47 Reasons Why I WILL lose weight

I am writing this post up quickly today, before I end up backing out and neither writing it nor following through with what it’s all about. Basically I have 47 reasons why I will be trying as hard as possible to lose weight, and I am setting myself a real challenge.

I’m very open on my blog and speak about a range of different subjects, but I have never on here nor in real life told anyone other than a doctor or Si (he really doesn’t want me to tell him) how much I weigh. It has always seemed like a private thing to me, but I will be telling you in a while (gulp).

In the last year or so I seem to have lost all will power to watch my weight…well I have watched it increase, but I think you know what I mean.

Due to a lot of back issues in the last 18 months I was exercising way less than I used to, boredom/stress eating way more, and funnily enough that hasn’t been a good combination for my weight or my health.

I feel tired a lot of the time and although my back is a lot better than it has been, I know the extra weight will only continue to put a strain on it…and the seams of the whole two pairs of jeans that still fit me.

Anyway today things came to a head, because I decided to go through my wardrobe and drawers, and actually see how many clothes either don’t fit me or that I don’t wear  as they show off my lumps and bumps, and this is the result of that.

Clothes that don't fit

47 items of clothing that I have either ‘grown out of’ or that have never fitted and still have the labels on. I can’t bring myself to sell them or clear them out for new bigger sized clothes, as it will be like admitting defeat and so from today I have set myself a challenge.

I have put the clothes into a big bin bag.

Full Bin Bag

I will keep trying them on as I go through my weight loss and take out from the bag any that start to fit me or look better on me, and occasionally show you the results. By the end of the year, I want this bag to be empty and my wardrobe to be full of clothes that I can actually wear.

I want to be able to take the boys swimming without wanting to hide, and mostly I want my back to be strengthened by it all and to be healthier and fitter. I need and want a healthier lifestyle.

In that bag are my 47 reasons to lose weight and get fitter. I have a treadmill and weights that have been collecting dust, but will we getting a good dust off this week. I have already turned down some chocolate this evening and been for a half hour walk with the boys and I am going to be trying to make some small changes.

So here’s the bit I won’t enjoy. Before I say how much I weigh can I just point out that I am only 5 foot 2 and my ideal weight according to the NHS BMI calculator is between 7 stone 3 lbs and 9 stone 11 lbs and I am not trying to say I think I am hideously over weight, but I am over a stone heavier than I am happy with and more importantly way too big for some of my favourite clothes.

I currently weigh 10 stone 2 lb which is the heaviest I have been in years, 5 years ago I lost 2 and a half stone and I was at my healthiest at 8 stone 13, which is where ultimately I would love to be again, right smack bang in the middle of my healthy weight range.

I refuse to starve myself or do it by unhealthy means though, and would never encourage others to do so as this is a lot to do with being healthier and not making myself ill. I want my confidence back, and I am willing to work my bum off (hopefully literally) to do it.

I will give updates on here about how I’m doing, and what I’m doing, but I won’t be including photos of myself before until at the end of my challenge for a before and after comparison. Hopefully you’ll be able to tell the difference!!

How many items of clothing do you have in the back of your wardrobe that no longer fit, surely no one can beat 47?! If you have a lot that don’t fit and fancy joining in doing the same thing as I am, feel free and let me know so I can keep up with your bag emptying progress!

Stevie x #EmptyTheBag

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  1. 8 August 2015 / 7:04 pm

    Good luck Stevie – better to do it now then put it all back on again. I am currently 2 stone down & 2 stone to go so I am with you xx

    • 8 August 2015 / 7:06 pm

      Thanks lovely and well done on your 2 stone! I’m pleased I haven’t put all the weight back on but that was definitely where it was headed and I refuse to let that happen! Stevie x

  2. 8 August 2015 / 7:38 pm

    I’m totally with you, I’m doing exactly the same. I had a bit of an epiphany this week – realised I was spending a fortune on staying this fat. Mainly from eating rubbish and drinking every evening. We’ve made a rule that we’re only drinking at weekends and we’re not spending a fortune on rubbish like chocolate and crisps. I’ve also given up on trying to exercise in the evenings and I’m getting up early to go running or swimming. It’s a great feeling when it’s done for the day. I look forward to reading about your progress. Good luck with it, always here if you need a rant because I’m going through the same thing.xx

