Showing posts with label Weighing In. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Weighing In. Show all posts

Friday, 22 July 2011

Measuring, Measuring...

Confession time.

As most of you know, I keep the scales in the garage, hidden from view.

I get too hung up on the day to day number on the scales, and it shits me.

For ages and ages I have managed a pattern of weight loss that is lose, maintain, lose maintain, lose maintain.

Until now...



For the past few weeks or so I have felt an uncomfortable snugness to my jeans.

I have felt a little fleshier around my chins, and spongier around my hips and bum.

It's been niggling away at my mind.

But I have still managed to avoid the scales...

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As part of the school holiday routine, along with haircuts and dental checkups, I also measured the kids heights on their height charts today. They then also wanted to do "measuring" on the Wii Fit balance board. We don't ever discuss diets or weight loss around the kids, but they do see and hear the lovely husband on the Wii Fit enough to know it does "measuring".

They each have their own little Mii character set up too...it's as cute as.

So I added all of their new heights to their profiles, and let them measure and weigh themselves on the Wii.

And with great relief I quietly noticed all three of them were in the "healthy weight range". Charlie is at one end of the range and the Lexie at the other, with Olivia bang on average. Phew.

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So, I then took the plunge too. And stepped on for some measuring of my own.

My worst suspicions were indeed founded - I have put on 3kg over the past couple of months.

I am not happy.

I have adjusted my weight loss ticker to show the gain. I don't want it to go backwards!

But, I guess it's just a sign that I need to review my activity, review my intake, and kick the last stage of this weight loss bizzo into touch...


Monday, 18 April 2011

Jaffa deliciousness

Mandarins appeared in our fruit and veggie shop this week.

I love them. Who doesn't?

I eat the soft skins, which my children think is hilarious. I explain to them that the skin is soft, and this reminded me of an old Nigella recipe, a Clementine cake, where you boil the small oranges and blend them to make a cake.

I have long since lost my copy of Nigella's How To Eat, in which that recipe appears. (The book disappeared in a house move some years ago. I am still grieving for a stash of classic cook books that, I imagine, are being enjoyed by someone else somewhere around the Alice Springs region...)

But a similar, and perhaps even more delicious replacement recipe has been adapted, which I shall bake this week, with the new seasons Mandarins.

It is a cake that contains no flour, so is gluten free. (It uses almond meal instead of flour.)

It is THE most moist cake I have ever baked or eaten. It keeps all week, so is ideal for school holiday morning teas. It is divine and decandent served, warm, with ice cream and berries.




Jaffa Chocolate Cake

3 Mandarins
100g dark chocolate, broken into pieces
50g butter
4 eggs
150g caster sugar
150g almond meal
1 tablespoon cocoa

 
1. Place the mandarins in a saucepan. Cover with cold water & bring to the boil. Reduce to a low heat. Simmer for 30 minutes. Remove the oranges and set aside to cool. Cut in half and remove any big pips. Puree all the mandarins in a food processor until finely chopped.
2. Melt the chocolate and butter together in the microwave, stir to combine until smooth and blended.
3. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a 22cm cake pan with non-stick baking paper. OR, line a large muffin tin with greased muffin papers.
4. Use an electric beater to beat the eggs and sugar in a large bowl until well combined.
5. Fold in the almond meal, cocoa, orange puree and chocolate mixture until well combined.
6. Pour into the cake pan or into muffin cases. Bake for about an hour for a cake, or 30 minutes for muffin sized cakes. A skewer inserted should come out clean. Allow to cool in the pan.
7. Dust with icing sugar and serve with ice cream and berries.

Let me know what you think?



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Total calories inhaled - 1335 ~ Exercise calories burned - 566 ~ Glasses of water sculled - 10 (!) ~ Weight lost since last week - 0.8kg   ~ Hours of glorious sleep - 6.5

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

On target, On time and On budget.

Thank you to everyone that commented on my post yesterday.

I was a little suprised and touched, I guess, that some of you were wary, on my behalf, of my decision to weigh in again, after all these months.

As a result of those comments, I guess I should explain why I have chosen to weigh in again?

I am a project manager by profession. Before children, I was a talent at getting major projects completed, on target, on time and on budget.



Finishing stuff is what I do.

I start things, I finish them.

And I see that weight loss ticker of mine up there showing me that I still am not finished.

I have more to prove, to myself.

So, I am aware that I am not going to get all obsessed, or put myself under negative pressure.

But I do need to forge ahead and make some number orientated progress, so that I feel like I am closer to the end goal.

So, I weighed in.

My muscle weight has gone UP
My water % has gone UP
My body fat % has gone DOWN
My overall weight has stayed exactly the same.

