Apology, Xmas Overindulgence and New Year's Resolution

Hi all! Firstly, I’m sorry I didn’t update again before Christmas when I said I was going to! I really meant to post another update but I got swept up in wrapping presents and preparing for the season!

Happy 2020! I hope you all had a great Christmas and that you’re getting back on track after hopefully enjoying festive food treats! I certainly did. I had A LOT of chocolate, every day for about a week!

However, I did get in another gym session before Christmas on the 23rd, and I went to the gym on the 27th and did a weigh-in:

So basically I gained a pound over Christmas, which isn’t too bad and could have been much worse! Also, I am still under 40% body fat which I’m very happy about as I started at 48%! Unbelievable, right?!

I also went to the gym on New Year’s Eve and today! Some happy news; I am now on week 9 of Couch to 5k! This means that I am walking for 5 minutes and then running for 30 minutes, non-stop! I am very proud of that. I have never run that long before. However, the furthest I have gone so far in that time is 2.3 miles. It needs to be 3.2 to hit the 5k.

Also, I did bosu ball slow burpees, 2 sets of 5, for the first time in months! My trainer started me doing these. You basically do a burpee, one leg out followed by the other, holding on to the ball, and then lift it up when you stand up. I was absolutely terrified of this when I started personal training. I had very little balance. However, I am now more confident with it, I actually love the things, and I’m hoping to do the proper jumping burpees with it soon! This exercise targets your abs as well as your arms. What’s not to like?!

Back personal training again on Saturday which I am looking forward to. I will also do a weigh-in then. I am really hoping I shifted that pound and more. My eating still isn’t great but I’m not scoffing chocolate anymore.

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to lose at least 2.5 stone this year, to get down to 9 and a half stone, which would put me just in the healthy range for my weight. Ideally I would like to do this by my birthday in May, but I’m going to try not to put too much pressure on myself. I’m hoping to try lots of new recipes this year and eat lots of healthy food!

Wishing you all a very happy and successful New Year 🙂

A Happy Weight Loss Update and Xmas Neuroses!

Hi all. Sorry it’s been a while since I last updated on my progress. I have made a few little achievements over the last couple of weeks!

I got down to 12 stone nothing! Yay! I was very happy with this result.

On Tuesday I reached a few milestones in the gym. I did a side plank for the first time ever! Both sides, 30 seconds each! I also did 10 press-ups on a 45cm block, my lowest to date! Last Friday, before the above weigh-in, I also ran 28 minutes straight, for the first time ever! My current levels for running are 2.0 incline, 4.8-5 for walking warm-up, 6-7.2 for actual running, averaging at 6.5. So I’ve been doing well. With that being said…

Christmas is only a few days away! Argh, temptation! Food! Drink!

I’ve been naughty with my eating and drinking. I’ve got a chocolate advent calendar I’m getting through. I’ve also been for a few Christmas drinks and had a few sandwiches I wouldn’t normally eat, when I’ve been super-busy out of the house. Tomorrow I would normally weigh in but I’m a little scared with all of the naughty eating and drinking I’ve been doing. I’m sure you can relate to all of the temptation around at Christmas and advent. I’m trying my best to rein it in and staying under my calorie limit for the most part. Sugar is the biggest problem, my biggest weakness and my downfall when it comes to my weight. But I’m going to do this, I’m going to keep going!

I’m very happy with the progress I’ve made so far on this weight loss journey and very proud that I have been able to lose weight despite being on Quetiapine. I was so afraid that I would never be able to lose weight because it was taking so long to start coming off. But thanks to my personal trainer and my willpower of steel (until December hit!) I’ve been doing it!

I will do another update before Christmas. I hope everyone is coping okay with all of the stress and temptation! I think it’s important to allow yourself your extra treats around Christmas. I know I would begin to resent myself if I felt I was really denying myself. But it’s about moderation!

Weight Loss and Fitness Update

Hey, sorry it’s been a while!

