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

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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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Week 7 Results – 1st Award!

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Hurray!

Week seven back at Slimming World and with a loss this week of 2lbs, I’m now at a total of 1st 1/2lb off, woohoo!

My chicken noodle soup also worked out so I had something nice to take along to the taster session.  One of the guys brought in his pea and ham soup, it was lovely, very filling.  I really need to learn how to cook properly.

Anyway, I’m now down to 11st 12.5lbs. Making it past being 12st something to being 11st something feels like a really big achievement for me.  Now my first interim goal of 10st 6lb doesn’t seem so far fetched any more, it’s my sights.

I’m losing the weight pretty slowly and I know a lot of people will scoff at me taking a week to lose a stone.  I’ve had real problems staying motivated and I’ve slipped up a lot.  But I keep trying. I’m trying to get motivated, I’m trying to make better choices. So long as I keep trying I’ll get there.

I know myself, I’ll have two or three weeks of perfect behaviour and my weight will shoot down, then I’ll spend weeks on end not behaving and either stagnating or losing slightly.  But in the long term my weight is going down.

Tomorrow I’m going to redo my “bikini shots” to see my progress and check my measurements to update my Progress page.  won’t post the pictures though don’t worry haha!

Hope everyone else is doing well x

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.

Weeks 4 & 5 Results

Week 4 – 1/2lb gain

Week 5 – 2lbs off!

12.5lbs off so far.  So if I can get 1.5lbs off this week I’ll get my 1st award and be half way to my first goal weight.

 

I didn’t post anything about last weeks weight.  Partially because I was annoyed at myself with the small gain, but it was my birthday so it was a very indulgent week and I wasn’t upset about it.  I would rather have birthday cake and a nice meal than feel I was missing out just to lose weight.

This week, 2lbs off.  Very happy with that!!

I haven’t been sticking to the plan, I keep cheating.  I got pretty upset this morning knowing I had to weigh in tonight so for lunch I had a tuna sandwich… and a big slice of carrot cake.

Big surprise to then lose weight.  Just goes to show that even when we think we’ve had a bad week, the scales can prove us wrong.

Favourite low syn treat this week… orange options hot chocolate made with milk and a little swirl of squirty cream.

2 syns for the hot chocolate, milk from my A choice and 1/2 syn for the cream.  Yum!!

How is everyone else doing?

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!

Slimming World – Week 1

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Hurray!!

I had a little slip up during the week, but did my best to make up for it over the last couple days. Apart from that I’ve been good, stayed on plan and enjoyed it!

This week I lost 5lbs, 1.5″ from my waist and I was Slimmer of the Week! I got to move 10 beads across my weight loss jars too.

I know normally you can’t be slimmer of the week on your first week but we were a completely new class so a bit different.

I’m absolutely over the moon! I cut out all the nonsense junk I was eating and stuffed myself with fruit, veg and lovely home cooked meals. I’ve got 53 dinner recipes saved in my slimming world website and I haven’t even checked out breakfast,  lunch or deserts yet.

I’m really enjoying eating a healthier diet.

Don’t get my wrong I miss chocolate like crazy but I haven’t stopped eating it either. I just eat the right things and in moderation.

I’ve already got my Friday night chocolate treat planned.

A bag of caramel snack a jacks (rice cakes) with a tbsp of Nutella (4.5 syns) split up between them. Then 30 seconds under the grill to just start it melting. Bliss.

Next week I’m aiming for 2lbs off and my half stone award. I also need to investigate low syn sausages.

How is everyone else doing this week?

Motivational Jars

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These are my little motivational jars. I’ve got them on top of the fridge.

A bead for every half pound to lose. Too often we look at how far we’ve got to go and forget how far we’ve come.

After I move all the pink beads that’ll be me halfway!

These are really easy to make. Just glass jars and glass beads from the pet store. You can decorate with glass paint and ribbons if you like too.

Goal Achievement Treats and Rewards

I think it’s important to reward ourselves along our journey.  Whether that journey be weight loss, fitness, education, anything!

I’ve given myself a couple little treat goals along the way.  I have a big thing for nail art, so every half stone I lose I’m going to treat myself to new nail polish or nail art decals/stickers.

For the bigger goals, say as an extra for every whole stone lost we’re going to have an overnight trip to our favourite hotel.  A log cabin hotel in the Highlands.  it’s cheap as chips and pretty basic but absolutely amazing, and they let you bring dogs.

But my big final treat, when I hit my final target, that’s been troubling me.  I couldn’t think of anything.  Something that I would get excited about and could count down to.  Something to keep me going, working at it and not giving up. Something that wouldn’t cost an absolute fortune and make it unrealistic. (Which ruled out Disneyland!)

Today I realised what my end goal would be.  What would finish off the new me perfectly.

I’m going to go blonde!

Not mess it up at home out the box blonde, proper, head stylist professionally done fantastic bombshell blonde!

Right now I have a pretty boring haircut, it’s very dark brown and with my pale complexion I look pretty pasty and ill.  I’ve always wanted to go blonde, but my weight has held me back.  I want to hide not attract attention. But Kirsten Stewart, who has colouring quite similar to mine, has managed to pull off a pretty drastic hair colour change, so why can’t I?  I won’t be going quite as light.  More a very light brown with blonde highlights. So while I start on my weight loss and fitness journey, I’ll also be cutting back on the heat stylish and lavishing a little more attention on my locks to get them ready.

I’m going to lose the weight, get toned, confident and then get the haircut I’ve always wanted, but been too afraid to go for!

How did you treat yourself when you hit your goals, or how do you plan on rewarding yourself?

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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

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