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 πŸ™ˆ
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 πŸ˜‚) 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…πŸ˜‰
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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Weigh In Days Tricks

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I stayed the same this week and after a surprise 3lb loss last week I was expecting a gain as I’ve had a few stress wine drinks!
I had a switch to No Count for Monday and Tuesday but had such a manic day at work that once I finally sat downΒ at 8pmΒ wine was just what I needed.
This also happened on Wednesday…and as you know wine and cheese go hand in hand. To try and have some semblance of control I sat and ate half a bag of Weight Watchers grated cheese out of the packet like it was a packet of crisps 😳 this however is still better than a big chunk of full fat cheddar
Add to that no time to exercise and the fact that I have to check my scales every day for work (even though I get on with boots and coat on it’s not hard to have an idea of where I am even though I try to pay no attention to it) I was expecting about 3lb gain.
Thursday I pulled it back with low pointed meals and absolutely no wine.
Today was weigh in and here come in ‘weigh in day tricks’. I never weigh in jeans-I don’t think many people do and to be honest I can’t wait until the day when I can weigh in jeans. I have a certain weight that I want to get to (I’m 7lbs away from it) and when that happens I’ll take the hit the following week and weigh in jeans.
I used to always in leggings and a tunic top but it’s rare I do that now as is not really ‘every day’ clothes for me. So I tend to weigh in a skirt and top.
Today however I was going to a trampoline park after weigh in so I had a switch back to leggings. To be fair they are about the same weight so wouldn’t make much difference on the scales.
Breakfast on weigh in day is 2 slices of small whole meal bread with a cheese triangle. I know some people don’t eat until they weigh in but there’s no way I can go until 10am before eating! But I won’t have anything else other than the toast because what if I had an egg and I put on half a pound? πŸ˜‚
And no matter how many times I go to the toilet I always always need a wee the minute I walk in the meeting-you know you do it too!
My final weigh in day ‘trick’ is to wear a different bra. Stick with me on this…being quite busty my bras are pretty supportive and firm to give a nice cleavage. However I have a lacy bra that is pretty flimsy and I always wear that to get weighed in as it’s lighter. So my STS this week I’m convinced was due to my bra!
So that’s my weigh in ‘tricks’
Never drink alcohol the night before
Eat a very light small breakfast
Wear light clothes even in the freezing cold snow
Have as many wees as possible-and try and clear your system of all waste products
Wear a ‘light’ bra-hey if you can get away without wearing one then all the better!
Clearly without doing all of these I would never lose weight would I?

Hanging On……

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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 πŸ™‚

Confessions From Crete

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40lb Down!

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