Sunday, 27 May 2012

Sunday Weigh In 12

Blogger has failed me yet again and after working on this post all morning, inserting all the photos (except for today's obviously) and writing about how I feel this week (not to mention the entire week's diet which I update every day so I remember) has all been lost with the exception of Monday for some reason!  I have had to try and fill it in from memory so it may not be accurate (mostly the snacks as I luckily have my photos of most main meals to remind me!) this week and I may sound more grumpy despite this being a happy post this morning!  (At the moment I mostly want to scream!)

It's now been 12 weeks since starting my new healthy lifestyle I decided that each Sunday I will post up my progress, whether successful or not in the hope that it encourages me to stay positive and keep going.  Knowing that I will be sharing it all here will hopefully keep my willpower up!  In order for me to keep track and look back for ideas, I will be listing my food diary here as well (and who knows, it might inspire others to have a go too!)  It also gives me somewhere to put all the photos of the yummy food I love to take as it always looks so good!

This week I have really enjoyed my walk to work and back while soaking up the rays!  I have stripped to my vest top and trousers in the sunshine and had 30-45 mins in the garden every day during my lunch hour.   I have, however, been going a bit mad with the seasonal treats such as cider, ice lollies and BBQ stuff but have still been trying to think healthily most of the time, opting for frozen smoothies and healthy options rather than sausages and burgers on the BBQ.  I still haven't got back into swimming yet as it's been too hard to resist the positively balmy evenings we've been having instead!

Monday: 

Breakfast - hard boiled egg, 1/2 large fruit pack (apple, kiwi, watermelon, grapes, pineapple), orange juice
Lunch - salad (chicken tikka pieces, lettuce, tomatoes, yellow pepper, black olives, chilli, black pepper, extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar), skimmed milk
Dinner - steak pie, garlic broccoli, potato wedges, garlic mushrooms, tiny bit of light mayo with Tabasco, orange juice
Snacks - hard boiled egg, quavers, raspberry yoghurt, slice of low fat leerdammer, other 1/2 of fruit box (apple, pineapple), 

Exercise - 1 hour walking




Tuesday:

Breakfast - 1 slice 50/50 toast with low fat butter & bovril, 1 slice with left over garlic mushrooms, cup of tea
Lunch - salad (chicken pieces, black olives, lettuce, tomato, yellow pepper, red onion, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, black pepper), orange juice
Dinner - spaghetti with chicken in mushroom, pepper and tomato pasta sauce from Wholefoods Market
Snacks - sweet chilli snacker jacks, fruit?

Exercise - 1 hour walking, 1 hour Pilates class, 20 mins walking
 





Wednesday: 

Breakfast - left over spaghetti, 
Lunch - It was far too nice to waste any time inside making a salad today so I nipped to Greggs on the way hoe instead - Greggs Chicken New Orleans on granary bread, quavers, pear, orange juice
Dinner - Wild mushroom risotto cake with Parmesan crisp, pork loin with sweet potato mash & peas, custard tart with malted banana ice cream, 1 glass rose prosecco, sparkling water
Snacks - Wotsits, melon & grape fruit box

Exercise - 1 hour walking


  



Thursday:

Breakfast - 2 boiled eggs, 1 1/2 slices 50/50 toast with low fat butter & bovril
Lunch - tuna salad sandwich, Kopparberg Elderflower & Lime cider, 'French Fries' cheese & onion crisps
Dinner - tomato & red pepper soup, 1 slice carrot & ginger cake
Snacks - 1/2 tuna sandwich, soda & elderflower & squeeze lime, pear, frozen smoothie tube, 

Exercise - none







Friday:

Breakfast - tuna sandwich, banana, skimmed milk
Lunch - ham salad wrap, salad (celery, tomato, black olive, black pepper, yellow pepper, olive oil, balsamic vinegar), soda water
Dinner - roast beef sandwich with English mustard, sweetcorn, low fat sour cream & chive dip,
Snacks - garlic & coriander prawns, 2 x slices carrot & ginger cake, quavers, blueberries

Exercise - 1 hour walking






  
Tastes much better blended!


