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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.

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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!