My First Bump in My Weight Loss Journey

My First Bump in My Weight Loss Journey

I got to day 19, eating healthily and exercising daily. It was easy to stay on track as in my mind I had till September 1st to lose weight and be fit as that’s when I would have a party to attend.

Then over the weekend a celebratory event came up that I wasn’t expecting. My other half made such delicious food I ended up overeating. Then we had some more food later on and I had to finish it (I don’t like wasting food and it’s not the type you can save for the next day) so I was really full.

The next day I had my lunch and decided not to have dinner. But I did have a glass of milk and some nuts. During the night I did feel hungry but I didn’t think too much of it.

The following morning I ended up getting up late and then preparing food for the kids and so on. By the time it was mid day I had a terrible headache and felt like I was going to puke. It was not going away. Obviously skipping dinner affected me badly and I waited it out a few hours until I found some chocolate and ate that to get my sugar levels up. I did feel better.

This one time of overeating had a knock on effect that set me back. I can get annoyed about it or I could make excuses for myself but I’ll do neither. Once I felt better in the evening, I still went ahead and did the 30 day shred.

So overeating then skipping meals does not work for me. I’ve fasted several times before, from 1:10am to 9:30pm and have felt totally fine. But I also ate properly before starting the fast. What I can’t handle is doing it randomly.

The next time I have a party or a event where there is lots of delicious food, I need to get out a small plate and fill it with food as well as my dessert so I don’t feel so full and I can still function.

The first bump in the new healthy me road

The first bump in the new healthy me road

Yesterday was day 16 of exercising and being healthy properly.

I woke up with terrible hayfever and was pretty out of it all day. I was hopeful to exercise but in the end decided not to.

As I hadn’t eaten well I was pretty drained from that too.

However yesterday was also a celebratory day for me and my other half. So in the evening he prepared a wonderful meal and I had prepared dessert.

I was so out of it all day that by the time it came to dinner, my head was not thinking straight and I overate the delicious meal. Of course I regretted it after. I could have still enjoyed leftovers tomorrow. Instead I ate and ate and ate

I’m so frustrated with myself. I’m undoing all that hard work of losing half a stone. But I’m going to take a lesson. Special occasions don’t require overeating to enjoy them. Everything in moderation.

I ended up exercising after all as I was really not feeling good. For the first time in over two weeks, my stomach felt fat and wobbly and it wasn’t nice.

Jillian got me exercising on level 2 day 6. It was harder with all that food in my belly. Don’t do this again please.

30 Day Shred Level 2 Continues

30 Day Shred Level 2 Continues

Day 2 went well I think. Having seen the different moves the say before, I felt better prepared and able to keep up.

That said it is hard and there is a lot for leg work involved.

My lower leg muscles were really aching and so for the first time I decided to take a day’s break.

Returning to day 3, my legs still didn’t feel good so I decided to go Anita style on most. I probably need to stretch more but I do need my confidence levels upped with level 2.

30 Day Shred Level 2

30 Day Shred Level 2

Oh boy. The movements feel so different in this level. There’s a lot of multi tasking. Doing this whilst doing that. And it takes a lot of work!

I really enjoyed level 1, feeling all the workout in my body. I was definitely back at day one sweating levels on level 2 so I guess something was working. I do feel really out of touch with this level of fitness though.

I hope by the end of this I am as good as it as I was at level one (ignore the star jumps and skipping combination *2 though).

Some changes with diet and 30 day shred, or not?

Some changes with diet and 30 day shred, or not?

It’s just gone past midnight here and I have not long finished a workout of 30 day day shred. I thought I was much further along but I’ve only done 5 days! I think it’s because I followed one on YouTube before I purchased me own copy and it wasn’t really a good idea to copy her as some of the moods were terrible for knees, so I decided to buy my own so I could see Jillian instead. Hence I haven’t counted that effort.

My lower legs are feeling it the most. They feel skinnier but it’s like the rest of my body outweighs my lower legs.

My arms up to my elbow also seem fine.  My upper thighs feel strong. My upper arms still look fat although I feel something solid beneath all of that.

Is it me, or am I noticing a change in my face? In particular my cheeks? I hope something is going on there.

