2015- (3)

For those who are not aware, I am embarking on a 12-month Happiness Project, with a different challenge each month designed to brighten my mood. My challenge for February is to work on my health and fitness. That’s not necessarily to say I intend to lose loads of weight or run a marathon or start lifting massive weights; I just want to be more active and eat a more healthy diet.

That said, I will track my weight and measurements throughout the month, to track any progress made.

Here are my starting figures… *deep breath*

Weight: 12 st 2lb
Bust: 40″
Waist: 37″
Hips: 41″
Thigh: 24″
Calf: 15″

Rather worryingly, according to the NHS BMI Calculator, this gives me a BMI of 30.1 and makes me obese.

This handy chart shows the situation a little more clearly:

healthy weight chart

Clearly I have a fair bit of work to do, and it won’t be finished by the end of February! A few people have suggested I should carry this challenge on for two months so as to ensure I’ve really got back into the habit of eating properly and being more active. I’m as yet undecided about that to be honest.

For the moment, I plan to keep plodding along. I will publish an update like this once a week to track my progress. I’m not sure I’m feeling brave enough to post any pictures just yet, but hopefully I will get to that point.


The Musing Housewife

Vicky Charles

Vicky is a single mother, writer and card reader.


Sim @ SimsLife.co.uk · 04/02/2015 at 11:48

Honestly, try not to worry about your BMI too much! I am slightly heavier than you but am probably fitter than someone who is 9 stone, yet the BMI of the 9 stone person on paper would certainly be much healthier than mine. Go with how you feel and how your body feels! Love the idea of the 12 month Happiness project! :) Sim xx

    Vicky Charles · 04/02/2015 at 14:29

    When I was super fit and healthy (a few years ago now) my BMI said I was obese because I had a large muscle mass. It’s not muscle this time though!
    The main thing I’m worried about is my belly because I have a hernia that I need to sort out. The rest is secondary really.

      Sim @ SimsLife.co.uk · 05/02/2015 at 13:57

      Ahhh damn hernia’s! They are crazy things!! :( x

        Vicky Charles · 05/02/2015 at 21:29

        mine is okay if I keep up with the exercise and don’t eat too much junk. The last few months though, it’s been awful – and the worst part is I know it’s my own fault!

Carly · 04/02/2015 at 18:47

All the best for your challenge this month, I’ll be keen to see your progress! I’ve also started a get more healthy regime in January and so far so good :) Look forward to your updates! #WeightLossWednesday

Eat Like You Love Yourself · 05/02/2015 at 20:26

My one tip is to not obsess too much about weight. Concentrate on what you do want, not what you don’t. Do you want to be fit? Healthy? What would that mean? Would you be able to move more without getting out of breath when walking up stairs? Would you be able to play more with your child?

    Vicky Charles · 05/02/2015 at 21:26

    thanks. I think at the moment I just want my hernia to back off a bit, and my clothes to fit a bit better! Am focusing on that by doing lots of ab work!

Francesca Govier · 06/02/2015 at 23:01

Hello, :) I am trying to get more healthy too! So I will be watching out for your updates. I recently found Juice PLUS+ and loved it so much I joined the company! It’s a complete health boost programme. Do let me know if you would like any information on it.. We can share our health successes! Good luck! Xxx

steph · 07/02/2015 at 18:31

Please don’t go off the BMI Calculator, it’s a really outdated measure of health. It doesn’t factor in enough variables. I love the idea of the project happiness but the BMI calculator is not a recipe for happiness in my opinion. I’d got for a 10% loss and see how you feel. xxx

    Vicky Charles · 07/02/2015 at 20:29

    I know the BMI is crap; when I was fit and healthy my BMI said I was overweight because of my muscle mass! But there’s little else out there to use as any sort of a gauge as to whether one is healthy or not… hence the pretty rainbow graph – it’s the only thing I could find! I’m hoping over the course of the month I will see all of them go down!

Rachel @ Parenthood Highs and Lows · 07/02/2015 at 18:58

Good luck – I sometimes think the hardest bit is making the decision to do something about it! #weekendbloghop

    Vicky Charles · 07/02/2015 at 20:28

    You’re not wrong! I think it’s easy to forget I’ve made the decision too – to just slip back into eating crap and not moving much!

chantelle hazelden · 10/02/2015 at 18:40

Good luck hun xx #bloggingtojogging

    Vicky Charles · 10/02/2015 at 22:13


mummy m's memories · 10/02/2015 at 19:36

Good luck with your up coming challenge. Im pretty much the same bmi as you…. my first goal is to get into the over weight category…. :-) maybe that could be your goal for Feb?

    Vicky Charles · 10/02/2015 at 22:12

    Thanks! The thing about BMI is, everyone (including me) uses it to measure whether we’re overweight etc, but it’s not a reliable measure. I just couldn’t find a better one for the post. My main aim is to tighten my abs, as I have a hernia that’s been playing up terribly the last few months.

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