Saturday, May 30, 2009

I should have had a cupcake

This week has gone to shit. I haven't lost any weight this week so far, I still have two more days until my official weekly weigh in but I am not hopeful of any dramatic change in those two days. I didn't expect a big loss after last weeks massive 1.4kg but I thought I'd at least lose something so it's very disappointing.

The only thing different about this week is that of course I have not been doing my nightly 30 minutes of stepping due to my knee injury. This is upsetting for me because I was kind of hoping that I could drop one or two nights of exercise and just do four to five nights a week but it really looks like I must exercise six to seven nights a week. Not good news for me, I'd much prefer it to be food rather than exercise that makes the difference with my weight loss because I find the food deprivation alot easier than having to exercise every single damn day of the week.

Also, carrying on with the week going to shit theme, last night we had a function/fund-raiser for our Museum. Hubby and I had to be there at 5:30pm to start setting up so it was too early to eat before we left home. We had wine and food to offer to the guests, including rice snacks, nuts, dip, crackers, cheese, cabana, sandwiches, and my favourite Red Rock Deli honey soy chicken chips which I have not eaten since January. By 7pm my stomach was rumbling so I had a few chips, at 7:30pm I was getting really hungry so I had a few more but I ate no more than a handful in total.

It all wrapped up just after 8pm but then we had to pack up all our gear so we didn't get home until 8:30pm. By that stage having worked most of the day, we were too tired to organise something for dinner so we ate some of the left over sandwiches from the function. I ate six ham and cheese triangles, so one and a half sandwiches in total.

Daily carb allowance: 100gms
Carbs consumed yesterday: about 130gms

So as you can see, this week has totally gone to shit and I should have just eaten the damn cupcake.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Cupcakes and temptation

Yesterday my daughters school had an "Australia's Biggest Morning Tea" cancer fund-raiser, all the kids had to make hats and bring $2 to buy a cupcake and a milo. My daughter came home triumphant after winning a prize for her aluminium foil teapot hat that I whipped up for her in 20 minutes yesterday morning,lol.

Anyway on Wednesday night one of my friends who also has kids at the school called me and asked if I would come over to her house and help her ice 200 cupcakes for the fund-raiser. I told her it would really test my resolve but if she needed my help, so be it, I was prepared to be tested.

The amazing thing about all of this is that when I arrived at her house there were 200 un-iced cupcakes on her table and benches, and when I left three hours and one cup of coffee later there were still 200 iced cupcakes on her table and bench, I did not eat a single one.

I was telling another friend about the cupcakes this morning. I told her how before this diet I would definitely have had a cupcake. Even if it had been one of those days when I'd looked in the mirror and thought how terrible I looked and said to myself that I had to do "something", promised myself I'd "be good" and not eat the wrong things, I still probably would have had a cupcake, maybe even two or three.

I surprised myself by not eating a cupcake. I still crave certain foods like rice and pasta and yummy cakey things but it has now got to the stage where I can even smell those things yet not have an overwhelming desire to consume them. I never knew how strong my willpower could be, it feels good.

Monday, May 25, 2009


Speaking strictly in terms of weight loss, how does a person go from one of their worst weeks so far to their absolute, without a doubt, awesomely best week so far?

This is what todays weigh-in tells me I have somehow managed to do this week. This week, if the scales are to be believed, I have apparently lost the same amount of weight as I did in the previous two weeks. How the hell that happens I have no idea. I know I wasn't drinking enough water and I was a bit "blocked up" during that awful 200gm week but who would have thought it would make such a big difference?

It's just too bad I can't lose this much every single week, if that were the case I'd only be a few short weeks away from my goal weight. Anyway I guess it's just as well I have had a good week because my knee injury and resulting inability to exercise means it's highly likely that this coming week is going to go to shit!

But for now onto the good news, this weeks stats:

Height: 160cms/5ft3in
Start Date: 28th Dec 2008
Start Weight: 81.4 kgs
Current Weight: 67.8kgs
Lost this week: 1.4kgs
Total Loss: 13.6kgs
Start BMI: 31.8
Current BMI: 26.5
Goal BMI: 23.4
Goal Weight: 60 kgs
Goal Date: December 2009

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Injured and can't do stepping - OMG I'm going to gain weight!

