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Weight Loss Wednesday – Final Week of Countdown! Eek!

Hello Everyone and hello May,

This is the first Weight Loss Wednesday post of a new month. This year seems to be flying, why do I always seem to be playing catch up?! Lol! So, how has your week been? I’m loving the light mornings and evenings – not that I’m cramming the extra daylight hours with stuff but it’s still nice. 🙂

After last week’s 0.5lbs gain I decided to reduce those food triggers by keeping busier which would hopefully cut down (or out) those moments when I grab a high-syn snack or munch on more than my HE b breakfast cereal allowance of 40g. I am blaming the menopause for many of my physical ailments and my fluctuating emotional state. Before my latest slump, I was regularly attending my local Parkrun every Saturday morning AND using the NHS Couch to 5k running podcasts but I stopped. Slimming World says that exercise isn’t necessary to lose weight – I’ve copied and pasted their article below so that you can read it yourself – but I know that I felt better in myself when I was running; I felt proud that I’d moved off the sofa, I was enjoying trying to improve my PBs and I think I was happier. Don’t people talk about the happy endorphins when you exercise?

What do they say about best laid plans? Well, this week I’ve been no more or less active than last week but I must have snacked more than I thought because when I stepped on the scales tonight I had a 1lbs gain.

I would love to hear from you if you’re struggling on your weight loss journey or if you’ve found some successful strategies that work for you. What do you do to motivate yourself to get up of that sofa?

I hope you have a good week and make the most of the extra daylight hours.


How often have you thought ‘I only lose weight when I do Body Magic too’, or ‘I’ll lose weight next week because I’ll exercise more’? Not exercising often gets the blame when we don’t lose weight – it can be all too easy to assume that’s it’s our exercise (or lack of) that’s made the difference. Well it might surprise you to hear that if you Food Optimise without exercise – you WILL lose weight.

Misconceptions about activity and its effect on weight loss can often start to weaken our belief in Food Optimising – and we’re here to put the record straight, bust those myths and ensure you’re on the path to weight loss success.

Food Optimising and Body Magic, the facts:

  • If you Food Optimise without exercise – you WILL lose weight.
  • If you exercise without Food Optimising – you WON’T lose weight (at least, not much and not without a lot of hard work!).
  • If you’ve gained or maintained one week it won’t be because you haven’t done any or enough exercise.
  • By Food Optimising 100%, we naturally reduce our calorie intake to give us at least a 1-2lb weight loss each week – even if we are close to our personal target. If you still have some way to go, those weekly weight losses will be even greater.

To achieve that 1-2lb weekly loss by exercise alone, we’d have to jog for more than one hour every single day!

Food Optimising is absolutely what’s going to get you to your personal target weight. So why is activity important at all? Body Magic brings long-term benefits – and it’s important that, over time, we build it into our daily routines.

Activity can help maintain successful weight loss. Our research shows that 90% of successful weight loss maintainers have made activity as much a part of their routine as healthy eating.

Food Optimising benefits

Body Magic benefits

  • Lose weight without ever feeling hungry or deprived
  • Get the results you want quickly and healthily
  • Discover more energy and vitality
  • Help protect yourself from serious illness
  • Build long-lasting, healthy eating habits to maintain your target weight forever!
  • Tone up arms, legs, tummy and bottom
  • Maintain lean muscle which helps burn more energy – even when you’re resting!
  • Feel more relaxed and enjoy more restful sleep
  • Strengthen bones and joints
  • Build long-lasting, active habits to maintain your target weight forever!

Food Optimising + Body Magic = amazing life-long success

So how does Body Magic affect weight loss?

“I lost a lot of weight this week – it’ll be because I’ve done a lot of Body Magic”.

The great news is… your fabulous weight loss this week will be because you’ve been Food Optimising brilliantly. And by doing 30 minutes of exercise 5 times a week in addition to Food Optimising, it will help you lose an additional 12-24lbs across a year. That’s an average of around ¼lb a week extra!

“I know what I’m going to do to lose weight: I’m going to go to Zumba three times this week!”

That’s real determination, and those three sessions will set you on your way to your silver Body Magic award, and all of those health benefits.

Without Food Optimising though you might not see the result you want on the scales. Is there anything that might get in the way of you Food Optimising 100%?

“I know why I’ve maintained this week, it will be because I haven’t been out walking so much”

The good news is… if you’re still near the beginning of your journey, by Food Optimising 100% you could lose 2-3lbs or more in a single week. And if you’re close to target, you could still lose at least 1-2lbs each week – even if you miss out on your walking again.

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Weight Loss Wednesday – Planning and Stocking The Freezer

Hello My Lovely Followers,

It’s another Weight Loss Wednesday post. So, how was your week?

I am full of the joys of spring, although the snowdrops are over, the sun is shining and the daffodils and spring bulbs have taken their place and are pushing their way out to fill my garden with colour.

Last week, I told you that I wanted to get back on track after the frustrating 4lbs gain that I’d allowed to creep on over the last month. I bought a 12 week countdown, a SW journal and I’ve stocked up the freezer with Free Slimming World meals for those times that I just can’t be bothered “to cook anything“.

I’ve been writing down everything that I eat – it’s so tempting to lie to ourselves, thinking that we’ve been good today when in reality the syns are piling on – and although I wasn’t 100% on plan for the first half of the week, journalling my food has helped me to at least be honest.

My new part-time hours also started this week, so I made the most of my time away from school and went for a couple of jogs using the NHS Couch to 5k podcasts. I can’t believe that I am actually running (well lightly jogging) for 28mins without stopping. I can’t recommend the programme enough; it’s certainly kept me going and I do feel so much fitter too.

I was rewarded with a 2.5lbs loss for all my dedication tonight – I am over the moon!

So, today, I want to share with you my favourite FREE Slimming World meals that I always have my freezer. I’ve found that if I plan my meals on Thursday evening – what I’m going to have down the week – I don’t have to think about food so much and I’m less likely to snack on high sys foods.

Slimming World Mums certainly do go to Iceland 😉 yum!yum!

Before you go, I’ve got a money off code to share with you. If you haven’t shopped online with Iceland before quote ICE5OFF409VRGJM and get £5 off your basket when you spend £40.

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Weight Loss Wednesday – My 2018 Fitbit Review

Hello My Lovely Followers,

And here we are again another Weight Loss Wednesday. How was your week? I think I forgot to tell you that I had a successful weigh in last Wednesday, I actually lost 2lbs! I don’t know how it happened but it definitely gave me a renewed sense of determination this week.

I got an e-mail from Fitbit this week “Your 2018 Year In Review and I thought I’d share it with you too. So I took a screenshot.

I can’t believe I took 3,034,601 steps last year! I know that I am a lot fitter than I was; I completed the NHS Couch to 5k program and was able to run for half an hour before my 5 week break during December. I am back on it again but have started at the week 5 stage to ease my body back into it. I don’t want to ache so much that I don’t ever want to run again.

I notice that there are NHS running podcasts available to download for graduates of the Couch to 5k program which I will definitely look into. My running goal is still to complete my local ParkRun (a 5k distance) faster than 35 minutes and I think I’d need to improve my speed and stamina to accomplish this.

Do you run? Have you tried a beginners running programme? I’d love to hear your thoughts. I’m still waiting for the running bug to bite – apparently, friends warned me that once I start running, the adrenaline and freedom it gives will mean I get addicted to running.

That hasn’t happened …. yet. Lol!