Happy with Half

What a week!

It’s been great to be in back in some kind of routine.

On Saturday, I planned all our evening meals for the week, and made sure I had good packed lunch food on the shopping list.

For Saturday’s family tea, I cooked the sausage pizza from the new WW cookbook I treated myself too – the kids declared it scrumptious, and I and husband agreed.

I also promised myself I’d be more active this week in a mission to try and shift the 5lb Christmas present I gave myself. And I kept it.

Saturday, I used the treadmill and bike at the gym, and Sunday I used the X-Box fitness game I’ve got -I tried a bit of Tai Chi thinking it’d be a nice warm down – it was, but it left my thighs in TOTAL agony for 4 days!

On Monday and Wednesday I got the train into work, which means a mile walk each way in and out of the office, and I choose to walk along the canal, so it’s a really pleasant walk.

On Tuesday, I went on the X-Box again, and stretched out those Tai Chi thighs!

On Thursday, I worked from home, and had planned to go for a swim, but when we got there, we were met with an apology as the timetable on the website hadn’t been updated to show the closures for school lessons, so that was a no-go.

Instead of using my lunch break to swim, husband took me out for lunch to Pizza Hut, and we were really impressed with the ‘healthier’ choice on the menu. (I say ‘healthier’ as it’s still not healthy, but you can have a treat without having a blow out!)

They’re called Pizzetta, and there’s a veggie one, a prawn one and chicken one, and they come with unlimited access to the salad bar. I chose the chicken one, and was pleasantly surprised with how big it was (if you’re on WW, all three Pizzetta work out at 12 ProPoints each). And I filled my salad plate with ‘zero-heroes’. I really enjoyed my pizza and was SO full afterwards I wanted a nap!

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So what was the result of my planning & activity??

I lost 2.5lbs! Which, if you think about, took two weeks to put on, so to lose 1/2 in one week gives me incentive to lose the other 2.5lbs this week.

Wish me luck!

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Back to Basics!

Well the first weigh in of the year is over with!

Over the two week Christmas holiday I’ve gained 5lbs. This means I’m still 32lbs lighter than when I started this journey.

I would have liked a smaller gain, I knew a gain was inevitable, but had set my expectations at a 7lb gain, so I can live with 5!

So this week it’s back to basics – meal planning, packed lunches, tracking like a demon, and upping the activity!

I did 5k at the gym yesterday and have just done 26 minutes on Just Dance 4 on the Wii – on the Just Sweat setting.

If you’re wondering if it works – oh yes, as you can see here:

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It was good fun though, and felt like a cross between dancing & aerobics – plus there are 4 dance styles, and each one has 10min, 25min & 45min sessions.

I’m going to add some variety into my activity – we’ve got various Wii games, X-Box games and DVDs, as well as use of the gym, pool & classes – so there’s no excuses!

Healthy me – here I come!

New Year, Old Mission

A year ago, I wrote a blog post called New Year, Old Me – I pledged to myself that I would end 2012 healthier than when it started, and I’ve achieved that pledge.

Over the last 12 months I’ve lost 37lbs – with some ups and stumbles along the way.

I can now run 5k – at the beginning of the year, I couldn’t run for 5 minutes.

I’ve gone down three dress sizes and am no longer self conscious when I go out socially.

I still have about another 35lbs to go to reach a healthy weight – in the BMI tracker I have about 7lbs to go to no longer be obese.

I’ve blogged some of my highs and lows through the year and you can find them here.

For 2013, I’m not making any new resolutions, only to commit to my ongoing mission to be healthy, for me, for my children, for life.

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Happy new year, I hope 2013 is amazing year!