Showing posts with label Diet. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Diet. Show all posts

Monday, 11 June 2012

I’m getting of the diet merry-go-round and I’m still fat.




Today, a guest post from Melissa of Suger Coat It.

Melissa was my first ever follower. Imagine! You crank up a blog to write out your weight loss journey and write in it every day for years, and then all of a sudden someone follows you and she actually comments! She and I have since become blog, Farcebook, Twitter and Skype buddies. She rocks. She is also the girl who designed my blog. ♥. If you are not following her, you should.

I'm getting of the diet merry-go-round and I'm still fat.
I was on a treadmill next to my sister the other afternoon and we were talking about diet and eating and exercise and weight loss and dieting AGAIN. We had been on a diet for about a week, restrictive and supposed to work wonders. In a moment of clarity we turned to each other and said;
I’m just so sick of this.
Sick of the weighing.
The planning.
The wondering.
The hoping.
The frustration.
The crime and punishment mentality.
Sick to death of the merry-go-round.

So I got off. I went home, looked myself in the mirror and congratulated myself on all the hard work, requested that I make some good choices from here on out but told myself that I was setting myself free. It was over.
You see I eat well and exercise often. I’m fitter by the day and doing a raft of great things when it comes to my health and well-being. And yet, it wasn’t enough. Until I was thin enough, until I was close enough, until I was normal it wasn’t enough.
And that can only be detrimental, right?
So I’m letting go of the need to do anything. I am committed to making good choices. But I will no long restrict my food groups, eat to a schedule or punish myself for the odd treat. I’m turning over a new leaf.
I’ll stop eating when I’m full. Not eat when I’m not hungry. Work out when I can and continue to enjoy it. But I refuse to give into the pressure from myself to fad diet or pressure myself into making this work. My world won’t certain around food and weight loss anymore.
I’m starting to think like a skinny person I think.


Now... Let’s work out.


Mel lives the sweet life here, here, and here. Go look her up - you'll be glad you did...

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Despite or because of?



Despite, or maybe because of the chaos that is reigning in my world at the moment, I am eating really really well and cleanly.

The chaos is same old same old but a level more intense - my Mum's severe ill health and negotiating the aged care system as well as doctors and hospitals.

I realise that when I am really stressed and upset, food is the one thing I can control in my world.

When I am stressed and worried and sad, as I am, the control, luckily, tends to be of a beneficial nature.

It's almost as if I am so heavy of heart and mind that my subconscious dictates I must be light of stomach and body.

When my Dad was very sick - twenty years ago now - before he died, and for a long while afterwards, I lost a lot of weight. Dieting was easy. Weight fell off me. I ate only to get through to the next day.  I was totally and calmly in control. I was able to dictate my eating in order to make up for the fact that I could not manipulate my grief.

More recently, back in 2006, when I got over the shock of my brother passing away, I found that not eating was and losing weight was a slight salve to my utterly out of control emotions. With a newborn baby and three children under three, I ate enough to sustain breastfeeding and not much else.

And here I am again. Finding it all so hard, and so sad, but finding food easy.

When I am happy, I eat. When I am sad, I diet perfectly.

Good grief. Tragic really.

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Monday, 16 January 2012

Keep Calm...





Back to reality today. I am ashamed to to admit that I have been as slack as with my usual healthy eating during my holiday - a road trip is so not conducive to a diet. Would anyone like some hot chips with their chips? I feel quite revolting to be honest - fat. But, relieved to be back in a place (mentally and literally) where I can implement my own momentum, my own motivation, my own routines, my own grocery shopping and my own cooking.  One of the (many) keys to my ability and willingness to maintain a healthy eating plan is organisation - which is a whole lot easier at home rather than that from the front seat of the Captivator...

So, today sees me:

1. Weigh myself for the first time in months (eeek!)
2. Start back at the gym
3. Follow week 1 of My Special K personalised diet plan (Next week I shall report my thoughts and results)
4. Engage in a whole stack of weight loss hypnotherapy and some early nights!

Can you tell I love a Monday and a new start?!

What does this new week bring you?

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Sunday, 1 January 2012

New Year - Diet Road Testing!

As most of you know, losing weight and gaining health and fitness is an issue that is very close to my heart.

I started my 40kg weight loss journey as a New Years resolution a couple of years ago. And I have kept the weight off.

I am still a sturdy girl, and still have a fair bit of weight to lose. But I am healthier and fitter and happier than I have ever been. Making the choice to lose weight was one of the best things I have ever done for myself.

But I am, like a zillion other women, going to set a goal to lose more weight this New Year.

But did you know that there is, on average, half a billion dollars wasted on New Year weight resolutions?!

Australian women are blowing this staggering amount of cash trying to get into shape at the start of each year and many never get anywhere near their goals. Such a shame, such a waste of energy and effort and money.

