I have a plan – I’m going to stick to Food Optimising 100% for the whole of January. I was racking my brains for a catchy hashtag for it and eventually settled for #onplanjan, only to check Instagram to find that there are already 20,000+ posts. Well, great minds clearly think alike!

I did halfheartedly attempt #onplanoctober, which is much catchier, but this is different. I am currently in the 15 stone bracket, but I’ve been in the 14 stone bracket twice before. Both times I had a blip, gained weight, ended back up in the 15’s and felt so bad I went into full on denial mode until I was back into the 21 stone bracket. Then I would hit rock bottom and the process would eventually start again in around a three year cycle.

This time I going to buck the trend, because I want to succeed at this with every fibre of my being. I want it more than I want tasty vegan junk food, or to have an extra hour in bed rather than prepare a healthy meal, or to wallow in self pity! For the first time ever I’m going to be back in the 14’s after messing up, and that will be my first fantastic achievement of 2018. I feel like all I need is to prove to myself that I can do it again, and that’ll give me a huge boost to catapult me into bigger (or smaller I should say) and better things for the rest of the year.

I’ve bought myself a food journal with spaces for other things like measurements and goals, and from tomorrow I’m writing down EVERYTHING. Again I’ve been meaning, and saying, that I’ll do that for a while, but my heart was never really in it. But now I have a lovely diary with space for 12 weeks of being on plan, and I’m looking forward to seeing how I do when I get to the end of it.

There’s also space for my before picture, and while I was testing my flash for my camera, which I don’t use very often, I inadvertently took an ideal shot.


Yep, I look like a grumpy cow. And that’s because I am. That pretty much sums up how I feel right now. But just you wait, because in 12 weeks there’s going to be a transformation and I’m not just talking about in terms of face fat! It was also a great opportunity to compare it to this picture of me from around the same date but in 2015.


The funny thing is that although I look happier in the bottom picture, I really wasn’t. It was actually one of the lowest points in my life. Even taking into account my recent gains, there’s a six stone difference between the two Hayley’s. And my hair is better now too!

So there we have it, this right here is the new starting point, and we only have a couple of days before the start of #onplanjan. People, it’s going to be a great month!

Thanks for reading,

Hayley x

About Hayleyhttp://hayleyslims.wordpress.comCrazy bird lady, vegan, weight loss and fitness enthusiast, lover of photography

5 thoughts on “#onplanjan

  1. Another one of those occasions where WordPress thwarts me by not having a ‘love’ button and leaving me with a wholly inadequate ‘like’. Please accept it’s insignificance in lieu of a different, better, more descriptive button being invented.

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