So it’s been a while since I last posted. I reached my goal (I’m not sure whether it was in time or not) but I currently weigh ~67kg and I am over the moon. The only bad thing is that my jeans and work clothes feel a tad baggy and I have to keep pulling them up… it’s probably time to buy a belt.
So I came home for university and tried to only eat when I was hungry. I wasn’t really in the mood for food, though – I was worried and stressed after knowing I wouldn’t see my boyfriend for ages. This meant that I was concentrating on my mental health rather than weight loss.
I did see him less than two weeks later, though! This is when I weighed myself and I weighed about 69kg.
I applied for a job whilst staying with my boyfriend in Cumbria. I applied to work nights at Tesco. I got the job and my life has been bit crazy since…
I worked for about a month before checking to see how much I weigh and the scales read 66.6kg. I did have to take a picture of that number and send it to my friends. It means that I have lost more than 10kg since February! Here’s a few reasons as to why I think I lost weight.
You’re supposed to live like a night person when working nights but since I only work three nights per week I choose to live like a day person when Monday comes. The reasons for this include that it is hard as hell to get a good night’s sleep when the daylight is seeping through your blinds. It’s also very lonely to be awake during the night when the people you usually talk to are fast asleep. For me this means that I burn an extra couple of hundred calories just being awake for a longer period of time.
To get to work I have to ride a bike and part of the journey makes me sweat like never before. In other words I am exercising. My job also involves standing and moving boxes around to fill shelves which also burns the calories.
I’m not consuming enough calories for being a working woman. I normally eat about 1200 and I’m pretty sure I need about 2000/day for when I am working during the week. During my first few days/nights at work I felt sick just thinking about food, which was not good at all.
Lastly, I am hydrated. I drink about 1L of water at work which is often more than I usually drink in a day. This helps to keep the system moving and means I don’t collapse at work.
Luckily the job is temporary, it pays well (an extra £2/hr night premium), and it ends when I go back to university. Perhaps the weight will continue to drop off me. And if it’s not dropping, it means I am gaining muscle (I can flex now and I feel like Superman looking at my arms in the mirror). This gives me a head-start for when I go back to the gym at uni.
Note: since I’ve started working I’ve made the switch to Weetabix Protein so my muscles can repair and I don’t ache as much. It’s hard to get enough protein as it is and this I think has definitely helped.