I'll post a pic of me in my wedding dress at some stage for you all to see. I am so lucky I bought a dress with a lace up back which has accomodated me throughout my weightloss. So there's a tip for you all
My eating plan has basically been my own adapdation of the body for life principles of eating. Check the website bodyforlife . com for more details. But the basic principles are you have 6 small meals a day combining a portion of protein and carbohydrates. You also include healthy fats and two portions of vegetables a day. It's quite easy to fall into the pattern of following it, even for someone life myself who is working a rotating 24hr shift roster.
This works really well for someone like me who really struggles with the usual 'no carbs after x o'clock' type diets. To make it easier I also use meal replacement shakes at my own leisure which I actually enjoy. I tend to use the protein powders rather than the meal replacements which have too many carbs which I tend to get from my everyday lifestyle anyway. (Closet carbs junkie)
My exercise involves hitting the gym around 3 times a week for around an hr. And if that isn't possible I try to get as much incidental exercise as I can and at least take the dogs for a walk if not meet one of my friends for a run.
At the gym I mix around 40mins cardio and 20mins strength training- combination of free weights and pin and plate loaded equipment. I try to vary my cardio as much as possible to prevent plateau's and keep myself interested. The aim of my weight training is mainly to increase lean muscle mass and my metabolism, but also to tone.
It's amazing how fast your fitness increases if you stick at it. I have been hiding behind excuses and fear when it comes to my cardio fitness pretty much my whole life. Because I was a chubby kid that wasn't interested in sport as such (because it usually involved me getting picked on), I set my opinion to things like "I'm just not a runner" etc.
After not long at all including more cardio exercise in my lifestyle I found that I could run after all. I recently competed in my first 5km fun run, and it actually was fun!
Anyway, that's enough out of me. I hope to see you guys around the traps soon though. And thanks heaps for all your kind replies