Showing posts with label Goal Weight. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Goal Weight. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The Doctor's appointment went well

Yesterday I finally made an appointment with my regular doctor, and she actually had an opening today -- so I saw her this morning, and it went better than I'd expected! We talked about my weight loss and how I'd gotten down to 72 kilos at the end of July, just 4 kilos from goal -- and then a trip overseas brought about 6 kilos back again and I've struggled since then. I told her all the things I've been trying to get it moving again, including a return to Phase 1, intermittent fasting, LCHF, and other techniques. I said I'd been doing my own online research and in a list of 12 thyroid symptoms I had 8 of them, though some of those are also common to PCOS, so it could just be that.

I don't know what I was expecting -- I guess in the past doctors have always made me feel like I wasn't doing something right, I wasn't trying hard enough. She didn't do that -- I actually felt very positive leaving her office today. She could see how far I've come and obviously I don't need diet and exercise advice. She said the problem could very well be due to hormonal changes, even if I don't go through menopause until 55 like my mother did. What really made me feel better is she said if that is the problem, there are things we can do about it. But first, she does want to check my thyroid. Yay!

Then of course because I only come in when I have a concern rather than for regular check-ups, she checked my file again and said the mammogram can wait, but I was overdue for a pap test, and she wants to check my liver and iron (I have hemochromatosis) -- oh and she wants to do a Glucose Tolerance Test. Yuck! I had one before I started Dr Poon and that's when I learned I was pre-diabetic. The last time we discussed it she didn't care to do one because if I was still pre-diabetic her recommendations would be to change my diet which I'd already done. But maybe she wants to rule it out as contributing to my current problem.  So we got the pap out of the way there and then -- and tomorrow morning I go to pathology for all the other tests (I'm fasting from 9pm tonight).

As much as I am NOT looking forward to drinking that nasty glucose syrup drink, it will be good to at least have some answers. And I'm rather anxious to hear what she feels we can do about it if the problem is hormonal.

Lastly, we discussed the progesterone cream I've been using. I told her I believed I was estrogen dominant, and started using this hoping that it might help. While it has got my cycle back to every 28 days instead of three weeks, I haven't noticed any other benefits -- certainly not weight loss.  She didn't feel there was any point in continuing with the cream, and felt I should just let my body do its own thing as I approach menopause. She said it's common for your period to come more frequently in the last years, and that there are actually health benefits to being estrogen dominant, so I shouldn't worry about that. That surprised me, as it's not what my research has shown. Truthfully, if it had been helping with weight loss, I would stick it out anyway, but as it's not I'll finish the cycle I'm in now (the jar is nearly empty) and won't be buying any more. When I do eventually go through menopause, I can always start it again if I'm experiencing any bothersome symptoms.

Anyway, that's the scoop -- I'll let you know how I go tomorrow. By the way, she thought 68 kilos is a good goal weight for me. At my age, and given that I've spent most of my life morbidly obese -- I'll be thrilled with 68 kilos.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

8 lb drop in 1 week? It's Week #1 again!

I'm back and doing well -- I'll talk about my 8 pound drop this week in just a minute, for those of you still interested. First, let me apologise for not writing more, but the fact is I didn't know what to say. Hi, I'm still struggling and had a holiday regain? Who wants to read that?! Well I have lost a few subscribers anyway. People follow and unfollow for any number of reasons, but I can certainly understand only wanting to follow bloggers that inspire you. Struggling for a long time to break a stall may not be very inspiring reading, but it certainly is real. Most people who lose a large amount of weight don't sail effortlessly to goal. I wish it were true, but it's not. It reminds me of that drawing about what people think success looks like vs. what it actually looks like.

Struggling to break through stalls and reach goals is very common and very real. I did promise to share the good and the bad on this journey, so I'll try to remember that even when the going gets tough. Stalls suck, but I'm proud to say I have not given up, so maybe that's inspiring in and of itself.

In any case, when I last posted it was just before Christmas and I had every intention of staying the course through the holiday break. I was not successful. We had family up and every time I turned around it was an eating fest, whether at someone's home or out at a restaurant. I gave in on more than one occasion and quickly found myself regaining. I haven't posted weights lately, so here goes. On 19th December I was 80.7 kg (177.9 lb). by 2nd January I was 85.9 kg (189.38 lb). The family all went back home shortly after that and I was determined to start over. This time I thought I would try strict LCHF. I've dabbled with it and tried a few recipes, but never followed it strictly before, so I did for a whole week, using delicious recipes from It was not easy eating that much fat and it was very high calorie, but I stuck it out for a week. On 9th January I was 87.7 kg (193.35 lb). What the hell ... I gained?!

