I got there!

I was very slack on the updates. I got super busy in the lead up to the wedding, and unfortunately this webpage didn’t get the love it should have. I’m sorry guys!

But for those people following me, you’ll be glad to know that I hit the weight I was aiming for. Yay for me! I was proud of what I did as it would have been easy to give up along the way, but I kept myself focused throughout. Also my (new) husband was a very happy man, though I know he would be happy with whatever I looked like!

I managed not to only get to my goal weight, but exceeded it by 3 pounds! Here’s the final graph.

 

Weight Graph

 

I looked fantastic in my wedding dress, even if I do say so myself. The weight loss made the photos look great, and while I was tempted to post a photo here, I really don’t want my photo all over the internet. Sorry guys! I don’t even like having selfies on Facebook, and I have a private account. I’m sure it’s an irrational fear that has a name. Maybe if it doesn’t have a name we can call it Mayphobia :p

The wedding went really well. The lead-up to it was intense, but I had a really great support cast around me. My mom in particular was great. She’s been here before, so knows all the pressure. My brides maids were great, particularly my BFF Mindy, who always knew the right thing to say. Love you so much!

She even got me some Venapro when I had some hemorrhoid “issues” in the days leading up to the wedding. OMG I can’t believe I told you that, but wouldn’t post a photo of myself. lol

 

bouquet
Courtesy of Flickr

 

What I’m just as please about as the weight loss is that it is now months later and I haven’t put anything back on. I’m proud of myself. It would have been really easy to become lazy after the wedding and let the pounds creep back on, but I’ve continued my good habits. I’ve kept up the exercise and really do enjoy the walking which is now part of my daily routine. I’ve made sure I’ve kept a good sleeping cycle, which I know helps me with my energy levels. All the little things add up.

While I know I wasn’t the best with updating in here, I’m glad you guys came along for the journey. I had a heap of fun and am so happy with the results. I hope this blog was a bit of an inspiration to you and gave you some good advice along the way.

 

Source – http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20646990_4,00.html

http://doesvenaprowork.net/

https://www.flickr.com

Some of ‘THOSE’ fad diets

This week I will be looking at some of the fad diets doing the rounds. Some of them have been around forever under the same name, and some are jut old diet with a new wrapping (name). I’m not really going to go into which ones work and which ones don’t, as I am no expert. I’ll let you do some research of your own if you want to look into it further. Here are five of the most popular ones…

 

The Zone Diet

The Zone Diet was made famous by Jennifer Aniston. It’s quiet simple really. Basically you need to balance your diet to match a suggested “30-30-40” breakdown. 30 percent of their calories come from protein, 30 percent from fat, and 40 percent from carbohydrates.

 

healthy cherry tomato, herbs friut and vegetables

 

Raw Food Diet

As it says the Raw Food Diet is all about eating raw food. The followers of this diet think that by cooking your food you are taking out a lot of the nutrients that the food contains. By not cooking your food you are limiting what food you can eat while on the diet (as some food can’t be eaten without cooking).

 

Paleo Diet

The Paleo Diet is all about eating natural. Eating like we use to millions of years ago. You will be eating plenty of fish, lean meats, fruits, non-stachy vegetables and nuts. Processed food, starchy vegetables, dairy food and grains are a no-go while on this diet. It’s an easy one to follow, but your meals are somewhat limited.

 

Eggs

 

Atkins Diet

Ahhhhhhh the Atkins Diet was the biggest diet when it came out because it basically said you can eat as much as you want as long as it has no carbohydrates. The diet has since changed because it was basically a walking heart attack. It has morphed into a much healthier diet. Basically the diet is now about lean protein with controlled portions of fat and healthy carbohydrates.

 

Volumetrics

Volumetrics is all about eating foods that are light on calories, but make you feel full. Typically this involves eating a lot of food that contains water (e.g. fruit and vegetables). The diet is about eating to get full, but with the food laden with water you feel full before you have eaten too many calories.

 

There you go. There are five diets for you to look at and give a go. Well… maybe not. I always believe that just eating healthy and exercise is the best answer. You don’t need to try a weird ass diet. Just keep it simple.

 

Source – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zone_diet

http://www.everydayhealth.com/diet-nutrition/raw-food-diet.aspx

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atkins_diet

http://www.webmd.com/diet/volumetrics-what-it-is

Wow – have I been slacking off!

