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Last Christmas, I gave you my ... WEEK 1!

And we're off!!! Week 1! How did we all do? 

This first post is a bit of a personal rant ... it's all about how weight loss is between the ears and not always your gob! It's about inspiration... Everyone losing weight lacks motivation along the way... I can't count how many times have I posted my mojo was 'missing / AWOL / Hi-jacked' ... and within minutes people give me the push I need and the kick in the pants I deserved! Surrounding yourself with inspirational people is a must when you're working hard at something that's not easy... 





Last weekend I was privileged enough to be a finalist in the Irish Blog Awards and it was amazing! But the journey to get to the event wasn't! You see, I had a ticket for the Leinster V Munster game in AVIVA... my nearest and dearest know how much I love my rugby but I handed over my ticket to a friend because there will be many games this season and how often do you get to be finalist right?!?! RIGHT!?! This is my first time in all the years of blogging... I regularly judge the blog awards, so I know what's involved and whilst I'll never win because my blog doesn't fit certain criteria, I'm not changing the way I do things round here, but I was SO thrilled to get to the final stage! Long time shortlister first time finalist... only chuffed I was! 





But Saturday afternoon there were tears, proper tears, and even a little tantrum... I was going alone, I didn't know anyone else ... in my head, people would just look at me and think 'Really?!?! SHE blogs about weight loss!!! The size of her!!!' The bad voices were running amok between my ears and rather that just power through, I dissolved, by 5pm I was standing, yes standing, on my bed wondering where my 'bestest' black dress was under the pile of 'I have NOTHING to wear' clothes... Of course, I needed to find the first dress I tried on and could wear with two pairs of spanx so I might look half decent... The plan was if I left home by 6:30pm I could be in Clane for 7pm-ish... and if everyone was already gone into dinner, I could turn around, hit McDs for a McFlurry and head home to follow the awards on twitter and watch the game on TG4! I KNOW... I KNOW!!! and because I pride myself on honesty in here... I googled how many ProPoints in a McFlurry and it brought me to my own blog! See what I mean! OH it's not lost on me AT ALL! 


However after getting sidetracked in Sallins (which, FYI, is right beside feckin Clane, if anyone ever needs THAT information!) I got there, decided to go to reception and follow through with my 'Run Away' plan... before I even got to reception someone stopped me on the way up the stairs and asked me if I was 'The Skinny Doll!' ... my inner voice was screaming 'WTF!?!' ... Blushing I said 'yes' and stared at my shoes (not the good heels cause I was doing a runner right, they were in the car... I had my cheapy flats on for driving! In fact I was nearly in my tatty Converse!) ... She said she knew me from my instagram pics and followed me on twitter and spotted my Paul Hollywood tweet! (cue more staring at shoes...) we then both walked to the check in desk and she mingled with some others...  I stood waiting for my name badge (which FYI wasn't in the plan!), which I then boldly put in my pocket to avoid any inquisition... before I knew it, 2 more had spotted who I was... BUSTED by three people who write blogs that I LOVE... next thing I knew I was sitting at a table chatting with some fabulous bloggers like the mountain of clothes and the tears never happened... and it was a great night... to be sitting in a room full of talented people who decided one day to write their thoughts, dreams, journeys, recipes, health tips, beauty tips, political rants and raves, as a hobby and have such a passion for it, was just brilliant! All winners in my book! 



Many people do not realise my self esteem is still on the floor... I break out in a sweat when asked how much weight I've lost... yes, I'm very proud of all my hard work, but I'm not at the stage where I can stand up put my hands on my hips and shout 'hell yeah!'... so I mumble it through a smile ... my leader knows about my blog but I'm in total denial and stare at my shoes when she mentions it in class... (usually my converse cause I've weighed my winter boots... 3 lbs people, THREE pounds!!! but that's for another post!)... slowly but surely I'm getting better... slowly but surely I'm realising what I've been missing out on... and I am incredibly proud of this little hobby of mine and, hand on heart, never in a million years did I think it would grow into something so wonderful and bring me in contact with so many talented and inspirational people and the many readers who keep me on track... But as I'm all about honesty, you get the good with the bad... you get the 'feck off I'm having a bun!' posts to the 'Look at me, I'm so on track it's ridiculous!' posts ... because I'm just a normal gal trying to lose it like the rest of you... 



SO... every week, for this Christmas challenge, there will be a guest post from someone who inspires me! Someone who has struggled, cried with anger and joy over a silver seven, some who are at goal, some who do weight watchers, some who do slimming world, some who are just awesome and just seeing their instagram feed in the morning stops me buying a scone on the way to work... People I can relate to, who struggle like me... but who never give up... and because they never give up... I won't! 

