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Sweet 16

Every morning without fail, I get out of bed, strip off my pyjamas and weigh myself (after going to the toilet of course – every pound counts!). The results of the bathroom scales can make or break my day and I think it might be verging on an addiction. I know I’m losing weight, but the scales sometimes tell a different picture as my weight jumps up and down like a yo-yo – especially before and after fasting days (I’m doing the 5:2 Fasting diet). This morning ritual can be disheartening at times, causing me to lose track of my overall weight loss.

I’m a bit of a wham, bam kinda girl! I like to see results quickly, or I tend to lose interest. I know I’m in it for the long haul this time – trying to lose a whole load of weight – but I don’t want to lose motivation too much along the way.

Last week, I popped into Sports Direct to invest in a cheap pair of tracksuit bottoms for my new Pilates classes. Unsure of my size, I headed to the changing room with a selection. I thought an 18 (UK sizing) might be a safe bet, so that’s where I started. Ooooh, I think they might be a little on the large size – dare I try the 16 to compare? Wow, the 16 fitted perfectly – I had to prevent myself from doing a song and a jig in case anyone witnessed it!

This is the first time I’ve been in a size 16 since pre-pregnancy – we are talking about 4 years here. At the height of my largeness, just after giving birth, I was a size 22. When I think about this I realise how far I’ve come. It puts it all in perspective and reminds me maybe I shouldn’t put so much faith in the scales after all.

This post was written for the Yeah Write Moonshine Grid number 151.

 

Diets – Am I destined to fail?

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It’s been a relatively chilled weekend. Apart from a kid’s birthday party and a couple of good runs, I have had a nice relaxing weekend. Well, as relaxing as it gets with a crazy 3-year-old running around the house! I actually stumbled upon some half-read running magazines I had forgotten about, so I snuggled myself up on the sofa with a nice cuppa and stuck my head in them for a good part of the weekend!

During my marathon (not the running sort!) reading session I stumbled upon an article about a subject close to my heart – trying to lose weight. Something I have struggled with most of my life and has now been exacerbated by having a baby! The article, courtesy of ‘Running Fitness‘, has now made me feel super motivated! ๐Ÿ™‚ Did you know that nearly half of diets fail within the first 24 hours? 1 in 20 women have NEVER been on a diet which lasted into the second day? And, the average woman goes on 3 diets per year, but in reality the diet is abandoned within 11 days on average? Not great statistics for those of us trying to lose weight in the New Year! :-0

Well, I’ve been going for 26 days now … so, in light of this research, I am performing well above average! ๐Ÿ™‚ Worked out on my initial goal of wanting to lose 5 1/2 stone – minus the amount I have lost to date (10 lbs) – I now have 4 stone 9 lbs left to lighten myself of! Based on an optimistic estimate of 2 lb a week weight loss, I should be down to target weight in …. well, 32.5 weeks time (or approximately 8 months)! I won’t even begin to get into the statistical mathematics of the likelihood of sticking to a diet for that long! ๐Ÿ™‚ What I do know is that: a) I have never had so much weight to lose before; b) I can’t even comprehend sticking to a diet for that long; and c) I have never felt so motivated to lose weight and get in shape. Which adds up to = I am going to get there, but I’m taking it one ‘manageable’ day at a time!

Weight loss and dieting has been a big part of my life throughout the years. I struggled with my weight as a child, managed toThe word diet spelt out in vegetables on a wooden board. stay relatively steady throughout my 20s (with a bit of fluctuation!) and then got pregnant and ate everything in sight for 9 months! The moral of that story – 3 years later I am still paying the price! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Years of obsessing about weight has meant I have been through most diets over the years. I have lost count of the number of times I’ve joined Weightwatchers and I can safely tick off the ‘been there’ box for Slimming World, the Atkins diet and the GI diet, among others. On occasion I have done quite well – losing the odd stone here and there. But 5 1/2 stone is a mammoth challenge! I have tried a few times to commit to a diet since giving birth, but inevitably have fallen off the wagon, often within days (if not hours!). I was the statistical norm for a while! So what’s so different this time?

Well, whilst killing some time on Facebook, I came across a great piece of advice about successful weight loss. So, what did it boil down to in the end? Diet pills? Fad diets? Healthy eating? Exercise? Starving yourself???? Nope – the correct answer is – POSITIVE THINKING! Apparently being in a negative state of mind is the biggest no, no for starting a diet. We need to learn to love ourselves before trying to lose weight – as losing weight to ‘earn’ or ‘deserve’ love is likely to set us up for a big fall. A few years ago I would’ve probably scoffed at this idea, but now I have a different point of view. I can completely relate to this. Over the last few years I have been the biggest I have ever been, and I have struggled to come to terms with it. Going from a size 10 (at my lightest) up to a size 22 (UK sizes) – I’d be lying if I said it hadn’t knocked my self-confidence. I have spent many a day feeling fat, sluggish and unattractive. I have been diagnosed with asthma – which I’m sure is exacerbated by my extra weight! Last time I worked out my BMI it came out as ‘obese’ – how depressing is that?! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ A roller-coaster of emotions later, I now feel more comfortable in my own skin (I do naturally still have the odd off day here and there though!). Yes, I want to lose weight – but I love myself and I know I have family and friends who love me too! Losing weight isn’t about outside acceptance any more, it’s about improving my running and fitness, improving my health, and looking better for ME!

