30 Before I’m 30 – Week 10 Weigh In

I weigh every Tuesday evening and am recorded each weigh in before my 30th birthday at the end of June (eek!!) I missed the last weigh in but am here now and raring to go!

So the last few weeks have been a bit topsy turvey. My health has been pretty poor and I have practically lived on lozengers and honey and lemon to encourage my voice to return. As much as I have tried to implement damage limitation and have eaten well, there’s only so much you can get away with before you gain as lozengers are full of sugar and large quanitites of honey is not great for weight loss!

I was realistic about this before weighing and although I experienced a gain since I last run a blog post on this, it is only a minor setback and I am happy to continue as before, and as I am currently. It’s a marathon not a sprint and I’m still lighter than when I started. For me, the health part is the most important, and I need to be fully recovered before I work at 100mph again and get back to my running and so on

Exercise wise, I’ve been feeling better so on Sunday we went out on the bikes to a local country park but the hubster returned with the car to prevent me from riding home as he was worried about me (pah). It’s very frustrating having to take it easy but I know it’s for the best. We also went out for a short walk (for a picnic) on Sunday to the New Forest. I love living in the south and having all of these amazing areas close by

I have no idea how it happened but next week is my last weigh in before I turn 30 (seriously, how did that happen?!?!?!) so it’s a case of staying focused and relaxing as much as possible to get my voice back whilst eating well

This week’s information:

  • Loss this week: +1lb
  • Overall loss to date: 8.5lbs (over half a stone, yay me!)
  • Highs of the previous week: I made a great syn free cottage pie for the hubster and J which I really don’t like but it means they could both eat on Sunday night and Monday night when I was out. Instead of hunting for a packet dinner or getting a bag of crisps to eat I made egg fried rice and had leftovers for the following day. I was knackered and wanted to sleep but I did it and was quietly pleased with myself
  • Lows of the previous week: Not being able to fully control my daily syns through lozengers and honey. It’s getting better which is good news
  • Food news: We quite often struggle when we get in and want some food but don’t actually know what to cook, so we are going to do a mini folder / cookbook with all of the meals we like to eat, the basic ingredients and time it takes. A flash of inspiration when it’s needed
  • Challenges for the week ahead: To keep at it food wise, rest and get back to 100%
  • Exercise news (new category!): Little and often and not over exerting myself is really important. I’m glad we went for the bike ride and I’m glad we went for a walk on Sunday. I get a little stir crazy if I don’t get out and about

Here’s to another week and another loss ahead, I’m determined to hit double figures so that’s a loss of 1.5lbs or more… definitely achievable !

Cheesy risotto
Cheesy risotto, I always think risotto doesn’t photograph well and looks weird, but it was very nice!

Mine and J's scrambled egg faces
Mine and J’s scrambled egg faces

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30 Before I’m 30 – Week 8 Weigh In

I weigh every Tuesday evening and will be posting an update on my blog each week before the weekend is upon us. Here’s my “challenge”

Normally I post this on a Wednesday or Thursday but this week has been so busy with work, home life and so on, and has literally flown by! The bank holiday threw me out too

Exercise wise, we went for a bike ride last week and aside from that there’s not a lot to mention, I injured my leg and the dog injured her paw so walking and running has been limited. I was hoping to have been up and running (excuse the pun) on the weekend though it still didn’t feel right so I have rested it a bit longer

Food wise – it’s great having the hubster on board and has resulted in less bad snacks and better attitudes towards healthy eating in the household

I have 4 more weigh-ins before my 30th (oh my goodness!) so here we go for this week…

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30 Before I’m 30 – Week 7 Weigh In

I weigh every Tuesday evening and will be posting an update on my blog each week before the weekend is upon us. Here’s my “challenge”

Exercise wise, we have been out with the dog, played on the trampoline, swimming once and had 3 gym visits. The runs are coming along nicely and this week for the first time I managed 16 of 30 minutes running whilst still following the Couchto5K app, the sessions are getting longer for the runs but I’m enjoying them nonetheless

I even (!) went for a run at the gym on Tuesday before weigh in. I really didn’t feel like it but I knew I’d let myself down if not. I completed it comfortably and it honestly took everything in me to not fist punch the air after completing my final run before entering my cool down walk

