Saturday, 28 April 2012

3rd goal reached! - total loss 21lb!

So! I lost 6lb over the last 2 weeks and that means I have reached my third goal of 20lbs lost since February - 20lbs in 2 months! I'm pretty pleased with that, especially because I went away over easter with a group of friends and had to eat when we could - & in line with them - and as a vegetarian, my choices were limited - and so I did put on a few pounds over easter! I've also had to postpone the running / pause the running after two things happened to stop it - 1. my running partner / mum badly sprained her foot and could barely walk, and 2. WE GOT A PUPPY!!  

Her name is KImber and she's a 11 week old lemon beagle, and we've had her for 2 weeks - oddly enough the same length of time since I last weighed. She's gone from 2 to 4kg since we got her! She's my birthday present from my husband for my 35th birthday and so I've not had space to go running as I'm housetraining, teaching her her name, training her to sit, etc - and the 10-15 minute school run now takes 25-30 minutes and is not at a brisk pace. Eventually though, the idea is that she *will* be able to come running with me, which will not only help encourage me, but also keep me feeling safer and keep her nice and fit (beagles can get chubby if they don't get enough excercise, just like me!). She's going to like me being fitter and healthier too.

Also as an added side note, I now weigh under 15 stone and okay, only just. However, I can barely remember the last time I was under 15 stone and I'm not sure it was any time in the last 8 years...

Wednesday, 4 April 2012


I have my 2nd 25 minute run coming up! I'm on week 7 of the 9 week c25k plan but I feel a bit yuck.

I am going on holiday Friday, to winterborne Houghton in Dorset, with hubby, son and 4 other couples (and two other children). I've planned my running route but I'm a bit worried about pub lunches & evenings of drinking, which has always been par for the course with this group of friends but not how I live anymore! Wish me luck!

Monday, 2 April 2012

April 1st - lost 1 stone!

Since starting in February I've lost a stone and am very pleased about it, as you can imagine.
Clothes are fitting better and thanks to the running, my calves and tummy are firming up as well. I'm still size 16, still 36g, still officially obese, but it's still a really good start. Looking forward to lots more coming off!
A 25 minute run tonight, I'm nervous but quietly confident!

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Reasons to be Fit

Reasons to be Fit submitted by c0ffee-diet


So, with the news this morning that I have lost 11lb in total since starting this thing 5 weeks ago, making me 213lbs now, or 15 stone 3lb, and ALSO having just run for 20 minutes without stopping on the cto5k plan (I feel half dead right now), I think it's time to set my goals!

I started at 224lbs. If I aim for 150lbs that takes me to a healthy weight without being too extreme! That gives me :

75lb to lose

Start weight 224lbs - 16stone - 17/02/12
10lb - 214lb - 15stone 4lb - lost 25/03/12!
10lb - 204lb  - 14stone 8lb
10lb - 194lb - 13stone 12lb - bmi overweight not obese!
10lb - 184lb - 13stone 2lb
10lb - 174lb - 12stone 6lb
10lb - 164lb - 11stone 10lb - healthy BMI 11 stone 8lb!
10lb - 154lb - 11stone
4lb - healthy weight of 150lb = 10stone 10lb!

Saturday, 24 March 2012

1st Month

Okay, so it's a little longer than one month but it's a rough estimate.

I have lost 7lb in weight so far and have changed the way I eat to something more sustainable. I have also started the Couch to 5k plan for running / training and am up to week 5, with my first big run tomorrow - 20 minutes non stop (and yes, I'm nervous).

I use the 'My FitnessPal' Android app to track my calories in the foods I eat and weigh out the amounts for breakfast cereal and pasta. After using it for a few weeks I started to get the idea and don't track on the app anymore, but still use it once in a while to look something up. It looks at your weight & advises you how many calories you should have a day, and also when you are slightly under it tells you what weight you'll be if you keep it up - which so far has been pretty accurate! It's also helped me to stop drinking cider during the week as once you know the calorie cost you can make a decision - for example last night I chose to have 2 drinks and enjoyed them. Before starting this I'd have 2 drinks most nights and many more at weekends.

I've not stopped eating anything in particular, just in moderation. I had fish & chips from the takeaway once and also a chinese takeaway, - in fact the day after the chinese I'd lost 2lb that week! As long as you control portion sizes and avoid the deep fried rubbish, it's still possible to do it. I also eat biscuits at my mums house twice a week and have had one cadbury's cream egg so far - with many more planned (what? It's a weakness!). We eat a lot of salads for evening meals but rather than the salards we used to have with all the fattening bits, we have lettuce, cucumber, tomato, watercress, seeds, flaked nuts, dried fruit, avocado etc - enough so it's filling and they are all good sources of good fats rather than crappy empty fats. Also? Really tasty ;) We eat fruit for pudding, and bananas on run days.

