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Getting Healthy week 12

I wasn’t going to do a post this week as I wasn’t sure I had anything to say other than my weigh in results. Which were good I lost 1.4lbs but I want to do a post each week even if it’s just for my own benefit.

I stopped tracking Saturday afternoon and haven’t logged anything since. I don’t know what happened I just felt so unmotivated this month. It has been a constant theme and one I need to change. I have been out and getting my steps but food/water have fallen by the side.

This week I HAVE to find my motivation again. My goal for April is to get down to 170lbs. That means I need to lose 5.8lbs this is achievable.

Sorry, this is such a short post but there is no point in me rambling on.


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Our Weekend.

This weekend we decided to have a walk across the Tay Road bridge to Tayport. It had been awhile since we had last done this.Firstly we went under the bridge and found the artwork hopefully you can see what they say. We also took a picture of Dundee’s lighthouse. The waterfront in Dundee is currently being worked on. They are in the process of building a new train station hotel and a V & A museum. We are very excited about the museum.

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Taken from bus looking at new V&A museum


Once we were up on the bridge Alessa loved seeing the solar system posters on the way across as this is her current favourite topic. She can actually name them all in the correct order, (pause for proud mummy moment). She also liked that the lamp posts on the bridge are numbered 1-75 so was able to count along, there are actually 150 as they are in pairs one each side of the path. We stopped to eat our lunch when we came off the bridge we had packed our own but there is a takeaway cafe here who food smelled amazing so next time we may get something from there.  

After lunch, we walked along part of Fifes coastal walk to Tayport stopping to look at the two lighthouses, visit the cemetery and play in the little park. I have only included one picture of a moss covered path from the cemetery as this one is still in use. Even when we are far from home Alessa is meeting fur babies.

Even when we are far from home Alessa is meeting fur babies and getting cuddles. We decided to get the bus back across the bridge as her legs were starting to get tired. This surprised her just how quick it was to get back to Dundee. She did like looking out the window to see the water below. Something you can’t do from the footpath. We had a lovely day and plan to do it again soon.

Off to the School Spring Fayer this weekend and then a day at home with my kids on Mothering Sunday.

How was your weekend? Do you have plans for this coming weekend?


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Getting Healthy Week 11

This weeks post is going to be a little different from previous weeks I am not going to go into detail on how my week went but focus more on what I need to do in the coming weeks.

This week I gained 0.6lbs which I completely deserve I haven’t been fully focused for the last few weeks. I have constantly overeaten and stopped drinking my water. I have managed to keep my walking up but no yoga.

For this new week, I have adjusted my calories. I had my app set up for losing 1.5lbs each week I have changed this down to 1lb per week this gives me another 200 calories each day. I will continue to aim for 10,000 steps each day. I have also bought some new fruit tea flavours as I think its still a little cold for a lot of water and this is putting me off drinking what I need.

I have 2 weeks before the schools come off here and then when they go back my husband is off for 1. My focus usually doesn’t do well during this time so I am hoping that if I have made progress before then I will be more willing to keep it up. I have 7lbs to lose to get to my first goal. I hope to have achieved that by the end of April.

I just have to remember I didn’t gain the weight overnight so it is going to take some time to break the bad habits I have. I figure as long as I am still moving forward and don’t give up I am still on the right track.

I hope you are doing better and still focused on your goal. Thank you for reading.

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Getting Healthy Week 10

This week hasn’t been consistent. One day I am doing great the next I am off plan. So here is the breakdown of my week.

Steps: This week my steps were on track I got them all them 6/7 days. Most of those days it was more than 15,000 which is fantastic. I have also done the yoga workout 4 times I plan to keep increasing this till I am doing it everyday. I have noticed my leg muscles don’t feel as tight since I started doing it. Below is a couple of pictures taken on one of my walks.


