Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Getting Back On It

Wow went to the gym today finally and I'm feeling really good. I signed up for an abs class tomorrow and another on Friday. Then going to do circuits Thursday, rest day day Saturday. Then Sunday I'm going Horse Riding and Swimming. I'm feeling mega pumped :D

This challenge round I'm focusing massively on the exercise, keeping active, keeping my body moving and therefore keeping my metabolism from slowing down. I'm also trying to eat less processed food. So that means fresh, fresh, fresh all the way!

Someone posted this photo of me today from last month and I think I look really good. It's given me a massive confidence boost, just need to get back into the swinging of exercising after my illness.

Life is really busy right now but I'm determined to keep focused on exercising. I'm loving this weather just makes you feel good inside :D

Ta Ta for now :D

Emily xxx

Sunday, 25 March 2012

RFSC Week 1 Goals

I can't tell you how excited I am that Ready for Summer Challenge is here :D

Why hello sun :D I've missed you!

I have been slacking and naughty heehee :D Getting in all the good stuff before I get back on it!

So I've decided to re-adjust my RFSC Goals slightly. My leg is still causing me issues, so I don't think the running goal is a good idea. Will definitely try and run some but I'm going to focus on other things.

So my new OVERALL GOALS are:
1) Get to 12 Stone
2) Cycle 20km

My WEEK ONE GOALS are as follows:
1) Lose 1lbs
2) Exercise 4 times
3) Try a new meal
4) Go Swimming
5) Go for a walk

Right I can't wait to get started, it's going to be an amazing SUMMER!

Emily xx

Wednesday, 21 March 2012


I'm actually really looking forward to starting this challenge. I need these challenges to help keep me focused and on track. I've decided this time to keep it simple and focused otherwise I get too overwhelmed.

1) Weight loss - Goal 12 Stone 
2) Exercise - Cycle 20km

I plan to get involved with the mini challenges and will continue to eat healthy and exercise regularly.


Emily xx

Monday, 19 March 2012

Spring Chick's Challenge - The End

The End Measurements - Total Lost

Weight: 12 Stone 12lbs   -4lbs
Arms: 12.5" -0.5"
Chest: 33" -2"
Waist: 31" same
Stomach: 39.5" same
Thighs: 22.5" -0.5"
Calf: 15.5." -0.5"

(I'm just using the results from my last measurements)

Goals & Results

1) Committment to a NSV (non scale victory)    
Lose 20 Inches - lost    inches
improving my 1mile time - Injury prevented me from running for most of this challenge but I will be trying this again in my new one
I want to be a size 14 comfortably - Yay I fit into 14's :D

2) Committment to a set of nutrition parameters
Calories - Stick to my 1000 a day: Learnt a lot - definitely need to eat more. I've learnt the food is secondary to exercise really. We were never meant to sit on a chair in an office all day :D 
Water 6 Glasses a day - Done really well. Most days completed! Really upped my water intake and feel proud!

3) Commitment to a set of exercise parameters. 
Exercise 6 Times a week - Averaged 4/5 times a week. Seems manageable for me.
Gym 4 times a week - 3/4 a week works well :D proud to say I did well here!
Swimming 1 times a week - Completed
Zumba 1 times a week - Stopped going Zumba due to monetary issues :( Hopefully will either start going again or will buy the game.
Horse Riding once a month - Again monetary issues but I'm still endeavouring to go!
Try a new sport each month - Fail. I'm too boring!

4) Committment to blogging 
I commit to blog at least twice a week - Win (except last week due to illness)
One time will be about my update for this challenge - Win (again illness)

The Questions
What lessons have you learned?
I have learnt to listen to my body and that I need to be constantly active not just bursts of high activity when I'm gyming it up or swimming. I need to remain active as much as possible. Food is not the enemy... being lazy is. I can do this and I will be the weight I want to be.

What would you do differently?
I don't think I could've done much different, as you deal with the problems that arise as and when they do. You can't predict when you might become ill etc. You just have to roll with the punches!

How will you proceed from here?
I will be doing the ready for summer challenge and this time I've set myself a big goal!

What advice would you give someone about to join a weightless challenge group?
BE HONEST. They only want to help :D

Will blog soon :D

Emily xx

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Happiness vs. 'fatness' - Fat?

