On a mission to lose weight

One of my new years resolutions is to loose weight. After doing some research online and looking at various types of diets I have decided that the one I’ll be following is the NHS Live Well 12 week plan. I used the NHS BMI healthy weight calculator to check my BMI and it came back as 25.64. This means I am overweight, although only just.

I thought I would add the NHS BMI healthy weight calculator to this post because chances are if you’re reading this post you may be thinking about loosing weight too so you may find it useful.

 

I’m around 5 foot 5 in height and weigh 11 stone. I don’t think I look fat, but I don’t think I look skinny either. Sometimes, well alot of the time, I feel fat. 

Growing up I was always skinny…




Sometimes a little too skinny…


I worked as a chambermaid in a hotel and although I ate a lot, having a physical job ensured I didn’t gain weight. I’m sure my age and more active lifestyle probably helped too!

I’ve always been aware of my weight. Even as a teenager, but I have never really actively pursued a diet, healthy eating or regular exercise. I did go through a phase of not eating very much during my teens and I did loose weight as a result, but the headaches and nausea that came with it wasn’t good. 

As a mum to two girls I want to help promote a healthy body image to them, in addition to teaching them about healthy eating. In order for me to do this I really need to practise what I preach as the old saying goes!

Starting new years day I’ll be embarking on my weight loss journey. My goal weight is 9 and a half stone and according to the NHS BMI healthy weight calculator if I acheive this goal my BMI will be a healthy 22.12.

So where do I begin?

I’ll share some of my vital statistics with you first…

Weight: 11st 1lb
Height: 5″5
Bust: 34C
Waist: 32″
Dress size: 12

Food

When I’m at home on my own with our girls, I don’t tend to eat much. Mainly because I’m too busy playing with and looking after our girls. When Twin Daddy is home and I have a bit more time I definitely eat more. 

When the girls are in bed I do eat a lot, but the worst thing for me is when I’m at work. 

I work two days a week in an office. This means I’m sitting down all day and I like to say that I ‘graze’. In other words I eat more or less all day! In fact Twin Daddy and I joke that my catchphrase is ‘I could eat,’ because if anyone evers asks me if I’m hungry or ready for food that’s my usual response and I’ve got to be honest and say I love food. I really do!

On a work day I grab breakfast, which is a croissant, on my way to the office and then eat it at my desk. This is around 8am. By 10am, I’ll usually have eaten two cereal bars and then lunch time is 12.30pm and I’ll eat a sandwich followed by a pack of crisps. In addition to this I’ll usually have a chocolate bar or two and sometimes another pack of crisps.

When I get home from work around 5pm, I’ll have my tea which is always a hot meal and then as I said earlier when the girls are in bed I might have another pack of crisps (if I haven’t already had 2 packs), a tub of ice cream or chocolate. 

As you can see I eat way too much. 

It’s going to be tough adjusting my eating habits, but I need to do it. For my health and also to make me feel better about myself and hopefully give me a little more confidence. 

Exercise

In terms of exercise I’m more of a coach potato. I’ll go for walk with the girls to the shops or park and this will involve pushing the pushchair. When I get to the park I push the girls on the swings and follow them around the park. 

At home, I’m either sitting on the floor with the girls or I’m chasing them around the place!

That is the extent of my exercise!

With no me-time and no-one available to look after our girls finding time to go to the gym or to go out for a run is impossible. I’ve considered classes such as buggy fit, but at almost two years old our twins wouldn’t stay in the pushchair or if we were moving they would fall asleep and when you have a set routine in place this isn’t something you want to happen.

So how can I find time to exercise?

Well, our girls nap for an hour to an hour and a half in the day so I’ll utilise this time and I’ll also use the time when the girls are in bed. 

I’ve found another useful page on the NHS website: 10-minute workouts and I also like the idea of the 10,000 step challenge so I think I’ll invest in a pedometer too. 

Week 1

Week 1 of the 12 week plan sounds pretty simple to me. It’s basically adding more fibre to your diet. I’ve thought about this and have decided to try and go down the following route in terms of food for the first week:

Breakfast: 2 x weetabix with semi-skimmed milk and a glass of water
Snack (optional): Apple/Pear
Lunch: Beans on toast/tuna pasta salad/tinned salmon salad sandwich/ham sandwich with salad
Snack (optional): Carrot/Celery with humous
Tea: Undecided!

I found this page on the Live Well website helpful in terms of recipes and meal ideas.

When it comes to bread and pasta I’ll be buying wholemeal as it contains more fibre. 

I’m taking each week at a time. I did have a quick peek at what week 2 involves and this week sees the introduction of some exercise, so it’ll be good to get started on this. 

If you’d like to join me in the 12 week plan you can tweet me @Twinmumanddad for a chat and we can swap notes!

Wish me luck!

2 thoughts on “On a mission to lose weight

  1. Hi Emily. I read about your mission on Kat Tvrdikova's blog. I'm also on her list of challenges for 2014. I've done the losing weight thing in the past (comments at http://alexcellentblog.com/2013/11/28/how-a-cherry-pie-and-a-delorean-was-my-undoing/) – and have now set myself a challenge to draw more so that I can get better at it.

    I want to wish you success for your mission! Tim

    PS – your hot water bottle review is extremely timely, that's exactly what my wife and I were discussing earlier today. I'll show it to her! Thanks.

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