I am two weeks into my health and fitness challenge for February. 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.
Two weeks down
After everything I said last week about needing to make time for exercise… that sort of went to pot. I’m finding it hard but I know it’s something I need to work on. I do feel a lot more sprightly this week though, and at the weekend I even managed to start using a different notch on my belt!
Last week I set myself a goal to exercise at least three times – and I managed it, but only just! I still need to work on fitting the exercise into my day/week. On Sunday, I had forgotten to top up our electricity key, and by the time I realised we should probably do something about that, the one shop in town that does such a thing on a Sunday was long since closed. The only place to go was on the other side of a rather steep hill… so I put S into the buggy, and we went for a walk. She insisted on walking part of the way up the hill, and then we went for a little walk on the way home. It was a really lovely little walk and made me think we should do more of them, as the weather (hopefully) improves.
On the way back from our walk, we passed a gym that I’d always known was there, but had sort of forgotten about. It’s changed hands a few times over the years and I’d not heard anything about it for a while so I suppose I figured it had closed down. It is literally around the corner from us, and when I looked it up online I found that it’s only £15 a month to be a member. I joined the local leisure centre a few months ago, but it was a 30-minute walk away, so with all the good will in the world I rarely found time to go there – because walking there and back added an hour to the workout that I just couldn’t justify spending away from my work. People have told me the gym around the corner is very small and cramped, but I think the fact it’s so close to me will hopefully cancel out the lack of mod cons or massive TVs on the wall… I’m hoping to go and have a look around soon.
Last week I set myself a goal to drink more water… but I think I’ve actually managed to drink a lot less water this week, and I don’t even know why! My eating has been a bit hit and miss, and I’ve eaten a lot more chocolate than I would have liked. I think I’m just stuck in that rut of “I’ve had a crappy day; I deserve some chocolate.” And I’ve had a lot of crappy days lately, for one reason or another. I need to find something else to buy as a “treat” when I’m wandering around the shop after a bad day.
Despite what I’ve just said about my eating, I do think my Slimpod has improved my eating habits. More than once this week, I gave myself permission to get take away. I even opened a window for Just Eat on my laptop, and then… I just didn’t order it. I haven’t eaten as many fruits and vegetables as I would like, but things are heading in the right direction.
Weight & Measurements
Considering I’ve not made much of an effort, I think I’ve done okay on the weight & measurements front:
Weight: Last week: 12st 1lb. This week: 12st 1lb = no loss this week. 1lb lost overall.
Bust: Last week: 39″ This week: 38″ = 1 inch lost this week; 2 inches overall
Waist: Last week: 36.5″ This week: 35.5″ = 1 inch lost this week; 1.5 inches overall
Hips: Last week: 40″ This week: 40″ = no loss this week; 1 inch lost overall
Thigh: Last week: 24″ This week: 24″ = no change
Calf: Last week: 14.5″ This week: 14.5″ = no loss this week; half an inch lost overall
I didn’t lose any weight this week, but I did lose 3 inches, bringing me to a total of 5.5 inches off over all. I’m happy with that!
Just a quick note about these measurements: I have an umbilical hernia, which means that aside from the flab around my middle, there is a lump there. My main hope through all of this is that I can strengthen my abdominal muscles and stop the hernia from being quite so painful and lumpy. One inch off in a week is a massive thing for me, especially considering my hernia was playing up for 2 days and I was unable to do much.
My lovely chart hasn’t changed much, with only one pound lost:
Is It Making Me Happy?
On Sunday, our plans changed at the last minute, and we had S’s friend over for lunch. As I walked back across town with one toddler in the buggy and another plodding along beside me on reins, I’ll admit to thinking “what the heck have I let myself in for…” but actually, we had a great time. When Janey left, I felt like I used to feel after a trip to the gym – that sort of angelic “just done some exercise, never touching chocolate again” feeling. We went out for a walk later that day, and when we came home we both were just really chilled out and happy.
I had forgotten that exercising and eating better can help you to feel better. When you’re tired and fed up, the last thing you want to do is go for a run or walk but actually the times I’ve managed to make myself do that, I’ve felt better within minutes!