Healthy Eating & Exercise (Resolutions for the New Year 2018) :-)

Healthy Eating & Exercise (Resolutions for the New Year 2018) :-)

Hi everyone,

Firstly, Happy New Year for 2018. I hope it will bring lots of positive experiences and be a good year for us all.

I am considering my New Year Resolutions - which include combining Healthy eating with Exercise. I've created an Exercise sheet - with the intention of keeping a diary of my good intentions!

My Resolutions are as follows:

1) Eat healthy foods, and pre-plan my meals whenever possible. Aiming for 'healthy 80% of the time' kind of philosophy.

2) Exercise regularly - both cardio, and strength exercises.

3) I would like to lose 8.25lb in weight - I've gained some weight over Christmas and New Year, and want to get rid of it again.

4) Looking forward to sharing new recipes and meal ideas with people in this Healthy Eating forum

If you want to share your Resolutions or plans for the New Year - feel free to jot them down in this thread, or start your own thread - I will hope to update on my own progress from time to time. We could support one another.

Happy New Year!!!

Zest :-)

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Happy New Year to you Zest 😊

This looks a really good idea to me, I saw a psychologist talking about New Years resolutions and they said that they should be; SMART, Small, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-based,

So I think that you are going about this just the right way and I know that you can achieve your goal. I'd aim at 2lb every 2 weeks so you're not aiming too high.

Exercise combined with healthy eating and healthy thinking and that's the ultimate goal to a healthy lifestyle, methinks.

Apparently Chinese white cabbage is very nutritious and considered a super food by many and its very low calories and because its filling they're considered negative calories.

I know that your meals and recipes are appreciated by other members Zest and I for one look forward to your creations in 2018.

Jerry 😊

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Hi Jerry,

Happy New Year to you too! Thanks for your very encouraging reply. :-) I really appreciate it. :-)

I'm looking forward to the New Year and to seeing all the various lovely meals and recipes posted by everyone - just cooking my evening meal just now.

I'll be back later.

Hope you're having a great day so far.

Zest :-)

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I had to have a little chuckle at the SMART targets idea. Working as a Special Needs teacher many years ago, we had to set SMART targets for our pupils. I guess we are all special in our own way....

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Happy New Year Penny and you're very right everyone is special.

I laughed as my goal for 2018 is to be fitter and healthier and the psychologist said just saying I want to be healthier is too wooly...well I like wooly LOL.

Jerry 😊

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:-) Hi Penel - Wishing you all the best for a Happy New Year! :-)

Zest :-)

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Thank you Zest. Happy New Year to you too.

I’m finding this site very interesting!

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Really happy to hear that, and thanks for the lovey New Year greetings! :-)

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A very Happy New Year to you Zest

Definitely my philosophy for the future i.e. continuing with the exercise both cardio and strength (I must also take some time out and go walking as well - can't spend all my time indoors on an exercise bike!). I will also be continuing to improve the way I eat; same as you the 80%/20% rule, you have to enjoy food as well.

I also have a few pounds to get rid of, about 5 and aim to do this slowly but surely (agree totally with what Jerry has said).

Here's to 2018.

Alicia :)

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Hi Alicia,

A Very Happy New Year to you too. :-)

A great philosophy for the future - combining the cardio and strength exercise - and the healthy eating.

Yes, Jerry has made a great suggestion for slowly tackling our excess pounds. We can do this. :-)

Here's to 2018.

Zest :-) xx

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Hi Zest

Definitely good to combine the cardio and strength exercises although I have to say cardio is my favourite and really do enjoy healthy eating. Since going Pescatarian I am introducing different foods which makes eating much more interesting.

Yes agree that Jerry has made a great suggestion for tackling excess pounds and we can all do it with the help and encouragement on this forum.

Here's to a happy and healthy 2018.

