Running towards my goals

Okay, so.. Running! 

I’ve absolutely lost count of the number of times I’ve said ‘I’m going to start running’ only to go once and not go again for weeks! But this time just seems to be different! Some little switch inside has flicked itself and left me feeling rather motivated to pursue it, and more so, to continue it! 

I’ve kept up my regular exercise for quite a few months now and back in September I took part in a charity colour run (you know the kind, where they chuck powder paint in your face as you run past them… super fun, not so much however when you forget to close your mouth!! Ha!!) I loved the run and I was super bloody proud of myself for doing it in a pretty decent time but my plans to build myself up and train for it were quite frankly non existent and no more runs ensued!

Last week, Rob dragged me out for a run and as much as I thought I was going to collapse and die for a few seconds I did enjoy it and it got me to thinking that I needed to dig deep and find the motivation to continue. That’s where Couch to 5K came in! I’m sure you’ll all of heard of it, it’s a simple phone app that guides you through a 9 week programme to slowly build your stamina and increase your running abilities. So on Friday, I chucked the bambino in the running buggy (yes, I have a proper running buggy, I know right, go me! 🎉) and we headed out in the cold, IN PUBLIC, for a run! Now you will notice I emphasised the in public bit… that is the bit I hate! My absolute worst fear, the thing that deters me, demotivates me, the sheer reason I’ve turned around before even getting to the end of the road and gone home to do a YouTube workout instead in the comfort of my home, behind a closed door, away from anyone’s view! The thought of people seeing me running fills me with dread! When I say it out loud I realise how ridiculous it sounds! If I see people running, I don’t even bat an eyelid, in fact I even think how amazing it is that they’re out there, improving their health, lapping everyone on the couch. So why the hell would anyone give a shit about my fat ass bouncing on past them?! They don’t, they won’t, so I need to put on my big girl pants and suck it the hell up!! And that my friends, is what I bloody well did! Running with Rob is kind of like having a comfort blanket with me, just like when I run with my friend Gem. Being with someone gives me confidence to overcome those fears but running on my own is a whole different story! But on Friday, and again on Saturday, I did it! Just me (and Taylor, loving life sat in the buggy) and do you know what?! I saw people, people saw me!! People smiled, I smiled at people, some people even said good morning as I ran (ok, jogged) on past them! I didn’t care! Not one single iota! And this morning I even braved a run completely on my own whilst Tay was at Pre-School! 

So back to the Couch to 5K, it’s a great little app! There are many available but do be careful that some will try to charge you (be in initially or a week or 2 into your training!) this is rubbish, you don’t need to pay! All you need is the free BBC app pictured below… 


It’s guides you through every run and is really encouraging. Plus an added bonus is being able to choose from 4 celebrities to voice it (I currently have Sarah Millican cracking the whip; oh I love her!!). Today I completed my last run of “week 1” 🎉, the first week starts with a 5 minute brisk walk to warm up followed by 60 seconds of running alternated with 90 seconds of brisk walking, this is repeated a total of 8 times before a 5 minute brisk cool down walk. As the weeks go on you slowly increase your running time until by week 9 you can run for 5K or 30 minutes continuously.

I have already seen an improvement in my runs in just the first week, inproving from 2 miles to 2.3 and today I even reached 2.5. My pace is improving and I am also hitting new records on my fitness tracker for fastest mile! Only small achievements, but achievements nonetheless and I’m celebrating them!!

So why running I hear you ask? Well first and foremost it’s free! Who doesn’t love something for free? Why pay for classes or gym membership when you can chuck on your kicks and fill your lungs with fresh air! Living in Cornwall there are lots of picturesque places I can run and I love this, taking in my beautiful surroundings as I work to be the best version of myself!! Every time you run, you’re running towards a fitter, healthier, happier you! If I still haven’t sold it to you then maybe this will… you can do it no matter your fitness level, we all start somewhere! You don’t have to run like an Olympian to get results,  you don’t have to go fast, you just have to go!! Start small and build yourself up! Moreover, you don’t even have to feel like doing it, you just have to DO IT!! 


