Monday, March 30, 2009

Slowly but surely

My weigh in last night was a bit of a surprise, in some respects even more surprising than last week after getting home from NZ. I didn't expect a good result this week. I really haven't been as strict as I normally am as I've found it super difficult this week to get back into my pre-holiday routine. Perhaps it's just a bit of post holiday blues although we have all been a bit unwell in our house this week and I am midway through TTOM, but I have not exercised every day, only alternate days, I haven't been drinking nearly as much water as I should be and I've missed alot of snacks.

Still, this week I have somehow managed to lose 900gms which is a sensational result, better than usual in fact, my weekly loss is usually between 300-750gms so this totally baffles me. I went to see my Doctor before the holiday and although concerned about my (hypothyroid) symptoms he basically admitted he didn't have the expertise to make any radical changes to my treatment and decided to trial an extra 25mcg of thyroxine daily. This is about the only thing I can think of that could be having a positive effect on my weight loss. I had another blood test last week and I will be going to see him for the results this week, lets just hope he thinks it is safe to keep me on this current level of medication!

Height: 160cms/5ft3in
Start Date: 28th Dec 2008
Start Weight: 81.4 kgs
Current Weight: 73.5kgs
Lost this weeks: 900gms
Total Loss: 7.9 kgs
Start BMI: 31.8
Current BMI: 28.7
Goal BMI: 23.4
Goal Weight: 60 kgs
Goal Date: December 2009

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Judgmental Bitch

My little town is running it's own Biggest Loser competition with prizes and all sorts of incentives. Having been away I had no idea this was going on until yesterday when I saw one of my friends cars parked at the gym so I went in to say "hi, I'm back" and found her in the middle of her assessment with the so called "counselor/nutrition adviser/fitness trainer" who is been paid for by one of the mine companies.

As it turns out a few of my friends are joining up and my friend encouraged me to as well so I went to the trainers office to collect the paperwork and in the natural course of the conversation I let slip that I was on a low carb diet. As Julia Roberts would say, big mistake, HUGE. (too bad I can't add "I have to go shopping and toddle off along Rodeo Drive with my billionaire boyfriends CC).

Stupid, stupid, naive, diet newbie me was under the impression that besides starving yourself, purging, and using diet pills or laxatives almost anything else a person did to get themselves fit and to a healthy weight would be accepted and encouraged, not so.

This woman turned to my friend and said "what's with the low carb fad?", and I responded "it works, I've lost 7 kilos". She then turned back to me and asked almost sarcastically, "so what aren't you aloud to eat? bread, pasta and cereals I suppose?" I said yes they are banned. She said "lots of fruit and vege though?" to which I again responded "yes" and she said "you know they have carbs too?". Derr lady, *eye roll*, I told her I was well aware of this and it was a low carb diet, not a no carb diet. She then turned away from me again, looked at my friend and said "I don't approve". WTF? She doesn't "approve"?

I think some people do think low carb is a fad and they hear about some diets where people drop huge amounts of weight really quickly so I told her that my 7 kilos has been lost over 2.5 months. I also mentioned I am stepping nearly every night too and learning to eat better, not just cutting breads/cereals/pasta out and never eating them again which isn't healthy or realistic, so it's not dangerous and it's very sustainable, she still didn't seem appeased.

I know we all have our ups and downs, our good days and our bad but, weight loss is overall meant to be a positive experience which results in you feeling better about yourself. I am motoring along quite well on my own, I'm getting results and I feel good. I really don't think I need some judgmental bitch telling me off and bringing me down so I don't think I'll be joining.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Holy shit, it's really working.

We were a little bit "relaxed" with the diet while in NZ. We still had our 2 shakes a day and we tried to have the right snacks but we did indulge, just a little. I had Jamaican banana bread at the Wellington Sunday Market, plus an apple cinnamon scroll later on, damn it was good. We also did have Maccas and Burger King once each and I had Lasagne at the National Museum (which was delicious) but it didn't get too out of hand, plus we did a LOT of walking and we enjoyed it too.

Still, despite my claims of living it up, enjoying my holiday and not obsessing about my diet too much, after those small transgressions I was a tad anxious about coming home and weighing in. Well as it turns out I perhaps should have been more relaxed as I really had nothing to worry about.

I weighed in last night and I have lost 1.3 kilos!

That makes 7 kilos so far with 14.4 to go, I'm a third of the way there. Now for the very first time since I began this diet I am actually beginning to see a difference in my appearance - and I like it!

I'm feeling really motivated.
Yay for me :)

Height: 160cms/5ft3in
Start Date: 28th Dec 2008
Start Weight: 81.4 kgs
Current Weight: 74.4kgs
Lost these weeks: 1.3kgs
Total Loss: 7 kgs
Start BMI: 31.8
Current BMI: 29.1
Goal BMI: 23.4
Goal Weight: 60 kgs
Goal Date: December 2009

Saturday, March 21, 2009

I'm back

Well we're back.