I am happy with that.

Very happy.

So, maybe next week I can weigh in again, and it'd just be really nice if I have lost a little bit?

I am just going to do a little more planning. A little less processed carbs at night. A few less lattes. A bit more water. A bit more exercise. That is all.

Wish me luck?

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

A new dawn......?




Well, it has been a few months now, since I actually weighed myself.

The scales have been in the shed.

So I have had no idea of whether I am up, down or what.

My clothes have felt the same, I think? I have not been aware of anything getting particularly tighter or loser.

I have been active. Steadily training for my 22km half marathon, as well as a lot of walking, and some weights too.

I have been eating well. I have been eating whatever I want, whenever I want, as long as I am actually hungry.

I have been really trying to battle the emotional eating issues. I feel like I have won a lot of battles, if not the entire war.

I have not been calorie counting or obsessing over protein versus carbs. I have been mindful of fat content, do a degree.

I have been sleeping well. Getting to bed early at least three nights a week, which has been bliss, and a habit I plan on continuing forever. I love it. And I love that I am no longer exhausted or cranky.

So, life, and my diet, and my journey to lose weight has been relaxed. Very chilled.

No pressure on myself at all.

And the result?

I feel happy.

I feel balanced.

I do not feel deprived.

I do not feel like I have dropped the reigns or fallen off the wagon, or slid off the tracks.

I do not feel guilty.

It is a good feeling.


But I AM going to weigh myself tomorrow.

I feel the need to get back into it a little.

Shed some more weight.

I'd like to drop a few more kilos, maybe a dress size.

So I will weigh in tomorrow. And then again next week.

And hope that I lose.

But stay chilled about it.

D'you reckon that'll work?

Thursday, 10 June 2010

20:20:20 - Week 6


Before I get to the nitty gritty of the weigh in, I should tell you that the 20km part of my 20:20:20 challenge is going well too....I am in training for the McLaren Vale Half Marathon, on October 10th 2010

My training involves, at this stage, working up to long slow distance runs, and run walks, of 80 minutes duration........and in a months time my training will really step up a notch. Eeeeek!

The half marathon is 21.1km, and I am undertaking it for myself, but also for charity. I am fundraising for the Starlight Children's Foundation.

Through the generosity of friends, family and bloggers, I have raised, so far, a total of $510, and I am aiming for $750 at least.

So, if you have a yearning to donate, I would be very very grateful. The work that the Captain Starlights do in hospitals for children is amazing. And it is easy to donate. Just go here:



ANYWAY........weigh in time.......

This week I have been foscusing on less emotional snacking and less nibbling after 6pm.

It appears to have paid off:



81.6kg (179.5lb)

A loss of 1.2kg (2.65lb) since this time last week.

5kg (11lb) lost in 6 weeks

(They say that 5kg is the eqivilent to a dress size, so I am very glad about that.....maybe should treat myself?!)

Hope everyone else is having a good week......

Thursday, 3 June 2010

20:20:20 Weigh In Time........



And dare I say it, I have been feeling up my colar bones and my face a lot this week as I know where this is where I lose weight from, and so I have been fondling myself! Hahhahaaha!

So, last week saw me at 83.8kg (184lb for my American blog readers........)

This week?

82.8kg



A loss of 1kg (2.2lb)

No great. Not bad. But I am happy with that. 4kg in 5 weeks. A little off target, but still tracking well.

I have been sick this week, so I have done a lot less exercise than usual, so to have a loss of 1kg despite that, I am happy.

And best of all, I have managed to get a lot of sleep in.

I am off for a lunchtime nap right now, to be honest!


Friday, 28 May 2010

20:20:20 Weigh In



It's Thursday again......weigh in time again.

No fancy scales for me this week.

And for some reason I was not looking forward to weighing in.

I have tracked all my food and so I know I have eaten within my calories. But I also know I have eaten over on my carbs and I have not eaten enough protein. I don't really have an excuse even, apart from it is cold? (That is so lame. Sorry.)

But I have exericsed like a demon.

So it was with a little tredidation that I stepped on the scales..........and can I even admit that I nearly didn't bother? But I did, becasue I have promised I would. See? This blog makes me feel like I must! Accountable and all that........

So here it is:



 Only 0.2kg lost.

(If I hadn't have trimmed my toenails, I may not have lost anything?!)

Fark, this is a frustrating game.

I can see my colarbones are more defined and I feel like I have less of a waist: maybe I need to get the tape measure out? (Clutching at staws here!)



All I can do, I guess, is continue to track, continue to jog and blog, continue to drink more water? Trust in the process? Trust my body will respond eventually?

So, I lost 3kg in a month.

Better than stacking it on, I guess?

