Monday, 28 September 2009

We Returned ....

So after 20 days of absence David and I finally made it back to the gym tonight, and my god did we feel it! We foolishly had dinner about an hour before we went so we were working out whilst nursing a stitch. Not that it made much of a difference to our time in the gym. We both noticed how badly our fitness had decreased.

What this has done though is made us realise that we can't stop going to the gym again. We have to keep working out, although I definitely feel I need it more than David does.

We have started again though and this time it will continue.


Sunday, 20 September 2009

Day Trip

It has been ages since David and I actually did something with our day off but today was different. Since he passed his test on Thursday we decided to get him driving on the motorway so we took a little trip up to St Andrews for a day out. Whilst there we bought him his outfit for his work's Christmas night out.

This is the kilt he is going to wear with black socks, black shirt, silver cravat and a grey waistcoat. Think he will look super smart, just hope my outfit will look as good beside his. I am recycling an old outfit. Well I say old, I have wore it once since I bought it. Think I am going to adapt it slightly though so it will look different for those that have seen it before.


Thursday, 17 September 2009

He Passed......

He did it, he passed his driving test.
He has just sent me a text message so he hasn't got home yet, which is probably a good thing as I am sitting here crying my eyes out.

What a sap, hey?

I feel ill.........

OMG! I feel sick in my stomach.
David is currently, as in right now, out sitting his driving test.

I never thought I was nervous for him, yesterday I was trying to keep him calm about it but when his driving instructor turned up this afternoon to collect him I started to feel sick and it hasn't gone away. I don't think it will until he returns and I know how he has done.

Will let you know as soon as I know.


Wednesday, 16 September 2009

and now the panic sets in........

I just called the bridal shop to finally get the measurements that my dress will be when it is delivered in a couple of months. Oh My God! I have so much weight and inches to go. I think this is the wake up call I have needed. I am gobsmacked it is so much. I always thought I could do it and there wasn't a major rush but after seeing these measurements in black and white (well purple and white - I used a purple pen) I am so motivated - I have to be.

For the dress to fit when it arrives I need to lose 1.5" off my bust, 5" off my waist and 3.5" off my hips. That is actually quite real now. If I want the dress to be a size 12 (all my holiday clothes are this size) then I have to lose 7.5" off my bust, 11" off my waist and 9.5" off my hips.

Think I am going to head to the gym twice a day for the next 5 months and I might just do it.

Wake up call received loud and clear!

weighty issues.....

Time for the update again and it isn't good I'm afraid, I gained 2lbs this week.
It just goes to show that if you want to lose weight you have to do exercise. This week we haven't been to the gym at all. What with work and everything this week has been manic and the times I could/should have gone to the gym I spent trying to relax in other ways instead.

I have learnt my lesson and am heading out to the gym tonight after my market research that I am doing. Got to go and discuss potatoes of all things. Should get home by about 8.30 tonight so still plenty of time to get to the gym for a session, the gym doesn't close until 11 so still time for a workout and a swim.

Promise to get the 2lbs off for next week.


P.S. just to worry/scare you. It is 14 weeks tomorrow until Christmas Day.

Sunday, 13 September 2009

Babysitting and Zoo Trip

Yesterday we were looking after our 3 nieces and as the weather was so good we decided to take them all to the zoo in Edinburgh. I had not been there for about 15 years and last time I was there I didn't like it as I didn't like seeing the animals in cages. Since then there has been a lot of conservation work done by the zoos and I now recognise them as being very important in maintaining the population of the world's most endangered species.

This was the highlight of the kids' day:

the penguin parade. We managed to get to get front row for this and the kids loved it.

I think even David and I enjoyed our day with the kids. Definitely something we want to repeat in the very near future.


Wednesday, 9 September 2009


..... forgot to mention that David and I aren't going to the gym tonight. We do have a legitimate excuse though, we are celebrating our 2 year anniversary of being engaged.

