Weekly weigh in: maintaining my weight

By George, I think I’ve got it. After achieving my weight loss goal this week, I’ve been switching over from ‘diet’ lifestyle to ‘healthy’ lifestyle and, this week at least, I seem to have struck the balance of food and exercise (and treats) just right.

Start weight: 9st 2lbs
Target weight: 8st 8lbs
This week: -2lb
Total loss: -10lb
Current weight: 8st 5lb
BMI: 21.58

And my total weightloss since May is:

Admittedly I’ve been off work for 4 days this week, so it’s been significantly easier to put in an appearance at the gym. I’ve been 5 times in fact, each time cycling the 25 minutes into town and back just to go to the gym! I’ve done a step class, zumba, swimming and a tone class, aqua aerobics and another go at zumba. It’s been loads of fun because I have no work stress and I’m spending my time doing what I want!

I’ve made lots of sensible food choices as well – making an incredibly healthy pumpkin soup with the last of our homegrown pumpkin for example. I’ve kept portions under control – having one slice of toast when normally I would have two and so forth. I’ve also been not behaving myself. I made a bakewell tart yesterday, I’ve had the odd glass of wine here and there. I’ve basically not been too hard on myself and I feel like I’ve made a real lifestyle shift. Let’s hope so! I’ve decided that my best weight range is between 8 and 8 1/2 stone. Realistically I can go up to 9 and still be healthy, but that’s really where I start to feel uncomfortable (I would think I was about 9 st 5 or 9 1/2 stone in the picture below for example).

And here’s the dreaded before and after picture. I didn’t dare ask The Boy to take a picture of me because it felt a bit weird, so hopefully you can make the comparison. Here’s me on my holiday in Spain in March, looking at my post-smoking, blubbery best. I look weirdly pregnant, but it is pure crisps. And then me now…

Good luck and thank you to all my diet buddies who have supported me over the last few months. Check out their progress this week:
Mum Reinvented
And everyone else who hasn’t posted yet this week!


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0 thoughts on “Weekly weigh in: maintaining my weight

  • Simply wanna admit that this is very helpful, Thanks for taking your time to write this.

  • Well done! All worth it in the end 🙂

  • Your before and after photos are amazing and must make you feel proud! I wish i had taken a proper one now, but I am sure I can dig out a horrendous photo of me that will show a difference x

  • Wow you look amazing! I'd quite like to look how you looked before to be honest as that would be skinny for me (I have a tonne of weight to lose. You've done so well to get it all off, I'm sure maintaining it will be fine – especially with all that exercise! x

  • I'm glad you're maintaining Laura, which I think can be harder than losing. I love the before and after photo, you can see how well you've done. Your BMI looks healthy too, I don't think I could ever get mine that low. But after going up to about 31, I'll be happy if I can just get mine to about 24.


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