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Introducing Watch My Weight Wednesday!

Introducing Watch My Weight Wednesday!

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October/November of last year I was on a fitness roll!  I was eating healthily, exercising most days and slowly but surely I began to see the oh so slight definition of a waist.  EUREKA! I could have wept for joy - the prodigal waist had returned!

Then Christmas came along.  And so did the turkey.  And the trifle. And the toblerone. And all manner of impossible-to-resist-and-utterly-tantalising-treats. And I let myself go.

With great determination and the best of intentions I made the same "will lose weight in the New Year" resolution as countless others around the world and I, like so many of them and possibly even you, have failed to follow through.  I try to convince myself that I suffer from a sugar addiction and that it's an illness, possibly even genetic (damn you Gordon!) and there is nothing to be done about my unfortunate condition...  Utter tosh. And I know it. Other than a complete lack of will power and self-discipline I have no excuse.

Before proceeding any further there are a couple of things I'd like to highlight:

1) I am not and never have been body obsessed. Yes, I wish to look my best but I don't spend hours bemoaning my shape and comparing myself to celebrity x, y or z.  Of course, if I had a genie and a lamp and were entitled to three wishes it's quite possible I would request Beyonce's bootyilcious behind, a 22 inch waist a la Megan Fox and Kelly Brooke's bountiful bosom. But it 'aint gonna happen: they are them, I am me thus I shall focus my precious energies and resources in obtaining something that lies within the realm of possibility.

2) Everybody is entitled to diet in the way they feel is right and I would never, ever criticise or judge. It's just that I personally don't believe in fad diets that generally promote rapid short term weight loss with much less emphasis on and a concern for maintaining it in the long-term.  I'm certainly no nutritional expert but my own feeling is that there is no quick fix and the only way to drop the pounds safely, and to have a chance at maintaining goal weight, is to adopt a balanced diet and to combine that with regular workouts.

So my aim is to lose 1 stone exactly (14 pounds) and YOU are going to be my inspiration!  How could I possibly help? I hear you say.  Simply by being there. I have been lacking some serious motivation to get my butt in gear and a couple of days ago, whilst driving, it came to me: if I were to report back to you guys on a weekly basis it would spur me on tremendously to achieve my goal! At the same time, however, I hope to inspire you if you are similarly looking to shed a few pounds because if I, with my self-diagnosed sugar addiction can do it, then surely there is hope for one and all!

AND SO, MY DEAR WARRIORS, FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE  (i.e. until I reach my target weight of 144lbs) WHATEVER WEDNESDAY SHALL BE KNOWN AS WATCH MY WEIGHT WEDNESDAY!

And it's going to work like this: each week I will report my weight, measurements, my calorie intake, what exercise I did and I will then offer up some reflections based on how my week went. And it will all be done in a cute little box with clickable tabs like so:

11st 4 pounds 

  • 158 pounds
  • 71.7 kg
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Bust: 39 inches

Waist: 34 inches

Hips: 38 inches

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Will report back when first week is complete!

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Will report back when first week is complete!

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I will have plenty to reflect about this time next week.  All good I hope!!

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To track what I scoff I'll be using MyFitnessPal.  What a simply fabulous app!  Have you seen it??  It's such a genius and straight forward way of keeping your calorie intake in check and is currently being used by over 50 million people worldwide. Click here to go to the website and see if it's something that could help you on your way.

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I hope you don't think I'm being self-indulgent Warriors, because that is not my intention. This is something I really want to do and feel I need to do and having you there by my side (and in the the back of my mind!) will help me resist the temptations that are bound to beset me. In short, YOU are my stay-in-control strategy!

And with that I shall leave you with The GW's Fitness Tip of the Day.  Ah yes, I will be also be offering one of these each week. Nothing but the best for my health-conscious Warriors.

So here's to happy, healthy weight loss and thank you so much in advance for keeping me on track!

 

Ginger Warrior, over and out.

P.S.  Does anyone else wish to join me on this little weight loss journey? We could encourage and report back to each other.  There is safety in numbers so they say!  ;)

THE GW'S FITNESS TIP OF THE DAY

 

Find yourself a FITNESS BUDDY!  

Working out with a like-minded friend will help to keep you both motivated and on track.  If you're feeling sluggish and more inclined to remain on the sofa, chances are your buddy will raring to go and will drag you along with them!  And vice versa of course.  So don't delay!  Grab your phone, skim through your contacts and find that person who will be by your side on the road to fitness glory!

