Weekly weigh in #2

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Hellooo

Its that time of the week again, last night I weighed in at my meeting after a bit of a hit and miss week and still somehow managed to lose weight.

I think its because when I had my good days I was really good and then on my bad days really bad so probably helped my metabolism get working again.

anyway I managed to lose 2lbs of the 3 I put on the previous week which is a good step in the right direction for me.

I have also joined a group on Facebook to lose a stone  by Easter, that's 11 more weigh in’s and totally doable. But ideally I want to lose 20lbs as that would give me my 2st award and is pretty doable really as can tick 2 off already.

January is a pretty busy month for me socially so not sure what effect that will have, especially over next couple weeks. I’m spending day with a friend tomorrow, luckily she does WW too and then Friday evening I’m going to a comedy evening. Saturday I'm off to tea rooms during the day, then Wednesday is my birthday so off out for a meal. Friday I have afternoon tea, before a busy weekend of visiting friends and eating out. So lots of foodie things for next few weeks which I am going to have to somehow manage so will be a challenge but one I am looking forward too.

How's your 2015 going so far? are we sticking to our new years resolutions?

first weigh in of 2015

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Yesterday was my first weigh in of 2015 and first official one since before Christmas, it was good for me to be able to draw a line under the extra weight I put on since Christmas and get back on track.

The scales said +3lbs

eeep. In fairness I did go out for a Costa and had a nice yummy cake and for lunch. Probably not the best choice, but at least it will come off next week and I tracked it all from my weekly propoints.

The first four weeks of the new year and any kind of diet are the most important, if you can get that far and do well then you're likely to stick with it. So right now that's what I am focusing on, being on track for the next 28 days and hopefully be the kick-start to the new year I need.

It especially helps that I'm becoming close with the people that I am going to weightwatchers meetings with, we are keeping a close eye on each other and messaging to keep ourselves focused. We are even looking at going to gym together as beginning to realise how important it is to move more. My fit bit is going to help with that as well.

How are you getting on? How's everyone's first week back been?

goodbye 2014, hello 2015

Thursday, 1 January 2015

 

2015 is finally here, feels like its taken ages to come around these last couple of months, and now it is here. a new year, a new start as they say.

2014 has been an interesting year to say the least.

I started a new job,
I rejoined weightwatchers meetings with my friend.
I experimented with baking.
I tried slimming world.
I went on holiday to Bulgaria
Brought myself a Pandora bangle
I got to relive my teenie years seeing McBusted live
I had yummy afternoon tea
I got a national trust pass and did lots of exploring.
I also learnt some important lessons this year, the most important being to walk not run.

I’ve had a good few months recently in terms of my anxiety/depression and I took this too far by choosing to move out of home. But it seems that I was not ready for it. I had a bit of a meltdown the last few days and didn't take it well. After great discussion with a few people including my mum, I decided to do something important, and that was to do what makes me happy and move back home.

Not everyone will agree with my decision, some will be against it, but its a tough path that I am trying to work my way through the best I can and come out of more whole.

With this in mind I have decided to focus my goals for this year on improving myself and my life.

1. get my 50lbs certificate at weightwatchers
2. complete couch to 5k
3. clear my credit card
4. Go 15 weeks without clothes shopping
5. Try/visit 15 new things/places
6. read 15 books
7. Improve/make 3 friendships this year.
8. To have something planned at least one weekend a month
9. Declutter my room once a month
10. Take a picture every day.
11. Post weekly on my blog
12. Reach my 10K steps at least once a week on my fitbit, aim for 5k on others.
13. Drink more fluids each day
14. Create a list of 100 inspirational quotes.
15. Do what makes ME happy.

I will be working on these all the time and keeping a copy every where to remind me of them and to keep focused and motivated. I’m hoping by end of 2015 I will be a happier and healthier person and feel like these goals can help me get there without putting too much pressure on myself.

