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Life changes

Life changes

Life changes

A while back I ended up in an awful car accident. This saw me ending up being cut free from the car, hospitalised for just under two weeks and paralysed down my left side due to nerve damage. I was in a wheelchair for a while and had to learn to walk again.

With not being very mobile this saw the lbs pile on which at the time I was just glad to have survived the accident and it couldn’t have been further from my mind.

Life changes

Once I was more mobile thanks to the intense physio sessions and reflexology treatment I had on a weekly basis I started to gradually build myself back up again. Once more mobile I signed up to attend our local Slimming World group. Back then I managed to lose 3 stone and I was so proud of myself as I had gone through so much and had come such a long way. I had the determination which was amazing and I felt so much better and confident in myself.

My aim back then was to lose about 5 stone, I was over half way there but then life had gotten in the way. Things happened and I ended up suffering from depression due to certain issues. This is where comfort eating kicked in then yes you guessed it, the weight piled back on.
No I am not proud but hey what can I do but pick myself back up and start again. Now I am starting to feel better in myself again I feel that I am in the right mind-set again to try again. I have amazing support around me from Ian, my 3 beautiful boys, work colleagues and even neighbours.
Ian is my rock and said he will help support me in any way he can as he knows it means so much to me to get this weight off and my confidence back.

I have now joined Slimming World again, this time round it is a different group as we’ve moved house since my last journey. I am now 2 weeks into my new journey and I’m currently 6.5 lbs lighter already. I am so happy to be on my Slimming World journey again, I was so happy last time until I sadly suffered with depression.

This time round I am not going to be so hard on myself, I am going to set small goals along the way and little Interim goals. My first little goal is to try and lose 1 stone by my birthday (7th August). This is purely set as a birthday gift to myself. I still have a few weeks to do it in, I feel like I can do it so I’m going to give it my best shot. If I don’t do it then no harm is done I am just happy at the moment with any loss.

To help myself get up and moving I have signed up to do a 5k run. Well they say run but you walk, crawl, skip even hop just as long as you complete the 5k. I done a 5k run a few years back and completed it within 36 minutes. By the time I completed the run yes I did crawl over the finish line and no I couldn’t even talk for 10 minutes but I did complete it and it felt amazing.

All I need to do now is stay as focused as I can and keep telling myself to keep thinking positive.

Lifestyle, Weight loss

Finding myself again

Finding myself again

New group new start

So today saw my first weeks weigh in at my new Slimming world group. Was I nervous? yes. Was I excited? yes. Was I pleased with my result? hell yes. Any weight off in my opinion is good and all I hope for.

I am taking a new approach to my weight loss this time round, I am setting myself small goals rather than one big one. My aim at the moment is to lose one stone by my birthday (7th August) but if it doesn’t happen it doesn’t matter it is just something to aim for at the moment. Today was my first weigh in and I am very excited to say that I am now 5 lb lighter. Next week I am aiming for my half stone award…..I can do this!

Small steps…small steps!

Ian has been a huge support to me, I sat down and explained to him that I am not happy with my weight and sadly haven’t been now for a while. I am kicking myself big time for putting my weight back on that I lost before our move but I only have myself to blame.

I sat and chatted with Ian and we have both agreed to get back into meal planning and batch cooking again. I found this a huge help last time. He is now on board and has agreed to learn new and healthier recipes with me. We both work long days so it isn’t just one of us cooking it is both of us which is why it is best we both learn this together so it helps to keep me on plan.

Diet coke chicken is something different I had heard mentioned a few times in my old group. I recently made it for us all to try and we all enjoyed it. Meal prep plays a huge part for us, with working such long days and not getting home until late, gone 9 pm most nights the last thing we want to be doing then is chopping and dicing vegetables but yet we want a nice homemade meal.

Finding myself again

Batch cooking meals in the only way so far I have found helps us to stick to healthy home cooked meals. Now Ian is on board and is willing to learn this makes it all the more easier to stay on plan. Ian is normally a lover of using his takeaway app to order in when I am out working late. Yes I enjoy the odd takeaway but I’d much prefer a nice healthy home cooked meal. Ian is a good cook and just needs reminding of that.

