I am three 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.

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Three weeks down

This week has been a bit rubbish really. I really need to give myself a firm talking to about this health and fitness business! I won’t lie; it’s been tough, and I’ve failed miserably on all fronts!


I’ve barely exercised this week. I think I did my Davina dvd once. Although I’ve been more active on my days off with S, and we went for a really long walk on Saturday – but the rest of the time, not so much. I could make excuses about having a lot on, but we all know they’re just excuses. Must try harder.

Healthy Eating

At the start of this month, I planned to dramatically reduce my intake of Coca Cola. That lasted a week or so; now it’s just as bad as it ever was. My eating has been hit and miss too. The problem is that I can’t find anything vaguely healthy for breakfast that I want to eat. I made granola, but I just don’t fancy all that chewing first thing in the morning! I don’t want to have too much sugar, so fruit is out. I can’t stomach too many eggs… So what I end up doing is drinking coffee for breakfast and then not eating anything until lunch time, when I get really hungry and end up eating something wholly inappropriate. Add to this the fact I’ve been a bit disorganised with shopping and dinner time, and you have… a return to the old routine that wasn’t a routine. I’m trying to get myself back to eating proper meals!

Thinking Slimmer

Despite all of this, I do feel that the Slimpod is helping me. Before, I would wander into a shop in need of “something nice” and happily buy several individual puddings, a bar of chocolate and perhaps some cake as well. Now I wander into the shop and wander along all of those aisles feeling totally uninspired. My problem is that I can’t find “something nice” to make me feel better about whatever was wrong, so I end up going through the checkout, and just buying the first bar of chocolate I pass on the way. So there is still some work to do, but I’ve come a long way.

Weight & Measurements

Things have been heading in the wrong direction this week!

Weight: Last week: 12st 1lb. This week: 12st 2lb = 1lb on. No gain or loss since the beginning of the month.
Bust: Last week: 38″ This week: 38″ = no loss this week; 2 inches overall
Waist: Last week: 35.5″ This week: 36.5″ = 1 inch on this week; 0.5 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 put weight on this week – something I honestly did expect to happen, since I didn’t really do very much.

I also put an inch back onto my waist, which is irritating but again, not surprising. My hernia has been playing up; I’m not sure if that’s because of something I’m eating, or just the fact I’m not so great with the exercise. Often the trousers I wear can cause me a problem; but not every time I wear them. I have a suspicion if I wear a certain pair of trousers and then spend a lot of time sitting at a desk, the hernia gets cross and I can barely move. Either way, the exercises should help with it, and I should probably eat less crap too.

I’ve removed the chart, because frankly it’s just depressing to look at, now that I’ve technically lost no weight!



Is It Making Me Happy?

On the occasions that I have managed to do some exercise, it has made me feel more happy. I think if I can join a gym and get back into the whole exercise thing properly, it will help with my mood. My problem at the moment is that I genuinely do not have time to even have an induction at a gym… Ironically, once this month (and therefore this challenge) is over, I will have more time and fully intend to get my arse to the gym!



Also, the very act of recording my weight and measurements… it’s not exactly made me happy but it’s given me a bit of a wake up call in terms of the fact I actually need to do something! My mum has type 2 diabetes, and I am very, very similar to her. I need to turn myself around now, before I end up diabetic too! Therefore this is one challenge I will be continuing after the end of the month. I’m going to change my update day to Monday, purely because it’s easier for me to remember to weigh myself and write a post on a Sunday evening – I remember it every week, and then forget it until the last minute before I need to schedule this post!


The Musing Housewife




Vicky Charles

Vicky is a single mother, writer and card reader.

1 Comment

Sophie · 26/02/2015 at 22:54

Please can I make a suggestion, I hope you find it helpful, have you thought of joining Slimming World, or Weight Watchers (my preference being the former)? Since I joined in October, I have now lost nearly a stone and a half, and not done any exercise, I still eat pizza hut every now and again, still have a very rare drink, chocolate etc etc, but just balance it out with healthy eating (not dieting!!!) and the job’s a gooden :) xxx

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