Success on day 4

I went to sleep last night with my mind set on running in the morning. When I woke I could hear the wind howling outside which is slightly traumatising when you are planning on running in the countryside! But then with the wind was sunshine and let’s face it, it could have been pouring down; up I got running gear on (which took some time ensuring that all lumps, bumps and the wobbly bum are well hidden!) dug into the shoe pile to find my trainers and I was ready! I have downloaded endemondo which tracks my route and tells me how fast I am going, calories burned etc. I have also used Nike app in the past which is also good. Music on and off I went. Now I am not going to lie! I am no runner and I never have been. I have completed a 5k in the past which I felt was a massive achievement but I am back at square one this time so I wasn’t going to run myself to collapsing. What I did was use the NHS couch to 5k idea and I walked for 5 then run for 2, walk for 2 and so on for 20 minutes and then I walked for the final 5 minutes! I have to say I actually surprised myself. The first run left me pretty puffed out but it did get a bit easier until the last one when I was actually probably running slower than a casual dog walker ha but still to me I was jogging! I also nearly managed to get round the full course without seeing anybody I know until the final stretch! Poops! But still I am out and I am exercising, I am making positive changes so really even though I looked like a purple tomato in tight trousers and my is hair blown in all directions, does it really matter? I even stopped and chatted for a moment, well between gasps for breath and then continued on my way! It felt good and I felt proud of myself! I cannot go for two days now due to my working pattern but in Thursday I will be back out there again. I intend to follow the same routine for my next two runs and the up my targets a little next week to push myself a bit harder! Eeep!

I also have to add, that a couple of boiled eggs, beans and a slice of ham was mega yummy for my brunch too! The healthy eating is going well and I feel well in myself and already feel a wee bit thinner too! Brilliant!

Kiddies back at school tomorrow and like I just mentioned I am back at work too (day job, oswell&rose is already open and I have been creating away!) It’s been a lovely Christmas break and a motivating first week of 2014 so I guess this might just be a good year!

Just a snap of my big feet!!

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View from my morning jog…beaut xxx

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Jantastic it’s day three!

Out of the window goes my sensible and safe playing exercise regime! I have tonight signed up for Jantastic which is purely running, setting targets, working in little teams, beating targets and ultimately using the wonderful art of jogging/running or in my case heavy plodding as a way to help me lose weight, be healthy and improve my lifestyle! My target is set to run three times a week, which I think is fair as I do not want to traumatise myself in week one. The targets can be changed at any time so I can always increase it in future weeks! I have a few friends on board with me in my little team so we can offer encouragement and support to each other. I have also registered darling husbands so he will need to dust off the old trainers too! To be fair he can run pretty well so I shall use him for a pace maker ha! I am still going to take walks with my camera and have a go with Davina DVD!

I actually feel really excited about this! It is part of something new, big and really I have nothing to lose so come on Jantastic; let’s get running!!!

Jantastic

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Day 1!

End of day one and all is going very well. I went for a walk this morning for 40 minutes. So…I didn’t get very far, about 2.5km but I did take some cool photos with my new camera lens! I will add a few onto the end of this bloggles! It was a refreshing walk although I have to admit it was absolutely freezing hence why I cut it a little short! I picked up my pace when I wasn’t taking snaps and it was fine until I hit the open fields and that wind, wow! It was icy and forced me to turn back for a stroll through the houses. It was peaceful yet I think next time it might be more fun to take the little ones not only for company but for good photo opportunities! The rest of my day was spent creating in my little homemade office. A few lovely little orders have arrived for my oswell&rose goodies which were lovely to create this afternoon before heading off to collect the little ones from Granny and Grandad’s!

The little darlings slept out last night so breakfast was kind of skipped due to the ‘taking advantage of the rare lie in’! I had a yogurt and banana for breakfast with a coffee and then I had an enormous jacket potato with salad, boiled eggs and a scoop of mayo! My snacking consisted of two plums and a yogurt! A little less than I should be having but I did skip breakfast which I know is mega naughty and tomorrow I will have some so I am not classed as starving myself just yet. I do feel better and I feel good that I have completed my first day. The other half came home from work with a totally humongous piece of sponge cake and to be honest for the first time in a while I wasn’t even tempted! Yey!

I am focused and I will achieve my goal!

Tomorrow is forecast to be a rainy day so my planned day out going for a good walk with the kiddies may be a bit of a wash out (tee hee)! I know the kids would love the rain but with runny noses already I am not going to tempt fate with the school term starting on Tuesday! I might try my Davina DVD and then some in house activities with the little ones! I little bit of exercise is better than none at all!