The downside to my run on Tuesday was that after I had stopped my impulse and was halfway through my cool down walk I dropped my iPhone on the treadmill, and consequently the floor (oops! – It was fine thankfully) My leg however pulled as I leaned awkwardly to get it, I was in a lot of discomfort on Sunday so resting until Saturday run wise. What a plonker! Anyone who knows me knows that only I could injure myself after the run

Tuesday's run pre weigh
Tuesday’s run pre weigh
The big news this week is that I have managed to convince the hubster to join SW with me. We will weigh each Tuesday and one will stay for the earlier meeting and one for the later meeting due to childcare. The decision was made on Sunday night and he’s followed the plan since then

I am really quite excited about this as historically it’s worked when we’ve both been in it together. He’s also really good at keeping me on track and he will be cooking dinner for us on a Thursday night (a SW friendly meal) which will also keep us both on track, as I’m usually knackered on a Thursday after my previous night at work
I have 5 more weigh-ins before my 30th so here we go for this week…

This week’s information:

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30 Before I’m 30 – Week 5 Weigh In

I weigh every Tuesday evening and will be posting an update on my blog each week before the weekend is upon us. My weight loss challenge is here

I have seriously kicked butt this week in terms of exercise and weight loss so you can imagine how upset I was when seeing the scales said I had put on 1lb!

I managed 2 visits to the gym, Saturday and Monday and have now finished week 3 on my Couch to 5K app. I love running and I have the most amazing sense of achievement once I have completed a session, even though it’s not a lot in comparison to what others can do

We also went to St Catherine’s hill in Winchester on Sunday for a family walk with the dog, a bike ride Sunday afternoon and even mowed the lawn!

Food wise, I’ve kept a diary of everything I’ve eaten and have been perfect aside from 1 meal which had chips. I’ve also upped my water intake following the body analysis the other week which said that I was dehydrated

I have 6 more weigh-ins before my 30th so here we go for this week…

This week’s information:

Loss this week: +1lb (seriously so annoyed with this, but it’s not stopping me)

Overall loss to date: 5.5lbs

Highs of the previous week: We had friends round on Saturday night for dinner and made a SW friendly dinner, lamb kofta, falafels, vegetable tagine and salad. It went down very well and we said we’d be eating it again. Getting back into the gym was also an achievement and exercise really does make my mood better

Lows of the previous week: Considering how on plan I’ve been and the exercise I’ve done, getting that result last night on the scales was cruddy and really upset me

Food news: I made a SW lasagne and the hubster enjoyed it, even though he was dubious beforehand. I’ve also been eating salad, couscous and chicken for lunches and will be continuing this week

Challenges for the week ahead: To keep upbeat and continue with the plan. it works, I know it works, so I need to trust that I will see the rewards next week on the scales (I better anyway!)

Here’s to another week and a loss… anything would be good, game on!

Monday's couchto5K completed
Monday’s couchto5K completed
lunch on Monday at work
lunch on Monday at work
My lovely Lexi at the top of St Catherine's Hill, who says dogs don't smile? ;)
My lovely Lexi at the top of St Catherine’s Hill, who says dogs don’t smile? 😉
Our Tagine, Falafels and Kofta
Our Tagine, Falafels and Kofta

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30 Before I’m 30 – Week 4 Weigh In

I weigh every Tuesday evening and will be posting an update on my blog each week before the weekend is upon us. My weight loss challenge is here

I can’t believe I have been running this post for 4 weeks already…it is going soooo fast!

It’s been a week of highs and lows. The highs are that we went swimming on Saturday, to the zoo on Sunday (2.5 miles walked). Food has been pretty consistent although exercise in general and my gymming needs a right royal kick up the bum right now. I am getting back on the gym wagon this weekend!

My stomach also really played me up this week. If it continues I’m going to go to the doctors but as it’s just come from nowhere I’ll be kick-starting my food diary (which I’m sure the doctor will ask for), but it will also assist with food intake and syns

Food has been good, I didn’t get to make or eat homity pie, but I made a SW friendly cottage pie for the hubster and J (I cannot stand mash) and for me I made a vegetable and chorizo risotto with green beans, yum! I ‘synned’ the chorizo and the rest was syn free

I have 7 more weigh-ins before my 30th so here we go for this week…

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30 before I’m 30 – Week 3 Weigh In

I weigh every Tuesday evening and will be posting an update on my blog each week before the weekend is upon us. My story behind it is here

If I’m to be completely honest, it’s been a bit of a low week

I am an emotional eater and after a rough start to Friday (thank you to my car for not unlocking!) and the day itself so I came home and comfort ate and it continued through to Saturday night. To add to this, my leg has somehow become injured and running has been on hold because I haven’t been able to walk without pain, let alone run

All that aside, I ate well Wednesday through to Friday day and Sunday through to Tuesday

I probably shouldn’t have weighed on Tuesday this week as I really wasn’t very well and my stomach expanded throughout the day. I kid you not by early afternoon I looked 7-8 months pregnant and I even had to unbutton my trousers (normal service has resumed and my trousers are back to feeling a bit baggy). I have no idea what went on but I’d be glad to not experience that again!

