It’s been over 2 months since I reached my target weight so I thought I would do an update. On the 1st April 2021 I smashed my 10 Stone target weight and reached 9 Stone 13.2lbs. I stopped my weekly weigh-ins and started eating a few more calories each day to maintain. Today is 4th June 2021 and I thought I should weigh myself to keep a check on my maintenance plan. I was surprised to weigh 9 Stone 6.4lbs. Especially after our recent day trip where I ate so much delicious food including pizza. My plan after I reached my 10 Stone target was to try and reach 9 Stone 8lbs because that would mean I have re-lost the full 7 Stone from my heaviest weight of 16 Stone 8lbs. I am so glad that I have reached my second target weight and managed to lose those extra few pounds. I’m not sure how I did it really as I have definitely been consuming more calories on a daily basis and I have enjoyed a few Portuguese delicious treats too. I think my saviour is exercise. As well as keeping up my 5 jogs per week I have been really busy on roofs and gardening. The gardening I participate in is not your normal pottering around the garden but physical exertion e.g. lifting and carrying rocks, stones, huge bags of sand, cement, compost and manure.

As I said in my previous post it’s not all about numbers on a scale but more about health and preventing illness and disease. I am a lot bigger now than I was when I reached my goal weight a few years ago. My arms and legs are much larger but stronger and have a higher muscle tone. I think it’s from all the hill running and hiking. I now have the hard task of maintaining my weight. I don’t want my weight to creep up again as it was such hard work to lose it. I’m still trying to learn to love my body and embrace my imperfections and I’m not doing too well on my Self-Love challenge as I find it difficult to celebrate and love myself, I just see my flaws. There is so much hype about body positivity online at the moment and I really need to learn to see the positive aspects of my body no matter what size or shape. I think I have always had a negative attitude to my body image and poor self acceptance and low self esteem. It really does stem back to my childhood being the chubby child of the family and being called “Fatty” by my grandad. Social Media can portray a false image of what we should all look like and some celebrities drive me nuts with their airbrushing and always looking perfect. I look like a bag of shit most days in my gardening leggings and T.Shirt with messy hair and no make-up. One day I will buy a nice frock and take a day trip to a city and actually try and look nice on one of my photos for my blog post. Then again probably not (ha ha). It’s pointless wearing make-up in the Portuguese heat and a face mask. Also my foundation is about 5 shades too light for my skin as I seem to have a permanent face and arm tan from gardening and jogging. I’m gonna look like an idiot when I eventually expose my lily white legs at a beach (ha ha).

My long term goal is to maintain a healthy weight range of between 9 Stone 7lbs-10 Stone for life. Whether I will achieve this is debatable but I am going to try my best to eat a healthy diet, exercise and enjoy the fantastic Portuguese food and drink. I need to celebrate my weight loss success and acknowledge my achievement. It’s not blowing my own trumpet or showing off, it’s patting myself on the back for a lot of hard work and commitment. 7 Stone weight loss is a huge amount of weight and I need to be proud. I am slightly worried about my daughter’s upcoming visit as she is due to come for between 8-10 weeks and as hubby will be working a lot, the two of us will go out for many day trips to explore beautiful Portugal. I always eat unhealthy food when I’m out on day trips. It starts with a Snickers and can of coke in the car and hubby loves his car journey sweets which I feed to him (ha ha). I also won’t be keeping up my 5 jogs per week if we are out late in the evening but hopefully we will be able to enjoy some family exercise as many of my day trips include hiking around Natural Parks or City walking tours. I haven’t seen my daughter in a really long time so I don’t actually care what I weigh at the end of August, I am sure it will be a lot more but I know I can get back on track if needed. Maybe I can make some sensible healthy choices whilst out and about. You would think that the heat would suppress my appetite, not me, I’m greedy and Summer = Ice cream, yum yum. Also a lot of salads here are drenched with olive oil and many other foods are deep fried.

I am looking forward to visiting the many river beaches this Summer and now have the daunting task of buying a new bikini. I hate shopping malls and shopping for a bikini fills me with dread and fear! There are lots of cheesy mantras to awaken your potential (ha ha). I really need to say the following mantras to myself on a regular basis:

Don’t let your mind bully your body.

I am strong, I am beautiful, I am enough.

This self love journey is gonna be a rocky ride! Wish me luck.

Latest photos I have of me from 31st May 2021:

December 2021 Update

Consistency, discipline, motivation and movement. I am super proud of myself for keeping up my exercise routine and for maintaining my goal weight since April. It means I can relax over Christmas and indulge in plenty of gorgeous Portuguese delights without the guilt. I usually put around 10lb on over Christmas which is shocking and the same weight as my first born son. He was a whopper! Remember fad diets are not sustainable and carbs are not the enemy. All food groups are important especially protein. Focus on the benefits of long term health and a little indulgence over the festive holidays won’t ruin all the hard work you have done all year. Take a moment to appreciate your progress and how far you have come. One unhealthy meal won’t make you obese the same as one exercise session won’t tone your body or give you washboard abs. For me personally it’s all about balance, inner health as well as mental health, preventing a stroke, heart attack, diabetes and living a long happy life whilst embracing and enjoying the journey. I’m hoping to get even more fitter, healthier and hotter in 2022 (for an old bird – Ha Ha). Now where did I hide the King cake and mince pies! Oh and if someone mentions your weight ………. Eat them LOL. Looking at my “FAT photo” reminds me how much I’ve achieved this year. Over 2 stone weight loss in 2021 and 7 stone 5 lb in total. Here are a couple of recent photos from the end of November hike.

January 2022 Update

First time ever in my entire life that I have only put 1 lb on over Christmas. Keeping off over 7 stone and below my target weight of 9 stone 8 lb. The blue dress I wore on New Years Eve is a dress I haven’t worn since I was on holiday in Las Vegas many years ago so it was a lovely feeling to be able to fit back into it. I couldn’t wear crushed velvet at 16 stone 8 lb, I would have looked like a gigantic pair of retro brothel curtains (ha ha). Time to start congratulating myself for all my hard work and learning some body positivity and self love, something I’m not very good at. I have an amazing hubby who has supported me throughout my weight loss journey and accompanies me on my village runs, he saves me from the stray angry chasing dogs. He also cooks a healthy dinner for me every night after working full time so I owe him a lot. My soulmate and my very own Mr Motivator (without the Lycra unitard) (ha ha). I actually managed to lose my 1.2 lb gain very easily and then experienced a flare up of my IBS so dropped below 9 Stone which is not good. I was shitting thorough the eye of a needle hence the weight loss. Good luck to everyone who is embarking on a new year challenge of getting fit and healthy for 2022. If I can do it then you certainly can, go for it!