I’m still a beginner myself but I thought I’d put together some tips that have helped me… here goes:

  • Where possible, run in the morning! Get up, get dressed and get out! It’s done then and you can go about your day! If you leave it until the evening we all know that, even with the best of intentions, motivation wavers and life can get in the way. The kids need picking up, the housework needs doing, dinner cooking, shopping etc etc and before you know it, the days over and you didn’t even get your trainers on, let alone leave the house!
  • Plan! I like to plan the days I will run, if I write it down I’m more likely to get up and do it!
  • Make it routine! Go to bed early, get up early. Train your body and in time it will adjust to the new habits but remember to give it time, lifestyle changes don’t happen over night! 
  • Get your gear ready the night before! Lay out your clothes, trainers, armband, headphone… whatever it is you need. Lay it out ready, so it’s the first thing you see when you get up! You will be ready and out the door quicker, less delays means less time to make excuses.
  • Run with friends! Make a date, pick a time and place and just go. You’re less likely to make an excuse not to go if you have someone else relying on you to go too! 
  • Learn to control your breathing! This is something I struggle with but I am improving. You need to make sure you’re getting enough oxygen into your body so nice slow, deep, rhythmic breathing as much as possible will help. Try to avoid shallow, quick breaths. I’ve seen many people saying to aim for one breath every 2 strides. I also try my hardest to inhale through my nose and exhale through my mouth but I know myself that this isn’t as easy as it sounds when you’re running but it definitely helps to slow your breathing down if you’re on a recovery walk!
  • Warming up and cooling down are so important. You need to stretch your muscles, this will help to lessen any after ache! Foam rollers are also great for post run (you can find videos on using these on YouTube)
  • Find what motivates you! It might be commuting to an event/run that’s coming up. Smashing a goal you’ve set yourself. Treating yourself to new workout gear. Getting back into that party frock. Or even just remembering how good you feel after a run!
  • Maintain a healthy diet. Quite frankly, there is sod all point in running if you’re gonna head straight to Maccy D’d after and fill your face with crap! A healthy, balanced diet with provide your body with the energy it needs to run and will also enable your body to repair itself and replenish your glycogen stores afterwards. Plus if you’re long term goal is fat loss, a healthy diet is essential in order to achieve this! (Diet is a whole other subject though that I don’t want to go off on a tangent with so I’ll cover that another time!)
  • Make yourself accountable! I use social media for this! Tell people you’re going for a run and I bet you something, you will go cause you won’t want to be that person who always says it but never does it!! 
  • Good running shoes are essential! You need shoes that are comfortable, shock absorbing and well fitting. Some sports shops offer running analysis where they can check your gait and ensure you have the correct shoe for your feet. Don’t go for shoes just because you like the colour or they’re cheap, make sure they are right. You may have to pay a little more than you’d like but it’s definitely worth it, you’re much less likely to suffer from an injury if you have the right kicks! 
  • Try to ensure you maintain good posture whilst running. Head straight, shoulders back and down and keep looking forward (this will help with opening your airways too!). Keep your hands relaxed (don’t clench your fists in other words!) with your arms at 90• angles and use them to propel you forward as you run! Try not to lift your knees too high and aim to land on the middle of your foot. Try to lean your entire body forward slightly too (unless you’re running downhill then you want to lean back slightly 😂)

So there we have it. If this post can motivate just 1 person then awesome job! I would love to hear other people’s tips for running… what motivates you? What keeps you going? 

Watch this space and I’ll keep you all updated on my progress.

Onwards and downwards 

x O x 

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And the C2 results are in…

Well I cannot believe it’s been a whole 30+ days since my last blog post and moreover 30 days since I finished C1!! Where has that time gone!! 

So first up, let me give you my low down on C2!! Nearing the end of C1 I was itching start it, I was so excited for the food freedom and the carbs, but let me tell you this… It was not love! After about a week I got fed up with it all, I hated all the carbs in their mountains and don’t even get me started on the veg mountains!! I found myself feeling rather lethargic and sluggish again, something I hadn’t felt since before I’d started the plan! I also noticed a flare up in my skin again which has been super clear since around a week into C1! 

