My journey through weight loss, fitness and the new me.

Archive for May, 2014

Fresh Start Goals

I know overall I have a long journey ahead. But I’d rather focus on mini goals just now.

Week 1
1. Do not visit Starbucks
2. Do not order takeaway
3. Use apples to curb late night sweet cravings
4. Reread ‘Adore Yourself Slim’ to stop the negative thoughts

Does exercise really effect weight loss?

To reach my target I need to lose 3-4lbs a week.

Diet alone I’m only expecting to lose 1-2lbs a week.  Any more and I can’t hope to keep in off right?

So what difference will it make if I exercise, will it do much to increase my weight loss?

What would be the best type of exercise to do?

A Google search has come up with lots of websites suggesting the same things, so here’s my top five list of weight loss boosting exercise.

  1. High Intensity – I found an interesting article here claiming two 20 second bursts a week can be better than a full gym session. Don’t think I believe that, but I did used to see a personal trainer once a week for a 30 minute High Intensity training session and I saw fantastic results.
  2. Compound Exercise – To me this one seems more like common sense, but a loss of weight loss is just common sense.  Try to do exercises that work as many muscle groups at once as possible.  Why work one at a time when you can work three at a time?  I wonder if this could be combined with high intensity training? Muscles burn calories too so weight training can help to aid weight loss in the long run.
  3. Swimming – Swimming for an hour can burn 800 calories.  It’s low intensity and gives a great all over body workout.  I have a couple reservations about swimming though.  If the pool is quiet, great.  But if you end up swimming while there’s a group of kids practising cannon balls it’s incredibly annoying and stressful.  Plus there’s all the time either end getting the chlorine off your hair and skin.
  4. Cycling – This can burn 800-1000 calories an hour.  An exercise bike in the house would be a good option for me.  I’ve got two young daughters and going to the gym or the pool is time I’m not spending with them.  Say an hour long class, plus time either side to get changed and traveling time there and back, it’s turning into two hours away from home.  I only get a few hours with them at night after work. If I have an exercise bike in the lounge I can use it while I’m watching tv.  Keep an good pace during the show, pedal like a maniac every advert break, plus the girls could still be in the room with me so I’m not missing time with them. I could also jump on when I sweet craving hits.
  5. Skipping – A lot of exercise can mean a big initial outlay, a lot of time, specialist equipment or needing a trainer.  But skipping, just you and a skipping rope.  Head into your garden, or use the local park, or the living room if you’re lucky enough to have high ceilings! Ten minutes can burn up to 200 calories and it’s an ideal one to use when you get a sweet craving.  Just invest in a good sports bra first! I used to love skipping as a child and won the skipping race at sports day every year. (I was rubbish at every other sport, skipping was my saviour!) I’m not sure I could do as many tricks as I used to but it might be a fun way of exercising.

If nothing else I think that exercise works as good motivation during weight loss.  If you’ve just half killed yourself exercising it might make you think twice about sneaking that chocolate bar.  How long would it take to burn it off? Is it really worth it?

What do you do?

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What is healthy eating to you?

I need to lose weight.  But I don’t want to diet, I want to eat healthily.

I need to lose 30-40lbs by our holiday in mid July, which gives me 11 weeks.

3-4lbs a week, think I’ve bitten off more than I can chew.

I used to follow Slimming World, but I feel like I need a change.

I’ve browsed the shelves of the bookstore, I’ve looked at books on Amazon, I’ve looked at online plans and websites.  I’ve looked at Diet Chef, Lighter Life, Weight Watchers, The 21 Day Diet, The Cambridge Diet, hypnosis and gastric band therapy.

All I can gather is that no one agrees on anything!!

So what do you do?  What works for you, or what doesn’t work?

  • No carbs at all, no carbs after lunch or leave carbs alone!
  • No dairy
  • No sugar
  • Nothing processed what so ever
  • Counting calories
  • Mini portions
  • Just exercise
  • Cut out the late night snacks
  • Diet pills

I just have no idea where to start.  

Diet pills I’ve pretty much discounted.  Even those that just say they curb appetite, I need to learn to listen to my body and comfort eating is my issue anyway.

What works for you?

Back with my tail between my legs

I haven’t posted anything for 2 months and 2 days now.

Life beat me. I felt stressed, upset, lonely, and out of control.

So I ate chocolate and felt better.  I ate Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and felt better.

My clothes started to feel tighter.  I felt even more miserable than before.  So I ate even more chocolate, and ice cream, and takeaway food.

I’ve been avoiding going near my scales, I was dreading what they were going to tell me. All that binge eating for the last couple months must have hit me hard.

Tonight I finally got some guts and stepped on.  I had a big lunch today and stopped at a coffee shop for carrot cake on the way home, I normally weigh myself first thing before I’ve had breakfast to get results that are as accurate as possible, but by the morning I may have lost the nerve.

So my bad two months have cost me 4lbs.

All things considered that’s not too bad.

Things need to change. I’ve been overweight and upset too long, I need to change.

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