Healthy lifestyle I

April 2016

One of the main drawbacks of anxiety and depression is the havoc it can play on your physical health. I decided I had felt to bad for to long and decided to face the music and weighed myself last week (03/04/2016).

I don’t believe in pseudo-scientific-more-marketing-than-substance-and-often-expensive weight loss programs, “detoxes” and diets. I’ve tried my fair share, they never work in the long term, they do not kick start anything, and they can sometimes be dangerous to your health.
It really isn’t difficult at all to loose weight and regain your fitness by following three simple rules.

Eat Less
Eat Better
Move More

My weight and measurements are listed below.
93kg/205.03lbs/14.645stone
Neck: 14.25 inches
Arms: 13 inches
Chest: 43 inches
Waist: 35.25 inches
Abdomen: 43.25 inches
Glutes: 47.75 inches
Thigh: 28.25 inches

Here are some pictures

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In addition to regaining my physical health and helping my mental health whilst I’m at it I have several things coming up this year and next.
I do have a gym membership and I am using the following apps.
My Fitness Pal
C25K
They are both free to use, on andriod and iShite (if you love apple fair enough but I can not stand it)

Lionel Richie concert
Holiday in the lake district
Graduation
Bridesmaid at my brothers wedding

I will update in a month’s time with my progress.

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02 May 2016

I have just measured myself after a week of birthday parties and the inevitable bad food and drinks that come with them.

I’m finding it difficult at the minute. Food is getting boring as I’m limited to what I can eat due to the fact that I travel a lot.

I’m also coming to terms with the fact that despite my success so far, I don’t feel better. Maybe it’s a metaphorical wall that I have to smash. I don’t know.

I have continued to watch my calories with the fitness pal app, make good food choices, and go to the gym despite the crushing uni deadlines we are faced with.

My previous weight and measurements are listed below.

93kg/205.03lbs/14.645stone
Neck: 14.25 inches
Arms: 13 inches
Chest: 43 inches
Waist: 35.25 inches
Abdomen: 43.25 inches
Glutes: 47.75 inches
Thigh: 28.25 inches

My current weight and measurements.
89.9kg/198.2lbs/14.157stone
-3.1kg/-6.83lbs/-0.488stone
Neck: 14 inches
-0.25 inches
Arms: 14 inches
+1 inch
Chest: 41.5 inches
-1.5 inches
Waist: 34.25 inches
-1 inch
Abdomen: 43.25 inches
No difference
Glutes: 46.75 inches
-1 inch
Thigh: 27.25 inches
-1 inch

That’s a total loss of 3.75 inches from my person and 3.1kg (nearly half a stone) from my weight. Typical that the one place I’d like to keep the weight, my chest, I’ve lost the most. I’m not sure why my arms came out bigger, hopefully it means I’m getting stronger.

Here are some more obligatory pictures

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I wish I could say that I see a difference.

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06 June 2016

All the swimming I have been doing has really ruined the ends of my hair so I begrudgingly had a lot cut off. The hairdresser told me to coat my hair in conditioner, let it dry, then plat it and swim. After swimming wash it as normal. I shall try this from now on and report back.

My previous weight and measurements are listed below.

93kg/205.03lbs/14.645stone
Neck: 14.25 inches
Arms: 13 inches
Chest: 43 inches
Waist: 35.25 inches
Abdomen: 43.25 inches
Glutes: 47.75 inches
Thigh: 28.25 inches

My current weight and measurements.
88.4kg/194.886lbs/13.921stone
-4.6kg/-10.4114lbs/-0.724stone
Neck: 14 inches
– 0.25 inches
Arms: 13.75 inches
+ 0.75 inches
Chest: 42.5 inches
– 0.5 inches
Waist: 34.25 inches
– 1 inch
Abdomen: 42.75 inches
– 0.5 inches
Glutes: 46.25 inches
– 1.5 inch
Thigh: 27.25 inches
– 1 inch

That’s a total loss of 4 inches from my person and 4.6kg (nearly a stone) from my weight. I still do not feel much better but I am starting to see a difference in my energy levels now which is good. I have more photos below.

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I still don’t see much of a difference however some of my friends in the private Facebook group I set up to support us all have said that they can as can my kjæreste.

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04 July 2016

To my American friends and family, happy traitors day 😅😜😘

We have been on a little holiday in the lake district since my last post. It was a much needed break and the weather was perfect. I had intended to climb up Scafell Pike but after doing a few “shorter” climbs I had to concede that I am not yet fit enough. The good news is there are a lot of climbs in the lake district and I can return every year to work my way up to England’s highest peak. I really do recommend walking holidays. We spent most evenings at the Inn drinking our body weight in cider and eating our fair share of pub food yet I only put on 1lb and that was quickly lost. No matter where you go or what you do there are ample opportunities to remain active in your holiday. Even if you are not active, you’re on holiday so cut yourself a break.

My previous weight and measurements are listed below.

93kg/205.03lbs/14.645stone
Neck: 14.25 inches
Arms: 13 inches
Chest: 43 inches
Waist: 35.25 inches
Abdomen: 43.25 inches
Glutes: 47.75 inches
Thigh: 28.25 inches

My current weight and measurements.
87.9kg/193.78lbs/13.841stone
-5.1kg/-11.25lbs/-0.804stone
Neck:  13.75 inches
-0.25 inches
Arms: 14 inches
+1 inch
Chest: 41.75 inches
-1.25 inches
Waist: 34 inches
1.25 inch
Abdomen: 42 inches
-1.5 inches
Glutes: 45.5 inches
– 2.25 inches
Thigh: 27.25 inches
-1 inch

That’s a total of 5.1kg and 6.5 inches off of my person and despite not being able to explain why my arms don’t seem to be changing I have finally seen a difference in the side view comparison photos.