I know I didn’t put as much effort into this cycle as I could have done but I stuck to the exercise and only missed 1 HIIT session, but my food was slightly off at times and I found myself reaching for the biscuit barrel now and again! Yet despite all this I still managed to lost 1lb and another 2.5 inches throughout this cycle, and I’m super chuffed! I hadn’t expected to lose anything in this cycle, it’s a ‘bulking cycle’ and concentrates on building muscle so I’d expected a gain more than a loss! My pictures are below (top – start, middle – end C2, bottom – end C2)


Not bad huh?!

So what has C2 taught me?

Contrary to my belief, I’m not a carbaholic!! I used to proper binge on carbs, im talking lasagne, chips AND garlic bread, triple whammy! And then a year ago I scared myself off them as I got into the whole ‘carbs make you fat’ mentality. This plan has really taught me about fueling my body and that carbs are not the enemy, but the cycle in particular has made me realise that I’m really not as big a fan as I once was! Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy them but not at every meal! 

Lifting won’t make you bulky! Well this is an obvious one that actually I already knew, but you wouldn’t believe how many people think that girls are gonna end up like Arnie if they start weight training!! Ain’t gonna happen, like, never!! The female body simply doesn’t have the hormones to build muscles like the male body does! What it does do is make you lean and strong and of course there is the huge bonus fact that increased muscle mass actually helps the body to burn more fat! Win win situation, right?! 

So it’s time for C3, the third and final cycle and I’m excited to see what results it will bring! I’m certainly not going to have a 6 pack by the end of it but judging by how my confidence is growing at the moment you can bet I’ll be feeling more confident in my skin than ever! 

x O x O x

The first cycle: results, changes and learning curves! 

Well I did it, I completed the first cycle! 30 days, 4 weeks, 1 whole month… I bloody well did it! Anyone who has followed my journey will know I’m not always the best at staying on the wagon, but when I started this plan something just clicked! I’m not saying I’ve been perfect, a few maltesers have passed my lips I will admit, but my food has been 98% on plan and my exercise has been 100% and I have been super pleased with what I have achieved so far! So first things first, here are the all important results…


So cycle 1 bought with it a total loss of 3 lbs and 8 inches, pretty awesome for 30 days huh? And there is the evidence, I think the pictures speak such bigger volumes than the scales did!

So yes, I am very very pleased. However, this wasn’t the case straight away! In the lead up to results day, I had been feeling quietly confident about my results and then boom, Mother Nature decides it time she started planning her dreaded visit and suddenly I feel disgustingly bloated! What impeccable timing hey?! But still, on I go and keep working my butt off for the final stretch. Fast forward to results day, I woke up that morning really hyped up, stripped down to my finest granny pants 😂😂 and took my pics, next came the tape measure and I was so chuffed! So in the car I hop and off to boots to stand on that dreaded sad step. I started C1 at 10 stone 5 lbs and in my head, I expected to see that all important 9 stone bracket I so eagerly await…. 10 stone 2, I was GUTTED! Only 3 lbs, it that it? So I sulked off home, disheartened and quite frankly pissed off! I looked at my pictures and started putting together some comparisons with my starting pictures and it was only then I actually saw what I had achieved (athough even then, I still couldn’t see much difference, but it was there, it was small but it was definitely there!). Every single day I stand and look in the mirror, poking, prodding and pulling about all that wobbles, and day to day nothing changes, we don’t see it happening until we actually look back! Since my results, I have kept looking at my pictures and do you know what, the more I look at the the more changes I can see, and the prouder I feel about how far I have come in such a short space of time!

So what has the 90 day SSS plan taught me so far? So much…

Firstly, the importance of a good exercise bra, I never knew their range of movement could be so vast😂😂 all joking aside though ladies, invest in a decent one, you won’t regret it!

How quickly my fitness levels would pick up. I have always been a bit of an exercise phobe, and I’m not afraid to admit it! The first day, I actually thought I was going to die after my hiit session and I’m not even exaggerating, but I was really amazed how quickly my fitness seemed to improve and it continues to do so with every passing day that I train! Dare I even say I now enjoy exercise…. Those are words I NEVER thought I would hear leave my mouth!!

Carbs are my friend, not my enemy! Before this plan I had totally scared myself away from carbs and was very rarely eating them… There seems to be such a stigma around them in the world of dieting, how they make you gain weight, that white carbs are the devil, you shouldn’t eat them after 7pm or you will turn into a gremlin or something hehe!! This plan has taught me that actually, carbs are okay, and my body needs them, especially after I have smashed out a hiit session and my body needs to replace the stores it’s used up and repair itself.