What we are currently doing is looking at healthy slow cooker recipes and also have a change about with our current eating habits. What I would like to do is find nice recipes that we can all enjoy. I may be out some nights until gone 9 pm but I certainly don’t expect Ian and the boys to wait for me before having their meal, certainly not at that time. Fingers are crossed for a minimum of a 2 lb loss for next week so it will then take me to half stone.

What is your favorite family meal?

 

Lifestyle, Top tips, Weight loss

How To Break a Weight Loss Plateau

How To Break a Weight Loss Plateau

How To Break a Weight Loss Plateau

If you have ever embarked on a weight loss journey, you have more than likely come across the dreaded weight loss plateau. This can be frustrating to dieters, particular since it seems to come from nowhere, stalling weight loss efforts that may previously have being going well.

So why do weight loss plateaus occur, especially when you’re doing the same things that made you lose weight in the first place? Here we’ll explore some of the reasons weight plateaus happen and what you can do about it.

Reasons For Hitting A Weight Loss Plateau

To break through your body’s weight set point means understanding what might be working against it.

Decrease of Metabolism: Adaptive thermogenesis is the scientific term for what happens to the body when calories are reduced. Essentially, over time, the body adjusts itself to fewer calories and eventually the metabolic rate drops.

For instance, let’s say you eat 2000 calories in your diet then reduce it to 1,500 calories. It makes sense for your body to grab the 500 calorie difference from your fat reserves, except (unfortunately) it doesn’t work that way. Studies have shown that the body simply adjusts itself to surviving on 1500 calories. This is the body’s way of intelligently preserving itself, great for survival, not so great for your waist line.

Food intake increases: Being on restrictive diet day in and day out can cause a major increase in appetite. This can lead to scenarios when binge eating may occur, causing the calorie deficient for that week to be lost through overeating.

Water weight returns: In the first few weeks when losing weight, there’s usually a rapid drop in water weight. This water is lost as the body utilises carbohydrate stores as glycogen (sugar). Since carbohydrate intake goes up and down day-to-day, it’s not unusual to gain some of that water weight back.

How To Break A Plateau

While it’s good to know why weight loss plateaus occur, it’s even better to find out how to reverse it and start losing weight. Below are some of the methods that are tried, tested and effective.

Lose the Weight slowly: Although it’s exhilarating to see the pounds fly off, fast weight loss usually correlates with fast weight gain. Try to lose no more than 1% of your total body weight per week, which is usually 1-3 pounds.

Change your fitness routine: To take your daily exercise routine to another level, try varying your exercise routine. This means your body muscles don’t get used to working out in one particular way.

Re-feeding: While it may sound counterproductive, you could actually lose more weight by increasing calories. For example, once a week increase your calories by 10-20%. This can stimulate the metabolism which often helps to break a weight loss plateau.

Try Orlistat to increase loss: This is an over the counter weight loss medication vouched for by thousands of people. How Orlistat works is by stopping the absorption of fat in the gut. This allows it to pass through the body undigested and, in turn, reduce the overall calories absorbed by the body.

If you are having an issue with occasional overeating, Orlistat is an effective way to stay on track and continue losing weight, even on “cheat days”.

Final Thoughts

A weight loss plateau does not have to spell the end of your diet. The tips above show that with a few tweaks it’s possible to continue dropping the pounds. Try one or two and see what works best for your lifestyle and body.

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Weight loss

Challenge update

Challenge update

Challenge update

Well I set myself a challenge a while back and that was to lose five stone by my birthday, I have just had my weigh-in and thought I’d give you a challenge update and let you all know how I’m getting on.

I can now safely say that unfortunately I didn’t quite make the five stone loss I would have liked to have had by my birthday but I am still happy and I now weigh-in a whooping 3 stone lighter. Ok it’s not the five stone wanted, yes I am gutted but I am also extremely pleased with how far I have managed to get so far.

I am still going to keep up with my weight loss, I still want that five stone off that I set back in October last year, I want to get to target. My weight loss is still going in the right direction, it may be taking me longer than planned but I am healthy, I am happy, I am enjoying losing the weight so I have told myself there is no rush. I have been to weigh-in and put on, I have been to weigh-in and maintained but I have also been to weigh-inns and lost but I always attend group and face whatever the result may be. Not every week has been a perfect week with a loss but I’m only human after all.

