A year in review.

How do I sum up a year of changing my life?

How do I sum up personal achievements that I could never imagined possible?

How do I sum up friendships & family that have supported me through thick & thin?

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New Year, Happier Me!

Exactly two years ago, I wrote a post called New Year, Old Me about how I wanted to become healthy.

At the time I wrote the post, I don’t think I’d still be on this journey two years later.

My first year was a breeze, the weight came off quickly and I found I enjoyed the journey. Then came Christmas and I spent six months battling to lose the weight I put on in two weeks.

Then over the year, I rediscovered my activity mojo. I started with Swimathon & swam 5k for Marie Curie in April, and loved it.

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Then I had a bike for my birthday, and spent the summer happily cycling along the canal towpaths to and from work until I crashed. I still haven’t got over the fear of getting back on my bike but when the lighter days come back – I’ll be back!

Also in the summer, I joined The People’s Orchestra and I’ve found that being musically active again has improved my mental attitude & outlook. I hadn’t realised how much I’d missed music in my life, plus the commitment & work required to do my bit, and the fab new friends I’ve made have helped me refresh my attitude to a lot of things.

Over the summer, I gradually began to pick up my Couch 2 5k podcasts and began to enjoy finding time to run on the treadmill, and after a Parkrun suddenly realised that I found running joyous. That triggered me to look for help in getting better at it. With encouragement from my husband & some of our Twitter friends I’ve joined a beginners running group run by the West Bromwich Harriers. Again, I’ve started seeing myself in a new light, by what I’ve achieved with them & the new friends I’ve made.

I’ve also discovered a whole new world of friendship through Twitter, some of these friendships have spilled into the real world, but even those that haven’t are amazing. When I’m happy, people celebrate with me, when I’m down, there’s always someone to listen. And more often than not, I find myself inspired and in hysterical laughter with some of the conversations.

This year, I’m not making resolutions. I’m going to commit to making time to run, and I’ve entered a 10k event in May, so have a goal to work for. My goal to be a healthy weight, and a good role model for my children all of a sudden feels tangible and within reach, and I have no doubt I’ll get there.

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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!

Picture Almost Perfect!

It’s been two weeks since my last blog post.

But this time it’s been for the right reasons – instead of sitting in the arm chair every Friday afternoon, I’ve been going to the gym – and loving it!

When I started going about 3 weeks ago, I could run in blocks of 10 minutes. I’m now running/jogging non-stop for 1/2 an hour!

I’m feeling more energetic, I’m more focused on things, and I’m losing the pounds slowly but surely.

Last week I lost 1/2lb, and this week 1lb.

That doesn’t sound much, I hear you say!

Well to me, it’s massive!

I’ve been on this journey for 39 weeks, and that 1 little pound I lost today means I’ve lost 35lbs altogether.

TWO & A HALF STONES!

I feel wonderful.

Clothes fit me. I have a jaw line. People who I don’t see often are commenting.

And today, I decided to do a quick before/after picture to mark this milestone – I didn’t think I would see much difference, but I’m blown away by how much I’ve changed in 10 months.

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What do you think??

The left hand picture was taken in December 2011, just before I began losing weight, the right hand picture was taken 2 weeks ago.

Yes, I’ve got another 35lbs and more still to lose, but if I feel this good now, how amazing am I going to feel when I cross that finish line??

Keep on running….

This week I had a ‘stay the same’ on the scales.

I’m not disappointed though.

Since my last weigh in, I’ve been to the gym twice and run for longer than I ever have before.

Every time I add exercise into my routine, my weight loss pauses – I think my body goes into shock!!

What surprised me about going to the gym is … I really enjoyed it.

I set the program up, earphones in, audiobook on, and I’m away.

Last Friday, I ran for a block of 10 minutes – a first for me. Then on Sunday, I did a block of 15mins, and a block of 10 mins.

This Friday, I did one solid block of 20 minutes! In my head, I just keep saying “1 more minute” and I do it!!

The other inspiration I had this week came at my meeting.

I’m currently on a trial run as a helper – signing up new members. This week we were a little shorthanded so helped weighing people in.

It was great congratulating people when they’d lost, and giving out silver sevens & 10% key rings. But it was also good to feel like I was encouraging those that hadn’t had a loss. The sensation of being there to help can’t be beaten. I left my meeting grinning like the Cheshire Cat.

So here’s to another happy week, running, skipping & limping all the way!

One Wedding, One Week, Four Pounds

What a week!

After my weigh in last week, I spent the rest of the morning packing for a trip down South for a family wedding.

After hubby got home, we changed into smart clothes to spend an hour at our friends’ adoption celebration, then hit the road to Guildford. The traffic was appalling, and after a few A road detours and a stop for Burger King tea (yes I know – naughty) we arrived at the hotel & met my parents.

The next day, we had lots of time, as the wedding wasn’t till 4pm, so we walked over to the Guildford Spectrum leisure centre. – a fantastic facility, with ice skating, 10 pin bowling, soft play and swimming – both a proper pool and a leisure pool.

We took the children to the leisure pool – there’s three awesome slides (do I’m told – I’m a total coward!); waves; jacuzzi; splash pools; fountains and a small pirate ship with loads of little slides and shallow pools for the toddlers. We had a brilliant time!

After getting ready for the wedding, we were off!

The party was great – instead of favours there was a pick & mix stand, and instead of a disco – a juke box!

Everyone had a great time! And lots of family who I haven’t seen for a whole said done lovely things about my weightloss.

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We got home at lunch time on Sunday. My daughter was very poorly all Sunday night, so we both stayed home on Monday to recover.

For the rest of the week, I’ve been working from home as we’ve had some work done in one of our bathrooms & the kitchen following a cistern leak at Easter.

So I’ve been extra careful this week, conscious I had a gain last week and been away again.

And it paid off! I lost 4lbs, taking my total to 26.5lbs over 24 weeks.

My next goal of 28lbs (2 stone) is only 1.5lbs away!

To say I’m grinning like a Cheshire Cat would be an understatement!

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Bumpy Birthday

Well it’s week 20, and I’ve had a loooooooooong week.

Been working to a deadline that wa going well until some technical issues meant that at 6.15pm last night I realised I was still 2hrs away from finishing. I dashed home, kissed the ids good night, shoved a ready meal in the oven and finished work at 9.15pm.

Hey Ho! Today is my birthday, and I was hoping to get at least 0.5lb off to hit my 1.5stone mini goal. It was not to be.

I’ve stayed the same. Which still leaves me with 20.5lbs in 20 weeks gone.

My family have bought me some very thoughtful birthday presents – mainly the components to make my own hazelnut lattes. Yum!

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So down to earth with a bump, but onwards towards next week with a determined face!!!