Friday, 29 November 2013

Weekly Weight Loss Weeks 56 and 57

Over the last two weeks, I've lost two pound in total--a steady one pound each week. It's been a busy fortnight for me, which is why I missed out on posting last week's weight loss results (I did on Bubblews too). I know it shouldn't be an excuse but there are times that life just gets in the way.

I've learnt a lot over the two weeks: mainly that I can have a busy life and still lose weight. I don't have to give into the cravings and do make healthy decisions, as long as they are in the house. It would have been really easy for me to give in and eat the sweets, chocolates and crisps in the house or order takeout every night but I decided to make good decisions.

Here is the full post about my fortnight weight loss:

I hope you're weight loss is still on track. Mine is with three pound to go in three weeks. It's going to be a close one but I'm really excited. I can't believe how close goal is right now!

Things I Learnt About Weight Loss from Running a Business

Running a business and weight loss have some similarities.

If you’d have said that to me a few years ago, I’d have laughed at you. It’s only been since trying to do both that I’ve found a relationship between them.

Don’t believe me? Well here are some of the things I’ve learnt about weight loss from running a business.

It’s All About Perseverance

Nothing happens overnight. Those “overnight successes” that you hear about on the news, haven’t been quick ones at all. It has taken those behind the business months, if not years, to get everything in place to suddenly become the most talked about company.

Perseverance is key to running a business, especially a successful one, just like it is key to weight loss. If you’re not willing to put the effort in, you’re not going to get very far. Those quick fix diets just don’t work—at least not in the long term.

You Need to Set Goals

When I first started a business, my goal was to earn more than I would in a full time job, without having to do as much. I’m a long way away from that at the moment, but I don’t mind admitting that.

Along the way, I’ve set mini goals and targets. Sometimes I’ve met them and sometimes I haven’t. The goals I set at the start of the year were a great way to boost my motivation after coming off maternity leave, but I haven’t met them all and I’m not going to. But I’m on the right track and there is no going back.

It’s the same with weight loss. Goal setting is essential. That end result just seems so far away, it’s really easy to get disheartened. By setting mini goals, you drop the pounds slowly, you see that it is working and before you know it, you’re closer to succeeding than you are to failing.

Don’t Let One Bad Day Ruin It All

One bad day in the office isn’t the end of the business. I’ve had days where clients have turned down my quote and gone elsewhere. I’ve had days where editors have asked for revision after revision because they just don’t like the style; not that the information was wrong. It happens and you just have to get on with it.

When it comes to weight loss, there are bad days. There have been weeks that I’ve gained weight and weeks where there was no move. Instead of focusing on this, running a business taught me to look at the bigger picture.

When a client turns an offer down, I remember the clients who have said yes and those who offer more than I would usually quote. When I gain weight one week, I look back at the weight that I have lost and the journey that I’ve already made.

So, it turns out that running a business and losing weight aren’t that much different. While the end results may be different, the practice and tips are relatively alike.

Do you find weight loss has a connection to something in your life? It could be your job, a sport you play or something entirely different. Feel free to share in the comments below.

Image credit: UrbaneWomenMag

Friday, 22 November 2013

My Top Weight Loss Blogs That You Should Follow

People all over the world have proven that successful weight loss comes from being accountable. Blogging is just one way of doing that and there are some blogs that I love to read. They share the ups and downs. They offer tips to reads. Most of all, they inspire others to take up the challenge of losing weight and see it through to the end.

These are my favourite weight loss blogs that I recommend following.

The Running Blogger

Between August and November of 2011, Emily knew that she needed to do something. She was inactive, overweight and just simply wasn’t happy with her life. She wasn’t a runner or a blogger but that soon changed with The Running Blogger. She was simply the victim of a hectic life, with three part-time jobs and a social life. Her blog details every journey of her success. There are ups and there are downs. She makes it clear that she is just a regular human being with a life.

Authentically Emmie

Emily (also known as Emmie) documented her whole journey through Authentically Emmie when she decided it was time to lose weight. She shared the good and the bad. She even shared the downright ugly. As of November 2013, she has shed 113 pounds and is still going. Something that I love about this website is that the whole site is easy to navigate around. If you’re checking it out for the first time, there is a link on her homepage to her top posts so you get to know who she is.

