Week Seven is over – Long Live Week Eight!

A very quick update here, as today is going to be rather busy…

OK – important update first.  I’ve weighed in a day early as I’m off on holiday for a week tomorrow morning, and have lost 2lbs.  That brings me down to exactly 17st and I’m really pleased about that.  To be completely honest, I’m pretending that my scales are accurate enough to track fractions of a pound and that I actually lost 2.1lb, as that would bring me into the realm of the 16st man for the first time in many years, but in reality, that will come anyway.

I’ve had a good week – I’ve eaten well and I’ve exercised even weller.  I think I’m probably right in saying that I’ve exercised more this week than I ever have in my life – four trips to the gym and a total of 220 lengths swum, so I’m not surprised that I’ve lost weight.  I can also see changes in the appearance of my belly as the weeks go by, and that’s a really encouraging sign.  It feels very strange and different too, and I keep feeling my stomach and getting used to the dips and contours that it’s starting to develop.  I’m a very, very odd person at times…

The main topic of concern for me this week is the holiday.  We’re off on an all-inclusive week to Cyprus in the morning, and that will be an interesting experience food wise to say the least.  It probably won’t be possible or practical to track my eating to the same level of detail that I’ve been doing recently, so it will be an interesting test for me to see how well I manage without that safety net.

I’m not going to let it ruin my holiday though – I intend to do some serious relaxing, and some extreme-reading by the pool.  I’m hoping to be able to get some proper swimming in while I’m there too, but that will depend on how busy it all is I guess.

Anyway, that will do for now.

Actually – one strange experience from yesterday to tell you about very quickly.  We had a Chinese takeaway last night, and I had a chicken ball.  This in itself isn’t that striking news – it’s happened before, and I’m sure that it will happen again.  What is striking news is the fact that I didn’t enjoy it!  It may have just been a particularly bland chicken ball, but I have a sneaking feeling that it wasn’t, and that instead, my taste buds are responding to all the decent, fresh and healthy foods that I’m eating, and I’m starting to be able to identify fat-filled crap for what it really is.  More on this story as it develops.

That’s all for me right now.

The Shrinking Man

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