Weight loss – the beginning (again)

After J arrived and before I fell pregnant with N, I started blogging about my weight loss journey which was actually round two as I lost around 50 lbs before I fell pregnant with J, but throughout the last 2.5 years I have regained most of that, to my dismay (but with nobody else to blame but myself).

Since N has arrived I have yo-yo’d with my weight so much, but I am sick of it now and really want to knuckle down and get to my goal. I know I can do it as I did it pre-babies. Earlier whilst posting on MyFitnessPal (MFP) I came up with numerous excuses – I’m too tired, I don’t have time to log or I forget so I go over my calories, I snack too much, I skip lunch… But the fact that I know they are excuses is a good start. 
I’m finding meal planning our dinners is helping me, but I think I may also start planning my lunches too as I do get bored of eating the same thing day in day out, but if I plan and prepare they day before then that saves me time too and I know how many calories I have to play with.
Regarding exercise, I don’t do a lot of that any more. My main exercise is walking – I walk to & from nursery, to & from stay & play once or twice a week, and walk to meet hubby from work 3 or 4 times a week. Once N is 6 months though and my tummy muscles should be back to normal, I’m going to start doing something a bit more strenuous – though I will start small again as the last time I did any major exercise was around 2 years ago! 
My weigh in day is going to be on a Monday. It used to be a Friday but then I used to use that as an excuse to pig out over the weekend as I would have 4 or 5 days to get it back off again. I think this will keep me in check a bit more though, as well as posting about it here every week so I am accountable for it.
I’m going to post my stats every week but I’m going to post my start weight as it was when I first started back in 2010 as I don’t want to just write off all of the effort that I put in previously. Speaking of stats, I will also start measuring myself monthly so I can see changes in that area as well as my weight & clothes. 
The photos below show me at my heaviest in 2009 at 203 lbs+; July 2011 after 50 lbs loss (and at 5/6 weeks pregnant!); and most recently in May 2014. I will be so pleased when I get back to the second photo, but I would like another 20 lbs or so after that.
“The beginning (again)” stats:
  • start weight – 203.6 lbs 
  • target weight – 132 lbs
  • current weight – 188.6 lbs
  • weight loss to date – 15 lbs
  • weight loss to go – 56.6 lbs
See you next week for my update, hopefully with a loss…

My Slimming World journey begins

Earlier in the week I wrote about hoping to join a Slimming World group but my anxiety was holding me back – I only went and did it! I was really anxious in the days leading up to going but I eventually found myself a real life partner instead of just online support.

When it came to going, I was more nervous about walking there and being mugged or kidnapped or something on the way! (I don’t live in the greatest neighbourhood). There’s the anxiety again for you. Anyway, once I arrived at the location it is held at, I started to feel quite sick and shaky so I had a sit down, did some breathing and composed myself before I went in. My partner was already sat waiting for me (sorry B!) and then we had the new member chat and went through everything. The consultant is really lovely too.

It was then time to go around the group with losses and tips etc., and although I’m glad I didn’t have to talk in front of everyone this week, I think I might just be okay next week for my first weigh in session. I will just let the consultant know that I may not say much.

I’ve had a look through the books and I’m also a member of a couple of small groups on Facebook so I can get tips & ideas from there, and Instagram is a great source too! I think my greatest difficulty will be staying away from too much bread & crisps but I know I can syn these if I get really desperate! I’ve planned my meals for this week and so far it’s going well – I’m nervous yet excited for my first weigh in!

As I did on my previous weight loss journey, I don’t mind sharing my weight each week with an update. After being up & down for five years with my weight loss, I’ve learned to not be ashamed as it might just inspire someone else. Once upon a time I was a ‘thinspiration’ – I wonder if that will ever happen again!

So here goes, my starting stats (I haven’t set a final target yet):

  • starting weight – 13st 4.5 lbs
  • Club 10 target weight – 11st 13.5 lbs


Anybody else starting a weight loss journey this year?

Review – Ozeri 4x3motion digital pedometer

My regular readers will know I recently started posting about my mission to lose weight and get healthy & fit again. It’s hard work (especially with me having PCOS) but one of my main forms of exercise – actually the only one at the minute – is walking. I don’t drive so when I want to go out when hubby is at work then I have to walk. I don’t mind though as it’s great to get some fresh air, and great for the boys too. The new pedometer which I have been testing out has encouraged me to walk a bit more than I have been doing. I still haven’t managed to reach the recommended 10,000 steps when wearing it out on walks, but alongside the rest of the little bits of walking I do daily then I might be about there – I must wear it around the house too as I’ve just been keeping it in my coat pocket.

The Ozeri 4x3motion Digital Pocket 3D Pedometer has a whole range of features:
  • records daily steps, distance, speed, calories, and time with advanced Tri-Axis technology
  • recording modes of today, split & total
  • has a 3D sensor providing superior accuracy in any position
  • tracks 7 days of activity (up to 1 million steps)
  • clock, calendar, sports timer and auto sleep mode
  • slim design that fits in any pocket with a blue back light for night viewing
  • used by professional athletes.
Previously when I’ve had pedometers they have been of the chunkier oval variety, but this Ozeri one is very slim and rectangular with a black glossy finish with silver detail so it looks modern and up-to-date. It comes with a lanyard to wear around your neck, and also a screwdriver to remove the battery cover. Upon following the instructions, it was relatively easy to set up. The settings allow you to input your weight & stride, and then the date & time as well as a 12 or 24 hour setting. (The weight range is 40-350 lbs and the stride range is 10-50 in). There are a few modes on the pedometer including steps, calories, distance, average speed, and time exercised. You can then scroll through total steps (from the last 7 days), split steps and today’s steps. The last 7 days are easily scrolled through by pressing the up & down keys. Though there are a lot of settings and functions that you can use, after the first couple of times it is easy enough to remember how to get to the one you want. 
I have been using the pedometer in my coat pocket as I didn’t fancy wearing it around my neck and I find it’s the easiest place to get to, to check the amount of steps which is often quite surprising! It’s also extremely light and as it’s so slim you can barely tell it’s there. I have held the pedometer when walking a few times just to check its accuracy. On occasion I did find that it added one or two more steps on than I was actually doing at that time, so I think it’s a little bit too sensitive. I can’t be sure exactly how many it added on but if you do a lot of walking then even 100 extra steps that you haven’t actually done can be too many if you are after great accuracy. 
Aside from the over sensitivity, I have grown to like this pedometer rather a lot and love seeing how many steps I’ve done on a walk. One day soon I will reach 10,000 – I might just keep doing some unplanned walking until I do! If you do a lot of walking every day then I think it’s a great little investment, though if you’re a casual walker like me I’m not sure I could justify the cost of this at present even though it is a bargain right now.
The Ozeri 4x3motion Digital Pocket 3D Pedometer retails at an RRP of £39.99 but is currently on sale on Amazon at £15.95.

My rating – 4/5

Disclosure
I was sent this product free of charge to review. All thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.
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