So 4 pounds gone in 4 weeks - slow but sure I reckon. I think I should get an award for the slowest weight loss in the world! But its working so that is fine.
Feel so motivated. Now 3 stone 1 pound gone (in nearly 9 months...) and 18 stone 3. Cant wait to get in the 17s.
Might have to start thinking of exercise - maybe the gym and just take it easy with my back... would be good for my mindset too.
Hope you are all doing fine yaaaay x
💜Good morning! Yaaaay! So impulsive unplanned weigh in this morning after only 2 weeks and.... yaaay 3 pounds gone! Well chuffed!!!! So that's 39 pounds gone and brings me down to 18 stone 7 pounds which was my first goal when I started my weight loss.
In a few weeks time I'm going to try the C9 Clean - not so much to obtain a great weight loss in 9 days (although this is likely to happen) but to detox, 'smooth out' my eating, and kick start my motivation.
Won't weigh myself for at least 3 weeks now as its Sophie's birthday on 23 May and we have a carvery planned next Sunday (at least 14 roast pots), Pizza Hut on the Monday (do they still do unlimited ice cream???), and no doubt lots of goodies on her birthday on the Tuesday... And I refuse not to indulge!!
One thing I have learnt so far - and I kind of knew this but never took it seriously - is that what you do sometimes doesn't matter - its what you do most the time that is important. And I have really implemented this mindset since I started losing weight. So I enjoy special occasions and eat whatever I want - with no guilt. But once they are over go back to my 'normal' eating. (Obviously don't weigh myself straight after an 'occasion'.....)
Another difference this time is I am still on my weight loss plan after seven and a half months. That's the longest I have stuck to losing weight ever. 6 months is normally my limit and then I regain again - but I now recognise how this happens and it just has not happened this time. Yaaay
So onwards we go - hope you are all doing well💜
Well I did my weigh in after 6 weeks - didn't expect much, and didn't get much! My aim was to have maintained and I have actually lost one pound so - yaaaay I am pleased! So now 36 pounds lost, 12.08% of body weight lost and a mere 18 stone 10 pounds.
And I am so so motivated now! Think the last few months was a bit of a rest as to be honest haven't really had much interest. And I do believe that this is the stage where I normally regain and then like that's it! So really think I have made good progress.
I am going to cut back a bit now - look at portions sizes which may have creeped up a bit. Also I am thinking of doing on her C9 Clean and I may do it too in a few weeks as a quick detox. Never done anything like that before but reckon a quick, sharp, shock to the system may be a good thing.
Hope everyone is happy regardless if they are losing weight or not, and have a super sparkly bank holiday
The Perfect Storm
Well after nearly 40 years of weight issues I think I may have made my first progress! I have identified the time it all goes wrong for me - that is when I lose weight and suddenly stop and then regain all the weight again. This has happened on every single weight loss attempt I have done.
So, it seems it is the meeting of 3 things
1. Time - having been on the weight loss plan for a while, lost some weight, but really the whole 'novelty' and interest is waning
2. I get an interest in something else which being an 'all or nothing' person gets all my focus
3. An event which involves treats such as ice cream/chocs in excess
This has happened to me this week - been on a diet for 6 months, become focused on my teaching course and teaching therapies, and my birthday which involved excessive amounts of chocs and ice cream.
And I got that feeling of succumbing to a life of choc fest and ice cream and not caring if I did.
But I didn't! This is the most important progress I have made ever. And there is a reason. I have always assumed my health was not good - I dreaded going to the GP - the thought of health tests gave me panic attacks and I avoided them. Last sept the GP said I was diabetic and made me do loads of tests - the worst being and ecg and blood pressure 24hr monitoring. And all was ok. And my blood sugar is normal again, and it seems so is my blood pressure, and my ecg was fine (I was shocked at that - was waiting for the gp to ring and say I needed heart surgery)
So my reason is simple. i want to be healthy, keep my blood sugar and blood pressure normal, and not fear going to the doctors. For me it seems to be as simple as that.
And in view of this I now do not care how slow the weight loss is as long as it is in the right direction. Next weigh in the sunday after next which will by then be 5 weeks since the previous weigh in.
