Fighting for that dream body!
I'm a brand new poster to this forum but have found a lot of the stories very inspiring over the last few weeks. So - I am a 34 year old Banker based in London (birthday was on Saturday ) and I have a 16 year old (turning 17 in 2 weeks). During my early teenage years I was always a bit chubby - not fat - but never below a size 12. During my pregnancy 17 years ago I was very sick and actually ended up at 9stone and size 10 the day I left hospital. For the next 10 years I stayed at the same weight although I was never ever happy with my body. I never used to work out or go to the gym so had no muscle definition at all. From 27-33 I put on quite a bit of weight. Can't really pinpoint why exactly - maybe turning 30 I just wasn't burning as much! And a move to the City meant I definitely eat out and drink way more than before.
Last summer I reached my heaviest at around 12 stone. I had been single for 7 years and was desperately unhappy with how I looked in clothes and how I felt in a bikini. I started going to Barrys bootcamp for a month before Christmas 2013 which was incredibly tough as I have never really exercised in all my life. I didn't really change my diet until January and managed to get down to 11 stone 5 before a Singapore holiday in March. I didn't put on anything whilst I was away on holiday and have spent the last 2.5months eating very healthily and exercising 4-5 times per week. I've been training for the 10k Race for Life which has really helped me keep my focus as I'd love to get under an hour.
I had a health MOT at work last week and weighed in at 10stone 6. This is the lightest I have been in 7 years. But I am 5foot 4 inches tall so this is right on the threshold of overweight and I am definitely not where I want to be. I would love to get to 8stone 7 so basically another 2 stone but I might be happier a little heavier given when I was 9stone before it was in a very untoned body! And under my layer of fat I can definitely feel some muscles! I should say as well that my fat percentage is still very high at 32% so from a medical standpoint I definitely need to carry on.
I know this is not a crazy amount of weight to lose and I have the uptmost respect for the folks with lots more to shift. But I thought there might be lots of other people out there who just have a couple of stone to lose and are fighting for that dream body they've never had! I cannot tell you what it would mean to me to be able to stand in front of the mirror in a bikini and feel happy. I will be brave and post a picture later of where I am now so I can track my progress. I'll also be back to say how my food and exercise are going. I'll weigh myself on Tuesday evening as this is exactly a week since I got my 10stone 6 reading from my health MOT.
Wish me Luck!!
So this is the me today at 10stone6. Not impressed with this image but hopefully it can only improve from here and I imagine I look different from when I was 1stone8lbs heavier!
I assume a bare tummy is allowed on the forum - pls tell me if not and I'll remove!
Last edited by Blondcat : 3rd July, 2014 at 11:48 AM
So a note on my diet. Basically I try and do 5 days at around 1000 calories and two days at 1800 (max). Because of my job and number of client dinners / work things and my social life in general I just can't stick to a diet everyday. I need to do something that is sustainable and eating healthily 5 days I am finding pretty easy. So food and drink wise today:
- bowl of fruit and fibre and skimmed milk - 200cals
- bowl of m&s fresh vegetable soup - 75cals
- mini portion of Wensleydale and cranberry cheese - 100cals
- massive portion of veggies fried in spray oil (onion, red pepper, mushrooms, asparagus, broccoli, tomato, spinach), small avacado and precooked grilled chicken. I think that's around 500 calories
- 2 mini m&s portions of cheddar - 100cals
On my "5" days I try to get 5-7 portions of fruit / veg in.
I also went to the gym and ran 5k - new personal best of 25mins40secs!! Delighted!! I ran my first one in December last year and it took 45mins!! Amazing how the human body can improve in such a short space of time.
Overall quite happy today. Might try and reduce cheese intake in favour of something else tomorrow!!
Decided to weigh myself this morning and will do so going forward. I'm still fully dressed but I don't have scales at home so use the gym ones at work. I can't always make it there on a Tuesday night as do gymnastics at cross fit so switching to the morning. I lost 2lbs - so happy! I was boozing heavily on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night as it was my birthday although didn't eat much so guess that saved me. Very unhealthy though so making it up for it this week.