Some people may do well on LCHF, but I didn't like it and was not about to continue! What to do? Going back to Dr Poon Phase 1 hadn't worked the last few times I tried it. But I had to do something, so I started again last Sunday (10th Jan). The next day I was down 1.5 kg (3.3 lb). Then another kilo (2.2 lb) the next day. I stayed steady the next day, then went up 100g (.22 lb), then saw another drop. Yesterday I was 84 kg exactly (185.19 lb), that's a loss of 3.7 kg (8.16 lb) in just 5 days. I haven't seen a drop that big since my very first week of Pooning!  In fact, that's exactly what I lost in my very first week! Today I'm up 100g (.22 lb) but that doesn't worry me, I'm still down 8 pounds! Now lest you think it was all water weight, my scale says it was over half fat.

So why did it work this week? What's changed? The only thing I can think of is I've started my 2nd month of progesterone cream. If the hormonal change of nearing menopause was causing my weight struggles (as it does for so many women my age) then maybe progesterone cream is making a difference. My cycle sure is behaving the way it used to a couple of years ago. No more of this every three week crap, it's more like 37 days now. I don't know whether it's the progesterone cream or not, but I plan to keep using it. And I'll ask the doctor about it.

Yes, I did schedule an appointment to have my thyroid checked. I scheduled it before I saw this week's drop, and part of me wonders if I should cancel (it's rather expensive!) but I don't want to assume one very good week means I'm back on track. And the thyroid could still be a factor. I have quite a few of the symptoms listed in the article Jan kindly shared with me, and while some of them could apply to PCOS as well, I'd like to be sure. The nurse told me the doctor would charge me $250 (I'd get $150 reimbursed from Medicare) but I didn't think to ask whether there would be any other charges (e.g. for pathology). I think it's important get tested though, so I think I should keep the appointment.

Anyway, thank you to those of you who are still with me, I appreciate it very much. I will be in touch more frequently, I promise. I'll leave you with another great success graphic, and I hope it helps you as much as it does me.

I'll be sure to let you know how the thyroid tests go. Hope your new year is off to a great start! :)

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Will I ever be happy with my weight?

Firstly, the weigh-in. I last reported I was at 76 kg (167.55 lb) but the next day I was back to 77.8 kg (171.52 lb) where I stayed all week! I was that frustrated I returned to Alternate Day Fasting three days this week yet the weight didn't budge. I remained 77.8 kg all week long. Until this morning. Now I'm 75.7 kg (166.89 lb) and coming off a fast day I'm almost afraid to eat today. It's so frustrating when everything that's worked before doesn't seem to work anymore. So many women talk about that same thing happening once they are in their 50s. I'm starting to think my body just wants to stay in the 165 lbs range and I'm never getting back to my low weight of 158 just before my trip home, much less my goal of 150. My husband thinks I should stop obsessing over reaching my goal and just be happy where I am. He's not alone.

At my Halloween Party this year, at least three people said I was skinny now. I often hear I look great or so thin now and shouldn't worry about losing more weight. I am so not thin. I've talked about this before -- part of me thinks people are used to fat being normal, so because I am no longer morbidly obese and look more like most average people, I am fine and can stop now. But still I struggle and am frustrated because I have not reached my goal. My goal is 150 pounds, which is still overweight for me (I'm just under 5'4") but it's the goal I originally set for myself and I feel like if I give up before I get there, I've failed at yet another weight-loss effort. And truth be told, I'm not happy at this weight.

In saying that -- I recall a post from two years ago where I talked about where my struggles with weight first began. Back in high school I weighed about 165 pounds and I was never happy with that, thus starting a life-long battle with weight, and sending me skyrocketing into morbid obesity.

Now in my 50s I find myself frustrated because I've maintained a weight fluctuating between about 160-170 pounds for eight months now. I said two years ago that I was determined to succeed this time and I knew I wouldn't quit. That's why I keep obsessing about reaching my goal. But am I just reverting to that same high school girl who wasn't happy with herself and her weight at 165 pounds? Should I just be happy that I've lost as much as I have, that I'm no longer morbidly obese, and that I seem to be able to maintain at this weight?  I really struggle with wanting to find some balance between being happy with myself and who I am, and being someone who can achieve her goals. And if I'm happy at this weight, will I relax my efforts to continue losing and possibly regain? Is my whole life going to be about what I weight and what I eat from now on? When is enough enough?

