Year 2 week 41

8th – 14th October 2017

I always thought while going down this journey that losing weight would be so much harder than trying to maintain it. 

I have to admit that I would still love to lose weight and I still have another 3-4 stone to lose. It has actually been a year since I have lost any weight and it has not been without trying. 

I have been at this stage many times in my life but never for a year. Normally after losing so much weight I always plateau. I get to the stage of not being able to lose anymore weight and then after a few months it goes back on again. On a few occasions it has sent me into a depression which has made matters so much worse. 

Here I am a year on and I am still in that place. I am still eating healthy 80% of the time the other 20% are the stages that I really find hard and I slip for a short while. 

I am still exercising too, some weeks are good.  Last year my normal distance was 5k this year it’s 7k sometimes I even go further. 

This week though has been particularly bad. I meet a group of ladies once a week. We all run together. I have always felt that I do ok. I am not the fastest but I am not the slowest either. 

This week though I was so tired that I almost didn’t go. I thought it would do me good so I did go. During the run I was lagging behind so much that I held everybody up. 

It was like I had lost my whole ability to run at all. I was out of breath, my legs were aching so much and my energy levels disappeared so quickly. I just couldn’t keep up at all

I haven’t really ached much after a run for a long time – probably ever since I did my half marathon. This time though I seemed to ache for days. 

On this occasion it had the total opposite effect on me that I would have thought. 

Instead of me thinking I have lost all my ability and end up going down the route of all the bad 20% of my eating habits, it made me more determined instead. I looked at it as a blip and I was happier I went even though I was aching. 


Year 2 week 18

30th April – 6th May 2017

It’s less than a week now until I go to Rwanda and I face a pretty big physical challenge for me.

Training for a half marathon has been really hard. If I think about it now, I think I must have had a moment of madness. It seems a crazy thing to have done.  When I signed up it was something that was totally out of reach – at that time there would have been no way I could have ever done it.

I think one of the reasons I did sign up was because I wanted to continue on this journey I have been going down for the last 16 months. I was finding it hard to stay focused on my goals and I felt I needed a challenge to continue. My focus changed from myself to all the children I will be helping along the way. 

It has taken a lot of grit and determination to train for this event. I don’t think I could have done it though without a few people helping me along the way. 

Matt has been great – he has trained with me on some occasions. He has also been a great encourager. 

There are also a few ladies that I train with once a week. One of those ladies has gone out of her way to help me. One week we went and with no warning I said I wanted to go 8 miles. She was brilliant and totally up for the challenge. This week I told her I wanted to do 10 miles – she went out of her way planning what route to do. 

We did pick the hottest day, but we did it. We actually went 10 miles. Sometimes I think I dreamt it, but I didn’t – we really did it. After, when I got home, I was so happy that I was dancing around the house. I don’t know where I got the energy from. 

For the past 6 weeks I got myself a running coach because I felt I needed all the help I could get. He has been brilliant, he has shown me a few techniques that should make it easier for me when I am running. He has told me where to position my feet with every step, how to swing my arms, to look up, how to breathe and so much more. 

You would think that these things would come naturally that you would automatically know how to swing your arms and breathe. But no – apparently there is a wrong way. So the training with him has been vital and I think I have come on a long way since he joined ‘Team Debbie’!

I think when it comes to doing the half marathon I will have his voice going around in my head telling me to lift my head and control my breathing – much to Matts dismay I’m sure. 

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Day 268

Saturday 24th September 2016

I have been on the detox for 6 days now and it is going ok. However I have been feeling really hungry.

The only things I eat on this detox is protein (eggs, meat, fish, nuts or seeds) only one per meal, vegetables and fruit. It’s a little less than what I normally eat. It turns out to be only about 1000 calories a day. 

January was the last time I ate so little and I was out of action for a long time. I also had no energy for a few weeks after the detox. 

What I am amazed about this time is that my calorie intake is so low but I still have plenty of energy – it’s like someone has pressed the power button and left it on. 

Yesterday I had my training. Training while on a detox is not usually advisable because you don’t have enough energy. Yesterday though I coped really well and he even worked me harder than normal. 

The longer I am on the detox the hungrier I am getting but I am losing a pound a day so a little hunger is worth it. I just hope I can continue for 4 more days. 

Start weight 21st 5lbs

16stlbs.        1lbs⬇️. 75lbs⬇️total

Start weight 136.5kg

101.6kg.      0.5kgs⬇️. 34.9kg⬇️total

Day 256

Monday 12th September 2016

Sometimes I get a bit amazed that I am still sticking to my healthy eating plan. 

