Category Archives: Weight Loss

Finally Getting Some Decent Weight Loss

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IMG_20170704_144345_821I have been struggling for so long to lose the weight that I have gained from my medication and the associated appetite gain.  I think over the last three or four years I have probably gained around 30 kilos.

Finally I have cracked it …. Low Carb!  I have been low carbing it for a while now and although the weight is coming off slowly, the point is it’s coming off and I am not gaining every week like I was before.

It feels so good to feel my clothes get looser and to fit in stuff that I haven’t been able to wear for several years.

My diet now consists of meat and vegetables/salad and some cheese.  I haven’t found that I am too hungry as I have been also drinking over 2 litres of water a day.  I have given up milk and now drink black coffee which took some getting used to!

I am also doing intermittent fasting.  I do a 16 hour fast every week day, sometimes I have breakfast at the weekend but in the week I generally break my fast at 12 pm for lunch and don’t eat after 8 pm.  I am finding that this is really working well for me and I am getting into the routine of when I can eat.

We are slightly adjusting our eating plan at the weekend to include some beans and lentils so I will see how that goes next week.

Also I think it has helped to open an Instagram account just for my diet and weight loss.  I have followed a heap of people that are on the same type of eating plan and we share tips and recipes.  This social interaction keeps me motivated which is a big part of the struggle.

Well I am about half way there so that is amazing progress.  The good thing is my partner is eating the same food and we are losing weight together.

I am getting a transplant surgery very soon and I want my mind, body and emotional health to be the best it can.

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Feeling Fat & Pissed Off

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I have been on an amazing gluten free eating plan this week courtesy of You Foodz.  The meals have been fresh, healthy and very tasty.  We started off with the GF detox plan which consists of their cleanest and leanest meals.

Now you would think that I would have lost some weight this week,  after all my partner has lost 2 kilos – fabulous.  So what have I done, absolutely nothing, a big fat zero.  I am so pissed off, I am trying my hardest here, I am eating great and counting every single calorie that goes into my mouth.

Here’s where the problem lies, Psych Meds,  Steroids and Chemotherapy.  I am stuffed before I even start and today I am feeling sad, angry and pissed off.  I want to cry and wail that it’s not fair, and it’s not, it sucks.  Yeah yeah I know that it could be worse and I’m not that badly off in the whole scheme of things but right now at this very moment it’s not fair.

What can I do about it?  I dunno, I need my meds so stopping them isn’t an option.  Any ideas?

Souping & Bipolar

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Well one day of my soup diet is under my belt and I went really well.   Didn’t suffer from any real hunger pains and the soup that I ate satisfied me.

Day 1
Breakfast – naval orange
Lunch – pumpkin soup
Snack – pear
Dinner- tomato, capsicum and bean soup

Chuck a couple of coffees in there too (can’t break all of my habits in 1 day!), and that was my day.

So, as that is a radically different diet to what I’m used to does anyone think it will affect my mental health?  I am pretty good mentally right now but I am hoping that an improved diet and some weight loss will make me even better.   My self esteem will definately get better.  I can’t see any reason why my mental health would suffer from eating this way, so as us aussies say, she’ll be right!

I have red lentil and bacon soup for dinner tonight, doesn’t look the best, rather like a brown sludge, but I think it tastes ok.  Hope so anyway or I will be down the take away! (Joking lol).  Maybe I should eat it with my eyes shut!

It’s true, You Are What You Eat

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Love this quote.   I am really appreciating putting good wholesome, fresh, clean food into my body.  By eating clean I am giving my body every opportunity to heal itself and rid itself of the excess weight it is carrying around.

I am feeling energized and positive, I can’t wait to see a result on the scales, I am very excited for myself and my partner – we are on this journey together and we will be strong and celebrate every successful day.

A New Gadget (Soup Maker)

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Yesterday, I got a Kambrook soup maker in preparation for my soup diet.   I am so happy with it.  

Today I made pumpkin and bacon (smooth) and tomato, capsicum and bean (chunky).  It was so easy,  I just cut up all the veggies etc,  put them in the soup maker with the stock and 21 minutes later out came the most delicious soups.  it was no effort at all.