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

It's working! Down 4.85 lb this week.

I weighed in this morning at 76.7kg (169 lb), which is down 2.2 kg (4.85 lb) from where I was just eight days ago when I started my new plan. I've been using FitDay and saved my own custom foods list which makes it quick and easy to track what I eat by just picking from the list. I've stayed LCHF (low-carb, high-fat) skipping my evening meal every other day. Calorie intake ranged from 1100-1300 on the days I had dinner to 800-900 on the days I didn't. Some of that loss is water weight of course, but I'm so happy to finally be back in the 160s, and just 19 pounds from goal.

Keeping it LCHF has been really satisfying -- I'm never hungry so it's really easy to stay on plan. My averages for the week were 9% of calories from carbs, 33% protein, and 58% fat. That's pretty close to my goal of 10% carbs, 30% protein and 60% fat.

So that's about it -- obviously I will stay the course this week, and while I don't think I'll pull big numbers in week two, I'm very hopeful I'll continue moving in the right direction.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

I'm in the 150s! 8 pounds from goal!

Yeah, I'll probably be posting more frequently on the lead up to my overseas vacation, being as I'm on leave from work now. I dreamed of being at goal when I go and today I am one step closer.

I am 71.8 kg (158.29 lb) this morning. That means I've lost 58.5 kg (128.97 lb) and have just 3.8 kg (8.36 lb) to go. Seriously? I'm in the 150s?! How freaking cool is that?!

I know I will continue to fluctuate and may not hit goal before I go but for now I am just going to bask in the glory that is the 150s. Have a fabulous day everyone, I know I will.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

126.7 pounds down; just 10.5 to go!

Let the vacation begin!!  Yes, I have finished work and am now off for seven weeks -- 7 WEEKS! Yikes, that is a long time but I bet it will go fast.

Let's get this week's stats out of the way -- I weighed in at 72.8 kg (160.5 lb) which is a loss of 0.7 kg (1.54 lb) from last week, and 57.5 kg (126.7 lb) overall.  I am just 4.8 kg (10.5 lb) from my goal! Seriously, I have never gotten this close before ... well, since 1984 anyway!

So now I have 10 days off before we fly back to the States for the month of August. I am both excited and anxious about it. It's been nine years since I've seen friends and family. I'm a bit nervous! I may be much smaller but I'm also much older! It's a long flight. I have so many people to squeeze in a visit while I'm there (my time will be divided between three states).

And of course there's the temptations I've already spoken of -- the food. I've had no problem eating right here in Australia, and it's not like we don't have tempting junk foods here, we surely do. Obesity in Australia is fast catching up with the US. But some favourites from back home are not available here, so the temptation will be higher. But here's the thing. My stomach is not going to tolerate a sudden return to crap eating, it just won't. And I no longer want to eat that way. So while I'm likely to try some things I haven't had access to in years, I do not think it will be difficult to make these be just occasional indulgences. I certainly can't and won't be eating such things every day. Hell even if I could eat that way again, I don't want to be that person anymore, and it's not worth the 20 pounds I'd be likely to regain.

Another thing that might be hard -- I'm used to weighing myself every morning. I have done so for the last two years. Since there will be changes in my eating just by virtue of being away from home if nothing else, I hope I will be able to keep an eye on it, but I may not be able to weigh every day. I have been doing that so long I wonder how I'll cope if I can't satisfy the compulsion to weigh every day.  It's probably good that I start getting into the habit of weighing weekly but I figured that wouldn't be until after I reach goal. I guess since I'm unlikely to reach goal before I go, and I am likely to have some regain when I get back, I will just have to get back on track with ADF when I return until I do reach goal. Because as I've said previously, that IS going to happen this year. I am that determined I know it is. There is no other option for me.  My Happy Scale app is telling me I could be there in September -- that's probably not going to happen due to this trip. But it will happen, that much I know.

I'm told maintenance can be harder than losing it. I guess I'll find out. And I may not even maintain at 68 kg (150 lb). I am only 5'4" tall. Truthfully I should probably be between 57-59 kg (125-130 lb). I got there once in 1984 when I was just 21 years old but it didn't last long and I've never been back. I'm in my 50s now so I don't know how realistic it is to aim for that. At 287 pounds, I was thinking 150 was a reasonable goal, but until I get there I don't know whether I'll be happy there or want to keep going. Anyway, that's a problem for another day. For now, I'm just going to relax and enjoy my life of leisure for the next 10 days until we board that flight.  Have a great weekend everyone!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

So close to goal I can taste it!

