I have been a very successful dieter in the past, but with an embolism (lung), foot surgery and a dreadful year in 2007 - parents in law killed in a motor vehicle accident, my old dog died, my horse was killed by a snake - I lost focus big time!
I have suddenly looked in the mirror and wondered what on earth I was thinking. We are having a wonderful 9 week holiday overseas in August / September and I am DETERMINED to look good and feel good for the trip.
My big behind waddling around the National Parks of the USA and Canada would not be a good look.
Thanks so much for your encouragement, I really need it.
Congratualtions on taking the first steps to changing your life .
I know exactly what you mean when you look in the mirror and and say "oh my god, where did all that weight come from?" like it just happened overnight .
What's important now, is you've acknowledged you need to loss weight and have taken charge! Good on you, all the very best with your journey. Like Fiona said, one step/one kilo at a time. A loss is a loss and you'll be striding through the US national parks in no time . Lane xo
On a mission to return to 'PRE-BABY' glory days! My loves Frazer 8, Clay 7 & Harper 2
I've been good, really I have, but my weight this morning was UP 0.3kg.
I have walked at least half an hour every day (on bitumen, in 35 degree heat), used my rowing machine for 15 minutes a day, and scrupulously counted every calorie using the Calorie King software; I am averaging just under 1200 calories a day.
Building a bit of muscle + water retention, I guess? My jeans are looser (she said hopefully / pathetically).
Fingers crossed for tomorrow!
How's everyone else going after the weekend? I always come unstuck on weekends if I am going to come unstuck, but this time there's NO turning back.
You have to eat more calories hun! Sounds crazy but it works
Thanks to this forum I have recently learnt that:
* Eating less that 1200 calories a day not only slows down your metabolism, but makes your body think its not getting enough food, so it holds onto what it can.
I was eating 900-1000 cals a day and had a major plateau. This last week I have changed my cal intake everyday hoping to trick my body, i've bascially gone 1200, 1500, 1300, 1800, 1200, 1300, 1400 etc and I lost a whopping 900 grams (huge for me ) this last week! Prior to that the previous week I only lost 200 grams on VERY low cal and intense exercise.
You're doing great on the exercise but definitely up your cals (good ones like fruit, veg, lean meat etc) NEVER eat less than 1200 cals a day.
Saying goodbye to calorie counting AND scales for a while.
Just enjoying the new and improved healthy me and embracing my new lifestyle!
All that panic for nothing - I weighed in this morning at 94.8kg, 700g lighter than last week. Phew! The pressure is off for another week.
WOW! Fiona, so close to goal 900g is great! Keep up the good work and for heavens sake, DON'T leave us when you reach goal - Please?
I know what you mean about eating more; I am using Calorie King so what I am showing is Nett calories after exercise is deducted. In gross calories I have never gone below 1400.
The theory is that you can trick your body into believing that it is a time of plentiful hunting (we ARE hunter/gatherers, after all) - if you convince your body that the hunt is good it revs up your metabolism.
On the other hand, too few calories tells your body to go into survival mode (drought or famine) and conserve resources - so down goes the metabolism!
I try to eat something six times a day; three big meals and three little ones, often just 100grams of yoghurt.
I think my problem this week was a false low last week - 3kg in one week just isn't very likely.
it's probably a bit of water, bit of muscle building, bit of who knows? our bodies fluctuate so much day to day that even weekly weigh-ins are not likely to be accurate. what you want to see is a trend over time - you want to be able to look back at your last couple of months and see an overall downward trend! which you can do so don't worry so much about the number week to week - you'll never figure out how that works, i know i haven't!