Losing Weight the Frugal Way Part 5

I have lost my first stone!

Ok, so I stood on the scales about 3 different times on various parts of the bathroom floor as the floor is uneven and I was trying to get an accurate reading, and maybe I stopped checking the levelness of the floor after I got a scale reading that confirmed I had lost my first stone…but if the only person I’m fooling is myself surely that is ok?


The trouble is, I am keeping a bit quiet about it. Yes, I am posting about it on a public blog under my own name, and I have demanded that The Boy makes me another certificate marking my achievement, but I haven’t told any friends or work colleagues yet.

This is because since summer 2016 I have gone up and down and round and round the scales between about an 18 pound difference.

From 16 Stone to 14 Stone 10 Lbs.

That may be the first time I have publicly declared my weight, so please don’t judge me.

I started this weight loss adventure at 15 Stone 12.75 Lbs.

On Saturday, my official weigh in day, my weight was 14 Stone 11.25 Lbs.

I have lost over a stone in about 5 weeks.

More impressive than that (to me) is that I am training to learn how to run again, and the training plan I am following asks me to train/run 4 times a week.

Since starting that training plan I have not missed a single session.

I have to fit it around my life, and sometimes it has been tough, sometimes I do my ‘run’ on the treadmill at the gym rather than the streets, but I have done every single one.

But I am still keeping quiet about my weight loss, apart from with The Boy and all you guys reading, because it won’t be until I have lost that magic 19th lb (and weigh 14 Stone 9 Lbs) that I will feel the ‘curse’ is broken.

I am so glad I have lost this stone, because I cheated and booked a hair cut for Thursday, and didn’t want to cancel if I hadn’t lost the weight. My hair cut is my reward for losing a stone. But it is sort of being frugal because I am going to a beauty training college, and I haven’t had my hair cut in over 2 years so I think it is a necessity more than anything else. My split ends have split ends (sorry for being gross).

Now, onto the running.

I wanted to run the half marathon that takes place in my home town each October, but I couldn’t afford the entry fee.

The Boy rang me on Thursday after I had been to the gym (go me!).

‘Hi Flo, do you still want to run the half marathon?’

‘Yes, but I can’t afford it’

‘Well, this is your lucky day’

The Boy then proceeded to tell me that he had gone to sign up for a free place through his employer at an open event. He works for one of the Universities in our town. It was there he found out they had many free spaces going, and they were available for:





Members of the public.

All I have to do is raise a set amount of sponsorship, which is the rather achievable £200.

The Boy and I are obviously being very mature about it and have decided to have a competition between us to see who raises the most money.

The bonus point is we could choose between 2 of their charities, and whilst both were worthy, we opted for the Mental Health charity because of my experiences.

So that is another frugal bonus, and a rather good ‘womble’ because I also got a free T Shirt and water bottle.

I am now Walk/Running 5K, and today was my Personal Best of the year at 41 Minutes 40 Seconds.

In more frugal news I bought a sports watch on Amazon using my vouchers which cost me just £5.99 after discounts.

The thing is, what I think is working for me, the reason why it is all going well, is because I am just doing it.

By which I mean, normally I overthink things to death, or I have an all or nothing approach and believe if I am not running 5k all the way on day one then I am a massive failure and waste of space. Normally I push myself to unrealistic targets and pick up an injury and then stupidly carry on until I really hurt myself and have to take 3 weeks off by which point the sofa has become rather comfy and pizza is very tasty.

I am being so sensible, and I am not doing anything with any fanfare or fuss. It’s not a case of before where I was like ‘I HAVE BEEN TO THE GYM, LOOK AT ME, I AM GREAT, I SHALL HAVE A BEER AS A REWARD’.

Instead I am just going to the gym, because….crucially…I want to.

I can see myself in the mirror, and although I still have a large belly and haven’t seemed to have dropped a dress size, there is definition to my stomach. They aren’t abs, they are my ‘fl-abs’. And I am very proud of them.

I am still drinking alcohol (in moderation), I am still eating treat meals (in moderation), but I am being healthy most of the time.

In regards to my running training, I have already repeated one week because I didn’t feel ready to progress, and I am going to do the same with this week’s training. Before I would have felt like I was being weak, now I know it is the reason why I am getting stronger.

I wish I knew what the secret was, because then I could market the hell out of it and pay off my debt very quickly, but I think it can be summed up with a famous sports brand’s slogan.


Losing Weight the Frugal Way Week 4

2 weeks for the price of one in this blog post.

Over the last two weeks I lost 3 lbs on the 3rd of Feb, and a further 1 lb on the 10th of Feb. I knew my weight loss would naturally slow down as my body adjusted to the increase in exercise and decrease in high calorie foods but it was still slightly sad to have only lost a pound, but that is better than a gain.

I am doing really well at the gym, I am genuinely enjoying it, but it comes at a price. Long time readers will have noticed a decline in blog posts from me, and I haven’t been on my favourite forums for weeks, I have had to strip my life of the excess, not just in terms of food but in terms of keeping on top of things.