Bedtime for me! Tatty bye!!

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Roll on 2014!

Right! When I wake up in the morning it is a new day! A new beginning! It is the first day of a new life! I have had a year of ‘trying’ to diet when truthfully I have been a bit of a yoyo but how long can I do this for? The answer is ‘no longer’!

I slipped or ‘squeezed‘ my what are supposed to be skinny jeans on earlier today and a black fitted jumper. A normal kinda outfit, I wasn’t going anywhere special but thought I would make a little bit of an effort! Well…before me in the mirror stood a girl who looked back at me about 10 years ago. I little (lot) older, of course much wiser and pretty much the same size! This mean that 10 years ago  when I first stepped foot in a ‘diet class‘ I actually have not got anywhere! Yes…10 years and I am still as heavy as I was then! Really something needs to change! 

In 10 years I have fallen in love, had a bouncing baby boy and a beautiful baby girl, relocated from South to north, got hitched, had a few jobs, started my own business (www.oswellnrose.co.uk) and….lost weight, gained weigh, lost, gainedlostgainedlostgainedlostgained….just a blur! Slimming world, weight watchers, Atkins, calories, no carbs, no wine (eeek) gees come on now! So much in 10 years and yet I am still a bit of a lump!

The time is now! I am 32 and I am happy! Yes! Despite being ‘heavy‘ I am happy! I have a lovely family, friends, a nice home, luxuries, fun, everything I need really but if I continue down the path I am going it will be my health that may begin to prevent me from staying happy!

Using my life and those in it as my inspiration I will start tomorrow with a healthy motivated mind enjoying a healthy balanced diet and a good exercise programme…this will aid my body and my mind. Refresh my soul and enlighten my life (wow intense!) ! I shall dust off my trainers and squeeze into my tight exercise leggings and stride into my new future with a smile on my face, fire in my belly and (a twix in my pocket ha just kidding) a goal to achieve!

I will blog on with my progress if anyone happens to be interested! Come in 2014! Let’s have a good year!!!!

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And again!

Soooooo I have done it again! My second run! I did the same amount of time as I am using the podcast BUT I did it faster…my average mile was faster than last time and I figure that as I am combining running and walking and my Nike app thinks I am running its a pretty good speed! I must have a right march on!! I do have to admit though that I was sooooo hot as the weather has suddenly improved! I was a bright colour purple for quite a while after and until after my shower when I was just looking a bit sun kissed! The purple was not a good look! I do have to admire the honesty of my darling daughter as she clearly stated when I walked into the living room ‘ooo you smell Mummy!’ Charming! I suppose I can use that as a sign of a good workout!

In the past when I have started diets I have always reduced food before exercising but I have to say that this time I am on it! Starting the exercise at the same time as reducing my calorie intake has made the world of difference and I feel really good. I already feel like I have lost weight but for some reason that is not my main priority; it is more about how I feel inside. I still believe that a huge part of this is the exclusion of wheat and gluten.

Oh I must also mention as well that I have found my skin is a lot clearer. This I am putting down to the fact that since reducing my calories I have obviously cut out many sweeties! One obvious one is my beloved and most dearest ‘chocolate digestives’ waaaah! That is one thing I miss…a nice coffee with a couple of my fave biscuits! But I think the sacrifice is worth it when my skin feels clearer and smoother!

With that in mind I would encourage anyone to focus more on how they feel inside rather than the weekly weigh in and I am sure that the positive feeling you get from changing your lifestyle to a much healthier way your life will improve inside and out!

‘Cleanse from the inside out; watch life be beautiful”

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Oh and just or the record 🙂

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I did it!

WOOHOO!!!! So my first outing consisted of: 5 minutes walk followed by 8x 60second jogs with 90seconds rest in between and finishing with 5 minutes walk. It took me half an hour which is averaging of 13.48 minute mile which considering there is a lot of walking in there I am happy with that. I must do this 2 more times before moving onto week 2. Scheduled in for Thursday after work and Sunday morning.

I FEEL GREAT!!!

I do not feel like I have overdone it at all. If I had gone out there and jogged until I physically couldn’t any longer then walked a bit then jogged and so on I think I would be on my knees by now feeling unfit, deflated and a bit sorry for myself but by doing this programme I am feeling refreshed, energised and motivated ready for next time!

Oh and 283calories burned!

Yey!!!

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Let the fitness begin!

Oh my days I am just preparing for my first run! This time last year I had very recently completed the Race for Life which is 5k and this year I am almost 2 stone heavier and unfit so this will be a challenge! I do not know where it all went so wrong but this seems to be a trend of mine, lose weight, get fit for 6 months and then spend the next year slowly going the opposite way! A trend I think really needs breaking! This is why I have decided to use calorie controlled diet and exercise.

