MY WEIGHT LOSS ADVENTURE…The Beginning!

Hey my sweethearts,

So the other day I decided to join weightwatchers. It’s my first time doing it but a work colleague has been doing it for four months and the weight has dropped off! So I thought I would give it a try. I’ve always been one of those yo-yo dieters and I’ve literally had enough of trying all these fad diets that claim to work but don’t. So my next resort was to try weight watchers and make it a LIFESTYLE! everyone that knows me knows I am a COMPLETE foodie! Food just makes me happy whether I’m eating it or talking about it, it’s completely my comfort zone but it’s also my worst enemy!

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I have struggled with my weight since I was about 18 and it doesn’t help that I work in an office surround by cakes, sweets, and biscuits bought in by other members of staff!

My weight makes me feel ugly and unconfident. I’ve stopped going shopping for clothes as I get depressed when I try things on and they don’t fit so I give up and go home.
And usually eat to comfort myself. It’s a vicious cycle.

I want to change. I want to be confident in clothes like I used to be. I want to feel sexy again and have the confidence to wear what I want to wear and feel good. I’m also getting married so that is another massive piece of motivation for me.

I struggle with portion control and knowing when to stop and so I turned to weight watchers for guidance and help me to lose weight..for good!

I signed up online first of all and bought the monthly pass for £10 as there was a special offer on. The monthly pass allows access to the weightwatchers app, online facilities and meetings.

I went along to my first meeting on Tuesday 29th April. I didn’t know what expect and was a bit nervous but as soon as I got there I was welcomed by the meeting leader Janet who had previously lost weight with weight watchers. She weighed me and gave me some booklets to take home with me and also my personal record card to keep track of my weightloss.

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My starting weight is 158 pounds.
I’m 5ft 3.

Janet advised me that I should be between 7st 5 – 10st 2 for my height.

On Tuesday she set me a goal which was to lose 4 pounds by our next meeting. She said I should do the simple start programme but my friend advised me to start the pro points system straight away as that’s what she did. I must say I do feel a bit skeptical as I don’t feel like I’m on a diet. It seems like I can eat everything as long as I point for it. However it’s my first week and I’m only on day 4 so we shall see what the scales say at the end of the week. I get 26 points a day and have 49 extra weekly points to use as I please but I must not exceed them.
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I have also joined the gym with my younger sister Leah and aiming to go at least 3/4 times a week.

I have been eating really healthily this week apart from Friday as I had a work leaving do and we went to a Chinese buffet. It was so difficult for me and I felt I couldn’t enjoy it as much as I would usually but I made sure I stayed on track and kept my plate kinda clean(ish). I mainly had meat and vegetables and didn’t pile my plate high. I also made sure I ate until I started to feel full.

I am praying for a loss on Tuesday. I’ve been eating healthy and working out so fingers crossed I will.

I was so chuffed yesterday. I went to the gym in the morning for an hour, then met my fiancé and we went for a run along the Thames. He let me try out his new calorie counting fitness watch so I could track how many calories I burnt from the run. He also placed a heart monitoring strap around my waist.

When we finished I was absolutely go smacked what the watch said.
904 calories in 48 minutes!
I couldn’t believe my eyes. I couldn’t believe my body actually burned that many calories as I have never seemed to be able to burn that much in the past. I said to him the watch must be wrong lol but he assured me it was correct. I was so happy with myself and felt amazing after.

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I am now so motivated more than ever to lose weight for good and keep it off so I am going to blog about my journey and bring you all along with me on this adventure!

I will add some progression pics along the way!

For all those that are on their own weight loss journey, What do you guys do to keep you motivated?

Ciao,

Kelly 💞

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A Christmas I Won’t Forget…

As mentioned In my previous post, I noted that I have recently become engaged to my Gorgeous fiancé Kane!

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2 months on and I am still on cloud 9!
Here’s my story…

Proposal: 25th December 2013
Where: Gran Bahia Principle lHotel, Mexico

Kane and I were talking one day in March 2013, when he turned to me and said he was going to arrange a surprise holiday in December. He was always talking about us going away for Christmas/New Year someday so I agreed to let him take control of booking the holiday for us (usually it’s me because I like to to arrange things) and to be fair I was intrigued to see what he would do.