Burpees on the other hand, are not my friend, nor will they ever bloody well be! 😂

It really doesn’t take loads of exercising. I always used to think that you needed to spend hours in the gym to see results, so when Joe Wicks claimed that a 20 minute hiit session 5 days a week was enough, I was sceptical! But how right is he… If you do it properly and really give it your all, 20 minutes is all you need and you won’t want to do any more! 😂

The sad step is naughty and it needs to go and sit in the corner facing the wall and be ashamed of itself! It is so hard to step away from focussing on what the scales say, and that is something I still struggle with now and will for some time yet but I think the pictures above speak for themselves… That ‘only 3lb’ I lost becomes totally irrelevant in retrospect! The scales can never tell you how healthy you are, they take no consideration for body compositions and they certainly can’t tell you how much you are worth as a person! So if you do just one thing for yourself this week, it’s put those bloody scales away and go buy a tape measure instead. Trust me, you won’t regret It!

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail! This plan takes a hell of a lot of planning and prepping! It is time consuming but it’s worth it, it keeps me on track and I know my life won’t always be surrounded by Tupperware and pots and pans! 

So that’s it, c1 done and dusted! Now for c2, the introduction of weights and hopefully some more inches lost! Watch this space for progress,

Bring it on!

xOxOx

Smashing the granny out of 90 day SSS!! 

So I know I keep saying that I’ll get better at blogging, but let’s face it, I never do! But here’s why… I have been feeling so unmotivated for months and months, not just in food but in life! My energy levels have been so low, my weight has been yo yo-ing and my get up and go had well and truly got up and gone! Anyway enough of the depressing talk, you may remember a while back I talked about the wonderful (and very beautiful) Joe Wicks aka The Body Coach. I’d been following him on social media for a while and had read his book ‘lean in 15’ from cover to cover more than once. His recipes are amazing and so tasty, and I just love the whole principle of his plan, so after much deliberation I decided to take a step back a little from slimming world and follow Joe’s 90 day SSS plan to see if I can finally hit my weight goals! 

I have to say, it took a great deal of reading and planning to get prepared for my first week, then there was the shopping… Oh the pain! I like to think I’m quite a savvy shopper which of course meant it took twice as long as I went to several different shops. But then there was the price, oh my goodness! I spent so much! That said, the first week of something is always going to be the most expensive and some of the things I bought would last a few weeks (if I kept telling myself this, I didn’t cry so hard when I look at my bank balance!) 😂😂

So fast forward almost 3 weeks and here I am… Day 19 of the first cycle is almost over and I’m just 11 days away from the next cycle! I literally cannot believe how fast these 3 weeks have gone! From the stress and planning of the first week, it’s all become second nature now and the days are flying by! The first morning I got up at 6am to do my first HIIT session, yes you read that right… Me, 6am, exercise! I know, I know, I never thought I’d see the day either!! But you know what? I freaking loved how I felt after and I’ve done it 5 times a week since! Even on the days I’ve woken up thinking I can’t be bothered, I’ve made myself do it and I’ve smashed the absolute granny out of it!!! Afterwards, I am always so glad I’ve done it and feel awesome!


The plan comes with a plethora of recipes, needless to say I haven’t tried them all but the meals I have made have been awesome!! Here are just a few of my favourites 😍

Ultimate build up bagel ❤️

Cajun chicken and quinoa

Protein pancakes – these are the nuts ❤️❤️

Cashew chicken curry – delish!

Mousse me up – perfect sweet treat!

Spicy turkey mince 😍

Mediterranean stuffed peppers

Chicken stir fry

Satay chicken – another favourite here!

Lean pork burger

Teriyaki salmon! Amazing!


Honey spiced chicken and paprika potatoes

On top of the lush food, I feel like I have so much more energy and my skin is amazing right now!! I’ve always suffered from terrible skin and I’ve always known that one of the reasons for this is that I don’t drink enough… Since starting this plan I have been drinking 2.5-3 litres a day and that’s obviously done wonders for my body (plus the fact I’m up and down to the toilet every half an hour has got to be burning some extra calories, right?!)