I am very clear that I do not really endorse any particular diet plan. But I am a strong advocate of finding a healthy way to eat that helps you lose weight, and then sticking to it. Find a plan that works for you and stick to it.




There is a new Galaxy study, released last week, by My Special K that shows Australian women have every
best intention for their eating and exercise habits when it comes to New Year’s resolutions and they’re certainly prepared to splash the cash, but only 10 per cent ever see the benefit.

In fact, 43 per cent of women investing in their shape said they saw no benefit from the money spent and a
further 33 per cent said they only saw a short term benefit but nothing that lasted.

In 2011, almost half (49 per cent) of Australian women made New Year’s resolutions to manage their
weight and health better. Seven per cent gave up in the first week of January.

My Special K is a new website hosting a completely free, personalised eating and exercise plans. As a part of it's inception, the research team at Kellogg surveyed Australian women between the ages of 18 and 59 to uncover their New Year’s Resolution habits and subsequent spending habits on weight management plans.

The new My Special K site goes live on Boxing Day, providing free, personalised exercise and eating plans, and also motivational support from former Olympian, Hayley Lewis, who has co-created the exercise elements of the plans.

When asked what was needed to maintain their New Year’s resolutions, Australian women said the right
foods, a great exercise plan, and feeling motivated (47 per cent) were all key. I personally would agree totally. If you know how to eat well and commit to regular exercise, and take time to get your head right, you will lose weight. The My Special K site gives you all that for free.




It's designed well because it gives you your personalised meal and exercise plans for the
weeks ahead and focus in on a long-term lifestyle change rather than a quick fix. You can set up your
personalised plan at the click of a button…and it’s all completely free.

All of the plans on myspecialk.com.au have been developed in conjunction with expert nutritionists,
dietitians and fitness experts to harness the latest in scientific thinking and bring users cutting edge advice
about weight management.

As well as the plans, the site features expert advice on all aspects of weight management, easy recipes, an
eating out guide, plus handy tools such as a BMI calculator and exercise tracker.

I will be road testing the My Special K personalised plans - I am registered already - as soon as I get back from holidays, I shall report in! Anyone joining me? 


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PS This is not a sponsored post. I just like that Kellogg seem to "get" that weight loss should not cost $$, and are as such they are providing a brilliant free service to anyone who wants to lose weight in a healthy and sustainable fashion.

Monday, 26 December 2011

Lose weight for free...

As most of you know, losing weight and gaining health and fitness is an issue that is very close to my heart.

I started my 40kg weight loss journey as a New Years resolution a couple of years ago. And I have kept the weight off.

I am still a sturdy girl, and still have a fair bit of weight to lose. But I am healthier and fitter and happier than I have ever been. Making the choice to lose weight was one of the best things I have ever done for myself.

But I am, like a zillion other women, going to set a goal to lose more weight this New Year.

But did you know that there is, on average, half a billion dollars wasted on New Year weight resolutions?!


Australian women are blowing this staggering amount of cash trying to get into shape at the start of each year and many never get anywhere near their goals. Such a shame, such a waste of energy and effort and money.

I am very clear that I do not really endorse any particular diet plan. But I am a strong advocate of finding a healthy way to eat that helps you lose weight, and then sticking to it. Find a plan that works for you and stick to it.




There is a new Galaxy study, released today, by My Special K that shows Australian women have every
best intention for their eating and exercise habits when it comes to New Year’s resolutions and they’re certainly prepared to splash the cash, but only 10 per cent ever see the benefit.

In fact, 43 per cent of women investing in their shape said they saw no benefit from the money spent and a
further 33 per cent said they only saw a short term benefit but nothing that lasted.

In 2011, almost half (49 per cent) of Australian women made New Year’s resolutions to manage their
weight and health better. Seven per cent gave up in the first week of January.

My Special K is a new website hosting a completely free, personalised eating and exercise plans. As a part of it's inception, the research team at Kellogg surveyed Australian women between the ages of 18 and 59 to uncover their New Year’s Resolution habits and subsequent spending habits on weight management plans.

The new My Special K site goes live on Boxing Day (today!) providing free,personalised exercise and eating plans, and also motivational support from former Olympian, Hayley Lewis, who has co-created the exercise elements of the plans.

When asked what was needed to maintain their New Year’s resolutions, Australian women said the right
foods, a great exercise plan, and feeling motivated (47 per cent) were all key. I personally would agree totally. If you know how to eat well and commit to regular exercise, and take time to get your head right, you will lose weight. The My Special K site gives you all that for free.




It's designed well because it gives you your personalised meal and exercise plans for the
weeks ahead and focus in on a long-term lifestyle change rather than a quick fix. You can set up your
personalised plan at the click of a button…and it’s all completely free.

