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If you read last week’s post, you’ll know that I lost a pretty amazing 8lb on my first week on the Cambridge Weight Plan. I was feeling pretty optimistic about week 2!
I’ve mentioned before that this isn’t the first time I’ve used the Cambridge Weight Plan. For those of you who haven’t read my Weigh in Wednesday posts, and for those who want to know more, here’s my Cambridge Weight Plan story.
I lost 3st in 2012, on the Cambridge Weight Plan. It took me 12 weeks, so I lost about a stone a month, which is amazing by anyone’s standards.
I still had weight to lose
But I wanted to lose 3st because I was getting married and I had to keep it off, so that my BMI was low enough to be referred for IVF. At the time, I didn’t feel like my head was in the right place to keep losing weight with CWP. Plus, I wanted to be eating a “normal” diet when we went for IVF. But the 3st I lost was easy to maintain, because I made sure I didn’t go back to my old way of eating.
That’s the trick, by the way. Everyone talks about how diets like the Cambridge Weight Plan aren’t good for you, because you just put all the weight back on when you start eating food again. But I’ll let you in on a secret – that isn’t true!
Regardless of what diet you do, if you go back to eating the way you used to, you will regain the weight. Because, that’s why you were overweight in the first place. I talked about this in my post about VLCDs. If you gain weight back after you’ve lost it… that’s not the diet’s fault. It’s yours. I know that sounds harsh. But it’s also true.
I’ve been there.
When I was 18, I lost 1.5st with Weight Watchers. That took me three months too, coincidentally. I got to goal at the beginning of October 2003. I was back where I started by December. That wasn’t Weight Watchers’ fault. That was my fault. I went back to the diet I was eating that made me put on the 1.5st in the first place. In fact, I celebrated getting to goal with a pizza. A large stuffed crust pizza. With all the meaty toppings. And extra cheese.
It was my fault I gained that weight back. But it works both ways – keeping the weight off in 2012 was my “fault” too. Yay, me!
I know, I know… clearly, I eventually gained the weight back. Or I wouldn’t be back on plan now, with even more weight to lose. But I think my excuse is a pretty good one – I got pregnant. With twins. I was still careful – I only gained 2st while I was pregnant. When I went back to eating whatever I fancied after they were born, that’s when I piled the weight on. Breastfeeding twins is hungry business.
The Cambridge Weight Plan is a lifestyle change
Yep. It’s a fairly extreme way to lose weight. Giving up conventional food is hard. I’m not going to tell you it isn’t. But very little worth doing is easy. This initial bit – Step 1 – is only the tip of the Cambridge Weight Plan iceburg. You don’t just lost the weight on Step 1 and then get thrown back into your old way of eating. There are other steps that help you reintroduce the right foods slowly, until you’re eating a healthy diet for maintenance. And one to one support all the way.
I will never be able to go back to eating the way I did before. That’s what got me to this point in the first place. But I won’t be living on shakes and bars for the rest of my life either. There is a middle ground. My Cambridge Weight Plan Consultant will help me find it.
I am going to change my life
I’m bored of being the fat friend. The fat mum. The fat wife (not that Mr Becca would ever even dream of calling me that!). I’m bored of not liking any of my clothes and getting out of breath walking up the stairs. So I’m going to stick with CWP and I am going to lose this weight and I am going to keep it off. I did it before. I can do it again. And I won’t be getting pregnant again, so there’s nothing that can stop me!
I don’t expect to get there without a few bumps in the road. But I’m going to do my best. Week 2 has been pretty uneventful. Food-wise, at least. I’ve been making some fairly big decisions about what I want to do next with my life, but I’ll save those to share with you another time. Aside from one day, where I just really fancied food and decided to do Step 2 so that I could have a small meal (chicken and veg, if you’re interested) without falling off the CWP wagon, I’ve been 100% on track again this week.
Weigh in was at 8:50am today…. And
I lost 3lb!!
I’m so pleased, because 3lb is what I was hoping for and it means I’m on track for 3st loss before Christmas! Reckon I can do another 3lb next week??
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Your focus is what’s going to help you to lose the weight this time, and keep it off! You know what you’re doing, you know what your goal is and you’re working really hard to achieve it. Amazing!
Thanks, lovely! I really feel like my head is in the right place this time.
Congrats on you’re wellness journey. You really are an inspiration to keep going, even if we are not following the same plan. Thank you
You really are an inspiration to help me keep going. Even if our plans are different, your determination every week has pushed me to continue. Thank you.
That’s so kind of you ? I’m glad I’ve helped keep you motivated x
Im currently on week 2 of Cambridge 1-1 (step 2) and it’s tough going but I’m coping! I lost 7lb last week- first week and excited about this Monday’s weigh in. I’ve got 5/6 stone to shift and have failed so many time but hopefully with my consultants help I’ll get there. Thankyou for your inspiring blog!
I have neglected my blog this year so I apologise for the delay in my reply! Well done on your weight loss! I’m sure you’ll have lost much more by now! xx
Hi – how do I find week 3 of your story? Are there links – can’t find it! x Cheers
Hi, all of my diet related posts can be found in the Wellbeing category on my blog. Unfortunately, I’ve been terrible at updating my blog lately over the last year, so the update you’re looking for might not exist. I will be writing an update post soon.