Sunday, 27 June 2010

Yo yo

I seem to be a bit up and down weight wise. I am so close to goal but my eating and sticking to my points is pretty sporadic.
I lost a lb again this week.
Date: 25th June
Weight: 8st 12lbs
Loss/Gain: -1lb
BMI: 23.3

Friday, 18 June 2010

Weight catch up

I didn't post last week on my weight gain so I thought I better be honest about it and update it along with this week's progress.

Date: 11th June
Weight: 8st 13.5lbs
Loss/Gain: +1.5 lbs
BMI: 23.3

We had been to Legoland at the beginning of the week and although I walked miles I did not track any of my food for 2 days and then gorged on Pick n Mix sweets so it was kind of expected. But it has made me realise how easy it is going to be to put the weight back on when I stop the diet. I am going to continue with the Weight Watchers though as they have something called Maintain whereby you still track what you eat but you have another 6 points a day. I am hoping that all the running I do will keep the weight at a manageable level. I do not want to go above 9 stone once I am in maintain mode and would ideally like to stay at 8 st 10lbs - but saying that I have to get there first!

And so onto this week:
Date: 18th June
Weight: 8st 13lbs
Loss/Gain: -0.5 lbs
BMI: 23.3

I had a sneaky weigh in during the week and was horrified to see the scales tipping up to over 9 st 2 lbs. I like to have these sneaky weigh ins as they make me try extra hard if the weight reading is too high for my liking. So I have been really good and managed to end up losing 1/2lb but I am still one lb heavier than I was a couple of weeks ago.
I haven't managed to run much this week - I like to go every other day and only ran on Saturday and Sunday and then not again until Thursday but I did 4 miles each time so I am happy with that. It is my first race on Sunday - the Race for Life - and I am a little nervous. Not at the distance as I know I can do that ok but I don't really know what to expect and I really want to complete it in under 30 minutes.
The running is really paying off as although my weight loss has slowed down I must be changing shape quite a bit as even my size 10 clothes are now getting a little loose. The work trousers I wore yesterday were really baggy. As much as I would love to be a size 8 (oh my god I never thought I would get to that size - more like add a 1 in front of it) I will be a little annoyed as I have bought lots of new clothes all in a size 10 and if they end up too big, I will have wasted quite alot of money! But hey it would be the best feeling to say "Oh yes I am a size 8" or asking a shop assistant if they have this but in a size 8. Ha ha!!!!
I hope to get back down to 8st 12lbs next week or maybe even less!
Also I would just like to thank all those lovely kind generous people who have sponsored me. I am so pleased with the money I have raised!!! So thanks everyone xxxx

Saturday, 5 June 2010

Some piccies

Well I seem to have travelled so far on this weight loss journey and I can just go into a shop and pick up size 10 clothes and not worry about trying them on as I know they will fit - mind you, the downside to this is that I can't seem to stop shopping at the moment. Whilst the sun was shining I got James to take a couple of photos of me.

Friday, 4 June 2010

Still losing

Well today's weigh in sees another lb off taking me down to 8st 12lbs. I have lost 1 st 6 lbs now and have decided to definitely set my goal weight at 8 1/2 st, so only another 5lbs to go.
Date: 4th June
Weight: 8st 12lbs
Loss/Gain: -1lb
BMI: 23.3

Must try and get another before and after photo. I am getting lots of comments about how well I have done and how good I am looking - makes it all worthwhile!

Right the sun is shining and I am going to spend the day enjoying it!

Friday, 28 May 2010

I never thought I would see this...

Imagine my surprise this morning when I got on the scales for my weekly weigh in and when I look down I see this fantastic weight.
I cannot remember the last time my weight was ever in the 8 stone bracket. I was probably in my teens. I have lost 6 lbs in the last two weeks - not really sure how as I have missed a couple of runs due to feeling rough from this cold, but whatever it is, I love it!!! I have now lost 1 stone and 5 lbs since the end of February.
Date: 28th May 2010
Weight: 8st 13lbs - Yay!!!!!!
Loss/Gain: -2.25 lbs
BMI: 23.3

Saturday, 22 May 2010

Yay, Yay, Yay!!!!

