Random + Family + Me + Weight Loss = A Mess of A Post

So lets start with the random…

The hubby and I have been talking lately.

I have decided now, after thinking back over my pregnancy and labour (which I’m now convinced really wasn’t that bad at all) that I wouldn’t have minded having another go around if it was possible. If you’ve read my earlier posts you’ll know that we have struggled to conceive along the way but we have managed it and have been incredibly lucky to welcome two beautiful kids into our lives and family. This is two more than we thought we’d have at one point so for me to want more makes me feel incredibly greedy but I love my kids and would love nothing more than to have even more.

My hubby, on the other hand, doesn’t agree. He’s not really a fan of this “baby stage” where they have to depend on you for every single thing in their lives. He enjoys it when the personality starts to shine through and when they can hold a conversation and I guess, be a real person rather than a lump of flesh that cries, coos, drinks and poops.

I also know that he HATES the broken sleep and this is where we actually agree, even though Finn has been quite a good night sleeper and we could have definitely had it much worse!

So what do you do when you don’t agree on having more kids? Well we chatted through it and ended up thinking that we would really like to adopt later on in life when our kids are old enough to understand what adoption is and why we would like to do it and in the meantime … doggies! Not for a while as its hectic enough around here as it is, but later on down the line we would like to bring some four-legged companions into the mix.

Then the problem will be what dogs to get! I’m a fan of breeds like Great Danes, St. Bernards and Dogues de Bordeaux whereas Baz likes English Bull Terriers and Weimaraners. The problem with any of these breeds though, is that Baz has allergies and none of them are hypoallergenic dogs so he either opts for a breed that will be kinder to him, or gets any dog he falls in love with and suffers the consequence! But again, this is all for a later time.

On to the family…

Well Soph has come home from school today missing another tooth … And she then lost it … In the dinner hall! The tooth next to this one is wobbling too and I’m hoping so hard that she loses it before school photos come around on the 10th of next month. I reallllly want a picture of her with a huge happy-gappy grin so fingers crossed it will fall out soon!

Then on to me…

I have started going to college now one night a week to resit my GCSE Maths. I was so nervous about this as I’ve not studied in 18 years, I have zero self-confidence and I don’t do well with new people. That being said, right now I’m enjoying it!

The studying is coming as a bit of a break for me – I now get two and a half hours of “me time” a week and I have to admit, I love it. I mean I constantly worry about the hubby and kids when I’m out, but just doing something for me has proven to be quite freeing. It’s also given my confidence a boost, as right now, I understand what’s happening in class and I can do it, which is nice.

It also has me thinking “what’s next?” And questioning where I want to end up in the future. I’ve always thought that I’m not capable of much, but right now I think that I may want to go on to study a couple of A-levels and maybe even a degree so that I can possibly go into teaching later.

It also gives me a 2.7ish mile walk home which is helping with the weight loss which is the perfect segue too…

The weight loss…

So I weighed in this morning to find that I’d lost 2.2lbs! This shocked me as I felt like I’d eaten terribly throughout the week and I’ve actually felt sluggish and heavier in myself so to lose 2.2 is an excellent result for me this week. With that weight gone I’m so close to the half stone mark and I’m very excited to get there! Fingers crossed that will be done with next week and I can be firmly on the way to the stone mark!

So yeah, it’s a bit of a mash of stuff but that’s me all caught up for now. I will get better at posting regularly … I will! … Well I might … We’ll see 😕

Take care,

Deb xox

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Week 3 Weigh In

Last week I was annoyed with a slight gain on the scales but I’m feeling fine about it now as I actually started my period that same day and I feel that had a fair bit to do with it.

Now, as anyone who knows me would tell you, me on a period is not a good thing when it comes to weight loss. I crave all the bad things and I often find myself in a mardy enough place to eat them … which is what I did this time around. I didn’t buy in my usual array of snacky crap so there wasn’t too much opportunity to snack in the house, but there has been take-away pizza, a Saturday night Nando’s with the hubby and a large family meal out with my hubby’s mum which also consisted of a giant slab of cake-away. The meal was a chicken curry with naan, poppadom, rice and chips and the cake was chocolate marble with chocolate buttercream icing and Skittles on top. One positive has come from that meal out though – I won’t be tempted by that cake again as Skittles on a chocolate cake is just a bit too bizarre for my liking!

After the week I’ve had I wasn’t expecting a loss at all so imagine my surprise when I found myself 1.4 lbs lighter this morning! I’ll take it!!!

Here’s hoping for another loss this week…

 

 

Week Two Gain :(

I’m annoyed to find that I put on .6 of a pound – I know it’s not much but it’s still going the wrong way on the scales and the annoying thing is that I can’t figure out why I gained. I haven’t been eating any worse than normal on the non-fasting days and I’ve been super careful with my calorie allowance on the two fasting days. All I can say is that I’ve felt heavier and more sluggish so maybe I’m gearing up for my first post-pregnancy-period or maybe it’s just that second week blip.