I work, I go to the gym, I try to do my 4 times a week Couch to 5k training, I do housework, I watch wrestling at times, I have regular baths (baths are such a treat for me as I usually only have time for a quick shower) but this leaves little room for browsing the internet, which I guess is fine? I mean if anything had to be cut it would be that, but I would like a little more free time to read and to write.

The panic is, and I am getting a little off topic from weight loss now, that I pretty much need to get a weekend job. Not in that it would be a good idea, or that it would help me clear my debt quicker, but I am only earning 15p above minimum wage, my income is less than £1000 a month, and I have increased my expenses by £50 a month with my gym and personal training.

Things are tight financially.

I need to buy new trainers, my current ones are 2 years old (nearly), but I don’t have the money. I need to pay back my sister £70, ideally by her birthday in April. I don’t have that either.

And Queen are touring the UK again.

But I am already struggling with my health and weight and ability to keep on top of everything and that is without a part time job on top of a full time job!!!!!

The other worry is I currently have the time, admittedly at the expense of chilling on forums, to dedicate to exercise and batch cooking and cooking from scratch.

If I get a part time job I am scared I will put the weight back on.

I survived (for the most part) doing a No Spend Year in 2017. I can clearly commit to a year long challenge, I could in theory do it again.

But a No Spend Year is a removal of something. Getting an extra job is an addition. I don’t think my life can take any more additions.

But time is running out. My goal is to be debt free and fat free by my 30th birthday.

Yes, it is more than a year away, but I have £4000 (nearly) of debt, and I am at least 3.5 stone overweight still, minimum.

I have a long way to go and things are difficult.


Losing Weight The Frugal Way Week 2

So it has been another week of trying to stick to 1550 calories and going to the gym.

I know a truly frugal way to lose weight would involve no gym membership, no personal trainer, instead it would involve Youtube videos, running on the streets, so let’s just say I am doing it my way.

I have arranged one personal training session a month. I cannot afford more. My gym is a budget no frills gym, it is £19.99 a month. That’s relatively cheap isn’t it? My personal training sessions are £30 for an hour, technically I haven’t had my first session yet, but I have paid for it.

So £49.99 is what I am spending on my losing weight goal each month. But then we will have to include the inevitable replacement or addition of sports equipment, but if last year taught me anything it was that I know how to grab a bargain.

I currently have £20 in Marks and Spencers vouchers through one of my many market research side hustles. And I do lust after the active wear in their stores. So I should be able to cope with any essential purchases that need to be made in the future.

Anyway, on to the stats.

I am still a bit too shy and reluctant to state what my starting weight and measurements were. This is not so much embarrassment on my behalf, but more if there is someone reading this who is in a similar boat, but may weigh more, then I don’t want to potentially have made them feel bad.

What I will say is I started at 12.75 pounds and a certain amount of stone. Last week I had lost 4.5 pounds and was 8.25 pounds and a certain amount of stone.

This week I had lost another 4.125 pounds (my scales do 8th’s of pound measurements so you may find some funny numbers on here).

What I am concerned about is I have a tendency to be really gung ho and dedicated to a new fitness and health regime, but then life gets in the way and I lose the time or energy to look after myself, and then I put the weight back on.

Which is why I have decided this will be a weekly update, to keep me accountable.

The first week of my new calorie plan meant I was hungry a lot, even after eating. This is because I am used to eating big portions, and I also have a fear of hunger. I am trying to train myself to get used to the sensation of being hungry and to know that I am not going to starve and I am fortunate to have the money to buy food easily and readily, and that I will be fine.

I will be honest, I say it is a calorie plan, rather then a diet. As TV chef Tom Kerridge says in his TV series ‘How to Lose Weight Well’ ‘The first three letters of diet are die’. Maybe this isn’t the best way to live but I have had previous success losing weight using the app MyFitnessPal just based on the premise that if I consume less calories then I need then I will lose weight. So whilst I am only doing one cheat meal a week, I am fitting in what I want to eat as long as my calorie allowance allow it.

I am following the basic premise of slimming world, but without wasting my money on it. By which I mean that I have one official weigh in each week (Saturday) which is the day I take my weight measurements from, and I have enlisted The Boy to make me certificates when I reach milestones.

For anyone who has done Slimming World, you will know that you get certificates when you reach things like ‘Half Stone Award’ etc, so now that I have lost nearly 9 pounds then The Boy made me this to put on the fridge.


I have also decided that when I lose my first stone I will get my hair cut, whether I can afford it or not (I can’t). This is because through being frugal, doing a no spend year, being in debt and having limited funds it has now been over two years since I had my haircut and whilst I have been saying it’s because I am growing my hair, I guess its fair to say that about 30% of the length is split ends (yuk).

So there you have it, week 2 has been a success, I am not anticipating another 4 lbs+ weight loss next week, but I will try my best.