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Week one down and 5lb off the scale!

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Really pleased with my progress this week, last week I had just got home from my holiday and when I stepped on the scale I was 152lb, a whole 10lb more than in May. I had let myself go, this week after counting my calories and exercising again I've knocked off 5lb.

I know a lot of this is water weight, I was really bloated from the flight home. It certainly incentivises you to work hard when you can see results!

I have started doing some of the Blogilates videos on YouTube and I really recommend them. The toning videos work you really hard but I love the feeling the next day when I'm aching! It's the good ache that you get from working hard!

I'm going away this weekend with my family, we're driving to Edinburgh to visit my youngest brother. He's all grown up! I'm really looking forward to it, we used to live in Edinburgh when I was 7-9 years old and I haven't been back since we left to come back to England. Really want to see my old house and where I grew up! Plus we are going to the zoo to see pandas!!!

We're going to have to eat out for lunch and dinner (we're staying in serviced apartments so no restaurant but there is a kitchen). I've already packed my oatmeal with walnuts and raisins (home made obviously) and I am packing my trainers so I can go for a jog on Sunday morning. We are staying near the castle emoticon so should be good for a run round! Ha ha!

I'm going to try and eat well when I go out, I am allowing myself one treat this weekend: probably a dessert at one of the evening meals. Should be ok, especially if I'll be on my feet all day the rest of the time!

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ABIGAILJ22 12/9/2012 1:06PM

    I love blogilates! I am the team leader of the Blogilates sparkteam! You should join emoticon

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1_MORE_MILE 9/22/2012 9:14AM

    Keep up the good work!

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BRANDI1809 9/7/2012 1:56PM


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TRYINGTOLOSE64 9/6/2012 8:54PM

    congrats on the loss!! you'll get the rest of it off!!

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MERRYMARY42 9/6/2012 7:42PM

    all the hills around the castle, should be great exercise, wow, good for you dropping 5 pounds, in my wildest dreams could I do that in a week.

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A lesson in breathing and running

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Spent some time over the last few days researching running techniques whilst running, I have a tendency to hyperventilate and it makes my chest hurt when running. It's strange to think that you can breathe wrong!

Today I tried a 3-in, 3-out technique in which you breathe in for three steps and breath out for three steps. It's hard to focus on your breathing all the time but it really did help. I managed to run for longer periods with walking breaks. Got my overall pace to ~7min/km hurrah!

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RLT5089 12/6/2012 5:56PM

    I often do three in three out too! Although I didn't know it was an actual technique it just seemed to help and helped me keep a rhythm haha. Nice job on the time!

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APONI_KB 9/5/2012 12:01PM

    I do a two in two out thing. I have the same issue with swimming though and am trying to breathe every other stroke so I don't always breathe on the same side. Its adding to some shoulder issues.

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LIABOOTY 9/5/2012 8:34AM

    My friend told me something close to that and I thought she was making it up :p. I'm seriously going to start working on my breathing technique. Thanks for the tip.

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Day 5 back on the wagon although really hungry!

Monday, September 03, 2012

Have now managed 5 days back on SP.
I've been recording my food and exercise on SP, so far so good, I haven't had 5 perfect days of eating but I'm getting the hang of it again - don't want to think how many calories I was eating before, must be in the thousands. The problem is I'm really hungry all the time, I'm trying to eat balanced meals with lots of fruit and veg but I don't seem to ever get full. It's annoying because I have an hourly battle with myself to avoid stuffing my face with rubbish!

I managed another jog today but really struggling with my breathing, lungs give out before my legs and I get a really bad stitch. I've Googled some controlled breathing exercises which I will try on my next jog emoticon

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BRANDI1809 9/3/2012 4:28PM


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    I agree with Pickie. Make sure you're eating some protein every time you eat. Even if it's just a snack, you need a little bit.

