We are always told that we need to drink water to be healthy.  I know from my own experiences that when I drink plenty I lose more weight than when I haven’t drunk much all week.

I tend to try and drink 2 litres of water a day, more if I am working out regardless of what else I drink.  I tend to drink fruit tea rather than normal tea or coffee during the day.  I find it refreshing and having eliminated most (but not all) caffine from my diet I get far less headaches than I used to have.

I tried adding lemon juice to a bottle of water today and it has made drinking the water even easier, the lemon juice gives the water a ‘zing’ which makes me want to drink more.  I am going to have to work out how to have lemon water at work, it might be worth buying a bottle of lemmon or lime juice to keep at work to add to my bottle of water.  Actually since I have just mentioned a bottle I will explain how I ensure I drink 2 litres at work.  I have a large water bottle which holds a litre, I fill it in the morning and make myself drink it before lunch time.  I then refill it for the afternoon.  Some days I get through it very quickly, other days I have to make myself finish it, adding lemon juice might be what makes the difference.

As a treat at the end of the day I like to have a mocha.  Now a mocha is a minimum of 4.5 syns if you buy the sachets.  That’s not bad but I can make one for 2 syns 🙂  I use a teaspoon of decafinated instant coffee and 3 teaspoons (or one sachet) of Options hot chocolate, mix them together in a mug and add water.  Now it doesn’t taste exactly like a coffee shop mocha but it isn’t bad and is a nice treat at the end of the day.


Exercise DVD’s

I think I have a small problem …..

I don’t tend to use exercise DVD’s but I appear to collect them!!  Looking in our DVD drawer I discovered 8 different exercise DVD’s and I think I have only ever used 2 of them.

I own:

Rosemary Conley’s Fat Attack Workout

Rosemary Conley Shape Up & Salsacise

Rosemary Conley Five Day Fat Burner

Rosemary Conley’s Ultimate Whole Body Workout

WW Claire Sweeney Perfect Fit

WW Move More

The Hotpants Workout

Nell McAndrew Peak Energy

I know I used to have a few more but I must of passed them onto friends who wanted to try them out.

I have decided that I need to give them a go, then I can keep the ones I might actually use and rehome the other ones.  So I have started using the 10 minute abdominal, upper body and back toning section of Rosemary Conley’s Fat Attack Workout to try and focus on my abs each morning.  I managed to do it 3 times last week so hopefully that will keep going and I might even do it more often!

I tried WW Claire Sweeney Perfect Fit this afternoon.  I really like this, you can choose how long you want to work out for and it produces a random routine for you based on 5 minute segments.  It automatically adds a 5 minute warm up and a 6 minute cool down so all in all I worked out for just over 50 minutes.  There is plenty of variety in the exercises and I have to say I am already feeling it in my thighs and shoulders.  This one is a definate keeper! 🙂

I will try out the rest over the next few weeks and report back on them.

Fitness Friday (late again!!)

This week I I went for a 5 mile walk with my hubby and even though we couldn’t take the route we wanted to we didn’t give up.

The hardest part was staying motivated in the gym when it was so busy I couldn’t use the machines I wanted to.

My greatest accomplishment this week was completing the walk and enjoying a healthy lunch afterwards.

Okay, I felt guilty because I didn’t do the toning DVD I had planned to do.

Next week I’m gonna try to complete the toning DVD at least every other day (more realistic than every day).

I plan my activity for the week at the beginning of the week.  I find it helps to motivate me to actually get something done.  The problem is when I then go to work and get told I need to work late which means cancelling a class I have booked or being so tired after a really long day that I don’t do any exercise. One Tuesday I found out I needed to work late on Thursday so I cancelled my Aquafit class and didn’t bother packing my exercise kit to take to work.  Fortunatly or unfortunatly the meeting ended just after 6pm and I could have gone to the swimming pool or the gym, but with no kit I had to go home instead.

The other issue this week is that the seat of our exercise bike has broken.  😦  I have emailed Reebok and they have said that if I can provide certain details they will send us a replacement seat for free!!  Guess what??  We can find all the details but ONE!!!!

Weigh In Wednesday

I weigh in at SW on a Wednesday evening, so each Wednesday I plan to do a Weigh In Wednesday Post.  If you want to join in please do and feel free to grab the image.  Just pop your details in the form and we can share together.

Ok, so how did I do this week – I lost 3lbs.  That brings my total lost since 16th May to 12.5lbs!  So close to losing a stone.  I have also met one of the mini targets I set myself back at the beginning of this journey although it did take me a week longer than I wanted.  I have now lost 5% of my starting body weight!!!!!!

So what have you done?

Dinner Ideas

Pizza and Syn Free Garlic Bread – 5.5syns!!













I found a recipe online yesterday for Syn Free Garlic Bread which I tried last night http://myslimmingworld-jo.blogspot.co.uk/2011/06/syn-free-cheesy-garlic-bread.html.

I have to say I think it needs to be cooked for longer at a slightly lower temperature to dry out the potato base a bit more, but it was nice and I will make it again.

I also made a pizza with a wrap for a base.  I used a WW wrap which is 5.5syns and added wafer thin ham, mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes and rocket.  I used half a HexA of mozzeralla on the pizza and the other half on my garlic bread.

It was a very tasty filling meal and at only 5.5syns means I can still have pizza and garlic bread if I want to 🙂

Fitness Friday (a day late)

I’m joining up with Frikken Duckie for her Fitness Friday link party.

She posts 5 sentence starters to prompt you to think about what exercise you have done, what works for you, what doesn’t and what you want to do next week.

This week I planned my exercise around my commitments which meant I actually made it to the gym twice and aquafit once.

The hardest part was going to the gym straight from work when I was tired and really didn’t want to.

My greatest accomplishment this week was going to the gym straight from work!  It would have been so easy to say I was too tired and I’d do it another day but I went and I felt better and more energised once I had finished.

Okay, I felt guilty because I didn’t go for walks at lunchtime that I had planned because I spent too much time on the internet reading about exercise and weight loss!

Next week I’m gonna try fitting in some toning exercises in the morning before work.

Every Journey Starts with a Single Step

I started my journey on the 16th May.  I remembered to take my measurements but forgot to ask my DH to take some photos of me.  So my before pictures are actually at the end of my first month.

When these photos were taken I had lost 6.5lbs and a total of 6.5cm’s from around my hips, waist and bust.

I have joined the gym at work and have made the decision to make the most of it.  I had my gym induction last Friday and really enjoyed using the machines.

My weekly work out plan now involves using the gym twice a week, aquafit twice a week and a mixture of using the exercise bike at home and walking on the other 3 days.  I know I need to make exercise part of my daily life for it to be something I continue doing long-term.

Slimming World encourage what they call Body Magic.  This week I handed in the fitlogs I have been completing over the last 4 weeks.  I was so proud to be awarded my Silver body magic certificate and sticker.  Onwards and upwards – next stop GOLD!!!!!