Week 3 Weight Loss

It’s only been a loss of 1.2lbs this week but I’m not disheartened at all. I had one cheat day this week and enjoyed every minute of it! The weather was too gorgeous last week to not have a drink in the sun 🌞

1.2 is still a good loss despite my cheat day. I didn’t feel guilty at all the following day as there was no point in wallowing about my over indulgence. If years of dieting have taught me anything it’s the fact that one mistake can be forgotten but self diet-destruction happens when you think ‘oh well, I’ve ruined it all now, may as well quit.’

Next week I’m hoping for the full 2lb loss possibly 3lb if I get a good week. Tomorrow I’m supposed to be going out so I will have to plan in advance of what healthy options I can eat. The worst thing I could do is just turn up at the restaurant with no plan and order impulsively. Some items on restaurant menus can be deceptive. Don’t automatically go for the salad as this can have a lot of calories in the dressing and who wants to eat a salad on a night out! Grilled foods, boiled or jacket potatoes rather than chips, tomato based sauces rather than cheese. We all know what we’re supposed to eat but it’s having the willpower at the restaurant when you’re sitting there with all your ‘thin’ friends.

I’ve found telling people you’re on a diet can go both ways where some people will support you and others will try to sabotage your good intentions. This time round I’m telling no one apart from my other half who is also trying to follow a healthier lifestyle.

Have a great week everyone and fingers crossed I can keep my will power in check whilst socialising!

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Week 2 Half a Stone

Second week of the ‘cutting back’ and I have lost 2.8 lbs, a lot less than last week’s 5.2 lb loss but it does mean I have lost my first half a stone! Break out the cakes, oh hang on a minute maybe we should stick to rice cakes πŸ™„.

My partner had brought me a fitted t-shirt for when I’d reach my first half stone loss. Unfortunately with 3 stone still to go, fitted t-shirts are not made for people of my sizeπŸ™. I tried it on and immediately felt disappointed, despite the good results this week. It made me realise how much I still had left to go. Half a stone is just a small dent in a very large target.

However, there is no point in wallowing – I didn’t gain all this weight in a few weeks so I’m not going to lose it in a few weeks either πŸ™‚

I appreciate his gesture and I know he was doing a really nice thing, however I gave the t-shirt back to him, even though he suggested I keep it for the future. I know I will one day be able to wear a designer fitted t-shirt but I have enough clothes in my wardrobe already for when I lose the weight. To be honest I’ve had clothes in that wardrobe for years that I have bought and kept thinking they’ll fit one day. I’m pretty sure some of them are out of fashion now!

One thing that bugs me about designer shops, why do none of them cater for the more voluptuous figure? It’s very rare that you can get a nice branded top for a female, whereas for blokes they’re readily available? I don’t wear designer clothes but now and again it would be nice to go into a ‘posh’ shop and find something that fitted.

I think I’ll set my next treat for when I lose a stone, not sure what it’ll be yet but maybe something that’ll actually make me feel good – spa, manicure or a non-fitted top!

For now, the sun is shining and it’s time to soak up some rays and fire up the BBQ for this Bank Holiday. Enjoy your extended weekend folks!

Week 1 Celebrations

I’m not too sure how many times in the last few decades I have been at this euphoric point. Week 1 of the diet has passed and I’ve managed to go through an entire weekend without falling off my calorie wagon. An entire 7 days of dieting has resulted in me losing 5.2 lbs, that is a pretty good loss for me. Usually the hypothyroidism makes a dent in any potential weight loss but I’ll happily take that 5.2 (the .2 is just as important as the 5 πŸ™‚) and shove it in my motivation bank. I am on a roll and at last it’s not a bacon one.

Ok, back to reality I’ve only lost 5.2 lbs and I have another 40 or so to lose before I’m ‘happy’ with myself (cue psychoanalysis of can weight loss bring long term happiness?) but…..

It’s a start in the right direction and I’m sticking with that at the moment. I’ve had to spend the week as others have had Chinese, burgers, chips and it seemed to be a week where there were a lot of birthdays at work πŸ™„. I managed to have some self-control over the cakes and junk food over the week and I think it’s down to preparation. Knowing in advance what I was going to eat has helped me to remain focused.