Finally a weigh in that had me whooping from the bathroom. This week I have lost 3.75lbs. I have had a horrible cold all week and have really struggled with the exercise but a fabulous weigh in result. I am so, so, very pleased with myself!!!!
Date: 21st May
Weight: 9st 1.25 lbs
Loss/Gain: -3.75lbs
BMI: 23.99
Classed as: Well within the healthy bracket.

Only another 5.25lbs to get to goal!!!

Saturday, 15 May 2010

Feed a Cold

Well I have gone and caught a cold and am feeling rubbish and more imprtantly for the first time in about 8 or 9 weeks I have missed a run and I feel so really guilty - stupid isn't! My running is really coming on and I am running 4 times a weeks and doing about 3.5 miles each time. Hoping that I will feel up to doing one tomorrow morning.

Well I lost 1.25lbs which gets me back down to 9st 5lbs. This is rubbish and am really disappointed in myself as I have got down to 9st 3.5lbs a couple of weeks back so why can't I get back to that. I am so desperate to get to my goal weight of 8st 10lbs.
Still a loss is a loss.
Must try really hard this week!

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Oops a Daisy

Last Saturday was a bad, bad weigh in!!! It was only to be expected as I had eaten out on Bank Holiday lunch time, Thursday night at Prezzo and had a chinese late on Friday night. I weighed in at 9st 6.25lbs and so had put on 2.75 lbs.
So have to really stick to my points and redeem myself.
Date: 8th May
Weight: 9st 6.25 lb
Loss/Gain: +2.75 lb
BMI: 25.0
Classed as: Borderline Healthy

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Am I Cheating?

Friday is my weigh in day and yesterday I had only lost 0.5lb and was a bit disappointed as I really wanted to get to my stone off and have lost 10% of my body weight. I was short by 1/4 lb - how frustrating!
I naughtily weighed myself this morning and for the last 9 weeks I am lighter on a Saturday. I think this is because Friday is my day off of exercise and so I have no water retention etc, so today I had a brain wave of changing my weigh in to Saturdays.
Is this cheating?
But weighing today my weight loss for the week would have been 1.25lbs. Psychologically this feels much better.
I guess if I was going to a class and I had to change to a different class for, say work reasons, I would end up having to change my weigh in day wouldn't I? Am I cheating myself or do you think this is ok?
Plus it means that I have my 10% body weight and got my stone!
Date: 1st May
Weight: 9st 3.5 lb
Loss/Gain: -1.25 lb
BMI: 24.5
Classed as: Healthy

Friday, 23 April 2010

Getting there!

This morning's weigh in was a bit disappointing even though I lost weight. I was really hoping to get to my first stone off mark this morning but I was short by 3/4 lb. I know I should be happy with what I have lost but I am a little frustrated - I was so sure I was going to get my stone off.

Date: 23rd April
Weight: 9st 4.75 lb
Loss/Gain: -1.75 lb
BMI: 24.70
Classed as: Healthy - Just!!!

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

The new me.

People are beginning to comment on my weight loss and I was due a hair cut, so I thought that I would have a new look.
Here is the old hair this morning:
And here is the new hair tonight:
I love it!!!
But the best news is that I ordered some size 10 clothes from Next and I fitted into all of them. I have never been a size 10. I am so pleased with myself. The work trousers are a bit snug but a few more weeks should resolve that.
Here is me in my size 12 clothes that are all bit baggy now - especially the trousers!
All the hardwork and perseverance is paying off!
A before and after photo:

Friday, 16 April 2010

Think I have got the hang of this now

I lost another 1.5 lbs this week and so that is 11.5 lbs now since 26th Feb. Am very happy with that loss as it is my time of the month and so I didn't expect to lose at all really - expected a gain. Only 2.5 lbs more for my stone.
I only need to get another half lb off to be in my "healthy" weight range - for the first time ever!!! It has only taken me 20 odd years to get there

Date: 16th April
Weight: 9st 6.5 lb
Loss/Gain: -1.5 lb
BMI: 25.0
Classed as: Overweight - need to get to a BMI of 24 to be classed as just right.

