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Getting Healthy Week 19

Let me start by saying this week the weather has been amazing. So I have enjoyed getting out and walking.

I hit my walking target every day during the week. I even won a weekly challenge on Fitbit, 11 pm I had done 98,000 steps. On Saturday I missed my target by 180 steps which really annoyed me as 11 pm I decided I wanted to complete my step goal so was marching on the spot to get the 3,000 I needed but I ran out of time. Sunday I only did 6,000 steps but I’m OK with that. Next month I won’t be so lenient on myself as I want to get the 10,000 everyday for #walkingallovercancer the link to my donation page will be at the end of this post.

Eating went OK this week on Wednesday we had sent out for Chinese which put me over and used all the calories I had earned from exercise and a few more. Then on Thursday I had more than a few squares of the new Cadbury Taste chocolate FYI the calories in 3 squares is not worth the chocolate it’s just under 200. I had eaten 9 squares before I check. (putting it down to hormones) I was still under calories for the day but used alot of chocolate. The rest of my week went well.

I am now back on track with drinking my water. I have switched out some of the tea I drink for fruit teas which I am enjoying. In fact today at Tesco I bought myself a beautiful mug to help encourage me.

New mug Tesco Now it’s time for weigh-in. This week I lost 1lb. I have now lost a total of 20lbs. I have adjusted my heals in my apps to start working on the next 20lbs. The Nutracheck app tells me I can reach this goal by July if I stick to plan. I am certainly going to try.

I have decided to include my before and during pictures in this post and the change in cardio fitness improvements there’s not a massive difference but still moving in the right direction. It’s time to start looking forward and celebrating how far I have come.

Laurasarahdoll Nutracheck Day 1
6th January 2017 191lbs

 

 

Laurasarahdoll Nutracheck 20lbs lost
15th Mat 2017 171lb

 

Laurasarahdoll Fitbit Cardio fitness improvement
Cardio Fitness

Now to concentrate on the next 20lbs.

Don’t forget I am taking part in #walkingallovercancer and you can donate here.

How is your week going?

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Getting Healthy week 18

Cactus FlowerSo your probably thinking wait where is week 17?

Well, I just wasn’t focused at all and then I stayed the same so didn’t feel like droning on about how I need to focus.

This week to be fair hasn’t been any better. I have managed my step goal each day this week but as far as food and water go at hardly tracked. The middle of the week I felt so low that my husband was concerned. I think it was a combination of several things the ttcing, my arthritis and I had someone ask if we planned on having any more kids? This is always a hard question because obviously, we’re not close enough for me to give the whole health update so I find myself saying no. Then I feel guilty because that couldn’t be further from the truth. If you are ttcing how do you deal with these questions?

This week I weighed in at 172lbs which was completely unexpected. That takes my loss to 19lbs. A little closer to posting the progress pictures 1lbs and then I will be able to take the new pictures and start working on the next 20lbs.

I am finding it hard to stay motivated so when I saw the new Cancer Research advert walk 10,000 steps every day in June and raise money for them I thought fantastic this will help motivate me and I will be helping others who needed it. I will leave a link to my fundraising page at the end of this post and every post after this until the challenge has ended. During June I will share my Fitbit steps on my social media accounts.

Now to concentrate on the next 3 weeks before the challenge starts. Hubby is back at work and schools are back so I can return to my routine of walking first thing after dropping my daughter at school. I bought myself a bum bag thing for my phone to go in while I am walking so that when the weather is good I don’t have to carry my phone in my hand and won’t distract me with emails/Instagram notifications.

The schools come off the end of June which is about 7 weeks away so if I focus on my goals I could make a good start on the other 20lbs.

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Getting Healthy Week 16

This week my husband was on holiday. We did plenty of walking, in fact, my step count was higher than its been in a long time but we also ate out a lot this week. So before stepping on the scale, I told myself I would be happy with whatever number it had to show as we have had a lovely week. We don’t often get to spend so much one on one time.

It turns out I stayed the same this week which as I said I am happy with we need to be able to allow ourselves to enjoy life too. This week everyone is back to their normal routine which means I am back to being by myself most days it’s a good job I don’t mind my own company.