Huge discovery for me... yaaaaay - can anyone else identify with this at all
Overview Sept 2016 to Feb 2017
Welcome to my blog! So my starting point was as a very overweight (like huge amount of wobble..), chocolate and ice cream addicted, and sedentary gal who had never used any beauty products in her life! Not only that but the only thing to touch my face in 56 years has been water - never used soap, creams or anything. Oh and my GP announced I was diabetic 11 weeks ago... (what no more chocolate?? Screeeaaaaaam!!!). So.. big changes have been a foot...
So a brief overview of the last 11 weeks. If you have read my health and wellbeing journal you will see I have actually managed to lose 24 pounds in weight - pretty chuffed with that, but an awful long way to go - another 78 pounds at least to go.... And its Christmas time now and all those chocs everywhere... very hard and I must admit I have relaxed my rules a little, but I am determined not to lose the plot completely. The chocs had well and truly gone until a few days ago when I firstly ravished a tin a Quality Street, with a sequel the following day involving Ferrero Rochers. Totally ashamed but kind of back on the straight and narrow now... Interestingly though it seems my diabeties seems to have reversed to some extent... normal blood sugars even after consuming the vast (and I mean vast) amount of chocs.
11 weeks ago I also randomly signed up to be a Neal's Yard Remedies Consultant. For someone who had no interest in skin care or beauty products this was most definately a pretty random if not strange thing to do.... My reason at the timie was so that I could use the products for my Reflexology treatments. However since then an obsession has developed and the product is applied daily to every inch of my body! (Thats a lot of inches...)
You may have noticed the #bewhoyouwannabe hashtag on the site. That is my kind of 'so what, do what you want'. Dont let others tell you how you should be, what you should do - be who you want to be! One of my contributions to this is having a lip and tongue piercing - to say my mother hates this is an understatement! And perhaps I am too 'old' to have piercings - but I like them!
Have a super day!
24 pounds gone in 11 weeks
I have been a bit slack in updating my weight loss blog - but I am pleased to say that since I started my weight loss 11 weeks ago I have now lost 24 pounds - and my life has changed so much. Not in happiness - as I don't think our happiness depends on what we weigh - but I have gone from being immobile to mobile - so that has made such a difference!
Due to my weight and bad back, 11 weeks ago I could not walk or move without pain - and really could only 'shuffle' 20 - 50 yards. Now I can walk - and with a spring in my step. Yes my back is still bad - but it is not impacting me like it was. It feels so awesome to have the freedom to walk and move. Ok I still need to get fitter and extend my distance but am pretty pleased with change so far - really life changing
Additionally my blood sugars seem to have normalised. Being diagnosed as diabetic was the kick start I needed. And with all my simple sugars eliminated it left me with quite a low daily calorie intake - hence the weight loss. Luckily I was only 'slightly' diabetic - if there is such a thing - and now it seems my blood sugar is normal again phew. But what I mustn't do is go back to the 'ole simple sugars. For me that is chocolate, anything chocolate flavoured and ice cream...
So that is me so far. Still a long way to go - another 78 pounds to go - and even then won't be slim... but hey that is ok.
Have a super day!
'Only' 4 pounds loss - irrational thought process...
Three week weigh in - 4 pound loss - so now total of 24 pounds in 11 weeks. I am pleased but those niggling past feelings of it should be more are coming up. I feel I have lost more than 4 pounds as during the last 3 weeks there has been a tremendous difference in my ability to walk and move - and so much fitter.
However my sensible and logical brain tell me that scales are not an accurate measurement of fat loss and they weigh the whole body weight (ie water etc). Interestingly my weigh in 3 weeks ago showed a 7 pound loss in 3 weeks - but I never felt like I had lost that much.
So my logical brain is trying to kick out my irrational brain - I probably had low body fluid last time and higher this time. I probably have built some muscle from being more active.
