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naughtyminx78 in Ramsgate is doing 34 things including…

Lose 30 pounds

6 cheers


naughtyminx78 has written 8 entries about this goal

9 and a half months and...


Total lost in 2009: 33lb
Of 30lb goal: 30lb
To go on this goal: 0lb

YAY!! It did take me longer than planned. Namely because during the summer months I didn’t try too hard and continues to enjoy lots of bbqs and parties laden with food and drink.

I’ve just re-read my orginal plan and I’ve been fairly faithful. I quit chocolate New Year, no problem at all. I have reduced unhealthy fats with ease. I’ve upped my exercise by walking the dog briskly for a minimum of 45 mins every day and for a proportion of the year was running every other day too (I need to get back to that now). The only thing I didn’t do was quit drinking wine, though I have reduced significantly.

I haven’t reached a weight I am happy to maintain yet but I am 30lb closer! Need to ponder on the details of my next weight loss goal now!

Four and a half months...

Total lost in 2009: 21lb
Of 30lb goal: 18lb
To go on this goal: 12lb

Past the half way mark – yay! Not going to be complete by holiday (only 2 weeks to go) but I’m okay with my average of 1lb a week. It will probably take me at least another 3 months to complete this goal and then I have to decide on my final weight aim. Whatever I settle on I’d like to be looking at a maintenance plan towards the end of the year.

3 months...

Total lost in 2009: 16lb
Of 30lb goal: 13lb
To go on this goal: 17lb

Nearly to the half way mark on this goal. I really want to complete it before I go on holiday in 9 weeks!

Evil scales!

After discussing this with WN the other day my scales also turned evil – tricking me into believing I’d lost 3lb then 4lb on consecutive days then laughingly admitting it was lying and I’d only lost 1lb not 7lb.

Oh well, at least there has still been progress. I haven’t lost as much as I wanted to before my sister’s wedding and with less than 2 weeks to go I doubt I’ll lose much more. My dress fits though thankfully!

I’m exercising much more now which I’m pleased about. I want to start running again but so far I’m pleased with walking/gym/yoga. Foodwise I’m not too bad but I still tend to eat when I feel unhappy instead of dealing with it.

Total lost in 2009: 10lb
Of 30lb goal: 7lb
To go on this goal: 23lb

Week 3

Lost another 1lb. Still not exercising much (long walk Tues but that’s all), mainly because I’m still ill (annoying sore throat/cough/cold thing).

I’ve managed to give up chocolate though which I’m pleased about, it makes it easier to make healthy choices.

I need to decide which day I’m measuring things by as I’m weighing myself everyday at the moment.

Total lost in 2009: 5lb
Of 30lb goal: 2lb
To go on this goal: 28lb

Week 2

Lost 1lb which is fine I suppose – especially as I’d still been eating chocolate and have had a couple of parties with food/drink.

I’ve stuck to all the positive changes – have kept food diary daily, no take-outs and meals generally healthier. My danger zones are snacks and eating when I’m stressed.

I do need to lose it a little faster but I think a little more exercise would do that – it’s just soooo cold outside!

Week 1

Well I have lost 3lb which I’m happy with, unfortunately I gained 3lb over Christmas so really I’m just back to square one.

Positive changes

  • Drinking less coke/alcohol more water
  • Keeping a food diary
  • Healthier breakfasts – e.g. porridge
  • Healthier lunches – e.g. veg soup
  • No take-outs

Changes to be made

  • Give up chocolate (only managed one day without)
  • More fruit and veg
  • Increase exercise

I really need to lose 2-3lb a week to fit into my bridesmaids dress!!

Here goes...

Those of you who know me might have been a little surprised to see this goal appear. Not so long ago I had the goal ‘gain weight’.

I’ve had issues with my weight as long as I can remember and have yo-yoed up and down several times between 95lb (suffering from eds)and 195lb (9 months pregnant and overweight).

I know that I can lose weight because I’ve done it so many times before. However, losing it in a healthy way and maintaining a healthy weight will be new to me. I also know that with my history of eds I need to be really careful in my approach, method and attitudes. My mental health is of greatest importance.

I currently weigh….eeek I don’t wanna say this…170lb. That’s the most I’ve ever weighed when not pregnant. I’ve decided to aim for 140lb initially because I know I look ok at that weight but without being ill. When I get there I’ll decide on whether to risk going lower.

As an extra incentive I am being a bridesmaid at my sister’s wedding on 21/03/09 and I need to drop 2 dress sizes to fit into the dress!

I plan initially to give up chocolate (I did this for 4 years before), reduce unhealthy fats (but not all fat as I did once before with dangerous results) and exercise in moderation (but not to extremes). I’m also breastfeeding which should help with calorie burning! Last but not least I’m going to give up wine which I attribute quite a lot of my weight gain to.

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