What are your goals for 2015?

my own worst enemy

Saturday, 20 December 2014

By some miracle this week when I weighed in on Tuesday evening I managed to actually lose 1.5lbs. This has brought me to 11.5lbs loss in total and only 2.5lbs until my first stone which I was really hoping to get before Xmas. I know its a lot to do in one week but at my weight it is totally doable by having a really good week on track. I mean if I can lose 1.5lbs by eating all my dailies, weeklies and activities and more then 2.5 is doable.

But of course the sabotager in me decided that I was going to self sabotage myself by eating really badly, and being off track for the last 3 days. It’s totally stupid I know but its typical me behaviour. I’ve now decided though to be more realistic and just aim to have a loss come Tuesday, if I do by some miracle get 2.5 off then great. If not then it can wait until after Xmas.

My focus needs to be on myself, on eating better, making sensible choices, and not letting my emotions get the better of me. So today I drew my line, I’ve planned my meals for the day, and have some points spare for some treats this evening as well.

I also decided to give myself a little bit of care on outside too by having a facial and massage on Thursday evening, another massage Friday afternoon and then had a manicure and pedicure today ready for Xmas. I’m hoping by making myself feel better on outside it will help with making myself better on inside.

I love my nails, I went for a burgundy colour with some glitter on top in gelex so should last through the xmas period as well which is even better.

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Tomorrow I am all about getting ready to move, taking some of my stuff over, then Monday the furniture is going, eeeep so exciting I cannot wait. I am so looking forward to doing everything for myself. Food shopping, cooking, meal planning, all the things that I find difficult by being at home and living with my family. I cant wait to be back in control again.

The Fit bit Flex

Friday, 5 December 2014

A lot of people have been asking Do I? or Don’t I? When it comes to the fit bit flex. Especially now its been reduced down in price in the pre Christmas sales.

I personally love my fit bit flex.

I love that its on my wrist, can be worn at all times and therefore I’m unlikely to lose it which usually happens with pedometers. It’s a great motivator to get you moving more and has so many other parts to it.

It measures your steps, your active minutes, converts it into calories burned and then you can link with a variety of different apps such as my fitness pal but more importantly for me you can link it to your weightwatchers account and it measure's it into activity points.

Of course there are some downfalls such as stationary exercise such as cycling is not measured but you can manually input this by putting in how long you did, how far you travelled and it then works out the calories/points. You can also do it during exercise, for example if you go for a planned walk/run/hike you can track the exercise and it is more likely to register correct movement because of it.

You sync it to your phone app which you can download via Bluetooth, its important you sync it before your battery runs out otherwise you can lose that days steps. This has happened to me a couple of times but the fit bit can be charged via usb cable. I tend to do mine overnight, only downside is I cannot measure my sleep for that night.

Which is another good thing about fit bit in general you can measure your sleep, how long, if restless and when you are awake and then set a silent alarm to wake you up.

You can make friends with others that have a fit bit and then set challenges and see how you measure up on a weekly step count.

Another downside of the flex is that the strap colour fades fast as you wear it at all times including in shower, and mine also broke. But the support team at fit bit were brilliant and sent me a new one in post and I have heard of lots of people having good customer service from their support team.

The app is pretty straight forward to use. You have the main dashboard which shows an overview of everything then if you click on each measurement it shows you the weeks worth for each day and a graph of when your steps/minute's occurred throughout the day.

You can keep track of your weight loss and water consumption as well and this also is graphed. Here are some screen shots from various parts of the app.

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Do you have a fit bit? If so what do you love about it? What do you not like about it?

If anyone has any questions then feel free to ask them.

Weekly Weigh in & WW approach in 2015

Tuesday, 2 December 2014


Eeeeeeeeeek its the first weigh in of December and this month is going to be crazy for me in terms of eating out. I’m really not looking forward to the effect might have on my weight loss but its only one time of the year and its about making the right decisions and choices.

