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Lost time

So I had quite a big gap in my blog… my fitness blog. I came back fatter, but I don’t see it as lost time.

What have I done with those lose years when I could have been slimming down?

I got my motorcycle license, it was one of my last blog posts. Then I bought a bike, and joined a motorcycle club for ladies only. I’ve ridden all over Scotland eating cake and chips and making incredible friends. Not lost time x

I finished my degree at university and got a Batchelors Degree in Building Services Engineering, getting a Distinction! My Grampa came to my graduation, so did my husband and both my daughter’s, I felt so proud. Not lost time x

I used my degree to get “the job”. I love it! Bonus part… A few months in I recommended my best friend and former colleague for a position now he works with me again too, bonus! I work in a fancy city centre office, I have a window desk and a fantastic boss. Not loss time x

I’ve had a blast the last two years. But now things are settling and it’s time to focus on my weight again.

Cambridge Weight Plan starts tomorrow and I cannot wait!!

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I’m back… Cambridge time!

Hello my little blog, it’s been a while.

I’m back, and unfortunately bigger than ever before, but I’m also motivated and determined!

Today I signed up to the Cambridge Weight Plan and tomorrow I meet my consultant.

It’s going to be hard going but I’m hoping it’ll work for me and this summer I’ll finally be slim enough to enjoy it.

Walking without my knees hurting, stairs without ending up breathless, a break from constant sweating.

I can do this.

Biker Chick 🚲

  
Life needs to be about more than just what the scales say. There’s more to me than that number. 

When I first started this blog I said I wanted it to be about improving myself. Not just my weight or my fitness, all of me. 
Today I crossed something off my ‘Before I’m 30’ list. 

I now have a full A class, unrestricted motorcycle license!!

Only my husband knew I was sitting the test and I’ve been terrified all week but I’m delighted I managed it on the day. 

Now I need to think of some new items for my ’30 list’ since at 28yrs 7mths I have ticked all my boxes!

Maybe skiing?

What have you got on your bucket list?

Identify Obstacles – Children!

My children are definitely one of my obstacles, but in a good way. 
I want to work out, I want to be a healthy role model. 

But more than that I just want to be with them. 

This evening I lay on the front lawn while my girls ran around the street with their friends. They kept coming over to chat and sit with me and their friends. It took me twenty minutes to get through a page of my book but I wouldn’t change it. I could have read in the back garden in peace. 

Soon they won’t want to come and tell me there’s a cute boy moved in a few doors down, or ask me to watch a cartwheel or hear a silly song they just made up. 

Now they want to be with me too. 

But that means until they go to bed I am Mum. I’m a working Mum too so no time during the day to workout.

So how do I get round it?

I workout with my kids. 

My five year old loves yoga, or anything where she gets to show off how insanely pretzel bendy she is. My eight year old just likes joining in and will follow whatever DVD we put on. She does have a soft spot for kick boxing and martial arts though. 

I do the workout properly, I use my weights and I push hard. 

The girls. Sometimes they give it their all, sometimes they don’t. Their ‘weights’ are Barbie dolls. It’s not about the workout for them. It’s about time spent together.

  
Dad doesn’t join in so its girl time and they enjoy it just as much as I do. 

What are your obstacles? How have you overcome them?

Positive Surroundings

Too many of us focus on our weight. We want to look like models and actresses. Why?

Have you ever read Gwyneth Paltrows three beans in a cup of water diet? No thank you, she might be skinny but surely that’s just not healthy. 

We get used to seeing these people, idolising them. Over time you stop realising how different they look to normal people. Jennifer Lawrence says she’s considered a fat actress. Have you seen her?! Beautiful!

The base of my spine curves like Kim Kardashian in her bare bum photo. Really pronounced. It hurts. I go to physiotherapy.  It’s not something you want I promise. That photo just looks strange to me. 

I remember shopping online ages ago, I tried to find the site again and couldn’t. They list their models stats next to the clothes pictures. I started to make a game of it, guessing what they’d be. I was miles out. I was guessing size 6-8 and most were 0’s. I’m seeing these women as being normal slim sizes when they were miles away from that. My perception was so off. 

Take a minute, just a minute. 

What do you surround yourself with? 