So I ended the week at 73.5 kg (162.04 lb) which brings my total loss to 56.8 kg (125.22 lb). I seriously cannot believe I am 5.5 kg (12.13 lb) from my goal weight right now. This weight loss journey has been two years so far, and there were some thrilling successes and frustrating stalls along the way but isn't that what the path to success looks like? It's not a straight line unfortunately, it zigs, it zags and it's full of curves, but I am determined and I will get there.

One more week of work and then I'm on leave for seven weeks. I'm so excited to be going home to the States and I know there will be temptations there ... foods I have missed so much that just are not available in Australia (Chicago deep dish pizza and Reuben sandwiches come to mind) but whatever happens I will reach my goal this year. If I come back from America heavier than when I left I know ADF will help me get back on track and cross that finish line. Nothing is going to stop me.

This week two people who have not seen me in a few months said I looked amazing ... it sure felt good to hear that. One said my face has changed so much, and she probably last saw me when I was just 10-15 pounds heavier. That amount wasn't so noticeable when I was over 200 pounds but now it seems it makes quite a difference. I look in the mirror and I can see my mother now. People have said I looked like her but when I was obese I didn't see it so much. Now I do and I can't wait for family and friends back home to see me again. I have lost weight (and regained it) several times in the past, and when I was last home about nine years ago I was probably about 90 kg (200 lb), not the 130 kg (287 lb) I found myself at two years ago. I don't think I've weighed this little since the late 80s. So if I haven't reached goal before I go it won't matter at all, it will still be a big change for them.

We've had such a cold spell here this week ... there was snow just an hour's drive from me! I have not seen snow in 12 years and I like it that way! It feels sort of like Christmas in July. I'll be going home to the last month of summer and coming back to spring -- it's usually is quite nice here by September so hopefully I can kiss the rest of winter goodbye very soon.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Down 124.5 lb, only 12.8 to go!

This week's weigh-in is 73.8 kg (162.7 lb), down .5 kg (1.1 lb) from last week and 56.5 kg (124.56 lb) to date. I have just 5.8 kg (12.79 lb) to goal!

We'll see what happens next week which may bring some monthly weight gain but so far that hasn't been a big deal as it was before ADF. By the way Gwen, I gave blood today and my blood pressure was just fine, so that's good. I had never heard of intermittent fasting causing high blood pressure but Gwen mentioned it so I am glad to have been checked today and to know all is well.

This was supposed to be a fast day but you have to eat before donating blood (and drink heaps of water) so I'm debating doing a double fast day to make up for the double feast day. So far I've been very lucky that every event we've had that required dining with friends and family has fallen on a feast day. It's no big deal if it doesn't, you just eat if you need to and fast the next day. I'm so used to the alternate day fasting that in truth I feel overly full now from having eaten two days in a row, so we'll see how we go. I may fast two days or just have dinner only on the second day, we'll see how I feel.

I've been dealing with periodic earaches off and on for a few months now. The doctor suggested nasal spray as a blocked nose can cause it, but if that didn't help it can be related to other things, possibly even TMJ. Well it hasn't helped. I used to get earaches when I was very young but not since then until now. I remember mom used something she called Sweet Oil to relieve the pain. Research tells me it's essentially the same as olive oil, but I think I should go back to the doctor first to rule out other issues before putting warm oil drops in my ear. It isn't frequent but rather painful when it does happen. We drove someone to a friend's near Sydney today and going up Mt Ousley brought on an earache that is still with me now. If a steep ascent driving can bring it on I would like to check with the doctor again before boarding a flight. I would think that would be worse! Wish me luck.

Good night ... I hope everyone in the States had a lovely 4th of July!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Down 7.8kg (17.2 lb) in a month of ADF!

Just over a month actually. I started ADF 22nd May, it's 27th June this morning and I weighed in at 74.3 kg (163.8 lb). That's down half a kilo (1.1 lb) from last week, 7.8 kg (17.2 lb) since I started ADF, and exactly 56 kg (123.46 lb) overall.  I can't believe I have just 6.3 kg (13.89 lb) to go to reach my initial goal. That's nothing, I'm almost there! Whether I make it before my trip or not doesn't matter ... I know that I WILL make it.