I didn’t have much to update on for the last week or so, but now I feel it’s time for an update and to share some progress.

Sorry about the image not being very clear. For some reason, treadmill stats come out strangely on phone cameras. I am now on Week 7 of couch to 5k! Yay! So that means I am now doing 5 minutes of brisk walking followed by 25 minutes of running on the treadmill. Last week I did 2 miles in 33 minutes including my cool down walk. Today I did 2 miles in 32 minutes. My ultimate goal is 3.2 miles (or 5k) in 30 minutes! In 2011 I did a 5k in Hyde Park for Guide Dogs for the Blind in 38 minutes which I was very proud of. I’m nowhere near even that, but that is my first goal, to get back there. Today I really started to struggle at 21 minutes in and seriously considered pressing the “cool down” button but I persisted and I’m so glad I did because I made that breakthrough.

I am also currently on level 10 on the cross trainer and do 12 minutes of this before my run.

I’ve also started incorporating leg and arm raises into my deadbugs, as instructed by my personal trainer. They’re a real killer the first time! But you really feel the burn in your lower abs. I’ve started going over a minute on my planks too. I want to get to one minute 30 seconds which is the standard plank time for an average college age female. Sometimes I manage one minute 20, sometimes one minute 15.

My stomach is my big “problem area”. It is where I have the most fat and people often ask me if I am pregnant, which I have never been so far! I want to be able to do all the planks, side planks and press-ups. I am working up to press-ups with my trainer by progressing through different heights of boxes to lean on. This is generally thought of as more effective progression than press-ups with your knees on the floor.

I also did walking with a 12kg kettlebell in each hand. This was a real killer on my 5th and last lap around the treadmills. But I love it because it’s strength and cardio rolled into one and will help my cardio overall.

My last weigh-in made me very happy! Here are the results:

So I have now lost 1 stone and 2 pounds this year! Or 16 pounds for my American readers!

I still have a long way to go but I am feeling good!

How is your weight loss/fitness journey going?

Healthy Meal Recommended by My PT!

Hi, I thought I would share what I had for dinner tonight! This is a meal I’ve actually never had before. It’s a pretty standard meal that is recommended for most people trying to lose weight but it’s never appealed to me before. It’s very quick and simple. The recipe is:

Boiled rice and peas

Chopped oven cooked chicken and red pepper, sprinkled with oregano and a few spritzes of frylight.

And that’s it! Chicken, rice and veg. I don’t really like chicken, I find it boring because when I was younger I had to have roast chicken every Sunday. However, one of my favourite meals is chicken fried rice from the Chinese takeaway. This is healthier with less fat and more veg. And it actually tastes good. Nearly every time I see my personal trainer, he tells me to cook this dish fit myself. Well, now I finally have! And I’m sure I’ll do it again soon. It’s full of protein but low calorie, the chicken is good and with the rice, it’s a very satisfying meal. Why not give it a go and let me know what you think?

Some More Info About My Weight Loss Journey So Far

Hi! So here’s a little update regarding my weight loss journey, including my workouts, eating and some background info. My current weight is at the end.

I started seeing a personal trainer in early September. At the time I weighed 13 stone 4 :O A figure which horrifies me. I’m 5’2″. But I’d already slooowwwly lost 3 pounds on my own. My body fat was still 49% :O

Before I started with the personal trainer, my workout consisted of stomach crunches, 10 minutes on cross trainer and the NHS Couch to 5K programme, 2 days a week.

My diet was not much improved, except I cut back my puddings from half a tub of Ben & Jerry’s or cake 5 days a week to 2 days a week! Aside from that, a typical day’s eating for me consisted of sometimes cereal, sometimes weightwatchers cake roll in the morning before work, some kind of salad for lunch and whatever meal for dinner, plus pudding and occasional chocolate bar and diet cola. I was still having full-fat milk in my tea and cereal!