I am probably over analyzing. Lawrence says hey that is brilliant, its all in the right direction. And he is right - but I am sure you all know what its like - those feelings of 'it should have been more'
3 Week Weigh In
Yaaaaaaay - official 3 week weigh in today and lost 6 pounds in last 3 weeks - so that is a total of 13 pounds in last 5 weeks - 4.36% of total body weight. Have to say I have really worked hard in the last 3 weeks - calories of around 1200 to 1500 a day. But then I haven't been active due to my bad back and general unfitness.
Had a good (for me) walk on Wednesday but since then my back seems really bad so its been so hard to walk.
I think i need to be consuming around 1500 calories a day long term - so plan is to compensate the extra calories with more activity.
I don't take painkillers with my back so maybe I should occasionally take them just to get me walking - and perhaps the more exercise I do the better it will get....
Good news also is that now I have the new blood sugar monitor from the diabetic nurse my blood sugar readings are in the normal range (one i bought from amazon was reading over 2mmol too high)
Feeling motivated, loving my Fitbit, yaaaaay
Ooooooh That is not Nice!
So was in bed last night about to enjoy listening to the 'Moral Maze' on Radio 4. I usually enjoy this programme, but alas this was not to be on this occasion. The subject was the validity of using the term 'undeserving' in relation to certain sectors of society. And yes you can guess which sector was discussed the most.... the 'undeserving obese'!
Yes of course we 'choose' to be overweight - we do it on purpose as we love to get out of breath when walking, not being able to find fashionable clothes, worrying whenever we hear the news readers saying we are going to get every illness and disease going. We get ridiculed by the media on news and health programmes and those dreadful documentaries - such fun! I will stick my neck out and say that virtually every overweight person would rather be 'slim'. Whether they should is another topic altogether, but in terms of fitting in with society I am sure they would.
To state the obvious and what we all know, it is not so much a choice but a permanent battle. Reasons for this are diverse but generally originate in the mental realm and are just as valid as those of the anorexic. Bovey in fact goes as far to say, 'Binge eaters are failed bulimics, bulimics are failed anorexics'. However there is no society prejudice aimed at those who suffer from anorexia - and rightly so. But dare be overweight and that is a totally different story.
Anyhow back to Radio 4 - grrrrrrrr... The most lenient commentator took the view that it was not our fault - it was because we needed educating... Yeh right.. Do we or do we not know the calorific value of every food substance on earth?? We should do, we have had enough practice with our countless episodes of weight loss and regain. Another commentator took the view that the 'obese' should be denied medical treatment - it is their fault so they should be told to lose weight and then they would be reconsidered. Thanks.
What this does show is the very little understanding that the medical profession have about why people gain weight and why they cannot keep the weight off. Surely if we have an 'obesity epidemic' this should be a priority? Blaming and marginalising a sector of society for something they do their best to conquer but fail to achieve on a repeated basis is cruel, mean and quite frankly not very democratic.
As I have said before, obesity is the last legal prejudice allowed and commentaries such as those on Radio 4 last night just perpetrate this.
Weight Loss Thoughts
Presently I have 105 pounds to lose (again....) - I have yo-yo dieted all my adult life. It is still my quest to understand why this happens and how it can be kept off. It seems nearly everyone who loses weight ultimately regains it again, and this does not seem to be addressed.
Recent research has shown that that those who do manage to maintain their lower weight for a period of time only do so by carrying on with dieting - albeit with a slighty higher daily calorie allowance. They were seen to exercise heavily, keep a record of all calorie consumed and basically had to think about everything they ate. Does not bode well....
I do wonder whether the process of 'going on a diet' destroys ever having a normal relationship with food and thus we are either 'dieting' and losing, or 'not dieting' and gaining. There is no middle ground. Could it be that the diet industry encourages weight recycling - perhaps not intentionally - but certainly by their methods. And of course there is the media.... and that dreadful little word.... 'obesity'.....could they not have thought of a nicer sounding word? Even 'fat' sounds better...... And considering the high rate of weight regain (recycling), why is it that this area is not addressed. We hear of the dieting - weight loss aspect - but not afterwards. We read about the best way to lose weight, we get diet sheets from the doctor, but no-one talks about what happens when we get there. Success should not be measured by number of pounds lost, but number of pounds kept off.
