learning each day what is good for me and making much better decisions. I still have cheat’ days if I want – my choice, but I find it’s much nicer to do ‘fakeaways‘ from the Weight Watchers App, homemade pizza; fish and chips, coleslaw or a healthy stir fry – all great alternatives and easy on the budget.  Hubby is even happy to eat my fakeaways!

So onwards and downwards – that’s my motto – taking time to learn and listen to my body, change my options, make great choices, be determined and remember this happened one chip at a time, my journey backwards will happen, one better decision at a time too 🙂 and I am losing weight, it’s fantastic – 13 kilos down now – still a long way to go but I am 13 kg smaller than when I started this journey!

I find reading and listening to ‘success stories’ helps with motivation and keeping me on track.  I love seeing the changes and reading the journey, there is always something in those stories which ring true with me as well.

My WW app has the Connect Community, which I have spoken about before, some great people, motivating stories, funny moments and just good old support and encouragement from people who know!  They get it and are there too!

Check some of those stories out right here…..http://www.weightwatchers.com/us/success-story

I reckon the next step in my Weight Watchers journey will be to check out – and try the Weight Watchers Aussie Farmers Direct – Fresh Box!  Shop FAIR. Eat FRESH. Made EASY.
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I’ll update you on how I go when I finally get around to making my first order, should be sooner than later though with that offer!







Update!  I am struggling!!

I am stuck – Struggling!  Stuck, going round and round, dropping and then adding weight and guess what?  It’s far quicker adding than it is dropping ….who would have thought!

It’s not the program I am on, cause I have proven I can lose weight using it!  Its me, why? That’s the question I ask myself daily, why?  Why can’t you stick to what you started? Why do you think you can eat shite and still lose weight?  Why are you not cooking good wholesome meals anymore? Why?

I can’t answer any of them, self-destruction?  Not sure, I love the program – Weight Watchers on-line…I have been successful so far with a 12 kg loss!  What more could I want?

Okay, I have had my little rant and I need to get this stuff sorted, pre-planning meals and eating for the right reasons!  I can do this……I am successful, I am 12 kg lighter than I was when I started it, I have more energy and hey, clothes are starting to look better on me too.  I just need to dig in and stay focussed on what I want to achieve.  A healthier and happier me, that’s all 🙂

You know, I have researched a little on why we do this to ourselves, when we find a program that’s working, we self destruct!

So, there is so much information out there on this exact question, one of the best I came across was How to Stop Self Sabotaging what resonated with me in reading the first page was the following statement!

“The solution?  First, you must take a long-term view of the weight loss process.  Patience and persistence are key.  Look at this as a cross-country road trip.  It’s not a mad dash to the next rest stop so you can turn around again.  Some days on the road trip are going to be beautiful and bright; some days will be overcast.  That’s life.”

I also believe I havent taken the time to celebrate &/or congratulate myself on my journey so far, 12 kg is amazing!  Simple as that! I have done an amazing job…..why is that so hard for me to understand…..no reason, it just is and the more I remind myself of this achievement the more I realise how awesome this is!  I need to stop seeing it as a struggle but more a challenge I am more than ready and willing to combat…!

I know I can do this and in saying that, I understand its an ongoing process, it will take time, it is a true change to my lifestyle and, I can take moments within this journey to go off course, to not follow the daily plan and guess what?  I will still be okay as long as I get back on track….that’s all, stay true to the journey I started!  The reason’s I started have not changed – but I am human and I will fall on and off the wagon, as such, every now and again, it’s okay!

So if you, like me are in the process of losing weight and struggling! Be kind, congratulate yourself and remember – this is a marathon, not a sprint…..good luck and I will keep you update on my struggles, but I would  love to hear your stories and how you stay focussed and on track or how you celebrate your successes? Let me know and we can struggle or celebrate together 🙂



Don’t we all wish it was this easy….keep up the great work if you too are struggling with your weight loss – remember why you started and if you need anymore inspiration, see below!……:)


Weight Watchers Updates Finally…!

I am not going to bore you with the details of my ongoing battles with my weight, only to say I am a Weight Watchers (WW) gal and I love my mobile phone app and tracking my foods and smart points daily!

Religiously updating the app daily, haven’t missed a day since January 1 2017 when I finally signed up!!  I have lost 12 kilos, which is great, I feel much healthier, I am comfortable and my confidence is increasing every day…!

This is a lifestyle change and I am loving it……! I love the WW Connect Community and I will update this post regularly with my progress and my Connect updates.

I love the WW recipes on the app too – see the home page for a couple of the recent recipes I tried…….yummo!! 🙂


Updates so far, hope you enjoy them?

If you haven’t checked out the Weight Watchers program, see LINK here! You too could find it works for you and the encouragement, kind wishes and awesome motivational stories you read and see will I am sure inspire you too…:)

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Losing Weight Episode #4……Nope changing allegiance to Weight Watchers and staying Motivated!

 Losing Weight Episode #4……Nope changing allegiance to Weight Watchers! I am still motivated and will do this!

So, as you may have gathered not a lot has changed from Episode #3, don’t worry I remain motivated though! I have continued to eat healthily and remain off sugar and kept reducing carbohydrates as much as possible but any change to my weight and measurements is not happening.  In Episode # 2 I reported on a drop in kilos and Episode # 3 included changes to measurements in the positive as well but since then I believe if anything I have put it back on!  This is a very stubborn body with a slow and sluggish metabolism to suit!

So, in consultation with youngest daughter I have agreed to join Weight Watchers which will give me a broader range of foods to pick from, great recipes and the support (online) to help me, before I stomp my foot, softly that is (we do live on an Island surrounded by water, no Tsunami happening here)!  I can’t throw the towel in now, even though there is not a lot of changes to the numbers, they are only that and my motivation, commitment and drive to reduce my size has not wilted nor changed – it is a happening thing even if my old body is too stubborn to realise – my willpower will outlast my body fat mass and my very lack-lustre and un motivated metabolism!! Losing Weight Episode #4 Keep Calm

After all I am a grown woman and can’t rely on youngest daughter to have all my foods & food ideas pre-prepared!  Youngest daughter has been the catalyst and she, like me knows I am motivated, and I have the commitment; any challenge and especially those types that possibly not everyone close to me believes I can maintain, is all I need as my focus and my driving force!  “What, you think it is too hard for me to lose weight?  Well just watch this space, it will happen! and well before I am carted off in my pine box to my final resting place, this is no idle threat, believe me”!



Now before I sign off on my initial weight loss plan and start my new one, which I will continue to document, both the ups and the downs! I will leave you with some interesting information……..a cheat meal or snack is said to be a good thing when dieting, this has been proven by research; it is healthy in keeping you motivated in the fight to lose weight and can result in faster weight loss! Wow! who would have thought?

            Writing for theconversation.com Sydney University research fellow Nick Fuller said ‘break days’ from calorie counting could be the    best way to shed the kilos – and keep them off.

Great to read this research and even better to know you haven’t blown your ‘diet’ by taking ‘breaks or having cheats’, far better to realise it can be beneficial, as we don’t always feel good about ourselves when we ‘fall off the wagon’, so to speak!

See the full article @ http://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/healthy-living/2016/04/10/Dieting-Here-s-why-a-cheat-day-can-help-weight-loss.html

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So my continued commitment documented and noted, with me publishing regularly and keeping you posted on how I, my body mass and metabolism are ‘working out’, pardon the pun J Just like in the 60’s, man landed on the moon, so will Retro63 shed the weight, lower the body mass indicator and re-energise and motivate my metabolism!

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