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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.

 

 

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.

I’ve gained 2kg since I last wrote

I’ve been avoiding writing, because I have been avoiding accountability for my actions. For some strange reason I have been believing that I am going to lose weight and come back to write about my amazing success story.

This has not happened. The opposite has happened and I think it is because I have been running away from facing my reality… which is that I’ve been slipping back into my old ways.

I had been drinking a lot more than usual (a couple of bottles during the week, 1 bottle on Friday, 2 bottles on Saturday, Beers on Sunday).

I have also developed a taste for mid-afternoon chocolate (Cudbary Caramel)…

Since last Saturday, I decided to quit alcohol all together for a month (to see if it’ll influence my weight-loss efforts). I managed to be alcohol free until Friday, when I had one glass of red wine, then had 2 glasses of white on Saturday evening, one glass of white on Sunday afternoon, then one glass on Monday afternoon (basically I had one bottle over a period of 3 days, as opposed to 1 bottle over a period of 3 hours).

I have just read my last two blog posts, and I have not achieved any of the goals I set for myself. I did not lose 3kgs before my birthday, which was 6 weeks ago. My weight has basically remained stagnant.

I have tried to avoid making my weight the centre of my world. I have also avoided stepping on the scale obsessively every morning like I used to so that I develop a “healthy” sense of self and existence.

This has not worked. By taking my eye off the ball, I have gained weight.

I have reset the weight loss button. I know what has worked for me in the past, and I know what needs to happen for me to lose weight.

It is time to be more accountable, watch what I eat, welcome the guilt that comes with bad food options, be proud of having a day of clean eating, and begin exercise… even if it’s just 10 minutes.

I’ve not written in a while…and i’ve regained weight

By 1 March 2015, i’d managed to go down in weight to 87kg. I was a very happy girl who watched what she ate and exercised as much as her laziness would allow her.

But, something happened…I got a boyfriend. Someone who told me I was beautiful and wonderful….someone who said my “curves” are what caught his eye. Someone who wasn’t disgusted by what I look like.

And obviously with new love comes loads of dinner dates… and we are both wine lovers… so wine intake has increased.

In the 10 weeks or so I’ve been with him, I’ve put on 4kgs. Sometime last week I weighed more that I have ever weighed in my WHOLE life… a super sexy 92kgs… just 8kgs away from 100kgs. This morning I was 91.5kg 😦

I’ve gone on a couple of runs with him… but he can’t join me everyday because of work… He has suggested running in the morning, but i am more likely to sell my soul to the devil than wake up every morning to go for a run.

I’ve not stepped inside the gym for about 2 months now… I’ve simply not felt like it. And I have suffered because of it.

The scale is showing me that I do not have the luxury of eating what I want and not exercising.

So I need to get back on track.

I’d told myself, earlier this year, that I’d lose 10kg by my birthday on 6 July.

Obviously, unless i stop eating altogether, this isn’t going to happen.

However, I challenge myself to lose 3kgs by 6 July 2015.

I have decided to do at least 10 minutes of exercise EVERYDAY. And by exercise I mean sweating, out of breathe, heart pumping.

I have an 8 week running challenge I’ll be starting on today… It’s for Mon, Wed and Friday… on the other days I’ll do a 10 minute exercise video.

By the end of June I would have lost 3kgs.

I am going to start writing again, because this has helped me in the past. When I stopped writing, I started gaining weight. Writing helps me confront my eating and exercise habits. and writing my goals helps make me accountable.

Also, I love writing about my achievements… and reading on previous challenges that I have overcome.

Let’s do this!

Motivation to exercise…where art thou???

I have not stepped into the gym since 27 February. I am NOT proud of this… It is a source of shame for me, especially because the results of not exercising have meant I have put on another kilogram or two.

Everyday I wake up telling myself, today will be the day I exercise….but some “very good” excuses always manage to sneak into  my reasons not to exercise.

I have always been a lazy person. But I one thing I can say for certain is, I CAN CHANGE. I have done it before, and I will do it again!!!

Last November, I joined the Fit2Feast Challenge and basically became “addicted” to exercise!

I had began to do well this Jan/Feb… but March has been very unsuccessful on the exercise end. Also, I think I have been eating too much at dinner. I have a friend staying with me and my sister, and she is a carb monster! Potato this, pasta that….garlic rolls, processed meats…cheesy everything. And as always, the people around me eat all this and manage to stay slim….while Sharon puts on 2kgs in a couple of days.

Aaaaaanyway, I need to get back on the exercise tip… 21 days of exercise challenge (since it takes 21 days to start a new habit).

I will give myself a tick for doing at least 10 minutes of exercise EVERY DAY.

This challenge will start today…

I will take pictures after every workout and have a calendar I tick off every time I complete an exercise.

I HAVE to do this… I know I do!

I’ve been quiet… but I’ve been winning

I’ve had some success so far this year. It’s been two months of 2015, and I have seen an 87kg on my scale 3 times already…. compare this to seeing an 87kg only once since October 2014.

I’m a small steps and small goals type of person, because I get overwhelmed quite quickly and easily. So, when I was at my highest weight last year, 91kg, I worked to see it drop to 90kg, then I swung between 91 and 90 for a few months, then began swinging between 89kg and 90kg for a lot of months last year… then it became a battle between 88kg and 89kg… now this year, I started off at 89kg (after I ONLY gained 1kg during Christmas), then have managed to basically stay in the 88kg zone.