Either way, I’m not happy about it so I will be reassessing what I’m eating, possibly having three days of fasting (as apparently 4:3 is the new 5:2) and hoping to find  bit of time to add some DDP Yoga back into the mix.

Hoping for better next week!

Week 1 Weigh In

Diets have always felt like hard work to me, I’ve always had to be so careful with calories, counting every single thing that I eat and craving everything that the diet doesn’t allow. This time I’ve eaten pretty much anything that I’ve wanted for five days out of the week – and some of those days contained “bad” food as we’ve had day trips out and family visits due to it being the school summer holidays – and I fasted for the other two.

The first fasting day wasn’t super great for me, I found it quite hard to feel so hungry and I did go a little over the 500 calories that were allowed as I ended up feeling sick towards the end of the day. That being said, the fact that I didn’t just stuff my face with everything that I could find (which is something that I normally do if I let myself feel that hungry) was quite a big win for me and I was pleased with how the day turned out.

The second fasting day wasn’t nearly as bad as the first which surprised me as I expected it to be just as bad, if not worse. I managed to stay on target and whilst I did feel hungry, I didn’t have that same sicky feeling which made things easier.

As it was only two days that I was restricting my calorie intake, and as I’ve not actually felt like I’ve been dieting, I wasn’t expecting a loss – especially as I’ve not introduced exercise to the mix yet – so I was pleasantly surprised to find that I’d lost 2lbs this morning! I really don’t feel like I’ve done much of anything to earn those 2lbs so I’m really happy with how this weight loss journey has started and I’m looking forward to seeing what the results can be when I do manage my calories better on the non-fasting days and when I begin exercising too.

So 2 down, 100 to go!

Take care,

Deb xox

Back on the Weight Loss Wagon

So this past weekend, my hubby and I decided that we were going to start trying to lose weight again now that I am feeling (pretty much) back to normal after my pregnancy. We have discussed some of the different options that are out there for weight loss and he pointed out that the most success that he has had previously was on the 5:2 diet. This is a method that has never really appealed to me as I hate feeling hungry – if I feel like I’m hungry whilst dieting, I tend to sulk and then order the biggest pizza deal that Dominos has to offer or I just eat whatever crap I can get my hands on. That being said, Baz did have success last time, so I figured that it’s time to give it a good crack to see if it can be the method for me.

We decided to fast on Tuesdays and Thursdays so today I have limited myself to around 500 calories. I had a pack of Special K biscuits for brunch that came in at 96 calories and then a veggie stir fry for dinner – I’m thinking that this is pretty much going to be the standard fasting day plan for now but I need to do some research into other low-calorie options so that I don’t get bored and dread eating the same thing every fasting day.

Now comes the dreaded bit … the weight.

I weighed in at 241lbs which isn’t ideal but is pretty much what I had expected. I then used the NHS BMI calculator to see where I should be for my age and height. The NHS has stated that for a healthy weight, that I need to aim for a weight between 118lbs and 160lbs. I decided I’d go right for the middle of the two, so I’m aiming for a final weight of 139lbs, which gives me a total weight loss goal of 102lbs! That’s a daunting number to look at but I’m going to give it my best in order to get there.

Here goes…

Wish me luck 🙂

Two Week Blip

And what a mighty blip it’s been!

I knew that these two weeks would be a wash with regards to weight loss as we have been away on a family holiday for a week where we ate out pretty much every meal except breakfast and this second week we have had days out, where again, we have eaten nothing but crap. There has been no gym either and I had an unexpected (yet very somewhat welcome) visit from my good old Aunt Flo. She was a freakin’ witch as per usual but I don’t see her often so when she does appear I try my best to forgive her bitchy ways … that and she always makes me want cake so she earns herself forgiveness in treats even though they are not what I need for my diet. To be honest though, when she’s in town I give zero shits when it comes to healthy food – I eat whatever will make me feel good for those few moments and regret it later.

So yeah, the food situation has been dire and weight has been gained but we had a great time away as a family and now the wheels are firmly back on the tracks so I can start all over again.

Hope you’ve been well,

Deb xox

Boditrax Results

As I only really started looking at my diet and focusing solely on cardio within the last two weeks, I wasn’t expecting a great deal of change on the Boditrax scales, I was hoping for it, but not expecting it.

Last night I found the following…

  • Weight dropped from 16st 13lb to 16st 6lb
  • BMI dropped from 36.8 to 35.7
  • 2lb loss in muscle
  • 5lb loss of fat
  • Degree of Obesity dropped from 67.5% to 62.4%

Below are some pictures showing my current body composition, the all yellow is muscle composition and the yellow and red is fat composition. I’ll be looking forward to seeing how this changes over time.

