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Having my fairy cake and eating it update.

Hello everybody. okay so as I am back I wanted to let you know how I have been getting along with my weight loss and also give you and update on the gorgeous Katiepops and her progress too.

Admittedly it has been some weeks since my last post on this subject and it would be time consuming and pointless to go back week by week and detail everything that has gone on. With that in mind I am basically going to tell you where I am up to now and why, and then where I hope to be heading in the future.

Ok…. so here goes. Since I joined weight watchers on 3rd January I have lost 26 pounds in total, that equates to .92 of a pound each week, this just falls short of the 1-2 pound per week recommended by weight watchers. I will admit that I do find this more than a little frustrating as I would so much love it to be nearer the 1.5 – 2 pound per week, but when I look at the bigger picture and put it into context it doesn’t seem quite so bad, as I have a few mitigating factors as follows:

Due to the fibromyalgia my day to day has been minimal during this period and exercise has pretty much been off the menu.
The medication that I take for the fibro and the fibro itself can cause weight gain and make it harder to lose weight. Not sure about the science behind this but I think it may be linked to slowing metabolism.
Recent busyness has seen me slip into bad habits.

So here is a pic taken a couple of weeks ago

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And here is one from November 2012, hopefully you can see the difference.

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So there you go that felt a little bit like confession time haha. All of this said I do feel that I should pat myself on the back that 28 weeks later (sounds like a horror movie) I am still going at it. All of these things including my perceived slowness of the weight loss could easily give me an excuse to fall of the wagon long term but you know what thats not going to happen. I have an end goal in sight and added to that I can feel physical and mental benefits of losing weight already and I am still easily 3-4 stone overweight so I can’t imagine how good it will feel to get to goal. I did start weight watchers this time knowing that it was going to be a change for life rather than something to do until I have lost my weight, so slower than desired results and the occasional wobble are only to be expected and are certainly not going to phase me.

There it is theres the update, so looking forward what am I hoping for, well this would seem like a good time to go back to the original structure of the having my fairy cake and eating it posts.

What has inspired me recently

My mum, she has a lot less weight to lose than me so its gettting harder for her as it is slowing down a bit. Also she had a really really busy and stressful time at work recently, plus we have had back to back cakes to do and she has really stuck at it and been a great support to me, so she has certainly inspired me to carry on.

What has worked well for me

Being determined. Even though I have had ups and downs recently I am still determined to get to my goal and determined to conquer my weight forever.

What have I struggled with recently

Being busy and being organised. Recently at home we have been building a porch, dealing with poorly pups, decorating cakes and also taking on extra responsibility at work so all in all I have been flat out and not been keeping my trackers/journal filled in and I can honestly say journalling is one of the most important things for keeping me on track!

What are my hopes for the weeks ahead

Well the last couple of weeks I have been trying to get back to the gym and doing yoga so I would like to keep that up. Also I would like to have a weight loss this week, I have a girls night out, a party and a weekend away all happening this weekend, so I really need to stay on track and be focussed to ensure a weight loss next week.

Tip of the week – well given everything I have said in this post I think my best most appropriate tip is to keep going, don’t give up. If the progress is slow its still progress and moving towards what you want is better than staying with what you don’t want.

Recipe of the week – Courgette and spinach open lasagne. I love courgette and lasagne so this is a winner for me!

Katiepops – well there has been a bit of a slow down with this gorgeous girls results. We had a few traumatic weeks where we thought she may have heart disease, it turns out she has a narrow airway and so finds it hard to breath, this is putting extra pressure on her heart so we are being very careful not to exercise her too much p, especially in the hot weather. Never the less she is hovering around the 10kg mark, oh how I wish she could break the 10kg barrier, so she has lost a little bit more. It’s going to be a slow road for this baby but we will get there.

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So thanks for reading and I would love to hear from you all and hope that you pop by again .

Lots of love and sparkles

Lara xxx

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The winds of change

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Can you hear them blowing….I can in fact I actually feel like I’m in the middle of a small whirlwind, and guess what, I’m loving it.

