Favourite snacks: Mini toffee malt loaves 95 calories, felt like eating a cake but lower in calories and satisfies after one instead of wanting to eat the whole box!!
Favourite meal: Cod in butter sauce (100) with homemade chips (130) and marrow fat peas (70) 300 calories altogether
Types of exercise used most: Be Strong HIIT. Walking, running (before getting injured). Recently started weight training to tone up.
How you stayed on track: Didn’t give anything up- at all! I knew I had to change my relationship with food and my goal was to be able to still eat food I liked but be sensible about it and not binge and over eat like I used to. I could of got where I wanted to be faster by completely cutting certain things out but that wasn’t the goal for me this was a complete lifestyle change and I needed to make sure I could be in control on the food I ate.
Your advice to others starting out: There is only you that can do this, and you need to keep a goal in mind. Stay focused and always think back to the reason your doing this.
Name: Debbie Schofield
Weight lost: 10st 2.25lb
Favourite snacks: Don’t really snack it was a habit I found hard to break so don’t want to get back into it, but before a run I will have a broghie with peanut butter 50 calories or freedom organic banana bread 90 calories (30g)
Favourite meal: Tuna steak 100g with balsamic dressing 190 calories with carrot and swede mash 90 calories
Types of exercise used most: HIIT sessions and running
How you stayed on track: Surrounded myself with like minded people! When you see people achieving amazing things it’s hard not be inspired. I also try very hard not to miss any Be Strong sessions and still attend 2 a week. Getting involved in the monthly challenges also helps to keep me focused and on track as I’m quite competitive and love pushing to achieve a goal every day.
Your advice to others starting out: JUMP!!!! Everything is scary when it’s not your norm! Ask questions, take advice, challenge yourself, find an exercise you love and above all relax and enjoy the ride xxx
Name: Louise Wylie
Weight lost: 3 st 0.25 lb
Favourite snacks: Tesco crayfish tails approx 100 cals per pack – Aldi benefit bars 72cals
Favourite meal: Tesco giant mushrooms stuffed with cream cheese and garlic (180 cals for 2) with a fresh mixed salad with either prawns or diced chicken (350-400 cals)
Types of exercise used most: Walking dog every day, Be Strong HIIT session once a week, run before Be Strong once a week.
How you stayed on track: Total focus, having a goal and writing it down, attending class every week (only missed due to holidays/work commitments), increasing exercise, changing habits. Set myself challenges eg walking the 3 peaks, signing up for a 10k run etc.
Your advice to others starting out: Track your calories, come to class – especially if you think you have had a bad week…the talks are so motivating and get you back on track. Focus on exercise and small lifestyle changes and the weight loss will follow, write down your goals, join in with the social activities eg walks etc, believe in yourself…I have done things this year I never thought possible and I feel stronger mentally as well as physically. This is only the beginning.
Name: Marise Armstrong
Weight lost: 4 stone
Favourite snacks: Blue Ribbon 99 calories. Malt loaf 100 calories. Gin 105 calories. Coors light 200 per pint.
Favourite meal: Be Strong pizza 400 calories.
Types of exercise used most: Running and HIIT
How you stayed on track: Focused on the exercise rather than weight. The more exercise I did the weight came off.
Your advice to others starting out: You need to do it on your own and for yourself. There is no easy way and the only way is to push yourself. That way you can take the credit for your achievements!
Name: Bex Hannon
Weight lost: 3 stone
Favourite snacks: Aldi Pea snap baked crisp (around 100 calories)
Favourite meal: Morrisons salmon and cod melt in the middle fish cake (270 calories) with a lovely salad 400 in total
Types of exercise used most: Be Strong HIIT and swimming
How you stayed on track: Attending all Be Strong sessions and being motivated by others, plus keeping an eye on the end goal
Your advice to others starting out: Just go for it! there is only you who can do it! X
Name: April Grimshaw
Weight lost: 4 stone.
Favourite snacks: Fruit and malt loaf. Don’t eat a lot of snacks but if I do it’s usually a treat like a chocolate bar on a night shift.
Favourite meal: Peri peri chicken wrap (about 350). Aldi paella ready meal (about 400 cals).
Types of exercise used most: Hiking, Running, HIIT. I like to mix it up.