Sleep: Another good week of sleep. My body must be getting used to the more regular bedtime as on Friday I had planned on staying up and reading my book but I fell asleep and woke up with the lights still on and my kindle on the bed beside me. I have also noticed my fatigue I used to have most days before has disappeared I can’t remember the last time I had to take an afternoon nap.

Eating: This is the area that has been inconsistent. I went over my allowance 3 times this week 2 of these were within my exercise calories so I still came out on plan but Saturday I just needed cake which I baked and basically ate half of. This took my calories way over.

Water: Another disappointing week here I only hit my target 3 times. I hope I can get back on track I can only guess but I think it’s just too cold still for water. I need to figure something out because I believe being hydrated is also helping my fatigue.

Weigh-in: As I said earlier I had far too much cake this week so wasn’t expecting much from weigh-in but I managed to lose 1.8lbs. I have now lost 14.4lbs since January. I have less than 7lbs to get to my first goal. A little disappointed in myself thinking what I could have lost if I had actually said NO to cake.

This week I am going to try and stay focused. I looked back over my past weight loss journey in 2014 I was more focused then and had lost more than I have this time around. I need to make sure I am reminding myself why I am on this journey “to improve my health, ease the effects of arthritis on my joints and hopefully conceive”.

On to next week. Hopefully, you have had a good week and thank you for reading. x


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Getting Healthy Week 9

This week has been a lot better than last. I got my yoga mat out and did the routine 3 times I hope to improve on that this week. The routine I am using is only 20 minutes so no excuse to fit it into my day. On to the weekly breakdown.

Steps: I got my steps 5 days out of 7 and on a couple of them it was more than 15,000 steps. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t good for me and Alessa to go out this weekend but I did get some exercise in by repainting and freshened up our kitchen.

Sleep: This hasn’t changed I have slept between 7-9 hours each night which is enough for me. I used to find it really hard to get to sleep but since I started using a sleep app this has improved dramatically. (I have probably mentioned this before.)

Eating: My eating has been good this week. On Wednesday I was way under my allowance. I just didn’t feel hungry which is very strange for me. I went over slightly on Friday and Sunday I think this was partly because I hadn’t planned meals for the Sunday so we just had to have something that was there.

Water: This week wasn’t back where I would like it to be but was better than last. This was the one area I thought I had locked in but I am still drinking more than I was last year.

Weigh-in: I weigh 178.4lbs which basically means I have stayed the same as I was 178.8lbs last week. I was really hoping to get my 1 stone award today so I am a little disappointed. I will aim for this next week.

I won first prize in a competition on The Calorie Club’s Instagram page this week. I currently use one of their planners for logging my food so was delighted to win one of their new planners which have an exercise plan included. I may move into it this week to help with my focus. The prize also included a water infusing drink bottle so I have bought some frozen berries and a couple of lemons to star using it.There is a picture of the full prize on my Instagram.This week I need to make sure I am measuring everything I tend to guess the portion size of some foods so that will be this week’s challenge along with steps and yoga.

This week I need to make sure I am measuring everything I tend to guess the portion size of some foods and logging my cups of tea (which I have a lot of) so that will be this week’s challenge along with steps and yoga.

This week’s word will be FOCUS!


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Getting Healthy Week 8

Welcome to another weekly update. This week if I am truly honest I made a lot of excuses and didn’t try as hard as I should have. I made a lot of excuses to myself over not going out and getting my steps. From the weather/temperature to having to wait in on a parcel even though it came first thing. So I have come up with a plan of action. I drew up a monthly exercise tracker where I will colour part of the square if I have done 10,000+ steps and the top of the square if I have done yoga.I have found a 20-minute beginners routine on Youtube that I am going to do. My mat arrived at the start of the week and I put it straight into a cupboard. WHY??? 

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Steps: This week my steps a have been low on 3 days this week I didn’t even make the 10,000 and the other days it was in the 14,000 range.

Sleep: This is unchanged I got more than 7.30 hours each night. Which is enough for me.

