I did it!

 

 

Dry January

So, I survived the whole of January without a single drop of alcohol! As a previously dubbed ‘wine fiend’, I am very proud of this achievement!

I do want to make it clear though – I am in no way some kind of alcoholic (although it does sound as if she doth protest too much!), but I do love a glass of wine on the couch after a long day. I think what surprised me the most about this little venture of mine, was how easy it actually was.

I had plenty of temptation – birthdays at the pub, wine in the house and catch ups with friends but I stayed strong and proved to myself I could do it!

Now what? Well, I have to say that I have physically felt a lot better not drinking anything and I know cutting out alcohol comes with a load of health advantages. So, I will most definitely keep the home ‘booze-free’ going forward and then have the occasional tipple when I’m out with friends, which I think is a good balance. There is something magical about a good bottle of red wine, so unfortunately I don’t think it’s something I’ll be able to give up for good.

picIn conclusion, I now know that by really putting my mind to it, I have the willpower to achieve something if I really want to. So I think my next goal for February will be to lose at least 5kg…….God knows that if I can give up the vino for a month a can do this! 

Veggies, veggies, veggies….

Hi All,

I know I’ve been going on and on about this, but bear with me one more time!

So I swung by the Wimbledon Farmers Market again this morning and came home with this bundle…

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It’s been so much fun learning how to cook new veggies and it’s amazing what a difference there is in the flavour! I would encourage everyone to find their nearest market and see what you can find.

In other news, I still haven’t had any alcohol at all this month which is I’m very proud about. I set out to spend the whole of January without any booze and now I only have one week left…perhaps I should keep going? Just a thought.

Well, this is just a very short update and I will write more again soon. And I promise to stop talking about vegetables!

 

 

 

No Excuses.

I’ve been lazy. Really lazy. I’ve been indulging for the last few weeks and now I’m done.

Knowing your body....

As per my last post, you’re all aware that I recently got my Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK (which I’m totally psyched about!), but I spent the following week “celebrating“, which then culminated in 3 weeks of “celebration“. So can see where I’m going with this….

I’ve been making up one excuse after another about why I haven’t been to the gym or why I’m eating an entire plate of Mac & Cheese (besides it being delicious!), and the list goes on!

So, I had 2 wake up calls this week….the first occurred when I was walking into work – sans make-up & crazy hair – and I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror. Now, I’m the kind of person who usually just skims at their reflection and never really stops for a closer examination, so this came as quite a shock. The bright flourescent light didn’t help either! Well, it appears that my second chin has come back for a rendezvous with the original and they appear to be best buds at the moment; my belly – albeit very satisfied – is happily spilling over my jeans again; and my ass definitely has a plumper feel about it. All in all….not good.

The second wake up call was when I logged out of my Yahoo account and came across the following news story...

http://uk.health.lifestyle.yahoo.net/surprising-health-problems-of-being-obese.htm

To sum up, it basically lists surprising health problems linked to obesity. Out of the 10 problems listed, about 4 or 5 apply to me. I’m not giving it all away, so I’ll let you all guess which ones I’m referring to. It’s super scary though. I don’t want my life to revolve around damage control just because I’m lazy!

Now, I know I’ve said this a million times and you guys have heard me say this a million times, but I’ve got to get my fat arse back in gear! I’ve got a lot going for me at the moment (but that news for another post), and I’m feeling really positive. So, it’s back to the health grind.

There might be people out there reading this, who might feel tired of me repeating myself when it comes to all the resolutions I keep making, but please don’t disregard how difficult this really is. It’s a battle you fight with yourself every single day. It’s waking up with a positive mentality and making the best decisions you can every day. And sometimes you’ll have a bad day. It’s as simple as that.

I know I’ve also said this before, but it’s not the falling off the horse, but it’s whether you get back on that counts!

So true!

XXX

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November….Yay or Nay?

A month ago, I wrote a blog post entitled “9 Things for November”, so I thought I’d have a look at the past month and give you guys a bit of an update on how it went….

1. Attend WW Meetings every Monday

Well, I did okay considering I had to miss one week due to working a late shift and the other because I went to see the legend that is Bob Dylan in concert. So, I’d say that I attended at least half of the meetings. It doesn’t sound that good, but I still managed to lose 3kg this month so I must be doing something right!

2. Plan Ahead!

Again, I’ve been pretty good with this. Although plans kind of went out of the window over my birthday week. This was mainly due to me being out and about a lot, so I didn’t really have much chance to cook meals for myself and ate out a lot. However, despite this, I’ve still managed to lose weight, so all is not lost.