People at work have noticed I'm losing again ... I must admit that feels great! Still buying size 14AU or Medium tops and pants. I need a new pair of jeans, the 16s are loose on me. I tried the 14s yesterday and they fit great ... but they are so expensive here that I didn't buy them. I figure I'll be home in August, I can get Levi's at a decent price. These that I have from Just Jeans are nice, I really like them, but why spend $70 on another pair when I can probably get jeans for around $30 back home. Hell Levi's here can go for upwards of $150! That's crazy. No, I think I can wait another month for new jeans. Who knows, maybe I'll be size 12 by then!

I have been asked about pictures ... I don't think you'll see a big change yet since I had gone up a bit before starting ADF, but I will do some soon. Certainly while I'm back in the States. :)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Down 121.7 lb (55.2 kg) ... loving ADF!

Sorry for the late post, I wanted to wait for the monthly water weight to pass as I suspected I’d see a nice drop today. I was thrilled to see 75.1 kg (165.57 lb) this morning. I’m just over the moon! That’s a loss of 1.1 kg (2.43 lb) from my last weigh-in and a total loss of 55.2 kg (121.7 lb) to date – and it means I have only 7.1 kg (15.65 lb) to go to reach goal! How cool is that?

I am really adapting well to alternate day fasting (ADF) and just amazed that I feel great and never get hungry. Even the morning after a fast day I often don’t eat until lunch time because I am just not hungry. I think I could easily go two days in a row but right now this is working for me.

A friend asked for more information about how I do the ADF – I’ve already mentioned most of this, but I thought I’d recap briefly. It really is just this easy – I only eat every other day. While many fasting plans say women can eat up to 500 calories on a fast day (600 for men), I find it much easier to eat nothing than to eat a little. That’s just me – if it works for you, by all means eat something. I do think if you’re going to eat on your fast day, it’s better to have all your calorie allowance at one meal rather than space it out throughout the day because it’s the long periods without food that keep your insulin levels low and kick your body into fat burning. So if you eat small amounts throughout the day that might interfere with that process. But as with everything, experiment and find what works for you. Complete fasting works best for me and I’m having great results.

Now fasting means just avoiding food – you can have all the calorie-free beverages you like on a fast day. It’s cold so I often have a mug of hot tea with a bit of stevia to sweeten, especially at what would normally be considered meal times – otherwise just water or diet soft drink. The next morning I may break my fast with an Atkins shake or small can of tuna (lemon and cracked pepper or zesty vinaigrette are my favourites), or I may have nothing at all until lunch time as I’m not usually hungry.

When my fast day falls on Sunday, I don’t want to have to cook that night but I still need something for lunch on Monday – so I have two standard go-to meals to choose from. I can either grab some Chicken Tikka bites from Woolworths (they’re meant to be an appetizer for four, but they’re low carb so I just have them all) or I mix a can of no-drain tuna with some chopped celery, onion, pickle and mayonnaise and serve it on some salad greens and tomato. Either way I grab a pack of veggies from the store to have on the side which just needs to be microwaved a few minutes – sometimes it’s fresh pumpkin chunks which are really tasty, though a bit higher in carbs, and sometimes it’s frozen veggies in cheese sauce. These are quick, easy lunches with no cooking the night before.

Throughout the Dr Poon phase of my weight loss I cooked large meals so I’d have lots of leftovers to eat throughout the week. But with eating every other day, I can’t really make something that gives me five or six portions leftover unless it’s something that freezes well because it would take me twice as long to go through the leftovers. So I tend to cook just two dishes each week that make four portions each, and that gives me lunches and dinners for feast days. I’m not following strict Dr Poon on my feast days, though I do often make the same meals I did while on that plan, but my meals throughout the week are still low carb. When a feast day falls on Saturday I go out to lunch with my hubby and have whatever I like. Last weekend we went out for Thai, and I had chicken satay. I only ate a small portion of the rice that came with it, but otherwise I didn’t worry about the carb count for that one meal and just thoroughly enjoyed my lunch. It’s very freeing and so far has not triggered any cravings – and hubby and I are both very happy to renew our tradition of going out for lunch together on Saturdays, even if it’s only every other week.

