Monday, 17 October 2016

End of Week 21 - Good Week :-)

Good morning.  Hope you have all had a wonderful week.

Getting back to it after my long weekend away felt a bit like hard work at first, but soon found the motivation to keep going again :-)

Each day I know I am getting closer to my goal - but sometimes it's hard to see the end of the line.  I have always been on the big side, so to picture myself at a weight that I probably haven't been since I left school can sometimes be quite difficult.

But I am focusing on the fact that it is for my benefit and for my health, and not to please anyone else :-)  I also look back at old photo's and think to myself that I no longer wish to be like that.

How do you keep yourself motivated and grounded?

Anyways, on to this last weeks workout schedule.


Also, did you notice I went up another on the fitness levels.  Now at 52 and pleased to say this is in the High Average Fitness range.  More details on this HERE.  So next level is around the 58 mark, which will make me of Good Fitness :-)

I did manage to introduce the Nordic Walking, three times this week.  Was hoping for more, but I think I hurt my leg muscles LOL!  I did go out and buy some new walking shoes though, as I think my old ones have had enough :-)  Today I'm going to see if the new ones will make a difference - will let you know :-)

Weigh in time :-)

Start Weight
220 lb

Weight end of Week 20
188.5 lb

Weight this Week
185 lb

Weight Loss
3.5 lb

Weight Loss Total
35 lb

Made up for my maintain last week and a little more :-)  Feeling good :-)

Isn't it great when you find clothes in the back of your wardrobe that finally fit you again :-)

One of the ways I keep myself motivated is the daily inspiration and reminders from my friends (Steve) Facebook Page "I am Enough".  Why not go check it out! This page is so full of inspiration, can do attitude and get out of your own way because your coming through....

Have a fabulous week everyone.

Quote/Words of the Day.

Every single day YOU make choices, those choices are YOUR
decisions, they control YOUR destiny,
how YOU feel, where YOU go, where YOU won't go,
what YOU will accept, what YOU won't accept.

YOU are Enough to say no to some things or to say,
yes I am going to do that.

YOUR choices = YOUR happiness

"YOU are Enough" to make the choices
that matter to
Thank you Steve - this is so inspirational!

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

End of Week 20 - Maintained but...

Hi there everyone.

Hope you are all well.

I got back yesterday, after spending the Thanksgiving weekend with my daughter.  She is away in college and as it is a 6 hour drive away it wasn't feasible to go fetch her.  However, it was OK for me to go and see her and spend some Mother/Daughter time together. I went on the Friday to the Monday and we had a wonderful time.

So my fitness chart is a bit sparse this week, and I didn't manage to fit in the Fitness Ball either.

So my weigh in is a day late - but here goes :-)

Start Weight
220 lb

Weight end of Week 19
188.5 lb

Weight this Week
188.5 lb

Weight Loss

Weight Loss Total
31.5 lb

So, yep I maintained, and I am truly OK with that.  

I have decided that I am going to introduce my Nordic Walking to my Getting Fit regime.  I have to make the most of the cooler weather and before the snow arrives :-)  I did do this a few years ago and it helped a lot - it's a great form of exercise and I'm comfortable doing it. 

I will be adding it to my log from this week.

So a bit short and sweet today.  Need to get a quiche cooking :-) 

Have a great week.

Using a Quote from Steve's Facebook page I am Enough - why not go check it out :-)

Quote of the Day.

Monday, 3 October 2016

End of Week 19 - New month, adding some...

Hi everyone.

After taking some advice from a Facebook friend Stephanie, who has already made this journey and looks and is amazing!  I have decided from this week to add a little bit of strengthening exercise to my weekly routine.

I have a ball and resistance band and it comes with a DVD - this is Pilates - but Stephanie has some other great fat burning exercises (using the ball) on her Pinterest page, which I am now following.

It is just trying to add something extra to my daily routine.

I have also started keeping a track of what I'm eating use the My Fitness Pal app.

Anyways - here's the weeks routine.

So I'll probably add another column to this just to say that I have done the extra workout and on what days :-)

The one thing I should have done when I started this journey was take my measurements. Unfortunately I didn't do it until end of Week 13 (22nd August), I wrote them on paper but never shared them here.  I have noticed in my clothes that things are really loose and look alot better. Trousers are now the right length, where as before they had grown short - nope just me grown fat LOL!

So these were my measurements for the 22 August. 