How you stayed on track: I stopped thinking of it as a diet and instead that I was changing my whole lifestyle. Bin the scales at home, don’t get hung up on weight. If you haven’t lost but your clothes are getting looser then its going right. Set small achievable goals instead of one big one – that way it doesn’t seem like such a daunting task and you get lots of celebrations along the way as you achieve those goals. Don’t get hung up on a gain – if you’ve got a party to go to, enjoy it have fun and then get straight back on track after it. You’ve got to enjoy it along the way or your more likely to give up x
Name: Nicola McCumskay
Weight lost: 4 stone 4.5 lb
Favourite snacks: Aldi yoghurt rice cakes 85 calories
Favourite meal: Be strong PIZZA with ham and mushrooms 391 calories
Types of exercise used most: HIIT sessions at Be Strong, Fitness Pilates, walking
How you stayed on track: Once I had got my head in the right place, I found that attending groups each week, seeing my progress and that of others helped me to stay on track. This time last year I was on a lot of strong painkillers, using a walking stick to help me after spinal surgery/hip replacement surgeries, and I want to keep moving and enjoying life. Also once I could actually see my body changing this helped. I also have my awful before pics that I do look back on from my holiday last June, and remind myself that I am not going back to being that person.
Your advice to others starting out: Try not to think that you are on a diet. Think of it more of a lifestyle change, both with your food and exercise. Come to group regularly, I have attended 2-3 per week – some just for the exercise, and find that it helps me to keep focused.
Name: Colette Mullally
Weight lost: 3 stone 2 lb
Favourite snacks: Strawberries with light and free Greek yogurt- 130 cal or a chocolate orange kitkat 104 cal. With a coffee of course! (20cal with a splash of skimmed milk!). I also love sweet chilli thins 29cals with laughing cow light- 25 cal per triangle.
Favourite meal: Medium baked potato with tuna mayo and salad 400cal ( 1tsp light mayo only!)
Types of exercise used most: Walking the dog daily, swimming and Be Strong HIIT.
How you stayed on track: I try to stick to plan all week but always allow myself a treat at the weekend. Often a meal out or cheat meal in with a glass (or 2) of wine. Also motivation and encouragement from family and friends and attending the Be Strong group every week.
Your advice to others starting out: Start believing in yourself and you will be unstoppable. You only live once.
Name: Lorraine Almond
Weight lost: 2 stone 6lbs
Favourite snacks: Banana 110 calories – Laughing Cow light 25 cals with cherry tomatoes 20 cals on Melba toast 77cals – 100g strawberries 31 cals and 25g low fat squirty real cream 55 cals **Although I usually save my calories for my meals and alcohol
Favourite meal: Fresh tuna 138 cals, lots of lettuce 20 cals, 100g Tomatoes 20 cals, Couple of rings of yellow peppers 10 cals, 2 tbsp Black Olives 25 cals, 1 tbsp Capers 2 cals, medium boiled egg 60 cals, 2 tbsp low calorie dressing 35 cals Total 310 calories
Types of exercise used most: Running and HIIT but I got a back injury so couldn’t do either for months. I replaced them with a 4 mile brisk walk 4 times a week and kept moving until I was able to run and exercise again!
How you stayed on track: Got a whole new circle of friends who challenge me (Be Strongers) Kept moving. Consider what food goes in my mouth before eating it. A chip barm from the chippy once a week keeps it real but I try to keep it within my calories and go easy on other meals that day. Tell myself I’m not going back to what I was. I owe it to myself. It’s my health and my life and I want to live it this way.
Your advice to others starting out: Small changes at first. Keep moving. Don’t eat more just because you did a walk or a run. Mix it up so that you enjoy your food. Never miss a Be Strong session. Listen to the advice. Get involved where you can with the challenges. Keep looking for inspiration on the Facebook page.
Name: Denise Cunliffe
Weight lost: 2 stone 4lb
Favourite snacks: Cooked chicken pieces – 40 calories each
Favourite meal: Salmon with lots of salad (400 calories)
Types of exercise used most: Be Strong exercises and I’m more active in general. I go out on a regular basis with my girls to local parks ….including going down the big slide at Witton and I didn’t get my bum stuck!
How you stayed on track: Focused thinking about health benefits and setting good example to my children feeling better and healthier and of course all the support from Be strong.
Your advice to others starting out: Keep coming to the group and once you feel the difference you will be motivated and proud of yourself like I am .. Be Strong!
Name: Paul Hammerton
Weight lost: 4st 7lb
Favourite snacks: Fruit salad
Favourite meal: Curry (you’ve got to have some treats!) – chicken wraps with mixed pepper and I love a good roast!
Types of exercise used most: Be Strong HIIT sessions, football coaching & running
How you stayed on track: Determination and Be Strong wristbands, always wanting to add another band to the collection but mainly the praise and push from my partner and children
Your advice to others starting out: Attend Be Strong regularly , believe in yourself, you can do this, remember you don’t have to give everything up, just adjust what you currently do.
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