I made it through the week!

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,

Laura

So this is the new beginning. 

I can’t believe I am already saying this, but it is a year today that I get married! It doesn’t seem like seven months have passed since we sat in the little outdoor bar in Greenwich, toasting our engagement under a string of fairy lights as we face-timed our families to share the news! I’m feeling very calm about the big day and just can’t wait for it to be here – I’m fairly organised with everything and so far planning has been a very relaxed experience.

However, one thing I am very stressed out about is my body confidence and how that is going to affect how much I enjoy the wedding. If you have read my previous posts you will know that I am currently in quite an unhealthy place; both physically and mentally.  I am striving to make changes; lose weight and focus on my general wellbeing in order to be the happiest version of myself. To be very frank, so far I have not done a very good job. Well, I’ve done a terrible job! I’ve spent a long time promising to get started – I’ve even had a few false starts with good progress in terms of my eating habits and exercise regime, but then life gets in the way so I make excuses and give up. The whole purpose of starting this blog was to give me a focus and make me accountable, but so far that hasn’t worked -mainly because I haven’t made it a priority or dedicated the time to post regularly. I could sit here and say that I have been busy with work and getting a new puppy  (which is true!) but I have more spare time than lots of other people and I need to hold up my hands and admit that I could be better.

So this is the new beginning.

I’m not going to  commit to a blog schedule at the moment -I’m simply going to try and post regularly; aiming for a minimum of one post a week for the month of August. I’m going to use the summer holidays (and the luxury of 5 weeks off work!) to really get into a good routine with eating, exercise and using my free time productively.

I have one year to find my ‘happy place’- reach my goal weight & feel confident in my own skin. I have the motivation, I know what I need to do – now it’s about having the willpower and determination to not give up so easily.

Wish me luck!

Laura x

What I’ve learnt in my first week of ‘being healthy’.

Before I begin, I’ll update you on a couple of  life changes since my last post. The most exciting thing I want to mention is that I bought my wedding dress! I’m going to do a separate post on the whole experience soon; explaining how I found ‘the one’ and giving some tips on searching for your own dress, but the main reason I’ve finally got started in this journey back to a healthy lifestyle is because I now have a very physical motivation hanging in my parent’s spare bedroom!

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Another massive change in our life is that we have a new puppy! Our gorgeous Cocker Spaniel is called Ringo (yep- after Ringo Star) and he is almost 15 weeks old. Obviously, he’s been keeping us busy (lot’s of people warned us having a puppy is like having a baby and they were not wrong!) and we’ve had our hands full getting him settled!

So. That’s the big news out of the way and now I can get to today’s topic: What I have learnt during my first week of ‘being healthy’. I’ve been looking to make some positive changes to my lifestyle and diet for a while and to be honest, it’s been a hard slog to get started. Over the past year, motivation has been hard to find and my willpower has been at 0%. But one day last week, something just clicked. I can’t say exactly what it was, maybe the warmer weather meant I wanted to eat less, or being up early with Ringo meant I had more time to prep meals, but I had two really good, healthy days. And then I found my wedding dress. Since then, I’ve been determined to stay on track and my first week has been a huge success. Here’s what I’ve learnt so far…

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1. Variety is the key to feeling full. It’s enevitable that you end up eating quite a bit of salad when eating healthily; they are quick, easy and a sure-fire way to make sure you are getting the good stuff. I’ve made sure that each salad has been packed with as many different foods as I can; peppers, cucumber, tomato, onion, two types of lettuce or greens, a meat and sprinkling of cheese is usually the starting point. That way, each bite is different. I find I feel like I’m eating more when there are lots of different foods on my plate. That transfers to any meal, I’ve been cooking up lots of veggies for dinner and have even been having two small breakfasts (scrambled egg and tomato followed by yoghurt, honey and granola) to give the illusion of bigger meals, when actually I’ve been having more smaller portions instead.

2. It only takes a few days to feel the difference. After the first day, I felt proud that I’d made good choices. After 3 days, my stomach felt flatter and I was much less bloated. After 5 days, the scales showed a loss. After 7 days, Guy noticed I looked a bit slimmer. I’m not talking about massive changes; it has only been a week, but they are noticeable to me. I feel generally healthier and that gives me confidence.

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3. A full fridge is not a temptation. In the past, I’ve always tried to keep as little food in the house as possible, following the idea that if I don’t have it, I can’t eat it. All that has led to is late night trips to Tesco to buy one quick snack, which inevitably becomes a basketful of treats which are on offer. And then I think “I’ll start again tomorrow”  so eat everything I have just purchased in one sitting. This time around I’ve packed my fridge full of healthy goodies and so if ever I feel peckish, I have something to graze on which isn’t made entirely of chocolate or comes in a large, blue tube (Pringles are my life!). This also helps with point one- filling my plate with lots of different things!

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4. Everything in moderation. I’ve heard this advice so many times but never followed it. Until this week. Nothing is off limits. At lunch yesterday, my fiancé had crisps with his salad sandwich. I wanted some too so I had four on the side of my plate. I didn’t feel like I was missing out and I really savoured that little treat. I’d already swapped my sandwich for just a salad to avoid the bread; so there was my compromise. This afternoon, we found ourselves out over lunchtime and ended up at Nando’s. Again, rather than denying myself, I chose a healthy option from the menu and really enjoyed it. I still ended up under my calorie count for the day – winner! By not actually banning any foods, I feel less restricted and crave unhealthy snacks much less.

And those are my four lessons learnt from this week. Hopefully, they will give you inspiration to get going if you have been stuck in an unhealthy rut; or some food-for-thought (I know- terrible pun!) if you are already on a healthy journey!

Ciao for now, 

Laura