Good news on the weightloss front this week. I managed to lose 2 lbs which is pretty good considering my working week was only three days long! I usually find it easier to stay on the straight and narrow when I am at work.
I have a couple of tough weeks coming up starting with tomorrow. I am going out for the day to Chester Zoo with our staff association. It should be fun, and will involve a lot of walking but I've no doubt I will be indulging in a treat or two. I'm hoping that i will stick to the odd treat and not develop into a big cheat!!! I am then on holiday from work on Monday and Friday next week, and on Saturday we are attending my great-niece's 18th birthday party. On the Sunday it is hubby's birthday and also my daughter is returning to her university in Wales. My eldest son and I usually take her back with all her gear, and we've formed an unfortunate habit of calling for a takeaway lunch on the way there. As if these temptations are not enough, the following weekend I am on holiday again on the Friday and on the Saturday it is my own birthday !! I will have to try and be very selective about what I eat during these various celebrations and hope that I don't put any weight back on. Wish me luck !!
For those of you who were interested in the riots that happened in my home town a few weeks ago I'd just like to tell you that there has been a backlash of support from the people of Manchester to show that we are proud of our city and united against anti-social behaviour. A lot of events were organised to get the ordinary people back into the city centre. On 26th of August there was an ILOVEMCR day when a lot of businesses supported the town and lots of people wore the ILOVEMCR tshirts to work that day. I thought I'd put up a photo of myself and one of my young work colleagues on the day :-)
Progress as of today: 54.5 lbs lost so far, only 22.5 lbs to go!
greengirl - Saturday Aug 27, 2011
(healthy eating and moderate exercise)
I've updated my weight but I'm only down half a pound or so. Actually the scales kept flickering between 174 and 174.5 so I chose the higher reading to give me a bit of a start next week. I am slowly inching towards my next goal of under 170. I have had a hungry week this week when I have eaten quite a lot more than usual. I have walked part of my journey to and from work every day which I think has contributed to my increased appetite. I even ate cake at a staff summer event, but in the long run I don't think it will do me any harm, plus it was absolutely delicious :-). We have a bank holiday weekend this weekend so I'm not in work until Tuesday. I will be strictly back on the healthy eating straight and narrow next week.
Good luck to you all in your endeavours :-)
Progress as of today: 52.5 lbs lost so far, only 24.5 lbs to go!
greengirl - Saturday Aug 20, 2011
(healthy eating and moderate exercise)
Good day to all you fellow DDers out there. I'm just one pound down this week but I'll take that with pleasure :-)
I've had a bit of a shake up in my exercise regimen this week. Instead of having my hubby drag out the treadmill during the working week at the end of the day when (really!!) exercise is the very last thing I want to be doing, I decided that I would walk part of my journey to and from work. I started this on Wednesday when I walked the first busjourney from work . I normally catch a bus from work into the town centre and then a second bus from the town centre to my home (about 6 miles out). I missed out the first bus on Wednesday and walked about 1.2miles across town to my second bus :-). Took me about twenty minutes and I ended up catching the same bus home that I normally catch so I didn't get home any later than usual. On Thurday I deceided to get off the bus from home to town about 3 stops earlier than usual and trek across the east side of town to work, and then do the same thing going home. That meant I walked about two and a half miles in two twenty minutes stints and still got home at the same time as usual. i don't know whether I will do this monday to friday every week. I think it will probably depend upon the weather ie torrential rain = bus, anything else = walk :-) . What do you think?? Should I take a break from walking everyday or not?? I will be using the treadmill or walking the dogs as usual at weekend!
I've never really been one for listing what I eat but (for a laugh!) I thought today I would show you what I eat. A couple of weeks ago I took a photo of my lunch (don't ask me why, I haven't a clue!!) and today i saw it when I was uploading some stuff from my phone to my laptop. So here is a photo of my lunch!! The thing that looks a bit like meat is quorn chicken fillets (ie pretend meat LOL !) Enjoy :-)
Progress as of today: 52 lbs lost so far, only 25 lbs to go!
greengirl - Saturday Aug 13, 2011
(healthy eating and moderate exercise)
It has been a strange and unsettling week for me.
