Diet and exercise plan #05: 17/08/18

Every Friday I am hoping to be able to write out my exercise levels from the week before and perhaps any relevant comments about my diet. I will measure myself every four weeks and wait until my November hospital appointment to be weighed.

Outfit of the day 17/08/18 with Hermès Jaguar Quetzal scarf

Outfit of the day 17/08/18 with Hermès Jaguar Quetzal scarf

The table below shows my measurement taken four weeks after the plan was started on 20th July 2018. I am unable to weigh myself, as we don’t have any bathroom scales at the moment, so cannot work out my current BMI. I am also unsure of my dress size, but expect that it has not changed.

Measure 20/07/18 17/08/18
Height 5ft 4ins 5ft 4 ins
Weight 12.5 stones N/A
BMI 29.6 Overweight N/A
Chest 42ins (to nearest inch) 40ins
Waist 37ins 36ins
Hips 43ins 41ins
Neck 16ins 15ins
Bicep 12ins 12ins
Wrist 7ins 7ins
Thigh 25ins 23ins
Ankle 9ins 9ins
Clothing size 14-16

As you can see, I have made a little progress! I am pleased that I have apparently slimmed down even a small amount, especially as I have not been able to keep up my good start to the exercise plan. Despite that, I have really tried to keep to the diet and have only lapsed a couple of times.

Exercise last week

Saturday 11/08/18:

  • Went for a walk in the morning. Legs felt strong, but chest weak and very wheezy when I got home. Managed a few household jobs.

Sunday 12/08/18:

  • Ill all day again although did manage a few tasks.

Monday 13/08/18:

  • Woke up in excruciating pain with acid reflux, then coughing and felt very ill and weak all day.

Tuesday 14/08/18:

  • Much better day. Went out for a walk in the morning and stayed downstairs for a few hours. Stronger.

Wednesday 15/08/18:

  • Had a very bad set of coughing fits last night and woke up with acid reflux. Very weak and anxious all day. Stayed in bed.

Thursday 16/08/18:

  • Very bad coughing attack the evening before, plus tipped hot tea over myself. Weak ankle giving me pain.
  • Did manage to go downstairs for a few hours and also did a few household tasks.
  • Ate a cherry scone!

Friday 17/08/18:

  • Again coughing in the night and woke up with ankle pain.
  • Went out to the Library and also lunch in a local pub. Definitely broke my diet as I had steak pie and chips – very naughty!
  • Very tired when we got home so went to bed.

So, after four weeks I can say that the first two were pretty good and consistent, despite the hot weather. I felt well enough to walk around the block most days. I had hoped to add in the chair gym for week three onwards, but instead found that I was unable to walk very often as my illnesses kicked back in, and during week four as well. I can only hope that I feel stronger next week as I am determined to try to improve my health and fitness.

Wish me luck!

Hope you all have a great weekend.

Best wishes,


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Retired School Librarian
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