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Hi. I am still fat

Sooooo, I have not written in a very long time. And that is because I have been eating.

Last Nov/December I had started on a re-freshed weight loss effort. My motivation was my friend’s wedding where I was going to be a bridesmaid. I deliberately sent measurements that were an inch less than the real ones to force me to lose weight. If i was fat, I woudn’t be able to fit into the dress.

I did very well by going down from 91.2kg to 87.2kg.

BUT! I ended up not being able to go for the wedding because of finances.

PLUS, December happened.

So, I have re-gained it all… well, I was 90.2 this morning 😦

The Goal

I would like to lose 10kgs by 30 April 2017 – 3.5 months from now

Part 1: I want to drop 5kgs first. This needs to happen by 15 February – About a month from now. This equates to about 1kg per week. And I believe it is possible as I have done it before.

Part 2: After the first 5kg is done, I will work towards the other 5kgs. I know it will be harder, that’s why I am giving myself more time to get rid of it.

I am hoping that by 30 April, I would have adopted healthier eating habits, smaller portions and more exercise.

The 2017 Plan

To fight the fat, I am going to eat less. My new job makes that very possible. I am too far from any shops and so, can’t just go out the door for a quick snack.

Whatever I bring from home is all I can eat.

I don’t eat breakfast anymore. I only have lunch at 12pm. Usually I will have 3 or 4 slices of bread with tomato, ham and slice of cheese. And then not eat anything until I have supper at home.

Yesterday I was bad and spent waaaay too much money on a piece of carrot cake from the coffee shop downstairs. That won’t be happening again because it is a waste of money and I ALWAYS feel bad when I eat like that.

One thing I need to learn how to do is to portion control dinner. Because my last meal was at lunch, I find myself eating way too much at supper.

Last week I did ok with regards to this “diet”, but had potato chips and other stuff. The weekend I binged quite a bit – IT WAS BAD. Wolfing down 8 KFC wings + a big packet of potato chips is not normal.

I want to start running.. even if it is for 10 minutes. That’s where the challenge is going to be.

 

 

It’s been up & down… but there is progress

In the last two weeks, I’ve gone from 87.6kg (my lowest in 12months!) back up to 88.9kg, then down again to 87.8kg this morning. I won’t lie and say I’ve been working hard, but I’ve been doing my best to eat well.

I’ve been trying to go super low-carb, but I’ve instead been having my carbs in the morning (bread with cheese or something), then low carb lunch and dinner.

I’d developed a bad habit of having a chocolate in the afternoon, but I realised the reason for that was that I wasn’t eating a proper breakfast. Eating in the morning keeps me full until after 1pm.

I then have my lunch of mixed veg and a protein. I’ve gone back to “mass cooking”… large pot of minced beef or chicken mixed with veg, and have that for lunch every day.

As long as I’m not snacking and eating carbs in the evening, I’m fine.

Let’s see how the next two weeks go. My goal is to hit 86.anything this month.

Not happy with my progress

The lowest I’ve been these last couple of weeks was 88.0kg (down from 89.2kg when I last wrote here)….That elusive “87” seems to be slipping away as I’ve gained about 600g since that low 88.0kg weight. Today I’m 88.6kg.

I haven’t been low carb because of budget issues. It’s cheaper to buy a loaf of bread to last you the week, than to buy veggies and meat for the week #JanuaryDisease

Anyway, I get paid next Tuesday, so I’ll be able to afford fresh veggies and pair them with nicely cooked meat.

I got back into the gym a couple of weeks ago. It felt very good… Don’t ask me why I haven’t been back.

However, I carried my gym bag and intend on having a quick session after work.

Let’s see how that goes.

Only gained 1kg during the holidays

After 2.5 weeks of eating whatever I want, I only put on 1kg!

To say I am thrilled is an understatement. I drank it all, wine, ciders, beers, cocktails. I ate it all, (including carbs…rice, potatoes, chips, cakes, biscuits). But, somehow, I only put on 1kg.

I don’t know if there is something about Zimbabwean food that makes u gain less weight. Or I actually ate less than I thought I was. I don’t know.

I was also kinda active… house chores and the like kept me on my feet.

I did a total of 4 exercise sessions in my two weeks there. I need to up my exercise, though. Because I’m feeling more tired than usual after climbing stairs or walking up a little hill.

I’ve now gone back to low-carb with my one cheat meal per week.

My goal is to lose 10kgs before my sister’s wedding in July. That means losing only 2kgs per month…That’s a mere 500g per week (1pound per week.)

I’ll be going back into the gym and making the most of it before my membership expires in May or so.

Today I am 89.2kg…let’s check-in again next Wednesday.

Why am I not losing weight?

No, seriously? Why aren’t I?

This is Week 3 of my low/no carb diet and I’ve lost about 1kg.

Ok, I’ve had some carbs… And I’ll tell you which ones:

Week One: I had popcorn(monday) and 1 slice of bread (Wednesday), 3 biscuits (Saturday) – I was still adjusting and also had butternut and brown sugar beans on my menu, not realising how much carbs are in butternut and brown beans, and they have now been banished.

Week Two: I had a muffin (Monday) and a pizza (Thursday)

Week Three: Muffin (Monday) and I will be going to review a restaurant on Friday, So I might have a dessert, but keep everything else carb free.

Here is my Carbs consumed report from the last 30 days. The red arrow indicates the day I started being carb free. I want to be consuming less than 50g of carbs per day… and it can be hard to achieve.

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Otherwise, I’ve been eating more Veg than I’ve ever eaten in my life. Sometimes I fail reach my 1200 calorie goal, because leaves have so few calories.

Do I need to exercise more? Do I need to reduce my protein? Do I need to eat more veggies more often?

