#50lbs in 50 Weeks Challenge 2016

Sunday, 3 January 2016

For those of you who have been following me for a while you will know that I started a challenge back in September called 50lbs in 50. There was a lot of interest at the start but as we got closer to Christmas people started to drop out or gain and there was very few people who were on track. 

So with that in mind it was decided by the majority that we would choose to start afresh in January and open it to old and new and get back on it. The new challenge for 2016 will run from 4th January, with the first week 4th-10th being initial weigh in and challenge ending the week beginning 19th December. 

The aim of the challenge is to lose 50lbs in 50 weeks. That's a pound a week which is very realistic and most weight loss programmes suggest that 1-2lbs a week loss is the best way to lose weight. If you don't have 50lbs to lose then that's ok you can still join in as well. Your aim would be lb a week then to maintain for the rest of the journey. At the end of the day we are all in same boat. 

So there are a few rules: 

- update with weight loss weekly, if your going to miss a week that's ok just be sure to let us know. 
- 5 missed weeks without informing us will result in you being taken out of the challenge i'm afraid. 
- There is a Charity fine for every lb gained in this challenge unless at maintenance which it is then optional unless you are outside your goal range. Fines can be paid at www.justgiving.com/50lbsin50

If you wish to join all you have to do is get in contact via email, twitter, or instagram with your weigh in day before the 11th January. 

Good luck to you all taking part, i'm excited for this fresh start. 

Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016

Saturday, 2 January 2016

OMG its 2016 where has this 2015 gone? It feels like it should be like the summer or something. Its crazy. I feel like so little has happened in 2015 but when I actually look back I have had some good and some bad this year. So here is 2015 in review.

I started the year off with my birthday month. Enough said. I had a pamper day and afternoon tea. What more could I wish for? Unfortunately things took a little turn for worse in March when I fell poorly. I spent most of April in bed being poorly, it wasn't a great time for me.

When I was feeling better though I had the delight of meeting two of my lovely fellow twitter girlies in London and we had great fun at Harry Potter studio tour.

I also made some new great friends as well this year and had some good days out and evenings, including laser quest, karaoke nights, girlie nights, cinema dates you name it. I’m looking forward to all the things we are planning for 2016.

There was some sad times as well in 2015, we finally had the inquest into my nans death after 2 years which was rather intense few days. I’ve also had lots of problems with my back, its unfortunately prevented me from doing lots of things with my friends and resulted in lots of cancellations and some time off work. I’ve had two lots of diazepam, been seeing a chiropractor, regular weekly massages, and now I'm going into 2016 with physiotherapy sessions. Lets hope it all gets better soon and I can get back to normal.

Now for 2016, I’ve re-joined the gym, and restarted #50lbsin50 challenge and moved across to using my fitness pal to stay on track. I’m not really setting any new years resolution's other than to take better care of myself. Its a very broad resolution but it means doing what I want to do for myself and what's best for me. Life has always been about making everyone else happy for me, now its about making me happy.

#50lbsin50 Week 9 Challenge

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Welcome to week 9!

Last weeks challenge was about getting back to basics and for many of us it was a success. However a few of us have been struggling still and the weight loss train is coming back round to pick us all up again. So lets hop on board and do this. Its not too late to make a difference in time for Christmas. If you need some help then don't be ashamed to ask for it, just use #50lbsin50 and someone will be there. As someone reminded me this week its what the challenge is all about.

The challenges have been about making changes and things that can help us with our journeys and this weeks challenge is not exception.


Sleep is an important for our bodies to process what we have eaten for the day and recover from the days activities. For some the issue is getting to sleep and for others its waking up a lot during the night. I often find its both.

There are many apps for help with getting to sleep and with monitoring your sleep and how often you get up. I have a fitbit and many other devices do the same, or you can get apps for your phone. But a few basic things that can help are:

- reduce caffeine after 3-4pm. Your body needs 6 hours to process caffeine before you go to bed or will still feel the effects.

- Make sure your room is dark enough. Even the slightest bit of light from an alarm clock or LED standby light can effect your bodies ability to get to sleep or stay asleep.

- Stop eating 2 hours before bed. This allows your body to process food correctly and its bad for your stomach to go to bed with a full stomach.

There are lots of other techniques as well which can be found online. What do you find works for you? Do you use any apps or particular techniques?

self-sabotage: why do we do it?

Thursday, 22 October 2015

If your anything like me then as soon as things seem to be going right and you have it all straight in your head you go and do something to fuck it up again. Excuse my language but I felt it was important to emphasise exactly what it is I've been doing.

I did it when I lost 4st before (in 2012) and got to my lowest weight, I then stayed within 5 same lbs for about 6 months and now suddenly gained it all back and 8.5lbs more on top to get me to my heaviest last September.

