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Postby Pinkie » Thu Jan 04, 2007 11:00 am

Hi Guys

I touched on my story when I said my intros, but thought I'd go into it a little more detail here :D

A few years ago I'd just had my second son and after a year I was feeling so huge and yukky. It was coming up Christmas again 2004 and trying to find something to wear (I was around 84/85 kilos at that stage) and it was depressing me again! So for the few weeks leading up to Christmas I really got into the headspace of the final hoorah. Like a last supper type thing. My ankles were swollen, my heart beat really fast all the time, I suffered headaches and constantly tired all the time. I hated it. I wanted it to change, especially as I had 2 toddlers that kept me on my toes (you'd think that would've kept me fit!!).

Anyway for Christmas my mum gave me the Eat Right for your Type recipe book. I knew a little about the blood group diet, my mum is an avid follower, although there was lots of things about it that I disagreed with. After new years, I did a detox for a couple of days (juices and water) and then started on my OWN eating plan, incorporating the blood group diet, my intolerances of wheat and dairy and just generally being careful with what I ate. Lifestyle change is a better word for it. I had small portions, I hate a heavier meal (like a rice dish) for lunch, and then a small lighter meal for dinner (like fish and salad). I didn't do a lot of exercise in the beginning as I was very unfit and just wanted to get over the feeling of tiredness. After a couple of weeks I'd lost 3kg - couldn't believe it! Then I started walking. I did 30 mins every morning. I steadily started to lose 0.5-1kg a week and then hit a plateau. So I got my old manual treadmill out and started doing 30 mins on that every morning. Then the weight started coming off again. Eventually my treadmill broke down (it was really old) so I bought myself a crosstrainer - best thing ever!!

I basically followed my own eating regime, I did my own workouts and upped the ante when I felt I was getting bored with my exercise routine or hit a plateau. I incorporated weights and stomach crunches and things like that. I was getting very toned and people started to notice. I'd dropped 2 dress sizes, by the time 8 or 9 months had passed I was 15kg lighter! I was really proud of myself. I never denied myself anything either. If we had pizza (takeaway) I'd have 1 or 2 pieces and that's it. I also opted for the vegetarian pizza too. Hubby and I love our curries (indian style) so I'd make it up and have it for lunch instead of dinner and just have a smaller portion.

My problem is sweet things, I have a terrible sweet tooth. After meals I'd crave something sweet and then it wouldn't stop. I really restricted myself on the sweet things and had fruit instead. I really have to watch myself with the sweet stuff though, because it's like an addiction.

So what happened after that? I got down to 68kg which on the BMI I was just inside the healthy weight range. For my height and body type 63-65kg is the right weight for me. I put a couple of kilos back on and at 70kg I was a size 12-14, but I was comfy and I managed to maintain it for nearly 2 years. Then mid last year (2006) we went to Coral Bay for a holiday and relaxed everything - our eating and exercising. Instead of getting back on the wagon when we get home, we kept eating badly and here I am, back to 78 kilos again. *Sigh*. I've struggled the past couple of months, realising what I've done but it's a viscious cycle. I've again coaxed myself into a space where I'm keen to lose the weight and back on the wagon now.

My biggest weight problem for me now is my bust. I've always been very big (you shoulda seen me when I was feeding my boys!! :shock: ). To get down to my goal weight I'd still be a D-DD cup. Right now its excrutiating at a 14F, so that is one big motivation to lose weight.

I'm so glad I've found this forum as you guys are so inspiring and motivating. Thank you for reading this - sorry its so long!!
Pinkie xx

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Postby Chinta » Thu Jan 04, 2007 11:34 am

Long is good...... we get the whole picture then :D

That`s the problem with sweet stuff......... who can stop at 1 square of chocolate?