Do I need to not have any cheat meals?

Do I need to be more patient?

I don’t know.

But what i do know is that I’m NOT giving up! I’ve given up too often in the past, and I am going to stick with this. I will generally not be having carbs as a normal part of my diet for the rest of my life (unless it’s for medical reasons or if I ever get pregnant)

Anyway,

Aluta Continua!

The YO-YO is the devil!

So, i had been doing well… watching my food and recording it everyday etc.

Then I stopped because I believed I was too busy to write and to log my food.

The result has been devastating.

One week of bad eating has seen me put on 3kgs! i kid you not.

The most logical explanation for this is that I am yo-yoing.

By eating fewer calories one week, then eating too many the next week, I’m gaining a lot of weight.

I might lose 1kg by eating well one week, then regain 2kg the next week when eating badly.

So, last week has been a lesson for me NOT TO DROP THE BALL!!!

Exercise will become easier for me as we head into summer with the sun rising earlier in the morning (for morning runs) and setting later (for after-work runs).

I’ve planned this week’s lunches, already (low carb veggies with a piece of chicken breast.)

Dinner will be the usual rice, meat and veg.

NO SNACKS!!!!! and no mid-week wine.

I’ll need to get fruit to nibble on mid-afternoon.

It’s a pity I have no self- discipline, otherwise, I’d get a packet of little chocolates and only have one per day.

Accountability: Day 15

I did not have a perfect day yesterday, as I had the left over cakes from Sunday’s tea party. But most of it is finished. I am back on my track towards no sweets, cakes, chocolate, chips etc.

Food diary for 24 Aug:

Mid-morning – two cupcakes and tea

Lunch – mixed veggies, minced meat, 2 sliced bread with a tablespoon of blue cheese

Pre-dinner – small cheese cake

Dinner –  mixed veg, creamed spinach, tablespoon of rice, beef stew

Post dinner – small slice of cheese cake

MyFitness Pal Diary

24 aug Monday

Accountability: Days 12, 13, 14!!!! Yikes!

It’s been 2 weeks! I’d set a goal for 1 week, but I’ve cruised to 2 weeks with no trouble.

This is a very exciting achievement for me, considering the number of times I felt too “lazy” to log my food and then write a blog about it, but I did it anyway!

Though my eating has not been as clean as I want, I have been far more honest about my food intake that I’ve ever been. A year ago, I’d have logged my food, but would have left out that slice of cheese cake before bed, or the 2 glasses of wine I had with dinner. Basically trying the cheat the food logging app, even though I was only cheating myself.

I have also began a new phase in my weight loss journey… EXERCISE. I have began very slowly, with a 15 minute run on Friday and a 12 minute run on Sunday. The Friday run was great, because it was generally quite a fast run. Sunday, on the other hand, was hard. I was in pain and felt generally tired. I don’t know why.

Food Diary:

Friday 21 August

Mid-morning – 2 Slices Low carb bread, 3 slices cheese

Lunch – chicken leg (thigh and drumstick) and butternut

Afternoon snack – Pop Crisps 😦

Dinner – Rice, Boerewors and veggies with 3 glasses of wine

MyFitness Pal summary

21 Aug Fri

Saturday 22 August

Lunch – KFC streetwise two left overs, bacon, garlic ciabatta roll with glass of wine

Dinner – Chicken thigh and drumstick, potato salad with carrots with 4 glasses wine

MyFitness Pal summary:

22 Aug Sat

Sunday 23 August

This day was “unusual”> I hosted a tea party with cakes and things at home, meaning I had to carefully plan my meals for the day. Though my choice in the morning was 100% perfect, it was high protein.

Morning – bacon, egg, sausage and 2 slices bread.

Late afternoon snacks – 2 cupcakes, 2 slices of cheese cake (small-ish slices), sausage rolls

MyFitness Pal summary:

23 Aug Sunday

Today is a new day, I have another week ahead of me to make better decisions. It’s very enlightening knowing just how many calories I have from foods I used to eat without even thinking.

Accountability: Day 11!

Waw… I can’t believe I’ve been this consistent!

Food Diary

Mid-morning – 1 slice low calorie bread, 1 slice of cheese

Lunch – Sweet Potato and butternut with a small chicken breast

Mid-afternoon – Chocolate

Dinner – 1/5 cup rice with minced meat mixed with veggies, spinach, 2 glasses of wine

MyFitness Pal Summary:

20 Aug Thur

The chocolate was my worst food choice of the day. They were given to us in the office, and, of course, Sharon couldn’t say NO.

My biggest shame is that I didn’t exercise yesterday. Reasons ranged from someone coming to see a couch I’m selling, to the mountain of work I need to get done.

Today I don’t have an excuse, and will do my 10 minutes.

I just read an article on MyFitness Pal website about a woman’s journey to lose weight, and she did it thorugh recording her food on the App. She said she included EVERY SINGLE DAY, good ones and bad one. This was very motivating for me, as I have been doing the same.

Accountability: Day 10

Ok, my eating this week hasn’t been very good in terms of trying to keep things low carbs and higher in vegetables. I’ve had far fewer veggies as compared to last week, and I intend on getting back on track starting today.

Food Diary:

Mid-morning – 2 muffins, coffee

Lunch – 4 slices low carb brown bread, 2 slices cheese

Dinner – half cup of savoury rice, small quarter chicken and chicken pops and 2 glasses white wine.

dinner 19 Aug

MyFitness Pal summary

19 Aug Wed

The poppers were my worst food decision of the day. I saw them, bought them and ate them without thinking, at all. I need to be extra super careful when I go to the shops.

I did a bit of exercise. Just some squats and press ups. I will be going for a run tonight