For me it feels like now is the perfect time for me to make some much needed changes, I feel like everything is in the right place to do this. Surprisingly non of this is because of the New Year, which isn’t that new any more ha-ha, it is more because I have been given a lifeline and I genuinely intend to make the most of it.

So I will fill you in on what the changes are and why I have decided to make them.

Depending upon how you view this blog you may or may not have noticed that I have updated the appearance of it. I did this because I felt like I needed something cleaner and more current and I just love the layout of the new theme. So I decided to just go for it. I hope the new theme reflects the content of the blog more. I have to say that so far I love the change and I hope that you do too.

I have also changed my eating habits dramatically, if you have been following and you read ‘Having my fairy cake and eating it 2 then you will know that I had a pretty good first week so I am also feeling good about this change.

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So that’s two big changes that I have made and they have both been really positive for me.

Changes that I have coming up are pretty big too.

After lots of consideration and if I’m honest dilly dallying I have decided to change the address and name of the blog and of the associated Facebook page. The new address will be livedreamsparkle.wordpress.com. Why have I decided to change? well the more I thought about my blog recently the more I realised that the fairy godmother angle didn’t really fit with the blog nor give people much of a clue what the blog is about. My coaching company and the e-books, e-courses and workshops will all still remain as The Fairy Godmother Academy as i feel that its is still absolutely relevant and appropriate for that side of things.

Live your own Life Dream your own dream Leave a little sparkle behind has always been the tagline of the fairy godmother academy and as I have been using this in my sign off it started to feel that Live Dream Sparkle is the perfect fit for my blog given as it focuses on all of these things as much as possible.

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So although I felt fairly confident about my decision, being me, I decided to run the idea past a few of my very trusted friends. I have to say I am blessed to have some wonderfully supportive friends. So they all seemed to like the idea. While I was speaking to one friend in particular we were chatting about what Live-Dream-Sparkle was all about, and she told me that she had interpreted as Live your dream life and sparkle and well I have to say I L.O.V.E. this, so I have totally stolen it and I that will be the blog title, because surely that is the way to ultimate contentment and joy. This is another change that I feel really positive about and I hope you like it.

So a big thanks to April, Amy, Emma, Heidi and Sal for ALWAYS beings super supportive. Yes I know this isn’t the Oscars but I just want them to know that I appreciate them.

I also propose to change some of what I write about, if you have read my post Adding Sparkle to this blog then you will know some of the sorts of things that I plan to write about, if not pop over and have a look.

Why have I decided to do this? Well I have been trying for months to make this blog relevant and interesting so that it is a place that you lovely readers want to come to, I will be honest there hasn’t been as much interest in it as I would have like to see. Then I was inspired by Amy to blog about my attempts to lose weight. Well I got more comments and people reading that post than I have for a while. That is when I realised where I have been going wrong. I have been trying too hard. I have been trying so hard to do good and be inspirational that I forgot to be me, as far as my blog is concerned anyway.

So over the next weeks and months you will get to know me warts and all, and hopefully I will get to know you all better too.

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I do still hope that this blog will prove to be an inspiration, I just want it to come in a much more honest and real way. For so long now I have been holding on to this idea that for anybody to believe in my ability to be an effective coach or writer that I needed to prove to you all how ‘sorted’ and ‘in control’ i am. How silly can one person be? A couple of things have been hinting to me about this but what really made it glaringly obvious was when I was writing about my weight watchers leader and how fab it was that she was so human. It came to me that people don’t want to be preached to, in many ways they want to know that the person giving them inspiration or advice has ‘been there’, and boy have i been there.

So I am hoping that you will continue to read and if you think they would enjoy my ramblings, please do recommend my blog to your friends. That way we can all come together to help and inspire ourselves and each other so that we can all Live our dreams and sparkle. Because lets face it there are very few things in life that wouldn’t benefit from a bit of extra sparkle.

So thanks for reading and I would love to hear from you all and hope that you pop by again .

Lots of love and sparkles

Lara xxx