It’s only been 5 days and I am probably overthinking but it is sort of encouraging. When eating healthier, weight loss is seen on the scales much faster. I have cut sugar completely and am not giving myself treat days as it will only hold me back. But as you may have heard before, the first few days of exercise results in muscles getting stronger. I feel they are harder, I can poke my leg and not feel the fat and instead some solid surface. So when I step on the scales every so often I notice my weight goes up and down. Of course at times I haven’t been to the loo combined with drinking loads of water so I should be heavier than, but when you see yourself being heavier than starting weight then it can feel really disheartening… unless you train your mind to think differently. Here I am realising I am drinking more water than ever before so that will show up on the scales for sure.

However there was a time in the day when I did have a full tummy and I was more than a kg lighter than starting weight.

I am noting down my weight loss results but I won’t circle the next kg until I’ve fallen a few points under it due to weight fluctuating so much. I won’t round down. I’ll wait it out. This is so I’m more realistic to myself and reminding myself I’m here for the long game and I’m not jumping ahead of myself.

I am getting somewhere, even after 5 days. Yes it feels like it’s been a week or more. But I’m going to hang in there.

Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred: A review and progress

Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred: A review and progress


The last time I blogged about the 30 day shred, it was before kids! I got to day 9 then was travelling so it all fell apart after that. I remember how empowered I felt taking care of fitness.

A few years and a couple of kids later I am in shock about my weight, health and fitness. The thing is, isolation does no good and after a long day with the kids it was very easy to resort to one or two bags of my favourite chocolate. It’s ridiculous really. Of course it is hard raising little ones and I get back to reality once they’re a little independent but I feel so far from my ideal weight that it is kinda upsetting.

I remember eating well in the last trimester of my first pregnancy and being thinner and lighter after birth than before pregnancy.

And now? 🙁

Gah!

So I’ve written everything down. My current weight in lbs, kg and stones as stones is more common in the UK.

I’ve then written my target weight.

I’ve made charts for lbs and kg as I can colour in or tick of every time I lose a lb or kg. If you’re into bullet journaling or traveler’s notebooks you might get what I mean.

I’ve changed my style of eating. No sugar. And I’ve lost weight/looked slimmer by doing just this before, twice. I’m also choosing to eat better and trying to only eat natural food.

Lastly I’m trying not to snack in between meals and drink plenty more water. It’s been a week since I’ve started this and towards the end of the week I have been feeling a little bit hungry so I’ve allowed a bit of fruit or nuts here and there but it isn’t a large amount.

I’ve done Jillian Michael’s 30 day shred for 5 days. Today the worst part was the star jumps followed by the pretend skipping straight after and then the star jumps again. I was struggling!

What I love about the 30 day shred is that the movement changes often and just when I feel like so can’t do anymore, Jillian will say something like, come on! Only a few left! 4 more! And it gets me through it.

Another thing why I like doing the shred is because it is only 20 minutes! It is hard work though but whenever I crave something unhealthy I remember all the work I put into exercising and how I WON’T LET IT GO TO WASTE! *Turned into a crazy exercise lady*

I have a toddler and baby who watch me and try out some themselves so having them around isn’t a problem.

My goal is to be healthier (doing), lose weight as I need to lose more than a couple of stones (this comes from someone who was a size 6/8 so my current weight does not suit me and I look ridiculous). I’ve basically a put on a stone for each year since my toddler was born, which was when my mental health was more directed at the isolation and feeling unable to go out. I’ve put on too much. But I can change.

Of course I want to lose it all quickly but I am doing this for the long game so lb by lb I will get there. It seems like by day 5 of 30 day shred, I have lost over 1kg. I could take body measurements but I am far too lazy for that but also I know people say the inch lost is much greater than the weight loss when doing the shred but I’m not too worried about that. Of course I’d love to be 8 or 9 stones, or have lost several inches but I feel like I will be able to tell the difference by clothes size. If my current clothes fit better, I’ve lost what I needed to lose for the first step and if I fit into my old clothes then I’ve lost even more and I’m even closer to my target.

So, on days 4 and 5 of 30 day shred, I have noticed a change in my legs. Top and bottom. It might not be a huge change but it does look like a massive change to me. I haven’t noticed any changes anywhere else but I’ll keep working at it.

