Well, it has taken me 26 weeks to lose a stone and as you can see from the chart I've had my ups and downs along the way. Biggest 'up' was when friends came to stay for two weeks - that threw my routine out and I need routine! I have a few more pounds to lose but I'm confident I'll reach my goal. I've mainly made small changes to lose this weight nothing drastic. I was already running 5K three times a week before I started and that has stayed the same. However back in September Ruth_canal_runner started a strength challenge which I've kept up - before my runs I now spend about 10 mins doing some strength exercises (currently planks, toe stands and tricep dips). Then, Caz28 introduced me to Leslie Sansone walking videos, I bought a cheap pedometer and for the past five weeks I've been clocking up at least 10,000 steps a day. The exercise in turn helps me eat sensibly as I don't want to undo my hard work - I think twice before I eat something and about 90% of the time that keeps me on the straight and narrow. I have stopped drinking diet coke (before I would drink upwards of 2 litres a day!) and coffee and unless I'm having the very occasional dessert I've stopped eating anything that contains sugar. I'm very boring so normally have the same things to eat throughout the day this has stopped me from snacking mindlessly:
porridge with fruit (chopped apple or pear), (350 cals),
fromage blanc with sugar free jelly and berries (100 cals),
veggie juice with tabasco and black pepper (35 cals),
a piece of fruit (currently oranges as they are in season) (50 cals)
Then I have a 'normal' dinner which I don't calorie count, on Monday for instance I had homemade (suet pastry) corned beef pie with kale, last night I had a mountain of cauliflower cheese with crispy bacon. Usually, on a Saturday I have a chorizo and jalapeno pepper pizza which probably contributes to my slow weight loss but I'm fine with that as I'm trying to work out a way to eat forever not just until I reach my target weight. Finally, I have this wonderful forum and our delightful and tireless administers helping to ensure I reach my goal. Wishing everyone a 🎅happy 🎅healthy 🎅holiday.