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Week two of the Smart for Summer challenge and man are you lot rocking it! I was down half a pound and whilst I was a little disappointed, I nearly rolled my eyes and did the 'ONLY' but once I'd typed up this post I was totally over myself! 

This week M is for 

MEASURABLE
How will you measure your goal? Don't just rely on the number on the scales. This about what you want to achieve with each goal you set, then find a tangible way to measure it! 

Take your measurements... physically! I know I'm always going on about it but your body will change as you lose weight and you'll be smaller in size even though the scale says otherwise.. so take out your measuring tape and do your chest, waist, hips, arms and thighs.. gals do the bust too.. and write them down and every month do it all again! You will be surprised!

Take those tight jeans out from the back of the wardrobe and try to beat them on! We all have THAT pair! Then have a good long look and out loud say..  'I will lose 10 pounds in 10 weeks and these will fit me then' and hang em up where they will taunt you every day because if you put them back in the wardrobe it's out of sight out of mind! Determine an amount of weight in and an amount of time otherwise its vague city!


MOTIVATION
The key to staying motivated is setting small sub-goals that you can work towards instead of one larger one. Aim for the next 7 lbs! A silver 7!  These stages of success allow for some recognition... some satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment.. 



I've lost half a stone, I can lose another half a stone! Mentally it sets a positive mindset and once you have that you're on a roll! Find someone who inspires you and stick with them.. to stay motivated you have to surround yourself with people who are motivated or want to motivate you!


MEETINGS
For those of you who do attend a class… STAY AT IT! You've paid your money otherwise its a very expensive weighing scale. Sit down and give yourself the hour you deserve... talk to the person beside you…they're there for the very same reason.. don't pay €10 and walk out having learnt nothing!

They're not all Marjorie Dawes, I promise!!! 

For those who don't have a class.. get yourself a cheerleader! A friend, colleague, mum, dad, sister, brother, cousin, neighbour and tell them you're losing weight and you need a bit of cheering on, someone you know who will support you or you can just chat with when you're having a bad week ... and you'll be surprised at their reaction.. before you know it they'll be doing it too! 


MEASURE

Different from measurable! Portion control people ... Above is the same meal on four different size plates... see how much we eat with our eyes... and make sure you have the proportions correct... 



Half of your plate should be veggies! a quarter is carbs and the other quarter your proteins! 




A good guide is imagine a dinner plate for your greens and a side plate for the rest of your meal...


Have we all weighed out 60g of pasta and rice? no.. well prepare yourselves! You'll probably have a heart attack when you see how small the portions really are! Here's 60gs of brown rice and brown pasta dried and cooked! I've been known this amount of pasta whilst cooking dinner!! The teaspoon is to give you an idea of scale… and this is a normal size cereal bowl... 


wholemeal, dried, 1 medium portion 150g = 6 pp

wholemeal, cooked, 1 medium portion 150g = 6 pp

brown, dried, 1 medium portion 60g - 6 pp

brown, boiled, 1 medium portion 150g - 6 pp


Its easy to get heavy handed with the packets and guesstimate and even with cereals, a little extra can be that 1 PP that's holding you back and keeping you from losing! So grab the scales... get some cheapy freezer bags from Lidl or Aldi and portion out your rice and pasta.. you'll get used to seeing what it looks like and feeling how much it weighs.. its a really good exercise! I leave one of each sealed in my cupboard for when I get a little generous with myself!

MISTAKES


Yep... no one is perfect... paws up.. we've all messed up! We all slip up because we're human! Point things wrong, hit the chipper after a cocktail or three.. hoover the last biccie and pretend it never happened.. the trick is to remember, there are 21 meals a week.. just because you screw up one.. doesn't mean you should give up!    

As over heard by Mr. Q this week - 
“Oh, I’ve already ruined my good eating today. I’ll just eat crap” is like saying “Oh, I dropped my phone on the floor. I’ll just smash it till it breaks.”

SKINNY TANGENT - 

Many of you will know him from the challenges, he's my only male followers not to weigh in in secret.. but Mr. Q this week got his 75lb certificate!!! so standing ovation please!!! He's a true inspiration! AND doesn't he look AMAZING!!!! hubba hubba!




MUSCLES
To maintain your muscles, you've got to do some strength training exercises 2 or three times a week... now there's no gym required.. these kind of exercises can be done with two tins of beans and a kitchen chair! I'll be putting up a full post on them during the week! But the basic 7 are... 

Squats
One-are rows
Push Ups
Shoulder press
Biceps curls
Kick backs 
and the dreaded Plank!

Standing at the kettle... during the ads of your favourite TV show.. you CAN fit them in..
Mmmmmore on these later this week! 

MORNINGS




I'm always banging on about it but for years I didn't eat breakfast.. I just drank coffee till midday and was then starving and ate scones and other bold things thinking I wasn't doing any harm at all! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day... you're sick of hearing it but its true! Its breaking your fast... clue's in the name people! 




It gets your metabolism going and even if its only a piece of fruit, try to have SOMETHING! A smoothie is a good option too! WW are bringing out some new Breakfast Biccies which I'll be reviewing soon.. but there's lots of options.. a little fruit salad.. some wholemeal toast and nutella... hit up the breakfast page on here and try to have something!! Its a good habit to have and all successful slimmers swear by it! 