We’re going away in a couple of weeks and I hope that I can stay on track whilst away but for now I think a small measured glass of something is due. I hope your journey is going well and if it isn’t then don’t despair, put a line under it and start afresh.

Fail, Forgive, Forget, Forwards.

I think the title says it all. I’ve been off here as I have monumentally failed beyond belief.

I have forgiven myself for failing and I’m trying to forget that yet again I’ve not managed to lose weight.

I want to move forwards and start again, but how many more times can I do this?!

Bear with me folks, normal service will resume soon – well not too ‘normal’ as I actually want to shift some weight…….

This time next year, Rodney….

Those of us of a certain age all know the sitcom with its famous strap line except when I said it to my husband I changed the wording slightly to: ‘This time next year Rodney, we’ll be thin!” It’s not the right wording but then again hubby’s name isn’t Rodney either πŸ˜‚. 

It’s been 6 months since I last wrote on here letting you all know about my success but just like Del Boy never retained his wealth, I have not maintained my weight loss. In fairness the last few months have been stressful beyond belief with ailing parents, incorrect medication, an exercise ban and generally living in a very stressful extended family circle. Dieting was the last thing on mind, I was happy to be surviving from day to day!

It turns out that despite being on thyroxine, my thyroid gland was still under active as my dose wasn’t high enough. The locum Dr wanted to wait before increasing it again but I managed to get my regular GP to increase the dosage. This combined with a restricted diet should help reduce the weight gain.  I think I’m back at being the heaviest I have ever been and am finding it so tricky to stay focused. I don’t feel I’ve failed though as it’s not entirely been in my hands. Having had serious chest pains and an increased pulse rate the Dr has forbidden me from going to the gym. I am having a 24 hour ECG tomorrow so hopefully after those results are through I can get the all clear for exercising again.

So here I am again….fat in my forties πŸ™

I’m  sure I’ll get there one day, after all a great man once said ‘He who dares……’.

Mange tout peeps

Progress, At Last!


So I haven’t been on here for a while but I thought it was the time for actions rather than words. I have actually lost weight and no one is more surprised than me 😁!

It has been a hard slog over the last couple of months but when you see a weight loss graph like this then it’s all worth it.


I’ve had a couple of rises at the beginning as I was still getting used to my self-created plan but now it isn’t too difficult to follow. The line for the last couple of weeks is more like this:


My husband has joined weight watchers and he has also got some great results. My weight loss takes longer because of my hypothyroidism but it’s slow and steady.

When I used to go to weight watchers or slimming world then I felt accountable, I knew I had my weigh-in on a certain day and that if I didn’t lose weight then someone else would know about my failings. When you diet at home on your own then you’re only accountable to yourself which is when you can fail. No one else knows that you have had a rubbish week and you don’t have to explain why your weight has gone up. Going to a group helps with staying on track and provides you with a supportive network. Going it alone doesn’t give you any safety nets, I have failed loads of times when I’ve gone it alone, apart from this current time.

So what have I done differently this time? I thought about what going to group gave me and I decided to emulate that scenario. I have a little record book in which I record my weight every week on a designated date and time. I don’t deter from this and ensure I only record my weight in the book once a week, same time, same type of clothes. Then I have a column showing loss or gain and then a final column for cumulative loss or gain.  For those of us who have been to slimming clubs you will realise that this is exactly what they do. I’m doing the same but saving myself the Β£5 weekly fee πŸ˜€.

The only thing that is pissing me off is the fact that I’ve lost over a stone and not one person has noticed! A whole bloody stone and no comments, nothing. It makes you think of how much a heifer you just really be though if even a stone hasn’t made a dent in your appearance!  In a way I suppose it’s good that no one has noticed as as soon as someone comments it can lead to complacency. You feel people have noticed that you look good so maybe you don’t need to try as hard. I still have just a over 1.5 stones to go before I am no longer officially overweight (according to my BMI) but thankfully I’m no where near obese so that’s fabulous πŸ˜€. 

