The image above was taken 2 years ago and is my current “thinspiration”! I was really happy with my figure at this point in time and want my body confidence to be back up there for my wedding day!
Hi! Just a quick post for me to reflect on my progress so far and to update you on how I’ve done this week! So I’ve been back on track for just over a week now and (drum roll please!) I’ve managed to stay on track! A small achievement, but one I feel needs noting nonetheless – it’s been a while since I managed to keep up with my goals for more than a few days! So here’s what has been going on…
- Every meal I have made/eaten has been balanced and healthy – I’ve kept track of the calories and controlled my portion size to make sure I’m not eating too much. I’ve made sure to make some healthy substitutes and have counted my fruit and veg intake each day.
- I’ve been drinking a lot more water. I’m averaging about 4 or 5 glasses a day, which I know is only half of what is recommended, but I wasn’t having any at all, so I’m pleased with that progress!
- When I have ‘cheated’ it’s been in moderation. I’ve put cheated in inverted commas because what I really mean is: chosen unhealthy foods- which I don’t see as ‘cheating’ in any way. I have learnt that if I completely cut everything out, I’m more likely to just give up. I need to have a treat every now and again to stop me craving all the bad foods. So over the past week I have had a handful of crisps with my lunch (on 2 separate days), a 110 calorie chocolate bar, a rich tea biscuit and 3 pancakes. I know some of you reading this will be cringing and thinking that is a lot of treats for just one week, but for me (a person who can easily eat a whole tube of Pringles in one sitting!) it’s a massive change in my eating habits.
- I’ve exercised every single day. Most days, I have done a workout – either PiYo or an abs/legs workout, and I’ve made sure to walk the dog every day too. One day we went on a really long walk on the beach and I felt great afterwards!
- I’ve used my bullet journal to track my progress. It’s been really helpful to sit down at the end of each day and see my achievements in black and white – making sure these new changes become habits that I won’t need to think about too much in the future.
- I’ve lost 3lbs! I’m trying to focus more on how I feel, rather than the numbers on the scales, but I do still need to see the numbers slowly dropping to keep motivated- and to see that my hard work and determination is paying off.
Those are all of the things I am really proud of at the end of week one but what do I want to improve on? I know that I still have a very long way to go and what I am currently doing won’t be enough to get me to where I want to be in a years time.
- I need to exercise more. The workouts I’m doing at the moment are quite gentle – mainly because I am so unfit and just getting back into the swing of things. I’m currently doing no cardio because I’m no longer a member of the gym where I used to use the treadmills/cross trainers/ bikes etc. So my next step is to think about how I can get my heart rate up!
- I need to increase my water intake. Obviously the aim is to get to 8 glasses a day!
- And lastly, I need to vary my meals. I’ve been enjoying lots of salads, eggs for breakfast and chicken with most meals (instead of red meat) but I know I will quickly get bored and will want something more substantial as the weather gets colder. It’s time to do some research and practise some new recipes!
Hopefully, this little update has shown you that small changes are all that is needed to make a difference to your health. The internet is full of ‘fitspo’, which largely consists of skinny women in lycra and a sports bra giving their advice, which I like to see and use-but it’s been hard to find women with other jobs and priorities, who may not be at their goal weight yet, sharing their experiences.
As always, thanks for reading and supporting! I’d love to read about your own journeys so please leave links in the comments below and share your healthy habits or even your struggles!
Until next time,