I am one week 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.




One week down

My plan for this challenge was not to make too many drastic changes that I couldn’t maintain long term. This week though, I have discovered that I do need to make some changes, or this is never going to work. Specifically, I need to start making space in my day for exercise, and get into more of a routine with food. It’s no good waiting until S is in bed at 7pm before I think about doing some exercise and by the way, what’s for tea.


My exercise this week has been haphazard, to say the least. I have my Davina dvd, and have managed to do exercises on some days – but I think I gave myself too many days off! One day last week S was off nursery and busy drawing, so I thought I would commandeer use of the TV for a measly seven minutes in order to do a workout… from this I learned that one should not attempt aerobics with a toddler in the house. S thought it was a game, and kept trying to go “under the tunnel” between my legs while I was trying to jump around!

I’ve been trying to be more active generally, so more walking and jumping around with S. I do feel like I’ve done more walking, but I could probably manage to do a bit more.

This week, my plan is to keep more of a record of what I’ve done, and to make the effort to be active every day.

Healthy Eating

I set myself a goal last week to halve the amount of Coca Cola I was drinking each day. I didn’t quite manage to succeed at that, but I did cut back considerably and am still working on it.

Food wise, I have done fairly well. I’ve been cooking proper meals and eating more vegetables; I even managed breakfast on several mornings. I make breakfast for S every day, and usually just sit with a coffee while she eats. Since I’m sitting there any way, it seems bonkers not to just join in. My problem is finding something that tastes good and will keep me full; I made granola, but (and I am aware of how silly this sounds) it’s just too much chewing effort first thing in the morning! I still have work to do, on the breakfasty front.

Considering I spend a lot of time at home, I tend to skip a lot of breakfasts and lunches. Sometimes that’s because there is no food in the house; most of the time it’s because I’m just a but uninspired, and can’t think of anything I want to eat – so I go hungry, and then eat some Pom Bears later.

My plan for this week is to drink more water, and to work harder on planning what to eat and when… and to cut down on the teddy bear crisp stealing (before S catches me at it).

Thinking Slimmer

I’ve been listening to my Slimpod every night for about 3 weeks now and I do feel like my eating habits have changed. Although I’m still eating a fair bit of junk, it has decreased a lot. And if I’m honest, the junk I am eating is more to do with a lack of planning than the actual desire to eat rubbish. It often doesn’t cross my mind to find something for tea until S is in bed and I’m hungry. When I’m working in an office out of town, it doesn’t occur to me that I’ll need some lunch to take with me until I’m about to go out the door, so I have little choice but to buy a sandwich at the shop on my way to catch the bus. I think I would find it easier to make healthy choices with my food, if I put a little thought in beforehand!

I do feel like the Slimpod has helped me to change my mind on a lot of things. These days I go and loiter in the chocolate aisle of the supermarket, but usually leave feeling uninspired. I rarely find anything that’s genuinely worth making an unhealthy choice for. The problem is that I’m still feeling like I want “a treat” and can think of nothing to have if I don’t have chocolate or some sort of pudding. I did buy some blood oranges the other day as a special treat – but they’re so expensive, I couldn’t keep a steady supply of them in my fridge!


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 2lb. This week: 12st 1lb = 1lb loss (I can’t help but think how much more I could have lost if I tried harder!)
Bust: Last week: 40″ This week: 39″ = 1 inch lost
Waist: Last week: 37″ This week: 36.5″ = half an inch lost
Hips: Last week: 41″ This week: 40″ = 1 inch lost
Thigh: Last week: 24″ This week: 24″ = no change
Calf: Last week: 15″ This week: 14.5″ = half an inch lost

Over all, one pound down and 3 inches off!

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. Therefore, while I’ve only taken half an inch off my waist, I am more pleased about this than anything else!

Aaccording to the NHS BMI Calculator, my BMI has gone from 30.1 to 29.6 – though I’m generally of the opinion that BMI is not a great way of measuring how one is doing with such things

My lovely chart hasn’t changed much, with only one pound lost:

healthy weight chart


Is It Making Me Happy?