Since then for me its been such a slow journey, very much two steps forward and then one step back, but it always seems the step back is much bigger than my steps forward. It took me from mid-end September last year to Feb to lose the first stone and get into next bracket. But since then its been up down, up down, up down and I've only lost another 6lbs.

I really need to do something, to stop seeing myself doing well and then sabotaging myself, I start the day off well, on track, and then by the evening comes I seem to mess it all up again.

It’s my sweet tooth that's doing it for me. I want all the bad things, sweets, chocolate and biscuits. It doesn't help that I live with others who can have these things and offer me some, but its my decision whether to say yes or no or even lately sneaking some. I always feel guilty after doing this. I seem to just eat it without really thinking about it or saying oh sod it.

What are your top tips for avoiding this? how can you stop yourself sabotaging yourself? why do we treat ourselves so badly?

I keep saying a new day, fresh start, get back on track and it just doesn't seem to be happening. Until yesterday. The key was keeping myself busy, I had an away day with work and I made my packed lunch and snacks to take with me and as it involved lots of talks. It required a lot of concentration and I was never left bored with lots of time to think about food. I even somehow managed to resist the doughnut's and biscuits. The talk on well-being in afternoon was really interesting and had some great tips which will share soon with you all and it especially helped with the 3pm slump and the doughnuts being offered again. I was good and stuck to my cereal bars.

I hope this can be the start of something and keep myself focused again and I have managed to do enough to stop myself gaining on the scales on Friday. I’m also looking at joining my local leisure centre as well, one of my friends has started going and suggested it and to make it better they have an offer until end of month. My only concern is my back obviously but it includes 3 PT sessions and exercise is supposed to be good providing you do the right ones. So popping in later today to discuss it and who knows! I just need to work out whether going to go before work (not a morning person) or in evening (sleepy girl). I in particular want to get back to doing Couch to 5k and maybe some swimming/aqua aerobics.

I’ll keep you posted. Fingers crossed for staying on track.

#50lbsin50 Week 8

Wednesday, 21 October 2015


Can you believe that we are on week 8 already? I feel like time is flying so quickly at the moment. It seems week 7 was one of those weeks again, we had quite a few gains and then some good losses as well. I hope we all manage to get refocused and start heading towards our goal.

How did you get on with the challenge? I’ve been using my fitbit to monitor my water and it seems to be about the only thing that I have managed quite well this week. I’ve managed 3 litres most days. Has it helped any of you with your weight losses this week do you think?

With this in mind I feel Challenge 8 is perfect for those of us who weren't quite so successful on the scales.


Whether this means getting your tracker back out, menu planning, weighing things out, making sure you have your 5 a day, drink more water or start exercising again. Whatever it is that’s going to get you motivated and out of those bad habits that we seem to have slipped back into.

Remember sharing is caring, whether its snapping what your eating and how your managing to get back on it this week, but share it with us all using #50lbsin50 

#50lbsin50 week 6 & 7

Wednesday, 14 October 2015


Apologies I wasn’t feeling well last week so never got round to posting a round up, it seemed it was a week of quite a few gains for a lot of us. Hopefully we can get this off before Christmas gains start coming along.

This week I'm still not great, off work with bad back, neck and shoulders and doctors given me some meds that are making me drowsy and i cant drive unfortunately until end of the course of tablets boo!

We also lost a few of non-weighers that have now been taken off the spreadsheet as they haven't weighed in for 5 weeks. please can people try and remember to let me and Paul (fat4now/Paul_f4n) know your weight loss/gain or if you are going to be having a holiday week for any reason.

Just in case you have missed this weeks and last weeks challenge's here they are for you.



Let me know how you get on or have got on with these challenges.

#50lbsin50 week five

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

So Week Five is here, I’m a little late to the party this week, but important part is that i put the new challenge up for the week.

Last week seemed to be a week of more gains than losses but that’s ok, we all have these kind of weeks, important part is how we react to it. So lets draw our lines and get back on it again and hopefully we can have some good losses. Of course remember that you can pay a charity fine of £1 for every 1lb gained. 50lbs in 50 Charity Fines

I’m one of the guilty parties as well when it comes to putting on weight, I’ve decided to move my weigh in day to Friday to help with this. I do a lot of eating out at the moment at the weekends so hoping having most of week to recover will help.

Last weeks challenge showed some interesting results, was good to see what you were all eating, gave me some more ideas for meals. I hope it did the same for rest of you.

The challenge for this week requires a bit of creativity


Whether its quotes, success stories, people, food, whatever it is that gets you motivated and inspired to keep going on this journey. Make A reminder for yourself all in one place. I have a big piece of card I got from the Range which going to use, but you can of course cheat and do it online. I’d love to see what you all create!

Good luck for this week and please remember to update me and Paul @fat4now/paul_f4n with your results.