I still have a long slog ahead of me but I’ve got past the stage of wanting to overindulge as I’m seeing results. It’s always hard to stay on track when you don’t see any improvement, that can be very demotivating. When you stick with it and see results then you don’t want to jeopardise your progress, especially when you have a designated weigh-in day.  The next time I’m allowing myself some time off my plan is on Mothers Day, where I’m going away for afternoon tea and intend to enjoy everything that’s offered!

My plan isn’t complicated, it’s just good old fashioned calorie counting. It means I can enjoy some chocolate and a small glass of something if I want to. It does make you realise how many calories you can waste on things like a pack of crisps and it makes you use your calories more efficiently. Eventually your taste buds change and your stomach shrinks. This is the time you have to carry on as it’s far too easy to dip back into your old habits.  I’m using the My Fitness Pal to log my calories and find it much easier than logging points or syns. Every food item will have calories so it’s easy to still cook your own dishes and work out the calories per portion. This is the part I like the most as I love cooking my own food and it means I can still enjoy my Indian food.  I don’t cope too well if I don’t have my roti πŸ˜€.

Everyone needs treats now and again so I’ve come to the hairdressers today to treat myself.  It’s always important to reward your hard work.

Good luck with your weight loss and fingers crossed I don’t fall back into my old ways 😬.

The Magic Weight Loss Formula

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I have finally discovered what the magic formula is for weight loss. Forty years old and I’ve cracked it…..prepare to be underwhelmed πŸ˜€

I didn’t do Dry January but I did cut down on my alcohol. I’m not doing the trendy No Sugar diet but I am cutting down on my sugar intake. I’m not stopping carbs or spending hours in the gym. I have however lost around 6lbs in the last fortnight πŸ˜€ Which I am quite pleased about as I’m still eating three meals a day and have some alcohol and treats.

So what plan am I following? I have aptly named it the ‘Common Sense’ plan and I’m using The My Fitness Pal App to help me with my common sense plan.  I have allocated myself 1200 calories a day within which I have three meals and some treats at the end of the day. My typical day includes a menu such as this:

  • Weetabix with skimmed milk
  • Wholemeal bread sandwich with cheese or ham
  • Home cooked dhal or punjabi style vegetables with one chappati and low fat yoghurt.
  • Treat may include: mini packet of crisps, yoghurt or a snack size chocolate.

I haven’t taken part in Dry January but I have cut down drastically on my wine consumption. If I feel like an alcoholic drink then wine has been replaced with something like Malibu or Gin with a low calorie mixer (I know Malibu is high sugar and Vodka is much better but I don’t like Vodka) .

The trend is to cut out sugar but I’ve decided to still have a little bit of everything I want and to be accountable for the total number of calories per day. This way I have still been able to be sociable and go out with friends. I was out last night at Bella Italia who now do a Courgetti style pasta dish with prawns for under 300 calories. I had this and no dessert and felt like I’d achieved something when the night was over. A night out without overindulging and without any alcohol at all and I had a lovely time! Driving to venues ensures that I won’t be drinking and that I have the perfect excuse to say no to the wine.

Nowadays there are low calorie options in most restaurants which makes everything so much more manageable. We took the kids to Nando’s and I opted for the salad and chicken breast πŸ˜‡.

There is no magic formula and it is a case of burning more calories than you consume. The Fitness Pal app makes me more accountable and helps me to track everything I eat. It gets a bit annoying having to log everything but sometimes that’s a good thing as I’ll forego eating or drinking  something if I can’t log it.

Most days I am cooking fresh meals with a variety of vegetables and I’m loving the fresh taste of food again. My taste buds are changing and my palate is now more refined and doesn’t enjoy as much of the processed foods as it used to.  Most of my evening meals are very low calorie and I know I don’t need to calorie count them all but I fear if I start to estimate calories then I will fall into the same trap as before and end up over consuming.

I had promised myself last December that I wouldn’t visit the hairdressers until my weight reduced by at least half a stone. All through Christmas I was set on just maintaining weight so lost next to nothing which means my grey roots were on full display in the festive photos 😳.  This morning I had reached my mini target and can now set up my treat of the hairdressers appointment.

It’s important to reward yourself when you’re dieting and the reward doesn’t have to be food. This time I’m going for a new hair colour and when I lose another half a stone I’ll be getting a new top or maybe get my nails done πŸ˜€.  Make sure you treat yourself when you reach a goal.