If this week has shown me anything it’s that I am capable of doing more steps. I was doing around 20,000 steps a day this week. I used to get this kind of numbers when I got my first Fitbit so I plan on improving my step count this week. My water this week was rubbish and I have noticed the weeks where I don’t drink enough are reflected in my weigh-in so I need to make this more of a habit.

I don’t think I will get to 170 lbs this month as there is only one more weigh-in and I would need to lose 3 lbs but I am going to give it my all this week and get as good a number as I can. I have my food journal all planned out ready for filling in. So this week its back to basics no assuming I know the portion size or calorie count.

I took before pictures back in January but don’t want to share them until I can compare them with a 21 lbs loss. So I will hold onto them a little longer and share a photo from one of our walks this week. My son wasn’t with us that’s teenagers for you don’t want to be seen with the parents.

How is your journey going?

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Getting Healthy Week 15

This week has gone reasonably well. I did go over my calories on a couple of days but I was also under on others so it balances it’s self out.

My step count is OK nowhere near what it would be if my daughter wasn’t off school but I’m happy with it. I got to spend time with my daughter and do fun things which was more important to me this week.

Water has been amazing drank it all every last drop that my app told me to drink. I even made fruit infused water a couple of times which I find has encouraged me to drink as I don’t want it going to waste.

Can we just take a minute to appreciate the fact that I hadn’t had any Easter eggs?

They are in the cupboard. My husband and daughter had one on Saturday evening and I resisted I wanted to weigh-in on Sunday before I indulged.

So my Sunday evening consisted of a movie snuggled up with husband eating some Easter chocolate that I had earned.

So onto this week’s weigh-in this week I lost 1lbs taking my total loss to 18.2lbs.

This week it’s my husband who is on holiday so I need to resist the urge to just sit on the sofa and watch movies all week with him. I plan on getting back to walking most days. I am aiming to 70,000 steps this week, all of my water and be within calories most days. As I have said before I want to get either to 170 or below before the end of April. which is 3lbs away.

How has your week been?

Thank you for reading and I hope you had a lovely Easter however you celebrate it. X

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Getting Healthy Week 14

This was the first week of my daughters holidays and it went really well with regards to staying on track.

I was under calories all week. I tried to be very conscious of what I was eating as I knew I wouldn’t get as many steps in as I would normally. I was averaging about 8,000 per day. I also managed to drink all my water every day.

I mentioned last week that I was moving my weigh-in to the Sunday as this would work better for me. My blog post will still go up on a Monday evening. This week’s weigh-in results are I lost 2.2lbs which I am very happy about this means I am174 lbs and have 4lbs to lose to reach my first goal. This number is still very doable in April as I still have 3 more weigh-ins.

Last month I started doing yoga and unfortunately, I gave up half way through. I do plan to start again as I feel it was helping my joints.

I am currently on the hunt to find some inexpensive trainer that my insoles will fit in. So far I am not having much luck. They all seem to have some issue that means they don’t work for my needs.I can’t have them to soft or too structured. They can;t have memory foam on inside and the need to come far enough up my ankle so that once my insole is in they stay on my foot. If you have any suggestions leave them in the comments below.

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Getting healthy week 13

Well, I am starting to feel like a hypocrite as I am clearly not getting any healthier.  This week I gained 0.4lbs which I know isn’t that much but when you know you have weight to lose then it is more of a big deal. I really hoped I would be further along by now.

I am going to be shaking things up this week. I am changing my weigh-in day to a Sunday. My husband’s days off are Sunday and Monday and I am not blaming my husband but I find I eat more if I stay in the living room after 9 pm which I do if my husband is here. So if I weigh-in Sunday and then go over it still gives me time to turn my week around.

There are still 3 weeks in April left and I still plan on getting down to 170 in this time.

Here’s to this week!!

 

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Our Weekend.

Originally this weekend we were going to the Spring Fayre at my daughter’s school but she decided she didn’t want to do that. The weather was too good to stay home so we went and fed the ducks at a pond near us our wild bird food since we had loads left and our local birds weren’t eating it.

I decided I would take my camera and shoot in only black and white. (Although on checking it was on the high contrast monochrome setting) I got some beautiful picture that I feel work well and then there are others that are just lost without colours. I have included a few of my favourites.

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Then there are these poor daffodils which just loses all their power when there is no yellow.

Daffodil

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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.