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25 February 2009 @ 08:57 am
So I "gave up" and joined Weight Watchers. Wasn't having any success on my own. But of course it's not giving up, it's taking a positive step forward.

I realised that I wasn't getting anywhere when a couple of times I thought if I bought a chocolate bar on the way home and ate it before I got home then my husband wouldn't know. Of course my hips and scales still would. I obviously needed 'big sister' watching over me.

Even though it's all self regulated, no one is there every day watching what I eat and making sure I write down, and even if I do write it down no one looks at the journal, every week I go and stand on those scales and I want to see an improvement. If I am honest with myself then I get the results I expect (even if sometimes this is a little up).

So since September I've lost 10kg!! Got about another 5 to go before I reach goal, and once I get there I'll think about maybe another 3-5kg, but if I just lose the 5 I think I'll be happy with that.

So what do I do? Weight Watchers has no magic secret. It's just eat right and exercise basically. I've been eating a lot less, I've learnt a lot more about portion size and what my body actually needs to sustain itself. Other than that, for me it's the regular monitoring, the knowing that I have to answer to someone (that someone being myself) every week. I already knew what was good food and what bad, and I knew I had to exercise but this just me an extra kick to actually do it.

My friend has joined with me, she's got a lot more to lose. I think she's lost nearly 10 so far but she's got about 40kg to go. It's great having someone else. When I'm upset and likely to have something bad for lunch I email her and she gives me healthier suggestions and every week we encourage each other with new ideas and suggestions for problems. I think that's a bit difference. Would be hard to keep going on my own sometimes.

So that's me for now. Feeling thinner, but still going.
21 September 2007 @ 10:28 pm
Hey there its been a while
its been about 5 months now since I started my weight loss journey
since my last update, I have lost another 2 kilo's
and I think in cm's
I've lost another 2 cm from my hips and 2 cm from my lower thigh, and finally 1 cm from my upper arm, the rest is no change, but I'm still working on it :)
04 July 2007 @ 06:43 pm
Evening Everyone
I just had my end of month 2 Weight Loss weigh in and measurements

Under Bust*****100cm*****100
Upper Thigh****70 cm*****68
Lower Thigh****60 cm*****55
Arm************38 cm*****36.5
06 June 2007 @ 03:30 pm
Hi everyone
I just had my end of month 1 weigh in and measurements taken.
I started at 107.3 kilo's - Lost 4.5 kilo's this month now 102.8 kilo's

Start Measurements.....................Current Measurements

Bust 113cm.............................No change
Under Bust 100cm.......................No change
Waist 101cm............................100cm (1cm loss)
Hips 132cm.............................130cm (2cm loss)
Upper Thigh 70cm.......................69 cm (1cm loss)
Lower Thigh 60cm.......................57 cm (3cm loss)
Upper Arm 38cm.........................No change

I think its a good start for first month

At the moment I feel content, despite having a cold
Current Mood: contentcontent
26 May 2007 @ 08:34 am
Ever since trying to increase my water habit to help in my weight loss journey, I have wanted to find out for myself why water is so important when losing weight, and to drink a minimum of 2 litres (8 cups) a day. Before I started my journey I found I was lucky if I drank 1 glass of water a day, and that was usually for my medication in the morning. No wonder I am the way I am. I found the below whilst browsing the web, and thought it was useful information.

Water and WeightLoss
Among its other benefits, water plays a major part in weight loss. Since water contains no calories, it can serve as an appetite suppressant, and helps the body metabolize stored fat, it may possibly be one of the most significant factors in losing weight. In the article "Water Bearers", (Shape magazine) Elizabeth Austin notes that "water is the single most important nutrient you take in every day. It's fat -free, cholesterol-free, low in sodium, and completely without calories." Also, drinking more water helps to reduce water retention by stimulating your kidneys.

Dehydration leads to excess body fat, poor muscle tone & size, decreased digestive efficiency & organ function, increased toxicity, joint & muscle soreness, & water retention. Water works to keep muscles and skin toned.

Water Loss
Adults lose nearly 6 pints (12 cups) of water every day. We lose 1/2 cup to 1 cup a day from the soles of our feet. Another 2 to 4 cups is lost from breathing. Perspiration accounts for another 2 cups. Another 3 pints (6 cups) are lost in urine.

So after reading the above, I decided I must do something about my water habit and force it so to speak into full swing. At work as I am pretty much on my ass infront of a computer for 8 hours, I have set permanent appointment reminders in my email calander to start going off every hour on the hour for the from 9am to 5pm to remind me to drink a cup of water. By the time I have finished work, I have had my 2 litres of water, plus extra with what I have at the gym.

On the weekends I am doing the same sort of thing, but setting my alarm on my mobile phone to go off every hour with a loud alarm noise so I can hear it where ever I am.