All of the plans on myspecialk.com.au have been developed in conjunction with expert nutritionists,
dietitians and fitness experts to harness the latest in scientific thinking and bring users cutting edge advice
about weight management.

As well as the plans, the site features expert advice on all aspects of weight management, easy recipes, an
eating out guide, plus handy tools such as a BMI calculator and exercise tracker.

I will be road testing the My Special K personalised plans - I am registered already - as soon as I get back from holidays, I shall report in! Anyone joining me? 


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PS This is not a sponsored post. I just like that Kellogg seem to "get" that weight loss should not cost $$, and are as such they are providing a brilliant free service to anyone who wants to lose weight in a healthy and sustainable fashion.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

The Lost and Found of Pregancy Weight...

Today's guest post comes from Zoey, from Good Googs. I have met Zoey a couple of times now. She is a star. And her blog is gorgeous. And I thank her for sharing here.



I hated being pregnant, both times. I love babies. I could just soak up in the baby stage for years and be quite happy and content there. But I hate being pregnant. And I more than ate for two during both pregnancies, I comfort ate. And I can't really say I regret it. Because whatever got me from the beginning of that pregnancy to the end of it was worth it. And I'm planning to be pregnant again so I'll probably go through the whole thing again.

When Piper was born she was 2.8kgs and I'd put on about 20kgs and that's not counting the 10kgs of stress eating I'd put on while trying to conceive. None of that matters of course. I would have put on a tonne if it meant I got her at the end of it. She was worth every gram I put on, every pregnancy discomfort, months and months of unrelenting heartburnx and nausea that rendered me incapable of anything beyond the fetal position.

I'll admit that I was spoiled with Riley. I lost all my pregnancy weight plus 10 more kilos just by breastfeeding. And I didn't have to do anything, it just fell off. And then Piper came along and she wasn't a comfort feeder like Riley and I lost approximately zero weight. I was devastated. Breastfeeding was my kind of weight loss regime.

So all of a sudden I had to find another way to lose the weight. And as I'm still breastfeeding, I didn't really want to heavily cut back on what I was eating either, which left me one option - the gym. The 24 hour gym actually. Because that allowed me to sneak off when Piper was sleeping, work out and be back before she needed another breastfeed.



In my pre-child days I enjoyed the challenge of the run. I used to run about 8kms every morning in an hour. And that was when I still smoked a packet of cigarettes. So to start with that was my goal. Not the cigarettes part. I am a very happy non-smoker now. But the 8kms in an hour part. I started with all that I could handle which was about 400 metres of running followed by about 100 metres of walking and I did that for an hour.

I made myself increase the running by about 50 metres each time I went and soon I was doing about 1 km of running to 100 metres of walking and it was at that point that I thought I'm not really pushing myself here. I must have had a good night sleep because I decided to go for 2.5kms without stopping which meant only having two walking breaks in the hour. And although I had that moment after about 30 minutes where I thought 'there is no way I can do this', somehow I pushed through. And then a week later, I decided to go for only one walking break and the week after that I did my 8kms without a break.

Since then I increase the speed every time I go. My new goal is to be able to run at 10km/h for the hour. And now I'm about 4 kgs away from my pre-pregnancy weight. I still have more to lose after that to get back to a weight that I'm comfortable with. Where I feel comfortable in my skin, but slowly I can see the shape of my body returning.

And I still eat pizza, cupcakes and have indulgent coffee-type drinks every week. That is a key part of my lifestyle and I don't see that changing anytime soon. But running is also part of my lifestyle now too. Something that I'm proud of. Running helps me to love my body. Every time I finish a workout I'm somewhat surprised that my body could do it, especially with my mind telling my body that it can't half of the time.

I did a pregnancy test today because I've been having some weird symptoms. And when it was negative I felt a twinge of sadness. I don't want to be pregnant right now (give me another year and I will!) I want to be able to go to New York next year with my husband next year, without the kids and most definitely not be pregnant. But I think after having my two babies there is nothing abstract about being pregnant and not being pregnant so even though I was relieved there was sorrow there as well. But when I am pregnant in a year or so I will be so happy that this baby will get a kick-ass place to grow and thrive. Because running gave me more strength than I thought it ever could.

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Zoey is the mother of one preschooler (the googy) and one baby (the squishy). In her former life she bought lots of handbags and wore a vast array of high heels. She also did lots of things alone - she went to the movies alone, ate alone and even enjoyed having a quiet drink alone. Now she does nothing alone. She lives in regional Australia and loves it, but still misses her shoes. Zoey is a reformed perfectionist, writer, parent adventurer, chaos manager, tiny dictator lover, baby snuggler, photographer and social media addict. She blogs in words and pictures at Good Googs. You can find her on Twitter and on Facebook.


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Tuesday, 8 November 2011

How to eat...


I weighed in yesterday, for the first time in forever. I lost 0.6kg in a week.