I started driving more a few years ago and this meant less walking. Apart from my gym workouts, I wasn’t getting much exercise.

Now, I have cut back on diet cola. Before I would have a 500ml bottle 3 days a week, now it’s about once a week. The rest of the time it’s mostly water. In my tea and cereal, I have semi-skimmed milk. (Skimmed to me is just water with some white colouring in it!) I now fast between 12-16 hours between my last meal of the day and my first meal the next day.

Typical day’s eating for me now is:

Breakfast: If hungry, oats with fruit, protein powder, chia seeds and almond milk or scrambled eggs and cooked cherry tomatoes.

If not hungry, a banana.

Lunch: Vegetable soup or salad.

Dinner: Whatever I want, but less bread, less potatoes, more veg. Eating fish more frequently, from once a fortnight to twice a week. I’ve also started cooking myself a bean and leak stew once a fortnight.

Snack: Sometimes a biscuit with my tea, or if I’m being good, nuts or an apple.

Pudding: Once a week I have a third of a Ben & Jerry’s tub as a treat. The rest of the time, if I’m still craving something nice, I have a lovely chocolate Slim Fast.

I pay attention most to calories and sugar. The ideal for me is 1000-1400 calories while I am trying to lose weight, and I aim for 0 sugar but allow myself the occasional treat.

As for workouts, when I’m not with my trainer, I do stomach crunches, 1 minute plank and 1 minute deadbug x 2. (My stomach is the biggest part of me) Then I do 10 minutes on the cross trainer, then couch to 5k. At the moment I’m on week 6 day 2. I’m struggling with day 3, running continuously for 25 minutes.

When I am with my trainer, we do a wide variety. It is different every time. But every time, I do 10-15 mins on cross-trainer. Then we do 1 minute plank and 1 minute deadbug x 2.

We often do bosun ball slow burpees x 10. We always do squats, sometimes a goblet squat with a heavy dumbell or sometimes deadlifting 40kg (hate it).

We often do step-ups with small kettlebells. Sometimes I do it up and down a flight of stairs.

We do resistance band pulling with squats and air press-ups. Sometimes we do the thing with the ropes on the floor (hate it) and pushing weight along a track (hate it) and sometimes pull ups on knee rest (really hate!)

Sometimes we do arm workouts with dumbells (love!) and sometimes squats with bouncing a weighted ball.

Then to finish, I do 20 minutes on the cross-trainer. I started at level 5 and now I am at level 9 so I am quite proud of myself!

My biggest change exercise-wise is I now try to do 30 minutes of walking outside every day, in addition to my daily activities of living. This has done so much for my mood and motivation. I put some Grateful Dead or a podcast on my Spotify and away I go! It’s getting harder with the shorter days and the darkness and bad weather though.

My current weight as of Sunday is 12 stone 9, which I am chuffed about but obviously I still have a few stone to lose until I am in the healthy range for my height. My body fat is 43% which is better but still lots of room for improvement there!

So, that’s my update for today. I hope you found this interesting and helpful!

My First Blog Post

Hello and Welcome

Thank you for coming to my blog!

Hello! I am a 33 year old single woman and I have been trying to lose weight for years. I have had some success in the past, and then gained back and thensome with Quetiapine, my medication that stops me from going manic.

I had a health scare back in the Spring and required a check up. This involved being weighed. I was shocked that I had gained a stone and a half since being on Quetiapine. But I knew I wasn’t happy with the way I looked in photos or the mirror. So I decided to start going to the gym more (I was a lapsed member) and cutting back on junk food. I didn’t see much of a result, so in September, I decided to invest in a personal trainer, and have lost half a stone since. I am still seeing him once a week and making a real effort with what I eat, cooking more food from scratch and cutting right down on sugar especially.

I am going to be posting regular updates on my progress as well as more information about my mental health and the traumas that led me here and how I have broken through them.

Please say “hi” in the comments if you’re new to my blog!

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