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The machine was really easy to clean too, nothing stuck to it.  I washed it out with warm soapy water,  rinsed and dried, it only took a couple of minutes.

So we are having soup for lunch and dinner all next week to try and lose a couple of kilos.   No snacks or naughty stuff, just a piece of fruit to go with our smaller lunch time serve of soup. Surely we will lose some weight just eating wholesome soups made out of fresh veggies,  beans and grains. 

We will of course be walking most nights too.  We committed to that when we got our new Fitbits a couple of weeks ago.

I have to remember to weigh myself in the morning,  I always forget then could kick myself because I don’t know how much weight I lose,  if any. I am sure I will remember because I am excited about it!  I think I will measure myself as well.

I watched a show about juicing a couple of weeks ago and the guy who was doing it cured his auto immune disease by cutting out processed and junk food.  I am hoping by eating clean and wholesome veggies I can help my auto immune disease (scleritis). It would be so great if I could reduce the symptoms or get rid of it completely just by clean eating.

I can highly recommend the Kambrook soup maker,  I am really happy with it.

A Healthy Soup Diet

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We are going to be eating a lot of soup next week.  I have been thinking about weight loss and I reckon that soup for lunch and dinner would be a great way to lose a few kilos.

So I will be making light and healthy soups full of fresh veggies, beans, lentils, barley, maybe some chicken etc.  No creamy indulgent soups and certainly no crusty bread and butter!

When you think about it soup is the perfect diet food (as long as you don’t add the cream etc).  We will be getting our 5 serves of veggies a day and eating clean and wholesome foods that are packed full of nutrients and vitamins.

I am actually feeling quite excited about trying this, it helps that my family and I really enjoy soup so I reckon it’s worth a go.  I can make the whole weeks dinners and lunches on the weekend and freeze it.  Oh joy, no cooking in the week after work!

I want to get one of those new soup makers that are like a blender but cook and blend the soup automatically for you.  A friend at work just got one and they are only about $80.  See how I go this week and if I want to continue with the soup I will invest in one next week.

Anyone done a soup diet before?  Would love to hear if you had success, and if you want to share recipes that would be great.

Eat A Rainbow And Get Healthier

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I found this on the Diabetes Queensland website.  Looking at this I reckon I eat quite well, plenty of fruit and vegetables.

We have been working hard on eating better, we still have a way to go but I have downloaded a couple of Kindle books on clean eating which I am interested in.  I am hoping to get stuck into them this weekend and clean our diet up some more over the coming weeks.

I am lucky that my partner is also trying hard to improve her eating habits and lifestyle, it’s much easier when everyone is on board. 

My daughter is amazing, she has lost over 30 kilos from changing her diet and exercising.  She is very inspiring.  It’s such a hard journey and when I feel like I am wavering I think of her journey and know I can do it.

I Am Motivated, Step Out Of My Way!

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Had a very positive meeting with my metabolic doctor this morning.  I have lost a kilo since my last visit.  Not much I know but considering I am on Prednisone I am happy with that.  I’m chipping away at it.  The important thing is I’m not gaining weight and I am exercising most days and eating better. Portion control (or lack of it) is a big deal for me but I think I have nailed it this week.  Finally I am serving my family up proper portion sizes and not over feeding them.

We discussed heart rate and the importance of being in the fat burning zone (60 – 65% of maximum heart rate) with bursts of activity in in the anaerobic zone (85% of maximum heart rate).  It was really interesting as I didn’t know anything about HR before this.

With the scleritis pain I have been wallowing in self-pity a bit, kind of grieving for my eyes, but I can feel myself moving out of that zone and into a more focussed and motivated one.  I feel I can work through the pain and keep going and really make a difference to my body and get healthier.

Today’s stats at 11am
Steps: 4,857 (a good start, well on the way to goal)
Distance: 3.43km
Stairs climbed: 12

I went for a walk this morning before my appointment and it was mostly uphill hence all the stairs climbed.  I want to get up to 25 sets of stairs today to earn another Fitbit badge so I need to find a hilly walk to do tonight.  All the badges and challenges are very motivating for me.

I feel good today, the pain is in check and I feel motivated to carry on my journey, normally I have given up by now (about 2 weeks in).

Have a good day all, happy walking!