Wow – have I been slacking off….

only on the updating on the webpage. My diet is going just fine – lol

Okay, well it hasn’t been going as well as it was, but it is going along just fine. I sort of expected the X-Mas / New Year period to make life a bit harder on the diet front, but I am still proud of how I went. Here’s my latest graph

Diet Graph

 

So I’ve now lost 18 pounds in 114 days. I’m basically half way through and have lost 18 of the 25 pounds I want to. I can feel myself getting close!

For my next post I will look into a bunch of fad diets that are around.

Update Time!

So it has been 55 days since this journey has started and I have lost … drum roll please …. 14 pounds. Yay! I’m well on my way to 20 pounds I originally wanted to lose. I’m doing so well that I have upped my target to 25 pounds (in 224 days). Still an easily achievable target.

I thought I would put it in graph form – I bet you didn’t know I was a excel guru as well!

 

Graph

 

I know it will get harder, particularly with Christmas coming, and things will get super hectic as we approach the wedding, so I’m glad I’m ahead of target. I won’t complain if I get up around 30 pounds either. I really don’t want to lose more than 30 pounds, as I think that is my ideal weight.

Here’s a song that I have been using to motivate me when walking or exercising. I like upbeat songs with a happy message behind them. They get you bopping, feeling energetic and before you know it full of energy and ready to take on the world.

How can you not be happy after this song…

 

Importance of a Good Night Sleep

So I have been continuing my good work. I have dropped 3 more pounds, so I am definitely heading in the right direction after that hick-up a few weeks back. One thing I have been reading up on is that there are a lot of things that go into being healthy. There is obviously what you put into your body (food and drinks). There is also your physical output (exercise etc), plus your extracurricular activities (e.g. smoking, partying etc). But one thing that is often overlooked is sleep and just how important it is.

 

Bed2

 

Because everyone does it, it is often overlooked, but a good nights sleep is critical for anyone to lead a healthy lifestyle. Okay, so why is  it important?

  1. Helps your memory – Sleeping is when your brain converts short term into long term memories
  2. Live Longer – Sleep studies have shown that sleeping too little (or too much) can lead to a shorter life span
  3. More focused – If you have a good night sleep you will be more focused and want to achieve your goals the next day
  4. More energy – More energy means that you are more likely to want to exercise.
  5. Your body heals itself – This is very important, particularly after exercise.

 

Bed

 

So the important question is how do you ensure you have a good sleep. Here’s a few tips…

  1. Dark Room – Make sure that your room is dark. This will help you not only sleep, but help get into a deeper sleep, with less waking up during the night.
  2. Noise – there are basically two choices here. Either you need a completely silent environment, or if you can’t get that, you should use a white noise. Either option will ensure that you get to sleep all the way through the night
  3. Comfortable Bed – You don’t want to wake up in the middle of the night with a sore back. A comfortable bed, like my Saatva Mattress, will ensure a good night sleep.
  4. No phone near the bed – or any other thing that can distract you trying to fall asleep.
  5. Sleeping patterns – Some great advice I have received is to sleep at the same time as your partner. The last thing you want is to be drifting off to sleep to only be woken as he/she gets into bed.
  6. Set a routine – Having the same daily going to bed and wake up time will help in your sleep pattern.
  7. Go to the toilet before going to bed – No need to wake up in the middle of the night for a run to the bathroom.
  8. Don’t sleep with pets – They like to move.. a lot!
  9. Here’s some more.

Well there you go, there is my advice on sleep. I’m no doctor, but I’m sure there is some good stuff in there!

Have a great week 🙂

 

Source – http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/sleep-studies

http://topratedmattress.net/

http://www.helpguide.org/articles/sleep/how-to-sleep-better.htm

 

 

 

 

Another update

Just a quick update…

It’s now 43 days and I’ve dropped 8 pounds. Now I’m back on track after stumbling 3 weeks back.

I have kept focused and it is working really well. I’ve kept up my walking and am really enjoying it.

I have also joined the gym and while I haven’t been going religiously it has been fun. They have been really friendly and been helping me out a lot. I need to improve and go three times a week. I have no doubt that I will in the coming weeks.

In my next two updates I will talk about signing up at the gym, as well as how a good nights sleep has helped me feel better.

Till next time, have fun and enjoy!

