Thursday, 19 April 2007
Day 98 -3 Last weigh in of Foundation!
We had a really lovely last class. I've lost 4lbs taking me to 5 stone 5lbs in total during the Foundation section. Everyone looks great - so much brighter and slimmer than they did 14 weeks ago and our mental attitudes have undergone a sea change too.
We did an exercise on our first night where we had to describe ourselves in terms of a colour, a vehicle, a shoe, a bird/animal or fish and a famous person. Now I've never been really down on myself so my choices weren't too negative - red; a volvo; a trendy trainer; a labrador and Edwina Currie (!) ('cos she's bright, challenging, cerebral and, underneath it all, a bit of a girl, in case you're wondering!).
We repeated the exercise again this evening and my choices were: red (some things don't change, always was red and always will be!); a BMW 4-door convertible (not quite a Ferrari but heading in the right direction); wedge heeled strappy sandals (once again, not quite shag-me shoes but heading for them!); a leopard - sleek, strong and a bit of a huntress (not as skinny as a Cheetah yet though); and Sophia Loren (I know I'm not an international sex symbol - don't get me wrong, my ego is well-developed but I'm not deranged!). She's dramatic, voluptuous, natural, enjoys her food, loves her family, hasn't bowed down to fashion, a real woman. A real role model for me - what I would like to be.
What was striking was how upbeat we all were even though most of us are continuing for at least another few weeks if not months. Most peoples' choices had changed far more dramatically than mine - from battered old transit vans to Mercedes Kompressors; slippers to stilettos; elephants to kittens; black to yellow; grey to pink; Dawn French to Shirley Bassey; Miriam Margoles to Sharon Stone. The transformations in our moods and our opinions of ourselves were nothing short of amazing.
One woman told us how she had been standing up for herself at work for the first time ever - and she is heading for 60. Another has changed her job and looks like a different woman. Another got into a size 14 bright pink bridesmaid dress in a proper society wedding down in London and looked stunning next to the model-like bride and other bridesmaid. Great stories.
Anyway, I think this week has been quite exciting even though I'm just continuing with the 4 foodpacks in Development - I'm sure next week will be back to the norm but I'm not depressed about that. It's a really positive journey where I'm not just focussed on the finish line but am enjoying at the scenery on the way as well.
Anyway, I'm getting so much attention at work I feel like a celebrity or something - I've had 7 or 8 people stopping me and commenting on my weight today alone. People are making jokes about it - how I have to go shopping at lunchtime 'cos my trousers don't fit by then - or someone was showing another woman a top she'd bought for her toddler and a passing bloke asked if she'd bought it for Lesley! I even got a very non-PC wolf whistle from the Exec Director in town today!! Gave me a bit of a lift...
It's probably because I've bought a few new clothes so they always make you look slimmer but it really keeps you going.
Anyway -I've been doing well on the no nibbling and the drinking plenty of water so everything is positive tonight. I have a busy weekend coming up so shall float off to bed now. I really hope you all have this euphoria ahead of you (although I know you're feeling the good stuff already in many cases). Keep on doing the hard work and you'll enjoy the rewards - it is soooo worth it!
Night night all and thanks for the great messages.