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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?

 

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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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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!

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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.

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Have you ever set yourself any challenges recently?

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A few words

A few words

I have recently been having a few words with myself since my last weigh-in, you may or may not know that I have been attending Slimming world since October 2014, since then there have been good weeks and there have been bad weeks. Last week saw a gain and I felt awful, I guess it was to be expected but I still felt bad and have since had a few words with myself.

I am thinking this gain came from a few naughty treats or possibly the past few weekends catching up with me…..Whoops! well it was needed and I really enjoyed letting my hair down for a while.

After having a few words with myself I have made a promise to myself to get back on track and get focused again. I would love to get to target for my birthday in August, this would be awesome and the best gift to myself ever, this would mean that I would need to lose 2 lb a week between now and my birthday (if no gains get in the way). This may sound easy for some and harder for others but all I can and WILL do is try my best, after all this girl loves a challenge.

My losses have been lowest 1/2 lb and my highest  5 lb in a week.  There have also been gains in-between these losses on the odd week here and there.

I have now been using my syn box a lot more as this slipped a bit. This is a box that I have been using to put all my daily allowance treats in (measured), when the box is empty I would then know that I was at my daily allowance of syns, I find this really helps me to keep track of what I have had that day.

So far I have lost 2 st 8 lbs and I really don’t want to ruin my weight loss by putting it back on. Since I have lost my weight that I have lost so far I already feel more healthier, happy and confident in myself and this is with only loosing half of what I want to lose.

So since I have had a few words with myself I made a promise to myself to get back on track, I went back to treating my weight loss like it was a first week again, used my syn box a lot more, I even put pictures on the fridge of before my journey and a more recent one, now I see these pictures everyday and see how far I have come so far, I also remembered my reasons for wanting to join Slimming World and that feeling of my first loss and how amazing I felt.

Moving forward a week and my weigh-in night, guess what it has all paid off I have gone and lost 4 lb this week and I feel amazing, yes I beat myself up a little over last weeks gain but I needed that kick up the bum to get me fully focused again.

The challenge is now on, I am going to try my best to get a minimum of 2 lb loss every week between now and August so I can be at my target weight for my birthday…..Fingers crossed!

This was me last June.

A few words

This was me this week. I’ve still a long way to go but I’m feeling much more healthier, confident and happy in myself, this is after 25 weeks.

A few words

 
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Goodbye weight loss

 Goodbye weight loss

 

All I can say right now is “WOW” It is just amazing, I am now two and a half stone lighter than I was when I started my weight loss journey back in October, goodbye weight loss, goodbye two and a half stone.

This is madness, I never in a million years had thought I’d get this far….But I have and I am doing a happy dance right now!

I have been sticking to plan as much as possible, yes I have had the odd what I call “naughty night” where a nice take-away or night out would be enjoyed, but how boring would my journey be if I didn’t.

I have been making a few changes to my day-to-day life since my last post:

Leaving the car at home and walking to work when I can.

I have been feeling more active so I have been having more active fun with the boys, this is something I am really enjoying.

Still going to the gym but spending that bit longer there.

Now the weather is better I have been enjoying bike rides with the kid’s.

Enjoying long walks.

The biggest help of all has been meal planning. Preparing meals in advance and freezing them has been a great help to me with being a working mum and not having a great deal of time for meal preparation.

I have made myself a little treat box called “syn bin” I would fill this up with my daily allowance of treats, once the box was empty I was then aware I was at my daily allowance, anything eaten after that I was then over that allowance. I find this helps me a great deal to help me keep on plan.

Lots of little changes that have helped me to continue my journey and receive this last night at group.

Goodbye weight loss

All these changes have helped me get to where I am at the moment along with attending group every week, everyone in group is so friendly and supportive whether it be a loss that week or even a gain, I have never felt judged or made to feel bad. Every week I have walked away from slimming world group feeling positive and with fantastic advice to help me through the week.

Some weeks I would get weighed and think oh no I have only lost 1 lb this week, but when I saw this at group I now think differently.

This is what lb of fat would look like.

 Goodbye weight loss

 I will no longer say “only a lb loss this week” again after seeing this.

I am really enjoying my journey with Slimming World (link added for anyone who may wish to search for a group local to them). I am now half way to reaching my target and would never of got anywhere near where I am now without their help. I am hoping to reach my target by my birthday in August, this would be my birthday gift to myself. How great would that be, saying goodbye weight loss, goodbye 5 stone for a birthday gift to myself, it would be amazing!

When I set myself this challenge to loose 5 stone it was something I thought would have taken me forever to achieve, so to get this far already has amazed me. Have you ever set yourself any challenges?

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Looking ahead

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Looking ahead

 

Looking ahead to positive things in life, we all love to do it don’t we, well we do anyway!

Now that the christmas decorations are down and the new year begins we have been looking ahead to what this year has in store.

Here are a few of our favourite things.

We have celebrations to look forward to, those being grandparents 60th wedding anniversary and a parents 60th birthday. Family will be getting together to help them celebrate.

Our home is in need of a freshen up after the decorations coming down it always looks bare so we have decided a good lick of paint is in store and should brighten the place up. I am feeling a little daring, we always just go for a cream/magnolia colour but now I feel like adding a little warmth and character to our home this time.

We will also be celebrating our crystal wedding anniversary in August, wow where have those fifteen years gone.

We also hope to be celebrating Danny passing his driving test, he is currently having lessons and is feeling positive. We all have our fingers crossed for him.

Excitement is also kicking in as we are attending Brit mum’s live for the first time in June, we are very nervous but also very excited.

Our little blog is going to be becoming a year old, wow the first year has flown by and been amazing. We have really enjoyed sharing our life’s up’s and downs with you all.

Hopefully this year I hope to be able to get my massage business up and running, I had planned to get this all set up last year but plans was forced to go on hold following my car accident. Fingers crossed this can be set up this year.

When looking ahead we are all very excited about our family holiday, we have booked a sports holiday to go on. We are a sporty family who love the outdoors so we have booked a log cabin on a lake for a week where we have fishing on our door step, an all-weather ski slope, roller skating, multi sport court, nature trails, bike riding, gym and much much more.

I will also be looking ahead and planning a shopping spree, due to my determination to loose weight I have started to notice that my clothes are starting to become to big for me so new clothes are now needed. So far I have lost 1 & 1/2 stone and I am still going.

Do you like to look ahead to fun things to come?

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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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