Mama OWL Blog: The Halfway Mark

The Halfway Mark

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

I have been a "6 Packer" for three weeks now, and am officially halfway through my very first Project 6 Pack course. Considering that up until now I have done zero exercise ever - aside from a bit of walking and swimming - I have been managing to make it to 3 classes a week and exercising at home on the occasions I can't make it to class - so in all fairness to myself, I think I am doing rather well.

I'm not great at keeping up, but I do my best. I can't do as much as the others can, but I do my best. I'm still not brilliant at doing the exercises properly, but I am trying to learn - and I am doing my best. It is a very steep learning curve for me, and it is exhausting and I am SO tired. But I am enjoying it so much more than I ever imagined I would. I find that I feel guilty if I haven't done something, so I will get up and go out even if it's just a twenty minute (brisk) walk down town and back. I want to exercise, because it makes me feel good after. It's so new to me that I can't quite believe it myself.

I am so glad that I joined P6P, because it makes me feel answerable to Laura & Amirah - I make my own decisions, I am responsible for my own actions, but I know that I have to stand in front of them on that scale and that makes me want to do my best. This is their time that they're giving up to help me, the least I can do is 'as I'm told'. Follow their advice, and get the best results. That's what I am paying for, so that is what I am doing.

On Saturday I popped in to the studio for my halfway mark weigh & measure, and was absolutely floored by my results. I knew that I had lost weight, but to see it confirmed was amazing, and my inch loss astounded me, too. In three weeks I have lost 6kg (a stone), and 13.5 inches (34.5cm). All of my body measurements have gone down, and some of them have more than halved. I actually wanted to cry I was so happy. I am feeling so much better about myself, I can't wait to get to the end of the six weeks and see how far I can get & I'll definitely be signing up to the next Project 6 Pack course. I'm quite looking forward to seeing my before & after pictures side by side, and plan to share them with you all here at the end (don't say you weren't warned!).

It hasn't all been about exercise, as of course "you can't out-train a bad diet" as it says in my P6P booklet. I have had to retrain my brain and get creative with mealtimes so I can still enjoy my favourite foods but in a better and healthier way, and I have to say it's been enjoyable. I still get cravings but I have managed them without giving in to them, and I have learned lots of new recipes - I shared some mealtime inspiration here, and continue to plan our meals weekly as I always have done so I am prepared. Here are some more of our recent meals with links to recipes where necessary.


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Poached eggs with spinach and ham.

Home-made beef burgers, stuffed with avocado and served with a mixed salad.

Bacon & Tenderstem Broccoli stir-fry (in coconut oil).

Bubble & squeak, made from leftover Sunday Roast veggies.

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Porridge, made with pure oats & almond milk and a drizzle of honey, served with a massive strawberry!

Indian 'fakeaway' - a chicken korma curry using this recipe with cauliflower rice.

Chunky Caveman Chilli using this recipe - omitting salt & pepper and using Kallo chicken stock instead of beef broth - and served with brown rice.

Mixed leafy salad with tomato, cucumber, & shredded carrot, with a honey-lime dressing.


I'd love some updates from those who are also making improvements to their lives in various ways, do let me know how you're getting on!

Sim's Life#BloggingToJogging

24 comments:

  1. Wow, you are doing amazing! Those meals look gorgeous too. This is the reason I love going to the gym, it can be hard work getting the motivation to go but once I'm there I feel great & I leave feeling great. I can't wait to get my FitBit to hopefully keep up the motivation. Looking forward to your next update x

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    1. Thank you! I feel fantastic, can't wait to get to the end of the course and see the pictures :) x

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  2. You are doing such a great job Julie and all of that food sounds really lovely - I shall definitely try some of them out once I have finished the two diets I am reviewing. Keep up the fantastic work x

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  3. Oh wow!!! WELL DONE!!! You have done so, so well! So inspiring :) xx

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  4. You are doing amazingly well!! Just goes to show it's not only the scales that show weight loss but also inches! All the meals look amazing and have certainly given me some inspiration for meals! Love spinach! Sim @ Simslife.co.uk - thanks for linking up to #WeightLossWednesday xx

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    1. Exactly, the inch loss is so important! Thank you

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  5. Well done! I've not heard of this program so interested to see how you get on. The recipes look nice too. #WeightLossWednesday

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    1. Thank you :) It is wonderful, the first six weeks are now over and tonight I start round two!

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  6. Wow 1 stone in 3 weeks! Well done lovely! I've never heard of this plan before. Hope you have a successful week x #weightlosswednesday

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    1. It is brilliant, I absolutely love it! Thank you

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  7. WOW ! Well done, that's absolutely amazing - can't wait to see your final weigh-in ! I'd never heard of this one either

    If you fancy linking up with the Sunday weigh-in again, this week's link is http://madhousefamilyreviews.blogspot.com/2015/01/sunday-weigh-in-babysteps-in-right-direction.html

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  8. You are amazing well done! its so inspiring to see other people doing so well and it really motivates me to keep going! :)

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    1. Thank you! It has been wonderful to have so much online support hasn't it? Really spurs you on to keep going!

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  9. Wowzers, well done you, that's amazing! x

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  10. Well done. I sometimes think the results from measurements have a more dramatic effect than seeing the scales go down x

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    1. Absolutely, I have seen a massive inch loss too - it's really keeping me motivated to see my progress!

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  11. Absolutely amazing, well done! You're doing so well you must be really proud and deservedly so!Thanks for linking up with #BloggingToJogging xx

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