My challenge - walking the distance from Bath to Reading

I have started a WW board challenge to walk the distance between Bath and Reading (69 miles) over the next 3 to 4 weeks. The challenge started yesterday, although I only started today. So far I have only completed 2.5 miles, but with my Easter break coming up I feel pretty confident that I will be able to reach my goal

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Back in the exercise groove

I'm finally back on track with exercise. It's taken a while. I did the
MIkayla Dodds Dvd today followed by 30 minutes on the wii fit and
thouroughly enjoyed it all. I'm feeling confident again.

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My half-stones bracelet

I have wanted a Pandora bracelet for quite a while. I am not keen on traditional charm bracelets but I wanted something that I could add to each time I lost 7 pounds. I love the idea of being able to add beads which can be made from silver or glass and which can be plain or enamelled. My youngest daughter and eldest son clubbed together to buy me the actual bracelet and then I bought myself an really pretty enamelled bead. I also got some cheaper glass beads and a couple of dangly ones. One is a heart and is really pretty, but a bit big really and the other is an apple, which I thought was quite appropriate for a "dieting bracelet". I will eventually replace the cheap beads with ones I really want, but as the actual Pandora beads start at £20, I think the cheaper ones will do for a few weeks, until I can get the ones I actually want to represent my weight loss.

I'm hoping that when ever I feel tempted to eat something unsuitable I will be reminded of how far I have already come.

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Weigh in week 12

I'm really happy that I managed to lose 1.5lbs this week. I've been really dreadful counting points over the past two weeks and I have been very casual about both the diet and the exercise. A couple of days ago I gave myself a real talking to and now feel as though I really am back on track.

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I love Sainsburys

Now I'm smaller than a size 24 I can buy clothes from Sainsburys again. I love just slipping in a top or two along with my veggies and they are cheap enough that I don't mind dieting out of them. It has been quite a thrill to be able to fit into a size 20 pair of jeans that I got last week with the aim of dieting into them.

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A lovely NSV today

I'm a secondary school teacher and I have a year 7 form (11yr olds). Today I went into class and one of my boys said "Miss, is it your birthday" I said no, but asked why he thought it might be and he said "Well you are looking so nice today, I thought it might be" I thought that was lovely and it made my day.

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Feeling more optimistic

I think I'm slowly getting back on track - I've had two really focused days. I could do with doing more exercise still, but dietwise, I'm back to sticking to my points. The feeling of certainty seems to have gone, but I hope that after the next few days it will return.

To get it in perspective, it's not as though I have even had a week when I have put weight on. So why have I got myself into such a tizz? I couldn't have carried on losing at over 3lbs a week, week in, week out - so I should just go with the flow and take it slowly, one day at a time. Now all I need to do is keep remembering that.

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I've been here before :(

Almost two years ago I lost 37lbs and I got down to 213lbs - exactly what I am now. There was no reason that I stopped dieting - I was doing well, I was receiving lots of compliments and I felt good. I just stopped doing it, bit by bit.

So what has that got to do with now? Well as I said before I am at the same weight as then and for the last week I have been eating things I don't really want / need to eat and doing it consciously. I don't understand - I have been doing so well and I do want to lose all the weight. So WHY am I doing it? What have I got to gain by staying as I am?

Time to go away and think about things

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What a beautiful day

I am sitting in my living room, next to my kitchen. With the door open
and the sun is streaming in and I can hear
The birds in the garden. My cats are sunbathing and it just feels like
Spring has arrived.

I feel back on track with my exercise as I have done an hour on the wii
Fit and I'm just about to start the Mikyla Dodd's dvd. So all in all a
very good day so far
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Week 10 Weigh In

So after my unmotivated, unenergetic week I was both relieved and suprised to find I had lost another 2lbs. It means I've lost 30lbs and now only have 69 to go - so less than 5 stones now!

I'm really chuffed. Now I just have to get the energy to start exercising again. Hopefully the 12 hours sleep I got last night will have helped.

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Day 73 - will it be the beginning of the end?

I read in a newspaper or magazine a couple of weeks ago that most people who are not successful at losing weight give up by day 73. The article also said that the time around this point is when most people feel at their lowest and that is why it is such a crucial time.

The last week has been quite dificult - I had some sort of virus at the end of last week and I have been left feeling totally exhausted - I just can't get enough energy to function, let alone exercise. I always work really long hours because I commute for 90 mins each way, but this week I've had 3 days when I have left home at 6am (my usual time) and got home after 7.30 pm. The combination of these things means that I have felt really deflated and unmotivated.

I'm hoping, with day 73 approaching for me this week, that I can keep up the motivation and effort.

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Weigh in number 9 - Life is good

Week 9 weigh in - I can't believe I have been doing this for so long and still doing it properly.

I'd lost 3lbs this week so that is exactly 2 stones in that time. I've also lost over 5 inches from each of my bust, waist and hips and 2.5 inches from each thigh.

71 lbs left to go and, for the first time ever, it feels perfectly possible that I will get to goal and be able to keep it off. Life is good.

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I know just how she feels!

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Sunday walk and dinner out

Started the day off with 30 mins on the wii fitness coach - I've had it for a few weeks and only used it once, so I must start using it more consistently - my problem is lack of coordination - there are one or two moves I just can't get a hang of. I then did 20 mins of free jogging on the wii fit.

I'd promised myself that I would go for a long walk today and was going to go to my usual place - which is Painshill Park, but I didn't fancy going on my own. So I bribed my daughter, Natalie. I said if she would go on a 5 mile walk with me I would take her out for lunch.

We walked to Black Pond - this is a 300 year old man-made pond in a woods half-way between Cobham, where I live, and Esher. I haven't been to Black Pond for years, but it's a place that holds lots of memories for me - My dad used to take me there when I was a little girl with our dog. The woods are really boggy and smelly and our dog used to shake herself all over us in the car and we would always get covered in the nasty smelling mud.

When I was older and a teenager, my friends and I would go there to swim. Looking back, it wasn't really a safe place to swim - there are loads of weeds and the further out you go from the shore the colder the water is and the thicker the weeds are. It was also a good place to meet boys, who would always try to impress us girls by diving off the small jetty that was there then - I was quite sad to see that only a small part of the jetty now remains, but I guess it will stop the dangerous diving antics.

On the way back from Black Pond we stopped off at the Fairmile arms, which is a big pub that serves food all day, and had food. I had an 8oz steak with a jacket potato and salad (with no dressing - I sent my meal back when it arrived because it was covered in dressing even though I had said I didn't want any). I briefly considered frozen low-fat yoghurt and berries for puddin, but then decided I didn't really anything and for the first time in living memory, I ignored apple crumble and custard (didn't even think about having it!!!!)

Apart from the memories trip, I didn't really enjoy the walk today - most of it was by the side of a busy main road and I got quite bored of walking - when the walk is somewhere pretty or interesting I find that I don't notice the time or the effort needed to carry on walking. Still, it was somewhere new and next week I will appreciate Painshill much more

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Lost during 2009 - 65lbs

Weight kept off in 2009 - 50lbs


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