I am so so glad I decided to take the plunge and start the plan, it’s the best thing I could have done with the way I was feeling and I have absolutely no regrets! In just 11 short days I will weigh in and retake my measurements to see how much Magic the plan has worked. I can definitely see changes happening in my body so I’m excited to see my results! 

I’ve found it quite a struggle over the months to step away from the idea of relying on the ‘sad step’ as Joe calls it. I’ve always struggled with my weight and at times got quite obsessed with stepping on the scales (we’ve all done it, moving them around the room to see where you weigh lightest?! Right?! 😂). There is so much pressure on us to be our ‘ideal weight’ or BMI when actually these things don’t take into consideration factors such as body composition or muscle:fat ratios. Take a body builder for example, you sure as hell could not say they were overweight but I bet you their BMI would say exactly that! But now more than ever, my focus is no longer on losing weight and what the sad step says, instead my focus is to lose fat and get lean! 

Watch this space for some hopefully awesome cycle 1 results…

Onwards and downwards

xOxOx

The Body Coach 90 Days SSS – Cycle One

I’m about to embark on 90 days of the body coach SSS plan, loving this blog! Worth reading for sure 💪🏻 xx

It's Just Nice

If somebody had said to me a couple of months ago that I’d be writing a blog post extolling the virtues of a ‘lifetsyle plan,’ I would have laughed at them.

“Lifestyle plan?! What’s wrong with my lifestyle?” I’d bellow. “Drinking all the cider Bristol has to offer on a regular basis is good for me as it’s made from apples – FACT”

Well brace yourselves folks, as it turns out I’m a gigantic hypocrite, as here it goes – I’m about to do it. I’m about to write blog post waxing lyrical about my new favourite thing – The Body Coach.

Exactly four weeks ago I wrote a blog post about how I’d finally bitten the bullet and signed up for Joe Wicks’ 90 Days Shift, Shape and Sustain plan. I promised to keep you posted on my progress and let you know how I found it. Think…

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Cleaning up my act…

it’s been a while since I’ve sat and written a blog post! Yes, I know, I’m useless!! 😂 if I spent as much time actually writing the posts as I do saying I’m going to write more, I’d be laughing!! But let’s face it, in a few weeks time I’ll be saying this all over again!! 😉

So what’s been going down at diet dodger HQ I hear you ask? I’d love to tell you all kinds of exciting things, but honestly, not a lot at all has been going down! We are currently in the middle of a house move (How exciting?!!) so everything is pretty up in the air at the moment! We are slowly packing, so day by day I’m getting surrounded by more boxes, which is my idea of a nightmare! I hate packing… wait, let me rephrase that, I hate Rob packing! Ha ha! I like everything to be in the right boxes and I want to have a little spring clean/declutter as I pack so we aren’t taking unneeded junk with us… Rob on the other half, a typical alpha male, just chucks it all in and it drives me MAD!!

Diet wise, I’m stuck in a bit of a rut and I won’t lie, I’m struggling to get out of it! I’m not sure why I feel so unmotivated at the moment, but my mojo just seems to have upped and left! That said, I could have easily let me weight creep back up but I haven’t let that happen so I’m ding something right! As you may have seen on Facebook, I’ve been changing my food a bit over the past few months! Since Christmas, I’ve been a bit all over the place with slimming world and my weight has yoyo-ed up and down so I decided I needed to make some more changes to try and shake things up a little. So i decided to treat myself to Lean in 15 by The Body Coach after weigh in one evening. That night I read the book from cover to cover, once I started I just couldn’t put it down! I feel like it really taught me a lot about food and really whet my appetite to learn more! I’d never really taken the time to think about the types of foods i’m eating and how they could be effecting by weigh loss journey or my body shape!


After reading the book, I decided to take the principles of Lean in 15 and embed them into my food planning. I changed the majority of my meals to low carb, high protein meals and planned in some carb-refuel meals for after exercise. I cut out fat-free and low-fat alternatives and switched back to whole, raw foods such as Greek yogurt and coconut oil. I used these within my syn allowance along with lots of good fats such as nuts, seeds & avocados. I also made sure I still had my healthy extra A & B choices.