    • 8 August 2015 / 9:45 pm

      Same here my lovely, I don’t drink alcohol very often but I spend a fortune on rubbish food, have a fizzy drink addiction and really don’t need all the rubbish I buy and eat! I definitely need luck, as soon as I even say the word diet I feel hungry! Good luck to you as well :)

      Stevie xx

  3. 8 August 2015 / 7:49 pm

    I am 12lbs down on my calories counting mission. I want to do 25-30lbs in total. Need to keep to a weight I can maintain! I also have back issues so extra weight does not help. With you all the way! Xxx

    • 8 August 2015 / 9:46 pm

      Well done 12 lbs is brilliant! My back will definitely benefit I hope!!

      Stevie xx

  4. Laura @ Dot Makes 4
    8 August 2015 / 8:18 pm

    Good luck lovely!
    I am totally with you. I checked my wardrobe and have 54 items of clothing in various sizes that I can’t fit into. I’ve at my heaviest ever and am 4 stone away from my healthy weight.

    I’ve been in denial for a while, but after I checked my wardrobe, I realised I need to do something!

    I’ll definitely join you in the challenge!
    Laura xx

    • 8 August 2015 / 9:50 pm

      Oh wow you beat me Laura! I know I can lose it as now I’ve put it on my blog I have more accountability as it won’t just be me who knows how well I’m doing. I think having the clothes in a bag as a visual aide to knowing how well you’re doing as the bag goes down may help as well. good luck hon, I’m here for support or rants about how hungry we are ;)

      Stevie xx

  5. 9 August 2015 / 4:59 am

    Great post and good luck:) Think I have tried every possible diet over the years, none of them are as fun as the Krispy Kreme one:((

    • 9 August 2015 / 1:01 pm

      Thank you, I think I may need luck only the second day of cutting back and I’m starving! ha,

      Stevie x

  6. 9 August 2015 / 5:47 am

    I’m awake at 5am with a painful back. I know that being a shed load overweight isn’t the cause, but nor does it help! Having problems with my leg has taken a toll on my self esteem and consequently I’ve had little incentive to care much about looking good and probably have had the wrong attitude in that I think I deserve a treat for putting up with “The Leg”! Of course losing weight will help with back pain, healing and feeling good about myself again. I’m behind you all the way Stevie. You sound as though you have all the determination and the right attitude to get to your goal and get back into those clothes in that sack. Celebrate your losses with us. You have a lot of followers here who will cheer you on and keep you focused if you feel that will power slipping!
    Thank you so much for writing this post. It’s certainly given me an incentive to join you and lose those extra pounds. Right now though I’m going to crawl back under the duvet. xx

    • 9 August 2015 / 1:14 pm

      Oh no Bree, I hope your back is behaving now! I really hope your leg problems resolve themselves as well it must feel awful :( Good luck with it all lovely, and I really hope you got back to sleep!

      Stevie xx

  7. 9 August 2015 / 12:37 pm

    Awe i know the feeling lovely … I’ve recently got a shock over how much weight I’ve put on so I’ve started to do something about it.

    Good luck on reaching your target. I have more than 5 stone to lose to get to the NHS recommended weight so i’ll be working on it a while. Will be worth it in the end when we feel better about ourselves though.


    • 9 August 2015 / 1:19 pm

      Most definitely and good luck hon! I think the key is not expecting it to happen overnight (if only!!)

      Stevie x

  8. 9 August 2015 / 1:38 pm

    Good Luck! I have so many clothes that don’t fit me as well, and a lot of my clothes are probably too tight but I have to wear them anyway! I have just started my healthy eating and have about half my body weight to lose :( Its going to be a long journey. xx

    • 9 August 2015 / 3:08 pm

      A long journey but a worthwhile one that you can do! Starting the journey is the biggest step x

      Stevie x

  9. 9 August 2015 / 2:58 pm

    I know how you’re feeling but to be honest the BMI is not an accurate indicator of what weight you should be. As long as you’re just going to eat healthily that is absolutely great. It is just well, diets really don’t work. Only 5% of people who lose weight keep it up for more than 5 years. Love your honesty and your blog…do come on over and share your strategies for keeping sane in the summer hols x Emma

    • 9 August 2015 / 3:17 pm

      Don’t worry I have no intention of starving myself or doing any fad diets that aren’t going to work long term. It’s about being healthier especially as I already have back issues, and not wasting money by giving up all so many items of clothing! I want to be a ‘happy’ size and a healthy size.