MEMORIES



Lastly... memories.. some good.. some bad.. so what was it? or WHO was it? What made you step through the door.. and queue up behind a bunch of people all with the same goal of losing weight.. what was that push? Auntie Mary telling you 'sure you're lovely.. such a pretty face' … shame about the rest of you kinda glance! Those photos on facebook that you have NO control over! That skinny sibling who can hoover cream cakes and still be skinny... groan.. 

When you're about to give up.. REMEMBER... why did I start this... all those too tight clothes that don't fit .. the comments .. the looks.. that feeling of dread when you know the beach is coming and there's not enough sand to hide in! Don't let those emotions get you down.. channel them into positive feelings about your journey and how far you've come and how great you feel! 

All about 'M' this week... so stay tuned.. 

The weigh in post goes up every Friday morning so if you could post your losses here that would help... I think I've caught everyones but I don't want you to think I didn't add you for any other reason other than I missed it .. Weigh ins below.. the usual rules apply if I missed you ... please shout! I'm especially blonde today for some reason! 

Doll x



49 comments

  1. There is a WW God! Im down 4lbs. Don't ask me how! Surprisingly i am even more motivated to stop the binge this weekend! Brilliant post doll!

    Cavangal

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  2. Im down 1...could be worse! gillie c

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    1. step in the right direction! good stuff! x

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  3. I'm down 0.5 lb, thought it would have been more as was good this week but maybe it will show next week instead!!

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    1. a loss is a loss... and I'm like that.. work hard all week and then the following week it shows! x

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    1. Amazing! well done.. Skinny Minnies for summer! x

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  5. Hiya - I am down 2lbs I hope to be down another 1lb next week. Loving the posts!

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  6. STS this week doll not to impressed with that but really struggling to get these last few pounds still 4 to go to goal

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    1. don't be disheartened.. those last pounds are always the hardest! You've done so well... and perhaps you've gained muscle so you're toning rather than losing.. its only a number so don't be too hard on yourself.. x

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  7. hey, great post! you have me on twice btw, I confused you by tweeting you. Claire (D)

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    1. well spotted .. have you all sorted now! x

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  8. I'm down 1 pound!come on silver seven.
    Katie

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  9. STS this week. Am getting very disillusioned. Trying hard to get back on track.

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    1. just take it one meal at a time.. and remember WHY you're doing it.. deep breathes and just start afresh... its only a number.. but think of how you're feeling.. you don't want to be in the same place in 6 months time.. you can do this.. x email me if I can help...

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  10. Hi Doll, loving all the posts :-) Down 1.5 this week.
    Jojo
    x

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  11. Im down 4 lbs this week! Delighted with that result!

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    1. fantastic result! you should be delighted! well done! x

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  12. Hey Doll would it be possible, if i could join your challenge as ive been M.I.A lately??/

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    1. Absolutely! have added you and just blanked the previous weigh ins! glad you're back! x

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  13. Hi Doll, can you put me on the list? Joined back ww last thursday - wud love to be involved in this for a lil extra motivation xx

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    1. Hey missy! Absolutely! welcome aboard! x

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  14. Hey Doll, Good News for me this week. Down 2lbs on the scales, 4lbs in fat and up 2lb in muscle.. So I was delighted.
    Aiming for 2/3lbs next aweek again :)

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    1. Thats great!!! well done.. see it will balance out over time... you need the muscle to burn the fat.. delighted for you! x

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  15. Hello! I STS this week, but I'm not too upset by that as the hen night kind of ruined my weekend! It's so hard to say no to people sometimes! Or more hard to get them to accept "No I don't need another drink thanks!"

    Oh well, lets hope I can lose 2lbs this week and be back on track for my silver 7!

    Debbie x

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    1. It didn't ruin your weekend.. as long as you had a ball its ALL good... lifes to be lived! and you're back at it now.. I"m off to NY next week to meet a long lost friend I'm DREADING the tracking!!! You're focussed and to be honest after a hen night and STS.. I'm kinda jealous!! You're clearly making all the right decisions! x

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  16. Hi I gained back 1lb not happy about it but time to put it behind me and move on. Laura x

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    1. Exactly.. in the past.. tracker out and focus... its only a number! x

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  17. Down 1.5 last night. Really enjoying the blog

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    1. Excellent! well done and thank you, means a lot! x

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  18. Hi this is a great blog and so helpful! I just wanted to ask about gluten and wheat free bread. I love my bread but find even wholemeal bread leaves me bloated. I have seen gluten and wheat free bread and rolls in lidl and was just wondering would these be very high in pro points????

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    1. Hi, I'll have a look for you and do up a mini post.. I'm afraid it will be a couple of weeks as I'm away on hols for a week but I'll def look into it for you! x

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  19. Hi Doll,
    Just had my Tuesday night weigh in and I'm 2lb lighter :-)
    Woohoo, so pleased.
    Kate
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  20. Down 0.5lb this evening. Not quite what I wanted but I'll take it!

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    1. Half a pound every week is 2 stone a year! Its a loss so well done! x

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  21. Hi, down 3.5lb this week happy camper here :-) Thanks Janine

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  22. Down 0.5lb last night, hoped for more but hormones may be a factor. Working on my meal planner for the week now, so hoping to nail it next week.
    Good luck to everyone for this week!
    Fireflys22

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    1. well done.. you're still down and thats what matters... feckin hormones! x

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  23. Down another 1lb x

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