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Post kick-fit update

Well needless to say I didn’t have the energy to blog Friday night, post kick-fit.

The class was really good, but really hard going in places. Now I know I’m not fit, but I didn’t realise how badly unfit I still am.

It started off with walking, stretching, some light jogging (which felt to me more like running!), some other aerobic moves and OMG …… burpees! Now I CANNOT do burpees at all. I have zero upper body strength, heavy boobs and I could only do a few before having to stop. Apparently burpees are a regular part of the class though so I am clearly going to have to shape up or ship out. I may start practising in the week…. once I stop hurting!

The boxing element of the class was great, I’m a big fan of getting the frustration out!

We also did a little circuit training which was fun, required effort but didn’t completely kill me, and I found a great exercise to tone up the old bingo wings!

Aching like a bitch yesterday and today – mostly in my arms and shoulders! Hopefully I will be fully recovered ready to go again on Friday!

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Tonight I am going to try….

Hello!!!

I know I said I wouldn’t be back until I weigh in on the 11th of May, but I thought I would pop on quickly whilst I am eating my lunch.

In my bid to find a little more time for exercise in between my busy work schedule and my demanding little family I have been persuaded to go along to a Kick-Fit class in my local town tonight. A friend of a friend runs it, its an hour long and apparently it combines aerobic exercise with kickboxing elements. Should be interesting!

I always get a bit nervous at classes as I always think people are judging your size/weight/fitness levels, but then I remind myself that we are all there for the same reason and they are probably worried about how they come across too! Anyway I have managed to rope a friend into coming along as well, so if I look like a tit then she will too – specially as she is not known for her grace! (Sorry Hanna!).

I will update y’all later as to how it goes. That’s if I don’t keel over!

Bantam, out oxoxo

Cutting the string update

Hello lovelies!

I have been neglecting my blog a lot lately and for that I am sorry. I have been pretty much working non-stop setting up my business and work orders have been coming in thick and fast. It’s also been Easter holidays and so my terrors have been at home for over a fortnight, meaning I have been struggling to keep all the balls in the air.

We haven’t done a weigh in in a little while as the weight loss seems to have plateaued and it was getting depressing only seem very small amounts each week, so instead we decided to weigh in less often at the moment. I am going to do my next weigh in on Monday 11th May so just about 3 weeks away, and hopefully I will have a significant loss to report. Fear not though, I am still hovering somewhere between 12st 12 and 13st 1lb which is where I have been for the last month. The string of this yoyo is still firmly cut!

The plateau has been a little hard going to say the least, I keep trying not to feel like crap and then something happens and I still feel like a whale. However today I tried on most of my summer clothes ready for my holiday in May and I was extremely pleased to see that the shorts I was wearing last summer are now falling down……

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That has given me a massive boost and I am happy to resign these pairs to the charity bag! I can also get on my size 14 denim shorts that I love again, so am really pleased about that too!

I have fallen off the exercise wagon due to lack of time the last month or so, but I am determined to make even just 20 mins every day for a little bit of cardio or resistance training.

I will see you back here on the 11th May where I will hopefully be reporting a nice weight loss!

Keep your fingers crossed for me!

Dee xoxoxox

Run you slag!! 



That was me this morning! It’s a pretty good start to the week, especially considering I only got about 4 hours sleep. 

My car needed fixing and my husbands garage is about a fifteen minute walk from my kids school so we went into work with hubby and then walked to the school. I decided as it was bright and sunny to walk/jog the 2.5 miles home again. Oh my god it was hard, and it took about 45 minutes but I still did it! 

I saw this online over the weekend :





And do you know what – it’s totally true. It doesn’t matter how fast you run, what matters is that you do!

Aching like hell now but it’s definitely worth it! Actions speak louder than words! 

March: this month I will…

Is it just me? I cannot believe we are already in March, where has the last three months gone? I mean I am absolutely longing for sunshine, flip flops, bbqs and balmy Sunday afternoons walking along by the seafront. I literally cannot wait! But I still can’t get my head around the fact that it is March. It’s quite frightening how quickly the year goes. And it also reminded me of some of my plans for this year that have gone by the wayside, so there are some things that I need to get back on track with…. and that has inspired this little blog post.

So, this month I WILL…….

1. Get back on track with C25K. As many of you who follow this blog will know, I started C25K at the start of February and completed the first week, and started the second. Then I managed to strain a muscle and was advised to take a break. And then it was half term so I was unable to get the time to start again. Well, we’ve got another 4 weeks until the kids break up for Easter so I am determined to start again this week – and this time do the whole lot outdoors. So tomorrow I am going to start C25K from the very beginning again and make sure I manage at least the first 4 weeks. And then I will just have to find the time to go when the kids are off.