The other evening, I put S to bed and came downstairs to do a Davina workout. The workouts are only seven minutes long, and I ended up doing three of them, before sitting down with a nice bowl of home made chicken casserole. It struck me at that point that actually, 21 minutes of jumping about like a loon can make me feel a lot better – even if I’ve not lost a ton of weight or run a marathon or dropped a jeans size (just yet!)

I think I’ve always known that being more active and eating more healthily could improve my mood – it’s obvious, really. And yet, I can happily sit on my sofa munching my way through endless bars of chocolate, whilst thinking “yeah, if I eat some veggies and go for a walk I’ll feel better… lemme just finish this bar of chocolate/tv show/pizza first…” Now that I’m actually doing something about it, I do feel more positive, generally.


The Musing Housewife



Vicky Charles

Vicky is a single mother, writer and card reader.


Mim · 11/02/2015 at 11:15

Oh well done Vicky! I know you think you could have tried harder but I think you’ve done BRILLIANTLY just with a few subtle changes. They are also the best ones to make a difference in the long term of course. Especially well done on the ‘waist loss’! Keep it up and you’ll soon see big changes – I’ll be joining you after Mini – keep up the inspiration :) :) #weekendbloghop

    Vicky Charles · 11/02/2015 at 15:21

    Thanks Mim, what a lovely comment. I think that loss without too much effort has spurred me on to do a bit better this week so fingers crossed! x

Colette B · 11/02/2015 at 20:06

What a great, positive post! Here’s to another good week for you x

Sim @ SimsLife.co.uk · 13/02/2015 at 10:39

I love the feeling exercise has on you – I come out of the gym feeling revitalised and it’s definitely having an effect. Definitely feel much better in every way for it!
First time I attempted Insanity I asked L to stay in the lounge so that I could crack on, she kept opening the doors wanting to see what was going on and asked a zillion questions… anything like that I now leave for when she is in school! ;)
Sounds like you have had a good week – you will notice a huge difference by cutting down on the fizzy drinks, my tummy looks and feels much better for it.
Hope you are having a good week – thank you for signing up to #WeightLossWednesday and see you next week! Sim x

    Vicky Charles · 13/02/2015 at 19:03

    Ah, I’ve heard good things about Insanity!
    I used to love that feeling when you leave the gym and you feel like you’ve been steamrollered… That seems like a lifetime ago now though!

Mummy Melton · 13/02/2015 at 15:33

Well done it sounds like you’re doing great. I love the slimpod, I can’t believe listening to the short recording has so much impact #weightlosswednesday

    Vicky Charles · 13/02/2015 at 19:02

    I can’t believe it either, it’s bonkers when you think of it, isn’t it!

steph · 14/02/2015 at 23:21

Well done, every change you make no matter how small you think they are all help. I’m really anti the BMI calculator like I said last week. Things like measurements and how you feel is a much better measure x

Hannah Budding Smiles · 16/02/2015 at 10:09

I’m so pleased you’re feeling the benefits, planning is definitely key to healthy eating too because when I first had Toby I was skipping meals and living on cereal bars because he was so difficult and I feel so much better now I’ve got the time to cook properly a bit more. Good luck moving forward lovely! Thanks for linking up with #BloggingToJogging xx

Mum Tum Diaries · 16/02/2015 at 13:56

Well done! A loss is a loss whether it be 1lb or more and inches lost is great! I think inches lost is sometimes a better way to monitor how fabulous you are doing! great job and keep it up!

MummaG · 17/02/2015 at 12:04

Keep up the good work. My little man is just the same when I exercise at home but the other day we all exercised as a family and he loved it, as did I! Much easier in the gym without them though :-)

chantelle hazelden · 17/02/2015 at 15:52

You are doing so well. Breakfast really is important, I never used to have it but it’s made a huge difference to my weight since I’ve started eating it every day, even if it is just a piece of fruit :) #bloggingtojogging

Catherine Burgess · 17/02/2015 at 21:34

Sounds like you’re doing really well lovely! I’m also finding it difficult to make time to exercise – I don’t think scrubbing the bathroom instead of a 4 mile walk counted today! #Bloggingtojogging

    Vicky Charles · 18/02/2015 at 10:37

    Scrubbing the bathroom is better than watching TV in place of a 4 mile walk though!

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