Last week was a remarkably good and low calorie week for me. Plenty of exercise and some long steep walks.

Despite being really busy, I managed to get a number of early nights in too.

And I drank a lot of water.

All good. I was left, at the end of the week, feeling very healthy, like my body was really working to it's optimum capacity. I felt nicely tired, but not lethargic.

So, I kind of think I should just repeat the way that I ate this week. And blogging about it serves two purposes - it reminds me to just keep doing what works. And of course,  it may help someone else along the way...

Breakfast - a piece of fruit and a coffee the minute I get up. Plus one or other of the following:

Muesli bar
Bowl of cereal with skim milk
Wholemeal toast spread with low fat cream cheese
Protein shake

Approx 350 calories


Lunch - sandwich made with two slices of grainy seeded bread. Burgen or similar. My fillings range from tuna mayo, leg ham and low fat cheese, lean beef and mustard, hard-boiled egg and mayo, shredded chicken. I always use low fat cream cheese as the spread instead of butter, and always add lettuce and salad to the sandwich .

Plus, a low fat yoghurt or a piece of fruit.

Approx 400 calories

Dinner - Lean protein, such as chicken, beef or fish. Grilled or baked. Salad or veggies. Small serve (about half a cup) of carbs such as rice, pasta or potato, or one slice of seedy bread. One Lindt Lndor Ball.

Approx 450 calories




Snacks - any of these 100 calorie snack ideas...

The total colories of all this totally normal food comes in at around 1500, if you include a couple of coffees and all the salad and a pile of veggies.

Last week, this simple approach was really effective for me. It was easy to implement, and didn't leave me feeling deprived at any point. it was easy to prepare, easy to shop for, and didn;t break the bank. It was the way I would like to be able to eat every day.

Would this kind of eating plan work for you? 

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Monday, 7 November 2011

Baggage...



I have been doing a lot of work recently on some short articles to do with the very basics of weight loss.
It astounds me how relatively easily I can relay the knowledge I have acquired in relation to losing weight, onto paper. My fingers fly across the keyboard, to get it all down.

The facts and figures and tasks behind the science of losing weight are stored and preserved in my head, always there, always flowing, for easy reference.

Ask me anything about how to lose weight, how to eat for optimum health and vitality, and I am a fountain of information. If you have a query on calorie counts, weight loss tools and ways to exercise for maximum fat burning effect: I can relate a range of accurate examples and methods.

I don't believe anyone is really an "expert" in a field, but I have studied nutrition at uni,  and I have been working with two personal trainers over the past three years, both of whom are incredibly generous in sharing their knowledge.

Plus, of course, I have been morbidly obese and lost a fair amount of weight myself. So I have practiced all the theories behind the simple concept of  "eat less and move more". And it works. I have lost weight.

So why is it that food is still a battle for me?

Why is it that, despite the detailed knowledge and experience I have, I'm still not actually at my goal weight?

Why is it that I have maintained this my current weight for nearly a year, but not actually lost any more kilos?

Why don't I  practice what I preach all the time, unconsciously?

Emotional connections with food. Emotional eating. Emotional baggage. Emotional hurdles.That's why.

And so that's what I am focusing on solely at the moment. Getting my head sorted. Once and for all.

And for me, that is not just about getting motivated. It's not just about getting a plan together and feeling inspired on a Monday morning. It's not about setting a goal and sticking to it. It's not about digging deep and summoning will power. All these things are really important, for sure. But I suspect I need to go deeper and really resolve the emotional baggage I have been clinging onto.

You know when you are at the airport and there is one sad pathetic bag just going around and around on the carousel? That is what emotional hurdles feel like, for me. That black bag of stuff just keeps coming around and around, time and time again. Nothing changes without some action.

It is time for me to action that emotional baggage...


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Friday, 4 November 2011

Grateful for candles...


I have worked hard this week. I am studying to finish my Cert IV in  Property Services & Real Estate.

I am running round, as always, to make sure the kids are dressed, fed, and happy. They are all still so little. They are my number one priority. I am tethered to their needs and care.

The chores of a family of five do not magically disappear just because I am studying. The ironing basket still fills, and the last time I looked, there wasn't a little band of fairies waiting to empty the dishwasher nor scrub the toilet.

My usual work both at home and in the office still needs to be completed. I am writing to deadlines for work that I am really grateful for.

I still have a husband who wants to talk to me and who wants me to hold his head in my lap whilst we watch repeats of Mad Men with a glass of wine.

And I am enjoying a period of particular dedication to my health. So often, when I am burning my candle at both ends, I fall back into old habits of late night snacking and crappy food choices. An exercise session here or there may get missed. But not this week. I am mindful all the time that my healthy lifestyle cannot get ditched, just because life got busy.

I am grateful for the energy I seem to have managed to generate by eating supportively and exercising well that I know will keep me going over the next month or so.

