Friday, 20 December 2013

How I’ve Done With Weight Loss This Year



It’s coming up to Christmas and the New Year, so it’s time to look back over the past year. I’ve already given you tips to handle your Christmas weight loss and next week I’ll be here giving tips for your 2014 weight loss.

This year has been a successful one for me. I reached my goal, and I’ve managed to deal big events and control cravings. There have been weeks I’ve gained—and sometimes unexpectedly—but they’ve helped me reassess my weight loss goals and get back on track.

There have definitely been points where I've been down. Part of my wishes that I tracked on paper as well as online. That would have allowed me to write my thoughts and feelings, to know if there was a pattern to them. Unfortunately, I didn't, but it's something I'm going to start doing for 2014. I may even use this blog to share those thoughts and feelings more than once a week.

Exercise has been the biggest problem. It's not that I don't want to do exercise. I've just found finding the time for it very difficult. I can really only do it on an evening when my daughter is in bed or if my husband is home looking after her, especially now that the weather is getting colder and the roads are slippier underfoot.

2014 is a year of maintenance for me. It’s also a year that I will hopefully become a Weight Watchers leader. I’ve put my application in and it will be looked at closer to the end of January. Fingers crossed that I am successful. I’d love to help more people other than using my blog.

How have you done with your weight loss this year? Share your experiences and what you found difficult. The more comments I get, the more I know what you’re struggling with and can help you!

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Weekly Weight Loss Weeks 58 and 59

I am at goal!!! Yes, really. I reached my weight loss goal last week. It's an amazing achievement and I'm so happy.

I did decide to change my goal for various reasons and got to 10st 8lbs. That's comfortably within my BMI, but the good news is that I can keep losing for a while. I think I will keep going, but only to give myself some leeway.

You can read all about my two weeks here and here.

I hope you're on your weight to your weight loss goals. Enjoy your Christmas and remember that you can lose weight at this time of year!

Friday, 13 December 2013

What Happens When You Reach Your Goal Weight on Weight Watchers?



What happens once you get to your goal weight on Weight Watchers? That was a question I asked on Tuesday.

That’s right. I am now at my goal weight! And I still have a week to spare.

It’s been a roller-coaster ride, but it really is worth it. Now it is time for maintenance. That’s what happens once you get to goal. After all, what’s the point in losing weight if you’re just going to put it back on?

Increasing Points to Maintain Weight Loss

The first thing that happens is the number of Pro-Points on Weight Watchers increases. The idea is that you eat enough to stabilise your weight, instead of losing it continuously.

This is a personal balance for everyone. Some people find they can have six extra Pro-Points a day and others find that they can only have three or four. This is something that I am going to have to play around with over the next few weeks until I find the right balance. With those next few weeks being Christmas, it is going to be much harder.

If I choose to do a Filling & Healthy day, which is something I will cover over the next few weeks, I would gain more weekly pro-points to help stabilise my weight loss. I am going to give those days a go soon.

Free Weight Watchers Meetings for Gold Members

Now that I’ve gotten to goal, I get to go to my meetings for free. I still pay for the online access, but at a much reduced rate of £6.95 instead o the £21.45 I was paying for meetings and the online access. I need that online access because that is how I track, instead of by paper and pen. I also like having access to the app on my phone.

I have to attend five meetings a year and not gain more than 5lb of my goal weight to keep my Gold status. The only time I could see that a problem is if I have another baby. But I will do it again, and it will likely be a little easier since I have all the good habits, and get back to Gold.

What Happens With This Blog?

I’m not going to give up tracking now that I’m at my goal weight. I believe it is just as important to prove that I can keep the weight off. So, you will still see updates from me.

I’m also still going to offer tips for weight loss and keeping it off in the long run. This blog was set up to help others, as well as make myself accountable, and I know some of you will still be on a weight loss journey.

Do you have any questions about after reaching your weight loss goal? Maybe you have a question about getting there. Feel free to ask in the comments below and I will do my best to answer them. 

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Friday, 6 December 2013

Get Ready to Lose Weight This Christmas



It’s too close to Christmas, so I can’t start my weight loss yet.

Do you have any idea how much I have heard that over the last two weeks? If you don’t already know, I sometimes offer weight loss tips on Bubblews and so many people have been saying that it’s too close to Christmas and they won’t be able to have fun.

