Showing posts with label The Secret to Weight Loss. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Secret to Weight Loss. Show all posts

Monday, 30 September 2013

Where am I up to?

OK, so here's the deal.

I have been overweight my whole entire life.

In 2008 I lost a massive 40kg, taking me from 117kg down to 77kg. In dress sizes this went from a size 24 down to a size 14.

I managed this by starting on a shakes program, then followed by a long period of low calories healthy eating combined with a lot of exercise.

In 2009 I gave up smoking, and put on about 8kg in that year but maintained a really workable exercise regime, so I was actually OK with putting that weight on. I maintained at about 85kg

I managed to remain a dedicated non smoker and maintained a size 16 dress size.

In October 2010 I completed a half marathon, and as a reward I undertook a tummy tuck to get rid of saggy middle aged skin from around my belly which exercise simply could not shift. (From 2002 to 2006 I was pregnant four times - this, coupled with being so overweight for so long had created a saggy mummy tummy...) The tummy tuck got rid of this.

In 2012 I returned to work around three primary aged kids, and managed to still remain a non smoker with a very balanced exercise routine, and I maintained my weight at about 85kg/size16.

In 2013 I joined a social netball team and realised the kids were all of a sudden more manageable. I upped my hours at work. Content in my personal life, I realised my weight had increased a little.

Which brings me to today, at 91.4kg.

I still fit into a size 16 but not as comfortably and I notice that my bum has spread, and I am carrying weight on my face and around my midriff.

A very close friend of mine, Alice, has spent recent months on Dukan, and seeing her transformation and dedication recently has inspired me totally to revert to a method of eating that sees me lose weight on the scales and to get back to the point that I know I love.



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Tuesday, 10 April 2012

My Blog, My Story...

My Blog, My Story  - one of the many things I spoke about at DPCON12









It was the end of 2007. I was submerged in the chaos of three children under the age of three, but I finally felt that I was emerging from the mind numbing mind fuckery mundane that the life of a stay at home Mum to very small children can be.

I was determined that the next year was going to be better. It had to be. Else I feared I would find myself curled up in a ball, in a lovely white jacket with very special sleeves…

So, I took stock.
Lovely husband? Check

Beautiful, healthy children? Check
Great house in a lovely location? Check

Plenty of work from home opportunities? Check
Friends? Close friends nearby? Check.

A handbag and jewellery collection to die for? Check.
Health and happiness? Errm. No.

Great figure? Errr, no.

A wardrobe full of beautiful clothes? No. (Lots of sacks though…)
Body confidence? Nope.

Loving myself? No, not at all.
Feeling great? No, actually, feeling totally shit. I felt like crap.

 I was 126kg and a size 26. I was morbidly obese and close to forty. I was a smoking. I was a heart attack just waiting to happen. Addicted to comfort food, addicted to emotional eating and addicted to cigarettes too…
I was sad, disappointed with myself, tired and very unhappy.  In hindsight I suspect postnatal depression coupled with a lifetime of hang-ups over food…

We had so many plans for the future, the lovely husband and I. So many exciting ideas for ourselves as a family, as individuals, and as a couple.
Each time I came up with a strategy to ensure that the forthcoming year would be our “best ever year”, the elephant in the room would loom. Dark and grey, and whilst not menacing as such, a great big blot of annoyance and inconvenience.

The elephant in the room was my weight.
My weight and size and health were blocking everything.

So I determinedly decided right there and then that I had no choice but to just tackle the hurdle of my excess weight.
I am a project manager by trade. This meant that I really felt the need to write down my plan, my goals and to journal my progress. Perhaps, I thought, I should blog about my weight loss?

I have blogged since early in 2002. Since before Blogger was owned by Google, since the olden days when you had to PAY for a Blog account. And there was no ability to upload photos in those days. But I was familiar with the idea of online journaling every day – why not add the diet to my daily electronic scribbles?

So a new blog was cranked up. I called her Diminishing Lucy. Set to public. Somehow I knew that I had to be honest with myself and the world wide web about my health. I suspect I needed to let it all hang out. Metaphorically, of course…

Gradually, very gradually, I began to lose weight. Gradually, more readers followed.
There is no secret to my weight loss. I eat less, and move more. But we all know that if it were that easy, no one would ever be overweight. It’s the emotional aspect to food that began to really intrigue me.

