Category Archives: Weight Loss

What Keeps Me Motivated?

These last couple of days have been huge for me motivation wise. Losing weight can be a horrendous journey. You have good weeks and you have bad weeks. On the bad weeks, you have to remember why you’re doing this and look back at what keeps you going.

After feeling left wanting last week with my single pound lost, I wanted more this week. More importantly, I wanted that 2 and a half stone award. I started the week like nothing was going to stop me. I was not going to be disappointed again, not when I’m so close to that next award.

The week has been rather topsy turvy though. Albeit starting out well Through Thursday and Friday, the weekend came and left most of us in the family with a stomach bug. It was Tuesday again before we all started to feel normal again. But after a spout of illness like that, I usually turn to comfort food when I get my appetite back.

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Benefits Of Getting Moving

For years I’ve always said exercise is dangerous. Exercise causes injuries which can hurt and can stop you going to work and earning a wage. Pretty dangerous when you’ve a family to support. But in reality, exercise is brilliant if you do it properly.

When I was younger and at school, I did plenty of exercise. Whether it was walking to school, running around in PE at school or going out with friends outside of school, I was always doing something. Then when I left school it started to subside. I passed my driving test and started driving everywhere instead of walking or getting on the bike. As much as I have relied on driving for work etc, it really killed me health wise.

I gained weight rapidly after passing my driving test. That mixed with working meant I had money. Where did I spend money? Food outlets such as McDonalds, Frankie and Bennys, the local Chip Shop, the pub. I spent money on food like it was going out of fashion because in my late teens it was a way of getting out of the house.

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A Loss Is A Loss, But I Have To Get Back On It

It’s that time of week again folks, weigh night. This last week has been a long week, so it feels anyway. It’s certainly been a long slog and I’m still tired from the weekend, even though today is Thursday.

I’ve been on-call with work this last week. Often we don’t get called, but this weekend I did, a few times. It started Saturday morning at 3am. Now when I’m called I don’t have to physically go to work, I log on from home (a perk of working in IT). But still, I was working from 3am until 9am when the issue was finally resolved. At this point, wifey told me to go back to bed for a bit. But I was awake and wouldn’t just go to sleep, so I decided to just crack on with the day. I took my eldest for her swimming lesson and then took my youngest to my grandmas for lunch. Just a typical Saturday.

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Reflecting On What I Call A Good Week

Last week I was disappointed after the weigh-in. I’d lost a whole half a lbs, not really what I was aiming for. But I had a good, long, hard think about why I hadn’t had a good loss then. You can read that here.

This week though, I am glad the report, was a much better week. I started out well. I found my old food journal (where we track everything we eat). I’d identified I wasn’t counting syns properly, if at all. So I set myself a goal of going at this week properly. I made sure I stuck within my syns, I ate as much speed free food as I could. I snacked on fruit instead of syn loaded goodies and made sure a third of my plate was speed free food at meal times.

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Think Of What Happened And Reflect

Starting this week I will be writing a weekly post about my week. I’m planning it being a weekly fixture on every Thursday as my weigh week runs Wednesday-Wednesday; basically, Wednesday is weigh night and this is my Time to Reflect on the past week.

Let’s start with how I did this week at the weigh-in. I was hopeful of a good weight loss this week, I felt I’d done what I can to earn myself that 2 stone award back, I only need 1 lb to get it. No matter how hopeful I was, it didn’t come. I lost half a lbs this week. Not a reflection of what I thought I deserved going into weigh-in, but it’s what I got. This means I’m still half a lbs away from getting my 2 stone back again, deflated is an understatement of how I felt at the group.

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Eating Carbs And Lose Weight? It won’t kill you

There seems to be a trend in peoples views where you can’t eat carbs and diet. I look on Instagram for inspiration for weight loss meal ideas. Looking for ideas other people have come up with can easily spur you into trying new things, or adapting those ideas to suit your own weight loss plan.

More and more I see people with the idea that carbs are bad when losing weight. I think a lot of this stigma comes from short-term (FAD) diets that you see circling around. Diets like the Atkins Diet, the Stillman Diet and the Wholefood Diet.

The thing these three example diets have in common is they are high fibre, low carb diet. Now I’ve read into the diets a little, but from that tag line, they are very contradictive. As far I as was aware, fibre is a carbohydrate. So how can you have a high fibre, low carb diet? The key is what carbs you can and cannot eat.

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