I followed this plan from the Friday and by weigh in on the Tuesday I was 1lb down and had lost an inch off my waist! Super chuffed! I felt such a difference in myself already, I wasn’t craving rubbish food and I felt really full and satisfied after every meal! I continued with the clean eating until I fell off the wagon and had takeaway!! The weeks that followed, I didn’t follow the clean eating plan as closely and I really noticed a difference again! I really want to get back into the habit of clean eating and cutting out the processed stuff the majority of the time so I plan to get my books back out and I have pre-ordered the new Lean in 15 book that is due for release in June ❤️


I’m still researching and learning about food groups and the research behind clean eating but I’d love to share my findings so watch this space!! More blogs will follow over the next week (and this time they really will 😂)

Onwards and downwards

😘

XOX

Festive Frolics and New Years Resolutions

Firstly, let me wish you all a happy new year! 2016 is upon us, a fresh start, a clean slate, a whole new page to start writing the next chapter of life!

I’d like to start this post with some lovely words that a friend shared on Facebook last night. I can’t take credit for these words and and I’m not sure of the original author but I just had to share… 

This time of year can be full of self-criticism. We see our apparent flaws under a harsh end-of-party light… We see all the things we didn’t do in 2015, all the mistakes and slow progress we’ve made. It’s hard not to feel the overwhelming new year pressure to change ‘for the better’ somehow. 

Yet mixed up with all that self-criticism is hope – of a new start – a fresh slate or possibility – faith that we can finally be who we want to be. That’s the good stuff.

And being mean to ourselves in order to change for the better doesn’t nurture hope, it squashes it. Feeling like we can’t celebrate until we change stops us from enjoying the day in front of us right now. 

We can remind ourselves to make healthy self-loving decisions, follow through on dreams that we have, but don’t let them stop you from enjoying who you are RIGHT NOW. 

New Years Eve is just another day. And in each day there is hope. 

I hope that this year for you is a beautiful mosaic of imperfectly-shaped but undeniably special moments. Moments when you pause to enjoy the present just as it is, and just as you are – whether you’ve brushed your hair or exercised or eaten a cake or not – because you are enough, either way. And you are beautiful, either way. And we can be happy, either way.

And each time you notice one of those everyday moments of joy, you’re adding to a beautiful mosaic: your hope-filled much-loved life. 

Because that’s what you deserve. That’s what we are all worth. And I wish it for you, with all my heart.

Happy New Year. No New You required. xx

How lovely is that?! Now where was I? Ah that’s correct, 2016! I hope you all had a tremendous Christmas full of love, laughter, family time and lots of yummy food! I’m sure like me, you all over indulged in far too much food and drink but hey, Christmas only happens once a year right?! (Probably a good job too 😂)

My journey so far hasnt been without its detours, I’ve had good weeks and bad weeks, losses and gain but when I look back as a whole, I have to say I’m damn proud of what I’ve achieved so far! I enter 2016 a whole 24.5lbs lighter! I’ve achieved this in 7 months so that’s pretty damn good going on the whole!

With a new year tends to come new resolutions, but this year I won’t be making any as such as I’ve already started to make the changes I wanted to when I rejoined slimming world ☺️

Instead I will set myself some goals that I will work through over the course of the year! So where shall I begin…

  • Save up and go on holiday – this means we have to be a little more money savvy, something which quite frankly we are rubbish at! I am going to get organised with money and see where we can make cutbacks. I may even do a post all about money to try to motivate me!
  • Aim to do some exercise 3 times a week – I got an exercise bike for Christmas so there really is no excuse!! The weather has been rubbish lately which means I’ve been rather lazy but when it improves I can start going out for walks again with Taylor! I am going to write a list of places in Cornwall that we can go explore together as for someone who has lived here for 28 years, there’s so many places I’ve yet to see!
  • Try a new recipe every week! There’s hundreds and hundreds of slimming world recipes out there, so I’ve got plenty to choose from! I’d love to hear your favourite recipes! Share them with me below or pop over to my Facebook page and share them there! 
  • Use my weekly planners and my diary!! You know when you go and buy these things cause you have all these good intentions, yeah that’s me! Well this year I am going to use them religiously and organised! From planning comes success, bring it on! 
  • Declutter my house! I’ll admit I’m quite the hoarder 😂 but it’s time to get rid of all the unused junk around here! 