Over the past few years I have lost nearly 40kg. Vital to this story is that I have kept it off.
Did you know that over 80% of people that lose weight go onto regain it all back again and add a few more kilos on into the bargain?

I strongly believe that the reason I have not regained the forty kilos is because I have blogged.
Blogging about weight loss makes me accountable. Blogging about my life as a whole, the good, the bad, the ugly, means that I represent all the women you’ll ever meet that are trying to lose weight as they manage busy lives, families and careers.  Blogging has helped me connect with women and men all over the world.

Blogging about weight loss made me really analyse, for myself and others the reasons behind my emotional eating. It has made me search into my past, into my childhood and my family, for all of the reasons I can find, to try and solve the emotional eating struggle.
My blog started gathering a little bit of momentum when I had lost about 20 kilos. This did wonders for my motivation, and my pride drove me forward. My away from motivation to lose weight was my health, for my children and my life. My toward motivation was the pride I found through my blog, and my future.


The pictures you see up here? They show the outward story. The physical changes are evident. I am no doubt smaller and I certainly fit into a much smaller dress size. I am still not skinny by any stretch of the imagination.

The internal differences are, however, the ones the count.
Energy? Do I have loads of feel good energy every single day as a result of liking myself enough to eat for health? Yes. Check

Do I love feeling comfortable and positive about my health and my future and my habits? Yes. Check.
Do I feeling reassured that my lifestyle is one that positively influences my children rather than negatively impacts them? Check.


Do I wake up every day with an absence of guilt? Yes. Check.

Am I happy and hopeful? Yes. Check
Do I have pride in myself and in the friendships I have made through my blog and through social media? Do I have pride in my blogging? Yes. Check.

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Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Just do it...


You know when you used to have homework lurking? And you used to forget all about it, or at least try to, and then on Sunday night you'd have to do it? And it was awful?

And you wished you had just got on and done it earlier?

Or, you know when you get a toothache and you finally go to see the dentist and it costs a fortune and it's embarrassing because you put it off for too long?

And you wished you had just done it earlier?

Or, you know when you skip a car service in order to save some money? And you leave it so long that your warranty expires? And you kick yourself and wonder why you didn't just get the bloody car serviced when you shoud've done?

And you wished you had just done it earlier?

And you know when you know the dishes are all lurking, needing to be done? And the thought doing the dishes is just so boring and yuk, you just don't wanna?

But then you finally get your rubber gloves on and just get on with it and do it?

Yeah.

You know all those situations.

So do I.

I used to waste so much energy and time and emotion putting weight loss off.

I used to waste so much time worrying about the fact that I wasn't getting any exercise.

I used to waste so much emotional juice by all my negative self talk.

The doing of a thing is so much worse, so much more ick, so much more time consuming that the actual doing of the thing.

If you have something niggling on your mind - just go do it?

Whether it's losing weight, decluttering your home, starting an exercise plan or fixing a relationship, just do it?

Whether it's drinking more water, going to the dentist, making an awkward phone call - just do it?

Are you putting something off?


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Monday, 20 June 2011

Do you want to lose 10kg?

My friend Sarah of Ah, The Possibilities is away at the moment.

On some glamorous house exchange in Bali I believe.

Lucky lucky girl.

And so, she has me guest posting for her.

Go over and have a read? You'll be glad you did....





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!

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Do you want the key to making any diet work?

Hey everyone

This is not a promotion.

This is not a review.

I am not being paid, or flattered, or sponsored to write this post. (Yet!)

BUT........I have been given a pile of Think Slim CD's. By Mark Stephens of Think Slim



Which I want to give away.

But I do not want to give them away to folk just for the sake of a freebie.

SO, here are some questions for you:

  • Do you want a helping hand with weight loss?
  • Do you want to try and find the "missing link" to your relationship with food?
  • Do you want a tool that can help you, that works alongside any eating plan?
  • Do you need some weight loss for the mind?
  • Are you tired of trying diets, only for your self talk to get the better of your efforts?
  • Do you want to get committed to healthy living?
  • Do you want more restful sleep?
  • Are you open to self guided relaxation and self guided hypnosis?

If you can answer yes to the above, then all you need to do is send me a stamped addressed CD mailer. It is that simple.



