So this past weekend, my hubby and I decided that we were going to start trying to lose weight again now that I am feeling (pretty much) back to normal after my pregnancy. We have discussed some of the different options that are out there for weight loss and he pointed out that the most success that he has had previously was on the 5:2 diet. This is a method that has never really appealed to me as I hate feeling hungry – if I feel like I’m hungry whilst dieting, I tend to sulk and then order the biggest pizza deal that Dominos has to offer or I just eat whatever crap I can get my hands on. That being said, Baz did have success last time, so I figured that it’s time to give it a good crack to see if it can be the method for me.
We decided to fast on Tuesdays and Thursdays so today I have limited myself to around 500 calories. I had a pack of Special K biscuits for brunch that came in at 96 calories and then a veggie stir fry for dinner – I’m thinking that this is pretty much going to be the standard fasting day plan for now but I need to do some research into other low-calorie options so that I don’t get bored and dread eating the same thing every fasting day.
Now comes the dreaded bit … the weight.
I weighed in at 241lbs which isn’t ideal but is pretty much what I had expected. I then used the NHS BMI calculator to see where I should be for my age and height. The NHS has stated that for a healthy weight, that I need to aim for a weight between 118lbs and 160lbs. I decided I’d go right for the middle of the two, so I’m aiming for a final weight of 139lbs, which gives me a total weight loss goal of 102lbs! That’s a daunting number to look at but I’m going to give it my best in order to get there.
As I only really started looking at my diet and focusing solely on cardio within the last two weeks, I wasn’t expecting a great deal of change on the Boditrax scales, I was hoping for it, but not expecting it.
Last night I found the following…
Weight dropped from 16st 13lb to 16st 6lb
BMI dropped from 36.8 to 35.7
2lb loss in muscle
5lb loss of fat
Degree of Obesity dropped from 67.5% to 62.4%
Below are some pictures showing my current body composition, the all yellow is muscle composition and the yellow and red is fat composition. I’ll be looking forward to seeing how this changes over time.
Last night I sat and tried to figure out our eating plan for the week and this morning I made myself a calorie counting spreadsheet so that I can track what I eat and hopefully see if and where I fall down along the way. I’ve also visited the NHS BMI calculator to check out where I sit and what they recommend with regards to calorie intake.
It turns out that I’m obese (no surprise there!) and that I have a BMI of 36.4. They recommend that, in order for me to lose a safe and sustainable 1-2 lbs a week, that I am to aim for a consumption of 1948 – 2504 calories per day, which is higher than I expected. I also weighed myself this morning to find that I tipped the scales at 236.2 lbs which gives me a total target of weight loss of 96.2 lbs so I’ve got quite the way to go!
Today I also went to the gym with my mum whist the munchkin was at nursery where we I did 10 minutes at level 7 on the treadmill at a brisk walking pace on the random setting that threw in some hills, 10 minutes on the cross trainer doing the aerobic routine, 20 minutes on the recumbent bike (I find this more comfortable as I suffer with a slipped disc) at level 11 on the random setting that also threw in some inclines, 20 minutes on the cross trainer at level 7 on the aerobic program again which incorporates pushing and pulling with arms, sprinting, legs only and going in reverse and 10 minutes on the rowing machine with a resistance level of 6.
Now I don’t know if this is the best way for us to exercise as we are limited on time and we have no clue as to what makes for a good workout but I’m currently of the thinking that doing something is better than nothing and this is waaaaaay more than I’d do if I were just sat at home. That being said, I’m always open to advice so awesome reader, do you have any tips for me?
I also figured that some starting pictures might be a good idea so that I can look back over time and compare myself to where I began. I was going to do that today but totally forgot to get snap happy so this will hopefully happen on Wednesday when I’m back at the gym.
Food today was a Beef Pho Naked Noodle pot for lunch at 267 calories, a Pink Lady apple for a snack and a chicken curry for dinner that came in at a walloping 947 calories. I didn’t realise just how calorie dense that meal was but one thing I’ve not wanted to do with this calorie counting/better eating plan is to make my hubby suffer through eating foods that he doesn’t enjoy. The way I’m looking at it is that we all enjoy a curry in our house and even though I could have saved a ton of calories by not eating this, I’ve counted each calorie that it contains and worked it into my daily allowance. I’m full, satisfied and feeling good today.
I just hope that eating things like this doesn’t end up kicking me in the arse when it comes to my weigh in next week! I’ve always been on the larger side and have struggled to lose weight in the past, some people have said that could be affected by my Hypothyroidism but a doctor has never confirmed that for me so right now I’m blaming poor portion control, too many take outs and snacks. Hopefully monitoring what I eat will help me get myself to where I need and want myself to be. I guess we will see on Monday…
So a bit of history is probably the way to start this blog off. This could go on for a while so I’ll aim to keep it short and sweet.
My hubby and I met when I started temping at the company that he worked for. We started chatting, moved on to dating, bought a house together, got hitched in Vegas …
and started to try for a baby.
Sadly the trying for a baby thing wasn’t as easy as we hoped it would be, my periods were all over the place, I wasn’t ovulating and it just wasn’t happening for us so we went to the doctor to see what was what. After a few tests I was diagnosed with “unexplained infertility” and sent to see a fertility specialist at the hospital. More tests were performed and the specialist I saw decided that I’d need Clomid and Provera to start our medically assisted baby making journey. I was prescribed a years worth of medication but when I went to the pharmacy to get my pills they refused to give them to me because of the length of the prescription.
We then headed back to our GP who assessed the matter, gave me a revised prescription for three months and told me to book another appointment for a couple of months down the line. The first month passed and I began to ovulate but we didn’t manage to conceive, the second month came and again, I ovulated but didn’t conceive. Now it was time to head back to the GP. He told me that as we hadn’t conceived that we were being referred to the IVF clinic and that I wasn’t to bother taking the last months worth of Clomid. My hubby and mum both told me to take the meds that I had left, so like the good wife and daughter (and bad patient) that I am, I took the tablets that I had left and attended my appointment with the IVF team.
At the appointment we were told that my hubby would need to provide a semen sample for analysis and that I’d need a HSG before we could progress so everything was booked in and the wait began. The day of the HSG test came and before the test could be run a pregnancy test would need to be done to make sure that I wasn’t pregnant as this test would not be administered if I was. Imagine our shock when the test came back positive! The last months worth of Clomid, some charting, OPK’s, Preseed and good ol’ nookie created our amazing, perfect little girl. She’s my everything and I love her more than I can explain.
So why do you want another child? I hear you ask – well I always pictured myself having two or three kiddies and my daughter has also said that she would love a sister … a brother is acceptable and she’d love him just as much but a sister is her preference.
Fast forward to now and I am not ovulating again, I went back to a GP who referred me straight up to the hospital. I finally had a HSG done and all was well and after further testing my diagnosis of “unexplained infertility” morphed into “low ovarian reserve”. The specialist told me that she would be willing to provide me with Clomid and Provera again but only when I got my BMI down to 30 or less. I’m currently at 37 and need to lose around 45lbs. I have now been discharged from her care until I can manage my weight.
I’ve joined a gym and now use Boditrax to monitor my body but so far any fat that I have lost has been gained back in muscle.
I’ve since been back to the GP who has given me strict instructions to only focus on cardio even when I’ve been told that I need to build muscle to then burn more fat and to skip carbs after 6pm. I don’t know how well I’ll do on the cutting out of the carbs but I’ll definitely be calorie counting and portion controlling in an attempt to lose the weight that I need to and more.
So that’s where I’m at right now, lets see where I end up!