I am in the best place for starting my weight-loss journey – so why shouldn’t I beat the odds and get to my goal weight! ๐Ÿ™‚

Wish me luck!

x

Starting as I mean to go on ….

Well 2014 is well and truly here and to be honest I think the New Year has done something funny to me!!!!! It was like the New Year fireworks went off not just on the TV, but also in my head; kick-starting some weird motivational feelings that I have never experienced before! But it’s all good โ€“ I’m revved up and raring to go! 2014 doesn’t know what’s going to hit it!

scalesAfter the excesses of Xmas (of which there were plenty!), I was feeling bloated, uncomfortable, lazy, fat and generally pretty crap. I had also started neglecting my running a bit and I was starting to miss it, so I really wanted to get a grip of my whole diet and exercise regime. The big challenge for the New Year though is to lose 5 ยฝ stone in weight โ€“ so I have signed up to Weightwatchers online and I am underway. This isn’t the first time I have attempted Weightwatchers, but it is certainly the most motivated I have felt about it and I have been sticking to it rigidly for the past week. I was even seen snacking on carrots at a party buffet (much to Rob’s (the other half) amazement!) – how I managed to resist the cocktail sausages I’ll never know! But it paid off โ€“ first weigh in after week 1 and I am 4 lb lighter! Just gotta keep it up.

So, anyone who knows me well, knows that I don’t do things by half. In fact I could probably be described as a bit obsessive at times! ๐Ÿ™‚ So when I stumbled upon this whole 101 challenges in 1001 days it was right up my street. Rob nearly fell off his chair laughing at the mere idea of it โ€“ but as I pointed out to him, I have already completed 1 challenge off the list already โ€“ I have set up my website blog! So, ha! Stick that in your pipe and smoke it!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ And I’m sorry to say Rob that your suggestion of a blow job a day for a month didn’t make it onto the final list!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ (Typical man!)

I will apologise now to those who have little or no interest in running โ€“ but I am afraid it is a bit of a passion of mine, so there will no doubt be a few bits of running orientated waffle along the way! I’m feeling good about being back out pounding the streets again, and am feeling very hardcore as I have braved the rain and winds to get my running fix! I am also signed up for my first race of the year and have booked into the Reading Half Marathon in March. My friend Rachel does it every year, so I thought it was about time I tagged along.

Me coming over the finish line at Mablethorpe Half Marathon 2013
Me coming over the finish line at Mablethorpe Half Marathon 2013

My first half marathon (Mablethorpe, last October) nearly killed me โ€“ so I am determined not to underestimate this one and put plenty of miles in beforehand! Also, with a grande finale finish in the Majedski Stadium with thousands watching โ€“ I don’t want to be crawling over the finish line like a complete fat knacker! ๐Ÿ™‚

So I’ve clocked up 12.22 miles this week (which all helps towards the challenge of 1000 miles in 2014) and I’m feeling good for it. I’ve found some great community forums as well โ€“ all full of other like-minded runners. A few of them (Tribesports, Facebook page ‘run mummy run’ and Facebook page ‘1000 miles in 2014’) are just fab and the people are so friendly. I feel like I am part of the community already after just a few days, and it is so nice to see other people just as passionate about their running โ€“ saves me boring all my family and friends quite so much! And Tribesports is great for challenging yourself. I have just completed the challenge of 10 push ups a day for 7 days and am underway with the 31 day challenge to do a pull up (I think I might wee myself with excitement if I ever manage to succeed on that one!). For those of you who haven’t heard of Tribesports โ€“ they are not only a community forum, but they develop community designed running clothing and have a really interesting concept going on. I might have sneakily treated myself to post-xmas pressie of some of their running capri pants. They arrived the other day and are lush โ€“ simply the best fit and so comfortable. I might have to get a few more goodies from them in the future (don’t tell the OH!).

So, the planning has started โ€“ although Reading is booked, there are so many more races I am hoping to do this year. My super organised spreadsheet of what I want to do and when is underway โ€ฆ. so watch this space! Just need to see what other mad souls I can rope in as well!

I also wanted to say that I am quite chuffed by how many people have dropped by the blog to take a look already. The support has been great and means so much in helping me along the way. So thank you and I hope you keep following.

xxx

CHALLENGE COMPLETE – Set up and publish blog