‘Bad’ food and exercise

Junk food and fitcamps

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I have only been on slimming world for just over a week but something has happened that’s never happened before, I’m properly ‘tasting’ foods. The funny thing is I’ve realised how bad many junk foods taste. I have had the ‘wobble’ I wrote about at work the other day, the ‘treat’ after weigh day (don’t go shopping hungry on weigh day!), and today I had a post-work out cookie. The wobble food I didn’t really notice, however, the weigh day ‘treat’ I had an ice cream which was nice, some chicken dippers which just tasted greasy, and some chocolate buttons which I was sick of after a few. Today then I decided to have a cookie from M&S as I’d had basically no syns all day, and it tasted of sugar. Before I would have eaten these foods so fast I don’t think I’d have even noticed. Now I’ve been eating ‘proper’ food for a week I can taste what they’re really like and I’ll be honest it isn’t great! Will I learn my lesson? I hope so. I hope that I’ll learn and remember that I don’t actually enjoy these things anymore but I expect I’ll still have slip-ups. I’ll still decide to ‘treat’ myself and then realise it just really wasn’t worth it.

On a slightly different note I’m still amazing myself at the fitcamps. Having not exercised properly in a while, and considering just a few weeks ago I was out of breath going up the stairs, I am managing to keep with, and in some cases even do better than, people who have been going longer than me. I don’t have the best stamina, which is something I’m going to have to work on, but I have good strength. Last week I was using heavier weights than the guy in the class, and today I was doing just as well, if not better, on some of the lifting exercises. It’s really boosted my confidence and I can’t wait to see how far I come in this 6 week biggest loser challenge. Plus I’ve managed to win a free personal training session where I’m sure I’ll be worked even harder! But I can’t wait 🙂

First week weigh in!

Results of my first week of diet and exercise.

Well I’ve finished my first week! (6 days technically). And I’m very very pleased to announce an 8 1/2lb weight loss! In some ways this brings with it mixed feelings. Yes I’m really happy to have taken such a big first step towards losing weight, but at the same time the fact I can lose so much in one week highlights how much I still have to lose. Onwards and downwards though. I’m looking forwards to my next fitcamp session and even thinking of asking if I can do 2 in a day (not sure if it might be a bit much at the moment though).

I may still have a long way to go on my journey but taking the first steps is often the hardest. I’m now really looking forward to my clothes getting looser (it’s slowly starting) and being able to wear the stuff that’s been bundled in the back of the wardrobe since I started regaining last year. I’m also looking forward to getting all the energy back that fitness and healthy eating brings. I know next weeks loss won’t be even close to this weeks but bring it on. I’m looking forwards to welcoming in the new me.

Day 1 Done!

Results of day 1

Well I’ve made it to the end of day 1! As predicted I was worked very hard at the fitcamp session, but the post exercise buzz is so good and I’ve missed it. I was actually amazed at how well I did considering how little exercise I’ve done recently but I feel like I smashed it. I think I’m going to struggle tomorrow and the day after at work though. I already can’t walk down the stairs! Tomorrow I’m back to work after 2 weeks off and work always makes things a challenge. I do 12 hour shifts but can end up with 2hr+ overruns and breaks can either be 3hrs in or 7+hrs in. If all goes well tomorrow I’ll be doing Day 1 Week 1 of a couch 2 5k. Next year I’d really love to enter some races so we’ll see how that goes. At present I think I walk faster than I run!

Today:

  • Workout: 50 min Fitcamp
  • Breakfast: ‘Overnight oats’ 40g porridge oats (HxB), strawberries (S), strawberry yogurt (0)
  • Lunch: SW spaghetti ragu (0), spaghetti (0), parmesan (2)
  • Dinner: Chicken chargrill (0), rice (0), steamed vegetables (FP,S,S), gravy (2)
  • Snacks: Activia peach yogurt (0), quavers (4.5)
  • Drinks: Tea (milk HxA) x2, vimto squash 1 pint x5, coke zero vanilla 500ml, water 75cl
  • Total syns: 8.5

D-Day!

