In many of my previous blogs, I have mentioned a lot about my weight problem. It has been a struggle for me over the last six years, and I have done every diet imaginable, including drinking cyan pepper, maple syrup, lemon juice and water for 10-days and not eating anything (stupid, I know- NEVER AGAIN).
I get so roped into the latest diets and trends, but the only thing which has worked for me is calories counting and exercise- of course, everyone is different.
Anyway, I have decided that 2019 is going to be my to not just lose some weight, but be more healthy and exercise more. In 2017, I managed to shed nearly four stone, and last year I managed to gain back a stone of it back. So, as I am feeling the positive vibes at the moment, I thought I would share how I am going to about it.
If you know me personally, you will know that I am the fussiest eater and basically only eat carbs. Even though I have been a vegetarian for over 10-years, I don’t love vegetables or anything which has a weird texture, so I am often limited on what I can eat (I’m hoping I grow out of this one day).
I track everything I eat using My Fitness Pal, which is a food diary app which helps you keep track of everything you eat during the day as well as giving you a daily calorie goal depending on your level of activity and how much you think you can lose a week.
The app has advised me that I eat 1200 calories a day, so at the moment I have been sticking to that, and eat a little more if I have managed to fit in a workout. Here is an example of what I eat in a day:
Breakfast: Berry smoothie, Nutrigrain Bar
Lunch: Laughing Cow Light Sandwich, Wotsits
Dinner: Mini Wrap Pizza; tomato puree, pesto, mozzarella, cheddar, jalapenos, and a side of sweetcorn
Snacks: Fibre One Bar, Popcorn, Alpro Yogurt
I love snacks, especially anything like crisps, so I try and always save my calories for the evening. I am fully aware that I don’t get my ‘5 a day’, but I am working on it!
I often have pasta, jacket potato, pasta, Glamorgan sausages, eggs, stir fry and other things, but this is often my fave dinner.
I hate doing exercise apart from walking or bouldering; I find it so hard and boring. However, so far, I have forced myself to do a workout every day since January 2nd (shoutout to the work girls for keeping me motivated).
I have been doing the Jillian Micheals 30 Day Shred video, and as much as she annoys me, it does work! If you haven’t heard of it, it is a mix of cardio, strength and abs crammed into about 25-minutes. It has 3 levels, where you do level 1 for 10 days, level 2 for 10 days and level 3 for 10 days, with an easier option and a more advanced option on each level. As I said above, I hate exercising and still hate it, but I feel so good after I have done it.
Obviously, this workout is only for 30 days, but she has loads of other videos I want to try after this!
As I am writing this, it is the 9th of January, and I have managed to shift 5 pounds in a week (this will mainly be water weight). My goal is to lose 2-pounds a week and exercise at least 4 times a week and avoid any alcohol where possible; I’m doing Dry January at the moment.
Lose 2 stone by May: I am a bridesmaid for one of my friends
Lose 4 stone by December: I want to reach my goal weight by the end of the year
I think it is incredibly hard to speak about your weight and even harder to tell people how much you actually weigh. Well, as I thought I would share mine with my readers, as I’m not ashamed of it at all; after all, it is just a number?
My Starting Weight: 17 Stone
May 2018 (Lowest Weight): 12 Stone 13 lbs
My Current Weight: 14 Stone 1 lbs
My Goal Weight: 10 Stone
I think that a lot of people struggle with their weight loss journey, so I thought I share mine to maybe help other people. Please leave a comment below if you have any tips for me.