It Sux to be Fat

Jennifer started It Sux to be Fat in 2009 when she decided it was time to lose weight. I’ve only really found this one quite recently but that doesn’t mean I like it any less than the ones I’ve followed for a while. She shares her tips to keep motivated and lose weight healthily and even shares her own recipes. There are plenty of reviews too—and they’re honest ones, which is something I love the most. She’s also a fellow Weight Watchers member and even shares her screen shots from her online graph—I wish I thought of that!

One Man’s Trip to the Half

It’s not just women who need to lose weight and I don’t just follow female bloggers. There are men out there who struggle with their weight loss and sometimes it’s great to see how the other half cope. OneMan’s Trip to the Half is owned by Zeusmeatball and he documents his journey and offers tips to others along the way. It’s a blogspot blog, so it can be difficult to navigate through—there’s a lot of posts to get through to the start and there’s no easy way for us to set that up for you.

Learn Fitness

Another male weight loser is Sean and he has the blog LearnFitness. This is more than just shedding the pounds. He wanted to learn how to be a healthier person and now offers advice to others who are starting out where he did. He shares his whole weight loss life, including his playlist for the gym and tools that he’s used along the way. His journey hasn’t been easy—weight loss just isn’t easy—but he shares the highs and lows and admits that it’s all been through trial and error.

So, those are my favourite weight loss bloggers. I hope you get something from them—and hope you get something from mine. It’s so important for weight loss bloggers to be authentic and honest; after all, it’s a way for us to remain accountable for our actions.

Do you have a favourite weight loss blogger? Feel free to share in the comments below. If it’s one that I haven’t covered, please do leave a link. If you have a weight loss blog, share that too. I’d like to check it out!

Friday, 15 November 2013

Have You Hit a Weight Loss Plateau? How to Get Over This Blip

Is your weight loss at a stand still?
A weight loss plateau is when your weight stays the same for three weeks or more. There is often no rhyme or reason for it. Some people find it really easy to lose weight and will have the odd “stay the same” or gain here and there but others really struggle with plateaus.

I’ve not had any plateaus this time round but in the past I’ve definitely hit a point where I’ve stopped losing weight. Recently, I’ve heard of a lot of people struggling to get past the point they’re at right now and wondering why they should both continuing.

Don’t forget to look back at where you’ve come from for your reason why! Once you have that, you’re in the right spot to get over that weight loss plateau.

Here are the tips I can give:

Take Your Measurements

Just because your weight is staying the same, doesn’t mean you are. Your whole body will be changing. A weight loss plateau can happen for all sorts of reasons and one of those is due to growing muscle.

Take your measurements of your hips, waist and chest and see how your body has changed recently. You could even try on that new dress or the pair of pants you’ve been trying to get into for months. You’ll probably find that they’re getting closer to fitting, despite the scales telling you that nothing has changed.

Eat More Than You Should

It may sound counterproductive but for one week—and one week only—eat a little more than you should. Your weight loss plateau could be because your body has simply gotten used to your diet. You need to eat a little more to shake it up and then go back on track.

You may gain that week but at least you’ve moved! The next week you can get back on your plan and you’ll see a loss. You’ll be surprised by how little extra you have to eat to see this too. If it doesn’t do any good the first week, try again for a second.

Look at Your Activity and the Amount You Eat

Another reason for your weight to hit a plateau is because you’re not eating enough for the amount of exercise you’re doing. Your body needs fuel and can go into starvation mode as it clings on to all the calories it can.

Assess the amount of activity you’re doing and make sure you’re eating enough. If you’re doing Weight Watchers like me, you’ll earn activity points. Some people find they have to eat their activity points to be able to lose weight. Others find that they can store up to a certain amount to have a good weight loss.

Everyone is different, so you’ll need to find what works for you. During the experimentation phase you may see your weight fluctuating. Gaining a pound or two one week isn’t going to be too bad—it will come off!

Go Back to the Start to Kick Start Your Weight Loss

Sometimes your body just needs that slight kick and a weight loss plateau is a time for that. Give your own weight loss a kick start by going back to what you were doing at the start of your journey. That doesn’t mean eating everything you did then—you’ve likely found that you need to eat a little less to keep losing.

As you’ve gone on, you’ve probably found that you’re taking more chances with your portions and aren’t quite tracking as you should. It happens. Life gets in the way and you want something quick. There’s nothing wrong with it but you need to be honest with yourself.

Go back to what you did right at the start. You remember how religiously you tracked, right? When you measured out your portions, you knew that you were within the limits of your plan and that helped you lose weight.

If you’ve hit a weight loss plateau don’t despair. It is annoying—I know how annoying it is—but it doesn’t mean the diet isn’t working for you anymore. There are so many factors involved with your weight, including hormones, medication, exercise and the type of food that you eat. Take a look at the above tips and see if they help you kick start your weight loss again.

How have you kicked started your weight loss? Share your tips for handling a weight loss plateau or your stories of how you overcame yours.

Image by: zigazou76

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Weekly Weight Loss Week 54 and 55

I'm sorry I missed last week's again. Over the last two weeks I've lost half a pound (lost one and a half last week but gained a pound this week). I detail it all here and here.

For this week, the plan of attack is to stick to my points. If you've read week 55, you'll notice that it was a change of medication. I'm hoping my hormones and body have settled down and gotten used to them now.

I am back to my normal weigh in on Tuesday next week, which will really help.

I hope you're having better success and are closer to your goal.

Friday, 8 November 2013

When Is the Best Time to Stop Losing Weight?

Is it about time you stopped losing weight?

I’m never going to get to my ideal weight. In fact, the number that I think is ideal isn’t really that ideal.

I would love to see the numbers 9st 7lb on the scales. For some reason, that has always stuck out at me as being my ideal weight. But it’s not and I’m never going to get there. I’ve made the decision to stop losing weight once I get to just under a stone heavier than that. I’m stopping once I get to 10st 6lbs.

Why? Because it’s the best time for me to stop losing weight.

Here are a few ways I came to this decision.

Look Back at Old Photos and Be Honest

I took a trip down memory lane. I looked back at photos when I was at around the 10st mark. Sure, my body has changed a bit over the last few years with having a baby but I came to the decision that 10st and anything under that made me look too thin.

Yes you can look too thin! And just because your BMI tells you that you can go to a certain weight doesn’t mean that it will look healthy.

Please be honest with yourself and stop losing weight if you get to the point where you’re starting to look skinny and unhealthy.

Focus on Living a Healthy Lifestyle

Your BMI isn’t everything. It may say that a healthy weight is 10st for your height but that doesn’t mean you’re going to get there or that you need to get there. 10st 7lb may be perfect for you.

You need to factor in the amount of exercise that you do. Muscle does weight more than fat—a pound of muscle is smaller in size that a pound of fat. If you exercise a lot and have built up a lot of exercise, your BMI is going to be high.

Focus on that healthy lifestyle and not just what the figures on the scales say. You could try for months to get to a “healthy” weight and it can cause stress and worry that you’re not getting there. If you’re worried, talk to your doctor.

Be Happy with Yourself

You need to be happy with yourself—the way you feel and the way you look. You may think that your ideal weight is 9st but find that 10st is the figure that you have always dreamed of. It’s time to stop losing weight!

You don’t know how your body will look when you lose weight. There are a number of factors that affect that, including any excess skin you have, the amount of exercise you do and generally where your body gains more fat (your body shape). Think about them as you are losing weight and be honest with yourself.

If you’re happy before the figure on the scales say you should be, stop losing weight!

Be honest with yourself all the time. Look back at photos and judge whether you look too skinny or just right. Remember your exercise and think along the way. Do you really need to lose more weight? Chances are you’re not going to get to that ideal weight you thought you needed to reach at first. It may be time to stop losing weight and start working on keeping it off.

Is it time you stopped losing weight? Do you think there is a right time to stop losing weight?

Image credit: Stuart Miles/