So, this week I am grateful for candles that burn at both ends.

"My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends–
It gives a lovely light!"    

Edna St. Vincent Millay

What are YOU grateful for this week?

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Linking up, as I do, to Maxabella.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

The weight is over...

Please welcome Kristyn. She sent me through this guest post, and of course it appealed to me, and I sense it will ring some bells with many of you too...



The weight is over...

It’s a bit daunting writing this post for Lucy’s blog after I haven’t contacted her in months. Deliberately. Why? Because I was embarrassed that I didn’t stick to what I told her I was going to do. It’s not like she was hounding me about it. I was just embarrassed.

A couple of months ago, I wanted to put my weight back on track. But I failed miserably. Instead I put another five kilos to what is already the excess weight the size of a toddler (yep, that’s literally). I felt like I was eating myself to my grave, down and depressed.

Two months ago, hubby signed me up to this seminar that I didn’t want to go to. But one of the things he mentioned, which pushed me a bit to try it out, was that I was supposedly going to find the reason why I’m doing what I’m doing to my body. I went and figured out some things about my life that I wanted to fix.

But the tools I got from the seminar didn’t translate to fixing myself physically. Again, I was disappointed. I didn’t know what else to do. I was in a slump.

Until one day.

Hubby went to that seminar too and has taken the advanced leadership training sessions. He came home one night and addressed the elephant in the room for the last eight years – my steady weight gain.

I reacted with fury, running to the kitchen, screaming at him for bringing it up. I was so surprised by my reaction and it was obvious how distressing it was for me. In the past, he would have backed off and dropped the topic. But this time he didn’t. He prodded, gently and lovingly, until I broke down crying – sobbing in his arms like a little child. I had a breakthrough.

After we placed MiniMe to bed, we sat on the couch facing each other, talking for hours about my weight gain. We spoke honestly and openly. And he waited for me to dig into myself and find out the reasons why I comfort eat or eat too much. We spoke about why two years ago I decided to stop my efforts even after I’ve already lost 10 kilos.

I told him I felt I was missing out on our party. You see, we used to drink. A lot. We could finish two bottles of wine and a bottle of bourbon in one night together. That was our weekend party, and although it has slowed down a bit to only half a bottle of bourbon or so, it still kept going. When I decided to get fitter two years ago after my mum had a stroke, I felt left out. He was still drinking merrily during weekdays and weekends while I stuck to my healthy choices. Eventually, four months after, I decided to join him in his world again. I didn’t feel supported because we had different lifestyles and so instead of pulling him into my world, I joined his.

He apologised for this because he didn’t know. I didn’t know either until we talked about it. The last two months, hubby has stopped drinking. We have no wines in our house, no bottle of bourbon, for the first time in eight years. He has started walking to the train station and has lost weight that he now fits into his old expensive suit (he’s one of those people who loses weight fast, damn bastard).

For the first time in a long time I feel like we’re on the same page about our health. Something clicked inside me but I can’t quite get a grasp of what it is. All I know is I’m noticing a difference. When we’re stressed (and believe me, we’ve been bombarded with major problems the last couple of weeks) we don’t grab for the bottle anymore.

For the last two weeks, I’ve gone to the gym three times each week, targeting to go for four days. In the past I’ve succumbed to comfort eating, now I’ve noticed myself grabbing for the bottle of water instead. I realised my reaction to put something in my mouth was triggered by stress (when I’m on deadline and scrambling to finish something), sadness, or anxiety. When I feel the need for sweets (I haven’t figured out a cure for sweet tooth yet), I’ve switched from chocolates, Tim Tams, and Wagon Wheels to fruits and nuts mix (loving the Lucky snack tub). I’ve switched from eating on a big plate to using my child’s bowls, limiting my intake. I’ve weighed myself and I have lost three of the five kilos I’ve added to my baggage. It’s a slow process but for the first time I’m confident it’s sticking.

I don’t claim to have the answer for it. I don’t know exactly what happened to me. All I know is that it seems to be working for me. For us. I still have a long way to go but I firmly believe that if we stay on this path, we’d get there together.


MummyK is a freelance journalist/photographer who just released her first ever self-published children’s book. She is a TV addict and loves zombie movies. She’s mum to one little girl and two dogs, and wife to an IT consultant/muso. She blogs at http://mummyk.com and tweets as @themummyk.


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Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Eat chocolate and still lose weight...(Lindt Chocolate Giveaway)


When I first started to lose weight, it became apparent that, in order to shed kilos, I would indeed have to relent, and give all the beautifully indulgent foods I loved. Including chocolate.

And of course, as soon as I told myself that I was "not allowed" chocolate, I felt like running to the shop and buying kilos of the stuff. The idea of deprivation is not a good one - it usually enhances cravings. The moment we are "not allowed" something, we want it all the more.