2. Crack on with another little side project I have going on. Can’t say too much about this one, but its something I have been meaning to do for a long time. It’s one of those things that I am just not sure how to actually start though. But I can’t keep putting it off, I need to take action!

3. Remember to do my toning exercises – every day! No excuses! I’m trying to do a few moves to tone up my bum, tum and upper arms and apparently the key is to do them every day. It only takes 15 min so I need to make the time!

4. Blitz our wardrobes ready for summer. A massive clear out. We have too much stuff!

5. Clean the oven……… meh!

Okay I have declared them all here so that means I have to do them! Starting with the exercises…… after I’ve persuaded myself to move off the sofa!

Cutting the string – the exercise blip

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Hello lovely blog readers!

Just a quick Cutting the String update for you.

Unfortunately exercise has been firmly off the agenda since last week as I managed to sustain a leg injury during my first outdoor run. My left thigh/hip has been very painful off and on since and I was advised to rest it completely before starting exercise again. So unfortunately I am now behind on C25K. However, I fully intend to get back to it once half term is out of the way (23rd Feb) and will re-start week 2. I am confident that I will be able to get back on track with C25K, and hopefully wont sustain any more injuries.

That said I have still been doing a little resistance training on my upper body with my at home weights, and I can definitely notice a difference in the shape of my upper body now. I really need to work on building my upper body strength too (I have none!) so that’s going to be another goal. During half term I am going to try and aim for plenty of walking, taking the kids to the park etc. My mum and I took them swimming for a few hours this morning too. I am also going to try and do some core exercises as that really is my biggest problem area.

In terms of food we have been firmly on the wagon. We had friends over for dinner Tuesday night and rather than order a takeaway which is what we would have normally done, hubby opted to cook Chinese from scratch so we could control the ingredients. He cooked with olive oil instead of peanut oil, and made sure the meats used were lean. It was absolutely delicious and I am in no doubt that it was much healthier than the takeaway version!

It’s Valentines day tomorrow – we are having a lovely family day and plan to take the kids out for lunch, probably to Toby Carvery so we can load up on protein and veggies. And instead of following up with a curry like we usually would on Valentines Day, we have bought in stuff for a homemade salad for dinner. Now that’s dedication! We do love a curry!

Overall am feeling quite positive about this week and we are both hoping for another lb or two off!

Cutting the String – First outdoor run!

Okay first off let me say, running outdoors is NOTHING like running indoors on a treadmill or like running on the spot. I don’t know why I ever thought it was, but there literally is no substitute for running in the fresh air…. but….. it is harder – MUCH harder!

So today I decided to brave my public and actually do Week 2 Day 2 of C25K in front of other human beings. I opted to go straight from the school run as I knew if I went home first it would be that much harder to get out again, and I needed to clear my head after a particularly difficult morning with my son.

Hubby, ever ensuring my safety, insisted I run somewhere where there are plenty of people around and so I headed to Capstone Park which is a hop, skip and a jump from home. It has a large lake in the middle, with a good path all the way around so I would be able to run laps around it. There are always plenty of dog walkers, fishermen and other people nearby.

For those non-local readers here it is:

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And here is me pre-run, feeling confident…….

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Oh my god who was I kidding?! By the time the third session of 90sec of running hit I was ready to admit defeat and go back to the car. My chest was burning, my nose was streaming and my calves felt like they had been run over by a bulldozer. All the previous C25K sessions had seemed a doddle compared to this.

The old me, the lazy, fat and unfit me (and don’t get me wrong I am still fat and pretty damn unfit) would have given in then, there is no question of it. And I can be pretty confident that if I had then I possibly would not have tried going running outside again, and perhaps may have given up on the idea altogether.

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Two things spurred me on. The first is the fact that I have published my intentions on here, on Facebook and on Twitter. Everyone knows that I intend to lose weight and get fit and hopefully run the Race for Life this year. Admitting defeat to myself is one thing, but having to admit defeat to everyone else – well that’s just not an option.

Secondly – To quote Mean Girls (god I still love that film!), “I’m a pusher”. I push everyone around me to do the very best they can for themselves, especially my poor kids, but sometimes I forget to push myself, especially when it comes to my health. So for possibly the first time ever, I pushed through the pain and focused on not giving up. I’m not sure where it came from, but even just making the decision not to give up gave me more energy. And I bloody well did it, I finished it!

I’m paying for it now still, my legs are still aching like mad, my chest still feels like I’ve got a slight stitch, but it was worth it. I feel like I have overcome a massive hurdle.