Do you buy the glossy magazines?

Do you watch celebrity TV shows?

Who do you follow on social media?

I used to surround myself with all the wrong things. Even down to Pinterest boards with treats and deserts. A quick skim down my Pinterest feed and I’d be ‘hungry’. For chocolate, only chocolate. 

Now I follow exercise boards and healthy eating boards as well. I also have a curvy women board. Healthy figures with curves I’d like to get have, to replace the waif board I had before. 

I’ve stopped buying magazines and I’ve unfollowed a lot of Facebook pages. 

I now follow pages for plus size models. The ones with healthy BMIs and curves. Women I actually want to look like and could achieve. 

I’ve just started to follow Healthy Is The New Skinny. They’ve got some fantastic positive messages. http://www.healthyisthenewskinny.com

  
So far I’ve only lost 1lb and my measurements haven’t shifted much, but it’s only been a week. I hadn’t expected them too. 

What has shocked me is that when I tighten the muscles in my arms, I can actually see something happening haha! I’ve been able to up the intensity of my workouts and add extras weights in throughout the day. 

And more surprising yet, surrounding myself with so many positive influences has made me happier about who I am already. Even with very little change so far, I’ve decided I do like me

  

3wk strength training. Help!

I’ve got three weeks to build the strength in my arms, no gym, just two 2.5kg hand weights to do it. 

Does anyone have any advice which exercises I can try to build my arms?

I’ve been following Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred, which uses hand weights and it’s going well but I now need to build my strength, and quickly. 

On September 4th my company is taking everyone away overnight. We do it every year, a little treat. 

The last few years it’s been a day at the races. Lots of food and drink and a bit of fun. We get to judge the best dressed horses and sit in the “posh box”. 

This year we’re going to a swanky hotel overnight with team games during the day. 

They’ve done it before, before I started. They played lawn chess and noughts and crosses. Very tame, a bit boring. 

We’ve just been told this year it’s Mini Highland Games, in teams. 

  
Every game involves throwing something! I know how competitive these things get so I need to work on my upper body strength so I don’t let my team down. But I’ve no idea how. 

Any tips anyone?

Exams…

Exact marks have yet to be published, but I heard from both my lecturers today and…

Electrical Engineering Principles- PASS!

Thermo Fluid Science – PASS!

Woohoo!!

I celebrated in true wild student fashion… an hour of peace and quiet with my favourite book when the kids went out to play.

Season of the Witch – Natasha Mostert

Fitness Vacation

Ok so yesterday should have been my Insanity Day 4 work out, but I missed it!

Oops!

To celebrate the end of exams I was heading to a bar after work last night to catch up with my bestie. We’re normally only out a few hours but it ended up a late one.

I came home and my husband was sprawled on the couch with a fever and I was a little tipsy from too much Bacardi. We decided to skip a day.

We’re doing day 4 tonight and skipping the Sunday rest day to make up though.

I can’t stop now, I will do the full 60 days, and it will only take me 60 days.

Exam day

Eek, it’s exam day. Wish me luck!

Thermofluids it’s time to kick butt!

Exams first…

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We’ve all experienced that dread that comes with going back to work after New Year.  I’m really lucky in that I work in the construction industy and get to enjoy the two week shut down over the holidays.  A lovely long break!

This year it was less, ‘going back to work’ dread, and more, ‘I’ve got exams coming up’ dread.  My whole holiday was spent studying.  My evil exam (electrical engineering principles) I got through yesterday, with a slightly less evil exam (thermofluid science) coming next week.

Having abandonned the festive junk food and gone back to eating healthy foods I feel so much better.  I’ve got more energy, I can concentrate for longer and I feel less sluggish.  But anything more than that, it’s waiting until after next Wednesday’s exam.

We moved house last month, I work a crazy busy full time job, loads of overtime hours, I’m studying an engineering degree, have two children, two dogs, and a partridge in a pear tree! I don’t mind admitting I’m a bit overwhelmed at the moment.  But I’m not turning to food to destress which is a HUGE win in my books.

So I shall be back with you shortly.  Exams out the way.  Time to eat super clean and super healthy, and half kill myself doing the Insanity workout.

Keeping an eye out for some good new blogs to follow, any recommendations?

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