Tuesday, 29 January 2013

That's More Like It

I've been to weigh in and lost 2 and a half pounds this week.  Really pleased as I wasn't that good at the weekend. I even had a KFC on Friday night and several glasses of wine on Saturday. oh and Steak Pie on Sunday!!!  But I've been as good as gold the rest of the time, so that and the previous week have actually paid off.

So I am feeling motivated for the week ahead and about to have a look through the Slimming world magazine for some new meal ideas.

I go to slimming world with a few friends and I suggested that a few of them start joining me when I am walking Bailey a couple of nights a week which they have started doing.  It's been nice to have company on the dark cold nights so I am going to keep our little walking club going.

At slimming world tonight someone said they had started making a list of things they had refused/turned down during the week which I thought was a really good idea. I was going to start publishing a list on my blog of the times I had cheated durng the week in an attempt to be more honest with myself which I am still going to do but I think a refusal list would be motiviating too so from next week I'll post both.

I am back up to losing half a stone now and have set myself a target of 3lb next week which will get me back to where I was before xmas.  I also have one more week of exercise before I get my silver body magic award.

Here's to a really good week.  Good luck to anyone joining me.

Friday, 25 January 2013

Fitness Freebie, yes please!!

Since my last post I've done another 9 and a half miles walking and I don't my admitting I am seriously aching. More than usual and I think it is down to the snow. 

Yesterday I downloaded two new free apps to track how far I am walking just to check that the one I normally use is accurate, it had a little wobble two weeks ago and told me I'd walked two miles in 7 minutes (highly unlikely). Normally it is very good, the two new ones were quickly deleted, one only measured kilometres and the other told me I'd walked 0.10 miles in a straight line when I'd actually done half a mile in a circle round a cricket pitch.

So today I came across a tweet from @mumreinvented to enter her Get Fit, Feel Epic competition to win a Fitbit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker, worth £49.99 and Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scales, worth £99.99?  The Zip tracks your steps, distance and calories burned and The Aria tracks weight, % body fat and BMI  and both sync with your computer or Smartphone. 

Now whilst I am not too fussed about knowing my percentage of body fat (high??)  I definitely want the Activity Tracker and I really need some decent scales so this post is unashamedly me entering to win the competition. 

Check out Mum Reinvented at http://www.mumreinvented.co.uk/

Oh and it's seriously snowing in Bradford, again, more aching muscles and maybe some more sledging .

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Stupid Scales

I'm so not a happy bunny with the scales tonight. I have been sooooooooo good this week, treated myself on Sunday to cheesecake and wine but the rest of the week I hardly had any syns. I've done nearly 10 hours of excerise covering 18.5 miles, most of which were in the deep deep snow and six of them were dragging the kids on their sledges up some very steep hills too so imagine my disappointment when I went to weigh in to stay the same!!! Not even lost a measly pound.

It's taken an enormous amount of will power not to throw myself face first into the kids Xmas chocolate goodies to comfort eat myself happy? The Hubby reckons it's cos I've built muscle, blah blah blah.  Whatever the reason I am miffed to say the least.

It had better show on the scales next week. Hubby says I need to measure myself  so if I have weeks like this I can see if I've lost inches instead of pounds but what if I haven't lost either.  Then I could have an all out tantrum. And I can't imagine that would be a pretty sight. I suppose he might have a point.

On the happier side tonight I must've burnt some more calories jumping round the room screaming at the TV as Bradford City make it to Wembley in the league cup final.  And instead of the kids chocolate, I had a couple of vodka and diet cokes to calm to football nerves. I can't imagine a trip to Wembley is going to be syn free.  There'll be a few pints supped then.  Best get food optimising and exercising before hand in preparation.

Hubby is away working in Birmingham (city happened to be playing tonight's game at Aston Villa, that worked out well for him) so me and the kids had yet more snow fun in the back garden tonight and made ourselves a teeny tiny snowman followed by a snowball fight. (More calories burned??)

Monday, 21 January 2013

Walking It Off

The excuse that you can't do much excercise because of the snow can't be used in this house, today I've walked a total of 5.25 miles through the deep snow.  and 3.5 miles of that was dragging the kids in their sledges, often uphill.  I'm shattered now and covered in bruises from the sledge and from falling over chasing the dog yesterday.

Loads of fun and loads of calories burnt.  Hope it shows on the scales tomorrow.

Mark flying down to fetch the kids who were giggling away after just mssing a tree.

The kids making snow angels
Bailey, our crazy pooch.
(she doesn't normally look this demonic)

Night time walk on the cricket field, looking pretty in the snow.


We have Snow Snow and more snow in Bradford today.  I didn't even try get to work this morning, I live on a main road and even that was covered and seen as it is a 20 mile drive I opted to stay at home, plus the kids school was shut so it is officially a snow day.

I am 'working fron home' checking my emails between doing some arts and crafts with the kids and then this afternoon we are planning on some more seldging and building a snowman.  This photo is from Saturday morning and we have had even more snow since then.

So I figure walking in the snow must burn more calories than normal walking not to mention dragging the kids in sledges.  It's #snowloss.  Even if the kids don't want to go I might just go play out by myself, anything to burn a few calories.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Back to losing weight, back to blogging myself slim

Well blogging myself slim didn't got so well at the end of 2012, I did lose a few more pounds but with Christmas etc etc I didn't get round to blogging, I blogged in my head quite a bit but never got round to writing stuff down.  

I'm not one for new year's resolutions, I don't see the need for it to be January to make a change in your life but this year I've decided to set one.  Not to lose weight, I started that journey (again) back in August, but to keep writing about it.  And eventually I might start promoting my little blog too, for now whilst I do publish it and a few people have stumbled across it I haven't told anyone I know about it so at some point down the line I might do.  For now this is more like a diary for me, somewhere for me to write down my feelings and be honest with myself.

So whereabouts am I on my journey? I had lost 10lbs by the beginning of December but over the rest of December and the beginning of January I put 5 and a half on.  Considering I ate my body weight in cheese over Christmas plus all the usual Christmas beer, wine, nuts, bread rolls, my mums homemade cinnamon rolls (yum yum), cheesecakes, lemon cream pie and copious amounts of crisps and nuts I was actually really pleased that I hadn't out the full 10lb back on.

So this week is the first week back to it and I'm feeling very pleased with myself.  I knew I was going out for a meal today so I've saved most of this weeks syns for it.  And I knew I wanted a dessert so I had a very healthy baked salmon with salad for my main accompanied by a diet coke,  I had cheese cake for dessert and I am now having wine while I type but seen as I have been so good all week I'm not feeling guilty about it.  

I've also been making sure I've had plenty of exercise too, out walking the dog in the snow and I've walked 15 miles since Tuesday, 3 miles of that was dragging the kids in sledges and up and down the local golf course hill for some sledging fun.  Freezing cold but a great time and my fearless kids were off down the big hills without batting an eyelid.

So my weight loss stands at 4.5lb and I'm determined to get back to the 10lb loss within 3 weeks if not sooner.  

What have I got to aim for this year?? My baby brother gets married in Germany in August and straight after that've are taking the kids to Disneyland Paris. For once I want to feel happy having my photo's taken and actually be in some rather than hiding behind the camera. 

I'm not setting a target weight, I just want to feel good about myself so here I go, there is only me that can make this come true and only me who can let myself down.  

Owners and upwards (actually downwards!!!) 

See you after Tuesday weigh-in