Eating: This usually ties in with my steps I had two days this week where I went over my calories by 100 calories. This might not seem much but there was no reason for it other than lack of self-discipline.

Water: This is the area I feel I let myself down the most in 3 days this week I never complete all my water. I will be more proactive in drinking it this week. It is hard to drink water when you are cold so have added fruit teas to this weeks food shop. Hopefully, as we are about to enter March the weather will warm.

Weigh-in: I am not expecting much due to a poor performance on my part. Well weigh-in was a shock I some how managed to lose 2lbs this week. This means I am only 8lbs away from my first goal of 170lbs. 

This week I am going to concentrate on getting 10,000 steps and doing the yoga video. Also getting all my water and sticking to calories. I am looking forward to March finding my focus again and getting out in the spring air. How is your week going? 

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Our Saturday.

This Saturday I asked Alessa what she wanted to do, “go to the beach” she replied. I explained it would be very cold but she insisted that was what we should do. We wrapped up warm and headed out for the day.

As expected it was cold and windy but we still had a lovely time. We started on the rock beach where she threw some rocks into the water. The tidy was in here which meant she didn’t have to walk far.It’s not easy to walk on these stones.  We then head to the sand beach which was pretty empty with the exception of a few dog walkers. The tide was quite far out at this part of the beach by the time we got there. Alessa ran around on the sand collecting shells as she went that she brought home.  Once she had finished exploring here we headed into the nature reserve and onto the rock garden. There were a lot of pretty flowers here that I was just had to take some pictures of, I don’t know why but I am always surprised to see flowers in the winter.  Although it wasn’t your typical beach weather we had a lovely day out.

Although it wasn’t your typical beach weather we had a lovely day out. I have included some pictures below. How was your Saturday?

I wonder where Alessa will decide we are going this weekend. I don’t think it will be any warmer as I am writing this it is snowing outside.


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Getting Healthy Week 7

This week got off great I felt energised after last weeks weight loss. I was focused and planned in some cake for my birthday that was on Wednesday. I was also given some sweets as gifts which in the past I would have eaten that same day, this year I had a couple that I worked into my day and put the rest away in fact they are still in the cupboard. I have had take way food twice this week too but both days were planned.

Saturday was the day where it could have all gone horribly wrong. I went out for the day with my daughter and didn’t pack lunch for me and by the time we found somewhere to get something my fatigue was kicking in and will power weakening. I bought prepacked sausage rolls and mini doughnuts, I also bought a chocolate trifle to eat once we were home. Once we were home I had a cup of tea and relaxed caught up on the water I had missed. This allowed me to focus again I ended up having a bowl of cereal for tea (trifle is still in the fridge on Monday as I write this but will not make it into Tuesday) I didn’t go over calories. Lesson learned from this make sure I drink my water my body is looking for it now and pack lunch to take with me.

Steps: This week I put my goal back to 13,000 and hit this target all but one day which I am happy with. The weather is also improving here so that will make walking easier and give me more motivation to get outside. This week I took a walk in the countryside near where I live where I saw my first Snowdrops of the year. I also saw sheep. On Saturday Alessa and I went to the beach but I will put those pictures up in a later post.

Sleep: This been a bit up and down this week no idea why. My Fitbit shows I have woken more times in the night this week and been quite restless. Hopefully, it will settle back down this week.

Eating: I was under calories all days except Friday when I just crept over not going to worry about that too much. I do think I am eating too much sugar. My afternoon snacks tend to be biscuits or sweet so this is something I plan on looking at this week.

Water: As I mentioned earlier there was a slight issue Saturday but I did manage to get my water each day. I just need to make sure I am spacing it out properly and not forgetting to drink it when I am out for walks.

Weigh-in: As always I am writing this before I have weighed so I have no idea what the scales will show. Now for the weigh-in. This week I lost 0.2lbs I would have liked more but a loss is a loss.

I think this week has been good overall since we had Valentines Day and my birthday and my wobble on Saturday.   Now to focus for on week. Last weigh-in of February.