I’m not telling you all this because I think I am something special, or because I think I deserve a load of praise or anything. I’m telling you this because I don’t want you to give up. On anything. I don’t just mean diet or exercise, but whatever you are striving for, just don’t give up on it. It is probably closer than you think. And I am sharing this with you because I am bloody proud of myself too!

Just a couple more pics – “I did it”!

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Cutting the String – C25k Week 1 DONE!

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Hey my lovelies!

Just a quick update to let you know that I have officially completed Week One of C25K. I have done sessions on Monday, Wednesday and today (Sunday) owing to a busy end of the week.

I am hoping to do week two at least 4 times next week, fingers crossed life doesn’t get in the way too much.

Week One has been great actually. Surprisingly I have enjoyed the way C25k works, its not too much in one go and I feel pretty fresh and energised after – the endorphins are definitely doing their thing! The muscles aren’t hurting as much and although hot and resembling a beetroot (my face matching my hair!), I am not as out of breath as I thought I would be.

So here is me, a big thumbs up for Week One!

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Cutting the String – Non-tracking day

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Hello lovely flab-fighters and readers!

I haven’t blogged much this week I’m afraid, it has been a busy few days with one thing and another.

Hubby and I decided at the start of our Cutting the String journey that we would allow ourselves one day each month off of the healthy eating plan, where we could eat what we wanted within reason without counting calories. We would try and tie it in with an event each month so we wouldn’t face too many obstacles or temptations.

We decided that yesterday (31st Jan) was the best time to do January’s day without tracking. I spent most of the day in London with one of my best mates for her birthday – we went to see Wicked in the West End. We were grabbing lunch in the city too, and I knew we would want to have a little celebratory wine. So I opted for a healthy choice of chicken and bacon salad to try and counter balance the wine!

In the evening hubby and I decided to treat ourselves to a bit of KFC, although I couldn’t eat as much as I used to – that’s a good thing!

I do feel guilty this morning, but at the same time I know it is impossible to follow a totally strict regime 100% of the time. I firmly believe in a little of something in moderation wont do you any harm, and so one naughty day a month, in the grand scheme of things, shouldn’t really be a problem provided we don’t use the day as an excuse to gorge ourselves silly.

We don’t have another “event” until Saturday 28th February now, where we are going to a charity fundraiser, so we are 100% back on healthy eating and exercise now until that date which we will use as our non tracking/monthly treat day.

It’s weigh in tomorrow, and I honestly don’t expect to see a loss. If I have maintained I will be happy but we will have to wait and see!

I’ve just had half a cantaloupe melon and a greek yoghurt for breakfast and am going to crack on with the next session of C25K later this afternoon! Gonna hit it hard for a flab-fighting Feb!

Charlotte’s Belly Blitz – First attempt!

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It’s taken me a while to blog about the Belly Blitz that I did this morning – in part because its taken me a little while to recover!

Oh my GOD, I had no idea quite how hard some of it would be!

First of all I have to say, I love the intro the DVD, the trainers that work with Charlotte are both motivating but also relatable, as is Charlotte herself. She doesn’t speak too much (good if you don’t like the Geordie accent!) but when she does its to remind you to push through the pain (as opposed to Richard Callendar of The Biggest Loser – who just laughs when she says she is in pain!).

The warm up is easy to follow, gets the blood following and muscles warm as it should, and is followed by standard stretches.

The actual training programme is split into 12 x 3-minute rounds of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) each focusing on different areas, everything from boxing moves to squats to push ups. Don’t be fooled into thinking its easy – Charlotte makes it look easy but some of the moves are killer! Luckily the third trainer, David Souter offers some lower impact “beginners” versions which I found myself following at times. Hopefully with practise I will be able to move onto the regular workouts which Richard and Charlotte were demonstrating.

The 3-minute bursts mean that just as the pain gets really difficult its time to move on, and you have around a minute to recover whilst the routine for the next round is demonstrated.

I did the Belly Blitz straight after Day 2 of C25K today, possibly maybe why I found it tough going, but then Charlotte didn’t achieve that figure by having a nap after a bit of exercise so there is no way I will. I managed the warm up, cool down and four of the 3-minute rounds before I decided to call it a day for today. The beauty of the short rounds is that you can pick and choose what round you want to do, so you can practise a specific round over and over if you need to. Obviously it is recommended that you always do the warm up and cool downs as well.

There is also a ten-minute section called “Extra Abs”. I did start the section, but it is literally all crunches albeit different types and after the first five minutes I couldn’t face any more.

Clearly I have a LONG way to go to master Charlotte’s Belly Blitz, but from the way my muscles felt today it is clearly good exercise and will offer some results. There is also an “Eating Plan” section for anyone interested, although I plan to continue with my current one.

Keep your eyes peeled for further updates!