Alicia :) xx

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What a lovely post Zest, I wish you well in your resolutions which I am sure you will achieve. My resolutions are to fix my foot so I can get back on my treadmill, do more yoga and relaxation, find time to do my hobbies instead of working all the time and to stick to my healthy gut food planner xx

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Hi Kitten-whiskers,

Great to see you and thanks for your kind words. I wish you the very best with your own Resolutions - and I really hope your foot will get better soon, so you can get back to your treadmill, and that you enjoy doing your yoga and relaxation too. Hobbies - I hope you find time to fit them in! Good luck with sticking to your Healthy Gut Food Planner too - here's to us achieving our New Year Resolutions, and enjoying the year ahead.

Zest :-) xx

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I couldn't have said it better myself xx

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:-) xx

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Hi There,

I also restarted a weight loss program. I am a big fan of a free app called “My Fitness Buddy”. You track your weight, your food you eat and exercise.

It is easier than it sounds since you can scan bar codes and it remembers any data entered.

You see how you are doing before it shows up on the scale.

Ken

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Hi Ken,

Thanks - is 'My Fitness Buddy' the same as 'My Fitness Pal'? I've used the latter in the past, but nowadays I use my Fitbit - and I also like the paper and pen method of my exercise chart (in the photo)- as it motivates me, and seems quite satisfying to complete it by hand at the end of each day.

I've maintained a healthy BMI for the past 3 years now, having lost over 5 and a half stones, but Christmas usually results in a gain of a few pounds - and so I'm keen to ensure I lose that in the first couple of months of this year - all being well.

How are you doing? I'd like to wish you the best for 2018.

Zest :-)

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I stand corrected. I use MyFitnessPal for overall weight loss and FitnessBuddy for strength training. I’m in the USA so the only stones for me are in the garden. I’ve fluctuated between 190 and 170 lbs for 10 years and need to get back

to the lower number.

I’m a newbie at this diagnosed just 6 months ago. So with every new or changed symptom, I freak out. But I’m settling into the new normal and that’s good.

So nice of you to ask!!

I wish you and all reading well and all the best for the new year.😎

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Hi Ken,

Sorry - I didn't see your reply till now. I shall have a look at FitnessBuddy for Strength training - not heard of that one. :-) Regarding my total weight loss (converted from those heavy Garden stones) that would be 77 pounds I lost.

I would like to wish you success with your goals for this year - and I hope you have a great month ahead. Hope to see you around and about in the forum.

Zest :-)

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Hippy New Year Zest!

I'm sure with all your exercise that you'll be back to your preferred weight in no time!

I must be the only person I know to loose weight at this time of year, & think I'm heading back to my pre-fluffy baked potato binge that I had in November. Think my appetite has suddenly returned after seeing some lovely veggie meals on here, so maybe not.. :)

My resolutions are to cut down my food air miles as I'm horrified to find my NY treat of blackberries came all the way from Mexico. :'( More seasonal & local shopping in order!

I'm also going to try to shop more ethically with regard to food content, as I inadvertently bought some chocolate gifts that contained palm oil, so more ingredient checking required when I buy products online.

I'm also going to try & address my cognitive dissonance regarding cake. I won't eat poor quality flour in bread, so why am I sometimes tempted by junk when I'm out? Must stop immediately, aim for >90% healthy food intake, & experiment with fermented puddings, once I've finished my box of shortbread & sticky figgy pudding! ;)

Mel x

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Hi Mel,

Happy New Year, and thanks for your lovely reply. I think your goal to reduce your air miles regarding food, and buy seasonal and locally produced foods is a good suggestion.

It's a minefield of information to look out for regarding the ingredients in various products - sorry to hear you bought the palm oil inadvertently.

Fermented puddings - ah, you've reminded me about fermented foods. I've been to the library and got out a few books on Gut Health - I find that subject really interesting and want to learn more.

I've already finished my shortbread (thank goodness for that!)...!

