Wednesday, November 19, 2014

4.2k Rainforest Walk, steep but beautiful!

I've definitely been getting in some major walks this week - Monday I walked 1.5 hrs to the mall and back, yesterday was a 40 minute walk, but then today we got in two - a 20 minute walk with the dog this morning then after lunch a 1.5 hr challenging walk to the falls in the Minnamurra Rainforest!

This place is awesome, and that walk definitely has some steep inclines.  The last time I was there was in 2006, after having lost some weight on Jenny Craig. I was probably about 200 pounds or so then but not as fit. There are benches here and there throughout the walk, more during the steepest parts, and in 2006 I had to sit for 5 minutes rest several times. But not today baby, it was definitely challenging but I made it all the way with no breaks! Yes, I sat on the bench once for a photo, but I definitely didn't need to rest. Hubby did once though! I can definitely feel it now in my whole body, mostly the backs of my legs - but it was so worth it, what a beautiful walk.

These massive rocks are estimated to be 200 million years old.

Look at the massive roots on this tree, they're like walls!

Above, hubby and I at the Falls. Below, a short video clip.

From the '' website:

Minnamurra Rainforest

This pocket of subtropical and warm temperate rainforest show what the once-extensive rainforests of the Illawarra region were like with giant roots creeping across the forest floor, thick strangler figs wrapping around trees and raucous bird calls in the canopy above.
     You're likely to see exclusive lyrebirds, eastern water dragons, swamp wallabies and a host of bird species which make Minnamurra their home.
     From the information centre, a 1.6-km elevated boardwalk winds towards the escarpment and across Minnamurra Rivulet, taking you right into the 400-hectare rainforest. The first 500m of this walk provides for assisted wheelchair access.
     If you feel like a more substantial hike, take the two-hour return Falls Walk. While a little more challenging, the walk offers the reward of spectacular views over the rainforest canopy and the gorge carved by Minnamurra Rivulet. The walk concludes with a viewing platform and a rest area at the base of the Upper Falls.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Another drop! Is the stall finally over?

Lord I hope so. This morning I saw 80.8 kg (178.13 lb) on the scale which is a loss of 1.3 kg (2.87 lb) from last week and brings my total to 49.5 kg (109.13 lb)! OMG the 50 kg milestone is so close ... then I'll be looking forward to getting out of the obese category next. That will be about the time I complete Milestone 10 of 12 in the Happy Scale app ... so there is nothing stopping me from getting to goal, despite the slow progress these last three months.

Every month or so I try on these clothes in the back of the closet. When my mom passed in 2006 her husband asked if there was anything I wanted from her wardrobe before he donated it to her favorite charity. I chose some comfy casual PJs that don't really look like PJs ... I remember her lounging around the house in them so they seemed very familiar. There was an oversized comfy Green Bay Packer sweatshirt (she was a huge fan) and three pair of jean shorts.

Other than the sweatshirt there was nothing that actually fit me at the time. But I loved those shorts. One pair was slightly larger than the other two but all are marked size 14. I think two are Liz Claiborne. Anyway in recent months I've been trying on that larger pair. Last time I could get them on but not comfortably and so I haven't tried again for a few weeks. Well today I have them on, snug but comfortable. Size 14. Me. Oh, and with them? A shirt I bought years ago in a size that was too small as incentive to lose weight and fit in it. Last time I tried it on it was also still too tight. Not today baby! It goes great with my new shorts! I'm feeling fabulous today.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I'm in the 170s! So close ...

Just a quick update today, it's been a busy week but I was delighted to be on the downward swing again which brought me to a new low this morning of 81.5 kg (179.68 lb) for a total loss of 48.8 kg (107.59 lb).  Did you see that? I'm 179.68 pounds! I'm in the 170s, albeit just barely.  Once I get below 174 I'll no longer be obese, so I'm very excited to say the least.

This Friday I'm off work, and for the next two weeks as well. We'll be at a lovely hotel for a couple of nights during that time, but as I've got my eye firmly on the prize right now, you can bet I'll be extra careful about eating to plan despite being away. The rest of the time I've got no plans. But not having to go to work will mean I can devote extra time to walks and workouts, and I'm truly hoping to push firmly into the 170s with enough of a buffer zone that I don't have to see the 180s ever again.  Wish me luck!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Others have opinions on my goal weight!

My weight had gone up after last weekend rather suddenly, but I am back down most of that ... now I know that was monthly water weight. There's been no further drop just yet; hopefully in another couple days. I have got in lots of workouts, including two big walks about an hour and 20 minutes each, plus some WATP with jogging as my warmup before strength training. I plan to stay strict Phase 1 for as long as it takes to get well into the 70s ... at 79 kilos (about 174 pounds) I'll officially be overweight rather than obese, which would be lovely. That'll be my next big Milestone.