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33 Comments

  1. Ceri, step away from the cakes and embrace the exercise ‘rush’!
    It takes 3 weeks to form a habit so make sure the habit is exercise! You know I love a wee run about/pump/lift but as you also know it can be hard to fit excercise into a busy family life! Stick with it! Your cousin Karen gets up for morning classes 4 days a week for 6.30am. This works for her and sets her up for the day plus leaves her evenings free for taxiing kids without the guilt of disappearing to evening classes when tea/homework/bedtimes beckons!
    I’ve used the app you suggested and it is a great motivation to avoid the 200+ kal chocolate bars!
    And finally……..hydration, hydration, hydration!
    Ian
    X

    • The Ginger Warrior

      I have officially stepped away from the cake! Well, not completely but in moderation and in line with my allotted calorie intake. Exercise isn’t a problem – do at least 5 hours a week. Just the food bit that defeats me at times. And I salute Karen – I could not do anything at 6.30am apart from yawn and drool! Hee hee! xxxxx

  2. My name is Lauren, and I too, have a sugar addiction! Great motivation GW! I’m the least fit I’ve ever been. I’m not the heaviest I’ve been, but would definitely struggle to run a mile at present. It’s crazy as I’ve more time than I used to, but less motivation as a result of less structure in my routine. I’ve just downloaded that app. Thanks for the cyber kick up the derrière!

  3. I support you, compi!!! 😉 GOGOGO!!! We can do this!!!

  4. Hate to burst your. Bubble but I eat and drink what i like and never put on a stone………except my nose seems to gain length?!?!?!?

  5. I love ‘my fitness pal’!! Totally works. Nothing is ‘banned’ you just have to stop eating when you get to your calorie limit, simple! Good luck with it. I think the lighter days and the thought of summer clothes are making us all think the same way!

    • The Ginger Warrior

      Ah yes, the thought of summer. I’m going to a blogging conference in California and am determined to be a beach babe for the first time in my thick waisted life!! :) xxx

  6. At times like this I think of one of Miranda Harts maxims: Eat less, move around more. Not as easy as it sounds but common sense. I wish you luck and will check your progress each week.xxx

    • The Ginger Warrior

      Thanks Ann! That is good, sensible advice! I have no problem with the moving around part, it’s the food bit that is my stumbling block!! :) xxxx

  7. I have the myfitnesspal app, a stepping machine and plenty of places to run, I just can’t seem to get up and DO any of it. Inspire me, Miss D! :)

    • The Ginger Warrior

      You have to get some kind of goal Kelli. I think this (reporting to you guys each week) is the only thing that is going to motivate me. The fact that I have to tell over 700 people my weight each week is quite the motivator!! Why don’t you report back on here too and we can do it together!!

  8. Good for you GW! I’m gonna try and cut down on my sugar intake too now you’ve motivated me. I think too that by not calling it a diet but, thinking of it as healthy eating it’s more likely to work!

  9. I think you look great! It looks like you’re pulling on skin…and, skin is a necessity. :) Though–I’m all for getting and feeling healthier. I know I can improve on my exercising-so, that will be my goal. :) Go, Ceri!

  10. Can I be your fitness buddy?

  11. I have used myfitnesspal as well but logging in every item every day gets a little tiresome after a while. There also seems to be a discrepancy with how many calories some items have so am now using nutracheck which is much more accurate and user friendly although you have to pay a small fee to use it.

    Good luck GW!!

  12. My aim too is to loose a stone and best i hurry up as my Tammy is getting married and need a nice outfit that i fit in and not burst out of!! We’ll have to encourange one another xx

  13. I have started using myfitnesspal monitoring my calorie intake and started your zumba classes going at least twice a week, I have lost 7 lbs so far at end of February, I am not weighing myself every week only at the end of each month but I have noticed the difference in my clothes :-)

  14. Yes!! I need accountability when it comes to this! And I too am a sugaraholic! But, I SO desire to be healthy and strong and an example to my kiddos of these things and I am not at all excited at what the scale and, more importantly, my clothes are telling me. So, may I join you in this positive lifestyle change?? I’d like to lose a stone and a half (Is that a thing?) by the summer and be in the habit to maintain this through my Hubby’s 9 month deployment and beyond! I’ve got loads of excuses not to, but that’s all they are (with regard to my weight loss) :)–excuses. Thanks for the inspiration! Can’t wait to get started on this with you!!

    • The Ginger Warrior

      YES! Let’s do this together Andrea! I’m aiming for 18 pounds in total an am determined to do it! Download myfitnesspal and add me as a friend. I’m on there are gingercez. And you can comment each week on Wednesdays when I post my progress! Let’s do it baby!!!

  15. Oh to have your willpower. Chocolate is my downfall and lack of motivation. A fitness buddy sounds like a good idea though. Must try and rope my daughter into being my buddy and try this thing called exercise. You have motivated me to make a start. :)

  16. As I am off to Rhodes tomorrow for 2 glorious weeks I just thought I would ask – what happened to “weight watch Wednesday” ????? I may need words of wisdom on my return as I reached target weight a couple of weeks ago and intend to blow it on stiffado and baklava!
    Yammas!

    • The Ginger Warrior

      Watch my weight Wednesday went out of the window after 10 days of bad eating in the USA. Lol! Trying to motivate myself to get back on track. You can do it, GW!! 😉

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