So right from the start of my weight loss journey, I have always always factored in some chocolate into my eating plan. You can eat chocolate and lose weight. Truly. How lovely and reassuring is that?!

My lovely husband made an interesting observation in relation to chocolate eating habits. If we eat cheap chocolate of a lesser quality, the tendency is to scoff a bucket load of the stuff, get toothache, and STILL not feel satisfied.

But, if we eat lovely high quality chocolate, I can eat just a small amount, and it tastes and feels sensational. I am totally happy and satisfied. All chocolate is not equal! (This is all to do with the percentage of cocoa solids that's in chocolate - the more cocoa solids in a chocolate, the more it hits the spot. Good quality chocolate has less sugar and less milk solids - so again, it hits the spot.)

As a result, I happily buy my "shoppers treat" once a week, which is Lindt Lindor Balls...



These keep me satisfied all week.

And of course, at Easter we have the Lindt Gold Bunnies. The kids ALWAYS eat these first. Always. Why? Because the are the nicest kind of chocolate.

So, I was very happy to find out that Lindt are introducing a new chocolate, especially for Christmas. The Lindt Teddy Bear - adorable, divine good quality chocolate, as cute as, utterly edible! Perfect!



He stands at about 7cm tall, and he is 100g worth of gorgeous Lindt choccy. Wrapped in gold foil with the signature little red collar (with a heart pendant this season, instead of a bell...) he is adorable. (He costs $5.49)

The Lindt Teddy Bear is  available exclusively to Target stores across Australia, and Target are also running free in-store Lindt chocolate sampling. (Yes, you read that right - you can pop along to you local Target and sample free Lindt chocolate.)

Target are also offering exclusive an in-store promotion where you can get a free limited edition Lindt Teddy Bear USB - it's as cute as, and for once it might be a USB that doesn't get lost...

I don't buy a lot of chocolate, for me or the kids. I would rather buy a small and delicious amount of Lindt in comparison to a whole pile of the cheap stuff.

But instead of a small and delicious amount, I have a huge and delectable prize pack of Lindt chocolate to give away. The pack (valued at over $50 of chocolate) includes, of course, the Lindt Teddy Bear, in all his forms, as well as one of the Lindt Teddy Bear USB.


 
All you need to do to in with a chance of recieving this lovely treat is:
 
- Make sure you're following my blog
- Leave me a comment telling me why you'd like to win the Lindt prize pack
- Open to Australian residents only
- Giveaway closes Tuesday 8th November
- Winner chosen by Random.Org
 
For more opportuities to win this decadent prize pack, and to find out where the Lindt sampling sessions are where you live -  the following bloggers are also running Lindt giveaways over the next little while -
Fat Mum Slim, Seven Cherubs, Everything is Edible and Superparents.

If you are in South Australia, the Lindt sampling events are being held at the following Target Stores:
 
Edwardstown, Saturday 3rd Dec 11am- 2pm
Fulham Gardens, Sat 3rd Dec 11am - 2pm
Adelaide City - Thurs 8th Dec 5pm - 8pm
Unley - Sat 10th Dec - 11am - 2pm
Marion - Sat 10th Dec - 11am - 2pm

For more details on Lindt, the Teddy Bears and on the Target exclusives, please see more here
 
Good luck!
 
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Winner announced via email - Chantel

Friday, 21 October 2011

When being overweight seems to work...


I get a lot of emails, asking me a range of questions about dieting, weight loss, motivation and exercise.

These emails ask about specifics - and sometimes I get the impression that I am being asked to reply back with a definitive plan, or an exact formula, or a secret, to make weight loss easy.

I have lost a fair amount of weight. (About 40kg or about 85lb.) I still have a way to go. I am currently maintaining this weight loss and maintaining my body shape and fitness levels. So I guess that is why others might feel compelled to email me for advice? And I do feel touched when people tell me they are inspired and motivated by my efforts so far...

So I do usually give an overview of what has worked for me, and what I recommend someone else to try. It is no secret. Eat less calories, and move more. A daily intake of 1200 calories, and at least 45 minutes a day of exercise, plenty of water, plenty of sleep.

But here's the thing - I am guessing that most overweight people, including myself and anyone who emails me - we already know how to lose weight. We already KNOW we need to eat less and move more. We all already KNOW that a healthy balanced diet and plenty of exercise means that we will lose weight.

So why are there so many of us who are still overweight?

Why, when we know that an apple is the best option, do we sneak in a bar of chocolate instead? We know that is a bad choice, especially if we want to lose weight, but we manage to justify it anyway?

If we KNOW that regular daily exercise is great for weight loss, why don't we do it? Why do we make up excuses to not do something that we know if effective for losing weight?

If we have clear ideas on what we want to look like and how great we would feel at a healthy weight, why are we still overweight?