Went to the gym last night and ran 5k in 25mins 40 and then back to the gym this morning. I did 10mins on the cross trainer and 25mins on the spinning bike. Burn fewer calories than if i was running even though it hurts my muscles more! Then did 5 mins of core work on the floor (abs / plank etc) and some stretching - desperate to be able to do the splits again. Think I burned around 400 calories and I have an hour of gymnastics tonight which burns about 250 I think so pretty happy.
Had 3 spoons of scrambled egg white and 1 spoon of normal scrambled egg + 1 grilled tomato and + rasher of bacon for breakfast. I don't usually have bacon as well but really fancied some this morning! Not sure replacing my excess cheese from yesterday with bacon is the healthiest option but nevermind! I figure that's around 180 calories plus my morning starbucks (tall white americano) so think I'm about 200 so far. Will have my 75cal M&S fresh soup in about an hour.
Had the soup plus two Wensleydale & cranberry cheeses 😡. Just got home and had the same stir fry as last night - all veggies were prepared so 5mins to cook. Just had two mini cheeses for dessert. Too much cheese!!!! So reckon I'm at 1100 today which is really more than I would like but went to gymnastics after work as well as gym this morning so not a total disaster. Got to ween myself off the cheese! Any tips for snacks around 100-200 calories welcome!! Nothing sweet though ☺️
Stressful day at work today and skin breaking out (likely from the 3 days boozing over the weekend - always happens 😡😡. Makes me sad that at 34 still get spots :-(
Breakfast - large bowl of fruit and fibre and skimmed milk plus usual Starbucks. Figure 220 calories
Lunch - take away zero noodle chicken soup from crush - 229 calories
Wensleydale and cranberry cheese - 109 calories
Dinner - stir fry but no avacado (run out and not much chicken) - 250 calories
2 * mini cheddar - 100 calories
No gym today as aching from gymnastics last night and 10k race for life on Sunday so wAnt to make sure I have 2 rests this week. Going to do 30-40 mins abs / stretching / gymnastics in a min. Wondering if I should brush my teeth so no more snacks!!
Considering a take away fish and chips on Friday. Not a binge - just have 100cal lunch / 100cal breakfast and a normal portion of fish and chips. But will give it some more thought!! I like a tasty dinner once a week and my surgeon friend says shocking your body with fat once in a while isn't a bad thing when you're low cal / low fat / low carb. But not rushing into a decision !!
So I had another mini cheese last night and a mini tin of tuna so think I finished the day on around 1100cals
Today so far - Breakfast has been 3 spoons scrambled egg white 1 spoon of normal, a grilled tomato and a 1 rasher of bacon so around 200 calories I think. Will have my 75 cal M&S soup for lunch and a wensleydale and cranberry cheese around 4pm. Thinking of going to gymnastics tonight if it's on.
And burned 400 calories in the gym this morning with a 25minute 18 second 5k personal best! Buzzing (if it wasn't for drama at work and with friends :-( )
No wensleydale and cranberry left in my work fridge for afternoon snack! Not a bad thing as need to ween myself off the cheese. Will have a banana instead - roughly the same calories and good energy burst.
Decided to book the 7.30 adult gymnastics - wish it wasn't so late as wont get home until 9pm and then have a load of washing to do and need to pack my bag for the weekend away. But I'm loving it at the moment so close to my front and backwards walkovers. Always self conscious though as fattest person in the class :-(
Just had my soup lunch - glad I made it until 1.30 as hopefully wont be so hungry this afternoon.
Still undecided on the fish and chips tomorrow!
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- Rep Power
Diet: Slimming World with no refined fructose
Start Date: 10th September 2014
Start Weight: 12st6lb
Current Weight: 10st5lb
Start BMI: 30.8
Current BMI: 25.7
Total Weight Loss: 2st1lb
% Lost 16.67%
Hi Blondcat - thought I would pop over and say hello on here. Sounds like you are doing really well. I can sympathise with the spots in your thirties thing. Perhaps it will be a bonus of the menepause one day to stop getting them?
re your fish and chips decision, difficult one - they are really high calorie but as your friend says it may stop your body going into starvation mode and help your metabolism in the long term. I would be feeling faint by the evening on only 200 Kcal though. The main thing is to go straight back onto plan if you do have them and not feel that you may as well eat this or that now.