Here are the obligatory pictures.

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It’s really nice to finally be able to see some difference. I’m currently a size 14/16 in most stores (Don’t get me started on the non-existent standard store size in the UK) but I am finding that I am having to take size 12 into the changing room with me more and more now.

A quick word on sizing, ignore the number, if it fits well then buy it. I have issues being 5’10” and so long in the torso and leg so I often have to go to specialist stores or get sizes that are too big for me to make it fit correctly. The high street is not cutting it and I swear blind that the quality of most shops is getting worse.

Anyway, as I have been on holiday here is a bonus picture of me at the top of Hardknott Roman Fort. It is approximately 250 meters above sea level and the walk is up the very steep Hardknott Pass which happens to be one of the two steepest inclines in England, it hurt, it was worth it. This picture does not give a clear idea of how high up I am.

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Until next time.

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01/August/2016

Studying has really taken it’s toll and being away from home a lot has meant that I have really had to prepare in advance for the food I’m eating to save both calories and money. Some good news at last, I finally reached my target of 1 stone and have now had to set new targets to get me to my final goal of weight loss.
Goal 2: 81.9kg/180.6lbs/12.9stone
Goal 3: 80.5kg/177.6lbs/12.7stone
Goal 4: 75.6kg/166.6lbs/11.9stone
Goal 5: 69.2kg/152.6lbs/10.9stone
My final goal is to hover between 67.9kg/149.8lbs/10.7stone and 66kg/145.6lbs/10.4stone.

I am also aware that I am not really setting any fitness goals aside from swimming more, completing the c25k program and eventually climbing Scarfell Pike. I also want to be able to lift my own body weight one day, I think they are called chin ups, I am prepared to be wrong.

My previous weight and measurements are listed below.

93kg/205.03lbs/14.645stone
Neck: 14.25 inches
Arms: 13 inches
Chest: 43 inches
Waist: 35.25 inches
Abdomen: 43.25 inches
Glutes: 47.75 inches
Thigh: 28.25 inches

My current weight and measurements.
85.1kg/187.6lbs/13.4stone
-7.9kg/-17.4lbs/-1.2stone
Neck:  14 inches
-0.25 inches
Arms: 13.5 inches
+0.5 inch
Chest: 42 inches
-1 inch
Waist: 33.5 inches
-1.75 inch
Abdomen: 41.5 inches
-1.75 inches
Glutes: 45.5 inches
– 2.25 inches
Thigh: 26.5 inches
-1.75 inch

That’s a total of 7.9 kg and 8.25 inches off of my person, here are the comparison pictures.

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I know this may sound silly but I’ve finally got the stage where my abdomen is smaller than my chest 🙂

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05/September/2016

Studying is still taking it’s toll and this means that I have spent less and less time at the gym. That coupled with wavering sleep patterns and some health issues means that I really haven’t been focused on my fitness and weight loss this month. One lesson that  I think is increasingly difficult to learn for many people is that you should cut yourself a break. I really struggle with this but I seem to be taking things well enough. You can’t always be focused and motivated, sometimes the motivation does go and when that happens it is okay so long as you pick yourself up again.
I have had to make several adjustments, chief among them is that I have had to request an extension on my dissertation deadline meaning that I will be unable to graduate with my class in December of this year. When the best laid plans go to shit then altering them is sometimes the only option left to you and I have learnt this on many occasions in my short time. It is one of the reasons why I don’t look too far ahead anymore. Are you where you thought you would be 5 years ago? If you are great, if not it doesn’t matter. Try something, if that doesn’t work try something else. It really is that simple if you want it to be.

My previous weight and measurements are listed below.

93kg/205.03lbs/14.645stone
Neck: 14.25 inches
Arms: 13 inches
Chest: 43 inches
Waist: 35.25 inches
Abdomen: 43.25 inches
Glutes: 47.75 inches
Thigh: 28.25 inches

My current weight and measurements.
84.1kg/185.4lbs/13.2stone
-8.9kg/-19.6lbs/-1.4stone
Neck: 13.75 inches
– 0.5 inches
Arms: 13.75 inches
+0.75 inches
Chest: 41.5 inches
– 1.5 inches
Waist: 33.25 inches
–  2 inches
Abdomen: 41.5 inches
– 1.75 inches
Glutes: 44.5 inches
– 3.25 inches
Thigh: 25.5 inches
– 2.75 inches

That’s a total of 8.9kg and 11.5 inches off of my person, here are the comparison pictures.

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The only thing I need to work on is going to the gym. Studying and working means that I have been slacking a little bit recently and as I was very near to completing week five on the C25K app I don’t want to have to start from the beginning again.

The post was getting a bit long so I will update this again in December or January.
Feel free to ask any questions by leaving me a comment. This blog post has been giving me something more tangible that I can access and see how I’ve been progressing but I also hope that at least one person in the world can be helped by reading it if I publish it on-line.

 

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About JoNeaIsisMarie

Coupled 21 year old +11 years Exp, Egyptology/Ancient History Graduate. I Am now studying a full time MA at the University of Birmingham in International Heritage Management. I also Cook and Bake
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