My First Week of Diet and Exercise

Last Monday I started trying to be healthier – drinking more water, running again and eating better. The week saw me start the #SlimFastChallenge which I’m continuing this week and I really was so motivated to finally shift some of the weight I have been trying to lose for such a long time and also get into a good, long term exercise routine.

My First Week of Diet and Exercise

So how has the week been? Well, in all honesty I haven’t followed Slim Fast completely – we were away last night and so I had dinner and breakfast at the hotel but apart from that I have followed the plan to the letter by having a Slim Fast shake for breakfast, a meal replacement bar for lunch, a 600 calorie dinner in the evening and then three Slim Fast snacks during the day. I have only drunk water, sugar free squash or sugar free fizzy drinks and in all honesty I have felt hungry a lot of the time, spacing out the snacks to get me through the day and drinking water often to fill me up but I have found that it has got so much easier as the days have gone by and I think now, aside from the blip at the hotel, my body is used to it. I’m looking forward to seeing what this week brings.

My First Week of Diet and Exercise

I have been for two runs this week, the first on Monday nearly killed me. I only managed to run for 20 minutes rather than my usual 30 but it was the same format as my usual runs – run as much as I can, walk a bit, run a bit and continue. I have decided this time round to give up on Couch to 5k and just get out the house and run rather than trying to tick any boxes as I felt the Couch to 5k app although motivational left me feeling apprehensive of the coming weeks and how hard they would be.

For my second run I downloaded RunKeeper on my phone and loved it immediately. It keeps track of where I am running, my pace and distance as well as calories burnt. It also lets me play my iPhone music through it and even gives me updates every five minutes so I know how long I’ve been running for – plus I know that if I get 15 minutes from home I can start working my way back around. So that run was really good and has given me motivation to continue. I ran 3.7k, it wasn’t as hard as Monday and I enjoyed it – yay for getting back into running!

My First Week of Diet and Exercise

So this week I have been hungry but exercising and although I haven’t weighed myself today – I like to weigh myself first thing in the morning – I last weighed myself on Saturday morning and I’d lost 4lb. I know that in reality I probably haven’t lost 4lb still because of my epic dinner and breakfast in the hotel but I’ll give a better, overall update next week when I also give my #SlimFastChallenge review!



  1. July 13, 2015 / 5:56 pm

    4lbs! What a fab start hun! This year will be the year I lose a stone! Maybe. I am going to crack on in the summer! xxx

  2. July 13, 2015 / 8:23 pm

    Wow Donna a 4lb loss is fantastic. Looking forward to seeing how you get on with Slimfast x

  3. July 13, 2015 / 8:54 pm

    Amazing start! Well done, you! I was meant to be doing the same but I’m actually sat writing this with a huge glass of Monday-evening wine and my trainers are still in mint condition. Tomorrow! 😉

    • July 13, 2015 / 9:03 pm

      There is always tomorrow – wait until you see what I actually ate last night. OMG. Totally worth it though x

  4. July 13, 2015 / 11:23 pm

    What a great start Donna! I’d love to take up running but don’t have anyone to watch the kids so my treadmill will have to do for now haha! x

  5. July 14, 2015 / 2:20 pm

    Good for you! I know meal replacement diets aren’t for everyone but I’ve used them successfully in the past, they can definitely be good to give you a kick start for a few weeks. At the moment I’m all about the cake but hoping to get back to a healthy weight a bit quicker after this baby than I did with Toby.

  6. July 14, 2015 / 8:41 pm

    Well done! Totally agree re Couch to 5k, I contemplated doing the 10k one for my race but I much prefer just tracking whatever run I end up doing as you did with Runkeeper. Yay you! You already looked fab at BritMums so you’ll be smoking hot! Haha xx

  7. July 14, 2015 / 10:36 pm

    Good start. I need to get back on mine. I’m hoping this camping trip will help kick start it (if we don’t drink too much wine in the evenings!). When I’m away with N I eat less compared to going away with the OH when I seem to always match his 3 courses.

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