My journey so far

If you are overweight and struggling to get that weight down then read on.  I am a 39 year old overweight mother of a gorgeous three year old girl whom is addicted to snacking.  My challenge for 2013 is to lose weight so I am a healthy weight and size.  In order to do this I need to get over my snacking addiction of crisps, biscuits and chocolate and eat proper meals and find eating habits which I can stick to for the rest of my life.  I have tried many times to lose weight in the past and it has only just occurred to me that my eating habits are not habits but an addiction. If I can kick this addiction then I am on the right path to losing weight.

I have made many excuses in the past for putting on more weight, a divorce, the birth of my daughter, the death of my partner, being happy, being sad etc but at the end of the day my weight is still increasing and if I do not do something about it I will end up being ill and my daughter will be without any parents.  I gave up smoking so I can lose weight!! (I gave up smoking approx 7 months ago (for good) and since then I have put on nearly 2 stone in weight. My current weight is 18 stone 12.5 pounds!!! (Yes I know very scary and a weight that a lot of people on TV whom are on these embarrasing body programmes) – 3 x weeks ago it was 19 stone!!!.  My measurements are Clothes Size 22, xxx, xxx, xxx. I aim to lose 2lb a week but at this stage I wont be setting a goal because it will be too overwhelming. I would like to be a size 14 clothes size and that is my only initial aim/target. This will probably take me about 18 months so I know I am in for a tough challenge.

Along with the dieting I also plan to exercise three times a week (minimum).  I will have to fit this in around my part time job (Monday, Tues and Wed) and my daughter as I am a single parent.  Luckily I am able to work at home so I plan to do some of this exercise during my lunch hour when working at home.   I have also joined Slimming World and attend a weekly weigh in and discussion at a local group.

This blog will encourage me to be open and honest with my thoughts and urges to eat and will hopefully help and encourage other people who are in the same predicament as me.  I am no expert at exercise or dieting but I do know what is wrong and what is right.  I have to kick this addiction and be a healthier person.

Please if you have any tips post them on my blog.

All the support I can get will motivate me to shift this flab and be healthy again. When I was 17 I rode horses, played hockey and rowed in the 1st eight for my school (I even got asked to go for the GB junior rowing squad) I would like to be that fit again!! Please support me.

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6 thoughts on “My journey so far

  1. Really inspiring… keep up the good work! I’ve started cooking healthy stews in my slow-cooker, so that I can freeze portions and have a quick nutritious meal ready when I am in a rush and most likely to snack.

    • Thanks for your comments, the slow cooker idea is a good one, I will need to invest in a larger freezer to accommodate the food as I currently have minimal freezer space. I do however have a slow cooker which I use at least once a week. My favourite recipie to cook in it at the moment is a Spanish chicken recipie which has paprika in it. Yum yum yum. What sort of things do you cook in yours?

      • Ooh that sounds tasty! Most recently I cooked a big batch of Quorn mince with lots of tomato and veg (I’m not vegy, but it’s mega healthy), and then with each portion when I come to re-cook it I add other ingredients such as beans or chilly for a bit of variety. I’ve also tried the ‘Hairy Bikers’ idea for a healthy lasagna with layers of leek instead of pasta. Love my slow cooker 🙂

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