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PICKIE98 9/3/2012 2:20PM

    Protein is the best hunger stopper.. Chicken, turkey, cheese sticks, ,,

Drinking a full glass of water before , during, and after each meal helps fullness last a little longer..
apples are filling too.. apples with peanut butter, almond butter, are a carb and a protein, healthy fats in the peanut butter too..

Sometimes when I am hungry, I drink a 16 oz. glass of water right away, wait about ten minutes, to see if I am still THAT starving..

Good luck!

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September challenge and musings

Saturday, September 01, 2012

I've got a lot of challenges this month but I am determined to stay focused and on track. I'm moving house and starting University. I thought going back to university would be a good idea but it's sounding more and more terrifying by the day. Plus we'll be living just outside London so it's really expensive!

The stress has been building but I have realised that constant snacking and junk food is not going to help. I've started my couch to 5K programme and I am on week 2. Last time I got to week 5 before quitting, maybe I can get to week 6 this time.

September challenge:
1. Have a healthy breakfast everyday
2. Jog 3-4 times per week
3. Have 1 treat meal per week
4. Lose 1lb per week

Managed a jog today-just over 6km in 40 minutes, still get so out of breath though, lots of walking breaks! Hopefully will be able to find a nice jogging route when I move!

Going to the cinema tonight (hot date with the boyfriend) but I'm going to sneak in some air popped popcorn :)

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    Your goals sound achievable, I also love your idea to bring your own popcorn! The movie theater popcorn always smells so good but then I feel disgusting if I eat it. What will you be studying?

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What went wrong?

Thursday, August 30, 2012

I'm back after a 3 month break from SP. It wasn't entirely intentional: I went on holiday in June and felt good in a bikini for the first time in years, I was 142lb and almost at my target of 140lb. I started relaxing about counting calories and weighing food/watching my portions.

I got lazy and didn't keep up with my exercise regimen. It got to the stage where I wasn't exercising at all. I tried the odd jog but really lost all motivation to do anything.

Work started stressing my out and my anxiety came back and to cope with it, I started binge eating. As coping mechanisms go, it was terrible! I put on 12lb in 3 months. It doesn't sound terrible but none of my lovely new clothes fit anymore and now my bikini confidence is at rock bottom.

What has changed?

I am starting University at the end of September, I'm moving to London and going to be a student again. I don't want to be fat! I want to be fit again!

Today I recorded all my food and it came to ~1800 calories, my target range is 1300-1600 so I'm a bit over today but I wanted to get a baseline. I managed 40 minutes of walking/jogging today but my chest gets so tight, I feel really unfit, my poor lungs! I've joined a running club too, they have a beginners course on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Since I'm new to the area I thought it would be a nice way to make some friends, feeling a bit lonely. It's just me and the boyfriend in London, all my friends are back up North.

I don't want to be a quitter! I've done it once, slipped up and I'm back on the wagon! Tomorrow's challenge, to get in range calorie wise and do some more exercise!

Positive thinking!

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ABIGAILJ22 12/9/2012 1:04PM

    Welcome back! I'm back too- after my wedding I went head first into cake land- and gained 13 back! Here's to making it a life style!! emoticon

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KRISTEN_SAYS 12/6/2012 6:07PM

    Welcome back! You can do it!

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RLT5089 12/6/2012 5:56PM

    We had a very similar summer!

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    Welcome back!

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KATIBUG49 8/30/2012 7:34PM

    At least you have realized what you did & made steps to correct it. We all have slips backwards but it's the keep on going that makes us strong. One day we will do everything just as a matter of habit (good habits). Keep working towards your goals & you'll make it.

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CLWALDRO 8/30/2012 6:52PM

    emoticon You are on the right track with your plan and I am sure you will be successful if you keep tracking food and fitness

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BLUE42DOWN 8/30/2012 6:13PM

    emoticon back.

Sometimes we have to go through the trials to learn. You can see the trouble spots that you ran into, so as you get back in shape this time, you can also plan ahead for better ways to handle those types of troubles in the future.


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ZZYYGGY3 8/30/2012 5:54PM

    Glad to see you back. Good luck.

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