There are so many new styles and trends of diets that can be easy to stick to for a while but long term they are just not practical. Now ‘calories’ are old school. My Mum used calorie counting back in the sixties…this is a diet that has not gone out of fashion for one main reason! It works! So with my 1200 calories my food is sorted!

Now, for my exercise I have chosen the programme by the NHS UK which is a pod cast using interval jogging to slowly build you up from couch potato to a 5k runner! I did do a bit of this last year but I could kind of run the full 5k already so I did not really benefit from it. However this year I think will be the perfect time to try it.

My darling husband is just doing the dreaded school run and then we will be setting off together! My DH can already run pretty well so I can use him as a bit of a pace maker for when I do my spells of jogging.

So to sum up! I am on day 3 or my new life and first day of fitness! Bring it on I say! All I have to do is believe I can do it and it will happen! Have a happy day everyone!

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Fallen off the wagon!

Alright alright I fell off the wagon!!!! And not just a little bit…a lot!!!! For experimental purposes though I have now really noticed the difference of a diet with and without gluten and wheat. The difference is quite clear and I have decided that I am going to continue a diet ‘without’ as I do feel much better. I am not going to commit to I diet 100% without as there may be odd occasions where I do have it but for the majority of time I will stick to it. I have logged back onto ‘myfitnesspal’ app and I will log everyone I eat everyday. Exercise is going to start today with my ‘Muffin top burner’ fit in 5-20 minute work out DVD. yes i know that’s a bit lame but I am also going to start walking. I will do my DVD when I can get out and I will walk when I can. I have just over 5 weeks until a mini break so I have a date in mind and I need to make a big difference I that time. 2lb a week would mean a loss of 10lb which I know I will feel a lot better for! So bring it on! I am climbing back on and ready to go!!!

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Delicious!!

Following a loooong day at work we were starving and ready for our dinner. Myself and two of my best girls were off for a good old natter over dinner with the high possibility of a sneaky beverage of the alcohol family! We decided to go to a local restaurant as they do a nice little early bird menu of two courses for £12. Sounded perfect. We were politely showed to our seats and we ordered our drinks. The menu was placed before us and our tummy’s are grumbling! We were faced with a choice of five meals, mostly meat and none were gluten and wheat free! Now, do I break my focus for one meal out or do I see what they can do for me? It turns out that my two friends were also a little disappointed with the choice and so we decided that we may have to go elsewhere. We apologised to the manager and stated that we didn’t fancy what was on offer and were off for a more tea like tea, nothing too fancy. He was very polite and absorbed our menu feedback. He then relayed this information to two rather large, quite hairy and pretty mean looking chefs who had already made me feel a little nervous even before we decided to leave. We were just finishing off our drinks when we heard one chef state “what they don’t like fish n chips, that’s too fancy” and so on! This we found super rude and very unprofessional; three lovely ladies were now three angry women ready to complain. We calmly walked to the exit and surrounded the manager(!)…I calmly (yet nervously with a quiver to my voice) stated that the restricted menu was not the only reason why we were leaving but also the fact that I do not eat gluten and wheat for medical reasons (eeep) and so I could not actually have anything so when the chefs start ranting about our departing could they kindly wait for us to leave before doing so. And although we may have returned in the future now we probably will not! Apologies were accepted and we went off to a brillo 2for1 and had delicious BBQ chicken with cheese, chips and peas ‘nom nom’ oh yes and a nice large vino! A good old chin wag took place before returning home to a nice quiet house…babies sleeping and the hubby chilling…sweet.

Good food.good wine.good friends.AMAZEBALLS!

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Another week!

Another week and in light of the fact that I am going out for tea tonight with my girls I thought I would weigh-in this morning and I was pleasantly surprised as I have lost another 4lb. My weigh days do vary a little between a Wednesday and Thursday but for now this works nicely as the approach to my healthy eating is a lot more relaxed than it has been in the past.

BUT what I must emphasise more than anything is that I would have been happy if I had not lost anything this week for the sheer fact of how much BETTER I am feeling! Since cutting out wheat and gluten it has made a huge difference, much less bloated and my body generally feels a lot more healthy. I think this is a lifestyle change that I am going to make permanent. Yes I do think there will be occasions when I do have these in my meals if I am eating out but few and far between is a lot better than on a daily basis.

So today the sun is shining, I am feeling pretty good and looking forward to a girlie chat tonight. Have a lovely day x

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