After what I consider a pretty darn successful first month, I know I am now entering a difficult phase of my weight loss.
Not only has my weekly loss by (more or less) dieting alone started to level out, but I'm also coming to a particularly busy time in my degree, with exams looming very close on the horizon. That means lots of time sat sedentary in my room, and perhaps eating more than I have been.
So, I need to make some ground rules early on.
1) Keep watching what you eat. Don't let the fact that I'm constantly at home and probably quite bored lead to comfort eating!
2) Make a conscious effort to exercise. So far this week I have only worked out once, and haven't been for a run at all. There's still a few days before my Monday weigh, and I plan to do two runs and two more work-outs in that time, but now especially I need to make regular exercise part of my routine.
3) Don't let it interfere with my revision! This blog has become really quite addictive, so I have to make sure I concentrate on the exams coming up, and don't just spend all my time online!
It's not all doom and gloom though. I am down a little already this week, and as I have said, plan to do some more exercising over the weekend, so I should be able to record my fifth consecutive loss on Monday. I think I just need to start coming to terms with the fact that the long slog is beginning - I probably won't be shedding 7-8 lbs a week any more between now and my target date. I need to start appreciating the minus symbol every week, and not the number that follows it! Must keep motivated must keep motivated must keep motivated...