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How I Lost 1 Stone In 1 Month

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I really wasn’t sure whether I would sit down to write this post, let along actually sure how I lost 1 stone in 1 month.

It’s taken a long time to actually get here, I would always lose a few pounds and think it was fine to go back to the way I had been eating which led to putting back on those few pounds and then some.

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While it hasn’t been easy to battle with myself and all those demons telling me to give up and that I can’t do it, I powered on through.

I’m not even half way to where I wan to be but it’s one hell of a start and if I can lose another stone and a half in the next two months, I will be extremely happy. It’s also a totally achievable target and I’m hoping I’ll be able to exceed it!

Food:

A lot of it is down to what I eat, I could do all the running and exercise in the world but if I eat junk food all the time then I’d probably still gain weight.

Breakfast -> If I remember to eat then I would typically have smoothies made with coconut water or spelt flour pancakes.

Lunch -> A salad of some form but I also love the Tasty Little Numbers meals which are only 200 calories.

Dinner -> It can range from chicken with vegetables and sweet potato to salmon with beetroot and rice but normally a vegetable will take place of the carb in my dinner.

Snacks -> If I’m absolutely desperate, I’ll have fruit or a cup of green tea.

Exercise:

I do exercise any day that I can, I aim for nearly everyday with a couple of days rest a week and hope I’m not hurting too much from the previous day.

I start out with a 1.3 mile or so run which can take anything from 16 to 20 minutes depending on how much my legs are aching. I’m hoping to slowly increase this to 2 to hit my goal of 5k by January. After a run I tend to do 3 sets of 5 different exercises, including weights, planks and squats. Some days this is the easy part and other days it’s so hard to get through. But there’s normally dinner to look forward to afterwards which makes it almost bearable.

This is literally what I have done so far, I do not calorie count, of course I make sure there aren’t thousands of calories in what I’m eating, and I stay away from takeaways and junk food. So in a way I do have a rough idea of the intake of calories but I don’t physically go over every piece of food and write down the calories that I’m eating.

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It’s a crazy feeling what I’ve accomplished so far, and I am ridiculously proud of myself for coming as far as I have. All I can say is that I’m starting to enjoy the exercise and it’s an amazing feeling being able to go down a size in clothes now.

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A Beginners Guide To Running

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If you saw my post last week on taking part in the Too Fat To Run Campaign then you will know that I have started running and doing exercises so I thought I would share what I have been doing with you.

This is totally a beginners guide and I was so unfit to begin with that I thought I would never be able to run a mile.

For the first week I did a 1.2 mile run everyday followed by 3 sets of 4 exercises, including plank, 10 squats, 10 crunches and 10 press ups. These then increased to 15 during the week and 20 by the end of the week.

Even though I was extremely unfit at the beginning of the week, I started to see improvements daily and by the end of the week I was running 2 and a half minutes quicker than the beginning of the week and on my own which meant it was time to step it up a notch.

My 8th run, after 1 rest day, took 17 and a half minutes, my best time yet and a 3 minute improvement since I started only a week ago.

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My Top Tips for Beginning Running:

  • Take it slow, think of it as a long race instead of a sprint
  • It’s not going to be easy at first, so be patient
  • As much as I would love things to happen overnight, it doesn’t, keep at it regularly
  • Haters gunna hate, they just wish they were running themselves
  • Keep track of your progress

Soon you’ll be thinking when the next time you can go for a run is!

Do you go running? How did you feel starting out?

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Too Fat To Run Campaign

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In July, Julie, who is behind toofattorun.co.uk, was on the search for 8 bloggers to take part in her Too Fat To Run campaign so I thought I would give it a shot and I was over the moon when she said I could take part!

As I moved home at the end of July, I already knew that I wanted to get healthier and fitter so to be part of this campaign made it so much easier to be motivated.

As part of the campaign, Julie has granted all the bloggers 6 months access to The Clubhouse. A virtual running club which includes weekly session plans, technique drills, information about running related things, support and advice and “a friendly shoulder to cry on when things go terribly wrong and an encouraging group to celebrate your successes”. I don’t know about you but it sounds like a great little community to be a part of.

They have an awful lot of information on the website which is great and everyone has access to it.

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One of my biggest fears with running is to have people laughing at me or not doing good enough while I’m exercising. Last year, when I went on a run for the first time, I got shouted at by a bunch of “lads”. Delightful, eh?! This time around, I have either been running with my mum or my sister, so even when we get a few looks, I’m not as bothered because I’m not on my own.

There is a colour coded system which members use, ranging from not running and contemplating to plodder and slogger. Now that I have been on a few runs myself, I would put myself in the Run-Walker category. It’s exactly in the middle and I didn’t know what I was capable of until I went out at the beginning of August and completely surprised everyone.

