Week Two Gain :(

I’m annoyed to find that I put on .6 of a pound – I know it’s not much but it’s still going the wrong way on the scales and the annoying thing is that I can’t figure out why I gained. I haven’t been eating any worse than normal on the non-fasting days and I’ve been super careful with my calorie allowance on the two fasting days. All I can say is that I’ve felt heavier and more sluggish so maybe I’m gearing up for my first post-pregnancy-period or maybe it’s just that second week blip.

Either way, I’m not happy about it so I will be reassessing what I’m eating, possibly having three days of fasting (as apparently 4:3 is the new 5:2) and hoping to find  bit of time to add some DDP Yoga back into the mix.

Hoping for better next week!

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Week 1 Weigh In

Diets have always felt like hard work to me, I’ve always had to be so careful with calories, counting every single thing that I eat and craving everything that the diet doesn’t allow. This time I’ve eaten pretty much anything that I’ve wanted for five days out of the week – and some of those days contained “bad” food as we’ve had day trips out and family visits due to it being the school summer holidays – and I fasted for the other two.

The first fasting day wasn’t super great for me, I found it quite hard to feel so hungry and I did go a little over the 500 calories that were allowed as I ended up feeling sick towards the end of the day. That being said, the fact that I didn’t just stuff my face with everything that I could find (which is something that I normally do if I let myself feel that hungry) was quite a big win for me and I was pleased with how the day turned out.

The second fasting day wasn’t nearly as bad as the first which surprised me as I expected it to be just as bad, if not worse. I managed to stay on target and whilst I did feel hungry, I didn’t have that same sicky feeling which made things easier.

As it was only two days that I was restricting my calorie intake, and as I’ve not actually felt like I’ve been dieting, I wasn’t expecting a loss – especially as I’ve not introduced exercise to the mix yet – so I was pleasantly surprised to find that I’d lost 2lbs this morning! I really don’t feel like I’ve done much of anything to earn those 2lbs so I’m really happy with how this weight loss journey has started and I’m looking forward to seeing what the results can be when I do manage my calories better on the non-fasting days and when I begin exercising too.

So 2 down, 100 to go!

Take care,

Deb xox

Back on the Weight Loss Wagon

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.

Here goes…

Wish me luck 🙂

Well Duhhh!

The more that I calorie count everything that I eat, the easier it is to see where and how I went wrong in the past.

I’ve created spreadsheets to track my weight loss and calorie consumption as I find this a handy way to compare days and keep track but what I’m amazed by is how quickly the numbers all add up.

Just today I sat eating lunch with my daughter and she didn’t want to finish the little bun that was on her plate … so I did. As soon as I ate it I went to my spreadsheet and added on 75 calories (75 … for half of a small fairy cake!!!! I won’t be getting her these again!) and made sure I had it covered in my daily allowance. But this got me to thinking, if I wasn’t tracking my calories then I’d probably have gone on to have a cake of my own too, I’d have finished her sandwich, I’d have eaten some crisps etc. The eating would have carried on and I’d have had no clue as to how far over for the day I was. I wouldn’t have even thought about it – it’s so easy! 

It was like the lightbulb above my head switched on and I realised just how badly I’d been eating in the past and just how that affected my waistline and weight … then I had the “Well Duhhh” moment. It’s just so glaringly obvious and I knew how poorly I was eating, I just suppose I never really wanted to stop before.

This spurred me on to have my best session at the gym to date. I was working harder, going faster and sweating more than I ever had and, for the first time in a long time, I felt insanely proud of myself.

Right now I’m riding a high and I reallllly hope it continues. 

In other news, today I purchased my second Christmas present of the year. This was for my hubby but I get to join in on the fun as we are going to see Gogol Bordello and Lucky Chops live. Squeeee! 