3. Hit that gym HARD!

I’m going to be honest here, and say I pretty much failed at this point. Mainly because I spent most of November with all kinds of illnesses (laryngitis, sinus infection and I managed to strain the ligaments in my right foot!). So, I only managed to get to the gym a handful of times. Not so good, but I’m back in the groove and things can only improve now that I’m feeling better.

4. Start doing Pilates

Giant Fail! I didn’t even go once. I’ve been really bad, I know…..I think it was a combination of laziness (the Pilates class is at 8:30am on a Saturday morning! Seriously), and just mainly having spent most weekends last month recovering from birthday hangovers. I must do better, so watch this space….

5. Switch off the Telly!

Now, this I fared much better at. I still end up watching quite a bit of telly on the weekend, but I’ve been seriously cutting down during the week. The results have been pretty good too….I get to bed earlier, so sleep better; I get more done in the evenings; and I just have more time to chill out and do some reading before I fall asleep which is always nice. And as a bonus, I’ve been waking up happier (for the most part at least….I’m not really a morning person!).

6. Eat at the Dinner Table

I’d say that I’ve managed this about half the time. Greg and I have had a pretty busy month,  so we have been eating at the dinner table quite often during week days. It’s been really nice too, because we have a little bit of “us time” and we get to talk about our day, etc. This is definitely something I’ll keep doing!

7. Less Wine!

Now, this is the surprising one! Much to my surprise (and Greg’s!), I’ve actually managed to drink less wine this past month. A lot less wine. So much less, that it led to my boyfriend asking…“Who are you and what have you done with my girlfriend??”. Hehehee!   I also think this has had a big effect on my weight loss in November. There’s a lot of calories in a glass of wine, so by taking it out of the equation more often, it’ll really aid my weight loss in the future.

8. Paint more!

Another giant Fail! I did no painting whatsoever. Again, it was a combination of laziness and me lying in front of the telly on the weekend recovering from birthday drinking. Bad. I know. I will do better.

9. A little something nice!

My lovely friends Nat & Jo took me out shopping before my birthday. I bought two new tops which I love. I also bought myself a new pair of black jeans, so I got to wear a great new outfit for my birthday parties and I felt great!

So, that’s the update. Overall, I didn’t really do as well as I wanted to, and it sounds like I have loads of excuses for various things, but in the end I still got results. I managed to lose weight and I’ve implemented a few things that have really helped me and that I’ll keep doing. All I can say at this point, is that I can only improve, right?

Although, I’m a bit worried about my regime with Christmas coming up. But that’s a whole new post! 🙂

xxx

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9 Things for November….

After my meeting last night, I really feel invigorated and excited to be starting something new. I know there are a few changes I need to make, but I also don’t want to go completely overboard and propose too much and not do anything properly. So, I’ve had a bit of a think and I’ve come up with a couple of things I want to do & stick to in November. They are……..(drum roll!)

1. Attend WW Meetings every Monday

This will be one of my main priorities this month. I think it’s really important that I stick to this because I need to build up a routine and really get myself involved with this new approach and follow it through. I also like the pressure/accountability of getting weighed every Monday…..hopefully it’ll make me behave over the weekends! 🙂

2. Plan Ahead!

By this, I mean that I need to plan out a weekly menu every week. On a Sunday, I need to sit down and plan a full menu & grocery list for the following week. Not only will this probably save us some money on the grocery bill, but without planning, this eating plan of mine just won’t work. If I don’t make plan 99% of my meals, I’ll just end up grabbing things on the go or making things that are easy and convenient and most probably not healthy. I seriously need to be more organised!

3. Hit that gym HARD!

It’s no use me eating super healthy but then doing no exercise. I have really fallen off the wagon in this regards, and haven’t been to the gym in ages. The (simple) secret to weight loss is: healthy eating + exercise = Skinnier Lynne. So, I’m hitting it this month and I’m hitting it hard!

4. Start doing Pilates

This is something I’ve wanted to try for a long time. I went to a class once and that was ages ago, but it just worked out too expensive, so I never went back. Turns out, my gym membership includes Pilates classes on a Saturday morning, so why not? It’ll be a great way to start my Saturday and besides….if I feel tired later, I can just have a snooze on the couch with my fat kitty! 😉

5. Switch off the Telly!

This is a serious problem for me. I could quite honestly lie in front of the TV all day and just keep surfing from one channel to the next. The problem is that I just end up doing nothing. A day wasted! I’m not just talking about weekends, I do this during the week when I get home from work too. I could be so much more productive with my evenings if I just get off that damn couch!

