Health and weight loss update - month 2

It has been 2 months since I started this latest campaign to be more healthy and lose weight. I've seen lots of changes this month and I'm feeling pretty pleased with myself.

Last month (October)

Weight: 13st 6.6lbs
Fitness: 10 1 minute sessions of running within 30 minutes exercise on the treadmill.

Last month was difficult, I'd just started the campaign and it was about training my body to get used to not only getting up earlier but also to eating a lot less than I was used to. Admittedly I had been over eating a lot and it was time to make a change. But that's just what I did and I made quite a difference in that first month.

The exercise was helping and I was feeling better, I had started to notice a difference in my clothes and was hoping that by now I would've lost a stone.

  • To enjoy the glow of good health, you must exercise. 

Gene Tunney

This month (November)

Weight: 13st 1.4lbs
Fitness: 10 minutes running within 30 minutes on treadmill.

So the loss hasn't been as big as it was last month but I'm not complaining (okay, I am but not much), I've made bigger differences elsewhere. My weight seems to have fluctuated a lot this month, around that time of the month I was stuck at 13st 4lbs for ages and it took extra effort to kick-start the loss again. I tend to get that sometimes, my periods impact my weight loss a lot and it can get quite frustrating at times. At the same time though I'm almost at a new milestone - being less than 13stones. That's really close now and I hope I get there soon.

Obviously losing weight has made a difference to the clothes I'm wearing and just last week I had to pull out my size 16 jeans. I have to say that felt really good! I can now fit into size 16 jeans - go me! Add to that the fact that my sports bra isn't quite as snug as it was and I can feel I'm losing weight. Still lots of work to do but moving down a size shows my efforts are paying off.

The exercise has been the biggest difference I've noticed. Half way through this month my treadmill broke, it kept slipping when I was using it and it got so bad that it was unusable. I was distraught because treadmills aren't cheap and I didn't want to have to buy a new one. While the treadmill was out of commission I turned to our elliptical - I hadn't used it much before but I needed to get my 30 minutes exercise in. The elliptical didn't really get much use before I started using it and actually it's really good. I thought it would kill me trying to do that for 30 minutes but I found it easier than the treadmill and it burns more calories too!

Once my treadmill was fixed (thanks Hubby!) I went back to the treadmill for my exercise and found that even with just a few days of elliptical I could run for longer. So now I tend to alternate which machine I'm using, although just lately the elliptical is getting a bit squeaky and needs oiling. I believe (I don't know if it's true) that pushing myself on the elliptical is making my legs stronger so I am able to run for longer on the treadmill. And it feels SO good to see the improvement.

Don't get me wrong, I still have days when I don't want to do it but they're much more rare these days.


Food has been very similar to last month, we're finding more and more meals that we can have and it's not as bad as we thought it would be. Some days I do really well, others not so much. But the fact that we can still have chocolate is a bonus!

Our favourite meal at the moment... hmm I think there's two of them. The first is my biryani, the boys love it, the Hubby loves it, I love it, and it's healthy (or healthier than some meals!) - what more can you ask for? The second has been a surprise actually, last month I mentioned the Chicken Lo Mein from the Tasty website/app? Well it turns out we all love that one, even the boys! They eat the vegetables and like the chicken and noodles (LP's favourite bit). It's been on our list every week so far and the fact that it's a quick-to-cook meal means we can have it on a Sunday evening after returning home from visiting family.

What next?

To be honest it's much of the same, continuing with the exercise, continuing with the healthy eating. I'm not sure how possible that will be around Christmas but I'm hoping I have the willpower for it.

  • Good health and good sense are two of life's greatest blessings. 

Publilius Syrus

My hope is that the weight loss continues and Christmas won't have too much impact. Although realistically it will, mince pies are my downfall!

If you're trying to lose weight how do you intend to stay on track over Christmas?

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