Catching Up

It’s been a few days since I posted as not much has happened really. Exercise has been going well, food consumption has been monitored and kept within budget and my weight has dropped by a further 1.8 lbs. I’m not disappointed with this, as they say “A loss is a loss” but in all honesty, I was hoping for a little more. Weekends are definitely not my friend though, and annoyingly enough, two out of three weekends will remain out of my control with regards to what is cooked and how. I’m just going to have to work harder on portion control and resisting snacks on those days.

Tonight at the gym it’s Boditrax night. I’m anxious to see what the results on there are as it’s been two weeks of doing pure cardio and I’m wondering just how much of a difference it, along with monitored eating, has made.

In other news, my daughters school year is wrapping up tomorrow and we are quite excited for the six weeks summer holiday. Soph (that’s my daughter) is also looking forward to pick-up tonight as we are taking in presents for her teachers – she loves to give gifts so I can’t wait to see her face when she hands them out this afternoon. Tomorrow is also a non-uniform day and they are the best kind of school days for her … four year old’s are impressed by the simplest of things!

Well, I guess that’s it for now,

Be good,

Deb x

Well Duhhh!

The more that I calorie count everything that I eat, the easier it is to see where and how I went wrong in the past.

I’ve created spreadsheets to track my weight loss and calorie consumption as I find this a handy way to compare days and keep track but what I’m amazed by is how quickly the numbers all add up.

Just today I sat eating lunch with my daughter and she didn’t want to finish the little bun that was on her plate … so I did. As soon as I ate it I went to my spreadsheet and added on 75 calories (75 … for half of a small fairy cake!!!! I won’t be getting her these again!) and made sure I had it covered in my daily allowance. But this got me to thinking, if I wasn’t tracking my calories then I’d probably have gone on to have a cake of my own too, I’d have finished her sandwich, I’d have eaten some crisps etc. The eating would have carried on and I’d have had no clue as to how far over for the day I was. I wouldn’t have even thought about it – it’s so easy! 

It was like the lightbulb above my head switched on and I realised just how badly I’d been eating in the past and just how that affected my waistline and weight … then I had the “Well Duhhh” moment. It’s just so glaringly obvious and I knew how poorly I was eating, I just suppose I never really wanted to stop before.

This spurred me on to have my best session at the gym to date. I was working harder, going faster and sweating more than I ever had and, for the first time in a long time, I felt insanely proud of myself.

Right now I’m riding a high and I reallllly hope it continues. 

In other news, today I purchased my second Christmas present of the year. This was for my hubby but I get to join in on the fun as we are going to see Gogol Bordello and Lucky Chops live. Squeeee! 

The best thing is that this gig isn’t until the middle of December so I can go on a shopping spree for an outfit to wear as I’ll have hopefully lost quite a bit of weight by then. I’m excited for this as I despise shopping right now, I hate having to rummage through clothing trying to find my size, or finding something in my size only to find that it looks like I’ve thrown an ill-fitting sack over my head. I can’t wait to be able to just walk up to a rack, grab something from the middle, try it on and be happy with how I look. That will be an epic day in my weight loss journey.

Right, well I’m off to read with the kiddies tomorrow for the last time this school year so I’m going to get some sleep. 

Sweet dreams, 

Deb x

Weekend Stumbles

The weekend was always going to be a bit of a flop, we like to chill and see our family and there is always food and treats doing the rounds. I had already decided that I was going to behave as well as I could over the week so that if when I was bad over the weekend, I’d have a bit of a buffer.

So over the weekend I managed to put 1.2 lbs on and whilst that may seem high, I lost 4.2 lbs throughout the entire week which gives me a total of 4.6 lbs to lose now for the doctor in five weeks. I’m feeling much better about this now. It also leaves me with 92 lbs to go until I reach my overall goal and 9.8 lbs to go until I can get my first little tattoo reward!

I’m hoping that this weekend will be better but if I can replicate this week again then I’d be over the frackin’ moon!

As I was reading around some of the other blogs that I follow I came across a measurement post by Layers of Fat which reminded me that I was supposed to do the same so that I could see where and how my body changed throughout this journey of mine, so my numbers are currently as follows…

Bust: 110 cm

Chest: 100 cm

Waist: 104 cm

Hips: 116 cm

Thighs: 74 cm

Knees: 50 cm

Calves: 46 cm

Upper arm: 41 cm

Forearm: 28 cm

And thanks to this handy tool my shape is currently looking something like this…

If only my gut looked that smooth, it’s a saggy, flabby mess but maybe one day it won’t be too far off from this.

Right well that’s where I am today so lets see what this next week brings.

I’m off to the gym!

Deb x