That’s really it – I must confess that I haven’t been doing any exercise other than my daily walks, mostly because it’s winter and when I get home I just can’t wait to jump into my warmest sweats and relax. But then I’ve always known that while exercise is very good for you and has many benefits, weight loss really isn’t one of them. There are many experts in the field saying that very same thing these days, and that’s also been my own experience. I do still get in at least one walk every day, and if it’s rainy or too cold I just do it on my treadmill, but that’s about it.

Anyway, that’s it for now – I’ll check in again soon.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Big drop this week ... thank you ADF!

Oh this is clearly working for me. This week even better than last week! I am so pleased, I saw two new low weights this week. Friday I was 76.8 kg (169.32 lb). And today? Well let's just jump right to this week's results.

This morning I weighed 76.2 kg (167.99 lb) which is a loss of 2.5 kg (5.51 lb) from last week, bringing my new total loss to 54.1 kg (119.27 lb). Yes that's 5-1/2 pounds gone this week, and given where I am in my cycle I should be gaining this week! So I have just 8 kg (18 lb) to go to reach my goal.  I am thrilled.

We even went out to lunch last Saturday and out to dinner Friday night with family. I made the lowest carb choices from the menu both times, swapped hot chips (thick cut fries) for steamed veggies, and thoroughly enjoyed delicious meals.

The day after a fast I sometimes have a protein shake or small can of flavoured tuna for breakfast but often don't eat until lunch time because I'm just not hungry. So rather than eating more on feast days as some tend to do when they first start fasting, I'm generally eating less on feast days than I did before I started ADF and it's always low carb. I think you adjust, you learn to recognise when you are truly hungry as opposed to when you just feel like eating. If I am truly hungry, I eat. In fact I keep a can of tuna and an Atkins bar with me even on fast days in case I really do get hungry but I haven't needed them yet.

I'm 43% completed with Milestone 11 of 12 in Happy Scale, the app that smooths out your daily fluctuations to show your overall trend or true weight and as you can see below after weeks stalling and then starting to drift back up, since I started ADF it's a smooth drop back down. Needless to say I will continue what I'm doing. I'm loving ADF!

As for exercise? Well I haven't run for a week or so, but do get in walks at least once a day, and meet or exceed my 10,000 steps goal nearly every day. I may still run once a week or so just so I don't lose my endurance but most of the reading I'm doing these days recommends low intensity exercise over jogging as a better tool for weight loss. So far so good. Have a great weekend guys!

The coloured bits around the line show how your weight compares to 30 days ago. Green means you're lower and red means you're higher.

Friday, April 10, 2015

The time I hoped to reach goal by is fast approaching!

I can't believe it ... it's coming up so fast. When I started this diet August 19, 2013 I had hoped to reach goal by the time I fly home to see friends and family I haven't seen in eight years. Well we've bought our tickets today! The countdown begins. In less than four months we will be flying back to the US and I'm so excited! But will I be at goal? Only time will tell.

I went for the PT consult and the program is still way too expensive, especially with the trip home so near. I discussed the four "free" training sessions and it turns out it was more like one, just half an hour, and if you signed up you got another free one plus a free nutrition session and something else I can't recall now. I ended up not doing it -- I'll just keep doing what I'm doing. I really feel the Callanetics are reducing my saddlebags, which is very encouraging. And these longer runs will become more frequent, or at least I hope so.

I went for another 7k run attemp on Tuesday and it was going really well ... I was feeling great and knew I was going to make it! Then just before I reached 6k I felt a twinge in my right knee. For a second I grabbed the handles thinking I might go down, then I let go and kept on. It didn't happen again, at least not like that, but I did feel a few more twinges. I hung in there till I hit 6k and then went into my cool-down walk. Bummer! I do have bad knees but they only bother me when I try squats and lunges ... never when I run, at least not till now. So I was worried a bit. Some research online indicated it could be a sign I need new running shoes, so I may have to get some. They are over a year old, so it's worth a try.

This is the monthly gain week and I have had an increased appetite so I don't hold out much hope for a drop this weekend. I have not felt well the last couple of days so I took a break from fasting but will go back to strict Phase 1 and 5:2 IF next week. I'll check in again soon.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

I'm in the 160s! Less than 20 lbs to goal!

I'm here, and couldn't be better! Sorry I didn't update last week, life was a bit busy, but it doesn't matter, it gets a little boring to write the same thing all the time anyway. As in "I'm still running, still doing Callanetics, still fasting twice a week but it's that week again, every four weeks where I stall or gain." But I'm back and happy to report a drop this week. I weighed in at 77.1 kg this morning which is 169.98 lbs. I'm in the 160s!! Just barely but I am! That brings my total loss to 53.2 kg / 117.29 lb. Very happy with that.