Weighing in now at 12 Stone 12lbs, I have to ask myself the question:

 'Am I still fat'?

At what point do I become not fat?

Is it when I reach a healthy BMI? Is it when I reach my goal weight or even is it when society deems me to be not fat?

The real answer is ME. 

I get to decide whether I'm fat or not and let me tell you I am not fat. Fat is an ugly word for me. It only serves the small minded people to make themselves feel better about themselves.

I do think happiness is as intangible to decide as fatness but it's something I'm much happier to chase down.

Happiness is looking in the mirror and thinking I am a person... no matter my size, shape, weight, looks or lifestyle. Happiness should be accepting yourself as you are.

I think, as people who follow healthy lives and every day strive to do what is best for our bodies, we should ban the term 'Fat' from our vocabulary. The only terminology we should accept when referring to ourselves should be words such as: 'Healthy', 'Active', 'Positive' and 'Beautiful' etc. A positive attitude can only encourage Happiness.

I personally will continue to strive to reach my goal weight and I will do it by Christmas 2012 but I will never forget what my friend once told me:

' ...while I liked Emily at 13+st and I shall like her just as much at 11...' 

My Fab friend and I being awesome!
Meaning no matter my size she thinks I'm pretty great, just as I do :D

Emily xxx

Monday, 5 March 2012

Week 9 Measurements and Week 10 Goals

Sorry for a skipping a week but as I've already blogged I was rather ill :D

So here are the results for week 9 and basically i also the results of my February Challenge :D

 Weight: 12 Stone 12 Pounds

Arms: 12.5" (same)
Chest: 33" (-0.5")
Waist: 31" (+0.5")
Stomach: 40" (+0.5")
Thighs: 22.5" (-1")
Calf: 15.5" (-0.5")

My New Scales are a bit weird they gave me these results:

Weight: 12st 6lb
Body Fat %:  30.3
Body Water %: 50.9
BMI:  26.7

I was unsure that I would be that low of a weight, so I checked with another one and it agreed with my usual scales. So I'm sticking with my 12st 12lbs for now!

If you can believe it, I've finally broken into 12 Stone! I'm so happy. I know the measurements are off but I think that's because I've been ill and not been able to go to the gym.

I'm feeling really positive today and I'm looking forward to four days off exercise and fun! :D

I will be 12 stone by Summer!

Week 10 Goals

  • Exercise 6 days
  • Get Better
  • Do a plank every day for a week
  • Eat healthy
Emily xx

P.s I lasted the whole month without alcohol :p

Friday, 2 March 2012

Tonsillitis = Food Binge

Yep... you got it... a case of tonsillitis to finish my oh so fantastic month off in style. It's been pretty bad over the past few days to be honest. Waking up in sweats, swollen glands, feverish, quite overwhelming at some points but alas I finally saw the doctor today and she gave me some magic pills :D Well not magical pills but you get my drift. I think I am already on the mend!

I do think the best part about being ill is that you get to eat whatever you want! That might be quite a controversial statement here on the blog-spheres but I stand by it. Everyone needs comfort food when they feel crappy. Oddly my list of comfort food for my sister to buy was the following:


Tomato Soup

Hummus with Toasted Pitta Breads

Ice Cream :D Medicinal I promise :p

Chocolate...yeah I know naughty me but hey I'm ill :D

Orange Juice

Bit random really but I guess some of my favourite things aren't all that bad for me. One day when I reach my goal weight I will be able to eat these things in moderation and enjoy on normal days but for now I'll save them for sick days!

I'm quite bummed about being sick on my 'Holiday Days' from work but my dad says as I'm actually medically proven sick, I should be able to claim back my days off!! I hope I can because I had to cancel all my plans. I'm going to try and reschedule most of them for Easter time :D

I read about the new Summer Challenge that is being proposed and I'm keen to get involved. I've found, although I've been plagued with many challenges since the new year, my determination to keep trying has been kept up by being involved with the Spring Chicker's. Once I'm better I'm hoping the new challenge will give me a renewed burst of enthusiasm for losing weight.

I find weight loss much easier in the summer, as I'm sure many people do, so I will hopefully be able to start shifting some proper weight again.

I wish you all the best of luck with your weight loss this week :D

Keep smiling!

Emily xx