Arggghhhhhhh, I am still frustrated though!

But hey, it's Friday, it's all good........


mummytime

Thursday, 20 May 2010

20:20:20 Weigh In


I weighed in.

And I stayed the same.




Arrrggghhhh!

Whilst I am disappointed, I am kind of redeemed in that my overall stats moved in the right direction.

Let me explain, before I come out sounding like  I am doing an bullshit excuse justify!

I have access, via BetterBods, to some fancy dancy scales, that measure not only your weight, but also your muscle, body fat and water percentages.

I'll be honest, I do not really get how a pair of scales can do that, but I am happy to trust in the process.

So, here is how I compare, week on week:

See how the fat has reduced and the water and muscle has increased? THAT is GOOD.

So I am a bit pissed off that I didn't lose more weight. But I am happy with those figures.

I kind of have a feeling that when I weigh in NEXT, I will reap the benefit and get a good win. I hope.

In between times, I will be tracking religiously through Calorie King,and highlighting any emotional eating patterns. I want to eat ONLY due to physical hunger, never emotional hunger.

I am also committed to buying only food that is supportive. If it is not conducive to a low GI diet, then it is not going in the trolley.

I am also committed to eating at 5.30pm with the kids and not snacking in the evenings and I will be GOING TO BED EARLIER! (Less blogging & twittering in the early hours for me.)

So there we are, till next weigh in...........

Thursday, 13 May 2010

20:20:20 Thursday Weigh In......

I have two things to say about this here snap:




Firstly, I lost another 1.4kg. Very very very happy.

Secondly, I need to book in for a pedicure.

20:20:20..........I am on track. 2.8kg down, 17.2kg to go.

And my training is bang on schedule.

 I am gonna kick this thing in the arse.........

Thursday, 6 May 2010

20:20:20 .....Week 1 Weigh In

Weigh in for week one of my 20:20:20 challenge is done!

Last week was 86.8kg
This week is.............85.4kg



So a loss of: 1.4kg

I have stuck to my eating plan
I have exercised to my plan
I have not been drining rnough water. And one plan to fix that is to switch from coffee to peppermint tea after midday. (I drink far too much coffee.)

It is Mothers day this Sunday, which means I will not be able to do a long walk on Sunday morning, and also means I have three tempting celebration treat meals to contend with.

So, I need to make sure the rest of next week is angelic.

(Although I am not making Mothers day an excuse or an obstacle. I believe I can breeze through all three meals without allowing any sabotage.



I think I need to do some visualisations around being comfortable enough to say a polite NO to all the fat arse foods that will be available to me.)

So, there you have it.

Happy with that.

And also............I have a very exciting thing to share with you that I can announce later......so come back later?

Monday, 15 March 2010

Monday Music and Weigh Day...........

I think I have managed to run the gauntlet safely this month..........nothing lost, nothing gained.

I nearly didn't bother weighing in, but realised that my reticence was out of fear rather than nonchalance.

Hence I weighed.

Oh sweet relief at just being the same, and just being beautiful.



And on that note, a music for Monday. The kids love this one. So do I. We did some funky car dancing to this one this morning on the way to school.



Enjoy!

Monday, 8 February 2010

Woohoo Weigh In

I weighed in again this morning.


I lost 0.7kg. Spot on.

My body fat went down by 1.5%
My hydration & muscle % both went up by 1%

SO, very happy.

That is a perfect week.


Sunday, 31 January 2010

Craving....

Oh my.

Not since I gave up cigarettes have I had a craving so bad.

Bad.

I want sushi rolls so much.

Fresh, with crispy teriyaki chicken. And prawns. And salmon.

And soy sauce.




I think I may need to nip to Tea Tree Plaza to satisfy this.................

But I am weighing in with Lynda tomorrow morning, so maybe not.


Saturday, 30 January 2010

As light as a feather...........

I have been slack for 10 day or so.

Normally I would say "If not blogging, then eating crap", but not at the moment, which I am sure is a relief to all my lovely friends in my computer! (Is there anyone out there??!)

I have been Opti-fucking-fasting.

I have been walking my arse off.

Dealing with kids, back to school, nephews, life.

I haven't been on the scales for ages.

That, in itself is a relief. Whilst I love the downward trend of the scales, I realise that I hate,with a passion, the emotional rollercoaster that goes with a daily obsessive weigh in. So I have turned my back on the scales for a while.

It is nice to feel peaceful about it all.

And I FEEL lighter.

And happy.

And lucky.


Tuesday, 19 January 2010

A bit of this a bit of that........

Day two done.

I made a divine chicken korma for dinner my beloved and I. And I served mine to myself on chopped steamed cauliflower, so I am feeling smug about that. Cauliflower "rice" has an awful lot to be said for it......



