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My Weight Loss Journey – Week 13

Week 13

Summary

It had to be week 13… the week when Friday is the thirteenth… and I’m back where I started. Well, sort of. I’m not exactly back at 80 kg, but I’ve let myself go for a few days (it is a holiday after all), and my weight has shot up again. Two steps forward, one step back. Feels more like one leap back, but oh well. Next week, I’m back into doing exercises and sticking to my diet!

Results

I’ll be honest, I waited another day in the hope my weight would drop miraculously. It didn’t, of course. Yesterday, I weighed in at 77.1 kg (12.14 stone). Sigh. I thought it was the huge Indian meal I had the night before, but today I was only 100 grams lighter. Obviously, my waistline has also gone up to 81 cm (31.9 inches) as well and I’m back to two holes again in my belt. That’s what you get for drinking a glass of wine every day and eating as if there’s no tomorrow.

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Needless to say, there hasn’t been much change…

Exercise

We’ve been horseriding on Saturday, and I’m still walking like a seasoned cowboy. All those exercises and stretches I’ve been doing these past weeks haven’t done much to alleviate the muscle ache I’m feeling at the moment. Mind you, as I was the most experienced rider, they put me on the slowpoke, and I had to work my butt off (I wish) to keep this animal going. I suppose it could have been a lot worse if I hadn’t done those exercises.

Diet

Diet? What’s that? Can you eat it? 🙂 Honestly, apart from that one salad I made myself for lunch, I haven’t been sticking to any form of diet at all. I’ve been snacking and boozing for the last week. I’m terrible when my kids are home (not that my kids drink alcohol!). We sit in front of the TV, stuffing ourselves while binge-watching series we’ve already seen before. It’s a great time, but detrimental for the waistline.

Anyhow, next week I’ll be at it again. Starving myself and getting out of bed to do my exercises early in the morning. Fingers crossed I can make my words come true!

My Weight Loss Journey – Week 9

Week 9

Summary

So sorry for the late post this week, but I’ve got bad news and good news. The good news is that my waist is shrinking and that my weight keeps going down.

The bad news is that my weight goes up on Mondays and Tuesdays and I, again, didn’t hit my aimed weight for this week. I completely forgot it was Mothers’ Day last Sunday and was given a box of chocolates and a box of licorice (as that’s the thing you give your mother who’s on a diet). My weight has been below the 76kg during the rest of the week for over two weeks now, but I can’t seem to keep it low on Tuesdays. Very frustrating.

The worst news, though, is that I’ve hit that point where I’m fed up with this dieting. I crave cookies, desserts, and treats. And I eat them. They say you make things a habit after three months, but I never seem to make it to three months. I’ll try and keep on going as my waistline and weight keep being a positive reminder I’m doing the right thing, but exercising is a hit and miss at the moment.

Results

Like I said, my weight was not what I wanted it to be on Tuesday as it was 76.1kg (12 stone). Today it’s 75.5kg (11.89 stone) again. WTF?! It’s as if it continually teases me on purpose. I’m very tempted to make Thursdays my weigh-in day, but I’m not a quitter 🙂 . My belt has definitely moved into another notch and have only one left. It measured 81cm (31.8 inches) I’ll get there!

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I have noted these last weeks that I hold my right shoulder higher than my left. No idea why. Must have something to do with my right shoulder being tighter and always causing me problems. That said, my left shoulder joint is definitely looser than the right as it keeps ‘popping’ when I do exercises. I also appear to lean more forward on the photo of W0. Was my belly that heavy? 🙂

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As I’m looking for ways to keep myself motivated, I ‘shadowed’ my current image over the one from week 2 (where I wear the same bra). The difference is minimal, but I’m definitely shrinking, most notably on the front. Note my hair has also grown 🙂 .

Btw, to minimalize the differences in the image taken, I measure the distance from the top of my shoulder to the bottom of my heel.
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All in all, I’m not doing badly. I’m just struggling with eating healthy and doing my exercises at the moment. I hope these images give me enough boost to keep on going. I’ll also be trying some new yoga exercises to spice it up. I’ll persevere!

My Weight Loss Journey – Week 7 & 8

Week 7 & 8

Summary

As I mentioned in Week 6, I was afraid I was losing muscle instead of fat, so I began doing exercises next to my yoga. As I had been doing yoga for six weeks, I felt my joints were ready for some more movement. My dear Canadian friend Stephanie mentioned HASfit to me, an online exercise program. She has been doing the daily exercises religiously for a few months already and has lost over 10kg. This result convinced me to try it out. You can do it from home, whenever you want (but daily with two rest days per week), and on the fitness level that suits you. I’ve started the foundation program, and I can tell you; it’s hard work! My body isn’t used to all that movement anymore and tries to fight me, but the HASfit instructors keep me focussed and motivated. They show you how to down or upgrade every single exercise, which is great when you have joint problems.

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I can’t seem to get my weight under the 76kg on Tuesdays as the last two weekends I have been indulging myself. My weight drops, only to rise again after the weekend. The weekend before last I had a birthday party, and my husband took me out for a delayed Valentine’s Day celebration (see the temptations above!). This last weekend we went to Glasgow to see Imagine Dragons. Of course, this came with a lovely Sunday roast at the Rait Antique Centre (including sticky toffee pudding!) and a scrumptious dinner at TGI Friday. No wonder my weight loss is going so slow! 🙂

Results

My weight this morning was 76.1 kg (11.98 stone), but most of the time it’s been under 76kg. I’m confident that next week I will officially go beneath the 76kg! I’ve given up on measuring my waist with my belt and have given in to properly measuring it with a measuring tape. Last week, it was 83.5cm (32.9 inches) and this week 82.5cm (32.5 inches). Whether this is a result of the diet or the exercise, I don’t know. My bet is on the exercise, considering what I’ve been eating and drinking 🙂 . I did notice that I can almost tighten my belt a notch further!

Here are the photos of Week 7.

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Not much change again, at least not visible.

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No other change than that more rounded belly. Now on to Week 8.

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And sideways…

W0-8SIt’s a slow going process, but I’m okay with that. I’m still enjoying nice food in the meantime and not completely starving myself. I like the salads I make for lunch as they are more appetizing than plain sandwiches. I do need to curb my dinners crawling back to the way they were, with rice, pasta, and potatoes. Now fingers crossed I don’t need to celebrate anything soon!

Here are some images of the lovely stuff I’ve been eating the last two weeks:

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