Saturday: 

Breakfast - omelette (chicken pieces, yellow pepper, tomato, black pepper, 2 eggs), orange juice
Lunch - 1 slice wholemeal bread with low fat butter
Dinner - BBQ - Spicy tomato chicken skewers, sun-dried tomato cous cous, salad, toasted marshmallows, chocolate & marshmallow banana, Cobra beer with lime, soda water
Snacks - cherries, melon, frozen smoothie tube, Bloody Mary, Wotsits

Exercise - hoiking all the food, etc up and down the stairs! (I think that counts ;) )

I can never seem to get it out in one piece when it's full of veggies!

  
 




Sunday:

Breakfast - 2 fried eggs (in sunflower spray), 1 slice wholemeal bread, banana, orange juice
Lunch - ham salad wrap, chicken salad wrap, blueberries, sharon fruit, yoghurt, soda water
Dinner - chilli beef with rice & wholemeal pitta, skimmed milk
Snacks - 1 apple, water & elderflower cordial

Exercise - bike ride via twisty route and back a different way and around Pollok Park (about 6-7 miles I think)  No body pump or swimming today as trying to make the most of the weather by exercising outdoors instead!








And the results this week:

Weight last week - 12 st 5 lbs
Weight this week - 12 st 4 lbs
Loss/Gain this week - -1lbs

Total Loss - 1 stone!!!!!!  Yipeee!  I had expected to have put on weight this week, considering all of the treats I have succumbed to - pastry, bread, cakes/puddings and alcohol.

I am delighted with the changes in me, how I look and feel since February when I was at my heaviest.  I even have the confidence to post pictures of myself in my bikini now!!

Sunbathing today
very proud of my flat tummy although that's easier to cheat when lying down ;)

As I've hit such a target and it's now 3 months since I started I have worked out the difference in my BMI and my inch loss since the beginning...

BMI before - 27.5 (overweight)
BMI now - 25.2 (still overweight but only just!)


Total Inch Loss:
Arm - 0.5"
Chest - 1"
Waist - 2"
Love Handles (Muffin Top) - 3.5"
Bum - 1"
Thighs (Saddle Bags) - 2.5"
Single Thigh - 2"

Beginning, 1 month and now (3 months) in my gym gear... (relaxed - not sucking in tummy!)




Very happy :D


I can honestly say I've found this easy, I'm enjoying the exercise and I love my diet.  I could have lost the weight faster had I been stricter with myself and not allowed as many treats but I feel I have still utterly changed my diet from what it was and by not denying myself too much I have been able to stick with it, otherwise I feel I may have given up by now.  I'm glad I'm doing it my own way and in my own time and plan to keep going until I'm well within the healthy zone which is another half a stone to a stone :)  I basically don't have a target, I'll just know when I get there that I want to maintain it.  I think I will need to concentrate more on the exercise now though as I really want to tone up my thighs and arms a lot more!

Phew, I'm now off to enjoy my chilli after re-writing this entire post, grrrr!  Maybe I will be adding a glass of red and another slice of cake (it has no butter in it and has carrots - totally healthy right!?) to today's dinner too!!

4 comments:

L said...

Well done! I think still treating yourself is the way to go, otherwise you just end up binging on all the stuff you've been depriving yourself of. I'm in dire need of a kick up the arse to do this too, all my shorts are slightly too tight and hopefully I'll be needing them again if the weather keeps up!

Siobhan said...

You are doing so well and I think keeping the treats and still going out makes it sustainable long term, so you wont just balloon up later and that is mega cool. :)

Roz said...

Bex this is amazing!! Sounds like you have struck the perfect balance between healthy eating, exercise and a nice amount of treats. You should feel proud of yourself missus :D xx

Bex said...

Thanks guys, having all your support has helped immensely! And Roz, that was exactly the balance I hoped to achieve! :)

xx

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