6. Eat at the Dinner Table

I love doing this, but Greg & I just don’t do it often enough. We can actually have a civilised meal and have a great conversation instead of gulping down our food while staring at a TV screen. Definitely doing this more!

7. Less Wine!

Greg actually refers to me as “The Wine Fiend”. I kid you not. The sad fact of the matter is that it’s true. I would much rather give up chocolates and treats than my glass of red vino in the evening! There’s nothing wrong with the odd glass of wine here or there, but when you realise the amount of calories in a glass it starts to take on a bit of a different meaning. This might be one of the toughest to stick to, but I’m going to try. (Insert mental image of me crying over an unopened bottle of wine here please)

8. Paint more!

For those of you that don’t know….I paint. But not hardly as often as I’d like to. Most weekends, I have the best intentions, but that damn TV gets in the way (please see point #5). I’m quite a creative person and painting really allows me to get some of that out on canvas. Painting is also super relaxing, so it’s something I really want to do more of.

9. A little something nice!

I know it’s a bit premature, but I want to buy myself something nice to wear on my birthday this year. It’s only 4 weeks away and I know I might not have lost loads of weight by then, but I just want to walk into a bar or restaurant wearing something that makes me feel great. This is why I’ll really be hitting the gym hard this month and stick to my food plan. I think it’ll be a really nice boost for me to wear something cool on my birthday.

Aiming to change this attitude!

Well, that’s it Ladies & Gents….9 goals for November! I know it might sound like a lot, but they are all pretty much related to one another and none are too far-fetched. I genuinely think these are all achievable/do-able things. So, one month from today, I will report back with an update of how things went.

Excited! 🙂

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Hopefully the first of many!

It was with a fair amount of trepidation that I walked into my first ever Weight Watchers meeting this evening. I genuinely did not know what to expect from it and I felt completely out of my comfort zone. As I mentioned in my earlier post, I decided to join the meetings instead of simply using their online tools. I just felt that it would force me to tackle things from a bit of a different angle, and besides, I can’t hide behind a computer screen forever!

Well, I felt really nervous going in, but our Team Leader – a lovely lady called Sandy – really put me at ease. I did my very first “weigh in” (I clocked in at 86kg – excuse the boxing lingo!) and was a little relieved that I hadn’t really picked up any extra weight over the past month or so. The actual weigh in wasn’t so bad…..there’s a whole bunch of ladies queuing to get weighed (no cattle references intended! Heheheheee), but it’s done in a pretty confidential manner, so I never felt embarrassed about it. Besides, we’re all there for the same reason, right?

After this, the actual meeting started. It only lasts for about 20mins and only consisted of Sandy and about 10 other attendees. It’s just a bit of a group discussion and everyone encourages each other and listens to what they have to say. However, I did really like the message of the meeting tonight…..

THE HARDER SOMETHING IS TO DO, THE GREATER YOUR SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT WILL BE ONCE YOU COMPLETE IT. 

What I'm aiming for! 🙂

Nothing in life is easy, but the things really worth doing will quite often be the hardest. But those things you’ve worked the hardest for, will be the things you’re most proud of. We also spoke about how easy it is to quit when you lose motivation. The difference between failure and success is that even if you fall off the wagon, you have enough courage and strength to get back on and soldier forth. All you have to do is keep sight of the light at the end of the tunnel. That it success. Well, those were our main points of discussion. It really hit home, especially recently with my epic will power struggle!

All in all, I feel really good about tonight. Not only do their eating plans seem simple and achievable, but I like the sense of accountability of getting weighed every week. It just adds extra incentive to work extra hard. I’ve got to start working on some menus for this week which I’m excited about. It’s always interesting and fun trying new recipes and ideas.

In closing, I think what I liked the most about the meeting this evening was the sense of community. Now, I’ve never been one for overly “soppy” gestures and being all “pally-pally” with people I don’t know. But I loved the fact that we were all there for one reason. Nobody tried to skirt the issue and all the women (of all ages, might I add!) were just open and upfront about how they felt. It all just felt simple and honest. Nobody felt ashamed or embarrassed to be there and I think to me, that was the best bit.

Week One…….Commencing!! 🙂

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