With 8 more weigh ins before my 30th it’s starting to scare me how close it is! Game on!

This week’s information:

Loss this week: +0.5lbs

Overall loss to date: 5.5lbs

Highs of the previous week: Having a rough Friday night and Saturday (food wise) and getting straight back on it for Sunday and the week ahead. Seeing one of my best and oldest friends on Saturday for the first time in a few months was a perk, it’s amazing how you can go without seeing someone for ages and pick up just where you left off. We had some girly time and a stop in Costa and J was amazingly well behaved

Lows of the previous week: Attending some work related training on Wednesday on the use of a set of health check scales and the figures not being very positive. In fact it really upset me

The scales were a RAG system (Red = bad, Amber = could do better, Green = good). My stats are below

– Female body fat 39.9% (anything over 39% is red)
– Female total body water 42.9% (anything under 45% is red)
– Visceral (fat around the organs) fat rating 7 (this was green, anything over 13 was amber and over 18 was red)
– BMI 30.9 (anything over 30 is obese and red)
– Blood pressure systolic 130 (this was green, anything over 140 is amber and 160 red)
– Blood pressure diastolic 80 (this was green, anything over 90 is amber and 100 red)
– My metabolic age is 44 (my current age as you know is 29)

So what does this mean? My blood pressure is normal which is good news, and my organs aren’t covered by fat, which is also good

The negative? Well, I am obese in medical terms, I never thought or saw myself as obese, only a little chubby with a spare tyre around the middle, so this really knocked me for six

The level of fat and water which makes up my body percentage really upset me. Whilst I don’t have fat around my organs it means its spread all over my body. The water aspect means I need to drink more, in effect my body is dehydrated and to top it off, the metabolic age really upset me. In effect my body is 15 years older than it currently is

Whilst this was disappointing, all in all it’s made me realise that I’m not only losing weight and getting fit for J or my birthday, I’m doing it to look after my body and health and ensuring I live a long and healthy life. I’ll be using the scales again in a month when we run sessions on them and my aim is for the body fat, body water and BMI to be in the amber (green would be amazing but far too adventurous I feel!)

Food news: I am going to try a homity pie over the next week. It’s a slimming world meal made up of low fat cheese and potatoes, perfect for a comfort meal. I think I’ll be adding rashers of bacon in as well

Challenges for the week ahead: The bank holiday weekend is always difficult as you leave your routine. I will take healthy snacks and picnics wherever possible

Here’s to another week (completely on track with a loss!) ahead

I saw this on the Facebook page for the Slimming World group so have no idea of the origin, however i thought this was quite appropriate and may inspire others too
I saw this on the Facebook page for the Slimming World group so have no idea of the origin, however i thought this was quite appropriate and may inspire others too
My breakfast and lunch for Monday prepared Sunday night, determined to get back on track
My breakfast and lunch for Monday prepared Sunday night, determined to get back on track
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30 Before I’m 30 – Week 2 Weigh In

I weigh every Tuesday evening and will be posting an update on my blog each week before the weekend is upon us. You can read about my weight loss challenge here

I had a good week, not the best I’ve had before, and the result on the scales reflected this. I now have 9 more weigh ins and am well into week 2 of my couch to 5K programme. I completed the longer runs on the app on Monday which I really enjoyed doing

This week’s information:

Loss this week: 1lb

Overall loss to date: 6lbs

Highs of the previous week: Knowing that I would struggle getting up on Monday morning following a busy weekend and utilising the time whilst my pasta was cooking for dinner by preparing my breakfast, a nice healthy salad, cous cous and vegetable crudités for the following day. I have also been able to comfortably do my trousers up for the first time in a month

Lows of the previous week: I exceeded my syns on Sunday night by having a Flake chocolate bar. Sometimes you have to fulfil the need, though it meant overall my weekly total of syns up to Sunday had blown the weekly allowance by 30. I cut right down on my syns for Monday and Tuesday before weigh in to try and even it out

Food news: I managed to convince the hubster to have steak on Friday night for dinner – a big thing in our house! He didn’t feel it would be something he would have regularly, but I’m chuffed I had steak…at home! I have also realised that I really need to purchase some food containers for transportation and picnics (I packed a rice dish for a picnic on Sunday in a cooking pan which I then wrapped up in clingfilm because I didn’t have any containers for it, much to the hubsters amusement!)