  

Well that’s about all from me for tonight folks, 

Onwards and downwards! 

Big love 😘

    The perils of weigh day rituals and habits!!

    Ok so hands up, how many of you avoid eating and drinking on weigh day? Until around 3 weeks ago I would have been one of the first to put my hand up, with a 5.30pm weigh in I would eat a light breakfast and then try to avoid eating again until after I had weighed (which by the time I get home and cook is generally 7.30pm or later!!). As for drinks, I always stuck to no drinks after 1pm. Then one day I saw a post about it in a slimming world facebook group and it really got me to thinking… is my weigh day routine actually sabotaging my weight loss rather than increasing it? and I have to say, I’ve come to the conclusion that yes, it probably is!!

    When I first rejoined group, I attended a morning session (9.30am) which was great, I could take my breakfast with me, jump on the scales and then sit down and eat with a coffee. Then when we swapped to an evening group, I panicked a little! Its common knowledge that you generally weigh more in the evening than the morning, you’re filling your body with food and fluids all day for a start! So I found myself compelled to practically starve myself for most of the day each Tuesday. Yet all this actually did was made me feel lethargic, not to mention extremely hungry and by the time I got home from weigh in, with an epic headache, I just grabbed whatever I could as quickly as I could, which 9 times out of 10, was rubbish! I’m talking ready meals, crisps, bread, chocolate, biscuits! Sitting down to eat hungry just faulted in me completely over stuffing myself in order to try to rid the feeling of hunger!! Not to mention the effects it would have had on my body… and this is where it gets a little scientific as I’ve been doing a little research into how my body would have actually been effected by this lack of fuel.

    • Reduced metabolism – This is a huge effect of not eating and drinking enough! When trying to lose weight we need to keep our metabolism up and our bodies hydrated in order to burn the calories we are consuming, to do this your body need to be regularly fuelled by eating and drinking! Your body will go into starvation mode if it isn’t getting adequate fuel and your metabolism will decrease in order to maintain your body weight and reserve fat cells: completely the opposite to what we are aiming to achieve through slimming world! The faster your metabolic rate, the quicker you will lose weight, therefore, the more you eat, the higher your metabolic rate will be!
    • Reduced energy levels – Physical workouts will no doubt help reduce your weight, but your body needs energy to maintain other functions of daily living. Without enough food, your body simply will not have the energy to carry out such tasks!
    • Increased fat storage – going long stretches without eating, or waiting until you feel starving, results in the body becoming accustomed to expecting very little food. This then causes it to hold onto its stored energy supplies (yep, you guessed it, fat!!) making it difficult to lost weight! 

    One of the things that will always stick with me out of everything my consultant has ever told me is ‘the more you eat, the more you lose’ and my goodness was she right! Of course, I’m not saying to scoff your faces unnecessarily (least of all with synful foods!!) but just to eat regularly!! Eating causes your body’s energy levels to increase and a regular energy supply will encourage your body to be more comfortable with burning off energy! The body cannot function efficiently on limited resources; eating little and often not only allows your body to function properly, it also helps it to learn that it can safely rehearsed stored fat as it knows it will get a regular supply of calories!

    These habits were, believe it or not, quite hard for me… I’m ALWAYS hungry so it took a great effort to ignore my body telling me I was hungry and needed to eat! Yet after really thinking about it, I was able to stop this series of bad habits and in turn I hope that I will see a positive impact upon my journey! I now enjoy 2 good meals before I weigh and keep my body well hydrated well into the afternoon! 

      
    What is your weight day ritual? 

    Onwards and downwards,

    Big love 

    Xoxo

      Regaining motivation

      It’s been a long time since I sat and wrote a blog post…. I could sit here and reel off the excuses why I haven’t blogged in so long but when it comes down to it, there is no excuse! There is always time to blog and I am making a pledge right now to blog at least once a week. Talking about my week helps me to realise where I’ve gone wrong and what I’ve done totally right, moreover, it keeps me on track (and I hope it offers motivation to others!)

      Lost-Mojo

      It’s been a while since I’ve written a proper blog post but the weeks are whizzing by, Christmas is fast approaching and quite frankly the numbers on the scales aren’t exactly changing much! I’ve always been a slow loser, I guess that will never change, but is that really a bad thing?! Possibly not but right now it feels like it!

