Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Weigh-in - Week 39

Good news - another 2lbs lost this week and I'm feeling pleased. I have to admit I was getting a little downhearted when everything was going so slowly at the beginning of the year, but now I seem to have had some good losses and no gains for the last few weeks. This 2lb loss puts me down to 17st 6.7lbs, which means I have been awarded another "Silver 7 Star", making 7 in all, a total loss of 49.2lbs! Oh, and my daily points allowance has just gone down to 47.

I'm now just 0.8lbs away from my next mini goal, which is 17st 6lbs - the weight I was when I got married on 1998!

As you will know if you've been keeping up to date with this blog I added in a "kettlebell" workout to my weekly schedule last Wednesday. I have to say my thighs were in agony on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, so much so that I couldn't do another kettelbell workout until Sunday, although I was able to force myself on the crosstrainer on Thursday & Saturday (I even got a new personal best on Saturday). Luckily there is no pain from Sunday's workout, so I expect to be able to do the kettlebell every other day from now.

I also managed to get out for 9 holes of golf with my son on Sunday, we both played rather badly, but when I checked my scorecards on my iPhone I discovered that we hadn't actually played since April 9th last year - it's no wonder we were a little rusty. I'm hoping we can get out for another round on Saturday, but if not I'm taking a day off for my birthday next week and we'll get a round in then. I'm really very keen for William to play golf as often as he can as it is a great game and I think he has the potential to be quite good at it (certainly a lot better than me!).

I haven't added anything to me repetoire of recipes this week, so I've had to make do with the South American Chilli, Steak in Ale Stew and a couple of other of my staples. I have to say I really am eating a lot better than I was before I started my "diet". The food I'm eating is generally much more tasty, is definitely healthier and I am almost never hungy! This weightwatchers plan is to be recommended to anyone that enjoys their food.

See you all again next week after, hopefully, another good loss!

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

My Kettlebell Workout

For those that are interested the new workout that I did this morning can be found here:


I started off with 5 minutes on the crosstrainer to warm up then did:

10 x Kettlebell Swings
5 x Figure of 8 in each direction
10 x squats
5 x One Arm Rows each arm
5 x Floor press each arm

I repeated that 3 times then finished with a 10 second plank (pathetic, I know).

It didn't seem all that energetic in the video, but I was sweating by the end.

The guy in the video suggests that men should start with a 16kg kettlebell, but I was using a 7.5kg one and that seems like quite enough for me to be starting with. I think any heavier and I would risk injury if I was to get these exercises wrong - maybe I'll get a bigger one in a few weeks time.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Weigh-in - week 38

Well, after last week's small gain, I am very pleased to announce that this week I lost 2lbs, bringing my total loss to date to 47.2lbs!

It's a good loss for what has been a difficult week which included a Curry & Quiz night at the rugby club, which included a few beers and 2 portions of curry! I felt quite cross with myself later for having the extra curry, but I blame it on 2 things - 1. It tasted very nice and 2. I'd already had a few beers by the time the curry was served, which helped to reduce my weightwatchers resolve somewhat!

The Curry & Quiz night was, of course, followed by England v Ireland on Saturday afternoon, when, of course, there was more beer to be consumed followed by a very nice Hairy Bikers Chilli.

On Sunday I decided that it was time I thought about adding something more to my exercise routine of going on the crosstrainer 3 times a week, so it was off to Asda where I recalled seeing some Kettlebells at a resonable price. I bought the largest, which was 7.5kg for £12.00. When I got home, I finally laid the rubber matting, that I got a while ago from Costco, on the garage floor ready for some early morning exercise on Monday.

I started the exercise on Monday morning with 5 minutes on the CT to warm up and then attempted to folloow the instructions for a few kettlebell exercises that came on a single sheet of paper with the weight. I got on OK with it, but I'm not sure that I'm doing the Kettlebell Swing right and I do need to have a set routine to follow otherwise I'll just end up playing at it. Since yesterday morning I have found The Cube Dwellers Beginners Kettlebell Workout which I will try to follow for a while. The guy on there does suggest a 16kg kettlebell for a man, so I already feel a little inadequate! I'll try out this workout for the first time tomorrow!

Thankfully the Rugby is now over, so there are no more excuses for drinking too much beer for a while now, so hopefully my weight loss can pick up the pace a bit now - I'd really like to get back up to averaging 2lbs a week, but only time will tell if that will happen.

Good luck with your weight losses, I'll report back next week!

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Weigh-in - Week 37

Apologies for my late posting this week, I guess I was a little disappointed with my small gain of 0.2lbs at my weigh-in yesterday. I should know by now that I'm going to have the odd gain, especially after having a few beers and a curry on Sunday when I watched England beat France in the Six Nations.

I suppose the reason I didn't post yesterday was that I was hoping to report a loss after a Sneaky Peak this morning - unfortunately the SP was an STS, so I guess I'll just have to accept it and move on.

This weekend is likely to be another tricky one - I'm going to a "Curry 'n' Quiz" night at the rugby club on Friday night and then it's England v Ireland to watch in the pub on Saturday afternoon, so lots of opportunity to consume excess Pro Points, if I'm lucky I'll Stay The Same at next week's weigh-in.

After this weekend there's no more excesses planned until Easter, when it's my birthday, so hopefully I'll resume the downward trend.

I'll report back next week, meanwhile good luck with your weight loss journey.

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Weigh-in - Week 36

Not a great deal to report this week - just a small loss of 0.4lbs but it is going in the right direction. I would have liked to lose more and felt that I should have done as I was well within my points allowances for the week, with the only minor hiccup being a trip to "Noodle Nation" on Friday evening. I really didn't know how to point the meal, so pointed it at 30 pps for the food, which used up my daily allowance and then I used some of my weekly points for the drinks.

This week was a measurements week (I take my measurements every 4 weeks) and I am pleased to report that, even though my weight loss has been a little slow of late, I have lost 2cm from my chest and 2cm from my waist since week 32.

On Saturday I made a rather nice Steak & Ale Stew in our Slow Cooker. I cheated a bit by using a packet for the sauce (Colemans Slow-Cooker Sauce I think), but the beer I used was Rebellion "Roasted Nuts" and it created a really tasty stew. I had it with roasted butternut squash and a small dumpling for a total of 12 pps. It was so nice that I had the last portion for dinner this evening. Next time I make it I will probably double the amount of sauce because it had started to reduce a bit too much before the stew was fully cooked (the carrots were still a bit hard), another half an hour would have done it, but it was delicious all the same.

I'm beginning to build up a good selection of easy to prepare low point but healthy and filling meals, so the plan should remain satisfying and continue to work. I'm eating more fruit and vegetables than I have ever done and am feeling much better for it.

I'm also definitely back into the routine with my exercising on the crosstrainer - I'm doing it 3 times a week and managed to beat my own personal best twice last week (13.8K in 30 minutes according to the crosstrainer). Pretty soon I'm going to have to introduce some other exercises to prepare myself for the surfng lessons in our summer holiday, I'm not really sure what exercises would be best though.

That's all for now, I'll report back again next week.