Category Archives: New Year – New Me

You Are What You Eat…


Hey Bumbletons!

A little motivation for ditching the junk and eating more healthily today…


I have now done three food shops in the new year and the only “rubbish” I have come home with was a box of weight watchers mini brownie bakes (88 calories a piece). And I still have 3/5 left in the pack..!

So far today I have eaten Banana and Blueberry pancakes with a berry-oat smoothie for breakfast, a handful of mixed nuts and Salmon Salad for lunch – yummy! And a far cry from my previous days full of chocolate, crisps, bread and chips!

Ciao for now!

xx Bumble Bree xx

New Year – New Me ¦ My Goals.. What and Why?


Hey Bumbletons!

So, now that I have told you all about how I am going to adopt a healthier lifestyle, you may be wondering WHAT I am hoping to achieve and WHY?

So firstly, WHY do I want to start eating more healthily and exercising more?


Reason #1 :

I have signed up for quite a few charity events in 2013 including:

Currently I would be unable to even run the 5K Race for Life comfortable, which is slightly embarrassing, let alone hike 27 miles in 12 hours or participate in the commando challenge. I want to increase my fitness levels and not only take part in, but ENJOY, these three charity events.

Reason #2:

I work with young adults with autism – I absolutely adore these guys, they’re brilliant. However, sometimes they struggle to communicate effectively, become frustrated and as can sometimes display challenging behaviours, such as grabbing.  Some of these YA’s are larger than me and whilst I have had training in order to help de-escalate situations and to physically intervene in way that is safe for my YA’s and myself, I occasionally feel that I am not strong enough to use these physical intervention techniques as effectively as I could. One example, is that if a YA is particuarly upset and grabs, pushing me against a wall for example, I do not have enough upper body strength to counter their weigh and move them away from me. Thankfully I am part of a great team, who I trust and who I know are there to support me when I need a hand in such situations!

Reason #3:

Confidence – When I was down to 170lbs last summer I felt amazing and had a ton more energy. I felt so much more confident in myself and want to feel that way again. It wasn’t because I looked in the mirror and felt less “fat”, but because I was fitter, could keep up with the YAs at work when out for runs etc and enjoyed exercising!

Reason #4:

I am an unhealthy weight for my height. My body fat percentage is currently 28.7%. This is not healthy – I want to live longer and in order to do so I need to be a healthy weight and have enough body fat to keep my organs working and muscles functioning, but not so much that I am classed as over weight!

So.. WHAT do I hope to achieve?

#1 – Lose the weight that has crept back on over winter. I’m not one to set numbers and timelines as I mentioned in THIS post.. However, in an ideal world, I would like to get back down to the 170lbs mark sometime in the summer!

#2 – Fit back into the gorgeous board shorts I bought myself last summer!

#3 – Be fit enough to run a 5K comfortably (Race for Life)

#4– Join a couple of exercise classes, start to ENJOY being active! Make this a lifestyle rather than a fad diet!

#5 – Fuel my body with nourishing food – Stop overeating for comfort, due to stress, because I am tired, etc. Drink more water, eat more veggies!

#6 – Sign up for a Personal Trainer (have an intro session tomorrow, eek!) and LEARN TO LIFT! I am so excited about this one, I’m such a weakling hehe!

So, those are my fitness and health goals for the next few months… Anyone else making some healthier lifestyle choices this year?

Ciao for now!

xx Bumble Bree xx


New Year, New Me ¦ Starting Stats – Weigh Day #1 & #2


Hey my Beautiful Bumbletons!

So, as you will have seen in THIS post, I am trying to move away from my old over-eating, under-exercising habits and adopt a healthier lifestyle.

As a point of reference, here are my starting stats.. (I did weigh in initiall on January 1st, but forgot to measure, oops!)

Weigh Days:

Weigh Day #1: Jan 1st – 192 lbs

Weigh Day #2: Jan 16th – 187.5lbs, (-4.5lbs)

Initial measurements (in centimetres):

























= Total loss of: – 12.5cm

Changes I have made so far:                                                        Challenges for the next 2 weeks: 

           – Drink 2 litres of water a day                                                      –  Drink an extra litre of water during workout

           – Eat 5 portions of fruit/veg a day                                                 – Eat 6 portions of fruit/veg a day

           – Go to the gym 5/6 times a week                                               – Continue to work out 5/6 times a week

           – Sign up for a Personal Trainer                                                  – Join 2 exercise clubs – yoga and kickboxing?

           – Cut out fizzy drinks (soda)                                                         – Continue to stay away from fizzy drinks!

I know it might all seem a little bit drastic, however I’m an “All or Nothing” kinda gal! So far, all I have really done is add water and fruits/veggies into my diet and cut out fizzy drinks and excessive junk food/takeaways. The major change has been hitting the gym 5-6 days a week, which I hope to continue with.. I figured I may as well start as I mean to go on!

I will be posting later today about my “calorie” goals and how I worked these out, etc, too, so stay tuned 🙂

Ciao for Now!

xx Bumble Bree xx