Boobs - 43"
Waist - 38"
Hips 44"
Thighs 46"

With the way my clothes fit I would say you could quite easily add at least another 4 inches (to those measurements as a starting off point :-) 

I will measure again at 22 Nov, that will be the 6 month point on this journey.

Weigh in time.

220 lb

Weight end of Week 18
189 lb

Weight this Week
188.5 lb

Weigh Loss
0.5 lb

Weight Loss Total
31.5 lb

Just a little 0.5 lb this week, but it's in the right direction :-)  I'll take that :-)

Have a great week and thanks for the support and encouragement.

I will be posting on Tuesday next week because I am taking a road trip to see Shannon at college, as it is Thanksgiving this weekend.  It isn't feasible to go get her, bring her home and take her back in such a short time span - so I am doing the trip instead :-)  Some Mother and Daughter catch up time :-)

I am taking this quote of the day from a friends Facebook Page "I am Enough" .  Steve and I have know each other since 1987 - we are both ex-RAF and Steve is now living the life Down Under :-)

It's full of inspirational quotes and encouragement. Why not go along and like the page - so you too can be part of this growing community and get daily reminders that "You are Enough"  

Quote of the Day.

"I can.
I will.
End of Story!"

Monday, 26 September 2016

End of Week 18 - Half Way and a bit :-)

Good morning everyone.  Here we are nearly at the end of September!

Fall is underway and the cooler temperatures have arrived. I finally turned off my air conditioning this week, it was so nice to open all the windows and let the fresh air in throughout the house :-)

I love this time of year.  The leaves have started turning and there is such a beautiful array of colours throughout the trees.

Had a good weeks workout, with just a couple of days off.

Still maintaining a good calorie burn, by upping the intensity of my workout and slowly but surely getting towards that score of 52 on the Fitness score which will give me a High Average fitness - more details in this post HERE.

Weigh in :-)

Start Weight
220 lb

Weight end of Week 17
190.5 lb

Weight this Week
189 lb

Weight Loss
1.5 lb

Weight Loss Total
31 lb

I have reached and surpassed by half way point. The aim is to reach 160 lb, with a review at that time as to whether or not I can get that down further or if 160 lb will be my final comfort one.

I still find it difficult to even comprehend that I could reach that point.  When I look in the mirror I still see my imperfections and extra weight.  Although my clothes tell me I am definitely doing great :-)

At some stage, I am thinking also of going to a local gym with my husband, to start using the circuit training.  This will be to start toning up the muscles and helping with maintaining a good steady weight loss.  Not sure when I will start this, whether it be when I reach goal or before.  We will see :-)

Quote of the Day.

"Put all excuses aside and remember this:
YOU are capable."
Zig Ziglar (American author/Motivational Speaker)

Monday, 19 September 2016

End of Week 17 - Did you know?

Happy Monday everyone.

Did you know that the less you weigh, the harder you have to work to lose the same amount of calories?

Apparently in order to keep losing weight as you get fitter, you have to work harder or for longer.

For example, a 200lb person can work out for 30 minutes and burn say 400 calories, but a 150lb person working our for the same amount of time, may only burn 250 calories.

Think of it like this.  The 200lb person is carrying around excess weight so during their workout they use more energy to move around so will burn more calories.

The lighter person has less to carry around, so doesn't use as much energy during their workout.

So the lighter you get the harder or longer you have to work out.

Hence why I have steadily increased my work out intensity and seem to be maintaining a small but steady weight loss.

Here's the workout week, you can see that my calorie burn had dropped, but by upping the intensity of the work out - it went back up again.

Weigh in time.

Start Weight
220 lb

Weight end of Week 16
192 lb

Weight this Week
190.5 lb

Weight Loss
1.5 lb

Weight Loss Total
29.5 lb

So, last weeks weight loss wasn't a blip on the weighing scales, and they weren't broken LOL!

I'm almost at my half way point!!  Yay!

And I went up one more on the Fitness level to 50.  I think only another 2 and I will be of High Average Fitness, considering I started this journey at poor fit, I'm not doing too bad :-)

You'll notice I did miss a couple of days workout. Think I will make Monday's my I don't need to if I don't feel like it day :-)

Thursday, however, I spent 2 1./2 hours in the garden weeding - so up and down, up and down :-) Felt like a good work out to me!

Weather is definitely changing here, the leaves are starting to turn, so Autumn is on it's way.  Let's hope that Winter doesn't come to soon though :-)

Quote of the Day.

"Great things are not done by impulse,
but by a series of small things brought together."
Vincent Van Gogh