 

Aimone Women’s Samantha Sparkly Wedge Sandals Review

Aimone Women’s Samantha Sparkly Wedge Sandals Review

I have only ever bought high street branded shoes from Amazon but with the recent influx of new sellers, I get curious to see what they have to offer and if the quality is on par with the more well known brands.

I came across the Aimone Samantha sandals which is a wedge sandal with crystal detailing on the front.

The main colour is brown and so the crystals stand out and sparkle against the darker background.

In regards to quality, I found the material of the wedge sandals excellent. The crystals also so far seem to be firmly attached. Nothing feels flimsy here.

The sandals are also really comfortable. I’m not much of a high heels wearer but despite these having a thick wedge, they felt comfortable on my feet and I didn’t feel like I was going to fall over!

Overall I’m impressed with these wedge sandals and I do think that if you’re looking for something that is different and not on the high street then this is a safe bet in terms of quality, and they look good too!

To get a pair for yourself, buy it from Amazon here.

Kealive Product Reviews

Kealive Product Reviews

I have a few products to review from Kealive. They do not need extended detailed reviews so I have put them in one post.

Kealive Pastry Cutter Set and Pastry Blender Stainless Steel Cookie Cutters Set

This set has two items:

A pastry blender

Cookie cutters

They are stainless steel and well made. The pastry blender allows you to to mix and blend pastry dough without getting your fingers dirty which is good because we all know how sticky pastry dough gets.

The cookie cutters come in 4 different sizes: 4cm , 5cm , 6cm and 7cm.

Kealive Vanity Light Mirror

This is one of those products that are 5 stars because they are useful.

Although it looks simple, it has a few features that make it well worth its price. It is more like a bargain.

Firstly, it is a double sided mirror. One side is the normal mirror and the other side is magnified to 5 times the normal mirror.  You can rotate the mirror easily to switch back and forth between each side.

It sits well on the table with the flat base. Yet is is a compact mirror. Doesn’t take up much space but the mirror is the right size for use.

The mirror lights up in the shape of a ‘O’ and is a soft light so eyes don’t hurt. It is powered by 3 AAA batteries which are included! The light can be turned on and off by a easily accessible button.

I recommend this mirror as it’s so affordable but packed with useful features.

Kealive Motion Sensor Light

I have this light in my clothes wardrobe. It is quite dark in there so I placed it above the hangers. As I have a shelf above it, I placed it on the underneath part so the light shines down on the clothes.

Every time I open the door on that side, it lights up the clothes so I can see everything properly.

It is basically a long magnet, which has adhesive on one side. The light attaches to the magnet side and what I find really useful is that since it is attached via the magnet, I can take off the light when batteries need replacing. That said, my batteries are still working fine. It requires. 4 AAA batteries.

It is almost 19cm long and really useful for dark spaces like cupboards and drawers. It is also useful for the hallway at night, when needing a quick drink from the kitchen or a visit to the loo!

Kealive Ball Solar Garden Light Review

Kealive Ball Solar Garden Light Review

Today I have a really cool product to review. It is a large solar powered light for the outdoors in the shape of a ball.

I’ve actually seen this used as a night light on a bedside table too but as a large ball shaped light it looks pretty awesome outside.

The good thing about it is that you don’t actually see the solar panel as it is inside the ball so all you see is the light.

It has 8 different colours but I have to say my favourite is the yellow. It looks so good in the evenings. It can be set to one colour or it can be set to the automatic colour changing setting. This is all done by one button underneath.

The lights are soft to set the mood. Having a couple opposite each other looks even better than one alone and having several scattered around the garden (if you have a large garden) makes a nice setting.

To get an idea of the size, it is 31cm by 30.7cm by 30.7cm. It feels lightweight at 1.6kg but looks expensive. When you look closely at it, it has a bit of a sparkle.

There is a ground setter included so you can keep it firm in the soil if needed.

It reacts to light so will turn off in the daytime and turn on when it gets dark. It must be placed in a area where the sun will hit it so it can be charged during the day. I have even put it on my windowsill to charge during the day when I wanted to use it in doors when I had a party.

Here’s a video to show it in action but I must say it looks better in person.

Get yours here.