The weight race: the final verdict

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In January of this year, me and Michelle decided to go vegan for lots of different reasons, but for me being lactose intolerant was one of the main reasons.

One of the happy outcomes of this lifestyle change was; the weight started coming off me really easily. I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, so losing weight isn’t exactly easy but I have to say that being vegan is really suiting my body. As well as going vegan, we also dropped refined sugar, which has really helped too.

I just calculated that this year I have lost a whopping 2st 3lbs, which I am really happy with! This is the lowest I have weighed in the 8 years that Michelle and I have been together, and therefore the lowest weight I’ve been in my 30s! I’m excited to see how much I will lose in 2017, as we will be starting back in the gym in January after a bout of ill health stopped us going in.

Bring on 2017! ๐Ÿ™‚

Weigh(t) to go – July 2016

Hello, happy July! (I know, I know, I’m a bit late with that greeting!)

I have been utterly rubbish at going in the gym since the last post in May, I was working flat out on issue 2 of the magazine, as well as working full-time in my day job, so the gym was theย lastย thing on my mind every evening! Weirdly, I have actually lost weight but I’m not going to complain that I don’t understand how.

With regards to my weight loss, I was 14 stones 7lbs (203lbs/93kg) at the start of this month, which means I have lost 7lbs (3kg) in 2 months, which I’m really happy with. I know that people say that the slower you lose it, the more likely you are to keep it off, so that works for me!

Here’s my latest infopic. So, since 11th January I have lost a total of 2 stones 1lbs, which I’m really happy about! Onwards and upwards and I really hope that I can report back in in August with another weight loss ๐Ÿ™‚

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Weigh(t) to go – May 2016

Hello, happy May!

I don’t know about you, but the first third of the year for me was shockingly bad, and watching the clock count down to midnight last night felt like New Year’s Eve. I’m so glad to see the back of January-April, and I am excited to see what May-August brings!

With regards to my weight loss, I am exactly 15 stones (210lbs/95kg) this morning, which is a nice place to be at the start of the month. I recorded in my blog post “So hello 2015!” which was on 11th January 2015, that I wasย 16st 8lbs (232lbs/106kg), so I have lost 1 stone 8lbs (22lbs/11kg) in 16 months, which I’m really happy about!

The weight loss did start coming off quicker once I went vegan on 1st January this year, and I started back in the gym recently, so I’m hoping that when I do my next weight update on 1st June that I will have lost even more! ๐Ÿ™‚

To help me to see how far I’ve come, I’ve created a little infopic for myself ๐Ÿ™‚

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#365Project #Day4: I’m on the road again. Okay, it’s a treadmill

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Welcome to day 4 of the 365 Project*. It’s been aaaaaages since I’ve been on the treadmill, but I thought with Christmas over, it was time to work off some of the damage caused by Stollen bites and Quality Street. I walk for an hour on the treadmill, at a heady 2.2 miles per hour but I’m hoping to get faster! I’ve got 4 stones 7 lbs to lose, which I’m hoping to do by the end of this year. That’s 63lbs, which is only 1.2lbs a week, which is totally do-able!ย By the way, the dark patches in my shoes are just shadows as the light wasn’t brilliant!

* This post was written on Sunday 10th January, which is day 10, as I’m slightly behind with posting!

And so the exercise commences!

Earlier this evening, myself, Michael and ourย teenage nephew went for a walk around our local park. None of us are particularly fit, so we planned on just doing a short walk to start with. This ended up being a 2 mile/1 hour walk in the end! As mentioned in my previous postย So hello 2015!, I’m trying to lose between 4 and 5 stones by Christmas, so we’re definitely on our way now. I can’t wait to go walking again, which is something that I’d never thought I’d hear myself say!

So hello 2015!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had a lovely Christmas ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s time for me to get back on the Slimming World wagon, and I really mean it this time! I was 16st 10lbs (234lbs) over Christmas, but as of this morning I am 16st 8lbs (232lbs), so a nice 2lbs loss before I really get going on the plan.

I took the below photo in the toilets (classy, I know!) at my work’s Christmas do on Friday 12th December 2014.ย My goal weight to get to is 12st by Saturday 12th December 2015.ย With the help of Slimming World, I will do this. I can’t wait to be skinnier by Christmas!

