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 ( 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!!!!



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!


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



Okay so I am on the last day of my first week. Has it been a good first week? I think it probably it has! Yes I have had a few sneaky nibbles here and there and of course my Saturday ‘blip’ but I feel I have slipped into a slightly different frame of mind…

My thought process: If I can be good everyday, and then on occasion, once every so often have a ‘blip’ then I think I will actually begin to enjoy my food more too and appreciate the flavours! I state ‘everyday’ as I know in previous diets where I have weighed in each week I have been really good all week and then following my ‘weigh in’ I have had a bit of day of eating (total pig out!) and then a couple of days later when we fancy going out for tea I feel a bit guilty having a second treat day. For some I know this works perfectly but I just don’t think it’s for me!

Another little part of my plan is to reduce, if not cut out, of my diet the wheat and glutton. My sister is a coeliac and my Mum has had bowl cancer which does also have a strong link to these ingredients and although i have been tested and I am not a coeliac I see no harm in trying to improve my insides with a better diet. Yesterday I did great and then this morning I forgot and ate a chocolate digestive (simply irresistible when literally offered on a plate with a nice cup of coffee mmmmm). I had one bite left and remembered, I was like “aaaaaaawww noooooo” gutted! BUT it was eaten so I ate my last bite with the intention of it being my last one for a while! I actually already feel a bit of a difference so happy days! (Possibly purely psychological but that’s cool!)

I will weigh myself in the morning since it has been a week but I won’t follow it with treats as I may have a few on Saturday as I am off to the park for a picnic…pray for sunshine!

I will update with my progress! Oh and a little note…I have not yet started my exercise but I am working my way towards it ha ha! Eeep!

Ta ta for now xxx


Penultimate day!

So! It is 0039hours on the morning of 29th May 2013.

I am just preparing my mind to get ready for my ongoing battle with the big issue of our times…weight!!!! When I first joined a slimming club bak in November 2003 (dear lord I hear you say), yes almost 10 years ago; I didn’t think it would take me 10 year to lose the weight! I actually think (since gaining a few lbs recently) that I am only about 2 stone lighter than I was 10 years ago! That aside as always its a new beginning! And on Thursday 30th May the diet commences; out for tea tomorrow night you see, so would just be super rather silly of me to start tomorrow…may tomorrow be the last supper! What I am going to do is update on here with my progress, if I am reaching for the biscuit tin instead I will reach for my lovely blog and type instead or of course hammer a bangle!

Food: 1200 cals per day! No bread or wine for 2 weeks (geez staple diet 8) )
Drink: Lots of water
Run: Couch to 5k fitness plan twice a week
Bend: Yoga Class once a week
Geek: Muffin top burner + Legs, bums and tums fit in 5-20 mins DVD 3 times a week
Wii: Wii fit plus with kiddies as and when they want to play

Sounds achievable!

See you Thursday!

Namaste x