Here is this week’s Striking Mums post and better late than never.

Should I take a risk? How often do you ask yourself that question.

Striking Mums is a campaign to get mums to think of themselves a little bit more. We believe that mums really can rediscover or reinvent themselves. We also believe that a little back up and peer support from other mums can only help with that.

You can link up any post or if you don’t blog leave a comment about how you are proactively changing your life for the better.

This week I am reflecting on risk-taking and if you find the following questions helpful, please feel free to answer them either on your blog, in a comment or in your own head.

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I will post my answers tomorrow and here are the questions.

1. Would you describe yourself as a risk taker?

2. What, if anything, concerns you about taking a risk?

3. What is the worst thing that could happen if you take a risk?

4. Tell us a situation where taking a risk paid off for you

5. Tell us about a situation where taking a risk resulted in harm to you or yours

6. What risk are you tempted to take right now?

7. What would help you feel better about taking that risk?

8. What risk did you not take that you now wish you had?

9. Do you admire people who take risks?

10. Can you think of someone famous or otherwise who is a inspirational risk-taker? What can you learn from them?


What are my best weight loss tips?

Here is this week’s Muffin Top post but please be aware you can link up on any day of the week with your best weight loss related blog posts.

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If you don’t blog, please leave your best weight loss comments.

Here are my top ten tips for the best weight loss. I am not a guru and you must do what works for you as the individual you are but some of these might just help.

1. Make a real commitment to your healthy eating. You want the best weight loss so you are worth it.

In the past, I think I have had a bit of a “What can I get away?” attitude. If you think about it, unless you make a lifestyle change to healthy eating most days of the week, you are already sabotating your weight loss efforts.

2. Find someone who has lost weight to inspire you.

I had a lot of weight to lose. I needed to find someone who had lost stones and stones to inspire me. I read Josie Gibson’s book and in my first few weeks every time I Had a wobble I would look at her before and after pictures. It kept me on track.

3, Accept that you may well be on a long journey and visualize the amazing destination.

It can be daunting when you are facing a long time before you have any chance of getting slim again. For me, I estimated it would take between 1 and 2 years depending on how much weight I lost on a weekly basis. When I accepted that fact that might not be thrilling but is never the less true, I really visualized the destination. I made myself excited about it. I imagined myself buying clothes to look lovely in rather than clothes to mask the wobbles.

4. Accept that you are already gorgeous inside and that the outside will soon reflect that too.

In the past, I have always thought I that I could aim towards looking decent or more reasonable. Now I am aiming for looking gorgeous and sexy. It does not matter if when I end this journey, people don’t see me that way. It matters that I am aiming for the best.

5. Reach out for support.

I did this via Facebook, Twitter and my blog. It is a sign of strength to ask for help and you will be stunned how many generous souls really do wish you the best. You don’t need to know why they want to support you – just bask in the fact that they do. Make sure you thank them and regularly too. Lots of people have helped my journey but I remember I had a real mind-shift when Katy Hill told me she knew I could do it. I have thought that every time a negative thought slips into my brain. If that Katy believes it, this Katy will do it.

6. Don’t stress the blips

If you give in to temptation and eat something less than ideal, forgive yourself immediately, If you don’t it is so easy to give up altogether and start comfort eating to deal with your negative thoughts. You had a blip. You are human. Move on positively.

7. Choose foods that you enjoy

If you don’t like some healthy foods, why would you eat them? They won’t make you feel good. If you are like me, there will be healthy foods that you love. For me these include avocados, smoked salmon and eggs. Indulge in the healthy foods you love and you will be happier.

8. Get real about the health risks you are taking

Don’t be like me and wait till you get a health warning to start getting yourself sorted. I am doing my absolute best to reverse my prediabetes but if you are not already at risk of diabetes, heart disease or whatever, why go there in the first place? Don’t assume you can keep getting away with eating unhealthy foods. It will catch up with you.