Mmm, sticky figgy pudding - that sounds very decadent and tasty. :-)

Hope you're having a great week, and wishing you well for your goals in 2018.

Zest :-) xx

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Hi Zest,

I'm trying to reduce my impact as much as possible. Hard where coffee, tea & cocoa, & fruit is concerned so I try to buy Fairtrade & organic.

My friend's grandmother used to make a fermented friendship cake with chopped pineapple in. It was a little like a pandoro, & very good. I'm sure it's do-able with kefir & a little patience. Doubt there'd be any health benefits with regard to probiotics, but the gliadin & fructans would be broken down as with sourdough.

Which books are you reading now?

My week's improving along with my coughing, thanks!

Mel x

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I picked up quite a few books - on various topics, but regarding Guts, I have one called "Gut Reactions: How Healthy Insides Can Improve Your Weight, Mood and Well-being" by Justin & Erica Sonnenburg - - they offer recipes and meal plans - so I'm going to enjoy reading that one I think. :-)

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Another one is called "The Gut Makeover" by Jeannette Hyde (she's a Nutritional Therapist) - it says "4 weeks to Nourish your gut, revolutionise your health and lose weight' - so that looks interesting too. :-)

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Update on Monday 8th January 2018: OK, so it's 1 week since I made my Resolutions - so just wanted to check in and give some feedback - I have lost 3.75 pounds this week, which confirmed to me that most of my gain had been down to water retention from my Chinese takeaway on New Year's Eve - and the salty meal. Yes, I also overate over Christmas, and did less exercise due to my cold, but I am pleased to say that I have been feeling a lot better (especially in the last couple of days) - and I am hoping to step up my exercise this week.

I age on average 2,269 calories each day - which is slightly outside my intended range of 2,000 to 2,200 calories per day (I am 6 feet 1 inch tall and fairly active).

Regarding strength exercising, I've not done as much as I hoped - I've got all those sections on my paper chart - and I only picked up the resistance bands once. However, I did do the equivalent of 49.1 kms of steps/walking and also 1km of rowing.

This week I plan to:

1) Go to the gym at least once and do some cross-training.

2) Hope to run outside at least once - approx 5km distance.

3) Ensure I do some more Strength Training.

4) Find some healthy recipes to try - I'd like to attempt at least one new recipe this week.

5) I'd like to lose 1 pound this week. I have 4.5 pounds left to lose to get to my 'ideal' weight - which is at the top of my preferred Maintenance range of 13 stone to 13 stone 7 pounds. I am 6 feet 1 inch tall, my 'new BMI' is currently 24.26 (healthy).

I will update again next Monday.

Zest :-)

p.s. Wishing everyone success with their goals for 2018.

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Update on 15th January 2018:

Today I weigh 14 stone 0.5 lb (89.32kg), so I’ve gained 3lb (1.37kg) this week. I am on my time of the month, so I think that may be a contributing factor.

I ate an average of 2,068 calories per day this week, which is within my calorie range of 2,000 to 2,200. My ‘new BMI’ (used for taller people) is 24.61 so I am still in the healthy range. I would like to lose 7.5lb to get to my ‘ideal’ weight of 13 stone 7 pounds.

I managed to get to the gym, and I also did plenty of walking. I also did more strength exercises and I enjoyed some healthy meals, some of which I prepared using my slow-cooker (which I’ve not used before).

I am going to stick with the same goals. Looking at the ‘overall trend’ it is Onwards and Downwards, as I have lost an average of 0.375lb per week, since 1st January 2018, which I know is minimal, but it is ok! I am a healthy BMI and I am just trying to reduce my weight a little.

This week I plan to:

1) Go to the gym at least once and do some cross-training.

2) Hope to run outside at least once - approx 5km distance.

3) Ensure I do some more Strength Training.

4) Find some healthy recipes to try - I'd like to attempt at least one new recipe this week.

