Sunday, 14 September 2014

It's been a while.

So two weigh ins have passed since I last posted. I'm not keeping to my promises. I do have my excuses ready if it makes a difference...?

Seriously though. It's been a rough couple of weeks health and academic wise but everything is sorted and I start a placement in a cancer research lab 3 weeks tomorrow. I am so excited it's unbelievable! It is going to cause some problems diet wise with long hours and a 3 hour round trip 3 days a week but I'm ready to tackle it head on! All the stress in getting sorted does mean I am now without a voice for the 11th day in a row. Makes work fun but they've been great (even if everyone finds my squeaking hilarious).

Because of the aforementioned illness, I've not been getting much (read, any) exercise but I'm planning to get back on the wagon today! Yoga and a few reps with the weights planned for after a healthy roast dinner! I can almost feel my muscles protesting at the thought!

My weight loss over the past couple of weeks has been very steady but I'm still loosing which is all that counts! I have a few challenges to overcome this week in the form of a weekend trip to visit a friend for her freshers. I'm going to have to bank up as many activity point as I can in preparation.

As ever - onwards and downwards I go!

Monday, 25 August 2014

Empty days and massive cravings

Since my last post, I've had a couple of very difficult days. I haven't managed to do much exercise because of my injury and I've been having the dreaded empty days. It seems like nothing can stop me from being hungry and to make matters worse I've lost a point from my allowance because of my weight loss. I've supplementing in free food but I just can't stop feeling hungry! I'm hoping to do some baking today to make some low point snacks but I don't know how much it will help. It's my friend's leaving do this Friday so I'm having to save my weeklies for that.

I suppose we'll just have to wait and see...

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Weigh ins and busy weeks.

To be honest I can't quite believe how quickly Sunday has come round again. I'm glad to say that it's good news after a particularly difficult week. I've lost another 4.5lbs bringing my total weight loss since starting back to half a stone! I couldn't be more proud of myself. It's been a real challenge not to sneak to biscuit tin when work gets bad but I seem to beating temptation (for now at least).

A lot has happened since I last posted including a new found love for lemon tea, yoga and weight watcher's treats being on sale. I'm giving herbal and fruit teas a go because work has been freezing this week and I don't have the point to be continuing to drink hot chocolate every day - especially not the one from the work's machine with the terrible powered full fat milk! According to mum I've now officially become an adult now I'm drinking grown up drinks but that's yet to be seen.

Finding exercise to do with my previously mention shoddy ankle (which I managed to go over on when ice skating yesterday - more details later) has been a challenge but a fellow WW on MiniMins recommended a youtuber 'Yoga with Adriene' who has the best videos breaking down the basics for complete beginners like myself. I must say, it's been so nice to get a little but of my flexibility back even if my body is protesting it at the moment. I've also been working out with some dumbbells to try and tone (and because I'm sure I read somewhere that you burn more calories with a higher muscle to fat ratio) but I'm having to take that slow because my ankle appears to be playing up more than usual at the moment. I'll keep you posted on how that all goes.

Now for the biggest challenge of the week - my friend's 20th. That's it, we're all officially adults now! So one my best friends for the last 6 years decided we were going to go Ice Skating and for something to eat last night. It had me worried for a number of reasons; 1) Skating on a bad ankle 2) Majorly calorific meal right before weigh in. But I managed to overcome the food at least. Ice Skating, not so much. I managed on trip round the rink, fell over 3 time and watched my ankle swell up to twice it's normal size when I took the skate off - not good!

So to summarise things this week has taught me

  • You can be majorly busy and stressed and still loose weight
  • Fruit tea is amazing
  • Yoga is the way forward
  • Avoid Ice Skating at all costs
I do think week 3 could be a bigger challenges as I've just looked through my diary. But for now I'm just hoping to continue onwards and downwards. 

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Every little helps

First week officially complete and I've managed a 2.5lb loss. It's a bit less than I was expecting but it feels good to be back on track. I suppose if I remember I have had 2 massive treat meals this week I should be glad I've lost anything. Now I just need to find some sort of exercise to keep me going while my ankle heals itself. Perhaps yoga?

With week one out of the way, it's time to see what week 2 brings. Onwards and downwards we go!

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Weekly weigh ins

I've decided to weigh in on Sunday mornings as it means that I'll have to save up my weeklies. Last time I tried this, I kept blowing my weeklies at the start of the week so we'll have to see how it goes this time. All of this means my first weigh in is tomorrow and I'm nothing short of terrified. I ended up going out for tea with my parents last night and used a massive amount of my weeklies. I suppose all we can do now is wait and see.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Early setback

So I woke up at 4am in absolute agony. My ankle had swollen to almost twice it's normal size. Not good! So no running for me this morning. I'm still feeling positive and will be following my eating plan but I'm majorly annoyed that my injury is stopping me before I've even started. I will not let it beat me!

To begin again

So here I am once again at the start of a very long weight loss journey and preparing to share it with the world (eek!). I've just returned from a wonderful holiday with the family but was very unhappy with the way I was looking in my summer clothes, so back on the diet I go.

A little about me:

  • 20 years old, female.
  • Shorty (5ft3in)
  • Genetics Student and Customer Service Agent about to start a year's placement in a lab
  • Dancer for 16 years with a specialism in Tap and no flexibility left 
  • Classically trained singer
  • Weight Watcher
My Weaknesses:
  • Bread
  • Chocolate
  • Carbonated Drinks
  • Injury - Bad ankle and knee make it very hard to any high intensity exercise
My goals:
  • Fit into my brand new size 16 jeans
  • Be able to do the splits again
  • Run 5K
  • Be a size 14 by next summer.
I've done all my prep to start bright and early tomorrow morning (out running at 6am - the joys) and done my first, very shocking weigh in. Now the fun begins!