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Getting Healthy Week 6

This week I went off plan and stopped tracking I think this may due to the fact that this week 2 years ago we found out we were having a missed miscarriage.  Thank you for the reminder Timehop (not that I needed it).

I am also on a medication that isn’t suitable if pregnant.  When I picked up my prescription there was a note to contact my doctor.  So I did.  He basically said he want to check I wasn’t pregnant and still taking tablets. I politely informed him that I was aware of the issues with the medication and would stop but that the reminders every couple of months weren’t helping.  He has agreed to leave it to me to be responsible and come off if needed.

So this week hasn’t gone well but I’m not going to beat myself up about it.  I will probably have another wobble the first week of March as that is when it was confirmed I was no longer pregnant. Hopefully, I can plan ahead and be prepare in case it does happen.

Steps: They have been poor this week compared to the rest of the year but not as bad as I was last year.  I had increased my goal to 15,000 but forgot it was half term here so that wasn’t going to be achievable.  I will keep the same goal for next week as schools are back.

Sleep: Sleep has been much the same as previous weeks.  So no changes here.

Eating: This is where this week’s biggest problems were.  I ate my feeling on Friday with a chocolate cake that I baked this continued into Saturday where I didn’t track at all.  Sunday I improved but it was more a case of too little too late.  I am OK as I know why it happened and that is half the battle.

Water: This is the one I am most disappointed with I have drunk every glass I am meant to for over 1 month and on Saturday I failed to get them all.

Weigh-in: After how poor my week was I was expecting to gain so I was completely shocked to see I lost 2lbs. How? I have no idea, but it will be my motivation for next week.

I found this printable Pinterest and have printed it off to colour each weigh-in. I have now completed one. Now to focus on a second one.

Plans for next week don’t undo this week’s weigh-in.

Hope your week is going well.

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Getting healthy week 5

Woo hoo!! I made it into February I believe that last week is the point where the buzz of the New Year resolution wears off.

This week I have felt really positive. I think in part it was because I got my 7lbs award which I have displayed on my fridge. At the point of writing this, I haven’t weighed myself.  So let’s get on and see how the week has been.

On Thursday I had a peaceful and reflective walk around the local cemetery. I take my camera along because some of the older stones are so detailed and the trees are always to atmospheric. I have added a couple of pictures. Anyone else like walking around theirs?

Then on Saturday my daughter, I went to our local forest the weather wasn’t great but we made the most of it. We have been here quite a few times in the past but there were a few area’s we had never seen so decided to go exploring. We plan to return on a drier day as it was quite muddy which did hamper our exploring.

So let’s get on and see how the week has been.

Steps: I hit my step goal of 13,000 every day this week with the exception of Sunday which I had a day at home a relaxed. I am going to increase my step goal again tomorrow to 15,000 and aim for 6/7 days at goal.

Sleep: This has been really good I am getting into the habit of going to be at 11 pm on school nights and listening to a meditation on the Relax Melody app. I find the full body scan which is 15 minutes long is all it takes and I out like a light. I bought this app years ago and since then its had som major updates which have improved it dramatically.

Eating: This is the area I am most pleased with this week I stayed within my calories every day this week. In previous weeks I have had days where I have either went slightly over or even way over, but this week I have tracked what I am about to eat before I eat it. If I know what we are having for lunch or tea I add them at the start of the day that way I can plan snacks around them. I plan to keep this up this week.

Water: This is still going great I find the app reminder really helps. I also have started having a glass of water on my bedside at night so that before I even get out of bed I can have a drink. I don’t plan on making any changes here.

Weigh-in: Now let’s see if the scales reflect my work. If not I will be ok with that as I have made some good changes which will help me proceed forward. I lost 1lbs this week taking to 183lbs. I would like to be out of the 180’s by the end of February so that is what I am working towards.

How has your week been? Are you still moving forward?