In August, I went on holiday to Marbella and honestly was a little bit terrified at the thought of spending two weeks in a bikini...I even panic at the thought of wearing clothes without sleeves! In the months running up to my holiday, I followed a calorie controlled diet and managed to lose just under two stone.
However, two months on and all of my weight loss dedication has disappeared with summer and I can see all my hard work slowly disappearing (Christmas is my food season...mince pies, Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes, cinnamon toast) Apparently I need a goal to motivate myself; in summer it was a bikini, in winter it's going to be disco pants! I desperately want to buy a pair of disco pants, but at this moment in time I feel that my thighs are not disco pant appropriate. And so, Operation Disco Pants was born. I'm going to start a weight loss series on Magic's in the Make Up instead of going to a slimming class.
I'm going to be using an app called My Fitness Pal, which was responsible for my weight loss in the summer. For me it is the most effective way I've found of losing weight. My Fitness Pal works by factoring in your weight, height, how much exercise you plan to do each week and how many pounds a week you want to lose. At the moment, it has calculated that I should be eating 1200 calories each day and exercising three times a week in order to sustain a steady loss of 2 lbs a week.
The app works as an online food diary allowing you to plan your meals in advance. It is honestly so easy to use and I have read nothing but amazing reviews online. I have attended Slimming World, Weight Watchers and Scottish Slimmers classes before and nothing has worked as well as using MFP... and it's free! If you aren't able to use MFP on your phone, you can use the web version here
I want to be realistic, I love food too much and realise that there will be days when an apple won't satisfy my cravings for a massive cake. That is exactly why I love MFP, if you really have to, you can adjust the rest of your days food to accommodate that biscuit and raisin yorkie shouting at you from the vending machine, or you can work out exactly how much exercise you need to do to burn off the excess calories.
Since summer, I've put on around 8lbs making my goal a 2.5 stone loss (sounds rather intimidating). Please, if you're running a similar weight loss series on your blog, get in touch!! Over the next couple of weeks I'm going to be putting together a few blog posts about the best internet resources to use for weight loss that have really helped me and would love to find some other blogs to feature - WE CAN DO THIS TOGETHER!