You are now suffering back pains due to increased bust size, so that will help motivate you to drop your extra kgs. You can do it :D
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Postby zeedeveelgirl » Thu Jan 04, 2007 12:19 pm

Wow, what a great story! That's very inspiring, you should be proud of yourself to have lost all that weight.. Although you put it back on, you are back here wanting to lose weight again so that's great! Just keep thinking that you know you can do it, because you have done it before!!!
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Postby Serena » Thu Jan 04, 2007 1:39 pm

On the Tony Ferguson diet they recommend a vitamin supplement called Biochromium, I think it's Blackmore's. It's supposed to help with sugar cravings. Maybe you could give it a shot. They never did much for me - I'm more the constant habitual grazer than the after dinner sweet tooth.
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Postby kate_turner2000 » Thu Jan 04, 2007 2:31 pm

yeah chromium helps some people with their sugar cravings and its just a vitamin you take so you could try that. thanks for sharing that with us marnie :) i know what you mean i was down to 71kg and over xmas i have put on weight and have gone up. i knew it was going to happen though and just need to get back on the wagon mid january :) there will be times in our lives where our weight will go up and down, we just need to think positively and it will all work out in the end :)
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Postby Groovychic » Thu Jan 04, 2007 3:34 pm

Welcome Pinkie. Thank you for sharing your story with us. Just remember through your journey that you know you can do it. Look back at the photos of a year ago etc. Its easy to indulge whilst on holidays. We went to Exmouth in October and I put on 1.5kg. It took me until the end of November just to get rid of that. And then of course December is full of socialising, but I did manage to keep it to just 1/2kg over the period. I'm hoping that might be gone by the end of next week. I'm not silly to think it will be gone by tomorrow(Friday is weigh in day!!!) but stranger things have happened!!!! I'd be happy if I was back at 68.5 by Friday week. Exercise is extremely important, but it is about the food as well. I noticed you cut right down on your evening meal. I did that through November and it helped me lose that weight. It appears that I can eat a fair bit up until about 3 in the arvo and then I have to really limit what I eat after that. I do plenty of exercise but eat way too much. At my evening meal!!! But it is so hard for me to cut it down. I do try but every night I end up putting too much on my plate because I want a bit of everything! And I like to have a variety of vegetables for dinner, or salad as the case may be. Even eating a large salad and small piece of meat or fish or whatever is still too much for me! Write down what your problems are with food and exercise and try to work through each one at a time. You achieved success before with a great lifestyle change, so remember the things that helped you get there and get right back into doing them.

And thanks for adding your kms to the challenge mate!!!
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Postby Pinkie » Thu Jan 04, 2007 4:12 pm

Hey no worries :D

Thanks for the heads up about the Blackmore's product. I'm going out tomorrow so I'll look it up! I'll try anything that'll help.

Cheers guys
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Postby hushpuppy » Thu Jan 04, 2007 7:03 pm

Thanks for your story pinkie . i def can relate to the weet tooth as my family are avid choc eaters . most nites they break out the cadbury choc blocks . i am solwly learning to say no and when they do break it out i get my crackers and dip or my low fat freggie bar
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Postby tiffanyp » Thu Jan 04, 2007 7:16 pm

Your story sounds so familiar to mine Pinkie!
I too lost heaps of weight after having my second child.
I went to the gym every day doing at least 1.5-2hrs of excercise a day.
I would walk out of there looking like I had had a shower 'cause my hair would be so wet from sweating!
I got down to 65kilo and was fitting in to clothing that I hadnt worn for a few years.
Then, whamo, I went back to fulltime work and within six months I am back up to 80 kilo!!! That quick! Six months of not moving, putting whatever passed my mouth in it and basically eating and drinking too much!

So, I too am very keen to lose the weight. My boobs are huge too and because I am nearing the big 40 I have put all the weight on around my stomache and chest so I look like I am pregnant. Muffin top drooping over my pants as I try to squeeze myself in to my size 12 pants! (I threw out all my size 14's as I had sworn to myself that I would never need them again!)

I went to a shop tonight and bought a pair of size 14 pants, they are firm and I need to drop at least 1-2 kilo before they will look nice, but I am going to get there!
Then, from there I will be focussing on my size 12 existing wardrobe as my incentive.

I hate getting on scales; the best way for me to feel if I am losing weight is if my clothing fits. Seeing the scales go up to 80 kilo the other morning almost made me go and buy a packet of tim tams and throw myself off a building!

So, I would rather get excited trying on clothing instead!
What ever works right girls??

