Friday, July 17, 2009

Bad, Bad, Bad!

Oh what a week and a bit it has been! I’ve been out for meals and had a takeaway and, boy, does it show on the scales! I’ve put on 4lbs. I obviously haven’t quite got to grips with this eating out malarkey and staying within my cals for the day! I suppose it doesn’t help when I have to go to London for a business meeting and I have a New York Cheesecake for pudding – really didn’t need it!

I’ve always had a bit of a sweet tooth but, thought I had managed to get it under control recently. I was wrong! That said, since I can remember, my family has treated food as a social thing. Mealtimes were always a time for the family to gather and talk about their day. My favourite thing to do when I’m socialising is to go out for a meal. Good food, good company and good wine! I guess I just need to learn to make healthy choices instead of calorie laden ones when I am eating out and maybe, a fruit salad if I need a pudding!

And comfort eating??? Don’t talk to me about that! Had some sadness in the family this week and the crisps and chocolate have taken a battering. I need to build some strategies for that one. What do you guys do when the blues hit? I know everything in moderation is ok – it’s the moderation bit I seem to be having an issue with. But the biggest problem is the disappointment I have in myself when I stand on the scales!

I have hovered between 13 stone 4lbs and 13 stone 8lbs for what seems like months now. The silver lining is that I know it is down to me and where my head is at. Get your head straight and everything else will follow. I have always known that I am completely potty though so, no surprises there eh? :o)

What have you guys done to get your head straight? What was the catalyst for you to start on your weight loss journey? I still have those jeans from New York in my mind and I WILL get into them!

See you next week,

Trudi x

Monday, July 6, 2009

Not Much To Report

Hi Guys,

I know it’s been weeks since I last blogged but life has a habit of just getting so hectic that I don’t seem to have any time left at the end of the day!

Well, the wedding has been and gone and proved to be a beautiful day. I wore bright pink and bought the most gorgeous shoes that were hot pink silk! The dress was from an expensive department store that I wouldn’t normally be able to afford to shop in but, it was in the sale. And there’s another first, the label that I bought, I wouldn’t have fitted into this time last year!

I haven’t lost quite as much weight as I wanted to have done by now but, I can see the difference when I look in the mirror and that is helping me to keep the motivation up. I have actually lost a stone and a half – far better than I have done in the past so I am doing something right! But, in the last couple of months, my weight has yo-yoed up and down by about 5lbs. So, nose to the grindstone now – my next goal is to be able to wear a gold silk dress to the Christmas party and, for next year, to be able to finally don a bikini on the beach and not feel totally self conscious!!!!

My next big expense is going to be to join the local gym so I can tone up as well as lose weight. I have been watching a programme on TV about 16 people going into a house for 8 weeks to lose weight and get fit and it has definitely inspired me to get moving on the exercise front. The walking that I do is good but . . .

Anyway, I will be making a huge effort to make sure I blog weekly again so, watch this space and, don’t forget to let me know how you are getting on.

See you soon,


Friday, May 29, 2009

Reasons to be Slimmer - Part One

Well, it’s been a couple of weeks since I last posted and for that, I must apologise but, to be fair, you haven’t missed much! I had maintained up to last Friday but, when I weighed myself this morning, I’ve had a 2lb loss! Go me!

I must admit, I have been trying really hard this week. That wedding I was talking about is now only two weeks away and, at the moment, I need to have my dress taken out a little bit. If I keep going like this, hopefully I won’t!

It does look like Summer’s finally here this week but, I was hoping to have a bit more time to get my body closer to the shape it should be ready for the shorts and swimsuits to come out. Hey ho! Having lost around a stone and a half so far, I do look that little bit better in me denim cut-offs!

That has to be the worst thing for me about being overweight – the clothing issue. I love clothes and would love to be wearing little summer dresses and maybe even a denim mini-skirt. But I can’t and won’t for the time being. I guess that is my main reason for wanting to be slimmer – shallow I know, but at least I’m honest! :o)

What are your reasons for slimming down? What motivates you to walk away from the fridge when it is calling your name?

See you next week,
Trudi :o)

Friday, May 8, 2009

Getting Fruity

A better week this week but not amazing. I have gone down by 1lb. So I am now 13 stone 4lbs.

I am definitely going to step it up with the exercise. I walked to work on Thursday which is about 4½ miles and I intend to do that every Monday and Thursday. Plus walking with my friend and her dog at least three times a week.

I have also increased the amount of fruit and veg me and my family eat in the vain attempt to get it up to the 5 a day that it should be. I thought that seeing as it is the World Cancer Research Fund’s Fruity Friday at the end of next week and National Vegetarian Week from 18-24th May I should give it a go. Weight Loss Resources are also launching a fruity challenge next week to encourage people to get fruity and veg it up.

I did do well at the weekend though. My family and I went to a barbeque at a friend’s house and, instead of taking a load of cakes and sweet things with us I bought strawberries, grapes, kiwi fruits, raspberries and pineapple for a lovely fruit salad. My friend had pre-empted me though and was already preparing one when we arrived so we had double helpings of fruit!

I am keen to join a gym and start working out but, have to wait until I’m healed after my op. I’m hoping that it won’t be much longer as my friend goes to Body Combat and I quite fancy having a go at that. I do like the idea of being able to increase my calorie quota. As I am losing weight, my allowance is going down and I’m worried that I’ll start finding it too difficult. We’ll see.

Which exercise do you guys find are best for burning calories? What tricks have you got to get more fruit and veg into your diet?

Here’s wishing you all luck for the coming week.

See you Friday,

Trudi x

Friday, May 1, 2009

Oh Dear, Oh Dear, Oh Dear!

Oh woe is me. A blooming 2lb gain for me this week! Not a happy bunny. :o(

Of course, I do know why and the blame lies squarely at my own feet. I HAVEN’T been careful with my calories and I HAVEN’T been using my
food diary and as far as exercise goes – yeah right! (Goodness, feels like I’m in Confession!) I know sticking to the right calories and exercising can only result in me shifting the weight and yet, Pizza Hut calls to me!

I guess I could have been more careful when we got there and had a salad. I think the new push from the Food Standards Agency
asking restaurants to carry nutritional info on their menus would be very helpful for me. Might make me chose more healthy dishes than garlic bread with cheese, pizza all finished off with Banoffee Pie. I did have diet coke though! Lol

Exercise is definitely the way forward. It means I can add extra calories to my allowance every time I do anything. The
Exercise Database at Weight Loss Resources is great. It has a huge amount of different exercises and it tells you how many extra calories you can burn for each one.

Did any of you watch the Marathon at the weekend? Or, did you actually enter it? I am in awe of the determination of people who do marathons and things like that. Weight Loss Resources has a list of
local organised runs and events if you would like to join in. Some of them are just for fun and some are for charity.

Do any of you run marathons or half marathons? Is running the exercise you do and do you run on a
treadmill or on the road or a mixture of the two? I’m still at walking pace at the moment but I will get there! :o)

Well, the sun is shining and the weather is looking ok-ish for the Bank Holiday weekend so just right for getting out and about and getting active. There’s loads of
fun activities to get you moving without having to lock yourself away in the gym. And, including the kids or the OH can make it a family affair – perfect for a Bank Holiday!

We’ve got my OH’s children and my niece this weekend so I think we are going to visit our local stately home for the huge craft fayre they have there every year. It’s normally massive so plenty of walking to be done. Then on Monday (if the weather holds out) a nice bike ride with the kiddles. :o)

Have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend Guys,

Trudi :o)