The Couch to 5k plan is amazing. In the first week you run for 60 seconds and walk for 90, and repeat for 20 minutes (with 5 minutes walking either end to warm up and cool down). Next week the run is 90 seconds. By week 3 you're running for 3 minutes, and now at week 5 my last run was 8 minutes twice, with a 5 minute walk in between. You run every other day, with a rest day in between, and once a week we have 2 days off. My husband Justin is doing it too and is noticeably thinner and fitter - he's also lost 7lb since we started, and didn't have as far to go as me ;) My mum also runs with me and although she's a uk size 10 & healthy weight, she is 72, so is doing well!

The things we want to eat have changed. I think we now associate good=healthy. The day after our chinese, my mum talked about needing to go buy a cucmber and some tomatoes and we both said 'mmmmm!' - we were craving healthy foods. It's such a nice feeling to be satisfied but not stuffed and heavy. The foods we used to eat made us sluggish and we both have lots more energy now we're eating lighter foods. It's exciting to eat this way, and we don't feel worse afterwards!

Looking forward, I'm excited to weigh myself tomorrow - if I haven't lost weight, I kknow I've lost inches, and my clothes are looking better. I'm apprehensive about the 20 minute run but know that in the next few weeks, I'll be running for 30 - it's a 9 week program so I'm more than half-way through. I want to start introducing a weight lifting / yoga gentle routine for my rest days from running to help tone up the upper body a bit more - I want my saggy arms to go! - and at the moment I walk to my mums twice a week which is 20 minutes each way - although it already appears to be 15 minutes each way already. As the weather gets warmer & sunnier we'll be spending more weekends digging in the allotment and going out for walks by the river so it'll be easy to get more 'accidental' exercise. What will be tricky will be not eating out at every pub we pass - but it'll be an interesting challenge to go for healthy vegetarian options with smaller portion sizes. I'm excited to think that before long I'll be able to go running by the river like you see 'real' runners do - at the moment I run slower than I walk, I think! :D

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Starting out

So! I'm starting this blog to keep track & keep inspired to get fit. I'm not going to mind the weight loss, but the health issues are the main reason.

About me:
I will be 35 this year and I'm a uk size 16, and was a 14 before I had my son 7 years ago. I'm 5'7 and on the BMI index I'm officially obese. I'm a stay at home mum and housewife but am also slightly agoraphobic so don't go out very often. There's no room in my house for a home gym and I would NOT go to a public gym. I'm not a morning person, I'm one of those who are very sluggish for the first hour or so after I've woken up no matter what the time - but during the week I'm alone during school hours. I have a Wii (with Wii Fit Plus and also Your Fitness Coach), an exercise ball and some resistance bands, and I have some small neoprene weights. I have 2 good fitting sports bras (36G so very important!), some good trousers and shorts and a couple of running tops.

History (Weight-wise):
I've been to Weight Watchers twice and lost a stone each time, and quite enjoyed it (but couldnt afford to pay for it any more). I found their system fairly good to follow as you can eat what you want within reason and just make sure you balance it properly within your points allowance. Also it taught me to always look at calories and fat levels on food. I've got an allotment and find it easy to eat well during the summer months, but I'm a sucker for adding weight back on in winter. Another problem I've found is that I'm vegetarian and when I'm on holiday in the summer time the veggie options when we eat out *always* include cheese by the gallon. I come home from holiday much larger than when I went!

Last year I lost nearly a stone again by religiously using Wii fit, jogging on the spot and doing routines from some of my dvds. It was good until I went on holiday for three weeks in a place that was, frankly, a bit rubbish for food. By the time I came back I'd got used to eating fatty foods again and had put on weight & was too disillusioned to get back to it. So this year I plan to use this blog to keep me on track no matter what happens!

I plan to start next week - Today is Wednesday 15th February and I've basically had a cold for 2012 this year so have been very sluggish & sitting about. The rest of the week we've got half term activities - visiting Grandma, going to the Science Museum, etc, so I'm going to start when the boy goes back to school next Tuesday - as far as exercising goes. We eat reasonably healthily but I'll log foods for the next few days and get used to 'all this sort of thing' - sharing it all!