Kane began planning with my mum, as luckily she is a travel agent, so she was now in on the surprise.

As the months went by leading up to it Kane was not giving the game away as to where he was taking me. I cheekily asked for hints every month but all he gave me was: huts, sea, and sand – not much help as that could have been anywhere!

I eventually gave up trying to find out as I didn’t want to actually find out and ruin the whole surprise, but he did tell me the dates we were going as I had to book them off work:- 27th – 4th January 2014.

I was really looking forward to spending New Year in a different country and enjoy being with Kane, just us. We are currently saving for a deposit so right now we are still at home with our parents. Our houses are so busy so we hardly get any alone time together.

Months passed and I got more and more excited to find out where were were going, However, a week before we were due to fly out, we were at Kane’s Christmas work-do and as we were leaving a very drunk colleague of his tapped him on the shoulder and said ‘have fun in Mexico’ – right in front of me!! she had spoilt the surprise. I was so upset, for Kane really as I know how hard he worked to arrange everything.

But anyway, it was now Christmas Eve and my mum and dad were on to me about packing (typical me I leave everything to the last minute).
I was unsure why they were so eager for me to pack because as far as I was aware we weren’t going until the 27th. I then got a call from Kane saying he was coming round with his mum for a drink with me and the family – I thought this was weird because they don’t usually come over on Christmas Eve.

They got to my house and Kane took me aside and told me to pack because we were leaving early tomorrow morning (Christmas Day)! I was gob smacked I started laughing and then quickly rushed up stairs to pack. Kane and his mum came over to pick me up with my suitcase which is why they disguised it as a Christmas drink!

We left mine and got to Kane’s about 10pm. I was so excited by the point and couldn’t sleep because I was too excited to get up (kinda like that Disneyland advert).

We arrived at the airport and sat down eagerly awaiting to board our flight.

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We soon began to board and set ourselves ready for the 10hr flight.

We arrived at the Gran Bahia Hotel about 7pm. We were so tired but we got showered and headed to the Akumal restaurant for dinner. (The complex has 3 resorts (Tulum, Akumal and Coba), 8 restaurants and 21 bars! It’s massive and I’ll do a blog post about the hotel in more detail).

Drum Roll Please…….

And so, we left the dinner table and headed back to our apartment as I desperately needed to change my heeled sandals as they were killing me.

As we walked up the path, it was so peaceful, no one was around (apart from the crickets) and there were little yellow fairy lights that decorated the trees. It was so romantic.

We got to the stairs of the apartment and Kane turned to me. He kissed me and gave me a speech, he told me how much he loved me and that I was the only one for him and then he got down on one knee and reached in to his pocket and said ‘Kelly, will you marry me?’. I was in a state of shock I was just started balling my eyes out and said yes of course and I told him to get up and I hugged him. He picked me and twirled me around with the biggest smiles on our faces like in a fairytale. He put me down and opened the box to my ring. I fell in love with it instantly, he got it completely spot on, it was everything I ever wanted – Sparkly, Diamonds, Cushion shape. Just perfection.

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We went upstairs so I could change my shoes and to my surprise there were rose petals on the bed, swans made out of a towel and the room was filled with balloons. It was so lovely. I quickly changed my shoes and we headed down to the bar for drinks to celebrate our engagement.

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I spent the rest of the night, and holiday for that matter, just admiring it’s beauty and I couldn’t even tell you how many times I said thank you to him. I was so grateful and blessed.

Kane had previously told the hotel his plans to pop the question and they gave us a free bottle of champagne and a heart shaped desert at the A La Carte Dinner we had the following evening on Boxing Day.

I must just say that I was adamant Kane wasn’t going to propose to me on holiday as we had a long talk before we went about how he couldn’t afford to take me away and pay for a ring, but boy did he pull the cat out of the bag with this one!

I remember it as if it was yesterday and it will stay in my heart forever.