I have found that I need to eat all my points, drink lots and exercise plenty. I have run 3 times this week, cycled 15 miles, walked briskly for 30 minutes everyday in my lunch break and done a Davina DVD. I am loving all the exercise and feel like a new person.
Yesterday 4 people commented on how much you can notice my weight loss - that makes it all worthwhile!

Friday, 9 April 2010

3 lbs off

Official weigh in today and I have lost 3 lbs. I did have another sneaky weigh in yesterday and was 9 st 7 1/4lb but then had lunch out, and friends round for chinese last night so was back to 9 st 8lbs this morning - but I am totally happy with that.
Date: 9th April
Weight: 9st 8 lb
Loss/Gain: -3 lb
BMI: 25.3
Classed as: Overweight - need to get to a BMI of 24 to be classed as just right.

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Sneaky weigh in

Is it wrong to have a sneaky mid week weigh in?

My hubby gets cross at me for doing it but I think if things are not looking good weight wise mid week, then you have a couple of days to claw it back.
I weighed myself this morning and was 9st 8lbs. I was well chuffed but then I have done lots of exercise this week and drank lots of water and eaten all my points. Hoping I can keep this up for Friday's weigh in and maybe be even less.

I got to this weight in December 2008 and stayed like it for one weigh in and never managed to get down to this weight again. And then I lost my enthusiasm and slowly put lots back on. But this time with the help from Weight Watchers, I will get down to at least 9 stone and maintain!!!!!

Friday, 2 April 2010

Gutted - put on again

Somehow have managed to put on a pound. Have hurt my ankle so my exercise has taken a serious drop this week. I have been swimming twice and done an hour of Davina this morning. I have stuck to the plan religiously yet again but maybe have saved too many points. It is very frustrating!!!!
Date: 2nd April
Weight: 9st 11 lb
Loss/Gain: +1 lb
BMI: 25.9
Classed as: Overweight

Friday, 26 March 2010

Back to losing!

Yippee I was dreading weigh in after last week's disappointing one and having had a weekend in London where I totally went off points. And I haven't exercised as much this week as I have hurt y ankle.
But the good news is I have lost 2 1/2 lbs since last Friday and now I am:
Date: 26th March
Weight: 9st 10 lb
Loss/Gain: -2 1/2 lbs
BMI: 25.7
Classed as: Overweight

But I only have 4 lbs to go to be in the right weight range for my height.

Saturday, 20 March 2010

It is raining

A much better day today. I weighed myself "unofficially" from my weigh in day and I was 9 st 10 3/4 lb so I was well chuffed. I went to Pizza Hut on Thursday night and although I ate right it was a big heavy portion. Think it was just sat there the next day plus I am not eating enough of my points which my body will respond to by storing fat. So yesterday I ate all 16 points.
So to celebrate I put on my lovely new running trainers and went out for a run at 7am in the pouring rain. Even after just 3 runs my stamina is really improving - but my new trainers are dirty and wet.

Friday, 19 March 2010


Well I weighed myself today I am the following:
Date: 19th March
Weight: 9st 12 1/2 lb
Loss/Gain: +1/4 lbs
BMI: 26.2
Classed as: Overweight

I am so gutted. I have ran or walked 2 miles everyday this week and done an hour of Davina workout and yet I have gained. I have followed the WW plan to the letter and had 20.5 points left over this week. Perhaps I need to be eating more of my points.
Too fed up to write much!

Monday, 15 March 2010

Early morning start

I was very good today. I got up at 6am and was out the door by 6.15 doing my run. My plan says that I should run for 2 minutes and then walk for 4, but it was just too cold to walk for that long, so I ran for 2 minutes and walked for 1 minute - did that for 30 minutes and almost 3 miles. It felt great!!! I definitely need some new trainers though.