We had a great time in NZ, saw lots of bubbling mud pools, geysers, coloured hot pools, exotic animals and we went on two, yes TWO helicopter rides. One was a planned ride in Rotorua the other a spur of the moment decision in Kaikoura because our Whale Watching Boat Trip was cancelled due to rough seas. We did see Sperm Whales from the helicopter but the 3G circular turns to maintain sight of the whales resulted in me vomiting in the chopper - not fun.

All in all though it was a pretty good trip aside from the flight home from Auckland to Perth. We'd already had two delayed flights, our domestic from Christchurch and then our Perth flight from Auckland so we were 3 hours behind schedule and my nerves were already frayed. But then we copped the screaming demon child from hell on the seat in front of me and as if that wasn't bad enough the person behind me repeatedly jabbed the in seat touch screen and caused me to announce to a flight attendant that I was ready to take hostages. She swiftly passed me a glass of wine which I skulled and then she moved us to the only free seats on the plane, the crew seats in the last aisle. Unfortunately by that stage 6.5 hours of the 7.5 hour flight (which felt like a 12 hour flight) had passed and I only had one hour of peace before landing.

It was THE single worst flight of my life.

Friday, March 6, 2009


Ta ta for now.

Tomorrow we leave to spend almost 2 weeks in New Zealand. It's actually only 10 days there but by the time we factor in flying time, waiting time at the airport and the 900km trip each way to get to Perth Airport, we will be away from home for 2 weeks.

Hubby and I are both taking enough shakes to keep up with the diet while we are gone, and we certainly won't be bingeing on choccies, lollies and other nasties while we are away but I think we will be a little more relaxed with our evening meals.

Since I won't be here Sunday night I have weighed in early this week and I'm pleased with the numbers. It will be very interesting to see what the scales read in 2 weeks time when I get back. But anyway I'm going to try and enjoy my holiday and not worry too much about that, rather allow me to bask in the glory of this weeks result.

Height: 160cms/5ft3in
Start Date: 28th Dec 2008
Start Weight: 81.4 kgs
Current Weight: 75.7kgs
Lost this week: 700gms
Total Loss: 5.7 kgs
Start BMI: 31.8
Current BMI: 29.6
Goal BMI: 23.4
Goal Weight: 60 kgs
Goal Date: December 2009

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


I've been pondering how to reward myself for my weight loss because I think I'm doing a good job and I deserve a reward. I started small thinking a choccy bar a week but then I read on a low carb forum that rewarding yourself with food is not a good idea as it gets you back into bad habits, and that makes alot of sense to me.

So now I am thinking a bit beyond the once a week thing. I'm thinking maybe rewards for every 2 or 5kg, problem is I'm not sure what I can reward myself with for those smaller losses, perhaps a season of one of my favourite shows on DVD?

For my goal weight reward I had made the suggestion to my Hubby of a tattoo. I've wanted a tattoo for about 12 years now but never been able to settle on a design, now however I think I know what I want. I love cats, cats of all types, big, small, domestic, and wild. I have one cat at home, she is the sweetest, gentlest most wonderful creatures but sadly she is 14 years old and recently I have recently come to the realisation that she isn't going to be around forever. So I decided if I was to get a tattoo it would be a black cat for her.

But, the more I have mulled it over it the more I am beginning to think that a tattoo isn't enough of a reward for such a massive achievement, for such a huge life changing process. I'm thinking maybe the tattoo can be my halfway-there reward. For reaching my goal weight I think I deserve something better than a tattoo.

Here are some of my ideas.

A Louis Vuitton bag.
I really like this one "Manhattan"
but it is major $$$

A Pandora bracelet.
Unfortunately it would need to be gold
as I have a nickel allergy and can't wear
silver. Again, big $$$, but I like that I can
add to it for other milestones in my life.

Laser vision correction.
Big, big $$$, HUGE, but a lifetime
of freedom from glasses.

Convincing Hubby will be the tricky bit, I don't fancy my chances really lol, but I'll keep you posted.

Monday, March 2, 2009

She shoots, she scores, it's a goal!


I am overweight!

Yes, I am happy to be overweight! Why is that? Because it means I am no longer obese, I have reached my very first goal of this journey which was to get a BMI below the obese range.

Of course I am only a mere 500gms below obese, it's such a small figure and could easily come back (particularly since we a leaving for a New Zealand holiday next weekend) but at the moment I really don't care, I am just happy to have actually got to this stage, almost a quarter of the way there.

I am proving to myself I CAN do this, I am going to try my best to be good on our holiday but I may have a setback (we are attending a Maori Hangi feast after all) and that is OK because I am getting there, slowly but surely I WILL make it.

Thyroid be damned, it can be done!


Height: 160cms/5ft3in
Start Date: 28th Dec 2008
Start Weight: 81.4 kgs
Current Weight: 76.4kgs
Lost this week: 500gms
Total Loss: 5 kgs
Start BMI: 31.8
Current BMI: 29.8
Goal BMI: 23.4
Goal Weight: 60 kgs
Goal Date: December 2009