Hi nettee!! Been pretty good today. Once I'd had my soup was on about 300cals. Was hungry by 4pm and with evening gymnastics figured not healthy to have nothing so I had one of those small pots of yoghurt which has a bit of granola and fruit and some honey. Think they are about 250 cals. Did my class had my stir fry - around 450 cals and a baby bell so a round 1000 ish total for the day.
Going to do some abs in a minute.
I think I'm going to skip the fish and chips and get some sushi from wasabi instead. I LOVE sushi!! Will still aim for the 1000cals tomo with a gym session thrown in tomo morning.
I'm going to save my fish and chips until next Saturday night I think. Would like to have 12 consecutive days of angel like eating!!
Plus I have an operation next Thursday so no exercise for 3 weeks. I'm in such a routine - disappointed really. But 80 % of diet is what you put in your mouth - exercise is only 20% so if I can lose 3-4lbs the weeks I'm recovering I'll be really happy. Then straight back on the exercise once I've recovered as have team 5k challenge on July 10th.
I am SO in the zone at the moment - this is me forever. I'm sure of it ????
Had a bowl of cornflakes and skimmed milk for breakfast - assume 250 calories ?
Salad from our restaurant at lunch time - lots of greens, peppers, tomatos, broccoli etc but had a very small spoon of coleslaw and grated cheese. Also around 150 calories worth of chicken in sauce. I reckon it came in around 400.
So if I have my 500 calorie sushi pack tonight my calorie count will be 1150- more than I'd like but it's ok. Also had no alcohol since last Saturday which is good.
Only burned 250 calories in the gym this morning as was having my fitness program updated but will do some abs and gymnastics practice at home tonight - so maybe another 100 calories. No exercise tomorrow as running the 10k on Sunday and want to rest my body. Desperate to get under the hour.
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Wow blondcat you sous so motivated. I need to pull my finger out and start exercising too! :-)
urgh so weekend plans went right down hill!! Was planning quiet weekend in but last minute invite to the cricket blew that out of the water! So friday ended up:
Breakfast - fruit and fibre & Skimmed milk - 250 cals
Lunch - Salad from canteen - 400 cals
Dinner - chocolate and crisps - 800 cals (that was at midnight after we got back from cricket and we were starving and that's all that was in the house!)
Drinks - 3/4 bottle of wine and a vodka soda - 530 cals
so I reckon friday ended up about square given the small amount of exercise i did on friday morning. Not a roaring success!
All day boozing session with my cousin:
Breakfast - a few crisps and chocolate buttons and 1 piece of toast with marmite and very think layer of butter - reckon about 200
Lunch - sea food platter (sushi, prawns, crab) and a few nachos - maybe 600 calories
Dinner - a few crisps a bbq'd sausage and half a burger - 400 calories
Drink - a bottle of prosecco and 3 vodkas so maybe 800 calories
So definitely over net calorie intake needed to stay flat although i did do an hours running around in the garden with the kids (gymnastics / dancing / playing it)
But even so not brilliant
No breakfast - woke up drunk from the night before and had to run a 10k race for life at 9am!!!! That would have burned 800 calories.
Lunch - two slices of malt loaf and a granola yoghurt - 500 calories
Dinner - Dominos - had whole portion of potato wedges, chicken wings, garlic bread pizza and three slices of normal pizza. I reckon that's about 1700 calories!!! GULP!!!!
So probably about 2200 all in but obviously burned 800 so probably just within allowance.
So Friday, Saturday, Sunday definitely didn't lose any weight. I think at best probably would have been square (the run yesterday saved me), and at worst might have gained say 1/2lb. But was VERY good Tuesday, weds, thursday last week and right back on it today so hopefully still see at least a 1lb weight loss.
Switching my day to wednesday as for the next 3 weeks not in the office on Tuesday to actually weigh myself on the work scales so also bought myself an extra day to repair the weekend damage!!
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