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! 🙂

Amy’s amazing health story

I was catching up with my YouTube subscriptions and I spotted a really helpful video that I thought I would share, in case anyone finds it interesting.

Amy was told when she was 16 that, due to osteoporosis, she would likely need a wheelchair full-time by the time she was 25. Last year, when she was 19, she decided to become vegan, and after only a few months, she was able to go back to work, where previously she had been off work sick. Also, when she saw doctors about 6 months ago, they said she wouldn’t need a wheelchair until she was at least 60.

I’m so pleased for her! Being told such devastating news at a young age must have been so hard, but it’s great that through changing her diet to vegan, she’s managed to improve her health and her life so much!

I’m not here to try and convert anyone, I just wanted to share in case this was useful, plus with all of the doom and gloom in the news, it’s nice to see a happy story  🙂

Less than 16 weeks to go!

But, to what you may ask! Well, it’s my 38th birthday in November and I am planning on going somewhere really fun and important to me, but I can’t tell you where yet as it’s top secret!

Sadly our car stopped working on Monday and we don’t have the money to get it fixed yet, so for now I am walking to work, which is 2.3 miles. There and back gives me exercise of 4.6 miles a day, which takes about an hour each way, so two hours in total. It was day 1 yesterday, which went fine, but I was so stiff when I got up today!

I’m currently 14st 8lbs so I’m hoping to lose a couple of stones with all of the walking (I only eat 1500 calories of healthy vegan food each day so hopefully it should be easy!), I’m hoping to be around the 12st mark by the big day.

Wish me luck! 🙂

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 the last 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 🙂

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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 was 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! 🙂

To help me to see how far I’ve come, I’ve created a little infopic for myself 🙂

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Weigh(t) to go…

So, today was my first day back in the gym and Emma Stone is going to tell you how my muscles feel right about now.

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I have 3 stones 3lbs to lose (to take me to my target weight of 12 stones), and I’d love to do this by the end of the year. 2017 as a skinnie Minnie would be amazing!

I’m not looking forward to getting up in the morning, especially as I work on the second floor of the building…

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

Day 4 - treadmill

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! 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!

Vegan recipes I’ve spotted on Pinterest

Even though we haven’t yet transitioned over to being vegan, I’m getting really excited about going vegan fully. It won’t be without its issues though as between us we also need to avoid bread, honey, soy and chickpeas, so nice and easy, eh? I have recently become addicted to Pinterest (I’m a late adopter) and I have been pin-pin-pinning so many vegan recipes. Below are my favourites so far and I am going to make them all at some point 🙂

Lemon Herb Roasted Potatoes

Vegan Lentil Curry

An existential crisis

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why

I’ve always loved that quote. Though, at the ripe old age of 37, I’m still waiting for my “why” to present itself to me. I have been in full time employment since I was 17, and none of the permanent jobs that I’ve ever had have been real “Yes! This is what I want to do for the rest of my life! jobs” I’ve had a few public sector temp jobs that were close, but sadly the opportunity to stay on permanently wasn’t an option. So, what to do? I’m hoping to find out one day but like Diana Ross, I’m still waiting 😦

Cowspiracy (2014)

I don’t normally watch documentaries on Netflix, but I’d heard from friends that Cowspiracy was an important watch. The Netflix synopsis says, “Learn how factory farming is decimating the planet’s natural resources – and why this crisis has been largely ignored by major environmental groups.” It was produced and directed by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn, and was actually crowdfunded via IndieGoGo when their funding was pulled part-way through filming the documentary.

Before I watched it, I’d always been a bit squeamish about how we end up with cow’s milk, but I used to drink it anyway, mainly because it was the cheapest option of all of the “milks”. Also, eating an animal had never sat right with me. Since watching Cowspiracy, Michelle and I have decided to be vegan from January 2016 (we had just had our monthly shopping delivered and really can’t afford to replace the non-vegan items at this time). It really is worth watching.

You can watch the trailer below