5) I'd like to lose 2 pounds this week. I have 7.5 pounds left to lose to get to my 'ideal' weight - which is at the top of my preferred Maintenance range of 13 stone to 13 stone 7 pounds. I am 6 feet 1 inch tall, my 'new BMI' is currently 24.61 (healthy).

Wishing everyone success with their own Healthy Eating & Exercise Goals. :-)

Zest :-)

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Update on 22nd January 2018

Last Monday I weighed 14 stone 0.5lb (89.32kg) and my measurements were 40-33-41, and today I weigh 13 stone 10.75lb (87.61kg) and my measurements are 40-33-40, so I've lost 3.75lb (1.71kg) and 1 inch off my hips.

I ate an average of 2,212 calories per day.

I didn't get to the gym - not even once - but I did my best to do some exercises - including some rowing (4km) and I also went out for some cliff-path walks and also did some intervals of 'walking - jogging' (14km), and did 34.98km of walking/steps on top of that. So I was fairly active.

Noticed the trend to eat a bit more on weekends - especially Saturday! But not particularly concerned about it, as it was a good week.

My goals for this coming week are:

1) Reduce my butter consumption.

2) Get back to the gym and hopefully do a couple of Gym Sessions (cross-training).

3) Run outside at least once this week, as well as on the treadmill in the gym!

4) Try a new recipe - not sure which one yet. Will enjoy choosing one.

5) Lose 1lb or thereabouts. My goal is to get to 13 stone 7 pounds (my 'ideal' weight), and I am currently 13 stone 10.75lb so I've got 3.75lb to go.

Zest :-)

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Update on 29.01.18

Last Monday I weighed 13 stone 10.75lb (87.61kg) and my measurements were 40-33-40. Today I weigh 13 stone 11lb (87.61kg), 2,164 calories. So I've gained 0.25lb (0.11kg) this week, and I've lost 1 inch off my hip measurement.

I ate an average of 2,164 calories per day. My average daily macronutrients worked out at: Average fat = 98.56g; Fibre: 25.22g; Carbs: 223.76g; and Protein: 88.3g

I managed to get to the gym 3 times, and did the following exercises:

Treadmill running = 12km

Bike = 28km

Rowing = 6km

Walking/steps = 42.5km (this included an 8km 'jogging/walking'

Total Kms = 88.5km

I also did my Bob Harper Core conditioning DVD once (20 minutes) and lifted my Kettlebell a couple of times. :-)

My goals for this coming week are:

1) Use the slow-cooker more, and try a new recipe in it from the Slow-cooker recipe book I have from the library.

2) Continue attending the gym and hopefully do a couple of Gym Sessions (cross-training).

3) Run outside at least once.

4) Begin researching some Strength training work-outs (maybe a circuit at home, or use the weights at the gym). My aim once I get to my 'ideal' weight is to begin to build on my muscle and toning (as a longer term aim).

5) Lose 1lb or thereabouts. My goal is to get to 13 stone 7 pounds (my 'ideal' weight), and I am currently 13 stone 11lb so I've got 4lb to go.

Zest :-)

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That's some serious cardio! You must be getting really fit, but as you've noticed it's having little effect on your bodyfat%. Your carb intake is at least 5x higher than it should be for fat loss: it's simply impossible to lose weight at 200g+/day.

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Hi TheAwfulToad,

Thanks for your reply. I am enjoying my exercise - especially walking. I do feel reasonably fit. Thanks for your comments.

I found it interesting that you said it's "simply impossible to lose weight at 200g+/day" as my own personal experience has been that I have lost weight - a total of 5 and a half stones, which I've then maintained for the past 4 years - and I've been a 'healthy' BMI (according to the "new BMI" calculation) during the last 4 years - and I'm just trying to lose a few pounds now - to reach what I think of as my 'ideal' weight. I'd like to be between 13 stone and 13 stone 7 pounds, if I can.

I can see that you specifically said "Your carb intake is at least 5 times higher than it should be for fat loss" - could you let me know what reference you have for that?

