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!