This morning I woke up with a really sore knee, it's really, seriously painful, I don't know how I have managed to hurt myself so badly without even noticing it (scary). I can't walk properly, I have to walk really slow and I limp, I can't really put weight on it at all without pain. It aches just sitting still, I can't straighten it without pain and I can't bend it without pain and it's tender to the touch.

So we went to the hospital at about 5pm to get it looked at as I could not cope with the pain any longer (I can't take anti inflammatories like Naprosyn and Advil because of my ulcers, I can only take paracetamol which does nothing). I was examined by a very vague agency temp nurse, not one of regular nurses who lives in town, and she told me off for doing stepping as my exercise. Stepping is apparently the single worst exercise for knees, so she told me about 10 times. Whether it's to blame for my current state we still don't know but it's certainly what she was pointing the finger at.

The nurse then called the Doctor for advice. I have been put on ibrufoen (an anti inflammatory) and the dose of my anti stomach acid medication, somac, has been doubled. I'm not sure how that works but this is what they gave me, god I hope they know what they are doing and I don't end up with a bleeding ulcer! She also strapped my knee and I have been given crutches and told to stay off it. Without the benefit of ultrasound or x-ray they are not sure if tendon, muscle or cartiledge is the problem but if it's not alot better by Monday or Tuesday I have to go back to see the Doctor.

So I was pretty much told I shouldn't do stepping as my form of exercise at all but at the very least I'm not meant to do it for a week.

This is a real hiccup for my weight loss program, not happy, not happy at all :(

Thursday, May 21, 2009

When do you weigh?

There seems to be a couple of different schools of thought among those trying to lose weight about the time of day to weigh and how often.

Time of day: I've been doing my weigh in at night but I've recently discovered that alot of people prefer to weigh in the morning as soon as they have got up and peed as they believe this is the time you get the most "pure" result, meaning a result that isn't tainted by what/how much you have eaten and drank throughout the day. This makes sense to me, I mean lets face it, we all want to see the lowest numbers possible when we hit the scales so it seems logical to weigh at a time of day when your belly and bladder will be about as empty as they can get.

I've done morning weighs a couple of time now just to test the theory and on both occasions I was at least 400gms lower than the previous night, so I'm thinking of trialling a change to morning weigh ins.

How often: Another thing about weigh ins is that there seems to be some differing opinions about how often to do it. Some people think you should weigh every day, others believe no more than once a week or even once a fortnight. Those in the latter category think that if you weigh too often you become obsessive and that normal daily weight fluctuations can be too discouraging but those who support weighing every day say it makes you more conscious of the relationship between what you put in your mouth and the resulting changes in your weight.

Me? I weigh every day. I do it mainly because I've never been on a diet before and never been one for weighing myself so this is all new and novel, also I'm a control freak and I just need to know, I think I would feel too out of control and anxious if I only weighed weekly. Another sillier reason is that I use my Wii Fit board to do my weigh ins and if you don't do it every day the damn thing nags you, lol. I think that is something that definitely needs to be addressed by the programmers before they release Wii Fit V2, customers should be able to choose how often they weigh themselves and not be dictated to.

So, when do you weigh and how often?

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A small improvement

This weeks weigh in was although not brilliant and certainly not one of my better results, a bit better than last week.

I've tried to be more conscious of my water intake, I've taken my IBS supplement every day and I've upped my dose of fibre powder in my shakes. I'm still feeling very clogged up and bloated but hopefully by the end of this week I'll make a big improvement.

(seriously though if I fart anymore I think my hubby will kick me out of the house)

Anyway here are the all important numbers.

Height: 160cms/5ft3in
Start Date: 28th Dec 2008
Start Weight: 81.4 kgs
Current Weight: 69.2kgs
Lost this week: 500gms
Total Loss: 12.2kgs
Start BMI: 31.8
Current BMI: 27
Goal BMI: 23.4
Goal Weight: 60 kgs
Goal Date: December 2009

Saturday, May 16, 2009

I've been awarded!

The lovely Vicki from "Drop the weight before the weight drops You" has bestowed me with an award :)

Thanks Vicki, sorry it's taken me awhile to do this post, I have been SO busy at work these last few weeks and it was hard to choose!

As is typical for this kind of thing there are some rules, so here's what you do when you have received the "Super Blogger" award:

Tape it up on your blog somewhere.
Pass it along to 5 fellow super bloggers, and comment on their blog to let them know how lucky they are today!
When you present your Super Blogger awards, link back to the super blogger who gave it to you.

Soooo without further ado I am passing this award on to:

Carlos at "You're gonna need a bigger boat"
Carlos writes with total honesty, nothing is taboo, his dry humour has me regularly LMFAO. I really love reading his blog.

Dee at "Dee's Fitness/Weight Loss Journey"
Fellow Aussie Dee had a similar start weight to me and has a similar goal. She is way better on the exercise thing though, she really makes me want to do more about that, lol.

Leila at "That Random Leila"
My one non weight loss/health blog awarded, Leilas blog is my escapism, through her blog I live vicariously for she is doing something I always wish I'd done, living and working in another country.

Tony at "I Don't Want to Die of a Heart Attack When I'm 25"
Tony has already lost twice as much as I need to and isn't finished yet, I don't know how I could stay motivated that long but he still gets up and faces every single day with gritty determination and humour.

Ciara at "Life with Hashi"
Not too many people blog about Thyroid conditions so it was great to stumble on Ciaras blog. I've learnt alot about hypothyroidism from her.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Win some lose some

After the dizzy heights of last weeks stunning 900gm loss I came crashing back to earth (with a resounding THUD) after tonights weigh in.

It is my second worst result since I started this journey, but hey I did lose wieght at least so I am still under 70kgs, not by much but I am there. I have not yet hit the low point of having no loss at all or worse, gaining weight and I am feverently hoping that is something I won't have to deal with.

So why exactly was my result so bad this week? Well I have a theory.
But if you want to know more you need to head into TMI territory, are you sure we are well enough acquainted for that?

OK, here goes. Usually every night I take a probitoic/IBS supplement which seems to do wonders for keeping me *ahem* regular. However, this week I took the box into the bedroom to look up the ingredients on the net and then forgot to return it to it's usual place on the microwave so I've been forgetting to take it each night.

I also have had another bad week with water, I'm really struggling with adequete water intake during this cooler weather. If anyone has any tips for keeping up your water intake I would be most appreciative.

So anyway, the result of no gut supplement and not enough water? Without getting into the nitty gritty lets just say that out of everything that has gone into my mouth this week, I'd estimate only about a third of it has come out the other end.

So, yes, some people have long suspected, but now I am about to confirm it; I am full of shit.

Stats for this week:
Height: 160cms/5ft3in
Start Date: 28th Dec 2008
Start Weight: 81.4 kgs
Current Weight: 69.7kgs
Lost this week: 200gms
Total Loss: 11.7kgs
Start BMI: 31.8
Current BMI: 27.2
Goal BMI: 23.4
Goal Weight: 60 kgs
Goal Date: December 2009

Sunday, May 3, 2009

It's a nice day to be me

The whole size 12 jeans thing today came about because my gorgeous hubby was away for 2 days and whilst he was at the huge shopping mecca of Kalgoorlie (population: 30'000) I asked him to get me some jeans which are one of the many things we are unable to buy here. It was just for a lark really so I could see if they fit as my size 14 clothes aren't noticeably larger on me.

So anyway it's a nice day to be me because the size 12 jeans fit.
My hubby is home after 2 nights away ;)
aaaanndd also it's weigh in day and the results were GOOD.

Stats for this week:
Height: 160cms/5ft3in
Start Date: 28th Dec 2008
Start Weight: 81.4 kgs
Current Weight: 69.9kgs (under 70kgs woot, woot!)
Lost this week: 900gms
Total Loss: 11.5kgs
Start BMI: 31.8
Current BMI: 27.3
Goal BMI: 23.4
Goal Weight: 60 kgs
Goal Date: December 2009


Guess what I am wearing?

Size 12




I have not worn size 12 in jeans for at least 6 years.

Granted they are from Target (I can't brave a real jeans shop yet), and they are stretch denim, but they are still labelled a size 12, and I am wearing them, and they fit!

And I'm not just squeezing into them and sucking in my gut to do up the zip either. They were easy to get on and I am even sitting down quite comfortably, (we all know how uncomfortable tight jeans are when you sit down).

When I first looked at them I thought they looked really small, I can't believe I am wearing them.

Oh happy day :)