Saturday, 13 March 2010

First run complete

Well I got up this morning at 7.00 am and went for my first run. I was all kitted out - industrial scaffolding for my boobs, running leggins, trainers, water bottle and oh don't forget Dizzee Rascal on my iPhone. It was very cold!!!! But at least no-one was around to see me running!
Last night I read some training tips and found that to start with you should run for 1 minute and then walk for 1 minute and repeat this 10 times. Well I did this and found that the minute of running went quite fast and a few times when I looked down at my watch I had gone over the minute. I did this 15 times and probably covered about 2 1/2 miles. I came home so cold and puffed out, I thought I would have a lovely hot bath, to find out that we had no hot water so I am waiting for it to warm up now.
My next session says that you should run for 2 minutes and walk for 4 minutes and repeat this 5 times. It says you have a rest day in between but I still want to do my brisk walking and Davina DVDs. Not sure how I am going to fit my running in during the week - may need to get up at about 6am and do it before work.

Friday, 12 March 2010

A bit disappointed!

I only lost 1lb and 3/4 today and I have to admit to being a bit disappointed. I was hoping for at least 2lbs.

I have religiously stuck to my points and always had some left over, have walked and exercised so much that my legs are killing me. Not a naughty piece of food has passed my lips and there has been so much temptation at work! Mind you I have read somewhere that you should eat some of the activity points otherwise you body just tries to store food for energy for the extra exercise being done.

I am clinging to the fact that it is the time of the month and so that will make me heavier :-)

The next week or so could be difficult as I have friends round tomorrow for a Chinese, I have Pizza Hut and the cinema on Thursday and I have a girls weekend to London to celebrate a friend's 40th.

But I am determined to see this through. I think I really want to get to under 9stone. So 12 lbs to go and counting!!!!

As I dropped under the 10 stone mark today, my points have been recalculated and now I only get 16.

I have already done my 2 mile brisk walk today.
Date: 12th March
Weight: 9st 12 1/4 lb
Loss/Gain: 1 3/4 lbs
BMI: 26.1
Classed as: Overweight

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

I WILL get fit!!!

I am so determined to get thin and fit that today I did the mad thing of signing up for the Race for Life. I don't think I have done any running since I left school - apart from last Friday when I was late getting Zoe from pre-school and I half walked/ran down to the school. I don't class jogging on the spot on the Wii as running.
I have only signed up for the 5k run which is 3.1 miles or so I have been told.
Please, please sponsor me - all goes to Cancer Relief. You will be helping me get thinner and fitter and raise some money for a wonderful cause!!!

I am about to try another one of the Davina workouts. My new workout trousers arrived today - now I just need some industrial strength strapping for my boobs, tummy and bum and I will try my first run on Sunday morning - early before anyone is awake and can see me!!!

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

A funny sight

I went for my 2 mile walk at lunch time today and walked past a field that only had 3 cows in it. Two of the cows were laid down but the third cow was sat like a dog. It was the strangest sight. She watched me walk down past her field and then watched me walk back. She looked like she should be wearing a straw hat and chewing on a piece of straw. I almost expected her to start a conversation with me.
Going to do one of Davina's fitness DVD's tonight - watched a bit of it last night and it looks very, very hard. Let's hope I will be able to move in the morning.

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Energised Sunday

I have promised myself that I will only weigh myself once a week but yesterday I just had to weigh myself again. I couldn't quite believe that I had lost 4 lbs and just needed to double check the scales. Low and behold I was down to 9st 13 1/4lb. BUT I WILL NOT WEIGH MYSELF AGAIN NOW UNTIL FRIDAY!!!!!
I seem to have the exercise bug - even though just my brisk walking has made me ache! I did an hour on the Wii Fit Plus yesterday - Step, Hula Hooping, Cycling and lots of jogging and a bit more Step to cool down. I made sure that I was doing enough so that it made me out of breath and sweaty!
This morning, I woke early and it was so sunny, that I went off for another 30 minute brisk walk at 7am. I love the feeling of actually doing something that is good for you. It was blissfully quiet out but it was so, so cold!!!!
Then I had the brainwave of creating this blog - in the hope that if I say out loud that I am going to lose weight, then I will stick to it and if I have to make public any misdemeanours, then hopefully I will be shamed into not doing them again. Plus I hope for some extra encouragement by my readers and maybe even encourage others to try and lose some weight too!
I do worry that I have become a bit of a WW "convert" and I have started yapping about it to anyone who will listen! :-) But so far it has been so easy and the Tracker makes it easy to control my portion size.
My first goal set by the WW website is to lose 5% of my body weight which takes me to 9st 11lbs. I am not sure what my final goal will be but for my massive height of 5ft 1" I should weigh anywhere between 7st 8lb and 9st 6lb. I am thinking that I may like to be about 8 and a half stone and ofcourse then I need to maintain this weight.

