Year 2 week 3

15th – 21st January 2017

This week has been so different from last week. Last week I was really struggling to stay focused this week it’s the total opposite. 

I don’t know why the sudden turn around.  I can only think it’s because I have been feeling a lot better and my cold has almost gone. 

Last week I said how I felt I was being pulled back. The thing with when you are pulled back is that it provides thrust so when you are realised you go so much faster. Like a bullet leaving a gun, not stopping until it hits its destination. 


That is how I feel this week – I have one destination and I won’t stop until I get there.

I have been quite good with my food and  I have been weighing it again. My exercise has seemed to go up a gear. 

I have done about an hour a day walking, running or in the gym. I have done this a lot last year but I never did any running. 

I would never have been able to run during the first part of last year. Knowing that I can now is great.  My fitness levels have risen so much. 

Comparing makes me think that if I carry on I can improve again in a relatively short space of time and I find that quite encouraging. 

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Day 295

Friday 21st October 2016

It must have been at least a month since I did one of my daily walks. The reason I haven’t done them recently is because I felt I needed to do something different.

I have been going to exercise classes and I have also upped the amount of training I do with my personal trainer. 

For the last few weeks I have either had an exercise class to go to or a training session. There has been one every day of the week, sometimes 2 a day, only having a break at weekends.

Over the last few days I feel that I have worn myself out. I have put those trainers on one too many times and now I am exhausted. 


I feel I need to do it to keep me motivated. I also still enjoy it which is good considering I am so tired. 

Hopefully though I will quickly get used to the extra exercise because I am worried that the enjoyment will get replaced with exhaustion and I won’t want to do it anymore. 

I feel I really need to keep to a routine of certain exercises a day just to spur me on. I have noticed while doing the exercises that I am achieving so much. Last year I would never have done any running, go on a bike, do half the exercises I am doing now. I just wouldn’t have had the energy 

I am actually quite proud of my achievements this year. I now feel I can do these exercises which I wouldn’t have dared to try last year.

I just hope my energy comes back soon though. 

Start weight 21st 5lbs

15st 13.8lbs. ⬅️➡️. 75.2lbs⬇️total

Start weight 136.5kg

101.6kg. ⬅️➡️. 34.9kg⬇️total

Day 286

Wednesday 12th October 2016

Jenny had told me that I need to start doing some more exercises, she thinks I should start going to exercise classes.

For a couple of weeks now I have been going to Pilates. I knew it was going to be different exercises from what I am used to but I thought I would cope ok because I am fitter than I used to be. It’s a gentle exercise rather than the faster pace of running, boxing and cycling. 

I found it quite difficult though. I think I would rather go running than have to hold my leg up in the air for a minute using only my core strength. A lot of the exercises I just couldn’t do. I found myself wobbling all over the place. 

I do like the fact though that I couldn’t do everything because it gives me something to aim for. And hopefully as the weeks progress I will improve. 

Another class I have done today is clubbercise. It is basically aerobics to 80’s music in the dark. You have a glow stick in each hand creating streaks of multicoloured lights as you move.

It felt like I had stepped back in time and we were at a school disco being the naughty kids mucking around at the back.


It was the funniest thing I have done in a long time. 

As I haven’t been before and it was too dark to see the instructor at the front, I decided to follow the woman in front of me. She however was going about 3 times quicker than I could cope with and I ended up doing my own thing and looking very silly in the process. 

It was however the best time I have had exercising. who says exercise is boring. 

Start weight 21st 5lbs

15st 13.8lbs. ⬅️➡️. 75.2lbs⬇️total

Start weight 136.5kg

101.6kg. ⬅️➡️. 34.9kg⬇️total

Day 271

Tuesday  27th September 2016

Today was a very different Tuesday for me. I usually have a few ladies round and we sit and spend the day sewing. They didn’t come today though. I have however had another training session instead.

Jenny told me that she thinks I need to up my exercise and have more than one session a week with my personal trainer. So today we started. 

For a good few years now I have been boxing. I love boxing – there is something really satisfying about punching someone. I don’t go round punching people as a rule but it is really enjoyable when you are told to. Ok, so he is holding pads and I punch them, but it’s still good. 