Ian has also joined Slimming World, he joined back in March and he has lost a massive 2 stone so far, we attend group together when Ian is not on night shift at work, we support each other and help to keep each other on the right track and heading in the right direction. Our home is a Slimming World home, we still have the odd naughty treat but I can say those treats are truly enjoyed when we do have them now and they really are a treat!

Challenge update

Weight loss

Getting back on track

getting back on track

Getting back on track

I have been a slimming world member since October and have only ever missed one or two meetings in that time. I have recently found myself slowly getting back into my old ways again of eating all the wrong foods. Admittedly I do enjoy the odd bit of chocolate and a nice take-away but it has started to become a more regular habit again rather than just the odd enjoyed treat once in a while. I am now in a situation of needing to break out of that habit yet AGAIN and start getting back on track.

I don’t know how or why I’ve ended up over the past two or three weeks back in my old bad habits again, I could really kick myself at the moment.

To help me try and find my motivation again I have written myself a for and against list, I have written this as a way to help me understand why I wanted to lose weight and why I wanted to join slimming world in the first place.

My for list is:

loosing weight will hopefully help improve my health.

Hopefully help my energy levels.

I will be less breathless.

My confidence will hopefully improve.

I will feel more happier within myself.

Loosing weight will be something I want, it will be something I can achieve by myself and will be something I have done that’s just for me.

This will be something my boys will know I’m doing and I can make them proud. It will also show them that once you set your heart on something that you really want it can happen as long as you work hard at it and put 100% into it.

Bringing slimming world into my home life will also help my boys to understand about how to make better/healthier choices.

I will have more energy to have more active fun and adventures with Ian and the boy’s.

Enjoy new healthier food’s.

My against list is:

I am scared I am going to fail and will not be able to stick with it.

I am scared everyone will think I am useless.

I love my food too much to give it up.

It will be easier to just stay as I am.

I am scared that loosing weight will change me as a person, meaning personality wise.

Ian may not like/love the new confident, skinnier me.

Other people may not like the new me.

I started slimming world to achieve a goal set by me for me, refreshing my memory of the reason I started this challenge has really helped. Writing this has taken me back to my old feelings of my pre slimming world days and this was so needed.

I don’t know how or why I ended up back in my old ways again, this has definitely shown me how easy it can be done.

To help me start to try and get focused again I stayed behind after group to speak with my slimming world consultant, our chat helped me and I now feel as if I’m slowly getting back in the right frame of mind again.

I was doing so well and was starting to feel good about myself, I will shift the weight gained by those treats eaten, I’ve only myself to blame for my gain.

I have told myself “not to give up, pick myself back up and keep going, everyone has bad day’s” so this is what I’m going to do!

Here is a picture of how I’ve done so far.

getting back on track

Have you ever set yourself any challenges recently?

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New me is now in sight

3 stone loss

New me is now in sight

Yikes! guess what? I only went and weighed-in at my 3st loss. Yes there was tears, silly I know but this means so much to me. A new me is now in sight!

This now means I need to lose another 2st and then I will be at my target, I am so excited. My weight-loss journey so far has been fun with lost of ups and downs along the way. I don’t feel as if I am on a diet, with Slimming World we still get to have our treats (limited of course).

To be honest all I have done is make a few food changes (healthy swaps), watch my food intake (Doing a food diary) and exercise (Body magic)…..Oh yes and not consume the amount of alcohol I once used to have. Before attending Slimming World I could have quite easily had a good few glasses of wine once opened, now I can happily have just the one or two glasses.

Admittedly my weight-loss journey has not been a loss every week, I have been to weigh-in before and put on 3.5lb….Whoops! when this happens I just give myself a good talking to rather than let it get me down, this helps and makes me more determined to get that loss the following week. I just reminded myself why I joined Slimming World in the first place.

new me is now in sight

I am loving that the new me is now in sight, I have now started to notice body changes, I now fit in clothes two sizes smaller than I once used to wear, I am now feeling much healthier, I have more energy, I don’t get half as breathless as I once use to, confidence in myself is starting to come back, but the one thing that is making me smile most out of it all is having the energy to do things more with my boy’s.

