Carry That Weight…

So our little house is fun right now. My husband and I have set ourselves a challenge, Sadly not the same challenge. My hubby is really skinny, doesn’t eat a lot and works in a physical job, as a result he’s pretty underweight. He needs to put on a few pounds pronto, and I am a bit overweight (no prizes for guessing who eats all the chocolate in our house!) so I could really do with dropping a few pounds. 
I wouldn’t describe myself as being body positive but I certainly don’t hate my body, I’m not in love with the way I look, at times it bothers me but most of the time I’m happy with my appearance so I’ve never really wanted to diet, but now I feel like it’s a good idea for a few reasons…
Yes, I could do with losing a few pounds, but also I was advised by a GP a while ago that shedding a few pounds could make it easier to get pregnant and as it’s taking so long I think it’s time to give it a go, also I could definitely do with making an effort to be more healthy in general, As for the boy, I genuinely worry that he will waste away if he doesn’t start to bulk up a bit soon. 
It’s just as hard for him to put on weight as it is for me to lose weight because neither of us have much willpower, so that’s where the challenge comes in, to see who can gain/lose the most before our holiday.
So far it’s pretty much a tie, he’s put on 5 pounds and I’ve lost 4 (I said pretty much, he’s only winning by 1 tiny pound!) 
We’re not talking about earth shattering transformations but rather a few little tweaks to help us feel healthier and by far the most important thing in this challenge is to ensure we are both improving our health and wellbeing. 
 I do a fair bit of exercise already but if anyone has any tips about exercise or mainly good foods to eat to help gain or lose weight healthily then please let me know, I’ll be glad of all the help we can get….

18 thoughts on “Carry That Weight…

  1. As a Pilates instructor here in Australia, I frequently help clients lose weight. Here’s my biggest tips: walk 20-30 mins 3 times a week. Ideally, every day. You will feel great, your entire system will thank you, & you’ll double your energy. Stick to it for at least 6 weeks- mark it in your diary- your metabolism holds on to fat for about that length of time before it starts to burn it properly- it’s genetically programmed into us as a survival technique. Trust me on this! And try to use a slightly smaller plate to eat your food from (although I’m not a big fan of too-strict calorie counting). Daily exercise is the key. Good luck! And hubby could try some yummy protein smoothies to sip on (loads of great recipes on the net). Enjoy the challenge together ❤

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    1. This is very helpful thanks, I walk for an hour a day to get to work which I think has contributed to the weight loss so far. I try and do yoga regularly but I’m not sure how I’d cope with Pilates! Thanks again xx

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    1. Raw veggies take more calories for the digestive system to, well, digest. All the vegans I’ve met were very thin, but I don’t know how well a simple vegan diet works because they were also dedicated to lowering their ecological footprint so ended up in an unspoken, unofficial competition to eat the fewest varieties of food. One of them cut his diet down to oatmeal and carrots, so I guess he was the winner? Their desire for moral status within their commune got in the way of a balanced diet. I’ve been vegetarian for long stretches of my life, but I couldn’t go raw vegan because the way I like most vegetables is cooked in tomato sauce and poured over pasta.


  2. Ironically, you could both achieve your desired goals by weight lifting. Your husband could put on muscle, and if you build a little more muscle and get your heart rate up, you’ll burn more calories even when you aren’t in the gym. I get most of my advice from t-nation.com

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  3. I would highly recommend getting a fitness app. myfitnesspal is a great free one, it lets you plug in your info and weight goals (either gaining or losing), then it lets you know how many calories a day you should be eating to either gain or lose. Really for both gaining and losing the diet needs to be the same it’s the quantity that changes. Cut out sodas, sweets, juices, etc, stick to water and drink lots of it. Lean meats, no red meat, no white flours or sugars.

    I would love to help you out with any other questions you or your husband have (I can definitely relate to trying to gain weight as I used to struggle with that), hit me up on here, or at my facebook. http://www.facebook.com/groups/bonestobulk. Would love to connect. And best of luck on your journey. You both can do this!

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