I don't know how much it has been in the news in your countries but we have had a week of turmoil and riots here in England. I use the term riots loosely! In London there was rioting sparked by the killing of a known gang member by police. In other cities, including my own beloved Manchester, and in Liverpool which is close to where McWoo lives, there were copycat 'riots' used as an excuse for feral, undisciplined youths to loot and burn the city centre on the lookout for the best shops to pillage. Unfortunately for me I was , to a minor extent, caught up by the situation on Tuesday evening. One of my team at work telephoned in sick, and I promised my boss that I would help out by working an extra 4 hours on the end of my shift so we wouldn't be left with only one member of staff holding the fort until 7pm. By early evening we were getting reports of gangs of youths congregating in the city causing trouble and by the time I left work at 7 the buses had stopped running into the city centre because of the trouble. I have to go into the city centre to get the bus back out to the area where I live. I had to hike across the city, through one of the worst inner city local authority housing estates, by myself and then walk back out of the east of the city until I reached the point where the buses were still running. By this time riot police were defending the city centre from hundreds of misguided 'rioters'. The only company I had on my walk across town were gangs of kids in masks making their way in for a night of theft, arson and bloody mayhem ! At one point I passed a row of ambulances which were parked up just waiting for casualties. I think that was when the adrenaline really kicked in and I virtually ran the rest of the way. The sounds of rioting in my ears, I made my way back out of the city accompanied by a lovely black gentleman who was also on his way home from work, and who had walked a lot farther than I did. He could see I was in a panic and chatted to me all the way to the place where the buses were running again. I think I love that man !! When I eventually got home my heart was still thudding and knees still knocking until about 10pm. I assume that was the adrenaline ! Can you believe that once the trouble was contained, council workmen and volunteers worked through the night to clean up the city centre just to prove to the trouble causing morons that this was a battle they would never come out on top of. They made me proud to be a Mancunion. On the way into work on Wednesday I had to pass through the city centre and was upset by all the boarded up windows. It gave me a lump in my throat.
Anyway, enough of that !! I managed to lose a pound and a half this week !! I have a ways to go yet but I have set my sights on the 160s and as soon as I go under 170 my BMI will be out of the obese range !! Yay I will be merely overweight. Can't wait. Hope you are all having a good week :-)
Progress as of today: 51 lbs lost so far, only 26 lbs to go!
greengirl - Saturday Aug 06, 2011
(healthy eating and moderate exercise)
What a stinker of a day I have had apart from losing a pound when I weighed in this morning !! I haven't been sleeping well this week because it has been warm and wet, so high humidity during the night making it quite uncomfortable. Hubby said he would get up to look after the dogs so I could have a lie in for a change. Unfortunately only a few minutes after hubby got up a thunderstorm started which kept me awake so that was the end of my lie in !! i went downstairs thinking I would breakfast, put some laundry in the washer and then get on the treadmill. Next thing the water goes off whilst the washer was filling up !! i telephoned the water utility company and all they could tell me was that there was a major burst in a local water main and the water might be off for some hours. That was five hours ago and we're still waiting. Four adults in a house where we can't shower or use the toilets !! i didn't get on the treadmill but i've walked the mile to my sisters to use her loo ! I was furious about it. There are families with young babies round here who are in thee same boat. I telephoned again and they said it could be off for up to twelve hours !! very annoying. You dont realise how much you use water for the little things like brushing your teeth. I hope you are all having a better weekend than I am !
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. Thomas Edison quotation
Progress as of today: 49.5 lbs lost so far, only 27.5 lbs to go!