What I Need to Do to Stay Focused

Ok, so the last week hasn’t been the greatest. I lost a little focus, had friends over for afternoon tea and went to a few birthday parties, which meant I had a bad week. I put on two pounds. Now, it’s definitely not the end of world stuff and I know I will recover, but it made it very clear how easy it is to put it back on.

Parties do make it hard though. Alcohol is freely available and wherever there is alcohol there are little snacks. And of course when you have been drinking the last thing you want to is do any exercise the next day.

So I need to refocus. Here are some steps I have (and will make) to do it

 

party frinks

 

Parties

I am going to go to parties. I can’t just not go, so I have decided to volunteer myself as the designated driver. This means I can have one or two drink and keep everything in control. It also means I won’t have a hangover the next day, so I can focused on keeping my walking up.

 

Control those Food Urges

I even thought about using an appetite suppressant like PhenRx to help me with my food eating urges. But I’ve decided that I will try and use my will power. I also know that by not drinking as much I will be able to control myself a lot better. I need to make sure that the fridge is full of yummy, yet healthy, food.

gym

 

I will join a Gym or a Yoga/Aerobics Group

Over the next week I will look into and join a gym. Either than or join a group that does Yoga or Aerobics. Which one it is will depend on how my research goes. I think by combining this with my walking it will ensure that I keep burning the calories. Expect that to be included in my next post.

 

Forgive Myself for Slip Ups

I am going to slip up every now and then. I need to forgive myself when I make those mistakes. Fortunately my goals are modest so it does allow me some mistakes. Also I need to stay positive, as when I’m positive it gives me energy to walk and exercise, as well as keep me out of the fridge. It’s even backed up with some research.

 

So I hope that will help. I am sure it will.

 

Update

I have also dropped 2 pounds in 23 days to date.  I know it will be better next week!

 

Source – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Designated_driver

http://phenrxreview.com/

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/weight-loss/expert-blog/positive-attitude/bgp-20056443

An Update!

Ok, this week has been pretty busy, so I won’t be able to give you a full post. It has however been a week since my last update and I want to let everyone know how I’m going.

It’s been 17 days and I’ve lost 4 pounds. Things are going great and I have been keeping up my walking. The last walk went really well (42 minutes), so I’m thinking about adding on another block or two as I feel comfortable with the walk and I want to push myself.

Most importantly I am feeling great and really proud of how I am going. I feel like I am going to hit my goal comfortably and it makes me feel wonderful.

I’m thinking of doing my next post on some important things we need to do to ensure we become fit and lose weight. Expect that in the next week! I’ve also started some yoga, so expect a post on that in the near future.

And just so this post isn’t too boring I thought I would add a song that gets me going and helps me stay positive. And just as importantly keep you interested!

Have a great week and stay tuned for an update!

 

 

Helpful and not so Helpful Advice

I have a heap of close friends (many of which I know are following this blog – Hi guys!!!!) and they are well aware of my goals that I have set myself for my wedding. I’ve been chatting to them for weeks about this. As always when you are with friends they try to encourage you and give you some tips. Some of the tips are great.  But then there are some tips that are terrible. Now terrible is a strong word, but well deserved in some cases. Here are some of those tips (both the good and the bad). I won’t name names as not to embarrass anyone!

 

fitness

 

Drink plenty of water

This is a pretty well known one, but it helps in so many ways when you are dieting. The benefits include:

  • It’s calorie free, which is exactly what you want on a diet.
  • It also makes you feel full, so you don’t want to eat and drink anything else
  • You usually have it in lieu of something else which reduces your calorie intake (good buy coffee and sodas!)
  • Flushes your system out

 

Keep motivational things around the house

If you are thinking positive, then you will probably use more energy and want to eat less. As per my first post I love staying motivated. One thing I did was stuck our wedding invitation on the fridge door to make me think twice about what I grab when I’m in the fridge.

 

Wear high heals around the house

Yes, someone actually suggested this to me. They told me that it would help strengthen my calf muscles. I mentioned to them that I would then have sore feet and not be able to go for a walk in the evenings.  “Ohh, I didn’t think about that” she said back. I think I’ll stick to my normal shoes thanks.

 

Try a protein powder shake

One of my friends suggested using a protein powder during the day. I had to let her know that protein powders are for building muscles and as a result are high in calories, and that maybe you are thinking of a diet shake. “Are you sure?” was what she said to me. We had a laugh about it afterwards.