Sadly, I did also eat good few forkfuls of fried rice at lunchtime (which was rank, by the way!) and also popped a few tortellini in my gob at the kids tea time........

So, not perfect.

BUT, I did drop 0.8kg overnight, so happy with that!

Another 5am in start in the morning to walk.

Off to bed now to listen to some hippy hypnotherapy......


Sunday, 17 January 2010

Classy Weight Loss Ticker?

Is there such a thing out there in ticker land?

I am hunting down a classy weight loss ticker.

That said, although my leaf is turned over, I haven't actually weighed in yet.




That little "treat" is tomorrow mornings adventure.

My beloved returns to work tomorrow, which means that I can no longer remain submerged in the glittering depths of holiday mode, sadly.

Which means back to 5am starts to get my exercise in.

Which means back to dieting.

Now then, I know that it is not trendy or politically correct to "diet". And I know that a whole heap of fat and skinny people will preach on about how it is a "lifestyle", or how I am working towards "gaining slimness". And a whole realm of other cutesy phrases.

Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah. Heard it all before.

Let's face it, it is a diet.

I have had a very indulgent time over Christmas.

So now need to face the demon scales and weigh in.

And then I need to get back on my diet.

Over the past 2 years I have gone from 126 kg down to 88kg. And given up smoking.

So to put all that into a graphical form, I need a weight loss ticker. But there appears to be a drought on classy ones?

Anyone?

Monday, 23 November 2009

A win




OK, here's the deal.



In a week where:


  • I ate as many carbs as I wanted as long as it was low fat,
  • I am floated and bloated with PMT
  • I am constipated
  • I am retaining water from last weeks heat
  • I only did one training session (because Andrew was away)

You'd think I'd have put weight on really?

Nah.

I lost 0.5kg

Happy with that.



Sunday, 22 November 2009

Keen as.......

Amazingly though, for the first time in ages, I am actually looking forward to training tomorrow morning, and even more impressively, I am keen to get on the scales.

Watch this space.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

I ache, and not in a good way.....


You know when you ache from a really good workout?


I love that ache.


But despite doing three mornings with my personal trainer already this week, I am not aware of that nice ache.


More of the flu ache that you get round the neck and shoulders. Complimented by some shivers and a horrible hot cold type of feeling.


And ear ache. And a shocker of a sore throat and a chesty feeling that reminds me of smoking too many fags (which I haven't by the way. 7 months of non smoking behind me, and I get sick?? How does that work??)


Nice.


Not.

But at least my appetite is diminished for a while.

Hopped on the scales this morning.

I have lost weight. Phew.


Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Exercise

To be doing such a nice balance of exercise pretty much every day had been a totally alien concept to me up until this past year. I am so so so glad I am finally off my arse really making a difference to my health.


The weather is gorgeous at the moment and I am in a good place.

Recently, a couple of friends and family have asked how I manage to fit in the exercise I do around the kids.

Here is my current plan:

Monday 6am Group Personal Training (Cardio and Resistance). Home by 7am for a shower and this is about when the kids are waking up. (If they wake earlier, Lovely Husband deals with them and slaps ABC kids on for them with a cup of juice!)

Tuesday 6am Group Interval Training: this starts from next term. Again, I know I can be home by 7am.

Tuesday 7pm: I use the time to do "big things" like a huge hill, the Paracourse, a 14km walk etc.
Wednesday 6am: Group Personal Training (Cardio and Resistance)


Thursday 7.30pm: The solitary run, with my iPod. This is the one I have to really psych myself up for. It is only my iPod and its cheesy 1980's dance tracks that gets me out there in Wadmore Park running round in the dark. BUT, funnily enough, once I have done it, by myself, I feel so inspired.

Friday: This is a hard one as I have to do something around the kids. So usually a session with my fit ball and the DVD fit ball routine, or skipping, as well as Lynda's home Resistance workout. Or I run up and down the track at the back of the house.

Saturday: My day off! Although most Saturdays I will pram push one of the kids down to Target/Foodland, which is a lovely walk, and they love it.

Sunday: This is my "lie in" day when Lovely Husband gets up with the kids and makes them brekky and gets them dressed etc. However, I chose to use this time to walk. We meet at 7.30am at Morialta. We walk to the first falls and back, doing the Giants Cave steps on the way, and on the way back. It is one of my favourite times of the week. It is one of my favourite walks.


Even if I never lose another gram, this exercise business gives me so much energy, so many happy hormones, so much more of a sense of peace in my heart, so much more love to give to the kids and to Andrew, it is truly worth it. And so much easier than I ever imagined it would be.



And it had changed me from this:




To this: