Thursday, 24 February 2011

Honeymoon Clothes - Weight Loss Challenge

Bit of a different post from usual, couldn't resist sharing the exciting news... Last night we booked our honeymoon! :)

Six child-free days in Barcelona, I can't wait! After much ummming and ahhhing over hotels, we decided to go for a personal recommendation from my Mum - she stayed here 2 years ago so hopefully it is still as nice as she remembers! Hotel Soho...perhaps not the greatest name (!) but my Mum assures me it wasn't at all seedy!! It met lots of our requirements anyway. Small pool on the rooftop...

with nice terrace to (hopefully!) relax in the sun when we're not out seeing the sights...

Good location - Mum says it's a 10-15 minute walk into town, so close enough without being so close that it's too noisy to sleep.

Parc Güell (source)

 And breakfast included...

although I'm looking forward to trying out lots of cafes and restaurants too!

Anyway, for a lovely honeymoon, I will obviously (!) need lots of lovely clothes! Currently most of my clothes are awful - either too big, too small, or completely shapeless from being over worn and stretched when they didn't really fit!

I have been trying to lose weight for quite some time now. My initial aim is 10 stone, and I got close before Christmas - getting down to 10st 3.6lbs at the end of November. However I went a bit food-mad in December and my weight has failed to go down since! As of this morning I am 10st 11.4lbs, so 11.4lbs to lose to get to my main goal.

Luckily for me, my Mum has decided to provide a boost to my motivation. She is running in the London Marathon on the 17th April and the week after that she has quite a lot of free-time as my little sister is on holiday, so she has suggested we go shopping for honeymoon clothes! Bless her, she has decided to "sponsor" my weight loss.

So the shopping trip will be approximately 8 weeks from now. Mum has generously said she will sponsor me for each pound I lose, plus a bonus amount if I reach the ever elusive 10 stone! She has made a proviso that she wants me to buy "decent" clothes, so 4 or 5 long-lasting garments rather than lots of cheap complaints here!

How exciting! Very appreciative to her for the potential money, and the motivation to get my weight loss back on track...I need to lose about 1.5lbs a week to get to 10 stone by then, hopefully manageable if I don't cheat!

I'm hoping my meals won't change too much, however I put today's planned meals into the weight loss site I use, and after breakfast, lunch and dinner I only have 50 calories leftover for the I imagine snacks and lattes will be more limited unless I find time to start exercising more again!

And apart from this post, I will try to avoid going on too much about weight loss and calorie counting...good quality food is still my main interest and much more interesting to talk about! :)


  1. How exciting!!!!! Holidays are the best!!!
    And also how exciting to have some nice clothes to look forward to :)
    I am the same as you- I am still on WLR (more to maintain and check I dont gain weight again) and I do still count calories, but I am more into quality tasty food than "diet" foods etc. I take pictures of the things I think look pretty!

  2. Wow! Barcelona looks fabulous. I have never been myself but my friends tell me its beautiful. That is so lovely of you mum to give you a great incentive for you to reach your goal. i'm sure you will make it just fine.

    So glad you like the hummus. The recipe does make loads, but I do love hummus!!! x

  3. Looks like a lovely location for a honeymoon!

    That's really sweet of your Mum to sponsor your weight loss: don't put too much pressure on yourself though, and remember that you'll look fab regardless of how much weight you do or don't lose.

    I'm sure you'll be successful in your goals: your eats have all looked so yummy and healthy lately anyway!


  4. Thanks all, I'm sure Barcelona will be great. We'll just be happy to enjoy some time together, and be able to explore the city without worrying about baby getting grumpy/daughter's legs getting tired etc anyway!!

    It is lovely of my Mum :) she's not doing it to pressure me - she knows I want to lose a bit more weight so has done her best to kick-start my motivation! Aside from the money (which would be fab!), it'll be really nice for us to go for a shopping day together, have lunch and a proper catch up! :)

    Bit of a shock today how much I've been over-eating lately. I've still enjoyed all my meals, but the extra cookies, cakes, chocolate etc I've been eating lately really aren't necessary for me...well not every day anyway! We'll see how the weight loss goes, I'm hoping I'll manage to motivate myself to exercise more, which will give me extra calories to eat anyway! :)

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