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How I Lost 1 Stone In 1 Month

how i lost 1 stone in 1 month

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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Why Wouldn’t You Go To Centerparcs?

It’s no secret how much I love Centerparcs. If you follow me on twitter then you are probably sick of all my tweets about it, my bad!

Anyway, on to what we did. There were 7 of us to start off the week which increased to 8 half way through, so it made sense to get a 4 bedroom villa but we were very lucky because we also had a games room and a sauna.

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This is the first time in a long time that we cooked most of our evening meals in the villa, but with so many of us, it would have gotten overly expensive. That saying, we went out on Thursday evening to the Indian, called Rajinda Pradesh, for my brothers birthday (he’s officially a teenager!).

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To be honest, we do so many activities during the day that by 5pm we’re about ready to drop! So it was really nice to sit down in the evening and be comfy as opposed to stuck in a restaurant! I just think we enjoyed our evening a little more, despite the fact that it is lovely eating out.

Each day we played tennis and badminton (standard for us!), plus so much cycling. We also enjoyed a couple of rounds of adventure golf and on our last evening we did an Aerial Adventure, which is very similar to Go Ape! and you zip wire across the lake at the end. And of course how could I forget the swimming, as well as pedalos on the lake.

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These activities are of course our preference, and there are so many more too – you have the spa where you can have treatments or spend a half/full day, there are other outdoor activities including rock climbing and abseiling, a lake for all kinds of water activities and also indoor activities. This is only for adults, there are even more for children, check out the website here.

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I think it can be very difficult to spend every day outside unless it is your job! It’s so refreshing to spend this time outside, doing activities, cycling and walking about.

I honestly think that Centerparcs is for absolutely everyone, there is something for for whatever takes your fancy. Cost can always be negotiated, whether you choose an activity and eat in, or go swimming and cycling so that you can eat out. There’s a lot of controversy about this, particularly on Mumsnet, so I’ve decided to do another post about it. Stay tuned!

Obviously I’m completely biased but if you are considering going then go! You won’t regret it at all!

I love it so much that I’m off again in 2 months with @LDNmeetup for #bloggersinvadecenterparcs and I cannot wait!

Have you ever been? What do you think? Or are you considering going?

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New Year Update #1

I’d be seriously lying to you if I told you that I started off the year with tonnes of exercise and healthy food. This has not been the case. I am lacking some serious motivation, I even weighed myself and I’ve written down everything that I’ve done and eaten but something isn’t clicking.
Is anyone else having this problem? Or is it just me?

If anyone has some great motivation blog posts or even some tips, please please PLEASE send them my way.

There’s something mentally stopping me from getting up and sorting it out. Don’t get me wrong, every other aspect of my life is sorted, thought about, planned out, you name it, i’ve done it. It’s just losing weight that has me stumped.

I’m desperate to shift this weight, so why can’t I get down the gym? I’m sat here writing when I can be at the gym. 

On another note, I do have something exciting happening from Wednesday to Saturday which you will find out all about next week. Don’t worry it’s 100% health related, I’m not giving up on myself! So all that motivation you’re going to send my way will be much appreciated as it’s going to be a tough 4 days. Apologies to anyone who has to be around me!


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