 

weight gaining

 

Don’t weigh yourself everyday

Great suggestion. Our weight fluctuates daily and it will have nothing to do with how we are going with our diet.  Weighing yourself more than once per week isn’t going to help.  It will only frustrate you because you think you are putting on weight.

 

Have small meals rather than 3 big meals

I’ve been told that having 5 small meals is better than having 3 big meals. This allows you to feel full for longer throughout the course of the day. It also means that you can have more of a variety during the day. You also don’t feel stuffed. When you feel overfull you tend to get lethargic and don’t want to exercise.

 

Update

I have kept up my walking and have improved my time by 3 minutes (down to 45 minutes). I have also dropped 2 pounds in 9 days to date. Off to a great start! Yay!!!

 

 

 

 

Let’s start with Some Walking

Ok, today I started with some walking. I haven’t walked for exercise for at least 3 years.  Even them I use to walk maybe 3 or 4 times a month for 30 minutes, so I don’t know if you would call it strenuous exercise. It was more of a getting out with the girls sort of activity. I thought that I would start making it a routine of 3 times per week for 45 minutes.  It’s going to start off slowly (I didn’t want to kill myself on the first day!). I found this website by the American Heart Association that shows all the benefits of walking.

 

Walking

 

I drove a circuit with my car that measures 2.5 miles.  It’s fairly flat, but there is a little hill right at the end to test me out. This means I need to average 3.3 miles per hour.  That’s a pretty slow walk.  After a while I’ll add a block here and a block there as my average speed increases.

But obviously I needed to be dressed for it! Before my walk I went to the local sports store and bought myself a $100 pair of Nike.  I also bought myself a couple of sports bras and a nice pair of leggings. I was all set. I was surprised at the damage one can cause to one’s breasts if they aren’t supported properly (link).

 

Headphones

 

I made it back home by 5pm ready for my walk (it had cooled off by then). It was a beautiful evening, maybe 70 degrees outside.  Perfect walking temperature. I copied across my Rosetta Stone Japanese lesson plan onto my MP3 player, so I could learn as I walked (I didn’t previously mention but we have a stop on our honeymoon in Japan, so I want to learn some Japanese – talk about multi tasking!).

By 5:30pm I was off. I took it slow and made it around the circuit in 48 minutes. Not too bad at all if you ask me. I wasn’t even that exhausted.  Maybe I might be able to push myself out to an hour or pick up the pace a little.

 

Shower

 

After a shower I was back into my nightly routine. Well that was easy! No issues at all and I felt so good about myself. It didn’t really take any time out of my day either.  I probably would have just been watching some TV. Walking is a much better activity than sitting on my butt watching the junk that is on TV these days. I’m off to a great start and so happy about it!

I think in the next few days I will look into an exercise video (might be able to get a free one from You-tube). I’m pretty flexible, so I might give yoga a go. I do like the idea of getting my zen on.

 

Stats to date – 2 days in, 0 pounds lost (obviously not worried yet as we have only just started)

 

Sources – www.startwalkingnow.org/whystart_benefits_walking.jsp

rosettastonejapanesereview.com

www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1022741/Breast-speed-movement-causes-exercise-pain.html

 

 

Welcome To My New Blog!

Firstly, welcome!!!!!

Thank you for joining me on my journey to my weight loss goal.  I can’t ‘weight’ to get started.

My wedding is on May the 15th.  I assume I’ll be too busy for the lead up to the wedding to exercise so I want to hit my ideal weight by 1st of May.  That gives me 32 weeks to lose 20 pounds.  Easily achievable! Also not only do I want to lose the weight, but I want to be in great shape.  I want to be fit and toned!

To get us started I thought I would post some things to get me motivated.  Let’s start off with some of my favorite quotes…

“A fit, healthy body—that is the best fashion statement” ― Jess C. Scott

 

Fitness-Is-Like-Marriage

 

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you” – Fred Devito

 

A-Year-From-Now-Youll-Wish-You-Started-Today

 

“Your only one workout away from being in a good mood”

 

And this song is always the first one on my iPod if I want to get motivated.

 

 

I also use celebrities to help inspire me, but I think I’ll wait for another separate post for that.

Anyway, I hope that is enough motivation to get you going today!  First update coming soon!!!

 

The above quotes pictures are from here.