Sunday, September 14, 2014

Almost 105 pounds gone in less than 13 months

So yeah my Greek night out was delicious and while I avoided the obvious carbs I'm sure there was hidden sugar in sauces and too much fat and sodium in everything, but it was a rare night out with some fabulous ladies and I had a great time. Not only no gain the next day, but a drop today. Can't beat that!

So I was 82.8 kg (182.54 lb) this morning, which is down .9 kg (1.98 lb) from last week and 47.5 kg (104.7 lb) overall in less than 13 months. Gotta run, busy day today but I had to check in quick as I was thrilled with today's result. It's a beautiful day, feels like spring is finally here. :)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Dining out Greek style

I know absolutely nothing about Greek food, but I'm dining out with a group of friends this weekend at a Greek restaurant.  Now restaurant fare is rarely low-fat or low-sodium, so I generally just worry about staying as low-carb as possible as I so seldom dine out. It's served yum cha style, so basically they bring out small plates of the various menu items and you pick what you want to try, all you can eat for one price. I can eat just from one or two choices, or try a bit of everything.

Here are the choices for the evening:

  • Mixed Greek Dips
  • Vienna Bread
  • Greek Salad (traditional)
  • Pan Fried Haloumi (Sheep and goats cheese)
  • Flash Fried Calamari (baby calamari lightly dusted and flash fried)
  • Tiropites (Fetta and Ricotta filo parcels)
  • Grilled Chicken (marinated in salt, pepper and oregano)
  • Saganaki Prawns (in a tomato and fetta cheese salsa)
  • Spit Roast Lamb (sixteen hour slow roasted lamb shoulder)
  • Baked Vegetables

What do you think? Some of those sound like they could be fairly low-carb and most are available in gluten free if you ask. Gluten free doesn't necessarily mean low carb, but it couldn't hurt to ask anyway. The bread and dips are out, not sure what's in a Greek salad. I don't eat calamari and obviously filo parcels are out. I'm thinking the last four menu items sound like my best options.

If anyone is familiar with Greek food and can identify the best low-carb options, I'd love to know if I got it right. Obviously the baked vegetables will depend on what kind of vegetables they are. Low-carb or not, I'm thinking fried cheese might be a bit too high fat to include but it does sound good.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

I really felt like a run tonight ... did I still have it in me?

I've been focusing on strength training workouts but as the weather gets a bit nicer (and there's a break in the rain) I've tried to get in a good walk or two as well.  Those Fitness Bender 'weight training for fat loss' moves are definitely challenging me, I can feel it everywhere, but I'm loving it. I haven't actually run more than a few minutes now and then since winter started. But tonight when I got home from work I really wanted to run.

Firstly, just feeling that totally amazes me. I am not someone who has really enjoyed exercise, but these days I find not only do I enjoy it but even look forward to it.  Wow, who'd a thunk it? Since I'm doing strength training tomorrow I thought tonight was perfect to give running a go, but I didn't want to just jump in too hard after this long break. I knew it might get dark before half an hour was up, and could even rain, so I decided to go in a circle around the neighbourhood so I wouldn't be too far from home at any point. I used to walk the same circle when I was a lot heavier and each lap took me at least 15 minutes. Whichever way I go, there is an incline on the return, so since I wanted to try running I thought I'd go down the steepest way rather than up.

I left the house and started a gentle jog down the first incline, then walked when I got to the bottom. Just when it started to go up again I started running until it started getting very steep again. Then I walked and repeated the cycle. Overall I was jogging about half the time, first downhill then uphill. I finished three laps in 27 minutes. The first uphill stretch felt so easy, I thought - I can do this! The second one was a bit tougher, but I still felt strong. By the third one I was thinking, just hang in there - only four more driveways to pass. But I did it. It really felt good!

Weight-wise, I'm just past the usual monthly weight gain, and have returned to my lowest weight again, but I'm very much hoping for a drop this weekend and a new low weight. I'll let you know how I go. It feels like I have monthly weight drops now rather than weekly, as I always go back up again with my cycle, but if I'm moving downward overall, however slowly, that's a good thing. :)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

My new strength training workout from Fitness Blender

I've been checking out a few different workouts to figure out what I'm going to do now that I've graduated from the 30 Day Shred -- and I've found it! In fact I just finished it and I really liked it - so much I had to tell you about it before I even hopped in the shower! LOL

It's from Fitness Blender - have you checked them out? This husband and wife team have tons of free workout videos which you can access on their website or via their YouTube channel. Searching from the website is cool because you can filter by difficulty, training type, body focus, equipment needed, etc. I was searching specifically for strength training routines for fat loss and found two or three I want to try.  This is the one I did tonight - it doesn't have a warm-up or cool down stretches so I just did my own, but the workout itself was really good and I enjoyed it.

