Move More, Lose More

Just a little update a month on from my last post and only 2lb down for May, so now weigh in at 10 Stone 11lb. But I have had a weeks holiday in this where I took time out and ate bad carbs. This is what makes it hard!!!!

On a positive note I have lost a grand total of 11lbs since the start of this journey, was hoping for a quicker loss as that is over 5 months, but I am going to keep going.

diet-1135819_1280The Fit Bit has definitely inspired me to move more and I started jogging 2 miles 4 times a week, well in intervals. I have just had to take a break for a week with a sprained calf, which is a slight set back, but am going to take it easy and did a slow jog yesterday with no pain.  I am still ensuring that I exceed 10,000 steps a day, but have found that they only way to lose the weight too is to restrict the calories to 1100 a day.

7 weeks to go until my summer holiday and still hopeful to lose another stone, unfortunately I have lots of social events over the next month that make it challenging. But just a 7lb loss now would put me into the healthy weight range for my height, so that should be within reach if I keep focused.

Anyway look out for my next post. I am currently getting moving using the Fitbit and measuring my calories on My Fitness Pal. Calories in and Calories out, its that simple!!!

Using a Fit Bit to lose weight

Ok, so March and April I gave up, I have gone through a difficult time at work and it has been hard to focus. This most certainly is not an easy journey, as life can get in the way.  I turned 45 in April and really need to get to an optimum weight and maintain before the aging hormones start kicking in even more.  The good news is I have not gained the weight I lost initially and have lost an extra 1lb.

For my birthday I got a Fit Bit HR Charge 2, this has given me a renewed push as the calorie counting was not working.  With all the stats from the Fit Bit it has given me a clear picture of why my weight loss halted.

I currently have to walk 12,000 steps a day to burn 2,200 calories, so to lose 2lbs a week I need to be in a 1,000 calorie deficit each day. This puts it in perspective, as it will take a fair bit of effort to achieve.  It means I can eat 1200 calories a day and have to put in extra work, to hit a 2lb a week weight loss target, which is now a necessity as my summer holiday is in 10 weeks, so I could potentially lose 20lbs, if I manage to keep it up.  If I have a night out or am invited to a BBQ I will need to make sure I move more to compensate, as weekends are the trickiest.

I am also trying to up my protein intake as it fills you up more, and  I am having a more balanced approach to Macro Nutrients (Carbs, Protein, Fat) as I often found my protein intake goes low when I am not planning what to eat.

I am 10 Stone 13lbs (9lbs lighter than when I started this blog), a comfortable size 14 (UK) and am 5ft 3inches. To be in a healthy BMI I need to be under 10 Stone 4lbs. So 9lbs loss gets me to healthy, which would be a good start.  My Fit Bit also monitors my heart rate and my cardio fitness level is good – very good, with an average resting heart rate of 65bpm.

My target weight for Saturday 15th July is 9 Stone 8lbs, I plan to continue walking a lot on  my holiday sight seeing so I should easily be able to continue as is manageable.  I used to be 8 Stone 7lbs prior to children, but I will need to build in some age adjustment to a being a healthy weight.

 

Weight loss plateau arrghhh?

Am I on a weight loss plateau, or have I just been too bad?

I have not lost any weight for 2 weeks, ok I have had social events to contend with and a very stressful time at work. But I don’t think my calorie average for the week is extreme – week one of no weight loss was 1434 a day and week two of no weight loss was 1311.  I guess one of the differences is I was craving carbs, which I believe is due to stress and I had a average of 145 grams of carbs a day in week one and then 206 grams a day in week two.  I did 86 minutes of exercise in week one and 70 minutes in week two. Anyway I am at a loss after analysing this and I just have to keep going. I have My Fitness Pal App set at 1200 calories a day, and am finding it very hard to intricately plan my macro nutrients, so gave up and I am just keeping an eye on calories and exercise going forwards.

I am now not feeling very optimistic about my 6 lb weight loss target for February as so far I have lost 1 lb!!!! So I am hoping for a jump start this week with a 2 lb loss, to at least hit 50% of my target.

It has become apparent that it seems to be easy to lose weight in month one and then stagnates. I don’t want to do an extreme calorie cut as that is also not sustainable so I think to target for any more than a 1 lb loss a week is potentially unrealistic, and maybe it will even be a 0.5 lb loss a week, which is depressing!!!

I go on holiday Skiing in a month today, so I am going to step it up a level for the next month and try and shake this plateau, and am going to attempt to do the Gillian Michaels 30 Day Shred, along side my calorie count aiming for an average of 1200 per day over a 7 day period.  I wanted to weigh 10 Stone 7 lbs by my holiday, with 4 weeks to go I need to lose 7 lbs – is this realistic – possibly not with this months track record but I can be ever hopeful.

WEIGHT LOSS TO DATE 26.FEB.17 FROM 2.JAN.17 = 8 lbs (in 7 weeks, lost in first 5 weeks).

I have also cleared my wardrobe and have a whole shelf of clothes that are too small for me, my challenge is to slim into them for July. But to fit most I need to lose another 1 Stone 7 lbs.

Anyway I will keep going and update you next week on my progress.

 

 

Do probiotics make a difference to weight loss?

As per one of my previous posts I have been taking Optibac every day probiotics since 14th January 2017. What difference have I noticed?