Obviously, I now want to see the scale swinging between 87kg and 88kg… This month, February, the least I have weighed was 87.4kg last weekend, but I went back into the 88 this week.

Such small but definite progress is important for me to stay focused and believe I can do it.

I wrote about swimming to lose weight through out February, and I haven’t really been consistent. I only swam once last week… and only once this week.

But I have been walking home (30 minutes) everyday from work and I believe it has been helpful.

My eating has generally been good… I obviously have had mishaps… but no binging episodes, and I allow myself to enjoy that small chocolate or biscuit.

I had 2 pies yesterday

And I am still dealing with the guilt.

How did it happen?

I meant to buy a spinach and feta pie…and I got one…but then I saw the babootie and decided I wanted that instead…. but instead of me bothering the woman by returning the spinach and feta, I ordered the babootie too and my plan was to dump the spinach and feta by the till.

Instead I found myself paying for both… and thought to myself I’ll have the babootie…and save the spinach and feta for the next day.

Instead, I placed both pies on my plate and ate them…. both of them…. 1000 worth of calories in under 30 minutes.

I’d come back from a 30 minute swim… and was hungry. Maybe that influenced the binge.

When I got home, I ate, quite possibly too much, considering what had happened at lunch.

I had one hotdog (with mushroom sauce) with a side of coleslaw salad and a pasta salad.

Why am I writing about this?

I am hoping the guilt and shame will be purged via this post. And for sure, I do feel better.

The reason why I am so upset is that I had dropped a kilo and was now in the 87s on the scale, but I now back in the 88s…on the verge of being 89kg again. This morning I was 88.8kgs.  I am sick of seeing those 88s…and would like to get into the 87s.

I will be going to the gym for a run… though I will probably only run for 20 minutes or so, I will feel better.

Why I weigh myself everyday

You will read, more than once, that weighing yourself everyday is a very bad idea. Most say it is not good because your weight fluctuates and you will get discouraged. Most recommend weighing once a week or once a month.

Now, with me, I NEED to weigh myself everyday. It is a reminder of my goal to lose weight. It has become routine… I wake u, take a bath, then weigh myself before I even put on my deodorant.

Weighing myself everyday has taught me how my body works with regards to weight fluctuation. I have knowledge on what happens when I eat a certain way in a week and what happens when I exercise consistently in a week.

Let’s compare last week and this week.

LAST WEEK:

I ate very well and has NO alcohol between Monday and Thursday. I walked home everyday and only went to the gym on Thursday. And the scale rewarded me. I started off at 88.2kg, and by Saturday morning I was at 87.5kg… the lowest I have been in MONTHS!!!!

THIS WEEK:

I went to the gym on Saturday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday… However, I ate quite a bit. Actually, I did not eat a lot, but had bad meal choices. I also had quite a lot of sweets through out the week. I started the week at 88.0kg… Friday I am at 88.9kg.

Through out the week I was conscious of the weight creeping up and because of that, am making conscious decisions to eat better this weekend. Also, That weight creeping up motivated me to go to the gym everyday this week.

This weight gain has shown me, ONCE AGAIN that slip-ups lead to weight gain. I CAN NOT eat whatever I want. I NEED to make better food choices.

Also, my experience has shown that exercise helps me to maintain a certain weight, even if I have been eating a bit badly.

I am a person who thinks BELIEVES that they eat healthy most of the time. I believe that 70% of the time I eat well, with a large portion of the other 30% being wine tendencies.

If I weighed myself once a month, and see no changes or weight gain, I’d get disheartened. I’m a person who always wants to feel in control… and daily weighing helps me do this.

Time for an experiment – In the pool

I’ve rediscovered my love for swimming and want to see if it can help me lose weight.

I’m NOT good at swimming at all. I only learned how to swim when I was about 16 and have hardly stepped into a pool in the last 10 years or so.

Now, one of the reasons why I joined my current gym was because they had a pool (two, in fact).  I did do some swimming at first, but stopped for whatever reason.. I can’t even remember.

Now, On Saturday, I went for a swim… 30minutes. It was lovely. I really enjoyed it and the 30 minutes passed by so fast. On Monday I didn’t go to the gym, but I went on Tuesday and only did 15 minutes on the treadmill.

Yesterday and today I went and did 30 Minutes of swimming. Very enjoyable, but tiring.

Last week,  I managed to drop 1kg… but I regained it this week because of drinking a lot at the weekend, and unhealthy take-aways the last couple of days (We’ve been having blackouts, #AFRICA, meaning we can’t cook and have to buy food, and I’m yet to discover ”healthy” take-aways).

NOW!!!!

Quite a few articles I have read on swimming for weight loss say it is not a good idea. 1) swimming increases your appetite (This is very true in my case) 2) you stop burning calories once you are out of the pool, 3) It makes you so tired you don’t want to do anything else (very true in my case).

But, there are testimonies from people saying they have managed to drop kilos and get a trimmer body from swimming… And I want to see if I can be one of those people. I have a couple of items of clothing that I’ve tried on today, that would fit better on me if I lost some weight.

So, for the next 4 weeks, I’d like to swim at least 5 times a week and see if there is a difference on the scale, or at least with the centimetres (I’ve been reading that swimming may increase your weight because of muscle build-up).

When I swim, I really DO feel it… like when your muscles “vibrate” from a good work out. And I like that feeling!

Do any of you guys swim as part of your weight loss regime? Have you lost weight from it?

Lets see what happens on 28 February!!