It seems surreal to say I have less than 20 pounds to go to reach goal. Wow. Can I do that in the next five months I wonder? I am going home for a visit in August this year, so it would sure be nice to be at goal then. We've been looking into airfare and it's looking like right around $1500 each at this stage. It's such a long flight from Sydney to LA, then on to Chicago (then a few hours drive as well). So we were talking to my sister-in-law yesterday who suggested we stop in Hawaii for a couple of days to break up the flight. What a lovely idea! Neither of us has ever been to Hawaii, and I really do hate that long flight. We've talked about not making this just a trip home to visit family, but also to see sights we've never seen before, travel around the country a bit, etc. So why not see Hawaii?

There is a part of me that worries about all the foods I will have access to again that I haven't had here. There is no Taco Bell here, and I can't remember the last time I had a Reuben sandwich -- those are SO GOOD.  Will I continue to fast twice a week once I'm home? I don't know - we'll see. I think whether I fast or not for those few weeks isn't as important as that I eat the right foods as much as possible. Is it realistic to think I won't try anything that has sugar or junk carbs? Maybe ... we'll see. I think a few onion rings is in order no matter what, they just don't have those in Australia (except the dehydrated formed ones you would find at Burger King, which is known as Hungry Jack's here). I really miss onion rings. But by and large I hope to stick to my new way of eating even while in America. I can always make low-carb Reuben cabbage rolls - basically Reuben filling stuffed in cabbage leaves. Wow, those sound good actually.

As for running, I haven't done so well increasing my speed this week. I haven't had as much energy for some reason. I tried both Monday and Wednesday going to 8.1 but about 20 minutes in I had to back it down to 7.8 kph. In fact on Wednesday I didn't even make the full 30 minutes, I just didn't have it in me and went back to a walk after about 23 minutes. But yesterday I did the full 30 minutes at 8.0 kph so maybe it was just a bad week. I will probably try 8.1 again this week. Hardly seems like .1 kph could make much difference, but it was my 'gain' week so maybe that had something to do with it. Alternatively I could start the 10K training -- the first day of that is 40 minutes, but you run 10 minutes, then walk one, then repeat three times. I don't know, we'll see how I feel on Monday.

The Callanetics are still working, I can feel myself getting stronger -- especially the abs. My saddlebags are shrinking slowly, my waist is smaller. I still have enough fat on my body that I can't tell if my abs are getting flatter but they sure feel stronger. It's getting much easier to do the exercises. I can curl up further on the stomach exercises, sit up straighter doing the behind exercises, and bend over much further on the waist trimmer. I can also see my legs getting slimmer, including the inner thighs. I love this workout! I use the original Callanetics from Callan Pinckney, not the newer versions.

Anyway, I've just come off a fast day and there's nothing here for breakfast, so I may have to take a walk to the store and get some eggs. Hope you all have a great weekend -- I have still been reading blogs last week even if I didn't update mine, and I'll check in with you all again soon.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

How NOT to have diabetes; and bringing this journey home

I read with interest this post on the Wheat Belly blog in which Dr Davis provides a checklist that he says, if followed would allow the majority of pre-diabetics and diabetics to become non-pre-diabetic and non-diabetic. You can read his article for more information, but here's the list:

  • Eat no grains or sugars
  • Don't limit fat intake
  • Correct vitamin D deficiency
  • Supplement omega-3 fatty acids (from fish oil)
  • Correct bowel flora
  • Supplement magnesium
  • Fast intermittently
  • Sleep adequately
  • Be active

I don't eat grains or sugar, but I do limit fat on Dr Poon's Diet. I used to take Magnesium but haven't in awhile. I do take Calcium plus Vitamin D but I don't do fish oil. My probiotics have run out but they are so expensive! I've been getting enough sleep, I've been active, that's for sure. That leaves intermittent fasting. I kinda do that on weekends now, rarely eating breakfast, but I want to try a scheduled fast. I'm not sure whether the 4:3 or the 8 hr window method is right for me. I'm leaning toward the latter, because I can easily just skip breakfast and hold lunch till 12 noon. Then stop eating at 8pm for an 8 hour eating window. Or eat only from 9am to 5pm - whatever works for you, the goal is to just have an 8 hour window each day during which you can eat.