The reason I’m not cutting out any food groups is down to health as I have recently been diagnosed with a very low Vitamin D count, to the point where I am now taking 5 tablets a day to increase my levels. I spent most of my 30s on a diet, cutting out food groups totally in some cases. I hardly have any calcium which is why I’m making more of an effort with home cooked meals. Calcium is also found in non dairy sources and I’m trying to include these as well as cheese, milk and yoghurt into my diet.

Having a low Vitamin D count can lead to osteoporosis problems later on in life, especially at my age when the menopause is looming. So the plan is to include all key food groups and stick to a maximum of 1200 calories a day. If you exercise as well then please ensure you increase your calories adequately for this. My Fitness Pal will ask you about your activity levels and will set your calorie goals accordingly. I haven’t been well the last fortnight so haven’t been exercising but I intend to start again next week and will have to alter my calories accordingly.

I’m sorry for those of you who thought that there was some magic weight loss formula. Trust me, if there was I’d have taken it by now, but it is just a case of move more and eat less.

Good luck in your weight loss journeys!

Never Too LateΒ 

I did my first run of the year yesterday and even though I managed my 30 minutes, it was a struggle to get into it. I ran once between Christmas and New Year so I am slightly out of practice. 

Last Thursday I went to a swimming lesson, yes 40 years old and learning to swim 😐 I did have lessons as a child but one horrific incident left me hating swimming and to this day if I can’t feel the bottom of the pool I panic.

When I was in primary school we used to go swimming and I was quite happy in the shallow end and even got my red badge for swimming a width. This was a big thing for me as my parents didn’t take me swimming nor did they teach me how to ride a bike, these were skills that I craved and have gone out and pursued as an adult. My brother had a bike when we were kids, a BMX Raleigh Burner. I remember having a Ferris Wheel and a Tea Set but other than that I never had the big exciting presents. The gender stereotypes were very much instilled into us even though I tried rebel as much as I could. Girls should learn how to cook, clean and sew. I did learn all that but I was also quite awesome at climbing drainpipes and being the best tom boy I could be πŸ˜€

Anyway I digress, let’s get back to the swimming. One lesson the instructor at the local Leisure Centre asked if a few of us would come out of the pool and follow her to the deep end. I had never been in the deep end and I was quite scared. The instructor stood at the edge of the pool and had a long pole a bit like a broom handle. She held it out horizontally over the pool with her arm stretched out over the water. I was told to come forward and run to the pole whereby I’d catch the pole and she’d lower me into the water. In hindsight it’s a ridiculous idea and a smarter child might have cottoned onto the fact that this wasn’t going to work. I however, naively ran up and stretched my arms in the air to catch hold of the pole. It was at that point the instructor moved the pole out of my reach and I went straight into the deep end. I panicked so much and ended up having to be ‘rescued’ by a class mate. That was when I decided swimming wasn’t for me 😞

When I was in my 30s I decided it was time to learn how to swim again and my husband decided to teach me the basics. So now I can do breast stroke in shallow water, which works out fine when we go on holiday but I’m still petrified of deep water.  I have decided to have swimming lessons now so that I can improve my technique and have more confidence in the water, it’s  something I wanted to do for me πŸ˜€

It was also in my 30s when I decided to learn how to ride a bike and now thankfully I can do that as well. It makes it much easier when we go to Centre Parcs!  I don’t think it’s ever to late to learn and I would encourage anyone who is ‘missing’ a skill to look into how they can acquire that skill now. I swam and rode a bike in my 30s and now in my 40s I’m learning how to run for an extended period of time. It’s never too late to learn and nowadays there are many resources out there for learning. To learn to swim or ride a bike then google your local authority first as they offer lessons for both of these activities. Try Bike Right for some information on free lessons in Birmingham, UK. 

Couch to 5k – Weeks 7 to 9

This morning I did my first 30 minute run and survived it! I’m no where near 5K but the fact that I can run for a full 30 minutes is rewarding in itself. As the app reminded me this morning I’ve been ‘running’ for 2 months now and this is my last week of the program. I’ve put the word running as ‘running’ because I still don’t feel like a runner. I’m jogging along and possibly doing more than having a mere meander but am I running? I had some doubts about my pace so I find myself constantly eyeing up runners when I’m out and about, let’s hope they don’t think I’m some sort of weirdo 😳.