Well, guess what! You can have fun and lose weight this Christmas. Okay, I didn’t lose last Christmas but I only gained half a pound. That’s right—over the space of three weeks, I gained half a pound! Wouldn’t that be awesome?

So, how can you do it? With these Christmas weight loss tips:

Plan Ahead and Prepare in Advance

Don’t leave it to the last minute. We’ve already made a list of the food that we’re having this Christmas. That means our Christmas food shopping list is already made up.

We won’t spend extra on things we don’t need, and we won’t gain weight because we’ve bought the chocolate boxes or bags of crisps.

However, just having the list isn’t good enough. You need to prepare in advance. It’s so important to do your food shop early. Last year I left it to Christmas Eve and it was a mad dash to get everything. This year, we’re going it a few days before; maybe even a week before. Most things will freeze, including the turkey!

If you plan and prepare and do everything in advance, you won’t be as tempted to pick up the sweets and treats.

Pro-Point Everything Now!

This applies to those who are on the Weight Watchers diet, like me. If you’re not on Weight Watchers, do what works for your particular diet.

Pro-point everything that you’re going to eat. So, make a note of the amount of turkey you can have and the potatoes, etc. You’ll soon find that you are stuffed to the brim, have had your dessert and are still on your way to lose weight this Christmas.

Don’t forget about the alcohol and those sweets, if you have them in the house. Most little chocolates are 1 pro-point each, but check for yourself to make sure.

If everything is pro-pointed in advance, you don’t have to worry about what you eat. You can pick something up and know just how much you’re using/wasting right there and then. It may make you think twice about having it.

It’s Just One Day

Christmas Day is just one day. Okay, some people spread it over into Boxing Day too. Guess what: two days is not going to make you pile on the pounds! I don’t even track my food on Christmas Day and I didn’t on New Year’s Eve last year, either.

There are high chances that you’re going to burn it off afterwards, anyway, and you may have even made up for it with all that planning and preparing in the days running up to it.

Make sure you do get right back on track the day after Christmas though.

Go for a Walk on Christmas Day

Everyone always argues about what they’re going to watch on Christmas Day. Make a change this year and don’t have the TV on at all. Instead, get out as a family after dinner. Not only will it stop you from falling asleep after all that arguing and missing your film, you will work off your dinner. Maybe we’ll have a white Christmas this year, and the kids can play out in the snow—and by kids, I mean us, of course!

If you’re not able to get out, have fun dancing around the house. Turn the radio on instead of the TV, or even play a few games. These are great family friendly activities.

Have fun and lose weight this Christmas. Yes, it really is possible. I’m aiming for it, since I don’t think I’ll be at goal now. Even if it’s just half a pound that you lose, you’ve lost and you’ve had fun!

Want to check out last year's Christmas weight loss tips? You can right here.

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Friday, 29 November 2013

Weekly Weight Loss Weeks 56 and 57

Over the last two weeks, I've lost two pound in total--a steady one pound each week. It's been a busy fortnight for me, which is why I missed out on posting last week's weight loss results (I did on Bubblews too). I know it shouldn't be an excuse but there are times that life just gets in the way.

I've learnt a lot over the two weeks: mainly that I can have a busy life and still lose weight. I don't have to give into the cravings and do make healthy decisions, as long as they are in the house. It would have been really easy for me to give in and eat the sweets, chocolates and crisps in the house or order takeout every night but I decided to make good decisions.

Here is the full post about my fortnight weight loss:

http://www.bubblews.com/news/1673664-weekly-weight-loss-week-56-and-57

I hope you're weight loss is still on track. Mine is with three pound to go in three weeks. It's going to be a close one but I'm really excited. I can't believe how close goal is right now!

Things I Learnt About Weight Loss from Running a Business



Running a business and weight loss have some similarities.

If you’d have said that to me a few years ago, I’d have laughed at you. It’s only been since trying to do both that I’ve found a relationship between them.

Don’t believe me? Well here are some of the things I’ve learnt about weight loss from running a business.

It’s All About Perseverance

Nothing happens overnight. Those “overnight successes” that you hear about on the news, haven’t been quick ones at all. It has taken those behind the business months, if not years, to get everything in place to suddenly become the most talked about company.

Perseverance is key to running a business, especially a successful one, just like it is key to weight loss. If you’re not willing to put the effort in, you’re not going to get very far. Those quick fix diets just don’t work—at least not in the long term.

