Weight Loss In Midlife | Week One | The Weigh In

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A few weeks ago I published this post sharing my joy at being back in the land of song. Within that post I also shared the fact that staying onboard our boat for five weeks had made me rather wide of hip. Stress eating, rushing around looking after a poorly relative and the fact that our cooking area on the boat is smaller that a flea’s armpit made ordering takeaways and stuffing fish and chips all too easy to excuse.

Talking about weight loss in midlife | blue and floral dress, pink floral clutch, pink biker jacket | Barefaced Chic | UK blog for women over 50
Talking about weight loss in midlife | blue and floral dress, pink floral clutch, pink biker jacket | Barefaced Chic | UK blog for women over 50

I also floated the idea of putting together a vlog/blog post chronicling my journey back to health. The response I had both comment and email wise was pretty positive. I’m all for sharing the good, the bad, and the highs and lows of my midlife years – and it seems weight loss in midlife is both a sensitive and under-shared subject.

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Weight loss In Midlife | The Journey Begins

The format of my journey back to health will be a weekly blog and vlog showing what I’ve eaten, how my daily mad life is affecting my food choices and how I’m overcoming the cravings – or not as the case may be. I’ll also be updating you on any breakthroughs I’ve made regarding my rather dodgy health.

My first week on the road to fitness went pretty well. I did fall off the waggon – to be more accurate I was pushed – when my daughter turned up on Mother’s day with a picnic hamper stuffed with goodies that she’d handmade. (She is a cake artist and has her own business). However, rather than sitting down and consuming everything, we eked out the naughtiness over the week.

We also recently celebrated our wedding anniversary, hence the rather lovely dress. Oh, and there may have been the consumption of a few glasses of fizz.

I’m still sticking with my plan to fill my wardrobe with investment pieces and bulk it out with the fashionable bits and bats that appeal, so I actually borrowed the jacket, shoes and bag from my daughter.

Other than than, the week went pretty well. I followed my own tips to give up junk food and stuck to my healthy eating plan which has always worked and allowed me to lose weight without actually going on a fad diet.

So did I lose any weight in my first week? You’ll have to watch the next video to find out. I know, I’m a terrible tease but if I’m going to do a weekly vlog then you are always going to be a week behind. Or just over for this one, I wanted to post on Wednesday to coincide with the video (which you’ll find at the bottom of this post) but life (as it sometimes does) got in the way.

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Dress | Jacket | Bag | Shoes

The Weigh In

Now I have to say, I am NOT a fan of the scales. In fact, I had to go and buy a set of scales because I haven’t weighed myself in over 6years. I think it’s all too easy to get caught up in the numbers and be disappointed if the scales don’t show the loss you’d hoped to achieve.

I have seen friends who obviously look better and who’s skin is radiant fall into depression because they haven’t lost the 2lb they were hoping to lose that week. In my mind, any kind of weighing of food, counting of calories and jumping onto scales is not really the way to live.

Yet I can’t fathom any other way to show you, in a physical way, what is happening to me on my weight loss journey.

I’m sure some of you are going to comment (because you already have) that I don’t look as if I need to lose much, if any weight at all – which is lovely of you. But I do know my own body and, without giving too much away before you watch the video, I am borderline obese.

I simply hide it very well with the clothes I wear, the underwear I choose and much sucking in 😄

I’ll be posting a new video every Wednesday so don’t forget to subscribe to my Youtube channel. I’ll also be publishing a weekly blog post with updates, but that may be in the form an addendum to a regular blog post. Unless you would like to see a full blog post every week. Let me know in the comments or tweet me.

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Watch the video below and let me know your thoughts. Is this format what you were hoping for? Would you like a full blog post every week chatting about weight loss in midlife? Are you having trouble with weight loss in midlife? I want this project to be as helpful as possible so do let me know what you think.

UPDATE: I share my weight with you in the video, but omitted to share my height which is kind of important! I am a slightly vertically challenged 5′.

