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I’ve Lost It!

Well here it goes, it has been exactly 7 days since I blogged about weight and deciding it was time to change. I’ve received lots of messages of support and more messages along the lines of ‘Are you bloody mad, putting your weight on the blog’? But I knew that if I did put it out on to the world stage, I would have to make the effort to lose weight or face losing my wonderful readers.

While sat eating cake icing with my friend yesterday we were discussing the ‘brave’ blog and how I would feel if standing on the scales this morning I found I had not lost any weight. The bottom line is I would be really gutted. I’ve utilised My Fitness Pal to its absolute limits this week, sticking to my goal of 1400 calories as well as making a concerted effort to burn off 1000 calories too. The highlight of my week was getting out with my dog on Sunday morning for an hours brisk walk/jog in the rain and sticky weather. I came home soaked through my vest top and feeling really good! I was a little unprepared as I went out wearing wellies due to the weather as I expected to just walk, however once I was out I felt confident enough to jog a couple of ten minute section of the path. I also wore leggings, vest top and Geordie’s North Face waterproof jacket. I forgot just how warm you get and how quickly when walking at a brisk pace, throw in the humid sticky weather and conditions were almost unbearable, but there was no way I was taking that jacket off to show my mummy tummy wobbling away down the country road, hence sweating through the top!

Of course it would be very easy for me to tamper with the results, the original photograph I took of the scales could be anyone or anything right? However as the Head of Year at school, Mrs Graham said at the start of GCSE exams season, ‘If you cheat, you’re only cheating yourself’.

So after seven rather intense days of intense calorie counting, dog walking and making separate trips into the village for each individual shopping item on my list…..and definitely not standing on one leg or holding onto the sink……I give you my results.

Thank you so much for the good luck messages and support and thanks to Geordie who knows me so well as to not get involved or have an opinion, but just let me get on with it and be there if I fall flat on my face and need to eat Toblerone. Come next week it’s going to be a push but another 3kg loss would be amazing as it’s always harder after the initial boost to your metabolism. Well I’m geared up and ready to go, who’s with me?!

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What I Put In

I’ve always been very lucky with my weight and blessed with a fast metabolism, I was one of those teenagers who could eat whatever  I wanted and not put on weight, although my skin would erupt on spying of a piece of chocolate, swings and roundabouts I guess.

Unfortunately I seem to have passed my rapid metabolism on to my two young daughters who frustratingly eat me out of house and home on a daily basis and I have fallen into a terrible slump of doing the same. Now I’m really unhappy with my weight and general appearance. I eat junk food because it’s there and doesn’t need preparing and anytime I nip out for random groceries such as nappies or baby milk I pick up chocolate too. It’s definitely gotten out of control.

I have tried slimming tablets but the caffine hit almost gave me a heart attack, since I slipped a disc two months ago I’m unable to do a lot cardio wise, but now thanks to an inspiring Twitter account I am done with excuses, here’s what I’m going to do…

5×50 is a nationwide voluntary event starting on September 9th 2012. The aim of the challenge is to walk, jog, run or cycle 5k everyday for 50 days to incorporate sport into everyday life. What attracted me to this event is that it’s totally do-able. Ideally I’d like to cycle the distance each day however the challenge allows you the freedom to adapt a trip to the shops or the school run to count as your daily 5k, providing you leave the car at home of course!

So in an attempt to kind of bully myself into losing weight and getting fitter I am going to record my weight each week and post my results. Diet wise I’m going to make a start now on this random Thursday and with the help of My Fitness Pal App I am confident I can beat the flab.

If you’d like to get involved with the challenge click here to find out more register. Also www.myfitnesspal.com is a fantastic tool in watching what you eat, and you can add friends to compare you results!

Good Luck….here’s my shameful start.


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Guest Blog – Geordie on Fitness

To end this series of Guest Blogging, and to celebrate my 50th post, Geordie has decided to go out with a bang and focus on his very favourite subject, fitness. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading Geordie’s little jaunt into the world of the written word, no doubt he’ll make another appearance as he seems to think he’s on to a winner? All opinions expressed are his own, enjoy.

I’m a very active person and really enjoy to keep myself in good shape, I also make sure that my family stay fit and healthy too. I dont force fitness on them but we do activities that are fun and enjoyable, hopefully teaching my young girls that it is fun to stay fit. It annoys me that I feel that I am constantly being punished for this, I mean the government are constantly banging on about the whole ‘fit for life‘ scheme but it’s so expensive to eat healthily. I have just found out that the government are looking to tax supplements and energy drinks now, why? Where is the fat tax?

Obesity Campaign Poster

Obesity Campaign Poster (Photo credit: Pressbound)

One of biggest killers in the UK is obesity and yet when tobacco was the main culprit, it was taxed to hell, so why aren’t fatty foods treated the same? I suppose the ‘Pasty Tax’ is a start. Why is it so cheap to eat fatty foods but to buy some salad and fruit is nearly twice the price? Why is it getting to the stage that it’s ok to be fat? I heard of 2 overweight women talking to each other and a skinny woman walked by and they said look at that skinny b**ch and no one even batted an eyelid and yet if it was the other way around and 2 skinny girls had said look at that fat b**ch, people would have been much more offended. I almost gave up hope when I saw the ‘Size Consultant’ woman on This Morning the other day. The woman in question was morbidly obese and is on a crusade to stop GP’s from using the term ‘Obese‘ as it’s offensive. Really? It’s a medical term!

Even getting on a plane now winds me up, if my luggage is over weight I have to pay for it, which is fair play. But if some one who is obese gets on the plane, they are probably heavier than me and my bag combined so why do I have to pay extra. Plus the last thing I want is someone next to me who is over weight taking up my space aswell as their own, surely I should get half my money back?
I have even been in a department store with my family and gone  to get the lift as we have the buggy and couldn’t get in because it’s full of over weight people who seemingly can’t be bothered to use the escalators or stairs. If these people had to catch their own food, they wouldn’t  be obese, it’s just too convenient to eat fatty foods and drive every where. The worst thing of all is that there are more over weights kids now, which is so unfair, what sort of start to life is that and best of all 9 times out of ten the over weight child has over weight parents. I have been to my daughters school and seen parents who live about 5 mins walk away drive their kids to school and then head straight home again! The schools are fighting a constant battle but at least they’re trying. Walk to School days and bans on chocolate and sweets in lunch bags are just the beginning.
What makes me laugh is events on the world stage like The Olympic Games where the people competing are super fit but the sponsors are Mcdonalds and CocaCola, how funny is that? I’ll bet none of the athletes go any were near the stuff!

Well it’s been fun. I’ve promised the wife I will continue to have an opinion on everything so she can get some decent writing material from it. I’ve got to keep her busy haven’t I?

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