16 Sep 2014

Team Diet Chef shedtember update - week 2

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As you may have noticed if you read our blog regularly, our colleagues Catriona and Stacey are taking part in shedtember - a UK-wide weight loss initiative, launched this September, to help raise money for charity.

It's time for our week 2 shedtember catch-up with the ladies...let's see how they have been getting on!

Catriona Liddle

Almost halfway there! How are you holding up?
Very good I think! I've still not been at all hungry, and I'm enjoying feeling a little lighter.

Biggest challenge in the last week?  
Someone sitting very close to me at lunchtime, having fish & chips...it smelled awesome, but I resisted!

Best diet moment in the last week?
See above! ;) Seriously though, I think it was committing to do the Great North Run next year, which will be a huge deal for me as I've never run anything in my life.

What would your top shedtember tip be?
Portion control, portion control, portion control! No one is going to follow a diet religiously for the rest of their life, but if you plan on the 80/20 rule (eating correct portion sizes and healthy foods at least 80% of the time) that seems like an achievable balance.

Weight loss in the last week?
4lbs

Total weight loss to date?
8lbs

Anything you would like to add?
If I can do this, anyone can. I haven't felt deprived at all, and seeing the benefits is really spurring me on to keep doing this after shedtember ends. I've had a good start, but even losing 1lb each week (which is easy, really) would mean losing  over 3.5 stone in a year. I've promised to lose weight every year and never done it...this is my year!

Stacey Cheung

Almost halfway there! How are you holding up?
I've not had a great result on the scales for week 2, so I'm having to re-rally for the second half of the month.

Biggest challenge in the last week?
Finding time to exercise, which is usually a big boost for me. I think this has been my downfall.

Best diet moment in the last week?
Coping better with the weekend. This is usually where I go wrong, but I made better food choices last weekend!

What would your top shedtember tip be?
Not to let small setbacks stop you on your way to your end goal!

Weight loss in the last week?
0.5lbs

Total weight loss to date?
2lbs

Anything you would like to add? 
It's been harder this last week, and as I'm fairly close to my goal weight it can be a struggle losing those last few excess pounds. However, I'm just trying to keep my end goal in mind and stay motivated! I'm also reminding myself that if the weight comes off slowly, it's more likely to stay off!

We think you're both doing a great job, ladies - keep it up!

So what is shedtember? 

September 2014 sees the launch of shedtember – a fundraiser that we at Diet Chef have partnered with, which will take place every September to encourage people to lose weight, while raising money for charity, including Diabetes UK.

shedtember has been created to highlight the health issues related to weight gain, the benefits of weight management, as well as to raise awareness of access to psychological and psychiatry services for people with diabetes and their close ones.

For more information, and details on how to take part, go to: www.shedtember.org.uk 

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