These are all people who make me realise I'm not the only one in the weigh loss boat and it's not the Titanic... Losing weight isn't easy, especially when the journey is long, I'm over half way through mine but if someone had told me I'd be 4lbs away from losing 8 stone, I'd have laughed hysterically at them and asked them what drugs they were on! But here I am, 4 lbs away... and whilst I still have a way to go, every pound is a step closer and every day someone or something keeps me on track, my leader in weight watchers who is AMAZING, sends us off into the world every Thursday with a pep in our step... Someone posting their loss on Facebook/Twitter or getting to goal... a recipe from the Sunday Cook Off that makes me drool and I know I can make ProPoint friendly... and more often than not, one of the guest posters, will have written a blog post that just hits a nerve that makes me go 'FOR GAWDS SAKE DOLL... JUST GET ON WITH IT!'


Just think of Last Christmas... 

If you need any inspiration just look at where you were 'Last Christmas' (geddit!?) and think of how you felt and how miserable you were, when you were SO annoyed with yourself for NOT doing it sooner and using every excuse in the book to NOT do it and then lost the plot only to face a tougher journey in January... We've all been there... I know the excuses better than anyone, don't let this be another year when you say 'next year I'll be happier!'  You could be 10 lbs lighter this year if you pull your socks up! 1 lb a week is doable for everyone! 

AND over 40 people taking part!!! How cool is that!?! YAY! A few weigh ins have come at me already ... 

If I missed you, let me know, there's an ANON who needs a name if you could comment again with a handle, I'll add you in! 

Right!!! Lets be having you!





One to download and stick on your fridge if you're doing it at home 





77 comments

  1. Oh is it too late to have my name added in. Totally forgot to comment last week :( Was up 2lbs this week, not the best start but I'll make it back

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    1. No! Will add you! Many congrats on your marathon!!! *shakes pom poms* x

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  2. Down 1! Three to go for my three stone. Oh and you looked amazing last weekend. I was sitting at the table behind you. My husband's blog was a finalist too.

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    1. NO WAY! You should have said!! What is his blog?! x Well done! 3 more! yay!

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    2. Oh didn't want to bother you. You're table seemed to have a great laugh. His blog is www.huntforageharvest.com.

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    3. Oh brilliant! It was a laugh and we were all driving so sober as judges! Next year we must plan properly so we all get to meet up! even if we don't get nominated! Any excuse for a night out! lol

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  3. Down 1 :) love your blog its inspired me so much that I started my own <3 x

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    1. Fantastic! I've popped over and had a look... great start! Well done on the pound too! x

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    2. Thanks so much :) you inspired me x

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  4. hi is it too late now to be added onto the challenge?
    xx

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    1. Never top late! Updated chart above!

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    2. thank you :D i lost 0.5lb this week xx

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  5. ok here i go again lost all the weight and it found me again.. down 2pounds :)

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  6. Up half a pound but almost didnt' go so I'm proud and happy and re-motivated for this challenge!

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    1. See NEVER give up... that's where we all go wrong... half a pound is nothing! Be off next week! x

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  7. I have goosebumps after reading this post... I'm sooooo glad you were brave and went to the Awards and thrilled that you enjoyed your night...
    your a lot stronger than you think/ give yourself credit for.

    Gutted i'm starting the challenge with a gain this week.. +1.5, I WILL have better news to report next week

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    1. I need someone to regularly give me a kick up the bum I swear! Line drawn.. a loss next week and I KNOW you can do it! xxx

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  8. Hi Doll
    Am down 1.5lb this week!!! Even after I was away the weekend so am delighted with that!!

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    1. Excellent... clearly making good choices and having fun! well done! x

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  9. Hi Doll,
    Can you add me to the challenge please? I know I'm a week late but just on my way back from hols with great intentions!
    Thanks M

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  10. No loss no gain but tried hard! Skinny doll can i go under 26 propoints plus daily?

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    1. Staying the same is fine! No you can't go under 26 or your body will think its going into starvation mode and will hang onto fat and may be that's what happened... keep drinking water too... will help flush out your system.. are you eating your weeklies?

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  11. STS this morning - don't know how but I'll take it! Love the blog very relatable! ❤️ the blog doll!

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    1. STS is just as hard as losing it.. ask anyone on maintenance! x

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  12. I'm down 1... chuffed with that as I was away in Manchester for the weekend and stopping in a hotel and eating out!
    I'm not on your spreadsheet, but I was sure I commented last week?
    thank you x

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    1. Apologies I missed a chunk in the middle in all the excitement and maybe the late night! Revised chart up and well done! Down 1! Shopping is cardio FYI! x

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  13. Totally forgot to comment, what day are we commenting? I was down .5 :)

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    1. You're got the day right! Well done on the loss! x

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  14. I commented last week too but I'm not on it eithre. I'm up 1lb :(
    Maeve

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    1. My fault Maeve.. I was doing it when I should have been in bed and missed a few of you... revised chart above and that pound will be gone before you know it! A loss next week for sure x

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  15. Down 1.5 ! Great post too xx holly

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  16. STS this week, could have been worse!