Anyway, I loved your story Pinkie, thanks for sharing

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Postby kate_turner2000 » Thu Jan 04, 2007 7:52 pm

Image hi!!

tiff i am the same with the scales- theyre depressing!!
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Postby Ally » Thu Jan 04, 2007 8:19 pm

Hey Marnie, thanks for sharing your story!! I think it is incredible that you have come so far!! I don't think it will take you that long to get back into the swing of things and set the scales in a downward direction again!! I had a similar experience when I lost 30kgs....but then the old eating habits started creeping back in and then more and more crap crept back in and before I knew it I had put it all back on and then some!! But the important thing is to never give up and although it is disheartening to start again... it is better than not starting at all!! Keep going and you will find that strength to succeed!

Tiffany if you feel that you don't want to weigh, then that is your choice darl! Maybe as well as the clothes fit test you could take a tape measure and get your measurements and record them as they diminish too?? Just a thought :wink:
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Postby tiffanyp » Thu Jan 04, 2007 8:47 pm

Yes Ally, I agree. I think it is probably more important to focus on the measurements rather than the weight. Especially if you start to build muscle.

As I dont own a tape measure (cant even sew on a button! SHAME :oops: ) I will invest in one and get my daughter (Amy) to help me record myself.

Then I will get a photo and post it on this forum with my measurements so public humiliation can prevail if I fall off the wagon!

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Postby Ally » Thu Jan 04, 2007 9:11 pm

Oh mate, it can't all be that bad!!! LOL (unless you have like 2 heads or something!!! :lol: :P ) Looking forward to seeing that pic of you!

don't forget to put that tape measure on your list!
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Postby Pinkie » Fri Jan 05, 2007 9:38 am

OMG Tiff that is amazing. We sound exactly the same. My wardrobe is full of size 12 stuff as well and some days I get so desperate for things to wear I squeeze into my pants and it just looks horrendous. So that is motivation enough.

I'm with ya there girls - scales are evil!!

I'm going to do the photo thing as well. Seeing Kate's photo up there (haven't seen the others yet) is so motivating and like you Tiff, if I put mine up there then I'll be less likely to be swayed to fall off the wagon.

I tell you what, doing my workout this morning was so much fun because I was picturing myself walking to Darwin from Adelaide (lol even though I've never been to either) but thinking 'every KM couts, every KM counts...' THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE!! :D
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Postby tiffanyp » Fri Jan 05, 2007 9:53 am

Hey Girls, most of you have excercised already thismorning!
I've been up since 6.30am, my son (he is 2) woke me 'cause he wanted 'breakfast', so I got up, made breaky for him ate my weetbix (slowly), watched a bit of sunrise, then started getting ready for work, making beds, doing dishes from breaky, waking my other daughter (she is sluggish in the morning and takes a while to get motivated) We were all dressed and out the door by 8.10am!
Dropped them off at their Grandparents and went to work where I have been on the phone, and sitting at my desk all morning.
I am about to go out the door and stand in some houses for a few hours (doing open inspections - I am in Real Estate) then it will be back to the desk to make more phone calls.... until 6pm tonight!
At which time I will go get my kids who will be hungry and tired, I will have to go home, rummage through my pantry to find something to cook - still havent done any shopping - been too busy to stop!
Hell hour will be spent cooking, bathing the kids, it takes me nearly an hour to put my kids to bed. They are both very demanding - all beit it is my fault that they are like that. But after six stories, 10 lullybys and lots of kisses they will eventually fall asleep.
So by about 9pm tonight I just might have some time to myself at which is will be dark and the kids will be in bed and I cant leave them at home by themselves!

So, again for the second day in a row I wont get to go for my walk.

I havent seen my husband for the past three days as he has been fishing and he wont be home over the next two nights either...so single mum I am!

Anyway, food wise, I havent touched a drop of alcohol (used to have 1-2 wines per night :oops: ) Have reduced my meal sizes, even though they havent been that great in the calorie catagory, at least they are smaller than they were a week ago!
And, I have walked three times only this week.

Hmmm... let see what the scales say next Tuesday when I weigh myself!

Cheers for now.
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