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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??? 

Yoga mat March challenge.JPG

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?



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Getting Healthy Week 4

This week started really well. Then my daughter became unwell which meant staying home for two days this then resulted in me snacking and not tracking properly. Saturday I caught her cold too and I basically threw the towel in.

Steps: I increased my goal to 13,000 but only achieved it 4/7 days so will be leaving this alone and trying to accomplish it at least 6/7 days before I increase it. I hope to start getting my steps before lunch on the days my daughter is at school. Which would mean I won’t have to pace the floor in the evenings. I have also ordered Lorraine Kellys Walk the pounds off DVD for days when I can’t get out for whatever reason.

Sleep: Sleep wasn’t too bad this week Thursday night wasn’t good since my daughter was coughing most of it and Saturday because I was now coughing too.

Eating: As I already mentioned this wasn’t great 3 days I was over my calories. I have also noticed that the snack column of my food journal contains a lot of items. So next week I am only going to allow 300 total for snacks per day. Hopefully, this will help cut back on the amount I eat and spread my calories out better.

Water: I have drunk all my water this week but have still felt thirsty due to the cold. I plan to keep this up next week.

Weigh-in: This week I lost 0.6lbs taking my total loss for January to 7lbs. I am very happy with this. I am headed in the right direction and would rather a little each week if it means it stays off.

How has your week been?

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Getting healthy week 3

Admiring the crocus.

Week 3 done and dusted. Can’t believe we are almost into February.

This week overall I think went better. There are a few things I need to work on but baby steps. It’s a lifestyle change, not a diet.

Steps I hit my target every day this week except Sunday. Fitbit even suggested that I increase my target from 10,000 to 11,500 which I did need to keep pushing myself.

Sleep this week has been really good but I did say last week that once my husband was back at work that I would be able to sleep better. Can’t share the bed anymore.

Eating still needs work I went over my calories a few days which I need to limit to only weigh in day. I also need to include more fresh produce into my meals. I plan on starting to work on that this week.

Water has been the one area I have mastered this week. I found a new app Hydrocoach which syncs with Fitbit and sends reminders to drink and how much. This has made getting my water in so much more easier. I am using the free version.

Now for the weigh-in, I lost 1.6lbs this week which I am happy with. That is 6.4lbs gone. Hoping to have 7lbs gone before February.

How has your week been?


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Getting healthy week 2

Digital Camera
This is a picture of me taken by my daughter.

So week 2 is done. It hasn’t been as easy as I would like but then if it was easy I would have done it ages as ago and stuck to it. As long as I keep moving forward I will be happy.

Steps this week I got my 10,000 5 out of 7 days. Saturday the ground was very slippery as we had some snow the day before and it had now turned to ice. Sunday I don’t have any reason why I didn’t get my steps.

Sleep this week has been between 6-8 hours. This is down to staying up later because my husband has been on holiday (he works nights) I am also finding it hard to share the bed again.

Eating and tracking have been ok but not great. Friday night I stopped logging I believe this was the day the extra birthday cake disappeared inside my mouth. Saturday I didn’t track at all. The days I did track I was within my calories.

I drank all of my water 5 out of 7 days. I am happy with that as before I wasn’t drinking any.

Next week my husband returns to work so I will be by myself during the day. I plan on trying to increase my steps at least during the week. Then if I can’t get them all at the weekend it will balance out.

Food I have planned out all our evening meals and don’t tend to snack during the day. Also with my husband being back at work it will mean that I go through to my bedroom at 9pm so won’t snack much in the evening.

Sleep should also improve (hopefully) as the bed will be all mine again.

Now for the weigh-in. This week the number on the scale is 186.2lbs which means I have lost 1.8lbs this week. Really pleased with this.  Now onto next week.  

How has your week been leave me a comment letting me know? 

