47 Reasons Weight Loss Update January 2016

I hate failing at anything and yet that is what I did last year. I set myself a weight loss target with my ‘47 reasons why I will lose weight‘ post to be back in my 47 items of clothing by the end of 2015.

Not only did I fail to get in to all of the clothes that I wanted to, but I worked my way back out of the ones I had gotten back in to. I blame Christmas….. well actually I don’t, I blame myself.

However I’m not going to be all down and miserable about it, I had a brilliant Christmas and oh wow did I eat some delicious food. I know where I went wrong, it was by setting an end date to when I was going to be lighter and in to all those clothes.

What I need is a healthier lifestyle, not a crash diet with an end date to panic about.

Weight loss Jan 2016

So, I am on a ‘diet’ again now, or rather I’m making some lifestyle changes. Over the Christmas period I put back on all the weight I had lost and then some. I went up to 10 stone 7 lbs, which I know might not sound that heavy, but I am only 5 foot 2 and this was the heaviest I had been in over 6 years.

This is the weight that I was last Saturday when I did my starting weigh in, and this week I have weighed again and I am 10 stone 2 and 6 ounces – that’s almost 5 lbs I have lost and I am feeling pretty proud despite my failure before.

My target weight that I want to be is 8 stone 12 lbs – very specific I know, but this is the weight I was 5 years ago after I lost a lot of weight (I used to be almost 12 stones ) and this was at a time when I was at my healthiest and running  a lot. Looking back at photos, I love how I looked then.

I have had ongoing hip and back issues for over 18 months now and haven’t been able to sleep on anything but my left side for over a year. Over Christmas the pain was getting worse, and the only thing that changed was my weight, so this ‘diet’ is not about starving myself or vanity – although who doesn’t want to look good?! It’s about getting fitter, getting my health back and hopefully finally being able to sleep on my front if I want to!

Before anyone asks, I have been to the doctors, I’ve had physiotherapy and had x-rays and blood tests – which didn’t show anything, so I think I just need to work on strengthening my back and part of that is losing weight, so that it is taking less strain.

I’ve made a few changes already, mainly moving more and eating much smaller portions than usual – in other words not eating like a 7 foot tall man!

This week already I have had less painful nights, so the exercise I am doing is working. I’m using my treadmill for speed walking most days and doing squats at random times during the day. I’m hoping to build back up to running soon and up the other exercises I’m doing.

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I think the biggest difference though, is that myself and a good blogger friend are having weekly weigh ins. Knowing that I am going to message someone else with my weight every week, holds me accountable and makes me want to work harder.

My best advice for weight loss would be to find your own weight loss buddy, someone to keep you motivated and confess your dieting sins to.

I can’t imagine I’ll be losing 5 lbs next week, but so long as it’s going in the right direction and I am still using my treadmill a lot, then I’ll be happy! Anyone else just restarted a diet or fitness routine, and how are you getting on?

Stevie x

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  1. Laura @ Dot Makes 4
    9 January 2016 / 7:49 pm

    I know how you feel Stevie. I’ve just started off my healthy/weight loss regime after giving up around Christmas.
    I really like the idea of getting a buddy so you have someone else who is going through the same thing and you can encourage each other.

    Good luck lovely, you can do it!

    • 10 January 2016 / 12:27 am

      Christmas is such a hard time of year to be good … I think next year I’ll diet like crazy the month before then enjoy putting the bit back on that I’ve allowed for ;) Good luck lovely, keep me in the loop about how you’re getting on, you can always find me on FB to befriend and message if you like or Twitter DM me :)

      Stevie xx

  2. Helen Ashworth
    9 January 2016 / 8:05 pm

    I am starting slimming world with my mum on monday so will let you know how I get on! I am having a weekend of eating everything I am not supposed to in preperation for what lies ahead :D
    We can do this Steph!

    • 10 January 2016 / 12:24 am

      Ooh good luck! Ha I did that before I started my diet as well, I had an amazing few days of takeaways and chocolate…. the good old days ha ;)

      Stevie x

  3. Fern
    9 January 2016 / 8:31 pm

    Not a diet, of weight loss but I’m determined to get more healthy this year! After my awful labour with boy I’ve really had a wake up call, I need to be here for my children so I need to be generally healthier

    • 10 January 2016 / 12:05 am

      Always a good goal and the best reason to do it.

      Stevie x

  4. 9 January 2016 / 10:37 pm

    I think everyone needs a weight loss buddy in their life! What an awesome first week! 5lb is HUGE! Way to go! Looking forward to you getting to that very specific weight :) x

    • 10 January 2016 / 12:05 am

      I think my weight loss buddy can take part fo the credit for keeping me on the straight and narrow ;) ha!

      Stevie x

  5. Robyn
    10 January 2016 / 9:21 am

    Awesome start and good luck for continued success! I would like to lose a few kilos this year, but I’d also like a baby no. 2 and I clearly can’t have both. We’ll see what happens! In the meantime I’m looking forward to following along with your wins.

    • 10 January 2016 / 5:07 pm

      Ha one of those definitely doesn’t go well with the other ;) Good luck with which ever one you decide to choose to go with

      Stevie x

  6. Julie C
    10 January 2016 / 1:22 pm

    its taken over 2 years for me to get back to weight of 10yrs ago,not by a ‘diet’ but small changes, regular exercise,started with walking then progressed to running and on my 50th birthday in Nov I ran a half marathon something I never imagined I can do. it is a new lifestyle that’s all,not too strict, just sensible! Good luck in your goal, I KNOW you can do it! Dolly Daydream x

    • 10 January 2016 / 5:10 pm

      Wow that’s amazing Julie well done!! I’m not doing a really restrictive diet, as I know I’d never stick to it long term, but the tweaks I’ve been making seem to be working :)

      Stevie x

  7. 12 January 2016 / 6:07 pm

    As with some of the other people here, I also joined slimming world last November – had a really good first 6 weeks losing 12.5 lbs, but then put 4 back on over Christmas. Weigh in tonight, so we’ll see what it says! Alice xx

    • 12 January 2016 / 7:18 pm

      Brilliant start though Alice! Everyone puts on weight over Christmas, it’s just getting back on track afterwards that’s the important part :)

      Stevie xx

  8. 13 January 2016 / 8:36 am

    I can relate to this. Why is putting on weight so easy and losing it so hard?! You’re right though, it needs to be a lifestyle change. I have to keep reminding myself of that though! My downfall at the moment is sugar. I really need to curb my sweet tooth again after too many Christmas chocolates. I can also recommend pilates for strengthening your back. It’s done mine the world of good! Good luck Stevie! Hx

    • 13 January 2016 / 9:32 am

      I know it’s so unfair ha! I just have the appetite of someone a lot taller and more active than myself unfortunately ;)

      Stevie x

  9. 16 January 2016 / 2:52 pm

    Good luck getting back into the swing of things! I’m trying to change food and trying to do some running for this year. Not going too well yet!! x

    • 16 January 2016 / 3:59 pm

      I don;t think the cold wet weather is much incentive ha it makes me want to hibernate and eat comfort food!

      Stevie x

  10. Hannah
    18 January 2016 / 6:10 pm

    I am roughly the same weight as you and although it doesn’t sound much to others it doesn’t make you feel rubbish and it doesn’t quite suit our frames I’m only slightly taller than you like an inch maybe haha so I know how you feel! Having a buddy like that is such a nor idea, I feel bad about that jumbo breakfast now perhaps I should’ve read your blog too before our meet up haha good luck lovely xx

    • 18 January 2016 / 8:22 pm

      Ha it’s ok the breakfast was worth it ;)

      Stevie x