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Day 174 - 9stone 12lbs

Dec 09, 2012 - 0 comments

I knew it would happen, despite my best efforts yesterday, the scales have tipped in at 9stone 12lbs AGAIN!!!!!  +1lb

The saving grace is that I am still below 10stone which is now my backstop.  I do not want to see 10stone on the scale ever again and I will do everything I can to make sure this happens (even over Xmas).  I need to get as far away from 10stone as I can before the Christmas break!

Yesterday was a good day, but as exepcted I have put on some weight due to the Christmas Dinner with the photographers at HCT.  I did eat very sensibly, I had parsnip soup to start (probably very high in calories as they say that chefs always tend to add more butter if a sauce or soup does not quite taste right!).  Then I had roast turkey (no skin) sprouts, carrots and cauliflower with gravy (calories probably well hidden in the gravy).  I did not have roast potatos – this was a conscious decision as I knew the other vegetables would suffice.  This was followed by pudding and then a mince pie.

In the evening I managed to force my body to do 60 minutes on the exercise bike and I really did try and put some effort into it.  According to my heart rate monitor I was cycling mostly in the fat burning range.

So, although I am disappointed in seeing the scales flip over from 9stone 11 to 9stone 12 I am still pleased that the actual weigh increase is only actually ounces.

As it is Sunday I am writing this blog earlier than normal and this morning I have already done another 60 minutes on the excercise bike.  This morning it really was a big effort as my legs were tired from yesterday.  However I have been spurred on by the weight increase and I forced myself to do the whole 60 minutes at a pretty sustained (tho gentle) rate.

I also spent about 45 minutes chopping firewood, and although I have no idea how many calories this burnt off I am content to know that it still counts as extra exercise.

I really want to see 9stone 11 on the scales tomorrow so I am going to be really careful with what I eat today.  Maximum 1000 calories!!!

Still I have lost a total of 39lbs so that is something to cheer

Day 110 - 06th October 2012

Oct 06, 2012 - 0 comments

What on earth is going on??  10stone 2lbs and 6 ounces this morning! WOW am I pleased about that, but it begs the question of why was I 10stone 6 yesterday.  A 3.5lb loss in one day!!!!  I am now totally convinced that it must have been water retention from Thursday. (It should also be noted that I had a crashing headache Thursday evening)

Yesterday my calorie consumption was 1056 so I had not scrimped on carlorie intake.  I did 30 minutes on the exercise bike at a moderate pace and according to my heart rate monitor this only burnt off 267 calories.  I did not do anything different that I have for the last 110 days.

The body is a wonderful, but strange thing - it has its own reasons for doing what it does when trying to lose fat and weight.  Still, whatever the reason it rewarded me this morning with 10stone 2lbs and I am not going  to ague with that! :)

After 110 days I know that the weight will fluctuate and there is little or nothing I can do about it.  Trying to force the weight down will backfire and the body will go into starvation mode and hange on to everything I eat if I deny myself calories.  Over or excessive exercising (never likely with me!!!!) would also be detrimental as that runs the risk of injury and I find it hard enough now to do and hour or so two or three times a week.

The one thing I have noticed is that as my weight and fat has gone down, my energy has increased.  Everything seems to have speeded up.... I seem to talk more quickly, I walk and move a lot more quickly and I think a lot more quickly.  As for my self image - that has really improved dramatically.  I CAN look in the mirror and although I still see a FAT person I can also now see how much LESS FAT I am becoming.  

I AM succeeding and this is confirmed to me regularly by my husband (and yesterday a visit to my brother and his wife also said that I look great).

Today is the first day of the rest of my life and I am going to make it a good one!

Day 109 - 5th October 2012

Oct 05, 2012 - 0 comments

10stone 6lbs this morning - where did that 2 extra pounds come from?????  It is a real mystery!!  I have definitely NOT over eaten at all this week - my calorie intake has been between 1000 and 1100 per day.  Yes, I have done some cycling but no more than any other week so the only thing I can think of is that I have either gained some muscle or have retained some water.

Whatever the reason for this weight gain I am sure it will even itself out again.  I can tell that this last 14lbs is really going to be the hardest to lose.  It looks as tho my body is going to fight me - but I WILL lose that 14lbs and I WILL keep it off.

I will get to 9st 7lbs - so fight all you want will eventually succumb to my will!!!!! ha!ha!ha!

People say this is precisely why you should not weigh yourself every day - but I say - it depends on whether or not this is a help or a hindrance and it depends very much on how you react when the scales do not tell you what you want to see.  For ME, weighing and measuring myself every day is a definite help...... it keeps me focussed and temporary weight gains of a pound or two no longer cause me to fall into a deep depression or want to give up.  Why?  because after 109 days my whole attitude to my weight has changed.

This is only the third time since I started losing weight and fat that my weight has actually increased by a couple of pounds.  As I have said before - if you can't change something, then change the way you think about it.  

Day 108 - 4th October 2012

Oct 04, 2012 - 0 comments

Today I feel a lot better than the last two days….. my stress levels are beginning to subside.  Hopefully this will continue for a while – sometimes work really does mess with your ability to remain strong.  My plans to ride the exercise bike went out the window because by the time I got home from work I thought I was just too tired.  Probably should have done the exercise…. But I did not.

The temptation to “comfort eat” was almost overwhelming at times – but I stacked up on high fibre food so when I just felt I had to eat something I tucked into a piece of celery.  At only 10 calories per 100g and being mostly water and fibre I at least managed to curb the need to eat.


Fibre is the part of plant foods that the body cannot digest. It passes through the body without providing any nutrition or calories but it is an extremely healthy ingredient that is needed by the body..
It helps to keep us “regular” and can ward off certain diseases like colon and bowel cancer.  Apparently, from what I have read is that cancer causing agents in our intestines get bound to fibre and move through the colon more quickly than they otherwise would. Fibre is also fantastic for moving cholesterol  and fat out of the body, thus reducing the risk of heart disease and clogged arteries.

Best of all fibre helps to keep the body slim because it make you feel full a lot quicker and then it hangs around in the stomach for much longer than other foods.  It slows down the rate of digestion.
Some good examples of  foods that are high in fibre include:

•Celery, carrots and other such vegetables like lentils and peas
•Brown rice
•Whole grains (wheat, rye, barley oats and bran)
Products labelled "whole grain" are made with the complete grain kernel

Steer clear of refined grains (white rice, white bread, pasta etc) because they don’t contain much fibre and they tend to turn into glucose which can cause the insulin levels in the body to rise.  The body then stops burning fat and starts to store it instead.

Also because refined grains cause the insulin in the body to rise, the body then follows this up with a drop in the insulin level which makes us feel tired and hungry again and wanting to eat something sweet again.
Word of caution – too much fibre or a sudden and rapid increase in fibre can result in excess gas and loose poo!!!!! – the best thing to do is increase the fibre intake slowly and make sure you drink plenty of water/fluids otherwise if you don’t have enough fluid – then you can get constipated!