Weight loss is a very hard thing to do, you have to plan and put time into helping yourself get to a place you want to be. It can be so hard for people if you have no idea where to start. So I am working with a few bloggers on a Weight loss question post, we have come up with question to answer to give you that little boost you need to start off your journey.
1. What is the reason for your weight loss?
As I have said in my previous blog, the reason I want to lose weight is because I want to begin IVF treatment, if you want to know more about my journey take a look at my blog post here.
2. What pitfalls have you come across that have made your weight loss journey unsuccessful?
My name is Charlotte and I have no self control!!! I am terrible when it comes to controlling myself, I will start off really good and see the weight coming off, but if I have a bad day or I am too tired to cook, I will just opt for a take away or chocolate. I need to learn to plan more for meals and have it all planned out for my week, I also need more lunch ideas. At work we don't have a microwave so I need idea's for cold lunches (if you have any please leave them in the comments).
3. What are your favourite meal ideas for healthy eating?
When I am in full focus mode I am so good with cooking and keeping to points (I am currently on Weight Watchers) I have made a few meals that I love. I have this ''Spanish'' chicken meal I make that it is so nice. I also love making soups, my favourite is Carrot and Coriander.
4. What are your favourite exercises?
I don't mind when I am at the gym, my biggest problem is going to the gym, so I have recently downloaded the ''Couch to 5k'' app, I have Sarah Millican in my ears egging me on and it really helps. The app is made so it gradually gets you from a non runner to running 5k in around about 30 min, over the course of 9 weeks. I like running and it really helps me to get out of my head. I am also looking into yoga, I am a total newbie to this so I am looking into different yoga youtube channels to see where to start. I have been introduced to ''Yoga with Adriene'' on youtube and she is currently doing a 30 day yoga journey that I am going to begin. I am so excited.
5. How do you stay motivated?
I am not going to lie, it is so hard for me to focus, and I have cried and hated myself more then once, but I have also created a folder on my pintrest that has baby pictures and nursery pictures in to remind me why I am doing this. Also I need to remember that if I have a bad day, that is fine, I just wake up the next morning and start again. This is a marathon not a sprint. I am not going to lose 6 stone in a week and I just need to get back on that horse, stop hating myself and remember why I am doing this, for my baby.
6. How to you celebrate your success?
I have decided that every time I lose a stone I am going to reward myself, so on my first stone loss I am going to get my hair cut, second I am getting it coloured, third my nails are going to be done, that's really all I have so far, but I know my sixth stone I am getting a full new wardrobe.
7. Have you set an overall goal?
My doctor has told me in order to begin looking into IVF I would need to get down to 10 stone, so I need to lose 6 stone. I think my overall lose may be a little bit more then that, but I will see how I go and take it day by day.
8. Do you follow other weight loss social media accounts, if so who are your favourites?
I have a few, my main faves are all fellow WW people, my fav's are : mamabear_wwuk she was the first person I spoke to, and she has given me a lot of support, ww_paul has amazing food ideas, and he also introduced me to Heck chicken sausages and I love them, healthyjoanne has been amazing, she was in the WW magazine and I happened to tag her in a instagram story, and she messaged me, she is so lovely.
9. Where do you buy your work out clothing?
As of yet I haven't bought any but I have my eyes on the new Alice Liveing and Primark collaboration for sports wear, they go up to larger sizes which I think is really good. The collection has pinks and greys and they are my favourite colours.
10. What advice would you give to a weight loss newbie?
My advice would be plan your meals, as I said before I have a huge problem with meals and I am finding myself falling over when it comes to going to work. So the more I plan the better I will be, also if you have a day were you just eat everything in sight, don't worry, it is one day in a long journey, and even if 1 day turns into 1 week, draw a line under it and start again. You got this.
I hope these questions have helped you in some way, I have teamed up with
Yorkshire mum of 4
to collaborate on this blog, so make sure you go and check them out too, as their advice will be different to mine and you can see how weight loss is for people of different sizes.
See you soon
Lots of Love