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2020 is the year to get fitter and healthier

Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by Ezzie, Jan 3, 2020.

  1. Ezzie

    Ezzie Occasional commenter

    Hi, all! I’m more than happy to start this year’s diet/fitness thread, especially as I’ve just eaten a family size bag of Cadbury chocolate chunks (the gorgeousness of them defies description). I have half a stone-ish to get to my SW target and I’ve been really lazy with exercise because it’s too blummin’ dark and cold outside. No more excuses!
  2. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    I have about 4 stone (hopefully, not brave enough to check yet!) to get back to where I like to be.
    Fitter and healthier is the goal, but losing weight is a huge part of that.
    Going to start on Monday and am determined!
  3. lizgaskell

    lizgaskell Occasional commenter

    I’m in folks!
    Fitter? Yes please. Back to the gym and get running again.

    Healthier? Yes please. Cut right down on alcohol. Lose some weight. Feel better

    I have a BIG birthday this year so December is the target.

    My weight is not too bad but losing a stone would be good and those two things should help.
  4. bookeater

    bookeater Occasional commenter

    Hello everyone
    Here is my back history:
    I put on weight, I used to lose weight but then I just gave up.
    My health has suffered, from a bad back (that's another story) and ended up at a specialist pain clinic.

    The school secretary wanted to go to Slimming World and I said I would go with her so it was not planned.
    This was November 2018.
    December 2019 (my last weigh-in) I. I had lost3 stone 11.5 pounds
    I have not been this weight for 30 years. I have gone from obese to normal BMI.
    99% of my big clothes have gone to a far better place. I own 3 dresses and a few skirts/tops that fit me.
    I am 3 pounds from target but after a discussion with the class leader, she said if I don't lose it in the next 2 weeks to use what weight I am at as my target.
    It has been hard with only losing 1-2 pounds a week and some weeks putting on. I have been on holiday a few times and food-wise enjoyed myself.
    I could only walk for 20-30 mins before I was in severe pain. I can now walk for over an hour.

    I have stopped one of my pain meds and hopefully can start to reduce the nerve-blocking medication.
    Someone I didn't know was aking about my children, so I showed her a picture of me with my adult daughter. The lady commented they both look like you. My reply was but that is me.
  5. lrw22

    lrw22 Senior commenter

    I haven't been on the scales for a few months but I know I have piled it on a bit. I did Weight Watchers over the summer but workload made it difficult to get to the meetings in the autumn term and it all went pear shaped (literally!!) I still don't think I'll be able to make it to meetings but I am planning to follow WW online. I would love to lose a a stone or maybe a stone and a half. I do feel better when I eat more healthily than I have been recently!!
  6. Sundaytrekker

    Sundaytrekker Star commenter

    I’m back here again having not lost the stone I intended to lose last January. So, more exercise and healthier eating. It shouldn’t be hard but it is.
  7. sunshineneeded

    sunshineneeded Star commenter

    Thank you for starting this thread @Ezzie. It's great to be here! My weight is not too bad, although I'd love to be half a stone lighter. But fitness is another issue … I walk a lot, but have some knee and back issues which hamper 'real' exercise. I need to work on getting those sorted - it's too easy to always think 'I'm too busy to see a physio or talk to the GP this week, next week will be fine' - but next week never comes. I'm planning to cut down my working days later this year too, so want to start going to Aquagym then.
    Christmas chocs and goodies are almost all gone now, so it's back to the healthy eating. Just had porridge with fresh raspberries for breakfast, so a good start. Agree with @Irw22 - I definitely feel better and have more energy when I'm eating healthily!
  8. install

    install Star commenter

    Me too. I do not want to look at the scales just yet. This is Day 4 for me of giving up alcohol and treats. Got to do the exercise bit next.
  9. lizgaskell

    lizgaskell Occasional commenter

    Lost my earlier post but day three no alcohol for me. Had bread and never do though!!
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  10. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    I want to stretch properly every day. I go to two yoga classes but never do anything in between and I really need to maintain that flexibility and strength by doing a bit every day. Weight is OK and general diet and exercise is under control but I'm at a dangerous age (68 1/2) so need to be vigilant.
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  11. bookeater

    bookeater Occasional commenter

    My friend keeps telling me to look for a beginners yoga class, she thinks it will be good for a bad back.
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  12. bookeater

    bookeater Occasional commenter

    I had to stop drinking a number of years ago as one of the pain tablets i was put on does not like alcohol.
    I was told yes you can drink but keep a bucket close by just in case. So I stopped drinking.
    It is still annoying when people still buy me drink for a present when they do know I don't drink.

    I have not had any chocolate for over 12 months. It addiction for me once I have chocolate that's it no self-control.
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  13. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Weird how you form a picture of people in your mind from their postings and then they reveal something totally different.
    I had you down as mid to late 40s...

    I resisted buying a snickers bar this afternoon, even though others were buying chocolate. However we were at a hotel and the bars were about £2 each!!!!!!
    Maybe if all shops had chocolate at that price I'd stop buying and eating it!
  14. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    Funny that - me too!
  15. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    @HistoryEducator Yoga is brilliant for backs. But you do have to keep it up. My Thursday class has made such a difference to me. She goes steadily but still is quite demanding and I am so much stronger than I was. But two weeks off and there you go - all that muscle strength dwindles away. One of the best things is that I have really learnt to walk upright when I'm walking round the shops etc - clavicles forward!
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  16. sunshineneeded

    sunshineneeded Star commenter

    @caterpillartobutterfly, I was rounding off the Christmas holidays at the theatre with grandkids ... very glad we'd bought a few treats with us as Minstrels were £3.50 a bag and popcorn £5 a tub! We gave in during the interval and they had ice cream tubs - @ £4 each! Those prices could definitely curb my sweet tooth!
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  17. lrw22

    lrw22 Senior commenter

    Well I've managed a day of healthy eating. Now just need to keep it up for lots more days!!
  18. lizgaskell

    lizgaskell Occasional commenter

    Meal AND wine last night but celebration that I’ve been looking forward to and I made sure i drank slowly!

    Home today and back to work tomorrow so it will be much easier to avoid the wrong food
  19. grumbleweed

    grumbleweed Star commenter

    I'm in too. Since I had my new hip, I've put on and lost the same 5lb, so I need to break that cycle first then get back to losing bit by bit. I put on 4lb over chrustmas which baring in mind I've now eaten all the chocs, cakes, biscuits ( apart from a small piece of christmas cake and a few after8s), could have been much worse.

    Just need to get back into liking vegetables. I do actually love them, but I like sweet stuff too!
  20. 60sunnysmile

    60sunnysmile New commenter

    I’m in too. It’s so much easier to stick to something when other people are involved so I’m glad to be joining this thread.
    I need to get my fitness back to what it was a year ago, but I am starting with small and often. I don’t expect anything much for a few months so my first milestone is to be able to walk steadily for the 2 miles around the local river by 1st of April. At the moment, the cold air triggers breathing difficulties and the exertion of walking when I am so unfit makes it so bad that I cannot walk much outdoors. Shame, because I love the outdoors.

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