Weight Loss Journey Series: Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3


  1. April 10, 2017 / 7:46 pm

    Pretty photos dear. Good luck with the weight loss scheme – my personal theory is that as we get older nothing really moves without moving – so I really make an effort to do enough running/ walking, fitness…

    xx Yvonne

    • April 11, 2017 / 8:15 am

      I think that’s half my problem at the moment. I have a few health issues which makes exercise impossible. But you’re right, as soon as I can I’m going to get my backside moving!

  2. Sharon
    April 10, 2017 / 8:38 pm

    Glad to hear you’re feeling better for your week of healthy eating.
    I need to loose weight that I’ve put on over the last couple of years especially as I’m going to be having more foot surgery in the next few weeks which will stop me from going to Zumba.
    Loved watching your video you seem really upbeat and positive

    • April 11, 2017 / 8:14 am

      Glad you enjoyed the video Sharon. I am, indeed, a glass half full kind of person. Though I’m so clumsy I do worry I might drop it 🙂
      I do hope your foot surgery goes well and that you’re back to Zumba quickly. As much as I’d love to, I can’t do Zumba. I have absolutely no sense of rhythm or timing and ended up causing all kinds of mayhem when I went to a few lessons!

  3. April 10, 2017 / 9:17 pm

    Good luck with your new regime. I’ll be one of those who do indeed say that you don’t look like you need to lose a single pound, but understand the secrets that our bathroom mirrors keep!

    Anna x

  4. April 10, 2017 / 10:47 pm

    Ohhhh good luck, I will be supporting you from the sidelines lol. I too need to just sort out my blooming eating habits. Hoping following you will give me some inspiration and motivation! Good luck with first weigh in x

    • April 11, 2017 / 8:10 am

      Thanks Kelly, it’s not been too difficult getting back on the health wagon – so far!

  5. Carol
    April 10, 2017 / 11:09 pm

    Hope it all goes well. I too have embarked on a weight loss program. May I ask how tall you are?

    • April 11, 2017 / 8:04 am

      Hi, that’s an important question Carol and one I should have addressed in my vlog. I am 5′ which makes 10 stone 3lb on the high end of overweight for my height and bone structure (I have a teeny, tiny frame).

  6. Wendy
    April 11, 2017 / 3:19 am

    How tall are you? You so don’t look anything other than slim — and I myself am slim, so it is not that I am fat and seeing you as thin by comparison or something! At any rate, I do know what you mean about how you feel — when I gain weight I hate it and take steps to sort it just like you are doing, so I get it.

    • April 11, 2017 / 8:08 am

      Hi Wendy
      It’s a point I didn’t think to cover in my vlog and it’s an important one. I am 5′ exactly. I used to be 5′ 1″ but I seem to have lost and inch (I’ll take a look for it down the back of the sofa ). We all shrink a little with age. For my height, 10 stone 3 lb is quite overweight.
      I carry the weight around my tummy area, my arms and legs and upper body seem to stay the same size so it’s hard to tell just how much extra weight I’m carrying.

      • Wendy
        April 24, 2017 / 1:24 pm

        Wow! You SO DON’T LOOK 10stone 3lbs! Anyway, thank you for being such an inspiration. I am starting my own programme today (after several false starts!) so will follow your progress with interest.

        • April 24, 2017 / 6:44 pm

          Thanks Wendy! The weight tends to be around my middle, which I hide with structured underwear, the clothes I wear and a lot of sucking in 🙂

  7. Kattis
    April 11, 2017 / 7:57 am

    Hi Michelle!
    I wanted to thank you for blogging about your journey. I also need to deal with my weight and need all the inspiration I can get. Having said that, life is a bit too full of stress/worry right now for me to be able to make a big commitment but I think that starting by being mindful of eating slower and if I really enjoy all of my (nighttime) snacking or if it is out of stress/tiredness or simply because it is there would be a good step in the right direction.
    I wish you luck with your weight loss and improving your health, you are one wise lady so I am sure that you will be successful. I will follow your journey.