It’s amazing how 5 years ago, Julie started her blog as someone who came very last in a 10k race and now it is an incredible community. She is an inspiration to the larger women of us out there.

I started our running 1 mile a day but each day I was seeing improvements in my fitness and according to everyone else, the weight started dropping off.

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I’m probably getting ahead of myself here but I’ve also set myself some small fitness goals for the next 6 months.

  • Run 1 mile without stopping
  • Run-walk 5K

I don’t want to set huge goals for myself so if I just set a couple of small ones, I can set myself some larger ones when I’ve achieved them.

I am so glad Julie asked me to work with her, I am beyond excited. I can’t wait to share more of my fitness journey with you all, that is the reason I started my blog after all.

Obviously when you’re working out, it is very important to keep hydrated, especially in the summer hear. I found the best way to do this is by using Bobble Bottles*. Plus they look good which is always a bonus! Each replaceable filter is the equivalent of 300 bottles of water. That’s saving you tons of money.

I absolutely love this classic Bobble Bottle, I love the magenta filter and that it comes with the soft-touch carry cap which can be used to attach it to a handle or belt loop.

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The Bobble Sport is actually perfect to take running. It is a bit larger than the 550ml one. It has a moulded grip, a carry handle and fits bike cages and gym equipment cup holders.

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I think it is a great idea that you can choose the type of bottle you want and choose the colour filter too! I would definitely mix and match it with different colours!

I can’t decide which colour to get next! #waterrevolution

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*I was kindly gifted these products and as always, all views are my own.

Adele’s Journey #8 | The Realisation of What You Actually Look Like

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I’m back with another part in Adele’s Journey! And this time we’re on a big positive, kind of.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how I was struggling with body confidence and how I felt with my body.

I have now come to the realisation of what I actually look like, how I look when I eat and what I must look like when I wear clothes that don’t suit my body shape. Fortunately, I feel like I have mastered that for the best part and I am so careful about what I wear so that I don’t have anything hanging out or look like I think I’m skinner than I am. Because, quite frankly, I know I’m not.

I think I’m lucky to be moving back home for a while, I will be more conscious of what I eat but more so, how much I eat. I’ve now seen what it must look like when I’m constantly grabbing more food, and not even the healthy stuff, the really unhealthy stuff and it’s quite disturbing.

I can’t believe how it looks when I’m constantly grabbing food, not just slowly picking, but literally stuffing my face. I guess it’s something that I’ve never thought about it before but I think it’s something I will be more thoughtful of and think about what I’m buying.

Luckily, I have noticed a difference, apart from my weekend in Centerparcs when all went out of the window, I have seen little changes in what I pick up when I’m shopping. I avoid the aisles with biscuits and crisps down them as that’s when I go seriously wrong.

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I’ve been waiting for that sign (I know, I know, I should just get off my ass and get down the gym and start eating healthier), however battling with things mentally can really mess you up, all that comfort food that you feel like you need, but really don’t, is just sitting there waiting to be eating.

There are countless times I’ve picked up packets of crisps and bars of chocolate when I’m having a bad or weak moment, then gotten home and thought “get a grip, you don’t need this” and thrown these unopened packets in the bin just so that I don’t eat it is unbelievable. It’s a waste of money and I know that I don’t need it, I just need to get in to the thought process of not buying them in the first place, which is evidently getting there.

For now, if I can get in to the thought process of not buying junk food to comfort myself in a bad moment then this will be an amazing start, even if this means that I don’t lose weight, this will come with time. The moment I start looking after what I put into my body, the sooner I can start losing weight and I will feel so much better in myself. My skin will look so much better and I will have loads more energy than I did before. I have already started seeing small changes as I am more conscious about what I am eating.

Sure, there are a fair few times that I have slipped up but this is to be expected. I’m addicted to something in them or there is something that is drawing me back in to eating it constantly. It’s a mystery to me!

I don’t expect things to happen overnight, despite how great that would be. I look forward to the moment when I feel satisfied to what I’ve achieved and managed to accomplish when sometimes it has looked like it will never happen. I get this feeling a lot of work, working to complete a task in a small space of time, it feels like it won’t come together in time but it does and the feeling is great!

It did really help that I had a week of good luck, everything went right and the feeling of that is so satisfying that I got the good karma I finally deserved. It felt like all of that hard work I had been doing for months and months had finally paid off and it was a great motivation to keep on going and keep on working hard and fighting for what I wanted. Which is exactly what I carried on doing and I’ve got a few exciting things happening in the next few weeks.

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