I have a work meal on Friday evening, then another work meal on Tuesday next week before weigh in that evening and then one that Wednesday evening as well. So effectively 3 in 5 days over 2 weigh in’s eeep. I am thinking about going to Monday evening weigh in instead.

But there are some things that are going to be important to keep me on track and reduce the impact it is likely to have.

  • Drink more water
  • Eat 5 fruit and veg a day
  • Have zero point soup on hand
  • Drink soft drinks
  • Save my weekly points
  • Eat filling and healthy foods

Not much, and not sure how much effect it will have but think will help reduce the likelihood of a gain during this period. I really want to meet the goal of being a stone lighter by Christmas.

The new approach to weightwatchers can help with this. Its along same lines of filling and healthy or propoints. But now meals will include if gluten free, higher carbs, Mediterranean, lower carb or vegetarian.

They also describe something called intermittent, now if you followed weightwatchers before its along same lines as wendie plan or 5:2 plan for those of you who haven't, if not the general basis is that you have two days within your daily allowance and then spread your weekly points over the other 5 days.

The new approach is now available in meetings to all current and new members, and will be online from approximately the 9th of December. The new book is quite nice, very colourful, and comes with mix and match meal ideas. I’m excited to try some of the recipes in the book and my new recipe book I picked up on offer as well.

How are you going to cope with the holiday period?

Goodbye November Hello Christmas

Sunday, 30 November 2014

It’s almost CHRISTMAS can you believe it? It is crazy how quick this year has flown by. I remember this time last year I had just handed in my notice at my old job and was getting ready for some time off over Christmas.

This month feels like its gone so fast for me. I’ve been busy at work, seems everyone is getting poorly around this time of year and then when come home from work been so tired just wanted to chill out.

I’ve been doing shopping, buying nice dresses, new coat and new scarf. When I brought my new coat it was a little tight and now it fits nicely, so that's a good NSV for me. I also now fit back into my jeans again so enjoying wearing them with warm jumpers and nice tops.

I have also been to Bournemouth to visit my bestie, we went and saw old harry rocks and walked all the way to Swanage and ended up being lost and tired and got a taxi back to the car. Looking at my fitbit it turned out we had walked 7 miles. I certainly felt it for the next few days.

I’ve enjoyed spending some time with the little monster as well, which it turns out is a good thing as need to make the most of it as I have no found somewhere else to live and will be moving out of home after Christmas into a flat share. I’m pretty excited. It means being able to cook my own meals, and its round the corner from work and there is a Sunday weightwatchers meeting near me as well.

I have a few goals for the month of December and build up to Xmas.

  • I would like to have lost 1st in time for Xmas as this will be my 5%, my first stone and put me into the next stone bracket. So all exciting times at once.
  • I want to get more active, this just generally means moving more, take stairs instead of lift, park car a bit further away, try and get out and do stuff over the weekend. I also have an exercise bike which I am trying out for review purposes as well so should help.
  • Make sensible choices when eating out, I have 3 Christmas meals to go to and that's just the start of it, think likely to have a couple more as well to be planned which is a bit crazy. Two of them are set menus which I chose two courses, having turkey roast at both and then sorbet for one and meringue for the other. Both quite light desserts. I am also driving which means no drinking. The last meal is a Chinese buffet though so could be a bit dangerous. eeep.

Most of the month though I think is going to be spent having major sort outs and packing up ready for the move. I’m excited for 2015 and what it is going to bring and what I am going to achieve. I feel like I'm ending the year in a good place and its a great feeling.

Here is what I have been up to this month in pictures.

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♥ Harvester for Nan’s Birthday ♥ first time at Giraffe ♥ Costa Gingerbread Latte in Christmas Cup ♥ Rewatching Castle ♥ Christmas Candles ♥ Camera fun with monster ♥ Holding hands in car ♥ Old Harry Rocks in Bournemouth ♥