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Getting healthy 2017


In previous years I have done a goals post at the start of January but this year I didn’t see any point as they would be the same goals as last year. Which were lose weight, get pregnant and to read more. The reading I have managed but would like to increase. With regards to weight, I actually weigh more now than I did this time last year. With regards to conception, we have had tests done which came back as unexplained infertility. I have since found out that my arthritis and medication this can slow down conception. I also have 1 fallopian tube and am the wrong side of 35. None of the previously mentioned things can be changed but my weight can so I am going to focus on that. If I still don’t get pregnant then at least it will ease strain on my joints.

So this was my first week eating better and walking more. I am using the Nutracheck app I believe I pay £3 per month for mobile app but feel it works better than Myfitnesspal as it is UK based they also sync with Fitbit. I am eating 1700 calories and trying to walk at least 10,000 steps each day.

This week has gone well and I haven’t been grazing constantly during the day. I have also managed to get my steps in. I have had one day where I didn’t get my step goal but it was still a dramatic improvement in previous weeks. Actually, for a long time, my Fitbit had become jewellery. This week I lost 3lbs which I am very happy about. I am aiming to lose 1lb per week.

My daughter is now back at school so getting my steps should be easier just as a case of staying motivated. I also plan on starting to take pictures of everything I eat as well as keeping a food journal.

Hopefully, next weeks post won’t be quite so rambly.

Thank you for reading. x


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My Health Update.


Someone stood under an umbrella in a cemetery.
Me trying something a little more creative.

I think my last health update was at the start of the year.

My arthritis is still playing up I find it incredibly hard to kneel. Crouching is a complete out of the question as I can’t get back to standing from there, which isn’t great when I am out with my camera and wanting to take low-level pictures. Mt fatigue is usually just moderate unless I have been really busy in the week then it can be extremely hard to do anything. I am now taking naproxen as this is safe while TTCing and in early pregnancy. Although it’s not as effective as I found methotrexate.

With regard to our TTCing, I had 21-day blood done to check that I am ovulating and my husband had his sperm tested both came back with no issues. We were then referred to the fertility clinic. When went for our appointment in July she went through a couple of health and lifestyle questions then said our infertility appeared to be unexplained. She mentioned a test I could have done since I had a miscarriage. The test was tubal patency where a dye is pushed through your Fallopian tubes while an ultrasound is done, this checks for any blockages.  She then proceeded to talk us out of having it done stating it would just be a formality and it was unlikely anything would be found. Taking on board her advice we decided not to go ahead.

She then mentioned IVF which is not a route we plan on taking as we already have children and we feel there are a lot of families out there who would benefit from this more than us. We were then advised to make some lifestyle changes, eating healthier and exercising more. She did mention my age may also be a factor but there is nothing I can do about that. (Unfortunately)

It has now been two months since we saw her and we have come to the decision we do want to go ahead with the test. It might come back clear but what if I do get pregnant and there is a blockage, resulting in the pregnancy being ectopic. That would mean I would have to have a termination and I just don’t think I would be able to face that.

I visited my GP and spoke it over with him. He agrees that I should have the test done even if just for peace of mind. He is going to contact them and advise that I have changed my mind and would like added to the waiting list. I also mentioned the not being able to crouch so he is referring me to physiotherapy to see if they can assist.

While I wait for those appointments we will continue to TTC.

For now, while I wait I need to get motivated and focus on losing some weight. I know I have been saying that since day one of this blog. In my defence, I did lose weight 2 years ago but just couldn’t keep it off. I won’t be doing a blog post on my journey unless I start to see some decent results. Motivation has alway been my issue. I am going to try and start small aiming to lose 14lbs. I have downloaded a new app Lifesum which allows you to follow whichever program you feel would suit best. I am going to try 6:1 its the same concept as 5:2 but only done on one day. I do more around enough as I try to make sure I get the 10,000 most days.

So that is where I am at. Hopefully, I can finish this year lighter healthier and if not pregnant at least with a clearer idea of where to start next year.

Thank you for reading. x