Counting Calories - my weightloss so far

7 May 2012

With the summer months approaching, I think the words 'bikini body' are on most women's minds. I always enjoying reading blog posts about peoples' weightloss efforts so I thought I'd share mine so far and my plan for the next few months. 


I'll tell you a secret, I have a bit of an obsession with calorie counting. I'm not interested in any fad diets, I know calorie counting works for me. It was April 2009 when I first started watching my calorie intake and I lost 1 1/2 stones before starting university in the September. 

Me at my lightest, just before I went to uni.

Then I did what lots of students seem to do - piled the weight on. Drinking, takeaways, study snacks and a sedentary lifestyle saw me put 3 stone on. Yep - 3 stone! I don't mind telling you I was the top end of a size 16, whereas I had been a 10-12. My wardrobe was full of tiny clothes that I didn't fit into and I felt hideous. 

Me at my heaviest

But I knew what I had to do so I started counting the calories again, 18 months later I've lost more than 2 1/2 stone and I'm *nearly* back to my pre-uni weight. I'm a comfortable size 12 and sometimes a 10. I could've done it a lot faster than that but to be honest I wasn't trying that hard, I've never felt like I was on a diet - just keeping a mindful eye over my calorie intake and making sure that the general trend was down and not up!

Me now - although this dress is pretty flattering

Now, with bralets and knicker shorts being a huge trend this summer (!) I know I need to get down to business if I want to look and feel my best - and forever after that. I want to be size 8 and at the bottom of the healthy bmi for my height which involves me losing just under 2 stone. I'm a healthy weight now so I'm doing this for me and my confidence, not for health reasons although I know that being lighter will really help my running goals too. 

Calorie counting just makes sense to me. There are different websites that will do it for you or you can do it yourself. If you find out how many calories you need to consume to maintain the weight you are at right now then you can work out how many you need to lose 1 or 2lbs per week depending on how fast you want to lose it. For me, to lose 2lbs a week now I only need 1150 calories which isn't very many but any exercise I do earns me more calories - it's a great incentive. If you want that treat, you need to earn it first. For example, when I do the 5k parkrun on a Saturday morning I earn roughly 750 calories from walking there, running it and walking back, that's almost a Big Mac and Medium Fries (although I can think of healthier treats)! It's all common sense but having a food diary and counting every last calorie really stops you from being in denial about what you're eating. 


Do you like reading this kind of blog post? Do you think I should post with updates on how I'm doing? It's a difficult topic for me to share but if I can inspire one person to lose the weight and feel happier about themselves it'd be worth it. 


  1. You have a great figure! I'm calorie counting and exercising like mad in hope of having a nice body for my holiday which is two months away! aahhh! xo

  2. Thanks for sharing. Despite the fact that I'm not trying to lose any wight I always love reading posts like this! I guess I just find it interesting to see what works for different people. I am however trying to tone up for the summer just so that, like you said, I can feel the best about myself. Currently cracking on with the 30 Day Shred dvd and really liking it! x

    1. Thanks for the comment :) Aah you're braver than me - I had a few attempts at the 30DS but kept giving up at level 3! And since we moved house I can't do any indoor exercise as it makes the house wobble - bad times!