9. Get real about the size of the problem.

You need to face those scales and/or take your measurements. Only when you know the size of the problem can you devise a strategy to deal with it. Record your weight and measurements at the start of journey because you will want to celebrate how well you have done when you are slim. Take photographs to track your progress too an yes we all hate those before ones but use them as motivation to never look like that again.

10. Celebrate every baby step

Tell yourself how wonderful you are every time you make a healthy eating choice. If you lose any weight, celebrate. If you lose any inches or part of inches, throw a party. Every journey has milestones. Make sure you identify loads along the way and you can stay positive as you tick them off.

So let’s get this week’s Muffin Top Monday started. You can post about weight loss as you see fit and if my headings help do use them but don’t feel constrained by them.

1. How was my weight loss journey this week?

I have now lost over 2 and a half stone since late November 2014.

I have lost 2 and a half inches off my tummy this week. Also smaller amounts off other parts of my body.

2. How much had I hoped to lose?

I had hoped for a 2-3 pounds loss. I lost 3 pounds.

3. What have I enjoyed eating this week?

Sea bass and trout. Am leaving cobbler alone for a while as find it a bit bland.

4. Have I eaten anything unhealthy this week?

I had a service station meal yesterday on a day out. I can’t say I enjoyed it hugely. It was OK but these days I really do prefer healthier options.

5. How are you feeling about losing weight?

Positive. Sometimes I get a bit down about how long it will take for me to slim but in life terms, a year and a bit at most is not really that long at all.

5. Do you have a top tip to share with us?

I have 10 this week – see above.

With love from the Striking Mum x

As I say, you can link up any weight-loss related post and I look forward to getting to know you and celebrating our success in due course.

I will visit all posts and encourage others to visit too via the blog hop and by promotion on social networks.

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Want to lose weight?

Here is this week’s Muffin Top post but please be aware you can link up on any day of the week with your weight loss related blog posts.

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If you don’t blog, please leave a comment as to how you are doing.

Two bloggers linked up last week and do check out Michelle and Shell Louise’s posts as they are very inspirational ladies.

So let’s get this week’s Muffin Top Monday started. You can post about weight loss as you see fit and if my headings help do use them but don’t feel constrained by them.

1. How was my weight loss journey this week?

I beat my weight loss target for January by one pound.

I took my measurements and have lost 1 inch from my waist, one from my tummy and two and a half from my hips in just one week. My friend gave me a great tip that measuring in centimetres makes the loss look bigger so is very motivating.

2. How much had I hoped to lose?

I was hoping to lose 2 pounds this week whilst recognising that even a pound per week is a great loss.

3. What have I enjoyed eating this week?

Sprouts – I love them!

Porridge made with coconut milk

Lots of fish and vegetables.

4. Have I eaten anything unhealthy this week?

Premenstrual tension saw me tucking into pain au chocolat and toast and butter. So very silly when I am trying to get my blood sugar levels down as I am prediabetic. Back on track and forgiving myself for the blip today. I will come up with a good plan for my next time of the month.

5. How are you feeling about losing weight?

I am feeling good having gone from 18 stone something to 15 stone something since late November last year. I like how my tummy is very visibly smaller now. I am enjoying getting into size 18s again.

I did get cranky when my home scales said I had lost 3 pounds this week and then the accurate ones said something different.

5. Do you have a top tip to share with us?

Make a real commitment to weight loss and accept it may well be a long journey but you can do it. Just think how we are prepared to pay large amounts of money and time to visit overseas so why not invest in yourself and anticipate how lovely you will feel about yourself WHEN you are slim.

6. Have you lost any weight this week?

I have lost 2 pounds this week and I am hoping that next week my kg will be in double rather than triple figures. There is always a milestone to aim for on the longer journey ahead.

As I say, you can link up any weight-loss related post and I look forward to getting to know you and celebrating our success in due course.

I will visit all posts and encourage others to visit too via the blog hop and by promotion on social networks.