For about 6 months now I haven’t done any boxing at all as I have been doing some HIIT training instead. Today, as we have added in another one, it gave us the opportunity to get out the boxing gloves, brush off all the cobwebs and use them again.

I didn’t realise how much I missed it. I really enjoyed it too. 

I have been told that I have a really good punch and I put a lot of power behind it. I think it was because I put all my weight behind each punch. Let’s face it, it was a lot of weight. 

I thought I might have lost some of my power and at first I really wasn’t as good as I used to be but it soon came back. Even with the lack of food at the moment.

Start weight 21st 5lbs

15st 13.3lbs.     0.2lbs⬇️.    75.7lbs⬇️total

Start weight 136.5kg

101.3kg.            0.1kg⬇️        35.2kg⬇️total

Day 251

Wednesday 7th September 2016

Today was the kids first day back at school. After they were dropped off I gave out a great big sigh of relief. The house was so quiet I loved it. 

Last night I told Matt that I think I need to start running. I thought it is one way I can really step it up a bit. 

A few years ago I had real problems with my knees. I had a knee injury and for about 5 years I have not been able to walk properly. Walking down the stairs has always been a problem with my knee. 

I have had years of physio on it. One place I went to took X-rays of my knees and they said that I am never to run because my knees can’t take that pressure. 

Last year though the physio did wonders because he seemed to correct the situation. I have since then been very wary about any strenuous exercise on it like running. 

Today I decided to totally ignore the doctors advice because I am now 5 stone lighter and, if I think about it now, it was probably a polite way of the doctors saying that they couldn’t take the pressure with so much weight pounding on top of it!

I can’t remember the last time I went running – I think it must have been in my school days. But I have never done it voluntarily. 

Today though I actually did some running 


Ok, so it was on a treadmill and I didn’t run for long. But it’s a start and I need to see how my knees can take it. 

Start weight 21st 5lbs

16st 7.4lbs.    ⬅️➡️.    67.6lbs⬇️total

Start weight 136.5kg

105kg.         ⬅️➡️.       31.5kg⬇️total

Day 228

Monday 15th August 2016

This morning I woke half expecting to be in pain from my bike ride yesterday. I thought that I would be so stiff that I wouldn’t be able to walk or I would really struggle. 

However, when I woke up I had no pain anywhere – I was not stiff at all. I needed no help whatsoever. 


I have had a bad shoulder for a long time and usually when I cycle it hurts for a few days afterwards but not this time. 

I have noticed though that the more exercise I do the more I am putting on weight. This is not really worrying me at all because eventhough the scales are going up I feel thinner so I must be putting on muscle. 

But I am sure that the scales will come back down soon because I know I am not putting on weight by what I eat.

Start weight 21st 5lbs

16st 8.4lbs.     0.6lbs⬆️.     66.6lbs⬇️total

Start weight 136.5kg

105.4kg.        0.3kg⬆️.      31.9kg⬇️total

Day 227

Sunday 14th August 2016

My 3 older boys have gone away for a few days leaving me, Matt and my youngest son,  Jake. The house is very quite. 

We find when Jake doesn’t have his brothers around we are the ones he comes to for entertainment. Matt thought that we should take him out for the day. 

When Matt was younger he went to the Peak District to a place called the Tissington Trail a number of times. It’s an old railway line that is now used for walking and cycling. 


He thought we could cycle down it and make a day of it. I thought it was a good idea because an old railway track sounded flat and easy to ride. 

When we arrived I saw a sign that showed how many miles the next villages and towns are away.


I thought I would like to get to Alsop but if I reached Hartington I would be really happy. 

The trail was a lot tougher than I thought. I wrongfully assumed that it would be flat but it had a steady incline all the way which made things harder. It also wasn’t smooth to ride on like the roads which also didn’t help.

I had to stop a few times on the way not because I was tired but because my fingers were going numb and I had saddle sore. Matt thinks that I need to start relaxing into my riding rather than being tense. I was leaning on my handle bars which is why my fingers went numb. 

When cycling if I take one hand off the handle bars I end up wiggling all over the road so I have always kept them firmly holding on. Today was the perfect time to practice taking one hand off. I think I got it by the end.


