Sunday, 26 February 2012

One Stone Eight Pounds

You may remember that one of the challenges I set myself for 2012 was to start eating healthily and lose weight. I didn't start at the beginning of the year as I still had chocolates from Christmas left, and the cupboards were still full of fattening things.

I eventually started the challenge on the 23rd of January so it's now been five weeks and in that time I've managed to lose one stone eight pounds. I've been really strict with myself and have only eaten two things which I shouldn't. The first was a Picnic chocolate bar a fortnight ago, and I only ate that because Daniel had been given this amongst some chocolate he got for Christmas and he doesn't like them, and the other was a meal out at Frankie and Benny's for Daniel's birthday last week. I wasn't going to go to a place like that and eat something good for me, so I had a cheeseburger with chips, but found I could only manage half of it, and I allowed myself a Chocolate Brownie Sundae to finish off with, but I scraped the cream off the top of it, and only ate a little bit of it.

My downfall is eating snacks in between meals and I've managed to cut these out all together, apart from a piece of fruit between lunch and dinner. I'm convinced that this has helped a great deal as I would continually pop in to the kitchen to eat something sweet, and the thing I loved the most was crisps, though funnily, I haven't missed them at all.

I'm not weighing anything out, just mainly cutting down. I'm eating exactly the same as the family, but I'm having a much smaller portion that I used to. It seems to be working.

All I've had to drink is water, which I don't mind as I don't drink hot drinks anyway.

I've still got more to lose, so I need to keep at it. It will then be a case of  keeping it off.


  1. You've done fabulously well. That's a huge weight loss in such a short time! Well done you.

  2. Oh, Jo, I'm going to use you as my inspiration.

    You've done amazingly well. This is such good advice to eat smaller portions.

    You should feel proud.

    Sft x

  3. That's fantastic. You must really feel the difference. Sounds like a good opportunity to buy a new spring wardrobe! All the best, Jx

  4. Well done, that's exactly the right way to do it!
    Eating slightly less, and exercising a bit more, is generally all that's needed to lose weight gradually and sensibly. Many people give up because they want quick results which are unachievable.
    Flighty xx

  5. Well done! That's amazing, keep it up!

  6. I lost that amount last year so I know you must be feeling great - as you say the hard part is keeping it off.

  7. Wow, that's wonderful. You put me to shame. I must try harder. What willpower.
    Love from Mum

  8. Fantastic!!! wow you have lose loads, i really need to get my bum into gear as summer is only round the corner and as someone mentioned to me last week, it that time of year you take more clothes off and then you can see all the lumps and bumps. Well prehaps i really should take a leaf out of your book, cut out the snacking in between meals and cut down portions, its hard when little ol me has such a sweet tooth. But well done you, keep up the good work x x

  9. Well done! Its lovely to hear that you have done so well and in such a short time.I am really struggling to lose weight, not helped of course by visits to food fairs and pizza hut!

  10. You are doing amazingly well! Well done, you are being very sensible about it, I don't blame you for having something treaty for Daniel's birthday.
    Lisa x

  11. Well done Jo, that's a lot to lose in that time, and with only small sensible adjustments to your diet - congratulations!

    Gill xx

  12. Wow Jo! That's really impressive. I'm amazed at the amount you have lost in 5 weeks. Well done!

  13. Thank you for all your lovely comments. I'll keep you informed on the weight loss.

  14. Well done you've achieved so much weight loss already!

    My diet kick starts tomorrow... like you healthy eating and some exercise is on the agenda!

    Victoria xxx

  15. Thanks, Victoria. I've still got a way to go.