It worked the whole body and I did pretty well (though I guess Jillian prepared me for this - I probably wouldn't have done so well at pushups before the Shred), but what I really liked was it didn't have any cheesy music or witty banter like so many exercise videos. You get tired of that crap after you've done it a few times! I was really able to focus on the exercises and really get into them.

I've already got a couple more flagged to try out, which is good because it is still raining here. I got really lucky yesterday and got in a brisk 40 minute walk before it started raining again, but I knew I wouldn't be so lucky tonight. Anyway I thought I'd check in quickly - now off to shower and get dinner ready. :)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

30 Days are up ... why am I not Shredded?

Well I've completed Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred - yesterday was the last day, and today I took photos and measurements to see if it had made a difference. During the past 30 days my husband seemed to think there was a difference, saying as he could "feel my ribs" more and all. And I felt like it was making a difference, especially as I moved up each level. I improved quickly, and was able to do the advanced move for several exercises. While I'm enjoying taking a break today, I've already looked into some new workouts to try in the coming weeks so I don't lose my progress.  So did it really make a difference?  First I took photos wearing the same clothes I wore 30 days ago, and frankly I was disappointed. (Left is 30 days ago, right is today.) I don't see any difference! Seriously, none at all!

I felt really disappointed after seeing those. Was it all for nothing? Hmm. Well, I also took measurements before starting, so let's compare those next.

28/07/2014    27/08/2014    LOST
R Arm13.75”13.25”0.5
R Thigh    25”24.375”0.625

Wow. Look, measuring yourself isn't easy, and it's hard to tell if you're in the exact same place each time, but the fact that they are all smaller than last time leads me to believe I have made a difference after all.  Overall I'm only about 3 pounds less than the start, and I sure wish I could see a difference in the photos - but I'm happy with the measurements. :)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Down 102.96 lb in One Year

I started Dr Poon on Monday, 19th August, 2013 so I'm counting today, Monday, 18th August, 2014, as the one year mark. Might as well, I've done my weigh-in today, last week being a write-off due to monthly weight gain and having been sick since Thursday. I'm still sick, recovering from a sinus and upper respiratory infection, but slowly improving. So where am I at one year on?

Well today I weighed in at 83.6 kg (184.31 lb) which is down 0.6 kg (1.32 lb) from last week, and that brings my total for the year to 46.7 kg (102.96 lb) gone. Can't be unhappy with that!

Also, it was a long time crossing this marker, but I have finally surpassed Milestone 9 of 12 in the Happy Scale app, which now predicts I'll cross the finish line in January 2015. Let's hope so, that finish line fluctuates with each weigh-in, so it will depend on whether I continue to drop steadily or slow down closer to goal ... that happens to many people, so time will tell. My goal was  68 kg or 150 lbs, so that means I have only 15.6 kg or 34.3 lbs to go.

And where am I at with the 30 Day Shred? Well getting sick couldn't have come at a worse time, and yesterday was the worst day yet in that regard. I was supposed to be starting Level 3, and hadn't missed a day yet despite being sick. Hubby felt I should really give it a miss yesterday and I agreed, but the thought of missing a day drove me nuts. I put the video on just to watch Level 3 and see what I was going to be in for. By the time it was over I was getting changed, moving the coffee table, and restarting the video. I did it, I started Level 3. Like every other time I worked out when sick, I felt better during, and for at least an hour or so after showering, so I am glad I did it. It was my first time at this level so I followed the beginner modifications for everything, just to take it easy, but I did it. Only nine more to go and I will be done with the 30 Day Shred! :)

Friday, August 15, 2014

So I have both a sinus and upper respiratory infection!

Yup. Officially diagnosed and started antibiotics this morning. I haven't had a sinus infection in a long time, though I used to get them frequently connected with my allergies. I had attributed it to getting healthier and using my Avamys nasal spray regularly during peak allergy season. But whenever I am exposed to someone who has a cold or flu, I generally get a sinus infection. This time it's also a chest infection. Why do sick people insist on going to work? Stay home!

Anyway, I got my prescription, came back home, ate a small breakfast and took my meds. Then I crawled into bed for several hours, got up and decided to do my workout again today. Truthfully, while I was exercising, and even for a good hour or so after that, I felt better. Like I sweat it out or something, but of course it came back again and now my eyes are fighting to stay awake and my throat is so sore I'm ready to crawl back into bed now. Let's hope things are a bit better tomorrow.