    • April 11, 2017 / 8:22 am

      Hi Kattis
      You’ve hit the nail right on the head there lady! Knowing why you’re overeating is, in my experience, half the battle when it comes to ditching the rubbish and making healthier choices. My weight gain was down to stress eating, I knew what would happen if I continued but was way too stressed to make healthier choices. Life is now much calmer and I am able to commit fully to the health path.
      I hope that the worry in your life subsides and wish you luck with the future. If it helps, I wrote a post about giving up junk food which might help -> https://www.thebarefacedchic.co.uk/health-and-beauty/health/10-tips-to-give-up-junk-food-and-eat-a-healthier-diet/
      Best of luck lovely lady.

  8. April 11, 2017 / 1:13 pm

    You are soooo cute! Just adorable in your video! Ah, yes, the weight problems of women! Being 68, I know all about it! Trying to lose weight also. Well, I will give you a laugh! Being an American, I STILL have no idea how much you weigh, due to not knowing what 2 stone or 4 stone or 6 stone means, so your secret is safe with me! Just keep up the good work! I had lost 8 lbs. last year, but fell off the wagon and can’t seem to lose it again. Your video will help. thanks!

    • April 11, 2017 / 2:43 pm

      Ha!! I think, if my calculations are correct I’m about 143lb and 5′ tall – so quite overweight for my height. Good luck with getting back on the health wagon, you’ll do it!!!

  9. Linda
    April 11, 2017 / 11:23 pm

    Very inspirational Michelle and am really cheering you on as you have obviously had a tough few months so congratulations. Your blog came at just the right time for me as I have just got back on the diet wagon. I was amazingly disciplined from age 26 until two years ago when I retired at 65, completely changed my lifestyle after we moved to a fab rural location and just felt I needed a break from constant dieting! Am now regretting that decision but sometimes you just have to relax things! So am back on track and awaiting your video next week with anticipation. Love the blog, you’re a breath of fresh airx

    • April 13, 2017 / 8:38 am

      Thank you for your lovely comment Linda!
      You see, I don’t really think I’m on a ‘diet’ I’ve simply adjusted my attitude to food. I tend to eat what I know I should be eating 80% of the time and what I want to eat 20% of the time and that keeps my weight down and my sprits up. For now, until my weight is back on track, I’ve upped the good stuff and dropped the treats almost completely. You can read more about this way of eating in this post -> https://www.thebarefacedchic.co.uk/health-and-beauty/health/how-i-lost-weight-without-dieting/
      Good luck getting back on the health track, and I can’t tell you how jealous I am about your move to a rural location – its what Andrew and I are working towards.

  10. April 19, 2017 / 2:01 pm

    Good luck with your weight loss programme, Michelle. I know it’s never easy – especially if you have health issues preventing you from exercising. I really hope it goes well for you. I’m sure it will though – when we share with our blogging peers, it seems to help don’t you think?
    I was so surprised to read you’re only 5 feet tall! You look much taller in photos.
    Big hug
    Suzy xx

    • April 23, 2017 / 5:36 pm

      Thanks or the good wishes. Sharing definitely helps Suzy, and it keeps me on track. People always seem to think I’m taller than I am, even when they’ve met me! It’s only when I take my shoes off that it hits them how tiny I am 🙂

  11. April 19, 2017 / 10:23 pm

    You look amazing but you need to feel happy yourself in what you weigh I know that’s a personal thing as people tell me I don’t need to lose weight but I feel I do. Good luck with it x

    • April 23, 2017 / 5:37 pm

      Thanks Vicki. Weight is definitely a personal thing, and I really do need to get the weight off to help my health 🙂

  12. May 31, 2019 / 1:47 pm

    I really enjoy looking through on this site, it has got good

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