Right I am off to do some cooking - some more WW Veg Curry and a Chilli and get the roast ready for later.
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read all this.

First Week Results

Well I signed up to WW online on Friday 26th Feb and was given 17 points a day. My weigh in days are Friday. I decided to do it online as due to the nature of my husband's job, I would probably end up having to take my four year old daughter to meetings with me and that does not appeal one bit.
I know that my issues are going to be around portion size and lack of exercise. I have quite good will power and find it quite easy to say no to tempting food but I know that my meals are all too big and that I do no exercise.
So how did I get on in the first week?
Firstly I have managed to stick to my points allowance quite easily and have always had points to carry over. Sunday I spent the day cooking some meals off the WW website and have been totally converted to the Veg Curry. I even exercised quite a bit.
On Sunday I did 40 minutes of Just Dance on the Wii and on Thursday I took my trainers to work and in my 30 lunch break, I went for a brisk walk. I set my timer on my iPhone and walked for 15 minutes and then when it went off, I walked back. When I got back to the office, I could barely talk so I knew that it had done me some good. I hope to do this twice a week as long as the weather is good.
So my weigh in was:
Date: 5th March
Weight: 10st 0lb
Loss/Gain: loss of 4 lbs
BMI: 26.5
Classed as: Overweight - still!

I am so chuffed with myself! I have found this first week quite easy and I am sure that it will not always be this good but I am definitely in the zone!!!! Bring on next week's weigh in.

A little about me and my weight struggles

A couple of weeks ago, I made the momentous decision to officially lose weight and join Weight Watchers. I have lost weight a couple of times, but just by myself. My usual "healthier eating" hasn't worked this time and everytime I weigh myself I have been getting heavier and heavier.

Ever since I can remember I have always been plump or fat. As a child I was plump and as I got older, I became fat. When I met James, my husband, 12 years ago I was a size 18, bordering on a size 20. I am only 5ft 1" so I probably looked pretty horrendous. I don't know how much I weighed but probably around 12 1/2 st and there are not many photos of me at this size. This photo is prior to 1999.
A few years ago my mum and step dad split up and it upset me quite a lot and I lost quite a bit of weight and got down to a size 14 and weighed just over 11 stone. My weight loss was pretty stupid though as I just stopped eating - definitely not the right way to go about it. Somehow, once I sorted myself out, I managed to maintain this size, and when I got married in July 2004 with a bit of dieting I was about 10 1/2 stone.
I love crafting and in 2008 I started a 365 challenge on UK Scrappers. This involved taking a photo a day and journalling about it. I made 4 albums of my photos and journal posts. On the 1st Jan 2008, the first post was about New Resolutions and number one on the list "Lose some weight - am 10st 9lb - eek!!!"

I didn't do anything about this until 4th April when I decided that I would watch what I eat and cut out all the rubbish. This photo is from the 8th April 2008
My post for that day reads "I hate looking at myself in the mirror as all I see is a fat person staring back at me. I know I am not thin and I have a poor sense of body image about myself. However the person staring back at me seems to be fatter than I think I am and definitely bigger then I should be."

On 19th May 2008, I had got down to 10 st 1lb and my journalling for that day states that my dream was to get down to 9 stone. On 5th July I was 9st 131/2 lb and 9th August I was 9 st 11lb and had just bought a size 12 t-shirt
By the end of August that year I was fitting into size 12 skinny jeans from Next. The lowest weight I got to was 9st 8lb on 2nd December 2008 and I posted that I wanted to lose another 1/2 stone. However I lost momentum and slowly went back up to 10 st 4lb which I feel really sad about.

Which brings me up to Friday 26th Feb 2010 when I finally decided that I needed some help and signed up for Weight Watchers On-line.

Date: 26th Feb 2010
Weight: 10st 4lb
BMI: 27.2
Classed as: Overweight (like I don't know that!!!)

I still fit into size 12 clothes but they are all pretty tight. The time has come to make some changes!