What are my best weight loss tips?

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Best Weight Loss Tips

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.

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.


I am feeling a cheerful mum today.

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1. We have got a quote to mend our poorly car and it is not too daunting price wise.

2. When the car proved itself poorly, I refused to get in it. Him Indoors said it was safe to drive but I stood my ground and said I would not go in it or let the children in it until it was fixed. Heard myself sounding very assertive and liked that sound. I don’t have to do anything I am uncomfortable with.

3. When Him Indoors has complained about my housework I have just converted that into humour on social networks. Makes me feel much better. Did I ever claim to be a domestic goddess?

4. My son is going on a trip to a university next week to build up his German skills. I had a telephone call from his teacher who spoke in a lovely way about how wonderful my son is both in terms of getting to grips with a new language and behaviour.

5. I did a calculation today and worked out I have lost over 12 per cent of my weight in just over 2 months. That must surely make a bit of a difference on the prediabetes front.

6. I measured myself today and have lost 1 inch from my waist, 1 inch from my tummy and 2 and half inches off my hips in just one week. I have never felt so motivated and positive about losing weight.

7. I am enjoying being part of the Thinking Slimmer focus group and getting to know other women losing weight. I am also enjoying people linking up to Muffin Top Monday as we all offer support as we shed those pounds and stones.

8. I am enjoying my daughter’s approach to home education. She likes it when we do things together but also gets on proactively with things in her own time too. She is very creative and interested in storytelling, art and film-making.

9. After an anxiety attack, I am starting to seek support about my youngest son and how best to support him educationally at home. I am learning to allow for the fact that yes he can learn from video games. Today we discussed coding, characterisation and plot using video games as a hook. I need to meet him where he is at instead of making it all so pressured for him and myself.

10. I had a lot of support from home educators as I questioned my abilities this week. They are good at giving emotional and practical support.

11. We are talking about possibilities for holidays and suddenly it seems possible we can manage some foreign travel as a family.

12. I am getting more organised with my time.

13. I seem to have more energy

14. I seem able to relax better

15. I proactively reached out to an online friend regarding meeting up.

16. Him Indoora and my teenage son got a prize in the pub quiz.

17. I have had a few exciting emails with invitations and also giving me the opportunity to help others.

18. I think I am OK – this has taken a while.

Have you ever had a psychic experience?

I have always felt there is more to life than we understand. I was always fascinated by Tarot card readings but my Mum stopped me investigating further.

Of course, that went out of the window as I got older and I always enjoyed a reading particularly in party situations. I think that a little bit like horoscopes you can choose what to take from the guidance given.

I actually went to see a Psychic not long after my mother died. I did everything I could to avoid giving clues away. I was so very impressed. She picked up that baking was a big thing in my mother’s life. She said I had a ancestor who was very frustrated that I was not pursuing writing and believing in myself more. Apparently this person was prevented from pursuing her writing ambitions which I guess happened a lot for women in history. The psychic also got my personality right saying how I veer between wanting to hide away and wanting to be a social butterfly. She also described my relationship with my husband and its challenges very well. Overall, I came away feeling very comforted.

I spoke to my Dad about the encounter. I was not sure how he would react. He smiled and said his Mother always used to visit psychics and seemed to get a lot out of it. As so often when we take time to talk to older people, we find there is little new really.

What is new is that in the modern age there are psychic websites where you can access a reading in a quieter and perhaps more private way.

I would not hesitate to pursue a psychic phone call or a party reading when the mood struck me.

Disclosure – This is a post in collaboration with TheCircle

I have started a weekly linky where I blog about learning at home and encourage others to do the same. This is open to any parent blogger those who have pre-schoolers, those who have children in school and those who home-educate.

learning at home

I am currently home-educating my 9 year old son and 10 year old daughter. My 14 year old son attends a local secondary school. As he starts working out what he wants to focus on in the future, I hope to support him more with his learning at home at weekends and in the evenings.

I have come up with some questions to help me structure my posts but you should feel free to link up any post related to learning at home and in its widest sense too (cookery, arts and crafts, gardening, literacy, numeracy, ICT< history, science, design, life lessons, languages, music, religions and more) 1. How we are feeling?

My daughter is feeling enthusiastic about learning at home. My son is reluctant this week and this is getting me down a bit. I am not sure I have the key to making him keen. There are so many distractions in the home particularly video games.

2. What have I enjoyed most this week?

I have certainly enjoyed listening to my daughter. She has some strong views and is not afraid of expressing them. I think this is a very good thing. I enjoyed snuggling up with my son and talking about the human body particularly about growing bones.

3. What has my daughter enjoyed most this week?

She tells me she enjoyed Aesop’s fables most this week.

4. What has my son enjoyed most his week?

Video games! Lord save me from video games!! He did enjoy sharing his knowledge about the human body and laughed loudly when I mispronounced “micro-organisms”.

5. What is my daughter’s proudest achievement this week?

She says opening a box and trying out a Gravity Defying Puzzle.

6. What is my son’s proudest achievement?

Knowing a lot already about the human body particularly the ear.

7. What are our challenges?

I am now feeling fine about home-educating my daughter as she is keen to get involved and to try ideas. My son is more strong-willed and more challenging as he knows exactly what he wants to do but I want to broaden his horizons and ensure he is equipped for a positive future. I feel very isolated with this task and not at all sure I will find the key to ensuring he enjoys learning. He is so very bright. Perhaps that is part of the issue but I am not a trained teacher and I just don’t know what to do. Pushing him causes arguments but I don’t think leaving him entirely to his own devices is right either.

8. What resources have we found particularly helpful this week?

Maths Antics

Potato Council – we have sent for a potato-growing kit

A Baker Ross arts and crafts bundle

9. Top outing of the week

A trip to the local town and a Jenga game. We were supposed to go to see another home educating family but that fell through due to a poorly car.

10. What are some of our plans for the next week?

I still feel I need to plan more to reduce my anxiety levels.

I am hoping to find a good way to talk about the Holocaust with the children.

More Aesop’s fables.

Moving through videos on percentages at a good rate.

Incorporate more music and poetry into our days.

My daughter wants to learn more about sewing.

My son wants to learn more about Iceland.

I do hope you share your learning at home because I think a real truth is that we can all be inspired by and learn from each other

I certainly have a lot to learn.