I admit that I am reluctant to change my regime too much - because I think that my food intake is fairly balanced and healthy, and I have maintained a healthy BMI for nearly 4 years now.

I'm just seeing how things go - and using this thread to keep a diary of my progress - as I find it helpful.

I'll be updating this again on Monday - as I like to go week by week with my updates.

Zest :-)

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Well ... unless I've misunderstood, you've gone from about 20 stone to 14 stone at some time in the past, which is certainly do-able with caloric restriction, but as you've noticed, you've plateau'd at >13.5 stone (ie., somewhat overweight) for several years, which means your current strategy has probably run its course. This is a very common experience.

>> I can see that you specifically said "Your carb intake is at least 5 times higher than it should be for fat loss" - could you let me know what reference you have for that?

Bear in mind that triglyceride synthesis, storage, and breakdown all occur in parallel, but the balance tilts in favour of storage when there is a lot of circulating glucose available. This paper addresses a different issue, but the data coincidentally answers your question:

journals.plos.org/plosone/a...

The general consensus (not mentioned in this paper) is that there's an optimum weight-loss rate somewhere around 20-40g daily carbs for most people. I wouldn't worry too much about your diet being "balanced" while you're attempting to lose weight. Almost by definition, losing weight is an abnormal state of affairs, and you need to do slightly unusual things to make it happen. A weight-loss diet is not inherently unhealthy, but it is necessarily different to a weight MAINTENANCE diet (which is basically what you're eating now).

Have you measured your bodyfat percentage? It's a more reliable indicator of progress than body weight.

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Hi TheAwfulToad,

Thanks for your detailed reply, and I will look forward to reading the paper you've linked to - currently I am at a 'healthy BMI' rather than 'overweight' - at least when I use the 'new BMI' measure (it's 24 point something) and the NHS BMI calculator puts me at 25.4. I'm 6 feet 1 inch tall. I've not calculated my 'body fat percentage' - my stats today are 40-33-40 (bust, waist and hips).

I need to think about your reply more, and read the paper, and I'm looking forward to doing that, as I am grateful for helpful info. I thinking you're right, I've been 'Maintaining' rather than losing - and maybe I need to think about whether I will be healthier between 13 stone and 13 stone 7 pounds, or whether 13 stone 7 to 14 stone should be my 'maintaining' range of weight. I've been aiming for 2,000 to 2,200 calories. I inputted my data into NHS calculator today and it gave me a range of 1,866 to 2,399 - I could go down to 1,866 next week - might try that. I do 'intermittent fasting' in that I tend not to eat after 6.30pm or thereabouts, and I find that is helpful.

I think I would still like to be in the maintaining range of weight of 13 stone to 13 stone 7 pounds, so I will have a good think about how to achieve that going forward. You're right, I do need to do something to shift things - I am plateau-ing really.

Hopefully by Monday I will have thought of a plan for next week. :-)

I appreciate your input. :-)

Zest :-)

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Just to clarify, the biomarkers that the paper examines are associated with fatty acid synthesis (from dietary carbohydrates) which in turn is related to fat storage. They just happen to be examining those markers for their relevance to heart disease (which of course is related to obesity), so all you're really interested in here are the raw data. I couldn't find a complete study online that specifically focuses on weight loss rates at different carb intake levels - I'll have a look later, there are actually a lot, it just takes a bit of messing around to navigate the various research paper archives.

But yeah, the simplest thing to do at this point is to just shift those 10kg (or whatever you're aiming for) with a targeted weigh-loss plan. Just bear in mind that, at that new baseline, you will need to keep your maintenance carbs under (roughly) 100g a day or it'll just creep back on again. The fact that you're exercising helps enormously with weight maintenance (it gives you a lot more leeway); not so much with weight loss.

