Healthy Living regime week 14


Still following the healthy lifestyle regime and its going really well. Week 12 wasn’t fab as I put on a pound – but that week involved a trip to Thorpe Park and pizza, a trip to the Harry Potter Studios and curry and a three course lunch to celebrate my dad’s 70th birthday, so it’s no wonder really ( though I did think all the walking would have helped – but maybe it did, maybe I’d have put more on without it!)

Week 13 saw no loss, no gain. It was an emotional week as I took Katie to university in Sussex and felt somewhat bereft and consumed vast quantities of alcohol to numb the emptiness!

Week 14 and I am back on track. Two pounds lost, whoopee!! That means I have lost 15 pounds in total – I can now officially say I’ve lost over a stone! Continue reading

Healthy Living regime – week 11 results


OK so I’ve not been very good at updating this part of the blog – but that doesn’t mean I’ve been neglecting the new healthy lifestyle. In fact the opposite is true. Following Helen Yarnold of 12-14 Fitness‘s advice I’ve been eating less, exercising more and … da daaaaaaaaa … after just 11 weeks I have lost 14 pounds – yes, that’s a whole stone!

This is the first time in my life I’ve ever managed to lose a stone. I’ve tried Weightwatchers, Slimming World, calorie counting, other crazy and not so crazy diet plans and I’ve always lost the first half stone fairly easily, but then got stuck, got bored, gone back to “normal” eating and put on 10 pounds. I think all those diets have just made me feel I was missing out in some way, which meant they weren’t sustainable for more than a few weeks.

This time round it seems to be working. On Helen’s advice Continue reading

Healthy Living regime – week 5 results


And so it all grinds to a halt …. One of the reasons I am as big as I am is that every time I diet I lose half a stone fairly easily but then get stuck. I get stuck for two or three weeks and then get frustrated, bored and fed up. I start eating normally again and then put on 10lbs – all the weight I lost plus some. And that has been the story of my life for the last 20 years – lose half a stone, put on ten pounds, lose half a stone, put on ten pounds – and my weight has crept up and up and up.

So last week I was celebrating losing 8lbs over four weeks and looking forward to doing some exercise with my daughter. This week I did Continue reading

Healthy Living regime – week 4 results


Another good week – in fact an excellent week. Steve cooked but chose all the recipes from the BBC Good Food healthy section so I’ve eaten really well and also done more exercise – four decent walks and a 500m swim (the first time I’ve swum properly in ages – amazed I managed 20 lengths but really enjoyed it). Katie (my daughter) is also on a keep fit mission so we have decided to join the local leisure centre on their 6 week special offer price and go swimming and to some of the classes together.

Anyway, end result was a massive 3lb loss, bringing my total weight loss over the last 4 weeks to 8lbs  – go me!

Healthy Living regime – week 2 results


OK a bit of a blip this week. I can throw up all sorts of excuses – the kids were both away on separate holidays and I was feeling a bit blue and ate/drank too much, Steve was cooking and cooked some fabulously delicious but not especially healthy meals, the weather wasn’t great so I didn’t walk as much as I should, we went out at the weekend and hadn’t planned food so I ended up eating junk …… but when it comes down to it (and as my 12-14 fitness mentor Helen told me) it’s all down to me, I can make the decision not to eat stuff or to eat less or to walk more and excuses don’t cut the mustard.

So I didn’t lose anything this week. But at least I didn’t put anything on either.Back to the drawing board!

Healthy Living regime – week 1 results


So after a week of restricting myself to 1600 calories, making more sensible decisions about what I eat and drink (one pint of bitter or four gins = no brainer!) and several walks I have …. da da …. lost four pounds! Really pleased about this because I haven’t felt like I was dieting at all, I’ve enjoyed the walking and I’ve still lot weight! Will report back next week.

Day One of my last Healthy Living regime


I’ve been overweight for years. I’ve tried dieting loads of times – I tend to lose half a stone pretty easily, then get stuck for a couple of weeks, then get bored and start eating “normally” again and end up putting on 10 pounds – and that’s been the pattern of my dieting life for the last 20 years or so. Before I had kids I was a size 10-12 and my weight and size has just edged up from there to where I am now – I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been and the biggest I’ve ever been. OK, let’s put it out there – I’m 16 stone 10 pounds and a size 20-22. That hurts, it really does (especially it being out there in public now) – but I’m hoping that you’ll be able to help me lose the weight. Continue reading