You Need to Set Goals

When I first started a business, my goal was to earn more than I would in a full time job, without having to do as much. I’m a long way away from that at the moment, but I don’t mind admitting that.

Along the way, I’ve set mini goals and targets. Sometimes I’ve met them and sometimes I haven’t. The goals I set at the start of the year were a great way to boost my motivation after coming off maternity leave, but I haven’t met them all and I’m not going to. But I’m on the right track and there is no going back.

It’s the same with weight loss. Goal setting is essential. That end result just seems so far away, it’s really easy to get disheartened. By setting mini goals, you drop the pounds slowly, you see that it is working and before you know it, you’re closer to succeeding than you are to failing.

Don’t Let One Bad Day Ruin It All

One bad day in the office isn’t the end of the business. I’ve had days where clients have turned down my quote and gone elsewhere. I’ve had days where editors have asked for revision after revision because they just don’t like the style; not that the information was wrong. It happens and you just have to get on with it.

When it comes to weight loss, there are bad days. There have been weeks that I’ve gained weight and weeks where there was no move. Instead of focusing on this, running a business taught me to look at the bigger picture.

When a client turns an offer down, I remember the clients who have said yes and those who offer more than I would usually quote. When I gain weight one week, I look back at the weight that I have lost and the journey that I’ve already made.

So, it turns out that running a business and losing weight aren’t that much different. While the end results may be different, the practice and tips are relatively alike.

Do you find weight loss has a connection to something in your life? It could be your job, a sport you play or something entirely different. Feel free to share in the comments below.

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Friday, 22 November 2013

My Top Weight Loss Blogs That You Should Follow



People all over the world have proven that successful weight loss comes from being accountable. Blogging is just one way of doing that and there are some blogs that I love to read. They share the ups and downs. They offer tips to reads. Most of all, they inspire others to take up the challenge of losing weight and see it through to the end.

These are my favourite weight loss blogs that I recommend following.

The Running Blogger

Between August and November of 2011, Emily knew that she needed to do something. She was inactive, overweight and just simply wasn’t happy with her life. She wasn’t a runner or a blogger but that soon changed with The Running Blogger. She was simply the victim of a hectic life, with three part-time jobs and a social life. Her blog details every journey of her success. There are ups and there are downs. She makes it clear that she is just a regular human being with a life.

Authentically Emmie

Emily (also known as Emmie) documented her whole journey through Authentically Emmie when she decided it was time to lose weight. She shared the good and the bad. She even shared the downright ugly. As of November 2013, she has shed 113 pounds and is still going. Something that I love about this website is that the whole site is easy to navigate around. If you’re checking it out for the first time, there is a link on her homepage to her top posts so you get to know who she is.

It Sux to be Fat

Jennifer started It Sux to be Fat in 2009 when she decided it was time to lose weight. I’ve only really found this one quite recently but that doesn’t mean I like it any less than the ones I’ve followed for a while. She shares her tips to keep motivated and lose weight healthily and even shares her own recipes. There are plenty of reviews too—and they’re honest ones, which is something I love the most. She’s also a fellow Weight Watchers member and even shares her screen shots from her online graph—I wish I thought of that!

One Man’s Trip to the Half

It’s not just women who need to lose weight and I don’t just follow female bloggers. There are men out there who struggle with their weight loss and sometimes it’s great to see how the other half cope. OneMan’s Trip to the Half is owned by Zeusmeatball and he documents his journey and offers tips to others along the way. It’s a blogspot blog, so it can be difficult to navigate through—there’s a lot of posts to get through to the start and there’s no easy way for us to set that up for you.

Learn Fitness

Another male weight loser is Sean and he has the blog LearnFitness. This is more than just shedding the pounds. He wanted to learn how to be a healthier person and now offers advice to others who are starting out where he did. He shares his whole weight loss life, including his playlist for the gym and tools that he’s used along the way. His journey hasn’t been easy—weight loss just isn’t easy—but he shares the highs and lows and admits that it’s all been through trial and error.

So, those are my favourite weight loss bloggers. I hope you get something from them—and hope you get something from mine. It’s so important for weight loss bloggers to be authentic and honest; after all, it’s a way for us to remain accountable for our actions.

Do you have a favourite weight loss blogger? Feel free to share in the comments below. If it’s one that I haven’t covered, please do leave a link. If you have a weight loss blog, share that too. I’d like to check it out!