Gung Ho!

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IMG_8092A few months ago I saw an advert for Children In Need Gung Ho event. If you are not familiar with this (I’d never heard of it) it’s a 5k giant inflatable obstacle course.
I have never done anything like this before but thought it looked fun and that lots of other people would agree and we would do it as a group whilst also raising money so I purchased my ticket and was looking forward to it.
However, not as many people were as interested as I thought and those that were didn’t end up booking on. Fortunately my sister signed up too.
I lost count of the amount of times I watched the videos from previous years as I worked out which obstacles would be ok and which would cause some problems.
The morning of the race arrived and I woke up at 5am as I had been dreaming about a particular obstacle convinced I wouldn’t make it over 🙈
I had heard you could bypass any obstacles if you wanted to so that made me feel ok but after a few texts from my friend I realised that if I was doing it then I was doing it all. She kept telling me to enjoy it-I couldn’t even enjoy breakfast I was that nervous!
We were in the 12.30 ‘wave’. When I had picked our race packs up I was told the average time to do it was 50 minutes so I decided to give myself 90!
We did our warm up then made our way to the starting line where I was seriously wondering what the hell I had let myself in for!
The countdown was on ‘Gung ho!’ was shouted and off we went….
Once over the first obstacle it didn’t seem as daunting as I first thought and lots of people were walking so there was no pressure to run it all. The next couple of obstacles were ok and I started to enjoy it!
We then came across an obstacle that we had to jump over and it was about 8ft high! The Marshall said run don’t stop then jump and over! I eyed it dubiously thinking that it was never going to happen. I ran, I jumped, I landed on the top of it and then I felt myself start to slide back down…my brain was saying ‘no no no, you are not doing it again!’ So with all my strength I desperately clawed and scrabbled (must have looked a right state 😂) until I got over it!
We carried on mixing walking and running-although we sprinted like athletes when we passed our family support as though we hadn’t strolled around any of it…😉
There were 10 obstacles in total and number 8 was the one that had had me awake since 5am. It was a wall with holes in and logic was telling me it wasn’t going to happen especially when I put my foot in one hole, hand further up then thought ‘what the hell do I do now?!’ Until I heard a voice from above saying ‘grab my hand’ I looked up to see a Marshall sat on top of the wall with his hand held out to help me up. Once at the top I wasn’t sure how to get down to just slid down the wall and hoped nobody saw my tshirt roll up to flash my fetching sports bra and belly!
The next obstacle was one I hadn’t seen before so was an unknown. It was bloody massive and I slipped a few times but made it through it.
Then the last one. A HUGE slide. No idea how tall it was but it was tall!
The Marshall at the bottom was brilliant and when it was your turn to go just shouted ‘GO GO GO GO GO!!’ until you reached the top.
Once at the top I was the most nervous I had been. It was so high and there was water all over the slide but I thought I can’t go back now so off I went! Down the slide and into the foam.
It took us 57 minutes (including waiting for our turn on the obstacles).
I am so proud that we did it. I would never have done anything like this before losing weight with Weight Watchers and I fully intend to do it all over again next year!

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Feeling The Pressure

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I’m Still Here!

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I Wore A Skirt With A Top Tucked In

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I wore a skirt with a top tucked in!

Yes you read that correctly. Now for some that might not be a big deal but for a weight watcher who is paranoid and concerned with how they look I’m sure you will appreciate what a momentous occasion this was! (I was dressed as a superhero for work hence the rest of the outfit!)
I love wearing short skirts with a nice top but due to my size I haven’t done so for a few years. However in the past few weeks I have bought 3 new short skirts and I feel great in them!
I lost 2lb this week-I’m not sure I ‘deserved’ it as I had a big weekend but I did Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred plus Joe Wicks HIIT sessions a few times this week-although less than I had planned plus pulled it back food wise-fish casserole anyone? No thought not. Not one of my finest kitchen moments 😩
So 43lb down and my leader asked what my strengths were. Tracking is my big one. Even when I’ve gone over I still write it down-if I bite it I write it! It might not be 100% but for me it’s better than pretending it didn’t happen.
I had a bug that caused me to be sick all night before weigh in so although I’ll gladly accept the loss I think it’s a slightly false read so this week I need to watch that it doesn’t come back to bite me!
Thinking about strengths I think that’s why I like short skirts, I’ve spoken in the past about parts of my body that aren’t great but I accept can’t change-flat bum anyone? But the parts that I like-my waist and legs have always been smaller in comparison to the rest of my body. So short skirts are great-and where I’ve always been paranoid about my belly that is a hell of a lot smaller than it was.
I checked my inches yesterday and in the last 8 weeks I’ve also lost 4.5inches.
So I have 6lb to go until I reach my personal target and I want to do that by Christmas-because there are plenty more short skirts out there that would look great with a nice top tucked in them-and a want a sparkly one for Christmas 🙂

Small Goal Big Accomplishment

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Half Measures

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Birthday week is here and by now I’d usually be using it as an excuse to eat and drink what I want all day, all week-although I do have plans for Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday! I went into the week thinking that if I cracked on I could lose 2lb (which if you remember is a big loss for me in one week) and this would put me at the lowest I have been in over a year. Veggie soup was made, lentil casserole was made and homemade pizza was made for over weekend-it was actually made for Saturday night but I only ate half of it as I was full so saved the rest for Sunday-yay to me!

Monday started well and I even took veggie soup to my mums with me and when I wanted a cheese sandwich nipped back home to get get weight watchers bread-impressed?
However the chocolate monster hit whilst at my mums. I was actually trying to point some wispa and twirl bites but had eaten them before I finished calculating what they were. Whoops.
Tuesday again I was good until my mum bought some peanut M&Ms. You would think she would know better as she’s at goal!
The wine cheese and treats have been calling but meal wise I’m OK and my muscles are very sore from the gym.
I’m not going to beat myself up about it. I will be a birthday sinner and until the weekend arrives I’m on half measures because its better to be half on it than not at all.(I cant promise that I’ll be on half measures from Friday-Monday though 😉 )
I’ll see you on the other side of the weekend with my birthday sins….

An Unexpected NSV (non scale victory)

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I went to a workout class tonight that I’ve not been to for a few months. It’s non impact which is perfect for me as I have issues with my feet which mean impact exercise such as running, step ups etc leave me in a lot of pain.

This class is not about that although don’t be fooled into thinking that it is an ‘easy’ workout as we focus on balance and strength and it is tough.
I have been working out a lot in the gym doing weights and more recently focusing on my stretching as I hold a lot of tension in my calves-my personal trainer gave me an impromptu sports massage a couple of weeks ago in the gym to help with this and the woman next to me said I sounded like I was having a baby-I think having a baby was less painful to be honest and I punched the floor and screamed my way through my massage (much to the bewilderment of the people in the gym) however my legs felt wonderful afterwards-even if they were covered in bruises the next day! I was given strict instructions to stretch more to help with the tension which I have been doing.
I have been pleasantly surprised tonight in class as I managed to reach further than I had a few months ago. My flexibility and strength has markedly improved. I even managed to lie on my front grab both legs with either arm behind me (see the featured image-although no that is not me and I didn’t get quite that high!)) and start to lengthen my legs-I have never been able to hold both legs at the same time so I was very pleased 🙂
So even though the cheese and wine monster has been out this week and I was starting to beat myself up about spending the last 12 months getting to a certain point then blowing it instead I’m going to celebrate the fact that my gym sessions are certainly paying off and the unexpected NSV that has come with that