I'm not sure a further caloric restriction (ie., starving yourself) is a good idea; it's incredibly inefficient, and it feels horrible. At your weight level - which is close to a desirable 'normal' - I doubt it will even work. By all means give it a try if you're used to doing it, but there are less painful ways to get the result you want.

As for the NHS recommendations, I get high blood pressure from just reading them. The fact that they've fudged their calculations upwards to make their (useless) diet plans look better doesn't change reality: what you see in the mirror is the ultimate test. This is why I suggest a BF% measurement - 25% (for women) is a sensible number to aim for. Your gym most likely has a bioimpedance thingy that you can use; they're not hugely accurate, but good enough.

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Hi TheAwfulToad,

I appreciate your detailed reply, and I will be giving all of this some thought over the next couple of days, as I usually 'readjust' my plans on Mondays - and I want to see what my weight will be tomorrow - so then I can 'plan' for the next week. I will take your comments and consider them. I appreciate your feedback and I can assure you I won't be 'starving myself' - as I appreciate and love food too much to do that.

I enjoy being in the Healthy Eating Community because there are many people who enjoy wholesome and nutritious food here. :-)

Many thanks and I hope you have a great week yourself.

Zest :-)

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Update on 5th February 2018

Last Monday I weighed 13 stone 11 pounds (87.72kg) and my measurements were 40-33-39 and today I weigh 13 stone 13.25 pounds (88.75kg) and my measurements are 40-33-41 so I've gained 2.25 pounds (1.03kg) and gained 2 inches on my hips.

I do feel that the large Moroccan meal I had last night (which was quite salty) will have skewed my weight a bit today - but still - I haven't lost any weight. The other factor is that I didn't get to the gym at all last week - although I did walk and did some jogging/running - totalling 66.67kms.

A friend of mine in the weight loss forum (whom I can't tag as she isn't a member of Healthy eating) pointed out to me that I have only gained 1.25 pounds over the entire month (February 2017 to February 2018), which tells me that I'm doing a very good job of 'Maintaining' - but the truth is that I'd like to lose a few pounds to get down to 13 stone to 13 stone 7 pounds. So I guess I'm trying to lose 'vanity pounds' - as my BMI is 'healthy' (at least using the 'new BMI' calculator, suitable for taller people).

Anyway, I have decided to adjust my calorie range for this week to between 1,866 and 2,000 calories, and I'll see how the week goes.

Looking at my macronutrients for the past week, the average daily amounts are as follows:

Calories: 2,345; Fats: 101.51g; Fibre: 30.27; Carbs: 255.57g; Protein: 92.73g

So, I'll try to eat between 1,866 and 2,000 calories daily

Fats - I'd like to reduce my fats, as I think it's quite high.

Fibre: I'm happy that my fibre intake is at that level. Aiming for at least 25g daily.

Carbs: I'll think about reducing these as well, not sure what level to aim for - will think about it.

Protein: I'll aim for about 80g protein, so will try to reduce this a little.

Goals for this week:

1) Attend the gym three times. Range of activities (rowing, running on treadmill, bike and some weights)

2) Strength training at home - kettle bells, body weight exercises (squats, press-ups) and using resistance bands

3) Achieve a good balance

4) Try to cope with a couple of meals out - where I know there will be temptations, and probably 3 course set meals, so I will try to choose wisely and not over-eat, whilst still enjoying the meals. Not sure how it will go, but I'll try. :-)

Writing this in my 'blog' here helps me to stay accountable, so it's good to do this.

Hoping for a good week ahead.

Zest :-)

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Update on 12th February 2018

Last Monday I weighed 13 stone 13.25 pounds (88.75kg) and my measurements were 40-33-41 and today I weigh 13 stone 13 pounds (88.64kg) and my measurements are 40-33-40.5 so I've lost 0.25 pounds (0.11kg) and lost 0.5 inch off my hips.

