I would like to lose at least 3 stone within six months, and here’s how I plan to shed the weight…
Being a mum to two children and living a comfortable lifestyle has caused the weight to gain. I’m normally the worst for snacking, I’ll overeat at every meal and I’ll happily finish off my kids leftovers. My spent time consciously exercising has been nil and I’ve stayed ignorant to it all by very rarely weighing myself.
I’m currently the heaviest I have ever been and I want to sort it out – not just because I want to live a healthier lifestyle, but also because I’m getting married next April! (Serious dress shopping begins this summer, hence the 6 month target).
I have never joined a fitness class before. Nor have I ever counted or limited my calorie intake. I never felt the need to.
To hit my goal weight within six months, I need to lose 2lb every week. I’ve just gotten through my 1st week of dieting and exercise and I’ve already lost 4lb! I know it won’t continue to fall off this quickly once I get a few weeks in but it should help me hit my goal weight sooner!
Here’s how I lost 4lb in the first week:
- I purchased some decent workout wear. I took a visit to my local Nike Outlet where a lovely girl called Maisie helped me find something suitable to work out in. (Thank you Maisie for helping a complete newbie blend in). I purchased a pair of mid-rise running leggings (the fabric and fit is great at hiding the mum-tum) and a loose fit, strappy top. I had to go to M&S for sports bras because I have boobs, but also a small back. (Finding bras that fit is always a faff).
- I joined a fitness class. I tried a couple and found one that I loved. The class is called BodyBalance, each session lasts 1 hour and I now go every Monday and Friday (my only kid-free days). It’s a mixture of Tai Chi, Yoga and Pilates. And I LOVE it! After just my third class, I’m able to do the advanced positions, balance better and I can touch my toes!
- I limited my calorie intake. To hit my target of 2lb loss a week, I’ve cut my calories down to 1,200 a day. This has meant switching out my regular bought foods for healthier, lower calorie options. There are so many foods that I have tried for the very first time this week; poached eggs (never even poached an egg before now) and avocado on toast, 10cal Jelly (omg, what a find), Almond Milk, Balsamic Vinegar on my salads, Weight Watchers Double Chocolate Brownies (these are so good – a nice treat at the end of a successful day of hitting all my targets). And I’m sure I’ll discover more little food loves along the way.
- I downloaded the MyFitnessPal app. This app is brilliant! Perfect for logging my weight, tracking my steps and exercise and (best of all) it counts my calories for me! I just search for a food or scan a barcode and enter in the portion size.
- I’m cheating with my evening meals. Cooking myself a separate evening meal from the rest of the family gives me a headache just thinking about it. I’ve made it easier for myself by buying in Tesco Healthy Living and Weight Watchers frozen meals – SUCH an easy way to count the calories (and each meal is usually between just 200 and 400 calories). In fact, I’ll choose and scan the barcode of my chosen meal into MyFitnessPal app at the beginning of the day. That way I know how many calories I have left to use up and can easily plan my breakfast, lunch and snacks without the fear of starving come dinner time. I know microwave meals (mine go in the oven) don’t sound great but don’t worry, I balance it out by making sure that my breakfasts and lunches are made from fresh. I’ve found myself padding out my frozen microwave meals with fresh veg or salad anyway, because the portions are friggin’ tiny!
- I’m drinking more water. I bought myself a fabulous ‘Motivational Water Bottle’ from PolarGear. It has a motivational quote on one side and the times listed on the other – making sure that I’m drinking a good amount of water all throughout the day! I’m usually rubbish at drinking water – Now, I’m great at it!
Drinking water helps boost your metabolism, cleanse your body of waste, and acts as an appetite suppressant. Also, drinking more water helps your body stop retaining water, leading you to drop those extra pounds of water weight.
- I’m wearing my Apple Watch religiously. I try to complete the Activity Rings every single day. I’ve also set myself a target of 10,000 steps everyday. I’m generally good at hitting all of these targets on the weekdays but things can get a little lazy on the weekends. I’ll work on that. The data from my watch also syncs to my iPhone and MyFitnessPal app, logging my steps and my calories burned.
- I’m walking the dog more often (soon to be two dogs!). Which is not only great for helping me hit my ‘10,000 steps a day’ target but also works his little legs too.
How am I feeling after one week?
I’m feeling fantastic! And HOW have I never discovered 10cal Jelly up until now?
The bloat has gone! This disappeared after just one day of limiting my calories and drinking more water.
I’m feeling motivated and I know that I can do this . In fact, I’m really enjoying this new lifestyle and I feel like a brand new me.