If we are goal orientated and can realise the benefits of a healthy, fit body, why do we drag our heals and not move toward this?

Why do we persist in behaviours that keep us overweight?

I'll tell you why - somehow, being fat is working for us. Eating too much is giving us a payoff of some kind.  There is, in some way, a benefit to being the size we are.

Some how, some way, for some reason, our brains and bodies are getting a message that being overweight is working for us.

If I try and analyse this in myself, I find myself uneasy and confused by the utter mind-fuckery that this concept presents. What on earth is it that makes my brain so happy to hold onto the idea that being fat is actually benefiting me in some way?

Off the top of my head -
  • Overweight is safe
  • Overweight hides me
  • Overweight plays down my abilities
  • Overweight calms me down
  • Overweight slows my frantic brain
  • Overweight forces me shine in non-physical ways
  • Overweight gives me a (false) sense of abundance
  • Overweight gives me something else to blame if I fail
  • Overweight is a well know habit
Wow. I need to look into all this a little more I think.

How about you? Are you are overweight despite knowing exactly how to lose weight? Can you identify with what I am saying here?

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Monday, 29 August 2011

Fake it 'till you make it...


So, today I will:

1. Weigh In (and add the result to my ticker at the bottom of my blog)
2.  Got to personal training at 6am and work out hard
3. Drink 2 litres of water
4. Eat when I am hungry. And only when I am hungry.
5. Eat supportively and cleanly
6. Go to bed early
7. Listen to some weight loss hypnotherapy

That's all...

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Sunday, 22 May 2011

Deep breath and start again...


I have had a shocking few weeks.

No excuses really, I have just been busy.

I have no idea where I am up to weight wise. But I feel permanently tinged with guilt. So I suspect I need to take a deep breath, move on, and start afresh.

So today is a day of planning. Chucking out the junk that has infiltrated the larder. Stocking up on fruit and veggies.

Making a plan, a realistic plan.

Letting go of the guilt.

Reminding myself that all of the exercise I do is worth sweet nothing if my approach to food is wrong.

I shall be digging out my hypnotherapy and committing to listening to it.

I shall resume my little blog diary accountability.

And take a deep breath and start again with renewed vigour....

And turn my face back to the sun...




Sunday, 17 April 2011

Indian Summer



When you are faced with a day full of parties and treats and spontaneous decisions that take you out to dinner in delicious restaurants, the calorie counting just has to take a back step for a day.

Slack, but delicious.

I have slapped a "sad smiley" on my record for yesterday. Simply because it was a day that was so much fun and went by in such a blur of hedonism that I know if I enter all the buffet party food and curries into my Calorie King account the page would most likely explode. So I am not sad. But in terms of my intense period of weight loss, it was a write off.

My Saturday centred around fun and catching up and family and community and spontaneity.

I did not eat for any sad old emotional reasons. I was relaxed about it all. My family and friends were pretty chilled too. It was a day to bask in my good fortune.

So I had a day off the calorie counting.

It was a lovely happy gorgeous day.

My children ran me ragged on the footy oval all morning.

We introduced them to the delights of Indian cuisine in the evening. They are, like their parents, now converted to the delights of a curry and a poppadom. And in between I caught up with friends and revelled in those connections.
And today? A huge bush walk in this beautiful Indian summer weather that Adelaide is enjoying.

We will stretch it out and play follow my leader and play hide and seek in amongst the red and gum trees.

 We will trek up hills and explore and search for koala clues and billabongs. We will admire the view and saunter home again, for cups of tea.
 
It's all good. So very good.


 
 





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Total calories inhaled - About a million ~ Exercise calories burned - Not enough ~ Glasses of water sculled - lots ~ Party food that I simply couldn't resist and curries that were devoured - I lost count  ~
Hours of glorious sleep - loads

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Do you want a better bod?

I have had the pleasure of being guided, over the past three years, by a community fitness trainer by the name of Lynda.

Yesterday was the last day ever that I worked out with her. She is moving on to pastures new, and is taking time out to work on new projects, one of which is a book deal. (I am so jealous!)


She has been instrumental in me turning my health around. I shall miss her a great deal. She has taught me such an incredible amount,  about life, about my vitality, and about how to sustain a healthy lifestyle. For that, I cannot thank her enough.

And so I share with you what she has drummed into me. If you want a better bod, this is what you need to do........



10 Steps to a better bod...

1.Write it down. This is two fold. First of all, write down what you want to achieve. In detail. Be specific.
And then, write down EVERYTHING that you eat and drink. Track it. Calorie King is ideal for this. 1200 calories is all most people need. This level of calories will mean you will lose weight. You do not need to do this forever. Just a few weeks, so that you increase your awareness.