Challenges for the week ahead: The week ahead doesn’t pose too many issues and we have a relatively quiet weekend ahead however I need to keep motivated from a food perspective. My sweet tooth is kicking in at the moment and to ensure I don’t become bored of salads and lunches I need to identify some great foods to eat at work which will keep my interest

I would like another 1-2lbs loss this week so here we go again…

 

Last Wednesdays dinner for late shift and the family

 

30 before I’m 30 – Week 1 Weigh In

I weigh every Tuesday evening and will be posting an update on my blog each week before the weekend is upon us. You can read about my weight loss challenge here

I had a really good week and was pleased with the result on the scales. With 10 more weigh ins before my 30th I really am feeling determined to get as far as I can. Tomorrow night I will be completing my third run and finishing week 1 on the Couch to 5K app. It’s really keeping me energised and helping me to stay focused

I’m also signed up to Pretty Muddy with a few girls from work. It’s a new alternative to Race 4 Life and is a 5K obstacle course. The date is 18th July and I’m well… petrified! If they have monkey bars I will end up in a heap on the floor as I have no upper body strength whatsoever but it’s all for a good cause and even more of an excuse to lose the weight and get fit!

This week’s information:

Loss this week: 3lbs

Overall loss to date: 5lbs

Highs of the previous week: Sitting down on Sunday night with a bowl of grapes and melon whilst the hubster ate chocolate. One of my strong and proud moments

Lows of the previous week: Being round a friend’s house for a SW friendly dinner (thanks RH!). Following dinner watching the group (hubster included) munching through Lindt eggs and Cadbury’s Cream Eggs from their Easter haul (I had 4 mini ones for 6 syns whilst the group demolished the rest). I was reserved, but it didn’t stop me wanting more and being a bit grumbly on the inside – it’s for the greater cause!

Food news: I made a quick dinner on Monday night using the leftover lamb from our Sunday roast. I used a Jamie Oliver recipe; BBQ Lamb Burritos from the ‘Save With Jamie’ cookbook and the hubster and J inhaled it. I made an adaptation of it for me (minus the wrap for me and plain lamb as I had no syns left)

A quick breakdown of my dinner:

  • Chopped lamb (which had garlic and rosemary flavours from the day before
  • Chopped onion, peppers and tomatoes all lightly fried
  • Basmati rice with frozen spinach stirred in
  • I then decided that to save the meal from being too dry I would add a homemade condiment made up of fat free natural yogurt with some finely chopped mint from the garden

It was very nice and I would certainly recommend the rice as a boost to getting one of your 5 a day

Challenges for the week ahead: We are going out for the day to a theme park on Sunday with my mother-in-law. I am planning on taking a picnic and flask with me so I can have some control over what is packed and not and maybe some low syn goodies too

Here’s to another week (and hopefully another loss!) ahead

Sunday night snack
Sunday night snack
The hubsters and j's burritos (they look a bit like sushi don't they or is that just me?)
The hubsters and j’s burritos (they look a bit like sushi don’t they or is that just me?)
My burritos, minus the burrito wrap!
My burritos, minus the burrito wrap! Sorry it’s a bit blurred
Tuesday's lunch
Tuesday’s lunch

30 before I’m 30

Okay I admit it (reluctantly I must add) that I am 30 in less than 11 weeks – eek! Somehow my twenties have flown by, and as a teenager I remember reading magazines and thinking 30, whoa that’s old. And now I’m knocking on the door of it

I have achieved and gained a lot in the last 10 years, a beautiful daughter, loving husband and a loyal Labrador, met some fantastic life friends and qualified in my profession. However there is a significant gain that occurred in the last 10 years that I just cannot bear to have with me in my 30’s……and that’s weight

My ‘mum tum’ has lasted for 2 and a bit years and I can’t really use the excuse of being a new mum any more. I am a little over 2 and a half stone heavier than when I married the hubster in 2011 and by the time we reach our fifth wedding anniversary I would like to be on top of my health

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