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My first 5K - after I completed the C25K challenge three years ago.

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Me at 54kg - the skirt doesn't fit anymore!

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Committing to losing 5% of my current weight during the summer. (June-August 2019)

The last year drew me into a depression, which has greatly affected my perception of myself and others, and drawn me back into an unhealthy relationship with food. I am committing to losing 3kg during what looks to be a very busy (but also exciting) Summer. This Summer is shaking things up on a professional and personal level and I want to shake myself out of the unhealthy and into the healthy, too.

Here are my previous stories:

Between September 2011 and April 2012 I lost 35 pounds!

My original goal weight was 130lbs which I achieved in December 2011. It took me a while to adjust to the idea of maintenance and my body eventually settled at 119lbs a few months later. I've been maintaining ever since.

I fell pregnant in February 2015 and managed to lose the baby-weight in November 2017, one year after the baby was born. However, I struggled to maintain the weight and have been jumping up and down the scale, usually gaining and regaining the same 5 pounds. I am now determined to lose them permanently before we start trying for our second child.

Why I want to lose weight:

I'll be able to fit comfortably into my clothes
I want to feel in control of my healthy eating habits
I'll feel more in control
I'll feel as if I've accomplished something important
I'll be able to exercise without discomfort
I feel better when I eat healthily
I feel better when I exercise
I'll look and feel better
I'll be a role model for my family
I'll have more energy
I want a healthy second pregnancy.

The plan:
Short term goals: First 1 months
Maintain three regular jogs a month, including two 10km races a month.
Make sure to stretch my muscles after the runs
Track my nutrition every day and stay within range.
Follow the Beck solution programme
Cook our own food.
Mental health:
Keep journalling and blogging.

Long term goals:
- Participate in every run in a jogging series between November and February
- Back in maintenance range by January (53-55kg)

The maintenance plan:

Sign up for races to run every second or third month.
Aim to go jogging three times a week.
Keep tracking my fitness minutes.
Keep tracking my food at least twice a week.
Only ever have one helping of a sweet treat.
Keep blogging and commenting on Sparkpeople
Join challenges on sparkpeople - keep accountable to someone.
Always make sure that I'm enjoying my food - if I feel guilty about what I'm eating I can't be eating it for a good reason.

My original goals were:
First goal - to fit into my wedding dress again! (achieved 6 October 2011 - exactly on month after joining)

By my birthday
1 - be down one dress size or have reached 61kg (reached 61kg 14 Nov.)

2 - be able to do yoga on alternate days (yes, twenty minutes, nearly every other day)

3 - be jogging again (knee and doctor willing) (Started jogging again in the second week of November)

4 - have discovered something active to do on Saturday afternoons. (I make sure I'm busy but haven't found anything regular yet)

5 - start monitoring my fibre intake

Member Since: 9/8/2011

Fitness Minutes: 71,569

My Goals:
Short term: (30 days)
-Stay within calorie range
-Yoga every day
- Jog three times a week

Medium term: (3 months)
-Build up to a 10km race at the end of July
-Have reached my 5% goal: 55kg

Long term (1 Year)
-Run 1 half-marathon in 2019, or at least have built up to the half marathon distance
-Run 1 10km in 2019
-Run 3 Parkruns

Maintain weight range of 52.5 - 55kg (116-121 pounds)

Recovered my self-confidence and self-esteem

My Program:
Healthy eating
- to become a better nutritious cook
Healthy home
- to create an environment at home that is clean, organized and well decorated
Healthy mind
- Develop a better understanding of what I need to feel more fulfilled and happy

Personal Information:
What I'm learning:
- it's always possibly to find and choose the healthy option.
- You don't have to eat the whole plate of food. You can only eat some of it if you think the portion is too much.
- pack lunch for work. A home made sandwich is half the calories of a store bought one.
- becoming more disciplined in one area of my life is helping me become more disciplined in others.

Other Information:
Race times:
Adidas 5km 2009: 36 mins
Bupa 10km 2011: 59.44
Stroke 10km 2011: 56.34
Nun Run 2011 (4 miles): 41 minutes
Race for life 5km 2012: 25 mins
British 10km 2012: 49.16
Zoo Stampede 2012: 48.27
Bupa 10km 2013: 47.44
Belfast Half Marathon 2013: 2.01.36
Santa 5k 2013: 23.41
Tollymore 10k 2013 (off-road): 51.04
Castleward Half Marathon: 2.03
Ards Half Marathon: 1.58.46
Groomsport Half Marathon: 1.49.51
Larne Half Marathon 1.55.52
Castlewellan Challenge (10km) 53.07
Parkrun PB: 23.24 Stormont (September 2017)

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    Thanks for the comment on my blog! Yes, I agree with you. I guess this journey involves more than just lbs lost. It also involves changing your mind over... Keep the good work! Down 15lbs!!! You're doing great!
    3256 days ago
  • v CHRISTINA791
    Thanks for the comment on my blog!

    I found that exercise was really one of those 'fake it until you make it' things. I wasn't active before I started SP, and I was slloooww. I just kept pushing through and pretending as I was as fit as I wanted to be, until one day I realized I wasn't having to force myself anymore.

    Not that I don't genuinely love it emoticon . For every blah day that hits, there's one where I feel like my legs are just flying and I wonder why I wasn't doing this years ago. I think the important thing is to recognize that in a lot of cases, exercise is a completely new habit and needs to be nurtured a bit. With food, we're usually replacing old bad habits, but it takes a while for working out to feel natural.

    Good luck, and congrats on the great work so far!
    3258 days ago
    Thanks for the nice comment on my blog. And congratulations on seeing your collarbones again! Woo hoo! :)
    3258 days ago
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    3263 days ago
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