UPDATE: its not from an official weigh in yet, just from this morning, but I have lost 2 kilos this week, woohoo things are starting to budge hehehe ;)
but i'll let you know what happens at my weigh in next wednesday

Also off topic, I was told yesterday that my temporary day shift job is being made permanent....yeah!!
Current Mood: happyhappy
16 May 2007 @ 07:46 pm
I have been going to the gym now for about 2 weeks, I have just had my 2nd session with my personal trainer, and my my 2nd session with my slimplicity nutritionist.

and even though tomorrow I know i'm going to be really sore, just as I was last week, I am in really good spirits.

I have been on my new eating habits for about a week now, and although my weight remained the same, my fat percentage went down ½ a percent

Basically I need to continually increase my water so last week I went for 2 glasses of water per day to a 750ml bottle per day, and over this week I have to increase it again from just the one bottle to 1 and ½ bottles (we are slowly creating a water habit)

Generally she is really happy with my meal planning, although I still have to cut down on some carbohydrates, I'm doing well.

I'll continue to keep you informed ;)
Current Mood: determineddetermined
01 May 2007 @ 07:13 pm
Hi Everyone,
I know its been ages since I have written in here, but with settling into my new job, and general lifestyle adjustments, I didn't really have much to add until now.

My new job is great, I'm on flexi time day shift, I'm an analyst for the sa police data management unit, basically investigating/correcting offender history disputes.
The best part, I can eat at my desk, so for the last 2 months I have been taken some advice from in here, and I have been going for a brisk walk during my lunch break.
I have lost 2cm from around my waist so far.

Also now that I am settled into my new routine, tonight I became a member of Fernwood in the city, I have my first orientation workout tomorrow evening, my first session with my personal trainer next tuesday afternoon, and my first meeting with my diet Slimplicity trainer next wednesday.

I shall keep you informed of my progress.

Oh and for info my mood is only crappy, because I'm suffering really bad hayfever, with violent sneezing fits. But other than that I am doing great.

Hugs to All
May the Force Be With You
Good Journey
Current Mood: crappycrappy
23 March 2007 @ 10:11 am
It occurred to me late yesterday to look on eBay for a Palm PDA to use for the software - cos the PDA version is available. I could download it at work & then have the PDA in my handbag so update it - instead of having to do that each night. Would make planning dinner easier too - cos I wouldn't have to wait til I got home to do the math.

So I've bid for one, ending Monday, so here's hoping that this doesn't turn out the way the ironing press is - they keep going for more than I want to pay,  at least the ones in Sydney do.
Current Mood: determineddetermined
22 March 2007 @ 02:30 pm
Yesterday I went to purchase the boxed software I want to use, and for the first time ever it was out of stock.  d'oh.  I can't download, cos I don't have net access at home.

So, I'll just have to keep stalking the website until it's available again.
Current Mood: crushedcrushed
13 March 2007 @ 06:19 pm
In the beginning God covered the earth with broccoli, cauliflower and spinach, with green, yellow and red vegetables of all kinds so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives. Then using God's bountiful gifts, Satan created Dairy Ice Cream and Magnums. And Satan said "You want hot fudge with that? And Man said "Yes!" And Woman said "I'll have one too with chocolate chips". And lo they gained 10 pounds.

And God created the healthy yoghurt that Woman might keep the figure that Man found so fair. And Satan brought forth white flour from the wheat and sugar from the cane and combined them. And Woman went from size 12 to size 14. So God said "Try my fresh green salad". And Satan presented Blue Cheese dressing and garlic croutons on the side. And Man and Woman unfastened their belts following the repast.

God then said "I have sent you healthy vegetables and olive oil in which to cook them". And Satan brought forth deep fried coconut king prawns, butter-dipped lobster chunks and chicken fried steak, so big it needed its own platter. And Man's cholesterol went through the roof.

Then God brought forth the potato, naturally low in fat and brimming with potassium and good nutrition. Then Satan peeled off the healthy skin and sliced the starchy centre into chips and deep fried them in animal fats adding copious quantities of salt. And Man put on more pounds.
God then brought forth running shoes so that his Children might lose those extra pounds. And Satan came forth with a cable TV with remote control so Man would not have to toil changing the channels. And Man an Woman laughed and cried before the flickering light and started wearing
stretch jogging suits.

Then God gave lean beef so that Man might consume fewer calories and still satisfy his appetite. And Satan created McDonalds and the 99p double cheeseburger. Then Satan said "You want fries with that?" and Man replied "Yes, And super size 'em". And Satan said "It is good." And Man and Woman went into cardiac arrest.

God sighed and created quadruple by-pass surgery.
And then Satan chuckled and created the National Health Service.

After an exhaustive review of the research literature, here's the final word on nutrition and health.
1. Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.
2. Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.
3. Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.
4. Italians drink excessive amounts of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.
5. Germans drink beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.
Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills you.