Showing posts with label Inspiration. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Inspiration. Show all posts

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! :)

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Inspiration from another successful Pooner!

I love finding inspirational weight loss stories in general, but when they have made their transformation on the Dr Poon diet I'm following, that's even more exciting. Patty's post, "The Tale of my Year of Change" tells her story with incredible before and after photos. Check it out, she started at the same weight as me, and in just seven months she's down 100 pounds. Amazing!

Hers is not a weight loss blog, so unfortunately you won't read about her struggles along the way, but I'm in awe of her fabulous transformation. Way to go, and I hope to follow in your footsteps!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Dr Poon's Metabolic Diet has arrived ...

I may have been quiet in blog land for awhile, but I assure you I've been continuing my research into the right way to get this weight off. Having dieted most of my adult life, I've already tried so many things, and recent books, blogs and websites I've explored are all leading me to the same conclusion ... for me, it's all about controlling carbs and insulin spikes.  It's explained very well in this 4-part video series by Merritt Wellness ... all of my research is leading me down this new path.

I've been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Dr Poon's Metabolic Diet book, and it's finally arrived today! Having been inspired by Leigh from Poonapalooza, I had to get my hands on the book, and that wasn't easy. Amazon and other bookstores no longer carry it, so I had to contact Ontario Nutrition directly, and Doug was kind enough to arrange to ship it to me.  I don't have access to a clinic here in Australia, but I'm hopeful my local doctor can assist with anything the clinic would normally do, as it's a medically supervised program.

So that's where I'm at right now ... just weeks away from turning 50, and weighing more than I have in a very long time, I've got hope for a healthy future. Watch this space ... you ain't seen the last of me yet, though hopefully soon you'll see less of me.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Failure as a learning process

Thursday's post from Marc and Angel on unconventional ways to build confidence asks, "If you were able to maintain a level of self-confidence that no circumstance could shake, what would you be doing differently?  Just imagine the things you would accomplish if you were confident that you COULD."

Their blog always inspires me, but the part that resonated with me today was tip number two:  Fail fast and fail often.  It says: "You must encounter many defeats to learn how to not be defeated.  Failing is a process of learning; it helps you grow and know who you are, what you can rise from, and how you can still rise after you fall.  It is this process that boosts your confidence gradually over the course of your lifetime.  You have to remember that it doesn’t matter how many times you fail or how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop taking steps forward.  In the end, those who don’t care that failure is inevitable are the ones that most often achieve success."

I have lost count of the number of times I've tried and failed to lose weight. Sometimes I lose a fair bit, then stall and regain. Other times I struggle to see any progress at all. Sometimes I'm able to pick myself up and try again while other times I just want to give up the fight and that can last days, weeks or even months. This has been going on for most of my life, really. Sometimes it seems pointless to keep trying. But this post made me rethink that.

I was already in a "give up the fight" phase before going through the loss of my beloved dog Coby ... just two years after losing Amber, also to cancer. The grief stayed with us a long time then, as I'm sure it will now.  It's only been a week, so it's hard for me to want to focus on weight when my heart is still heavy and I still see him everywhere. His bed and his dish are still there because we can't bear to remove them, and our little dog Buddy still likes to use Coby's bed. I still agonise over the decision to put him down, second-guessing myself ... was it really the right choice or did we do it because WE couldn't bear his pain?

But I'm also feeling it's time to refocus on my goals and try again, especially after reading Marc and Angel's post. Maybe I need the distraction of focusing on my own health again. Maybe I need to rise up and try again, even if I fail. Maybe ... just maybe, this will be the time I succeed.

I've been waiting weeks for Dr Poon's Metabolic Diet book to arrive. I ordered it from them directly after being inspired by Leigh from Poonapalooza and finding no one else seemed to have the book in stock, but it hasn't arrived yet. Then Last week I saw a woman I work with who was away on a cruise for like seven weeks or so ... she looked amazing, having lost heaps of weight. She is in her early to mid 50s I'd say, so I had to ask how she'd done it. She said she hadn't given up anything really, not even alcoholic drinks, though she did tend to avoid obvious junk food like cake.  She had basically eaten what she liked but just reduced her portion sizes. That's it! But she'd been consistent with it, and she was also exercising.

Now I'm wondering whether I should try another diet that restricts entire food groups or just try reducing portions? I'm someone Dr McDougall refers to as a 'volume eater' and I worry I wouldn't be able to just eat small portions ... I actually find it easier to skip a meal altogether than eat just a little bit that leaves me wanting more.  But it might be easier to eat less than to give up entire food groups altogether. Or maybe intermittent fasting is for me, I really don't have any great difficulty skipping meals. I don't yet know what method I'll be trying next, but I will decide soon, and I am not going to worry whether or not I'll fail again. After all, "You must encounter many defeats to learn how to not be defeated."