Day 1 of my new lifestyle

Well this is it. D-Day! The first day of the rest of my life and I’m really glad to be taking this first step. I’ve weighed in, taken a photo, and done measurements. My meals are planned and I have my first fitcamp session this evening so will be having my ass whipped into shape by a personal trainer who I’m sure won’t go easy on me! I’m sure I’ll be hurting tomorrow. This morning I’ll be doing a quick shopping trip to make sure I have everything I need for the coming week to give myself the best chance. I’m shocked at my weight but hopefully I won’t ever be seeing that number on the scales again.

Starting stats 18/7/2017:

  • Age: 27
  • Height: 1m 64.5cm / 5ft 4in
  • Weight loss so far: 0st 0lb (Normal weigh day Monday)
  • Neck: 39cm/15.3″
  • Bust: 122cm/48″
  • Chest: 106cm/41.7″
  • Waist: 117cm/46″ (widest 132cm/51.9″)
  • Bottom: 132cm/52.7″
  • Upper arms: L-44cm/17.3″   R-46cm/18.1″
  • Lower arms: L-33cm/13″   R-34cm/13.3″
  • Thighs: L-81cm/31.9″   R-81cm/31.9″
  • Calves: L-52cm/20.4″    R-52cm/20.4″
  • Dress size: 20-24 (ish)

Tomorrows a fresh start

Tomorrow I start my journey to the new me!

Well tomorrow marks my fresh start. Not a diet, but a lifestyle change because I never plan on returning to how I am now.

This past week I have been away working at an event and it has really highlighted to me how miserable I am with myself right now and how much I need to change. I did the same event last year at about 3 stone lighter. At that time I felt happy and confident in how I looked and when I picked stuff out my suitcase I knew that not only would it fit but that I’d also look ok. This year I was constantly worried about how fat I looked and I was terrified in case my trousers split. Last year at the party at the end I attracted attention from others, this year it was like I was invisible and didn’t exist. Not only that but I felt the physical effects. Last year I had so much energy. I could be up half the night and still be bouncing back for more the next morning. Plus I could run around without getting out of breath. This year when I sat on the floor I struggled to get back up, running around I’d get out of breath, and I was constantly struggling with tiredness and lack of energy. I never want to feel like that again. I’ve promised myself that next year I’ll be back to the me from last year.

To help me progress I’ve signed up to a ‘biggest loser’ challenge with a local personal trainer. You weigh in at the start and get 2 ‘fitcamp’ sessions a week plus an at home workout and meal planner. After 6 weeks the biggest loser gets their money back and some other prizes. My first session is tomorrow. I have always found I work out better with others as it pushes me to not only get to their standard but better. I used to do crossfit which I adored because all the people there were so good and so fit and it really inspired me. Sadly when I moved base at work my hours changed and I could no longer make it to sessions. I have always loved weight lifting but the facilities at my local gym are abysmal so fingers crossed by joining these fit camps I can do more of that!

So far I have planned my workouts and meals for the next week though they might change slightly, especially the meals depending on what meal plan I am given and because if I follow slimming world I haven’t given myself enough healthy extras or syns or certain days. And the workouts depending on if I have an overrun at work. But I have put my workout plan below anyway to give myself a bit of responsibility to actually follow something.

Workouts:

  • Tuesday: Fitcamp 50 mins
  • Wednesday: Couch to 5k 30 mins (W1D1)
  • Thursday: Couch to 5k  30 mins (W1D2)
  • Friday: Fitcamp 50 mins
  • Saturday: Couch to 5k 30 mins (W1D3)
  • Sunday: Gym min 1hr

I’m really looking forward to starting this now. To getting back to the me who had actually started to enjoy shopping for clothes, who had energy, felt less depressed, and just felt better about being in their own skin. It’s not going to be easy, in fact it’s going to be really hard and I’m sure I’ll have a catalogue of ups and downs, but it’s going to be worth it. Bring it on!