      Stevie x Oh and as for BMI I use it as a general guideline to what weight range I should be in and not as gospel.

  10. 10 August 2015 / 1:17 pm

    BMI is an outdated tool but a good indicator none the less. I go by how my clothes feel on me, we moved in April and I sent bags of clothes to the charity shop that didn’t fit me anymore. I’ve only recently noticed that some of my clothes are a little baggy. It’s about finding a good balance of things you enjoy and that are good for you, I’m sure you’ll do great. I look forward to following your journey. Thanks for joining up with #FitnessFriday

    • 10 August 2015 / 11:09 pm

      Most definitely a balance hon, I’m feeling so positive already and started losing weight already too :)

      Stevie x

  11. 10 August 2015 / 3:36 pm

    Good luck Stevie – I’m sure you’ll do great. You’ve done it before so will be able to do it again. First few days are the hardest and then it does gradually get easier. I look forward to reading you updates. Are you just cutting back or following any “plan” in particular x

    • 10 August 2015 / 11:21 pm

      Thanks hon, by declaring my target on here etc I’ve forced myself to keep to behaving :) I’m not following any plan at the moment, just cutting back and eating better and going to be exercising more as well, seems to be working already! If I plateau I’ll probably try something different, but I want it to be sustainable, the main bit was finding my will power!

      Stevie x

  12. 10 August 2015 / 8:36 pm

    Oh I’m scared to count the number of clothes that don’t fit anymore, but what a great visual motivation tool! Go get it Stevie!

    • 10 August 2015 / 11:25 pm

      That bin bag is staring at me, definitely a good motivator! As is the fact that I don;t want to have to write on here that I failed ;)

      Stevie x

  13. 11 August 2015 / 12:37 pm

    Good luck Stevie! I have clothes that I’ve kept in the hope I’ll fit into them again. I honestly thought I never would but the weight is slowly coming off. I still have a way to go but I’m feeling healthier. Why does chocolate need to taste so good though?! I have weak willpower when it comes to Dairy Milk fruit and nut bars! Hx

    • 11 August 2015 / 10:17 pm

      Thank you! Chocolate is definitely a weakness for me as well

      Stevie x

  14. 14 August 2015 / 7:17 am

    Motherhood is not an easy time for keeping our weight steady. It is great that you want to loose weight but like you said don’t deny yourself otherwise it will all just go back on at a later date. I work on weight loss with people and my tips would be to
    Visualise yourself slim as often as you can
    Make small changes that are maintainable
    Really consider your motivation for loosing weight, more than how you look, consider how you will feel and what it will give you. These feelings are much more motivating than thinking about what you don’t want.
    Good luck. Kirsten

    • 14 August 2015 / 9:30 am

      I’m being very sensible and feeling a lot better for it already! :)

      Stevie x

  15. 14 August 2015 / 10:24 am

    Good luck with your new journey. I am the same height as you, but only just creep in on the upper range of the NHS healthy weight since I started running. I have felt so much better for it. It’s hard work, but well worth it. Good luck! x

    • 14 August 2015 / 11:50 am

      Thank you :) I had to stop running due to my back issues, hoping over time to get back to it again!

