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Monday, 11 April 2016

Time for change

At the beginning of the year I set some health and wellbeing goals for our family and thought it was about time for a little update. Myself and Steve have definitely been out and about on more walks, have cut down on takeaways and we have switched 'Full Fat' Pepsi for diet lemonade or water but I can't help feeling that we could be doing more.



There's no denying the fact that both myself and Steve are quite a bit overweight. I will be 100% honest when I say I am not too bothered about looking slim and I am generally comfortable in my own skin. What I am not happy about however is our health. There is a TON of research out there about how being overweight effects your health and carrying extra weight is not good if you are looking to live a long, happy and healthy life.

We need to do more.

We headed off to Boots this week and were weighed for the first time in around 18 months. I really did debate putting my weight on here. No one wants to admit how 'fat' they are but you know what, here it goes.

Weight on 11/4/16 - 237 lbs

Shockingly, this isn't actually the heaviest I've ever been.

My Fitness Pal tells me that I was 223 lbs on 19/8/14 so have gained one stone in just under two years. I do not want this to continue! In May 2013 I weighed 199 lbs and I remember feeling a lot better in myself at this weight so although this is still classed as 'overweight' this is going to be my first main target. Well I tell a lie, I would like to lose 20 lbs before my holidays in 10 weeks so that is my first target.

Eat


So it's pretty obvious how to go about getting yourself healthier and fitter whilst losing weight - eat nutritious food and move more. We are aiming to eat as well as we can Monday-Friday which will involve eating simple grilled fish/lean meat with salad, vegetables or pulses and will drink water/black coffee (which we do anyway so this won't be too much of a change). We can relax a bit at weekends as I think it's completely unsustainable to deny yourself of treats all of the time. 

Garlic Chicken, Rocket Salad and Curried Chickpeas - 500 Kcals

Our plan is fruit, a sprinkle of granola and fat free yoghurt for breakfast, ryvita/soup/salad for lunch and then a sensible dinner with lots of water in between.

As a blogger I do have the issue of being invited to parties/restaurant launches but this usually only happens once every few weeks and I'm not going to deny myself at these events but will also not eat and drink in excess either.

Exercise more


It's no good going out for a long walk once every week, I really need to up my activity and do something every day. I am working with Westfield Health over on North East Family Fun in the next 4 weeks to 'try20' and will be getting some fresh air and taking a 20 minute walk every lunch time. I'll be posting about my progress and you can follow #WHWalkingLunch on twitter to follow other people taking part in the challenge. Although it may not seem much, I think it's a good start and it's an easy way to increase my activity every day. Today we climbed Northumberlandia and I this alone increased my activity that day by over 2000 steps. It took around 18 minutes and I could definitely feel as if I had done something. 

Climbing Northumberlandia - a quick 18 minute work out


After the four weeks of walking during my lunch hour every day, I'll be looking at other ways to add exercise to my daily/weekly routine too so any suggestions are gratefully received. 

So there you have it. Now I've written it down, I have to do it don't I :-)


First Goal - lose 20lbs by 18th June 2016

You can connect with me on My Fitness Pal here and follow 'Life As Mrs R' on Instagram where I'll be posting our meals, exercise and hopefully sharing some inspiration plus make sure you give my Life As Mrs R Facebook page a like too :-) 

I'll be posting an update in two weeks.........





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  1. Hi Sam,

    I'm stealing a Body Blade off my mum http://www.qvcuk.com/Bodyblade-Classic-With-Target-Training-DVD-%26-Wall-Chart.product.432954.html?cm_mmc=PPCBEAUTYGOOGLE-_-BODDYBLADE-_-Bodyblade-_-EXACT&gclid=CjwKEAjwlq24BRDMjdK7g8mD6BASJABBl8n3aV8DvEHjrnS9EPFOfHlQBtDpz-MMTjln-vwpnn9OPBoCN8vw_wcB

    I look forward to hearing your progress as I start my own journey too.

    Take care
    Suzanne

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  2. Wooooooooo go you! You incredible incredible lady - posting your weight took some real guts - good on you! I started my journey at 273 lbs, I hadn't weighed myself for years and years before that and very much had my head buried in the sand.

    If you need any help or tips this is definitely a subject I can talk about for hours! Meal planning is a definite and eating sensibly Monday to Friday is the key. I also found out that weighing my portions of cereal, potato, pasta, cheese etc helped me think carefully about how much I was eating. Walking is great exercise and every little bit helps - I lost a good few stone without stepping foot in a gym! Treats are a must, never deny yourself but save blow outs for things that are really worth it (ie a cream donut from Tescos is a boring waste of calories, a treat from Pet Lamb is worth every calorie!)

    Definitely sounds like you have plenty of great ideas!

    Best of luck x

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    1. Ah thanks Chloe. Steve is going to start weighing food so I think I'll join him - we need to buy some new kitchen scales as ours are broken so that's a job for tomorrow. In fact I think you need to weigh everything for My Fitness Pal anyway.