I've had interesting reactions from others when I talk about my goal weight. I'm just barely 5'4" tall and set my initial goal for 68 kg (150 lbs) ... still overweight but it seemed so far off at the time that I thought it a reasonable goal, and I'll be so much healthier there than I was at 130 kg (287 lbs). The charts would probably want me closer to 58 kg (128 lbs) or even less, but really it's going to be about where I not only feel best but can comfortably maintain. You would be surprised how often people seem surprised that I'm not happy where I am. They often tell me I don't need to lose any more. The interesting part is those who are trim, fit and healthy weights themselves tend to think my goal is reasonable, while those who are overweight themselves (not necessarily a lot) tend to think I have lost enough now. I can't decide if it's because:
  • they are so used to seeing me much larger that I seem a normal weight now, or
  • most people are overweight so that seems normal now, or
  • on a subconscious level they don't want me to weigh less than they do.
It may be a bit of each. I wonder if they think my saying I need to lose weight implies that they do, too. I didn't think much about it at first but there have been a lot of similar reactions lately when I say I have at least 15 kg (33 lbs) to go. They think I'm fine where I am.

Those of you at goal, did you experience this as you were in the latter part of your weight loss? Just curious.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Time to get serious

I’m here, just been very busy in the lead-up to our annual Halloween party, which was Saturday. We had a great time! I’m a bit stiff and sore from building a coffin prop over the last few days – that was a workout in itself and I am definitely not a carpenter!

I got a lot of compliments on both my new hairdo and my figure, which was really lovely; a good ego boost. There was one guest who hasn’t seen me in a year so it was a major change for him! My indulgences were limited to some nuts, devilled eggs and a bit of meat and cheese from the hors d'oeuvres platter.

My weight has been bouncing up and down a couple of kilos since my last drop just as I predicted. I haven’t been overly concerned about the slow progress because I have dropped over 100 pounds and it may take my body a while to adjust to that. Plateaus happen, they’re part of any weight loss journey and I don’t want to obsess or stress about it.  These changes to my way of eating are for life, I’m not ‘on a diet’ that I’m planning to go off of when I reach goal. There are some foods I’ll add back in slowly once I hit maintenance of course, but that’s a ways off yet.

So no, I’m not stressing over it – having said that, I am going back to strict Phase 1 for a while to see if that gets things moving again.  I’ll be having an Atkins shake with almond milk for breakfast during the week (I skip breakfast on the weekends) and will have Phase 1 meals for lunch and dinner. Now I’m not under-eating as these are decent portion sizes, but they’ll be mostly made up of foods from the unlimited list of Phase 1 with some other veggies that are allowed in limited amounts, but cutting out Phase 2 foods like tomatoes and carrots.  I am allowed small amounts of the lowest fat cheese on Phase 1, but I’m going to try to cut that out for a while as well and see how I go.

I’ve been exercising pretty regularly and I will continue to mix strength training and Callanetics with my walking / jogging mix.  Wish me luck!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

106.5 pounds gone in under 14 months

I'm still losing very slowly, getting 'monthly drops' rather than weekly like I used to, but I'm doing my best not to let that frustrate me. I've been mixing things up - lot of walking, sometimes jogging, strength training with FitnessBlender and recently added Callanetics into the mix. That, and of course making sure my eating is always on track. I still tend to do a bit of intermittent fasting on the weekends. I'm hoping that winter had something to do with the slow progress and things might pick up speed now that warmer weather is here, but if it doesn't I can assure you I will not use this as an excuse to throw in the towel. Those days are over. I've come way too far to let frustration send me back up the scale again. Nope, I'm going to let my body do its thing and go at its own pace.

Having said that I did get a nice drop as expected this week, weighing in at 82.0 kg (180.78 lb) which is a drop of .7 kg (1.54 lb) from last week and brings my total to 48.3 kg (106.48 lb). Now I'll probably start the roller coaster ride again, as my weight goes up and down a kilo or two from week to week until I get another drop in a few weeks time. That seems to be the way of it these days.  The frustration now is that I need to drop less than 400 grams (.88 lb) to get to 179.9 pounds - getting into the 170s will be wonderful. At 175 pounds I'll officially be just overweight rather than obese so I'm really looking forward to that day. I'll get there.

I really enjoyed adding Callanetics this week - I haven't really done it since the 90s and I really enjoyed it. I remember in the 90s taking progress photos from one week to the next and you could really see a difference in just a few weeks.  So even if the weight doesn't drop dramatically, hopefully things will tighten and lift in any case.  I definitely felt it the next day, too, it's a workout that really delivers, though it's very slow, relaxing and almost meditative while you do it. I like that, as I rarely find the time to actually meditate, much as I enjoy it, and this is an evolution in body, mind and spirit after all.  Anyway, have a lovely weekend everyone and I'll check back in again soon.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The reaction has been great!

Well I am happy to report everyone has been very kind and supportive of my new look. There were a few who said nothing, a few who asked if it was real, but mostly everyone just said it looks amazing.  Only one tried to run her hands through my hair but I stopped her in her tracks lest it come off. Now that would have been embarrassing!

I am still adjusting and trying to get used to it.  Some days I can attach the topper easily and comfortably,  and other days the clips seem to be pulling uncomfortably despite several attempts to readjust it. I guess I'll get better with time. I am looking forward to getting the styling head so I can try other looks.

Weight-wise despite expecting a gain this week I had a tiny drop, so I expect a bigger drop in a couple of days. Fingers crossed.