      Stevie x

  16. Emma's Mamma
    14 August 2015 / 10:37 am

    Good luck! I had a clear out of my closet and got rid of a few things that I’ve ‘outgrown’. It wasn’t was much as 47 though lol. I about 2 stone away from my ideal weight which is what I weighed about 3 years ago. I know I can get there, and like you I don’t want to starve myself, so I’m taking my time and I’ll get there eventually :) #PicknMix

    • 14 August 2015 / 11:51 am

      Slowly but surely is what I’m hoping for….or a magic wand ;)

      Stevie x Good Luck lovely

  17. 14 August 2015 / 10:42 am

    I have to day you are very brave! I too scared of even going near to a scale. And my wardrobe? Let’s say I have been wearing a lot of leggings and sweatpants lately. I really should of this big bag out and join you for once and for all! We can do it! Xx #PicknMix

    • 14 August 2015 / 11:52 am

      I’m too scared to wear leggings as I suspect if I move out of jeans I may never fit in them again lol ;) I wonder if you can beat my 47? Good luck lovely,

      Stevie x

  18. 14 August 2015 / 11:50 am

    Thanks for being so honest. I need to go on a health kick as well, although I’m less bothered about losing weight (although I need to). When I’m on a diet I feel much better and have much more energy, probably because I don’t deprive myself but I[‘m also ensuring I get my five a day and drinking plenty of water, and probably have fewer snacky treats around the house. AND I enjoy what I eat more as well. So why can I not summon up the energy to do it? It’s baffling.

    Good luck to you. I hope that binbag starts to empty soon,

    • 14 August 2015 / 12:01 pm

      I’m exactly the same, there are even loads of healthy foods I love to eat, but I seem to have found my will power a bit more now! Giving myself a weigh in day tomorrow eek! A lot of doing this is about not wasting ll those clothes either, as much as I would love to be able to afford a whole new wardrobe I hate waste anyway ;)

      Stevie x

  19. Sara @ Handy Herbs
    14 August 2015 / 11:56 am

    Good luck Stevie although now you have put your mind to it I am sure you won’t need any luck! It is so hard being a woman and keeping the weight off. There are different points in our lives when we are almost inevitably going to put it on. I am sure your motivation will work wonders. You have inspired me to get on and do more exercise which is definitely something I need to do more of!! Thanks for sharing and hosting #PicknMix

    • 14 August 2015 / 12:09 pm

      It’s definitely hard work….why does naughty food have to taste quite so good?! I’m keeping the willpower so far though and will be weighing and trying clothes on tomorrow though doubt I’ve changed much in a week ;)

      Stevie x

  20. 14 August 2015 / 12:03 pm

    I tried to convert your numbers into kilos so I can understand better how you feel about your weight but if my conversion is working correctly I don’t think you are that bad. Of course you should loose more weight so you feel healthier but I realised that we will never be how we used to be when we were younger. I’m pretty much the same height (a little bit taller) and I weight pretty much the same than you (actually I haven’t checked my weight for a few months now so I might even be worst than you LOL) but the thing is that I know I have to loose weight to feel more healthier but the best way to do it should be exercising (something that I don’t do much either cause of lack of time). My baby has just turned 1 this week and I’m taking care of her full time so it has been difficult. I hope things get better and I can find a way to exercise more. Before I got pregnant I managed to loose 13 kilos so I hope I can go back to that at some point. Anyway , great post Stevie and Good luck with it! I hope you see that bag empty by the end of the year ;-) Thanks for sharing and hosting #PicknMix

    • 14 August 2015 / 12:12 pm

      Thanks hon, for me it’s mostly about not wasting ALL those clothes and with my back issues I need to be well within my healthy weight really. I wouldn’t describe myself as ‘fat’ or anything though nor am I rude enough to describe anyone else that way ;) but for my own health I do need to lose the bit of excess.

      Stevie xx Oh and I didn’t lose my baby weight for about 6 years and I was a whole lot bigger than you! It’s whatever weight or size you feel comfortable and healthy at :)

  21. Sarah ASlett
    14 August 2015 / 12:28 pm

    Good Luck but don’t forget to be kind to yourself ! #PicknMix

  22. Patricia Costello
    14 August 2015 / 1:40 pm

    I find writing a blog doesn’t help!! :-| I started writing just over a month ago and I can see my weight creeping up already! Having said that, it is the Summer Holidays, and with no School or Preschool runs, very little exercise is happening now! Come September, I start back to work, after having my fourth daughter. I’ll be working in a Preschool, so it’ll be non stop children keeping me on my feet all day! Eeeek!! (Can’t wait!) Good luck. I can’t wait to see you reach your goal. Thank you for sharing and for hosting #PicknMix

    • 14 August 2015 / 3:30 pm

      Aw thank you :) It’s definitely not an easy task, I think small changes can make a big difference though, and I’m trying to get up and away from the laptop even if for just ten minutes at a time to do housework, or walk somewhere, do squats etc. Days out with the boys are always really active, and once they are back at school I’m going to up my exercise some more. Good luck being back at work lovely, I’m sure it’ll be great working with mini people :)

      Stevie x

  23. 14 August 2015 / 3:59 pm

    Good luck with the weightloss! But honestly, if your profile pic is anything to go by you look great!