2. Have a plan, get prepared, and be organised. Did you ever wonder why diets that give you a weekly plan are popular? Because then the organisation is done for you. This is helpful at the start of any healthy eating plan. Plan for lots of fruit and vegetables. Plan for lean protein. Plan for low GI foods.

3. Make sure you plan your sleep habits. Get plenty of sleep before midnight in order to lose weight.  This is because the liver needs to rest at  this time of day to create the energy you will use for tomorrow. And also because sitting up late at night instead of sleeping generally encourages high fat snacking.  Go to bed early at least twice a week.

4. Share. Get on this healthy path with someone else. Join a weight loss forum. Join a weight loss blog hop.  Go to a group exercise session. Walk with a friend. Share the journey - inspire and motivate one another.

5. Exercise every day. Even if it just a walk for 45 minutes - get moving. The endorphins you release will keep you motivated.

6. Eat brekky. Every day. Even if its just a bit of fruit.

7. Fake it till you make it. Act like a fit and active and healthy person acts.

8. Drink loads of water. At least 2 litres a day.  No excuses. If you do not drink lots of water, you weight loss will stall.  Simple as that.

9. Do not deny yourself. If chocolate is your thing, factor chocolate into your daily food plan. Eat it, relish in it. enjoy it, and don't feel guilty.

10. Don't go on a diet. Just change your way of life forever.







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Total calories inhaled - 1277 ~ Exercise calories burned - 386 ~ Glasses of water sculled - 8 ~ Hours of glorious sleep - 7 ~ Minutes spent on Twitter - ZERO!

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Grateful for Calories...


Today I am grateful for calorie counting.

Really, I am.

Whether you're trying to lose weight through "mindful eating", via Weight Watchers, with a program such as Jenny Craig, one thing is clear:

You lose weight when the energy you intake is less than the energy you expend.

It's really as simple as that.

I have cruised for ages.

I am the queen of maintaining.

But I am a bit bored of maintaining.

This week I have gone back to what I know works for me.

1200 calories, made up of low GI whole foods. Fruit and vegetables, lean protein, easy on the processed carbs.

Lots of water. LOTS of water.

I have been calorie counting every day - I plan out the days meals and snacks in the morning, making wise swaps through the day if needs be.

I have not been perfect, but it has been nice to be back doing what I know is effective for me to lose weight.

I know I will not do this for a long stretch of time. But I shall track and count my energy in energy out ratios for long enough to lose another chunk of kilos. Another dress size, perhaps?

To drop a dress size would be nice.

So I am grateful for the knowledge I have of calorie counting and for the motivation that drives me to do this. I am grateful that I have an online program that I love that works it all out for me. (I use Calorie King. But I am sure there's an iPhone app for it too!)

And I am, as always, eternally grateful for the ongoing support that YOU give me through this blog.

And Miss Maxabella, particularly - you, your Saturday Grateful, your comments and your emails - I am so very grateful for all that too. XX




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Total calories inhaled - 1487 ~ Exercise calories burned - 240 ~ Glasses of water sculled - 5
Choc Chip Hot Cross Bum from Bakers Delight that I really couldn't resist - 1 ~ Hours of glorious sleep -  9

Friday, 11 March 2011

Last minute weight loss...

We have all done it.

Promised ourselves to lose weight before a big event.

Planned to lose at least a dress size in order to be able to slip into a particular dress.

Looked forward to the summer months with the commitment of being comfortable in a cossie?

Declared a determination to get fit in order to complete a way off sporting event?



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Generally we lose a little, then other "stuff" happens, and we tell ourselves we have ages to worry about the weight loss/ the dress/ the cossie/ the event.

And then, all of a sudden, the time has come - it crept up on us quicker than we imagined. And we have run out of time.

Don't panic.

There is still time to feel wonderful.

And really, lets face it, if you feel wonderful, you will look, and be, wonderful........


I am not promising that you will lose weight (although you probably will lose a kilo in a week) and nor am I promising dramatic loss of inches. (But you may well find be a little shaved off your silhouette...)

And so, if you want to feel great in just a week,
all you need to do is this:

  1. Increase your water intake. Truly. 2 litres of water at least per day. There is simply no avoiding it.
  2. Cut out all sodium rich foods - avoid anything salty - avoid totally. And drink more water.
  3. Cut out wheat products (such as bread, pasta, pastries, cakes, biscuits etc - anything made with flour basically.) Wheat intake can lead to bloating. Bloating makes you feel fat. To beat this bloating, avoid wheat. And drink more water.
  4. Increase your fibre through whole fruit and vegetables. You know you need to do this anyway - an increase in fruit and veg will serve you well all the time, but especially if you want to feel lighter and more trim. And drink more water.
  5. Eat small portions of energy rich foods. Eggs, tuna, lean meat, salad. Fruit and veg.
  6. Oh, and drink more water.


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I will be doing all these things.

See you next week.....