I am really happy to say we made it all the way to Hartington. 11 1/2 miles of peddling up a gradual hill


Eventhough the tracks are now gone the stations and signal boxes were still there. 


The cycle back was so much better. 11 1/2 miles down a gradual hill – I hardly peddled at all. Going back was so much more enjoyable – it made the first part worth it. We ended up cycling 23 miles by the end of the ride. 

Considering at the beginning of the year I wouldn’t even get on a bike and 8 months later I have done 23 miles makes me immensely proud of my achievements and I actually can’t believe I did it. It shows you what you can do in such a short space of time!

Start weight 21st 5lbs

16st 7.8lbs.       ⬅️➡️.    67.2lbs⬇️total

Start weight 136.5kg

105.1kg.          ⬅️➡️.        31.1kg⬇️total

Day 225

Friday 12th August 2016

We have been back from our holiday over a week now. Since being home it has been easy getting back into a normal routine. 

I have managed to go on a walk everyday this week but I haven’t been out on my bike though. 

I really enjoyed my rides on holiday but since being back I can’t seem to get motivated. Matt asked me if I wanted a bike ride – I did want to go but I just couldn’t be bothered. I had that attitude that I couldn’t be bothered to do anything. I get that sometimes when I am bored. 

Matt however got his assertive head on and said “get changed we are going on a ride”.  I am glad he did as I think I would have sat around and done nothing all day otherwise.

I thought I might just go around the block a few times. But while we were out Matt kept asking if I wanted to go further. As we had gone to the trouble of getting changed and out there I agreed to go further and I’m so glad we did. 

It’s lovely cycling in the countryside because you get to appreciate the scenery more than when you drive around the lanes.  England is really lovely when the sun is shining. The views can be really amazing. However this was my view!


I felt by the time I got back that I’d had a  descent ride. I found it quite a lot easier than I normally do and I didn’t seem to get as tired either. I think it must be because it wasn’t as hot as on holiday and I felt like I had more energy.

I ended up really enjoying my day. I could have sat around and done nothing all day like I wanted to. But I feel I have made good use of my day and I have really accomplished something. 

I think the moral of the story is that if you don’t feel like doing something but you end up doing it the rewards are so much greater!

Start weight 21st 5lbs

16st 7.2lbs. ⬅️➡️ 67.8lbs⬇️total

Start weight 136.5kg

104.9kg. ⬅️➡️. 31.4kg⬇️total

Day 217

Thursday 4th August 2016

It is really nice to be home. When on holiday there is no such thing as routine. We are a family that, while on holiday, we don’t make particular plans. We just wake up in the morning and see what we all want to do. 

When at home we like routine. It’s nice to get some routine back. I can’t believe I am saying this but I missed having my green juice every morning. It’s good to have them back. 

I have also missed my daily walks. Today I got my boots out again.


I haven’t been on a walk for about a month. I thought I would find it hard, I thought I would struggle up the hills but I didn’t. In fact I found it really easy.

I think maybe it’s time to start walking further or do something a little more challenging. 

I’m very happy with the weight I have lost over my holiday. The struggle was worth it in the end. 

Start weight 21st 5lbs

16st 8.2lbs.   3.9lbs⬇️.    66.8lbs⬇️total

Start weight 136.5kg

105.3kg.          1.8kg⬇️.       31.2kg⬇️total

Day 211

Friday 29th July 2016

Today is our last day at our villa in France, but before we get packing I wanted to do one final bike ride. 

Even though I have been on a few bike rides this holiday I haven’t done one with the whole family, which was one of my goals.

However we have come away with only 3 of my 4 kids. My eldest did not come this year. Which means I couldn’t totally fulfill my goal. 

So today I went cycling with Matt and my 3 sons


A lot of fun was had by all. I really enjoyed seeing the kids enjoying themselves. They would spend most of their time overtaking each other and then giggle as they got the lead. 

What made it extra special was that I would never have had that time with the kids if I had kept on the road I was going down before. 

I am getting so many benefits everyday from my new life. I just wish I did it sooner so I could have done more activities with the kids while they were growing up.


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