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    1. Well done... its always good to see a STS on the scales when you know you prob deserve a gain! Fresh week! x

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  17. Down 2lbs this week. Great post as always :) x

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    1. You are a weight loss machine! Fantastic! well done! x

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  18. I'm down 4.5lbs this week....happy days

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    1. STAR of the week! That's fantastic! well done! any tips throw em our way! x

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  19. Caroline O'SullivanOctober 11, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    hey Skinny, joining up with this after seeing your post on FB, great encouragement though I have upcoming holidays and events nearly every week now till Christmas! Anyway lost 2 and 1/2 pounds this week to start.

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    1. 2.5lbs is fantastic! Just remember events are 1 meal out of the 21 we have all week... budget it out points/syns/calorie wise and you can still lose... don't let one meal set you back... well done this week! x

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  20. Hey! Glad to see some great results. I
    On the other hand I'm struggling - above my goal weight by 10lbs is annoying, been a weight watcher for 7 years- I'm on it this week though, reading through this has helped. I put on 2lbs this week but I'm determined to get it off :) good luck everyone. :)

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    1. Fresh week... fresh start... no point on dwelling on it... line drawn and a loss next week.. here if you need anything x

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  21. Great read well done :) im now a stone and a half lb over my weight watcher goal but on wednesday gone i was down 2lb delighted with myself looking forward to this christmad challenge :)

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    1. great loss! Imagine that gone every week .. even a pound a week you'd be over half way to goal by xmas... then think of next spring / summer... you got this! x

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  22. I'm down 1.5 Ibs this week.. 10 more to go!

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    1. that's brilliant! 10 more!!! woo hoo! So close! x

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  23. I don't get weighed till a Saturday so I'm a little late to join :0( but 2lb off this week! :0) xx

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    1. No probs I keep updating the chart so weigh in when you can.. if I miss it just let me know... and well done on 2 lbs! great loss! x

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  24. Hey Doll, Could you add me too? Down 6lbs this week!!! Mojo is back with a bang, now to keep it up for the next 11 weeks!! :)

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    1. Done! and well done! 6!!! geez I'll need to knuckle down this week! x

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    2. Lol - it was after 6 weeks of one step forwards, two steps back! So cleared all the crap out of the house and just said Right, No more Messing Around!!! :) Cheers Doll - looking forward to next week already :)

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  25. Oh Doll I wish I could give you an award for how many times you have inspired me to keep going ��.thank you thank you thank you xxx jellybellie ps add me too cos im on the home strech and 14 pounds to go

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    1. You're in! By Valentines day you'll be at goal!! If not before! x

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  26. Hi if it's not too late could you add me please. I'm down 3.5lbs this week. Lee

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    1. Never too late! Well done! 3.5 is awesome! x

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  27. Sorry I'm late, was down .5lb can you still add me?

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  28. Missed my last weigh in, and think I will miss tonight's too. (Sad face). Well the sad face is a small lie, because I know I'd be up, and couldn't take the leaders disapproving look! Will track the week coming, and update next wk! Ck
    Ps- thanks for the inspiration doll!

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    1. Looking forward to it! Dont' give up! Everyone faces the scales good and bad even your leader! xxx

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  29. I was down 3, taking it one day at a time :) Well done on going to the blog awards, I know the 'pile of clothes' feeling so well... I have a 'body shaper' thing (that's essentially just a really tight vest that pushes my boobs up and stomach in) and if I can't find that when I have to go somewhere I feel absolutely terrible to the point where if I hear someone laughing I think 'they're laughing at me...' - this self-esteem thing is a hard nut to crack! x

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    1. Excellent! 3!!! Exactly the right approach too! one day at a time! Fantastic! oh and I could SELL body shapers! I don't think I'll ever be happy.... just healthy will do for now! LOL x

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  30. Can I be added too please. I was down 2lbs this week, after gaining 4.5 in a weeks holiday. Definitely easier to find it than lose it!

    Great post and congrats

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    1. Added on the latest post... well done! 2 is fabulous! x

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  31. Really love your blog. Can you add me to this please. I lost 4.5 pounds last week when I weighed in on the 9/10/214. Thanks :)

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    1. Added in the latest post! Well done! x great loss!

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  32. I was down 11/2 lb this morning at my weigh in. Happy with that loss.

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  33. Love your blog! Im the same, im always nervous at events thinking that people would be disappointed when they meet me in real life. I always come out with the strangest things too due to nerves as well, fml!

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    1. oh thank gawd! I thought it was just me... I actually stand back and think .. did I really just say that?!! I'm not that crazy am i?!?! LOL I think events just freak me out in general! xxx

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  34. Anne Marie Mc AuliffeOctober 16, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Hi Skinny Doll,
    Ive had a bad couple of weeks and I completely fell off the weight loss wagon. That's why I didn't email a "12 week to Christmas challenge" weight, I didn't go to weight watchers.... I went this week however and I was up 3.5lbs. so you can add that beside my name. I promise I will be back next week with a bang though so watch this space! xx

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  35. Hi. Thought I'd commented last week. Any chance I could be on it too please? I lost 1lb last week

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