You know what I’m a firm believer in? Fate. Everything happens for a reason and when you really need something the universe will find a way of making it happen. Right after I posted this post I discovered that DW Fitness were looking for bloggers to take part in their Festive Fitness Challenge. Yes, yes I know the C word in September should be banned (note how I haven’t actually written it) but actually we are just over 12 weeks away from the big day so it’s a great time to get serious and lose some weight in a healthy way before we all overindulge in turkey, all the trimmings and multiple puddings!
To start with we were asked to keep a food and exercise diary for a week. Keeping the diary was very eye opening for me, I knew I didn’t have the healthiest of diets (obviously) but it was interesting to see how quickly those calories racked up – from the popcorn I had at the cinema to the can of fizzy juice I had with my lunch. I also didn’t realise just how low my protein intake was! Our diaries were then passed on to the Personal Trainers at DW Fitness to analyse including a note of any health issues or dietary requirements that we suffer from. This was really important to me as having Crohns means that I can’t really follow a normal healthy diet as I have to limit my fibre intake.
They then sent back pointers as to where we were going wrong and provided nutritional advice as well as workout suggestions for the first two weeks. So what words of wisdom did they have for me?
- Breakfast – I’m really bad for skipping breakfast (I find I’m hungrier through the day if I have it that if I don’t!) so the nutritionists advised starting the day with either porridge and some fruit or high protein breakfasts like scrambled eggs and lean meat/fish
- Lunch – most of my lunches are pretty high in carbohydrates (meal deals from Tesco will do that to you) so I need to try to reduce this while increasing protein
- Dinner – watch out for portion sizes, dinner is easily my biggest meal of the day which it shouldn’t be. They also pointed me to some great fakeaway recipes for when I’m craving a takeaway
- Snacks – I need to plan for and limit my treats to just once or twice per week rather than almost every day. That includes those sneaky glasses of wine and prosecco at blogger events – boo hoo!
- Exercise – Since I do next to no exercise at all at the moment I need to start hitting the gym at least three times per week. This is definitely the bit I’m least looking forward to of the whole challenge!
The thing that really stuck with me most was this: “Try not to let one indulgent meal turn into a ‘Day off’ and ‘I’ll start again tomorrow’ attitude”. I am so, so guilty of this but hopefully with a bit of outside support I’ll feel too guilty to even think about giving up and finally get my health back on track. I’m looking to lose a stone over the next 12 weeks – the equivalent of a Christmas turkey! – and I’ve already lost 3lbs in the last fortnight just by tracking my calorie intake rather than putting any effort into it so I’m hopeful.
I weighed in this morning at 12st 12lbs which at 5’4.6” gives me a BMI of 30.5 and apparently 38.5% body fat. I don’t want to get too bogged down with numbers so I’ll be weighing in fortnightly and monitoring my body fat every four