(If you have read my blog for a while, you'll know I do use the Think Slim program. It works, wonderfully, for me. For my thoughts on the program, please see these posts......)

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Does blogging help weightloss?


"Question: to what extent do you think that blogging has contributed to your weight loss to date?"

The lovely Tabitha over at Small Things asked me this question.

And it's a question worthy of my thoughts and time, I think?

If you look back in my archives, you can see the months where I "switched off" from the business of dieting.



There were lots of reasons for me taking the foot off the pedal in terms of my weight loss efforts and my blogging.

Life sometimes just gets in the way. (This, incidentally, is irrelevant really. Life doesn't just stop, just because I'm on a diet. I need to stop using life, and it's tricky bits, as an excuse.)

It's always very easy for me to lose track, to lose focus, to drop the ball, to lose momentum.

It takes a lot of emotional effort to remain on the dieting grind. It takes even more to get back on the wagon.

It only takes a bit of a holiday, a bit of a family drama, a bit of sickness, a bit of an upset, and I am hurtling right back to where I feel "comfy", and that's in a "mindless switch my brain off please, stuff my feelings down with food please" type of eating.

It is horrible.

It is, literally, an addiction.



I am aware of it, aware totally that it is all to do with deep seated emotional and mental needs and triggers. Mad.

I have spent a lot of time and energy try to establish links in my past as to why I have tendency to do this ridiculous emotional type of eating.

My awareness is so much greater now, over my emotional eating tendencies, that I am generally in control. I am the stronger opponent. If I can identify the emotion, I can usually not resort to eating. And I am also fairly pragmatic about it. I remind myself, a lot, to just get my head out of my own arse and just eat right.

But whilst I am battling along, whilst I am struggling, my tempation is not to blog.
Or, if I do blog, I tend to avoid posts about diet/exercise and weigh ins...and as such, my family and my life get a lot more airtime  blog space.

Interestingly, last year, the year in which I finally gave up smoking, I felt no need to blog at all. I maintained my weight and just whittled away the months until all the chemicals and all the habit left my system. I was cruising. Cool.

I maintained my weight by increasing my exercise, and I maintained my weight throughout the whole of 2009.

(But I will admit that when I wasn't blogging, I was probably exercising to eat. That is such a wasteful habit.)

I have made a commitment this year, to myself, to blog honestly about my journey.




If I am not blogging about dieting and weighing in, you can guess that I am cruising. Or worse, eating crap.

One thing that I come across all the time on the blogs of those folk that HAVE met their weight loss goals is the fear of "putting it all back on again".

I can totally relate. I have had, in the past, true actual nightmares about putting 35kg back on.

Interestingly, those nightmares and the accompanying daytime fears surrounding weight gain and weight maintenance have diminished greatly this year. I am ready to step forward to lose the last 20kg, knowing that there is no fear ahead of putting the weight back on. I feel confident in that now.

And so yes, blogging helps.

Enormously.


It helps me focus. It helps me plan. It helps me believe. It helps me visualise. It forces me to remain accountable. It helps make the journey an adventure rather than a chore. It has given me a momentum that I want to continue.




Tuesday, 20 April 2010

The Secret To Weight Loss ? Pick a plan and stick to it.......

The Secret To Weight Loss ? Pick a plan and stick to it.......

OK, so if you believe you can lose weight and get fit, and if you have decided that you are committed to losing weight (and not just interested) what next?

You need to eat less. And to do that, you need a plan.

A food plan.

Because, lets face it, whether you are "dieting" or "choosing slimness" or "releasing body clutter" or whatever you wanna call it, food is gonna be an issue that you'll need to address. You will need to EAT LESS than you are eating now, in terms of calories.



There are literally thousands and thousands of diet plans out there.

I wouldn't want endorse one food plan over another.

All diets work.

Yep, you read that right.

Contary to current popular & trendy thought at the moment which shouts "Stop dieting and lose weight" and "diets do not work", I am absolutely a firm believer that all diets work.

ALL DIETS WORK IF YOU FOLLOW THEM.

There is the cruicial bit. You must follow a plan. And stick to it. And as long as you continue to eat according to the plan, you WILL lose weight.

(It is the "sticking to it" bit that most people fall down on.)

Pick a diet plan.

Any diet plan.