I can not say whether it has categorically contributed to my weight loss, as I am also looking at macro nutrients and calories, together with exercise in the last couple of weeks. But what I can say from day one (2-3 weeks before I started exercising), they definitely make your bowel movements more regular, I have also suffered from no acid reflux (though this could also be down to food choices).  If I was to bullet point what I feel the main differences are since I have been taking them it is:

  • regular bowel movements
  • no acid reflux
  • no bloating
  • more energy
  • I noticed last week a less severe cold urticara reaction when out running in the cold

I am going to keep going. I try to take it every morning with my organic Greek yoghurt containing prebiotics.

I will do another update on this next month. I have seen similar reviews on the Optibac website, so I think that they may well be helping.

I am not a nutritional expert this is just my experience.

It is ok to have the occasional day off plan!

Another 1 lb down this week, so I’m going steady and slow.  I am now 154 lbs (11 Stone), still not back at summer weight of 149 lbs, it seems to go on quicker than it comes off me!!

I have upped my exercise in the last couple of weeks and started my running programme so far so good, this week I have hit 146 minutes of exercise and the government recommended is 150 minutes per week, so I am pretty much on it.  Plus 60 minutes of the exercise was with my personal trainer which is high intensity circuits (My thighs are still aching today – 2 days later – no pain, no gain – I suppose!!).

I thought I would take a little picture as I have lost 8 lbs since 2nd January and I can feel a difference in my clothes, my size 14’s are now loose.  Sorry the pictures are on a slightly different zoom and I was not in my sports kit for the first time (wearing jeans). I have lost 2 inches off my waist, from 37 – 35 inch waist, the NHS says for women that you need to lose weight if your waist is more than 31.5 inches, and over 34 inches is high risk for diabetes etc, so I still have to lose 3.5 inches on my waist to be in the healthy range and 1 inch to get out of high risk range eeeek can that be!

This week I have had a average of: 60g Protein, 134g Carbs, 70g Fat each day, my calories averaged out over the week are 1345 per day.   It did go very wrong on 2 days as I had a work function one evening and SPA day with 3 course meal (basically a day off)!!!

But occasionally you can have a day off, can’t you?

I am still allowing myself a few more carbs at the weekend than in the week, so I can still join the family for a slice of homemade pizza and the odd treat.  I do believe the trick is to allow yourself an occasional treat or a day off (as long as it is not too often) or it is very difficult to keep going.  Right I am off for a short jog/walk, to burn off my day off 🙂 !!!!  Have a good week all.

My end of month treat to keep me inspired was a new pair of running leggings (wind proof as it is sooo cold at the moment) and the vest top I am modelling in my update picture!

 

Homemade Pizza is the best!

OMG this is to die for. Sooooo yummy if you fancy a carb treat.

I am lucky and have a bread maker so popped the pizza base ingredients in and hey presto 45 minutes later ‘Pizza Dough’.  I used organic strong bread flour, yeast, salt, olive oil and water, then topped of with tomato puree, a large mushroom and Mozerella cheese for Pizza.

Half a pizza is only 382 Calories with approx. 17.5g of Protein and 55g Carb.  With a green salad on the side a pretty healthy scrummy meal.

 

Do you lose weight if you eat more protein?

This week I have been discussing with colleagues at work who are training for a body building Expo about how much protein should I be eating, and does it make a difference with weight loss?

I was recommended that as a female with a sedentary job I should eat 0.5 grams of protein per pound that I weigh each day, so I am 155 lbs this equates to a requirement of 77 grams of protein a day.

I am going to try this this week, I have set my macro nutrients in My Fitness Pal at:

  • 75 grams of Protien 25%
  • 105 grams of Carbohydrates 35%
  • 53 grams of Fat 40%

The percentage bit is what I may need to play around with as my fat intake is quite high, though I must add I have been eating lots of healthy fats and only butter and no marg.

I have logged everything I ate in the few weeks in My Fitness Pal and these are the Marco nutrients averaged for each week commencing:

Week 1: Saturday 7 January 2017 = 56 g Protein, 106g Carbs, 77g Fat, Av daily calories 1375
Weight loss 3lbs  Exercise 60 mins

Week 2: Saturday 14 January 2017 = 42g Protein, 131g Carbs, 55g Fat, Av daily calories 1176
Weight loss 1lb  Exercise 60 mins

Week 3: Saturday 21 January 2017 = 40 g Protein, 124g Carbs,  59g Fat, Av daily calories 1300
Weight loss 0lb Exercise 20 mins

Week 4: Saturday 28 January 2017 = 41 g Protein, 124g Carbs,  63g Fat, Av daily calories 1223
Weight loss 1lb Exercise 48 mins

I know I am getting a bit nerdy but trying to understand what works for me to lose weight as I think it is a personal thing. But interestingly I lost the most weight 3lbs in week 1 (I had lost 2lbs in the 3 days before that, which I have not recorded here). What is odd about this is does it prove that cutting calories does not necessarily work as this is the week that I ate the most calories, but had the highest protein and fat intake but lower carbs?

‘Food for thought’ as they say, I am going to set my macro nutrients as the settings I laid out above for this week and see what happens. It is my own little scientific experiment. (Please note I am not a professional at this I am just trying to work out what works for me).