    I’m also 5’2″ and I’m considered overweight (or obese if I believe wii-fit) as I was about 11stone the last I weighed myself (pre pregnancy). I have no idea how much I am by now but the way these chocolate biccies are being consumed I’m going to be getting heavy again real soon! I’m determined not to be in a size 16 though… that’s the deal I’ve told myself – if size 14 starts getting tight then action will be taken! #PickNMix

    • 14 August 2015 / 4:19 pm

      Ha wii fit is evil! I once didn’t use it for a year and when I got back on it, it asked me if I had a little person on there with me! The cheek ;) I wouldn’t be that fussed about losing weight if it wasn’t for the clothes and my back, it’s more about being healthier for me really :)

      Stevie x

  24. Jen @ 4,128 miles
    14 August 2015 / 7:21 pm

    Good luck Stevie! It’s always tough losing weight – I’m petrified about putting too much on this pregnancy as I know how hard it is to shift at the other end. Small steps get you there, so don’t get disheartened if it seems painfully slow. My wardrobe contains a lot of guilt too. I need to do what you’ve done too. I think a good wardrobe cleanse is good for the soul! #picknmix

  25. 14 August 2015 / 11:51 pm

    I’m sure sharing this post with us will be a great motivation – good luck with your weight loss x #picknmix

    • 15 August 2015 / 8:47 pm

      Definitely has been so far :)

      Stevie x

  26. 15 August 2015 / 7:35 am

    You go girl!! This happened to me just over a year ago and I have lost 2 stone. It was 2 stone I needed to lose and I am at my happiest and healthiest now. Good luck beautiful lady #picknmix xx

    • 15 August 2015 / 8:57 pm

      Amazing, well done! I’m just over 2 lbs down in my first week :) I seem to finally have the will power….possibly something to do with not wanting to fail and have to admit it on here ha, this post seems to be what I needed xx

  27. 16 August 2015 / 11:34 am

    Good luck with your weight loss, and good on you for writing on here about it. The only person who knows how much I weigh in the lady at weight watchers! I’ve always struggled with my weight so I’m constantly yoyo dieting. Currently at WW but for how long who knows. I just have no will power and enjoy chocolate too much! #picknmix

    • 16 August 2015 / 1:50 pm

      Willpower has never been a strong point of mine, that’s the main reason I ended up writing this post as it’s forced me to actually find some ;)

      Stevie xx

  28. Ashleigh
    16 August 2015 / 9:52 pm

    I’m currently going through the exact same situation. I recently brought a pair of size 12 jeans. It may sound nothing but before I got pregnant with my little boy (over 2 years ago) I was a size 6, so never in my life have I been this big. I start my jogging and healthy eating this week! Good luck and I hope you find it easier than I do :) linking to you from #PicknMix

    • 16 August 2015 / 10:42 pm

      I’ve managed to lose a couple lbs already but it’s definitely a struggle!

      Stevie x

  29. 17 October 2015 / 12:40 pm

    Good luck to you Stevie ! Brilliant idea. Very Feng Shooey ! Good idea not to chuck things out ! Upcycle your beloved clothes back into your new slimmer life ! I lost nearly 1.5 stone this year by having zero fat or sugar in the house, and zero processed foods. I can no longer think, in an ad break, or a spare moment, hmmmm … wouldn’t it be nice to knock up some buns ? My body had to burn the fat that it had stored, since it got none from my supermarket shop. Can’t wait to see how you get on :) Lucy

    • 17 October 2015 / 12:45 pm

      I sometimes think that if I lived alone I’d be slim, as there would be uproar in this house if I got rid of that sort of stuff ;) Luckily they can all stay since I love them ha ;)

      Stevie x