This is the last time we will celebrate our engagement anniversary as this time next year we will be married and will celebrate that anniversary instead.


Just weighed in.........

and it was good. I have lost 2.5lbs this week.
My god I love the gym and I never thought it would be me saying that sentence.

Clearly the results are coming in as the food front hasn't been all that good this week. To celebrate the end of David's take away ban we had a burger king on Sunday and we were out for dinner last Wednesday. Both meals involved puddings as well so it wasn't that great. Imagine what kind of results I could get next week with no take aways, as long as I stay away from the buffet on Friday night.


Sunday, 6 September 2009

Update time ..........

Today was my first day back at the gym since Tuesday. Despite vowing to go everyday life has kind of got in the way and we haven't managed to get there as often as we had hoped but this is changing this week. I am not promising everyday but I am promising more than the 3 times we went last week.
When I was at the gym one day last week I set myself a mini target alongside the one that is to get the weight off in time for the wedding. My mini target is to run on the treadmill for 10 minutes at 8km/hr within the first 8 weeks of our membership. When I began last Sunday I could manage 1 minute at a time (yes, I really am that unfit) but today I actually managed 2 whole minutes before having to slow the treadmill down. I am trying to do this using the interval training technique so I ran for 2 minutes, walked for a minute, ran a minute, walked a minute, ran a minute etc etc etc for the first 10 minutes. After that I walked for 4 minutes then ran my last of the 15 minutes I was on the treadmill. So I walked for a total of 8 minutes and ran for 7 minutes. This is increasing and I am hoping that I will soon be able to increase my running intervals and decrease the walking ones until I am running for at least 10 minutes.

Also planned this week is to go an pay a bit more towards the holiday/wedding and hopefully more towards my wedding dress as well. That is coming sooner than expected so have to pay it off quicker than originally anticipated. When I am going to the shop to pay some more towards the dress I am going to get a note of the measurements I need to be so that my dress will fit me. Having it ordered it a bit smaller than I am at the minute I know that I need to reduce my measurements by quite a bit but don't actually know what these are meant to be. Will get the measurements then can keep a better eye on how things are going. Will add the measurements onto the weight loss meter at the side and let you know how things are developing (or should that be reducing) on a fortnightly basis.

Friday, 4 September 2009

Gym update

Since the last time I posted I haven't been back to the gym. This isn't because it has lost any of it's appeal but more that life has gotten in the way of getting there.

Wednesday night we headed out for dinner with David's parents. Due to a challenge David had with one of his friends we weren't able to eat out or have a take away for the whole month of August. That in itself isn't an issue and we really didn't miss the food but we missed the socialising aspect of it. Before David's parents went away that had the family round for a take away and some chat but we didn't go as we didn't want to sit there and watch the others eat food that we weren't going to have. They came back their holiday on Wednesday so we decided to all go out for a meal to catch up.

Last night I was babysitting my mum's dog. That shouldn't have stopped us going out to the gym for a couple of hours but the dog had been in the house all day on his own so he needed to be fed and walked loads to make up for it. I decided to feed him early instead of waiting until we got back from the gym.

Going tonight so have to put in treble the amount for the last couple of days that we have missed. Lots of running and lots of swimming in preparation for my programme getting made up tomorrow so I can whip my ass into shape.


Wednesday, 2 September 2009

I am alive

Well, it's been a couple of days (or maybe more) since I posted anything. Normally I would say that it has been work keeping me busy but this week it has been fitness driving me away from the computer.

David & I have rejoined the gym and have been every night (except tonight). We have been running loads on the treadmills and I have been swimming loads to try and shift the weight before the dress gets delivered in November. I have got 2.5 months to shift about 2.5 dress sizes but in fact I have 7 months to shift about 4.5 dress sizes. I have bought all my holiday clothes considerably smaller than what I am at the minute as my motivation for getting down to the size I want to be lying on the beach or beside the pool.

Hopefully once I get into the swing of things at the gym I will be posting loads of success stories of getting the dress sizes off one at a time.