I had decided to adjust my calorie range for this week to between 1,866 and 2,000 calories. Looking at my macronutrients for the past week, the average daily amounts are as follows:

Calories: 2,332; Fats: 105.9g; Fibre: 26g; Carbs: 243.6g; Protein: 79.3g

These averages are skewed by the fact that on Wednesday night I had a 'pre-Valentine Celebration' with my hubby where we had an overnight stay in a lovely Hotel and we ate a LOT - plus drinking some wine and Irish coffees - and the calories for that one day were 3,600...!!! The weekdays, I did manage to keep to just under 2,000 calories, and the weekends I was approx 2,300 calories each day.

I am happy to have lost 0.25 pound - and I am going to stick with my goals for the coming week - as I feel sure I will lose more weight this week - providing I don't have a 'heavy' day - and so far I only have one meal out to contend with, so it's looking like it could be a good week. I hope so. :-)

Regarding exercise, I managed to get to the gym twice, and my exercise is as follows:

Running (treadmill at gym): 4km

Rowing (at gym): 4km

Bike (at gym): 10km

Jog-walking intervals on cliff-paths: 8km

Walking/steps: 51.69kms

Total Kms = 77.69.

Also did some kettle bell weights at home, and some press-ups and squats, plus a core conditioning DVD a couple of times.

Goals for this week:

1) Attend the gym three times. Range of activities (rowing, running on treadmill, bike and some weights)

2) Strength training at home - kettle bells, body weight exercises (squats, press-ups) and using resistance bands

3) Achieve a good balance nutritionally, and regarding my exercise.

4) Try to cope with one meal out this week. Should be manageable, providing I choose well.

Writing this in my 'blog' here helps me to stay accountable, so it's good to do this.

Hoping for a good week ahead. I am aware that my Time of the Month (TOTM) is due - so that could scupper me a bit, but I'll try to ensure I don't let it. :-)

Zest :-)

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Update on Monday 19th February 2018

Last Monday I weighed 13 stone 13 pounds (88.64kg) and my measurements were 40-33-40.5 and today I weigh 13 stone 11 pounds (87.73kg) and my measurements are 39-33-39 so I've lost 2 pounds (0.91kg) and lost 1 inch off my chest and 1.5 inches off my hips.

I had previously decided to adjust my calorie range for this week to between 1,866 and 2,000 calories. However, Looking at my macronutrients for the past week, the average daily amounts are as follows:

Calories: 2,315; Fats: 111g; Fibre: 26.61g; Carbs: 219.5g; Protein: 93.01g

Exercise: One Gym session on 12.02.18

Treadmill (running) 1km

Bike 5km

Weights (legs) 30 reps

Treadmill (running) 3km

Rowing 500 metres in 2 mins 8 secs

Bike 5km

Total Running = 4km

Total Bike = 10km

Rowing = 0.5km

Weights = 30 reps legs

Walking/steps: 57.98kms

Total = 72.48kms

Conclusion: Happy with 2lb weight loss this week. Had a more calorific day on Valentine’s Day – an excessively ‘treat’ filled day, but not too bad. Could have been worse…! Total calories that day = 2,997.

Goals for week ahead:

1) Try to get to the gym 3 times this week.

2) Participate in Rignold's Lentern Challenge in NHS weight loss forum. Looking forward to doing press-ups etc and hoping my core strength will improve.

3) Hope to achieve balance between exercising, eating healthily and having a good week.

4) Hope to find some new recipes to try.

5) Decided that I will stick to calorie range of 2,000 to 2,200 - as it seems to be ok. I am also considering trying to see if I can rely on my Fitbit to tell me how many calories to have - as it also calculates my exercise. But I'm not sure how much I trust the accuracy of that, and I will still aim for the calorie range I've listed.

6) Hoping to lose between 0.5 and 2 pounds this week. Just 4 pounds left to lose to be at my 'ideal weight' of 13 stone 7 pounds. Maybe by the end of February I might have achieved it. I hope so.

Zest :-)

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