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Day Twelve

It’s not working 🙁  I’m not eating any less, in fact, the stress of this house build is making me eat more.  I’m still listening faithfully every night.  Twice last night in fact, as I couldn’t get to sleep and Trevor’s voice is soothing, as is that bit of music at either end.

My own mind derails things though.  It over analyses the structure of the podcast.  It desconstructs the sentences, wanting to move the pauses and spaces, swap what it perceives as commas and full stops around.  There’s a part where he says “Your/You’re losing weight” and it drives my  mind mad as neither sentence really makes sense where it falls in the spiel and so I miss the next minute or so trying to make it fit logically.  There are pauses in odd places, which I understand are all part of the wordweaving thing and I guess for the majority of folks who try it, it works fine, but for my OCD, proof reading, English grammar obsessed self, it’s not working.

I’m starting to wonder if I’ve chosen the right Slimpod too.  I chose Drop a Jeans size, because I live in jeans and it seemed the sensible option.  Upon reflection though, it’s not jeans I want to get into.  I want to abandon the size 14 Coast dress that’s on the outside of my wardrobe and get into the size 10 ballgown that’s hidden away on the inside.  Drop Two Dress Sizes would have been a far more practical choice.  I’m not in the position of being able to spend another £30 on a whim at the moment though.

I understand the whole cognitive hypnotherapy premise.  I understand how it’s supposed to work, and have seen lots of positive reviews of it.  It’s just my mind doesn’t respond well to hypnosis.  I did a Self Hypnosis class when pg with my third girl, and exasperated the poor chap who was taking it.  I was the only member of the class who, instead of accepting what he said and doing it, questioned each and every command.  You want me to walk down some steps into a garden?  Sure.  How many steps?  Are they wooden or stone?  Is there a handrail?  This garden, is it a vegetable garden or a grassy one?  What pond?  A mill pond, a koi pond, a bullrush home for frogs?  He admitted at the end that he’d only had one other person who questioned everything in the same way I did, and that man had been a former SAS soldier!  Doesn’t say much for my state of mind, does it?

So, conclusion?  I’m not quitting, as that’s not my style.  I will continue to listen.  I will resist the urge to audiotype the whole podcast out and go through it with a red pen correcting the dodgy punctuation.  And I will keep my fingers crossed that something, somewhere, starts to work as well for me as it has for so many other people, because I’ve got twenty pounds I need to shift and so far, ordinary diets just haven’t made the grade.

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Day two

Whilst I don’t seem to be consciously aware of eating differently, I appear to be thinking about food differently.  Or rather, not at all.  Both yesterday and today, it took the combined efforts of all the children to nag me into making lunch.  I wasn’t that hungry, although I ate sandwiches and fruit with them, but then at dinner last night, I only ate two slices of pizza.  Now that’s not normal!

It’s only day two, so we’ll see how the rest of the week goes before I comment any further on it.  Don’t want to confuse coincidence with concrete results now, do we?

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Thinking Slimmer

Those who know me will probably roll their eyes when I announce I’m going to lose some weight.  I don’t have much to lose in the great scheme of things – about a stone (14lbs/6.3kg) – but I’m just about 5’3″ (1.6m), and my BMI is 27.  Which is definitely in the overweight catagory.

Add to this a back problem, a love of food and cooking, especially baking, and the fact I seem to spend most of my life in the car ferrying kids and running errands for the house build in progress, and you see why I need to do something to get a handle on my weight sooner rather than later.

That, and I’m 40 next year.  Whilst my age doesn’t bother me, I’m thinking it’s a milestone I can aim for.

Last night, I spent a while on Twitter, asking questions and receiving some good answers from different folks, namely @liveotherwise, @cosmicgirlie and @themoiderer.  Then I went over and read The Moiderer’s blog, specifically her Thinking Slimmer tagged posts and was rather taken aback at how this system does genuinely seem to work.

Yeah, I’m a sceptic.  Always have been, and cynicism is one of my defining traits unfortunately.  But I read her blog, looked at the photographic evidence, then went and trawled through the whole Thinking Slimmer website.  It takes some doing, they’ve got a lot of stuff on there and as DH was downloading a movie, it took a while to load each page.  But I persevered and in the end, bought their ‘Drop a Jeans Size’ Slimpod.

The concept is almost ridiculously simple.  You listen to a short reading each evening, about 10 to 11 minutes long depending on which slimpod you buy, and it sets up your subconscious mind to lose weight.   Yes, seriously.  And whilst I was inclined to take the testimonials on the website with a pinch of salt, when I suddenly spotted Jay Mountford/@cosmicgirlie’s name in there, I did a double take.  I knew her name through @liveotherwise and read her blog on occasion.  This was a real person who’d done it!  That’s what lead to the Twitter Q&A session.

Last night was my first night listening to Trevor’s voice.  Very soothing, very relaxing.  His sentences are slow enough, but he says the odd word a bit quickly, which is peculiar.  But then, that’s just my brain over analysing things, as it has a habit of doing.  Note to self, do not dissect everything you read or hear.

Staring weight? Go on then, it’s 10st 13lb.  Which is a lot on a short-arsed little frame like mine.  Ideal finishing weight? I reckon somewhere about 9st 8lb would be good, but I’m aiming to shift a stone first and see if the extra 5lbs are really necessary.  My main weaknesses are Starbucks caramel lattes and their toasted fruit bread, and nibbling after the kids are in bed.  Oh, and toast and Marmite.  And dark chocolate digestives.  Uh, yeah, you get the picture.


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