Goals for August 2016

Hi guys,

Yep, I know there’s just about 3 weeks of August left! I’m a bit slow on the blogging side as I had a heavy work week but that’s no excuse, right?

So! August goals. I have a few meals out & a visit to Newcastle to see one of my school friends I haven’t seen in around a decade as well as our usual family meal out on the bank holiday Monday at the end of the month. I’m not expecting miracles but I’m hoping to lose at least 4lbs. I’ve been sitting pretty at 14st 12lb since the beginning of August which I’m happy with as I’ve eaten so bad recently but we need to get a shimmy on now!

Goals

  • Lose 4lbs by 31st August
  • No juice, no fizzy drinks – just 2-3L of pure H20
  • Try walking home at least once a week (will be a struggle with hayfever and heavy work bags but we’ll try!)
  • Draw up a monthly budget for September and update bank totals
  • Start planning my next adventure away

I’ll give you a goal update at the end of the month. Hopefully I’ll hit them all 🙂

Until next time.. x

The Last Start-Over

Hi guys,

It’s been a long time. Hope you’re all well! I’m finally back (again!), hopefully for the last time. It’s been a horrible few months culminating with my ex attempting suicide and my Uncle passing last week.

However, it has taught me that life is short. Goals I want to achieve, I need to stop putting off as time flies by so quickly. So I am back, motivated and am going to try my hardest to get to my goal weight. The closest I’ve gotten in the past few months is 14st 2lb when I was seriously ill and hadn’t eaten for about 2 weeks and I’ve just returned from Hong Kong after my Uncle’s passing at 15st 5lb. I will be back on smart points on WeightWatchers so hopefully I’ll finally get my brain into gear and get my losses piling up.

I started off yesterday with a good day but today I’ve been feeling a little sluggish and not really wanting to drink much liquid which isn’t good. I’ve gone over my points slightly as I couldn’t resist a bowl of ramen (the one from the Fire Noodle Challenge on YouTube.. delicious!) but nothing that has taken me totally off the rails.

My Uncle’s funeral is next week so I think I would like to set myself a 2lb target. I’ve been really struggling with my energy levels (also possibly in part due to jet lag) so if you have any good tips to feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed; let me know!

Also I am back on Instagram – follow me @aspiringskinnyminnie

Until next time.. x

Weigh in Friday

Hi guys,

As you know I’ve been eating like a horse the first two-thirds of the week so it’s not a surprise I didn’t lose this week. However, the big surprise was that I didn’t gain! Who would have thought it? A maintain. Fifteen stone exactly.

So I’m here still on the precipice of fourteen stone. I really really want to get there. This weekend is a bit of a write off as I will be in Scotland with my sister who eats every two hours (she’s a growing child) and so as much as I will try not to cave in, I will (try) and set an example of healthy eating instead. (I may regret this when it comes to my food posts on Instagram in a day or so…..)

However, after said weekend I’m going to try and be 100%. I’ve not had a 100% day for a while now so I’m going to have my juices and possible small snacks of either green vegetables or lean protein (if really needed) and a small meal in the evening.

Ideally, 3lbs off next week will be very nice. On the other hand, I think I’m losing inches as my watch has started spinning round my wrist like a small catherine wheel. Next week I’ll do measurements as well and see where I am. I think the last time I measured myself was back in December so at least if it’s now showing on the scales maybe it’s showing physically.

Until next time.. x

Pre-Weigh In Thoughts

Hi guys,

Well, I will tell you now that if I have a maintain, I will be very happy with that!

Chinese New Year has just been so as is tradition, I have eaten aplenty and although my pants aren’t digging in, I definitely feel a little more rotund than usual! I’ve been back on the wagon since Wednesday but not much damage control there I’m afraid!

I start my juice diet today and hopefully day 1 won’t be too bad. I’ve decided to make it similar to step 2 on Cambridge so I will be doing my juices and a small meal in the evening.

(Un)fortunately back in November, I booked a trip to Stirling for this weekend so I’m not sure how it’s going to work! I think there will be a couple more meals here and there during the Sunday and Monday I’m away (plus snacks for the 4 hour drive!) but then I’ll be back on track.

Target for this week: maintain.
Target for next week: -1lb

Until tomorrow guys.. x

Pre-Weigh In Thoughts + Re-strategising

Hi guys,

This week has been terrible. I’m not going to come up with a load of excuses but basically I fell off the wagon immensely. I definitely need to get my mind into gear and focus on what I’m aiming for. I definitely think I’m up for a gain (again!) this week. I’m going to re-strategise and I’ve decided that I’m going to point for the first half of the week and do filling and healthy for the second half. I’m really struggling with the weekends at the minute and I just go totally overboard. I think if I do F&H at least it will give me a little flexibility whilst hopefully getting me to eat the right thing rather than endless junk and then going over my points!

My aim for last week was to work on my sleeping pattern – major fail there. I’m going to try extra hard this week. Also OH has politely asked me to clear the freezer and cupboards so I’m going to try and forego my weekly shop (big emphasis on try) and use bits I already have. I’m not sure how well that’s going to work for fresh fruit and veg but I do have some frozen I think and some bits left over from my veg box. We shall see.

Until next time.. x

Weigh In Tuesday – 2lb on :(

Hi guys,

Weighed in this morning at 15st 4.75 lbs meaning a 2lb weight gain. I kind of saw it coming towards the end of the week as my sleeping pattern has gone haywire with my hayfever and some stressful family stuff going on. I’ve not necessarily been having extra meals when surviving on 3 hours sleep but I think during meal times my appetite has grown this week and I’ve not been drinking anywhere near enough water and overindulging on Pepsi Max’s in an attempt to stay awake during the day.

