Monday, 18 August 2014

Lauren Loses It | Weigh in #1

Well hello there...

I have been on a weight loss journey since May this year (May 9th to be exact), I was and actually still am (according to my BMI) - overweight.
 I had been kidding myself for a while that I was just 'curvy', but you can only lie to yourself for so long, until one day you look in the mirror and see a fat girl staring back at you.
 I am 5 foot 3 inches tall, which only makes things worse, as I think the shorter you are, the wider you look. 

I have lost 2 stone and 1 pound so far (Pretty much 2 dress sizes), but I still have quite a way to go before I reach my goal healthy weight. 

I am not comfortable disclosing my start weight or current weight just yet, as I still don't feel all that confident with my body. Hopefully, when I reach my goal weight, I will share some before and after pictures. 

*I just wanted to quickly say; I am not a nutritionist, healthy eating expert or fitness expert, I am not saying that I work out 7 days a week for hours at a time, starve myself or deny myself anything.
I am just trying to be healthy, do some exercise and lose weight, and bring you lovely lot along for the journey!*

The dreaded word. I have always been an exercise phobic, I am just a lazy person to be honest; I would rather be lounging on the sofa eating a packet of crisps, than going for a bloody run!
But, I have really been trying to overhaul my life, as this isn't just 'a diet', it is a complete lifestyle change. Which means, exercise!
I have kept a list of all of the exercise I have done this week, I don't go to the gym as I prefer to work out in the comfort of my own home and save some dosh!

Monday - 30 minute stretch and tone exercise DVD , 45 minutes on the Wii Fit (boxing, step aerobics and more)
(I think this DVD is fab as you have a warm up, cardio, cool down and stretches, all in only 30 minutes, which is great for lazy people like me!)

Tuesday - 20 squats, 20 lunges, 20 sit ups and 20 knee push ups
 (I cannot for the life of me, manage full body push ups, I prefer the ones where you are on your knees with your legs crossed up behind you)

Wednesday - 20 squats, 20 lunges, 20 sit ups and 20 knee push ups

Thursday - 35 minutes on the Wii Fit (boxing, step aerobics and more)

Friday - REST

Saturday - REST

Sunday - Angela Griffin's Dancemix Workout DVD (25 minutes), 30 minute stretch and tone exercise DVD

Now, my exercise routine does vary from week to week, depending on what shifts I am working, if I have any plans to go out or if I'm just feeling plain lazy! But, I try to aim for at least 2 hours of exercise per week. 

Food and Snaps from the week
I use the MyFitnessPal app to track my calorie intake each day.
 It's a very simple app to use, all you do is input your height, weight, amount of exercise you do and how much weight you want to lose per week, into the app and it calculates how many calories you need per day to lose weight. 
(You can also use it to gain weight or maintain weight)
 I have 1,200 calories per day and aim to lose 2 pounds per week. 
I would not recommend trying to lose more than that per week, as you want to be healthy and set yourself an attainable goal. 

Here are a few snapshots of my meals and snacks from the past few weeks; If you would like to see more, you can follow me on Instagram (Link at the bottom of this post)

Wants, goals, needs and achievements
1. I would love to tone up my arms, as they are rather jiggly at the moment
2. I would also like to tone my thighs, stomach and bum
3. I have been lusting after a Polar Watch for bloody ages, and have finally caved in and bought myself one. After many hours of scouring the web, I found this beauty for only £47!
(Picture above)
 I have seen so many lovely ladies, sharing pictures of their pretty pink polar watches, so I thought I'd be a rebel and get a green one (Well... green is my favourite colour!
4. I am also quite proud of myself for losing just over 2 stone so far! :)

Weekly weigh in - 18/08/14

Weight lost: -2 pounds

Total lost: 2 stone, 3 pounds

Weight to go: 1 stone, 8 pounds

I hope you enjoyed this 'Lauren Loses It' post, I am going to keep you updated with my weight loss, and will be doing another post next month, to show you my progress. 
Are you also trying to lose weight, if so, do you have any tips or tricks? 
Or are you also tracking your progress?

I would love to know and hopefully we can support each other!
Leave me a lovely comment below :)

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Love Laurenx