I am not against losing weight - I am of course myself setting out yet again. My aims are modest though - I will not be slim - rathercurvy'. A 105 pound loss will bring me into the lower 30's of the BMI and I will take it from there. I do sometimes wonder if its not 'weight' that is unhealthy, but lifestyle - the food we eat and the activity we do. We see research showing how unhealthy it is to be overweight (I shall use this word, not that other awful word). But is it actually the excess weight that is bad, or could it be that those who are overweight maybe do not eat healthily or exercise? Could the statistical correlation that those who are overweight suffer more ill health not be causal. Could it be more to do with unhealthy diets and lack of activity?
However undoubtedly there must be a limit - what I am suggesting is that perhaps up to the lower thirties BMI may be ok providing one assumes a healthy diet and is reasonably active. I would love for research to be undertaken on this to see if this is indeed so.
I hope you will join me in this venture and maybe between us we can come up with some answers and at the same time achieve a weight we are happy with.
Weight Loss Progress
Morning! Ok so I am 17 days into my new weight loss plan. Weighed on day 12 and yaaay lost 7 pounds. Very chuffed at that.
Having been diagnosed as diabetic just over 2 weeks ago and controlling it with diet, this has meant the biggest change I have ever had to my eating. Even when I have lost weight before (always regained I hasten to add) I have never had to so traumatically restrict what I eat. I am still learning and experimenting with different foods to see what does and does not increase my sugar levels. I purchased a machine which reads my blood sugar levels and I don't see how its possibly to do this without one. Why they are not routinely given out by the NHS I do not know.
I will admit to finding this really difficult but I am very very determined. What is strange is that I am not really focusing on calories anymore - its all about sugar. But what I am finding is that when I add them up at the end of the day I am only having between 1200 and 1500 (my aim is 1700 a day). I think what is making it hard is that my normal diet is high carb/low fat - and with 'extras' like chocolate, ice cream etc - and its the 'extras' which causes my weight problem on the whole. I am having butter (well flora proactive) on my boiled potatoes to reduce the sugar effect, and eating cheese - something I have never done before.
One thing I am finding is that I can taste any hint of sugar in anything. My pot porridge (with pumpkin seeds) for breakfast tastes so sweet whereas it never did before.
Sorry this post is a bit boring but it is helping me to get my head round this. What I have found I can eat which does not affect my sugar is pot porridge with pumpkin seeds (just), pumpkin seed and oat ryvitas with ham or cheese, tiger nuts, pumpkin seeds on their own, hard unripe pears, Alpen light cereal bars (only just), and for evening meals, chicken, veg and new potatoes, asda microwave jalfreizi curry (but not madras...). As you can see I need to expand my eating choice as it is very limited at the moment! Liking the sound of maybe omelettes and boiled eggs...
So overall aim for weight loss is 105 pounds - although I will still be quite overweight. I have not started exercising in any shape or form yet - and I really need to get walking - so I think that will be next week.
Thanks for reading.
Welcome to my blog! This website is about living life naturally in terms of what we put in and on our bodies, and natural therapies and exercise that can improve our health.
This is very much a personal challenge for myself as well. I hope to make big changes to my lifestyle. So this is me:
• Very overweight
• Inactive (mainly due to a bad lower back)
• Stressed and suffer with anxiety
• Dry flaky skin and scalp
• ..and have just been told I most likely have Diabetes
So what I have wanted to do is now something I have to do…
I am going to see if I can get my sugars to a non-diabetic level by losing weight, becoming active and eating the right foods. I can barely walk 50 yards at the moment but after watching the programme ‘The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs’ I am going to challenge myself to increasing my walking every day. I don’t take pain killers thankfully but in the programme a lady who did this got so much better.
Looking into the future my challenge is to make enough changes so that I can ski and snowboard again, and play walking football. I can’t believe that only 18 months ago I was doing this – and now I can barely walk. This seems so far away but hey I’m gonna go for it!
My journey to improve my health, lose weight and eat healthily. In September 2016 I was vastly overweight by around 10 stone and diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes. I reversed the diabetes with no medication and am on my very long journey to lose weight.