Tonight I stood in the doorway of my living room enjoying the cool breeze and asked myself, "Are we ready to do this? Are we ready to finish this journey and bring it home now?" I've eaten right (other than during the holidays) and worked out but I'm still stalled at this weight. I've hovered between 80 and 85kg for the last four and a half months. I have stayed mostly Phase 1 and worked out, and if that's not enough then we're gonna have to shake things up.

I'm going to do this. I've got to step it up. I haven't used this plateau as an excuse to quit, and that's good. Maintaining my weight for over four months is better than gaining. But I'm not ready to stop this close to reaching my goal. Achieving my goal weight is what I want. Hovering on the line between overweight and obese is not what I want. I need to go after what I want. I start this weekend.

I'm on week 2 day 3 in the C25K but this time on the treadmill. I'm averaging 8.8k/hr when running. I'm really enjoying doing it on the treadmill. I've found the right position for my iPad so I can still see the stats I need to on the display. I can start them at the same time and listen to music without needing headphones. Hubby said I have a great little set-up going. Now if the C25K app would just stay active when I launch YouTube so I could watch more scenic views, that would be perfect. :)

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Here's to reaching goal and having more joy in 2015!

On 14th December I was at a new low weight, 80.2kg (176.81 lb). By 25th December it was 85.6 kg (188.72 lb). Today, happily, I am back to 82.2 kg (181.22 lb). Now half of that was likely monthly weight gain which, as I approach the menopausal years, has increased ... both in amount and the number of days it hangs around. But the rest is because I gave in to holiday indulgences. One person said, "come on, it's Christmas," and I allowed myself a few treats. I reasoned as I get closer to goal I will have to deal with real life and the occasional off-plan food. But I didn't realise how quickly sugar could reignite cravings, and one day turned into five. It's over, it's history, and I won't be doing that again.

My holiday leave is nearly over, too. Being off work has never made staying on track easier for me, but one thing I am proud of is I have continued to exercise throughout my time off, whether walking with hubby and the dog, working on home renovation projects or hopping on my new treadmill. I've done several HIIT treadmill workouts, and I do definitely feel a difference between using the treadmill and running outside. It took a bit to get comfortable enough to let go of the handles and swing my arms whether walking or running. I have done my own intervals and I've used the stored programs. One ran 36 minutes and included 18 minutes of running at different speeds.

When I used the apps to track my running outside I was averaging about 7.8 km/hr, and occasionally just above 8. This program was in three minute intervals starting with walking 5 km/hr, then running at 7, then 9, then 7 again before dropping back down to 5 twice, then repeating the 7/9/7/5 again. It finishes with walking at 1 km/hr which feels like you're not even moving at that point. It was definitely a challenge to run at 9 for three minutes straight - twice! I am certain I would never have run that fast outside. There was a moment I worried I couldn't keep it up and nearly grabbed onto the handrails for a second but quickly stopped myself and kept going. I could see the timer had less than a minute left and I kept telling myself, 'you can do this,' and so I did. So increased speed is definitely a treadmill advantage ... it is easy to just run slower outside. I also liked not worrying about trip hazards.

I found room in the spare room for the treadmill and even carved out a small nook for some relaxation and meditation as well. I am not setting any resolutions as I don't believe in them. But I still have goals for the coming year. Reaching my goal weight is of course still top priority. In one year I lost 100 pounds. In the next four months I mostly stalled but slowly dropped another ten. I may have to re-lose a few of those now but I am determined to reach my goal ... preferably in the next four months, but definitely by my next birthday. The plan is to use the treadmill to do HIIT intervals either using the built in programs or my own. I have downloaded a running scenery app so I have something interesting to look at, and I can use that with the C25K app... that way it can tell me when to change so I don't have to watch the timer, and instead of walk/jog I can do jog/run intervals to create my own high intensity interval program. Getting in regular walks/runs (outdoors or on the treadmill) as well as strength training and Callanetics is the plan. Finding time to meditate is also important to me, and of course so is singing.

This year I will find a way to sing. I was recently approached by a guy I used to gig with to fill in for him a couple of times over the holiday season, but that's not what I'm after. I want to sing just to feel good, just to feel ME. Hubby has the equipment so I want to set up a microphone and amp and practice at home, in my spare room. If I find it leads to something more, great - but the most important reason for me to sing is that it brings me joy. We could all use more joy. So maybe that's the basic goal - to do more things that bring me joy in 2015.  Why not? I hope you will, too.

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.