It’s ok though. Although my sleeping pattern isn’t quite back on track yet I’m going to try really hard to get my water intake up again and make sure I’m taking all my medication (I keep forgetting the odd one here and there and they seem to have an effect on water retention). Minimum 2.5L and I need to start exercising again rather than being lazy and taking my car everywhere which is the case at the minute! I will let you know how I get on!

Until next time.. x

Weigh In Monday – 8th June 2015

Hi guys,

Just a quick one today. Weighed in yesterday morning at 15 stone 5.5lbs which means a 2.5lbs loss! I went for dinner with a friend last night instead of Wednesday so although I was still within daily and weekly points I feel a bit heavier today but I shan’t be touching the scales until next week!

I’m definitely starting to feel like I’m getting used to counting and it feels almost natural to me now. It’s just a little frustrating sometimes when some items are not in the database and as a lot of Asian foods don’t have the nutritional values on the product, it’s hard to work out. There has been a lot of guesstimation this week though I feel I have overestimated to be safe. What do you guys think?

Until next time.. x

Weigh In Tuesday – 02.05.15

Hi guys,

So after much thought I decided I wasn’t too keen on the meetings I’ve been to and what with trying to save money for a house deposit, I’ve decided to switch to just e-source and weigh in at home. Monthly pass costs £21.45/month and e-source is £15 for 3 months and as I feel that’s pretty much the more important part I need, it’ll be better for me as well as saving me around £16 a month.

Anyhow, I weighed in today at 15 stone 8lbs! A loss of 2lbs. Considering that consisted of a lot of pizza, I’m pretty happy with that. Going to try and not have so much junk and carbs this week though…

Until next time.. x

How I’m Feeling About Tomorrow’s Weigh In – 31.05.15

Hi guys,

It’s been a while since I’ve had pre-weigh in thoughts so figured I’d tell you how my week went.

As you know I’ve been counting this week and bizarrely enough, I’ve found it easier than Filling and Healthy. I’ve definitely opened my eyes to portion size this week, especially with my Saturday night meal where I more or less made enough for two meals (but it was worth it). I don’t necessarily think I’ve eaten very healthily – I’ve not gone over on my weekly points or anything but I’ve definitely had more than my fair share of treats! I have noticed that I tend to eat under my daily points in the beginning of the week and the closer and closer I get to weigh in, I just want to stuff my face. I’ve only had to venture into my weekly points about half way which is good I suppose but all of them were used in the last two or three days before weigh in.

Exercise wise – I’ve not broken any barriers but I definitely have been more active this week. I’ve walked home from work a few times and oh my, I tried to cycle to work on Saturday and nearly died. If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen that it was my first time on my bike since the Winter before last – pretty much a year and a half ago! Although I can walk the 2 odd miles with only a few aches, cycling nearly killed me. I think I cycled about halfway and walked with my bike the rest and walked home with my bike as I wasn’t sure if I would make it home otherwise! Definitely want to try and build myself up and try and use the bus/car less.

I am hoping for a loss this week. I’d like to say another 2lbs but I’m not sure if upping my exercise will mean I stay the same or gain. I couldn’t make weigh in last week as my group was cancelled due to the Bank Holiday, so I took a cheeky jump on the scales and scared myself back off! We shall see, we shall see…

Until next time.. x

Food Budgeting

Hi guys,

Hope you’re all well after the Bank Holiday and rearing to go – I definitely am!

I spent the day in Knaresborough (near Harrogate) with my family without the OH and we had a lovely day. We did plenty of walking (which was good as I had overindulged a little the night before) and the views are absolutely stunning. I will definitely have to go back and have a good wander and row on the river next time!

Anyhow, I’d forgotten my love for outdoor activities and I have to admit Knaresborough is hilly! I was a bit out of puff whilst climbing a million and one stairs and it’s made me more determined to get my act together. I know I keep saying that but I don’t want to spend anymore of my twenties not feeling confident in myself. With all the issues me and OH have been having with his severe depression, I know I need to be there for him, but I need to make sure I’m doing the best possible for myself too.

This leads on to my blog post today on food budgeting. As me and OH are a bit shaky at the moment, my sister and I have decided to buy a house together next year (with OH living with us). We have a good chunk of deposit between us, but I want to make sure I have a decent amount with some left over for any unexpected stuff. As I live in my Dad’s house in return for managing his tenants and all the rental stuff, I don’t really have much outgoings if I strip away all the non-essentials. So, I am kind of hoping to put away a decent amount in the next few months as my sister’s lease isn’t up until January so we have a bit of time to save. I’m hoping to put away £1K a month for the foreseeable future anyway.

One place which I do spend quite a lot on is my food budget. Even I have to admit that sometimes I just buy things for the sake of it. So much food goes to waste if I’m not focussed on what I actually need (even with a shopping list!) and I just don’t limit myself, which I think may be why I have little willpower at home with all the junk food surrounding me! I am hoping to bring down my food budget by half as I’m no longer responsible for OH’s food. So I will be looking at £30 a week/£130 a month. I have so much food in the cupboards and freezer so I need to run this down as well. Unfortunately for me, I forgot to label some of the meats I received before putting it into the freezer so it might be pot luck when it comes to defrosting things to use the next day.

I think the only thing I will struggle with is probably fruit and veg. Sometimes I go a little crazy as it’s all “healthy” and just grab everything. I’m definitely going to try and be a little more calm and collected. I have my list ready for the shop tonight and there doesn’t seem to be that much on it but I do think I spent around £60 last week on various things so there’s a lot leftover. I will definitely have a post for you in regards to my food shop tomorrow.

Until next time.. x