I always run on my own first thing in the morning when the house is empty.  Last week we had some sickness in the household so my schedule went to pot and I had to run in the evening. I don’t like people to see this wobbly mass trying to exercise which is why I’ve done the C25k in private. Last week my husband waltzed in and saw me ‘running’ and walked back out. He didn’t look repulsed and we’re still married so I’m assuming I didn’t look too grotesque. I did ask him about my ‘running’ form and he said it was fine and that I didn’t look odd at all. So now I have the confidence to ‘run’ in front of family and slowly we can buildup to running in front of strangers outside!

The last couple of weeks of the C25k have become a little mundane as their choice of music is worlds apart to what I listen to. I could have stopped the program and continued with my own music as from week 7 onwards it is pretty much run for 25, 28 and then 30 minutes. However I felt that as I’d started it from the beginning then for my own satisfaction I needed to carry on until the end. I have a tick in every box for the last 9 weeks, ‘running’ 3 times a week and I didn’t want to stop that achievement. When the next 2 sessions are complete then I will start to add my own music for the ‘running’ and will try to run faster and longer.

The c25k program does offer a  Life after 5k information page which people can go to for further advice.  There are 5k+ podcasts for graduates of the c25k program which also look intriguing.

However now is the time I will be winding down for Christmas, which will include spending time with family and friends.  I might include a few ‘runs’ in the festive season so as to keep my weight in check but I’m not expecting any weight loss in December.  The key word for December is maintenance, whereby I need to maintain some  exercise regime (not necessarily running) so that I can endeavour to maintain my current weight loss.

I have already signed myself up for swimming lessons in January so I’m really looking forward to getting back into swimming.  I know 40 years old and can’t swim properly, is there anything I can actually do πŸ˜€!

Couch to 5k – Week 6

Before I start to discuss Week 6 of c25k, can we take a moment to acknowledge that yours truly managed to ‘run’ for 20 minutes without stopping!!!! I am so pleased that I did it as I was feeling poorly last week and was worried I wouldn’t be able to complete the 20 minute run but lo and behold it’s in the bag πŸ˜€

This week felt a bit weird as after completing a non stop 20 minutes run last week (yes I will mention that again 😜) the program tells you to go back to interval running for the first two sessions this week.  The first run is  for 5, 8 and then 8 minutes with breaks of 3 minutes in between, the second run is for 2 x 10 minute runs split with a 3 minute break.  Tomorrow’s run is back to non stop running of 25 minutes, which I’m actually looking forward to, I’m finding that I want to carry on running rather than take the walking breaks in between, which is a good sign.  I’m not sure if I’ll manage the 25 minutes tomorrow but I’m not at all daunted about it, which in itself is encouraging.

I think the next thing I need to look at is increasing my speed as even though I am ‘running’now, I’m no where near running 5k.  The program does say you will be able to either run for 30 minutes or 5k by the end of it, so it’s doing what it says on the tin but I would like to cover a greater distance as well as running for 30 minutes.  I suppose that is something I will accomplish with continued practice.  I do want to run outside eventually but at the moment I am enjoying running on the treadmill as I find the ability to see the time go by quite motivating.

Health wise, I have noticed that my resting heart rate is going down and my blood pressure has gone back to normal.  Last nights reading was around 99/76 which is ideal! A few weeks of exercise, less salt, better diet and the results are brilliant.  My chest pains have also reduced significantly (still there but not as intense or frequent) and physically I just feel so much better.  I am weighing myself once a week and the weight is going down gradually as opposed to the high peaks and troughs that I usually have.  Gradual is good as hopefully it means it stays off for good this time and isn’t the result of some faddy diet.

Xmas celebrations are around the corner but I’m not concerned about weight this time as the equation is simple, eat less and move more.  If I can manage running then anyone can and I really mean that, read through the C25k information page and download the pod casts, you don’t even have to go outside if you don’t want to.  Give it a go the only thing you have to lose is your fear of running 😊