      Since my last blog, there have been good weeks and there have been bad weeks, my weight has been up and down but ultimately I feel like I’ve completely lost my mojo! I know the plan inside out, so you’d think it would be easy, right? Wrong! There’s something in my head that just gets in the way sometimes and I let it! I know I need to say no when these well meaning people offer me cake or biscuits, I know that ‘just one more wont hurt’ will hurt come weigh day, I know that that flexi syn day isn’t going to get me the best loss I could get. I know what I’ve gotta do, I just need to get my bum in gear and DO IT!

      My journey so far has taken some detours but on reflection I have come so much further than I thought I would have in just a few months! I am 22lbs down, I have gone from (more often than not) a size 14 (Even if I never admitted it to myself and squeezed my fat arse into a 12 most of the time!) to a comfortable size 10-12 and my BMI is dropping every week! I’m feeling so much better in myself and that can only continue! My journey may be slow, but I’m going forward and that’s what counts!

      motivation

      So what’s been happening since I last blogged? To be honest, not a great deal worth writing about! I have had 2 weekends away though, one to Nottingham to stay with the in laws. we had a lovely time but ate far too much and I came back 1/2 lb heavier! The following weekend we spent in Swindon for our gorgeous godsons christening. We had the best time, I got spend some very much needed time with my best friend, Taylor got to spend time with his little friend and of course the absolute highlight was having the honour of becoming godparents! I got to wear a beautiful new dress… But not only was it beautiful, it was a size 10! Thats 2 sizes smaller than I would have worn just a few month back! 

      I may not always be seeing the results I want on the scales, but I’m certainly seeing it in the mirror! I walked down the stairs that Sunday morning, and I felt good… Really good! For the first time in goodness knows how long, the first words to leave my mouth were not ‘I look fat/awful’ but they were ‘I love this dress, I feel so much slimmer’!! What a non-scale victory!!

      I cannot stress enough how important it is to keep track of measurements… It’s lovely to watch the numbers decrease on the scales but to me, seeing the numbers on that tape measure getting smaller is even better!! 

      Below are a couple of pictures from the christening, how gorgeous is my Godson Miles? Just perfect!

         
       
      I want to get some blog posts written this week on things that my followers want to know/read about! so… what do you want to read about? Tell me in the comments below and I’ll see what I can do!

      Until next time,

      Onwards and downwards,

      Big love

      xoxo

      If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you…

        

      I’ve always wanted to be one of those super active people who can get up in the morning, bright eyed and bushy tailed, and workout… But that isn’t me and the chances are it never will be! It’s not cause I’m lazy (well maybe sometimes!😂), but being a mummy, I can be kept pretty busy and the times I would get to exercise are usually spent just unwinding and catching up on housework/television/blogging etc. However, I feel that really needs to change! I need to make the time to exercise and I need to push myself!

      So when one of my lovely followers and fellow slimmers asked me to do a post on exercising for busy mums, I thought what better way to get myself motivated too! I’ve done some trawling of Google and found some awesome little workouts that I want to share along with some great YouTube channels, including my favourite Willitary Fitness! 

        

         
       
      Quick workouts

      (I found quite a few, so choose one you like and give it a go!)

         
          
          
          
          
          
          
         
       
      Workout DVDs

        

      This has to be one of my favourite DVDs and it’s the one that’s always remained in my DVD rack through all the DVD culls! Jillian Michaels is an absolute machine and she certainly puts you through your paces! This specific DVD has 20 minute workouts at 3 different levels to work through. She has a number of other DVDs too and I believe many of her workouts are accessible on YouTube (failing that, they’re super cheap on Amazon/eBay)


      10 minute solution are an awesome little collection of DVDs, there are so many different ones all focussing on different areas of the body or types of workouts! I have the ‘blast off belly fat’ DVD and although it’s sat unloved for a while, it’s a great, quick little workout!

      YouTube channels

      Here you will find loads of quick workouts to suit every ability!

      Willitary Fitness 

      The Fit Law
      Fitness Blender
      Exercise how to’s

        

      Hopefully there’s something here for everyone and of course I will add more as I find it! And remember…

        
      Onwards and downwards,

      Big love 😘