      Eeeee I'm excited! Maybe I'll be joining you at clubbercise in a few months :D x

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    2. Brilliant! I'm in the middle of writing a special blog post to celebrate my goal anniversary next month all about how I maintain my healthy weight, there may well be some tips in there for you too x

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  3. Well done Sam! Really enjoyed reading this post. I've just weight myself tonight for the first time since the summer so I can work my fitness pal app properly.

    I honestly think the start to fitness starts with one step.

    Katie x

    Katiejaneonline.com

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    1. Thanks Katie - you and Chloe are a big inspiration xx

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  4. Good for you, tbh me and Paul could stand to do something similar. Best of luck and looking forward to following your progress :)

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  5. Well done lady I know how hard it is to say your number but that's all it is, I get weighed post holiday tomoro and we are cutting out refined carbs and eating calorie counted meals I've just uploaded map my ride too

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    1. Yes it is just a number - I think if I didn't publish it I was still kind of hiding it from myself if that makes sense! What is map my ride? x

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    2. It helps you track bike rides which I love there's also a map my run and walk

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  6. I used to be 210lb, I had lost 3.5 stone but since just before Christmas I've gained around half a stone which I can feel. So, I obviously do Slimming World which I love and it works and it's super flexible but I sort of adapt it so it works better for me. On top of that my thing is definitely walking, I either do 30 mins of exercise (i.e get a bit sweaty) or 10k a day, either work and in combination the walking and the cardio from the fast walking burn fat and my legs get skinnier, tummy takes more work. I'm not super skinny as you know, I am a healthy size 14 at my best and it makes me happy to be that, 12-14 is perfect and healthy and gives me a good BMI, you can do it Sam, and I'll cheer you on all I can xxx

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    1. Thanks Mandy - your weight loss has been fantastic and you are also an inspiration. I have a cheap pedometer but think I'm going to invest in a better one and aim for the same xx

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  7. Sounds like you've got a good plan! Best of luck.

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  8. Woohoo, you go girl!! I really need to get on the fitness kick, I'm a super lazy girl once I set foot in the house.

    I walk to and from work every day, which is around 4.5 miles and I've convinced myself that that's enough to allow myself to eat burgers 4 times a week. Bad Katie!!

    I look forward to watching your progress, good luck :)

    Katie xoxo

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  9. Well done, and great (sensible) goals. My weight is something I've been thinking a lot about lately. And I definitely need to do something about it. This is the heaviest I've been, and I'm struggling with some health issues. Time for me to change too I think.

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  10. Good for you Sam this is a fantastic post. I've also stepped on the scales in the last fortnight and got a VERY nasty surprise! My friend and I are losing weight together and having a weekly weigh-in via FaceTime and then we've got a private FB group to motivate each other and share stuff. Like you i'm using My Fitness Pal which i'm finding incredibly useful to track my calories and steps. I walk the dogs every day and am extending that walk to be about 7,000 steps and at a brisk pace. I did do the couch to 5k app at the beginning of the year, but find jogging a bit soul destroying. Cleaning ratchets up my steps too, but i'm less keen on that ;-)
    Good luck for your target... I want to lose 4 stone in a year before my brother-in-law's wedding... we'll see!

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    1. Oh good luck Katie - we can do this xxx

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  11. Great Sam - good luck, I'm trying to do more for my fitness /health too.
    Have you tried the Hairy Bikers recipe books? They are so good!

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    1. Oh yeah I have one on my iPad - will dig it out thanks x

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  12. I love that you comfortable in your own skin that is so refreshing to hear! But I also like that you want to be healthy too and that is something I can relate to as well!

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  13. Good on you Sam, you can do it. I've been working out a lot more and eating healthier and I feel so much better for it. I'd recommend Deliciously Ella's books if you're looking for recipe ideas :D xxx

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    1. Thanks - I think I'm going to buy her book xx

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  14. Great plan. Well done and good luck with it all

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  15. Good for you. I really need to get motivated & do the same thing. Writing about food is really no good for the waistline lol

    http://www.culinarytravels.co.uk

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  16. Good luck to you - you seem to have a firm focus on what you want. I will read with great interest - go girl! Kaz x

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  17. What a wonderfully honest and sensible approach to health, fitness and weight loss! I have to admit I can't get on with MYFitnessPal but I definitely need to start monitoring what I'm eating more closely. Like you said, not so much for appearance or weight loss, because I am happy with where I am but because of the overall health benefits. Looking forward to seeing how you get on, and adding you to my bloglovin' feed now! Stephie x
    www.teainyourtwenties.com

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  18. Good luck with your weight loss journey! I need to lose two stone, but will do that after I have finished my journey to give up smoking!

    Laura x x x

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  19. Well done and keep going! I am always yoyoing with my weight and I really struggle to give up the foods I love as I comfort eat whenever I am stressed or down.

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  20. What an awesome post! You are so motivated and have goals set in place so have no doubt you will achieve them! All the small things do add up and make a huge difference, so albeit you may not believe anything is happening, it will be! MFP is such a fantastic app and really did help me! You go lady! #WeightLossWednesday Sim xx

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  21. Firstly well done you for sharing your weight many people will just say they have put on weight and secondly good luck with your goals. I don't walk as much as I should but inspired to start again

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