I am posting a day later than usual as I worked yesterday in place of a colleague who had gone off sick on Friday. I have only lost half a pound this week but I am staying optimistic as even I can see that I am developing muscle in my legs (thank you treadmill!) so I look slimmer in the legs despite no great weight loss. Also the 'apron' of fat I have round my tummy is getting smaller too !! I have been feeling full of beans this week, to the extent that I've been feeling restless and eager for something to do when i should be putting my feet up in the evening !!
Hope you are all doing well and have a good week this week :-)
Progress as of today: 48.5 lbs lost so far, only 28.5 lbs to go!
Yay I'm back in the 170s after longer than I care to remember. I've had a good week exercise wise too, especially today. I did 50 minutes brisk walking on the treadmill this morning. I managed three miles in just under 48 minutes then took another couple of minutes to slow the pace down. I'm trying to work on my arms to tone them up a bit but at my age (nearly 57) I think that, barring surgery, I'm pretty much stuck with the bingo wings !! I have had another sort out in my wardrobe and put some things in a bag for a charity collection and put more stuff in the wardrobe from a box I had under the stairs :-)
This week I seem to have hit a point where people at work feel they need to mention that I'm losing weight. It always makes me laugh when someone says 'You're losing weight!' almost as if they think I havent noticed that for myself. It's more annoying when people say 'The weight's just dropped off you!' I always want to reply 'Oh no it hasn't ! I've been fighting every darn pound!!' , I shouldn't complain really because I know that my colleagues are only trying to be nice.
I'm off now to help hubby order a new garden shed so I'll love you and leave you. Have a great weekend folks xxx
Progress as of today: 48 lbs lost so far, only 29 lbs to go!
Hey everybody, I've called by for my weekly update and I'm now close enough to the 170s that I can nearly taste them !! I'll be trying my very hardest this coming week to lose at least one pound so I can say I'm in the 170s !! I have been off work this week again on annual leave and I had quite a bit of luck weatherwise. It didn't really rain much until Thursday and Friday :-) I've tried a few new exercises using a DVD from SparkPeople (the 10 minute workouts) and I've been using the treadmill but I always feel like I'm slacking when I'm off work !! My daughter and I went to see the new Harry Potter film yesterday. We really enjoyed it. I'm going to put up a photo of me and one of my dogs so you really know what I've been doing while I've been on hols :-)
Progress as of today: 46.5 lbs lost so far, only 30.5 lbs to go!
Weightloss is weird. Last week I was convinced I had done really well and only lost a pound. This week I thought I had been a little mediocre but have managed to lose 2 pounds !! It doesnt make sense. Hopefully this coming week I will get more exercise in as I am on leave for a week. If the weather is good I'm hoping to get out in the garden a lot too. I am now aiming to get into the 170s asap, hopefully within the next week or two. Today I spent 45 minutes walking briskly on the treadmill. I also walked across to my sister's house and back (she lives about half a mile away) and walked to the local shopping centre twice, once with hubby and once with my daughter. I must have walked well over five miles in total today.
I'll leave you with a photograph I took last week in my little side garden where, weather permitting, I will be spending a lot of time this week :-)
Progress as of today: 45 lbs lost so far, only 32 lbs to go!
I have had a busy week and was hoping for a decent weightloss but when I weighed this morning I had lost just one pound. I am hoping I am retaining water because of the heat at the moment!! The weather here is beautiful just now. Mid-week me and hubby put up our gazebo in the garden so we can sit out there rain or shine. I was out there today under the shade (too hot for me in the sun) after I went on the treadmill. I did 45 minutes walking on the treadmill this morning, walking briskly. I did two miles (3.22kms) in 33mins 10 seconds then carried on to 4 kms before I slowed down. i enjoyed it very much. I will add a picture of myself in the garden taken on my laptops webcam. Please excuse it if it looks a little blurry. You know how crappy webcams can be.
Have a lovely weekend, especially all you lovely ladies in the US celebrating the 4th JUly :-)
Progress as of today: 43 lbs lost so far, only 34 lbs to go!