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

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My Mile

For some people a mile isn’t a long way, for others it feels like an eternity.

I take it for granted that I can walk it, and probably many more, without really thinking about it. A days shopping in the city I bet I walk a good ten miles at least.

In the same way I’d bet a lot of people take it for granted that they can run a mile.

I’ve never been able to run a mile.

Not without having to slow to a walk, gasping my way along the road for several minutes before attempting to run again.

I would take four, five, sometimes more breaks in my mile. My time was always 21-22minutes. A ridiculous length of time for anyone who runs properly.

I haven’t gone for a run since well before Christmas. But today my exam revision went well so I packed away my books and went for a run. I wasn’t expecting much, I just wanted to take step one.

I ran a mile.

I didn’t stop for any walking breaks.

A whole mile.

In 11 minutes 33seconds I ran a mile, that’s half my previous times!!

I haven’t been running so I can’t put it down to training. But I have changed my diet. Not drastically, in leaving all that till after my exams are out the way.

I’ve cut down on bread, reduced my sugar intake, increased my fruit and veg intake, cut out junk food and treats and stopped snacking because I’m bored.

They’re little changed but in just a few weeks I’ve seen some definite differences. Not in my clothes, but in my energy levels, my stamina, my ability to run a whole mile without stopping.

I feel so proud of myself right now.

I wanted to share that feeling, and have this post to go back to when I need a boost.

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It’s that time again

It’s almost that time of year again. New year, new beginning, time to lose the weight.

We say it every year but how many of us actually achieve the goal? Those that do, how do they do it?

I know myself, I need to be in the right mindset to slim down. I’ve been getting slowly bigger for quite a while now, in at my biggest ever. But it’s only been the last few weeks I’ve wanted to diet.

I’ve wanted to be slim, just not to diet.

Being Christmas I haven’t acted on it but I’ve found that subconsciously I’ve been skipping desert, taking smaller helpings and avoiding snacking as often. I figure there’s no point trying to actually diet at this time of year.

But like so many people I’ll be honest

I don’t really know the best way to lose weight.

There are so many “common sense” approaches like “eat less, move more”. That sounds great but how much less, how much more?

They’ve got research that proves crash diets give a great boost giving quick results and are the way to go short term. They also have research that proves crash diets are always doomed the failure. What would “they” suggest then?

I’ve been told before its 80% diet 20% exercise so I’m not stressing too much about the exercise. Correct me if that’s wrong. I’ll keep trying to build up to running a mile without a break, something I can’t do yet.

I still have no idea about diet, there are a ridiculous number of options and like everyone in impatient for results.

What do you do?

Calorie control, low GI, paleo, weight watchers, slimming world, carb free, juicing, lots of mini meals?

Help! Any tips to share?

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.

Week 6 Results…. need help

Another week where I just can’t get my head in gear.

But I did lose another 1/2 lb.62bb369976ffe57dd4d8901f01be8b34

If I keep it up all year that’s 26lbs so I’m still happy to be losing.

But I need to get myself out of this miserable “I can’t do this” mentality or it’s going to take me forever.

I’m down 13lbs now which is fantastic. One more pound and I get my 1st award at Slimming World and I’m going to redo my photos and measurements.

Any tips for getting back on track. I could use the advice.

Obese to Overweight. Week 2 results

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Week 2: I lost another 3lbs this week taking my weight loss to 8lbs! That also means I get my half stone award. Hurray! I’d eaten my own body weight in dinner before I went to class which makes it an even better result for me.

I’ve lost 2.5″ off my “tyre” and I’m starting to see a difference. Small but a great start for two weeks in. Hopefully I can sort this fatigue and get some exercise in too.

The best thing this week has been my BMI change. I’m now at 29.7. Which means I’m now classed as overweight and not obese. A step in the right direction  🙂

Tomorrow I see the doctor about my fatigue, I hope he believes me. It’s a new doctor I haven’t seen before so I’ve no idea what to expect. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

Adore Yourself Slim

Like most people I know why I’m overweight. For some of us it’s more convenient to get take away food or eat out, some of us crave sweets or crisps or fizzy drinks. Most of us know what causes us to be overweight.

For me… I comfort eat.

A stressful day at work I turn to ice cream, a fight getting the kids to go to bed and I “need” a biscuit. So I need to learn new ways to cope with stress.

There’s a book I’ve had on my Amazon wish list for months that my husband just bought me. It’s called Adore Yourself Slim (Adore Yourself Slim on Amazon). It seems to focus on learning to love who you are before you begin, dealing with stress eating, creating exercise habits and a whole host of other things.

So far I’ve made it to page 9. On this page I’ve to write down ten things I adore about myself. Personality not looks.

I got to that page around two and a half days ago and I’ve managed to find one thing to put on my list.

I think I see where my problem is!

This book was meant to be my pre diet prep. I think I had underestimated how dented my self esteem really is. But first impressions, this book may be just what I need. I’ll write a full review if I ever manage to get past page 9!

All the best for 2014 x

Christmas is not an excuse to get fat!

This has been my favourite excuse for the last couple weeks (and every year at about this time). I’ve run out of time to get slim for Christmas, so I’m waiting until after Christmas to start my new healthy lifestyle…

Why?

I’ve still got another month, even at a sensible loss I could have half a stone off by then.  But I’m not the only one.  We use Christmas as an excuse not to eat sensibly.

Christmas dinner isn’t all that unhealthy when you think about it.

If the traditional meal was deep fried, lard smothered, chocolate covered everything then fair enough.  But turkey, potatoes, vegetables, it’s not an unhealthy meal.

We have some extra naughty bits on the plate as well. Stuffing and various sauces for example.  But that one meal really shouldn’t be enough to de-rail us for weeks before and after.

So I’m going to start my healthy eating today and keep eating well through the whole festive period.

I’m going to give people little extras like scarves or toiletries rather than the standard box of chocolates and if I’m given chocolate, I’ll have one from the box (then get my husband to put the box on the top shelf so I can’t reach it lol) rather than the one box at a time I’d have had last year.

Is anyone else going to be behaving through the holidays?  I think we might need to share some will power to get through this one!

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Mental Strength in Weight Loss

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