Photo 365 – 6 Pushing Myself


This is my Garmin Vivofit 2, I’m using it to increase my exercise. I’m trying to hit my step target on it as often as possible, preferably at least 4 days a week. The garmin automatically changes my target based on the number of steps the previous day, it increases if I met my previous target and slightly decreases if I miss it. This is definitely something I’m using to push myself this year.

It also links into my profile on My Fitness Pal and can adjust my calorie goal based on how active I’ve been. I’m really pushing to lose weight this year (and keep it off this time!)


Photo365 – 1 Fresh Start


This is my fresh start for 2016. I need to lose weight for the sake of my health, back and joints. As of today I’m tracking my food with My Fitness Pal, weighing myself regularly and taking progress photos (they’re not likely to be posted on here!).

I’m going to take it slowly, I’m not aiming to lose more than a lb a week (though if I do, hooray!). With over 40 lbs to lose you my target (which isn’t even a ‘healthy’ bmi) I’m not expecting to get there before Christmas, but it would be lovely to be able to wear a new special outfit next Christmas (or if I do really well for my beautiful best friend’s wedding in October).

I have my garmin vivofit 2 on my wrist to try and motivate me to walk more, I’ve downloaded a map my walk app (when we move house it will be easier to get out and walk more, there are lovely grassland and wildlife areas close to the house).

This is the year for a healthy Hannah!

A new me – part 2!

tom_Bathroom_scaleWhile my Fitbit has helped me to think more about my activity, my food consumption hasn’t been at the forefront of my mind lately… with predictable consequences. I need to take control of my eating properly.

Calorie counting through My Fitness Pal did help me lose weight, but the constant counting didn’t help me cook ‘real’ food and I found myself relying on processed foods that could be easily tracked. I need to change my whole relationship with food, and feed myself and the rest of the family good, healthy meals. Simple calorie counting wasn’t helping me achieve that (though it did make clear the basic concept of calories in needing to be lower than calories out!).

I used to go to a Slimming World group but I’ve never found it easy to talk at the group times and the concept of doing that at the moment is horrible. The accountability and support could be great, but if I’d had a bad week for whatever reason I found it too easy to switch off and then not stay to the discussion part of group. My emotions and mood can be so variable at the moment that I don’t want to commit to a group when it may make things more difficult for me emotionally.

I’ve read about the Whole30 plan on several other blogs and looked into that but I decided I need something with a little more flexibility and some accountability.

Since the group approach doesn’t seem like the right option for me at the moment  started to look into online plans. I looked at Slimming World first since I know the plan can work for me, but it’s expensive (near enough £20 a month!), and lacks a good tracking app. After browsing a few others I landed on Weight Watchers. I followed this plan back in my teaching days, and again after the girlchild was born. It worked well for me then, though it has changed a lot since, I’m hoping it will work well this time. It looks fairly simple to follow, will help me control portions as well as limit my dependence on processed foods. It will also connect to my Fitbit account so I can clearly link my activity levels and food intake.

My wonderful husband is being amazingly supportive (as usual!) and is going to try to help me keep on track. I’ve downloaded the app to my phone and already begun exploring the website and the various challenges in the community area. I’m going to weigh myself regularly (but no more than once a week) and take some basic body measurements monthly to see the difference this is making. I’m probably going to ask my husband to take some photos of me wearing simple leggings and a t-shirt regularly as another way of seeing the changes I’m hoping to make. I’ll post some on here once I’ve got a picture that shows some progress…

Saturday 1 November – a new beginning – again…

Progress report

Well, I’ve had my Fitbit now for almost 3 weeks and it’s time for me to take stock of my progress towards my health goals.

It has definitely made me think more about my movements. I’ve still got a  long way to go to be hitting my (currently low) step target every day, but I’m getting closer. I’ve also been considering how to fit more walking into my daily routine once term starts again. I’m not good about going for a random walk from home without a purpose (I have a tendency towards walking to shops and spending money…)  so I’ve downloaded some OS maps to my phone and I’m going to try driving into Epping forest, Paringdon Wood or to the river at Dobbs Weir after dropping the children to school a couple of times a week. I have downloaded an app which will map my routes as well so I can see how far I’m walking and gradually try to increase that too.

Weight-wise things aren’t so good. I lost 1.5 lbs in the first 5 days of tracking… then it went a bit wrong… I suppose starting a calorie tracking plan just before going on holiday with limited data allowance on my phone wasn’t the smartest idea, though with hindsight (what a wonderful thing…) I could have tried to write down what I’d eaten even if I didn’t know the calorie content would have kept me more on track. Anyway, I’ve returned home weighing more than I started… doh! I was rather down about this on Saturday, but I’m trying to just pick myself up and get on with it. I have the tools to get myself healthy, I just need to keep myself focussed and plod on. This isn’t going to be a quick process.

I’m going to finish this post with a photo to remind me I’m not just doing this for me. I’m doing it for these precious people as well. They are amazing in so many ways and really deserve the best wife and mother who has the energy and fitness to look after them and do the things with them they want to do. That’s not me at the moment, but one day it will be.