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2015 resolutions, a list

Well, Bonfire Night is pretty much over now (it’s currently 22:19), so it’s onwards and upwards towards Christmas and New Year. As much as I love Christmas, I especially love new year. I love the promise of a new year. I love the fact that you have no idea what exciting things will come your way in the next 365 days. I love that the year you’re leaving is behind you, and any negative things that happened can be laid to rest and you can move on (or try to move on, depending on how negative a thing it was).

The first 6ย months of this year were really difficult for me as a good friend of mine, who I had known for 25 years since I was 10 years old, died of cancer, leaving her two young children behind. It was such an unnecessary loss of life, of a woman with so much more life to give. Of someone who really didn’t deserve it. A couple of years ago she made me some Santa Christmas decorations, and I will hang them on my tree with a smile on my face every Christmas to come, as she always made me smile and meant so much to me.

There are a few things that I’d like to achieve in 2015, and I shall list them for you now:

Pass my driving test
I have failed three times in the past; September 2007, October 2007 and you guessed it, November 2007. I had re-booked it for New Year’s Eve in 2007 but I was so emotionally exhausted from failing three months in a row that I just couldn’t face it again. I love driving, and I know that I’m good it, but I’m just really bad at passing the test. Annoyingly I failed the last test on the way back to the test centre!

Lose weight and get down to 12 stones/size 16
I have been a yo-yo dieter pretty much my whole life. At 17, I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and so began a lifelong struggle with sugar and insulin resistance. I know that there is a certain irony that I’m drinking hot chocolate as I type this! It’s still 2014 so I’m enjoying it while I can because come 31st December, I’m no longer going to be a slave to the sugar. I turn 36 this year, and my body is not getting any younger. It can no longer cope with sugar rushes and sugar crashes, just because I was weak and gave into the sugar cravings. I know I’ll miss sugar, but I’d prefer to not develop late onset diabetes, thank you very much. Plus, I’m sick of looking like my t-shirts were sprayed on in summertime because I insist on wearing size 16’s even though I’m a size 18 (read: size 20 in denial….).

Start yoga
This kind of ties in with the above. I shared a yoga infographic on here earlier, and I like the fact that it has so many health benefits, such as less chance of heart disease, increased lung capacity (I had a bad chest infection 9 years ago, so any lung improvement I will gladly take!) and it also helps digestion which is something I welcome as I am lactose intolerant, and have a hernia which stops me eating all kinds of things (even though I still eat them, shhhh) so my digestion could do with a lot of support! It sounds like an all-round fantastic investment of time.

So, these are mine so far. Do you have any resolutions planned?

Yoga benefits

Yoga is something I’ve always been interested in, but I’ve never actually gotten around to it. I love this infographic that Tracy Johnson shared on Twitter all about the benefits of yoga. I have added it to my list of resolutions for 2015 and I’m looking forward to getting started ๐Ÿ™‚


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BMI calculator

In line with trying to organise my diet and eating healthy, I have been taking a look at my BMI (as scary as that is!). I have found a useful BMI calculator which also advises what calorie range you should be eating in.

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Height and weight
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Results

Now, I will admit that I don’t do any exercise at all, and I live in a bungalow so I get even less exercise at home than people with stairs!

I like how it’s given me the “recommended daily calorie intake” and as I lose weight and re-calculate my BMI, the calorie range changes, so I can keep an eye out that I’m not going over orย under my calories. It’s clever!

You can find the BMI calculator here:
http://www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/Healthyweightcalculator.aspx

So 2014, we finally meet…

I love New Year’s Eve, I always have. The promise of a new year, with new experiences, adventures and friendships to be made, and if you’ve had a particularly poop year, you can close the door on it. I have been especially looking forward to 2014 as our life’s been kind of hectic and unsettled over the last 5 years that me and Michael have been together, but 2014 really feels like our year to just be, and enjoy the fact that we’re releasing books (we have 9 on Kindle now, just craziness!).

I was speaking to the lovely Abbi atย http://wherethewildthingsare14.wordpress.com earlier, and I made a comment that I was going to get a Christmas jumper this year as in all my 35 years I’ve never had one, and I realised that as much as I’d love to post a pic on WordPress of me in a Christmas jumper, I didn’t like the idea of being photographed at my current weight and size. So, I now have a timeframe to aim for, which was a loose timeframe I had anyway, but talking to Abbi really firmed it up in my head, and I would dearly love to be 3 stones lighter when I’m photographed in my Christmas jumper, so let the 2014 weight loss commence! ๐Ÿ˜€