Yeah, so I'm back onto a healthkick, and this time, it's permanent. On my life list I've said I wanted to drop two dress sizes (taking me down from an 18/20 to a 14/16). I'm currently around a 16/18 (why is it no two stores seem to have the same sizing rationale?), and am really focusing on getting and keeping healthy...(with treats as well, of course - this is the path I want to stay on for good. And you *know* I'm not giving up wine, cheese and chocolate forever!).

The plan is simple - I already eat tonnes of fruit and veggies and drink loads of water, so that's no problem. My main three areas to target are:

* Portion sizes - what can I say? I grew up in a house where my mum served giant portions! I'm retraining my body and mind on this one.

* Sleep! Yep, I need to sleep more. Oh, such a trial....

* Exercise. I do like working out, but having grown up in a family where it wasn't ever a huge part of the lifestyle, it's a learning curve. I'm enjoying it, though, and for the past few weeks have managed 3-6 workouts a week (of between 20 minutes and an hour each), even on the schedule of crazy.

So there you have it. I was pleased to drop the stone and a half last year (of which only 7 pounds returned over the winter hibernation!), and am keen to get even healthier. I've decided to be ambitious too, and aim for a 'healthy' BMI. Because of bone density, I have an abnormal BMI (for my size it should be about two points lower, according to my doc, but apparently I'm fat *and* big-boned!), so by aiming for 24.1, my realtime BMI should be around the middle of the 'healthy' band.

Here goes nothing...


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  1. It sounds like you are headed in the right direction! I bet you will find it a lot easier to fit in exercise once we start having warmer weather. Good luck!

  2. Best of luck on this. Learning to do things differently -- especially eating and inertia-breaking -- are tough things!

    We're rooting for you!

  3. Good luck and don't forget to have fun while your at it :-)

  4. I really like that you are being realistic with your goals.

    When I am well again I think I shall do it too as I think it will help me not get ill again.

    I hope it goes well for you.

  5. I know what you mean about sizes. I never wear the same one, depending on what store I shop at!

  6. My last health kick lasted 1.5 years but I fell off the wagon about a year ago. Must get back on it.

    Sleep is so important. Especially 'cuz while you sleep, you can't eat junk food!

  7. Good for you, taking care of yourself! My husband is working on weight loss at the moment. He finds it helps to eat vegetarian, because if he makes a hard and fast rule against meat he won't be tempted by greasy chicken wings and burgers. Personally I think he's missing out on lean chicken breasts, but everyone has to do what works for them.

  8. Well...good luck. It is slow lifestyle changes that seem to work best for me. Drastic changes are tough to stick with.

  9. I wish you lots of luck! I'm on a healthkick too, and it's not easy. I reckon if I don't give up in the next week or so, I'm in with a chance of losing a bit of weight before summer starts. I hope you do even better :-)

  10. Dude, I'm living the sleep one, went to bed at 8.30 last night - I AM the rock'n'roll lifestyle ;-)
    Actually it was to kick my cold, which seems to be working, so am heading bedward straight after Spanish tonight! Woo! Good luck with it all lovely,
    Mlle Wilson x x

  11. Good luck with the new heathly lifestyle. I need to shape up a bit, and get back into the gymn. I've been saying that for months.

  12. You can do it! You have the right plan, Chica!

    PS - I love how you won't give up wine and chocolate! ;)


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