I do hope to reach my target for my birthday in August but to be honest I am not fussed when it happens as long as it comes off that is all I wish for. I did set out to do it for my birthday as a birthday gift to myself, but being close to it will be good enough for me!

 

Me last June

New me is now in sight

  Me today. A new me is now in sight.

A new me is now in sight

Here is to the next 2st!

One thing I will admit to not doing before I started my weight-loss journey was keep an eye on my weight and BMI. I never actually checked to see what my healthy weight should be. Is this something you keep an eye on? I keep a very close eye on mine now….Admitedly I am not happy with mine but it is something I am working on using this hight/weight chart from the NHS.

new me is now in sight
Chart credit to NHS
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Two stone weight loss

Two stone weight loss

 

Well this is something I never thought I’d see, I never thought I would ever get this far on my weight loss journey but I have made it, I am here, I am now at my two stone weight loss and it feels bloody awesome. It took me longer than planned but hey I am here and that is all I should worry about, it is not a race and they say “slow and steady wins the race”

I wont lie not every week has been a good week, there has been the odd week where I have had a gain, nothing big but I did put on or even maintained and stayed the same, not every week can be a perfect week now can it, what can I say this girl loves chocolates and the odd biscuit now and then.

My weight loss journey started back on the 8th of October last year when I was not feeling happy with my appearance and I knew I was over weight so I decided it was time to do something about it before it caused any health problems. My goal is to loose minimum of five stone and I am nearly half way there now, so close but still yet so far but I will get there eventually.

I have recently made some changes to help me with my weight loss journey, I have recently joined a gym, I really did not want to add to our monthly out goings but I knew I would need help with exercising as I don’t have any exercise equipment at home so I took out a gym membership.

I have been attending keep fit classes such as:

Zumba

20/20/20

Hi/Lo

Leg’s Bum’s and Tums

Synrgy

I have also been using the swimming pool and taken advantage of the fab exercise equipment on offer in the gym. Going to the gym with friends is rather fun, we have been challenging each other and we also push each other to do that bit more. What I have been finding difficult is time to go to the gym, I work and some nights I don’t finish until late, but when I am able to get there to use the equipment I love it and really feel great after a good work out….Even if I am knackered!

What we are looking into getting is some exercise equipment at home so I can then look into not needing the out lay of the gym membership, I can then exercise at home with out the rushing about after work to get to the gym, this would be a better and a more relaxed approach to exercise for me after a day at work.

All in all I am enjoying loosing weight and noticing my body/health changes.

Two stone weight loss

 

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January weight loss update

 January weight loss update

 

January weight loss updateI said I would keep you all updated on my weight loss, so here is my January weight loss update. Well I have surprised myself, I am still going, admittedly in the past I would have given up by now but I am surprisingly still going. I started my weight loss back in October, I started because I was looking at pictures of myself and hated what I was seeing, I looked and felt like one bit fat lump and if I admit it to myself I just did not feel good about myself. I was feeling down due to health problems and being in pain a lot of the time so I took to comfort eating.

Three months on and I am still going, I started my weight loss journey on the 8th October and on the 20th October I was awarded my 1/2st award and that felt amazing and gave me the drive to carry on. I was then awarded my 1stone award on 12th November and I will admit it brought a tear to my eye as I never in a million years thought I would keep this up. On the 22nd December my christmas came early and I was awarded an award for 1&1/2stone weight loss and words can’t describe how I am feeling at the moment.

My aim at the start of my weight loss journey was to loose about 4-5 stone, my dream is to be able to fit back into my wedding dress as I keep scaring Ian that if/when I fit in it again I would love to renew our wedding vows as the kid’s keep asking for us to do it as they would love to see us get married, they say they want to walk me up the aisle.

So if there is anything I would love to happen this year for me it would be to reach my dream weight as I have never really stuck it out before when dieting, so here goes, lets see if I can do it.

This was my January weight loss update, more diet updates to follow soon!

january weight loss update

 

 

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