The best thing is that this gig isn’t until the middle of December so I can go on a shopping spree for an outfit to wear as I’ll have hopefully lost quite a bit of weight by then. I’m excited for this as I despise shopping right now, I hate having to rummage through clothing trying to find my size, or finding something in my size only to find that it looks like I’ve thrown an ill-fitting sack over my head. I can’t wait to be able to just walk up to a rack, grab something from the middle, try it on and be happy with how I look. That will be an epic day in my weight loss journey.

Right, well I’m off to read with the kiddies tomorrow for the last time this school year so I’m going to get some sleep. 

Sweet dreams, 

Deb x

A Burning Question…

Today I remembered to charge my Fitbit and wear it to the gym but now I’m confused. During my workout I noticed that the number of calories that I’d burned on the machines read differently to what my Fitbit said that I’d burned and now I don’t know what to think.

The gym equipment that I’d used when I was checking this out showed that I’d burned 592 calories, at the same point the Fitbit showed 869 calories burned. That’s a difference of 277 calories!

So which is going to be the closest to the actual number I’d burned? Do I go off of the lower number to avoid disappointment, or do I go by the higher number and think of myself as much more of a kick arse workerouterererer? I know which number I want to believe that I’d achieved as by the end of our session I was dragging my arse tired, but I just don’t know!

Also, which arsehole decides to build a gym where the folks that use it have to walk up two flights of stairs to get out after they have had a knackering session? That’s just cruel, and in my case, insanely dangerous! I have shocking balance at the best of times but after an hour and a half of exercise focused mainly around legs I’m an accident waiting to happen.

Anyways, I meant to get some “before” pictures up on Monday but forgot to get them taken so we made up for it today. I hate that I’m posting these as I’m really not a fan of myself but I’ve decided that putting my starting point out for the world to see is a good thing as I now have to work my arse off to show some much improved “after” pictures. Please ignore the state of me!

Finally, this morning’s weigh in showed a further loss of 0.8 lbs. I’m shocked that there has been another loss on the scales but at the same time I’m still waiting for it to even itself out by the end of the week. I’m hoping that it doesn’t though – I don’t think I’ve ever worked this hard before so it would be nice to be rewarded well for my efforts.

See you later tater,

Deb x

The Best Way to Weigh?

I’ve seen people handle weighing-in in a few of different ways. Some people seem to only weigh weekly, some seem to have a routine where they will only weigh in at groups meetings for their slimming groups and others seem to weigh-in daily.

So, how should I weigh in? I don’t like the idea of slimming groups as I’m not a fan of the idea of weighing-in in front of people face to face. I’m actually incredibly shy and awkward around people who I don’t know (and even those that I do!) and I’m also not keen on spending membership fees on something like that as I am currently a stay at home mum and hate the idea of my hubby paying for something like that for me, even though I know that he gladly would.

That leaves me with weekly and daily weigh-in’s.

I like the idea of weekly as I guess that I don’t feel as pressured during the week but then at the same time daily appeals to me as I can see how each day has affected me and my weight, and I can see where I go wrong or do better.

So is there a correct way to weigh? What do you do?

I’m currently going with the daily until I’m told to do differently I guess, and today I weighed in at 233.4 lbs which gave me a loss of 2.8 lbs from yesterday. I find this to be an amazing number as I’ve not normally lost that much in a week when I have dieted in the past. I’m not expecting that number to really increase over the week but I’m dreading it going down. I really want the work that I put in to show so that I can feel excited about my progress and want to keep at it.

I know that it’s my food choices and portion sizes that have gotten me to where I am right now and because of it I’m feeling hungry. I’ve gone from a whopping plate of food to a measured and portioned out meal but I’m also finding that, even though I’m calorie counting, I’m able to have the odd treat and still come in under my calorie allowance. I know that some people will think that I should just cut all of the crap from my diet or that I should only drink kale and spinach smoothies, but I know for a fact that if I don’t allow myself the little treats here and there (today it was two Oreo biscuits and a piece of toffee) that I will fall off of the wagon before it’s even really started rolling.

Well I guess that’s all I have to say for now, I’m looking forward to seeing where these changes take me.

Until next time,

Deb

 

And So It Begins

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…

Until next time folks…

Deb x