When I first saw Jenny I started on the metabolic balance programme which is healthy eating especially designed for me. People who do it all get different foods that they can choose from. For instance, I couldn’t eat beef to start with. Beef contains acid and I had to lower the acid levels so I didn’t eat beef for a while. But others might have beef on their list.  I can eat it now though. 

My food diary is a lot more relaxed than when I first started. There are a few phases I have been through

Phase 1 – a two day detox, which was horrible!

Phase 2 – Two weeks of protein and vegetables with no oil or butter which was a little better but not much. I had the shakes a lot and went through food withdrawals and I didn’t have much energy either. 

Phase 3 – The same as phase 2 but I could add oil and butter. This stage was great as I could add a lot more flavour to my food. It took a while though for the shakes to go and to get my energy back but it did return. 

I am now on relaxed phase 3 – it’s the same but a few more foods have been added like beef, oats and a few more vegetables. 

At the beginning Jenny told me that you can live on relaxed phase 3.  I didn’t believe her. At the time I didn’t even think I would get past phase 1!

But I did and I am still going. I feel like the Duracell bunny – I could go on and on and on. 

Eventhough I could keep going it doesn’t stop me on occasions from getting really bored. My food diary now is so much more limiting from what I was eating last year. The only difference is that I was piling on the weight last year and this year it’s doing the opposite. 

So the times I get bored I remember how far I have come and not wanting to go back. 

Ok so my food is a little more limiting but I am also preferring all the flavours now and I don’t think I could ever go back even if I wanted to.

Start weight 21st 5lbs

16st 7lbs.        0.4lbs⬇️.    68lbs⬇️total

Start weight 136.5kg

104.8kg.     0.2kg⬇️.      31.7kg⬇️total

Day 134

Friday 13th May 2016

Today my personal trainer came. Every week we are now doing the HIIT exercises. The exercises  are going for longer and I am doing more of them. I find I am coping really well, I don’t seem to get too tired after. 

I have noticed that over the last few months my energy levels have gone up. 

Last year when doing my training I would be fit to do nothing for the rest of the day. I would ache a lot and be totally exhausted. 

I have noticed that this year I have had a gradual increase in energy. 

After my training now instead of feeling exhausted I feel reenergised. 

I am constantly amazed how quickly things are improving. I wish I started this healthier life years earlier.

17st 6.7lbs.   ⬅️➡️.    54.3lbs⬇️total

111.0kg.         ⬅️➡️.     25.6kg⬇️total

Day 125

Wednesday 4th May 2016

It was a very busy day today. I was busy doing lots of things and I didn’t seem to get tired once. 4 months ago I wouldn’t have been able to cope and flaked out halfway through the day. 

I saw Jenny the nutritionist today again. My results from my blood test had come in but only that morning. So it was a quick overview instead.

I found the results very interesting. I had improved in a lot of things. I have reduced the risk of getting diabetes, osteoporosis & gout considerably. My fatty acids and lipids in the blood are healthier. 

I have an under active thyroid. For years they haven’t functioned properly, but now they have been awakened. I am now producing T3 &T4  natural cortisol (stress hormone) I hope that means I will be less stressed and not more. It also means that I have more energy. 

My favourite improvement though is the fact that my Uric acid levels in my blood are back in balance. Which means I can finally eat beef.

However there was an issue with my white blood cells. I have had a bad stomach since coming back from holiday. I thought maybe it was because I wasn’t eating as healthily now , even though I am still being healthy. Apparently it looks like I got an infection on holiday and my white blood cells have been exhausted and now they don’t function properly. 

There is a solution though and that is for me to keep taking my apple cider vinegar tablets, probiotics (supplements) and prebiotics that means more of those disgusting veggie smoothies every day. 

17st 10.5lbs.    ⬅️➡️.       50.5lbs⬇️total

112.7kg.           ⬅️➡️.        23.8kg⬇️total

Day 121

Saturday 30th April 2016

The one day I could lie in and I woke up really early – it’s always the way.  I found, though, that I was in the mood to spring clean my room.

I went through all my clothes. It was only a couple of weeks ago that I last did it. However, this time I was throwing away clothes that I have always loved and have worn lots. Surprisingly I found it quite hard. But they had to go as they were too big.

I would usually only have the energy to clean up for a couple of hours but today I lasted all day. My bedroom has never looked so good.

I couldn’t quite believe it this morning when I had finally reached the 50lb down mark. The weight loss had been so slow lately but when it finally hit that target it was amazing.

It’s also good that it’s come on the last day of the month Which means I have managed 50lbs in 4 months. 

It also means that I am half way to my overall goal.

17st 10.9lbs.    0.9lbs⬇️.       50.1lbs⬇️total

112.9kg.            0.4kg⬇️.        23.6kg⬇️total