Weight Watchers is brilliant
Shakes of any brand are good if you want to kick start and a prescriptive approach
Low GI is very good
Atkins works as long as you can stick to it. I am not a fan myself, but it sure works IF you can stick with it.


Can you see what I am getting at here?

Any diet plan is only any good if you can STICK TO IT



Not just for a week or a month. If you are serious about losing weight and gaining fitness and keeping the weight off and maintaining health, then whichever plan you pick needs to be one you can stick with to lose weight, and then adapt to maintain your weight once you get to your goal weight.

If you read back over my blog right back to the beginning, you'll know I started on a shakes based diet.

This worked, for me.

It worked because it was strict, and minimised it choice, which is what I needed at the time.

It worked because I was committed

It worked because I believed.

It worked because I stuck to it.

I did shakes for 5 months. And lost loads of weight.

I then embarked on addressing my overall fitness, in a group personal training environment, and the trainer, with all her expertise, suggested "real food" and exercise.

This has worked for me ever since.

If I am aiming to lose weight, I eat 1200 calories per day. (If I am just making sure I maintain, I go for 2000 calories per day.)

I track this through Calorie King

Every day.

Tracking food is VITAL, I reckon.


It feels dumb and laborious.

But it keeps you focused. It keeps you in the present. It keeps you caring.

Tracking your food intake makes you accountable. It makes you realise how "costly" some foods are.

Tracking  your food means you are more likely to STICK TO YOUR PLAN

Tracking means that, regardless of which diet or food plan you pick, that you will be EATING LESS.

And you will lose weight.



Simple, hey..............................

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Are you interested or are you committed?

The concept of "interested" versus "committed" is a theme that I have encountered a lot, in life, not just in connection with weight loss, but with pretty much everything in life.
It rings true for me.



Especially for weight loss.

People who are interested in losing weight:

1. Stick with it until something better comes along

2. Take action only if they “feel like” doing it

3. Need to see quick results in order to stay motivated

4. Blame other people or circumstances for their struggles

5. Easily give up when they face challenges.
People who are committed to losing weight:

1. Stick with their plans no matter what

2. Take action whether they feel like doing it or not

3. Assume that if they stay motivated results will follow

4. Take responsibility for their own actions

5. Keep going in spite of challenges and setbacks

I am determined to remain committed and not just interested in this healthy lifestyle business.

How about you?

Saturday, 3 April 2010

Believe...

So many times, over the adventure of my losing weight, and through the activity of blogging about it, and through the delight of reading other weight loss blogs, I come across, time and time again, a similar problem.

In myself and in others.

In others it is frighteningly easy to pick up on.

In myself it is harder: the realisation is a lot slower.

And that is this: If I do not believe, it will not be.



If I do not believe that I can and will lose this weight and be the person and the figure and the size and the energy I want to be, if I cannot feel that belief, if I cannot visualise it and feel its magic, it simply cannot happen.

If I am not truly excited about the result and the required activities and  tasks required to get to the result, it will never happen.

If I truly believe, it can and will happen.

So, how can I get myself to a place where my belief (and so my activites and drive and motivation) are so strong that nothing can shake that belief?

Googling "goal setting" and indeed reading up on the thousands of articles available on "manifesting your future" will help.

But I need it to be all about me me me me me me.

I create vison boards through an image mosiac maker that helps me visualise and feel good about a future outcome.  More details here. It is a lovely activity that aids me to really focus my brain and explore how I want to feel. Well worth a play.

I create future statements. I write down how I am going to be feeling when I have achieved something. I learned this 'trick' a long while ago when I wanted to remain really focused on some huge targets at work about 15 years ago. It was amazingly effective then, and it still is. I write out those statements, and they still work. (Interestingly, my personal trainer makes us do them too.)

Recently another beautiful blogger pointed me in the direction of a very cool site that kind of automates this and makes it very official, so I am going to use that next. It's called Future Me, and it allows you to write out an email to your future self.......and delivers it at a set date. (In fact, I should do this soon......I may even copy my "future me" email in here............)

I use the hilarious and useful Face In Hole so that I can create acurate images of my future self. You have no idea how this transforms the level of belief I have. (Or how much fun you can have with it!)

And the best tool? The tool that requires nothing more than for you to just lie back and drift and dream. No internet connection required. Just brain space and a little peace as you drop off at night, to dream to visualise and to BELIEVE that you can do and be anything: anything you want to be.