Monthly Archives: November 2014

Week 11 Update – Punishment and Weight Loss

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Had an interesting meeting today.   It’s clear that I still have issues with food and sometimes I really wish that I could understand why my brain works in the way in which it does.  The habit is starting to change but it’s taking longer than I would have hoped.

Let’s look at tonight to give an idea about what this means..

I was not confident (after weighing myself at home) that I would drop as much weight as what I wanted, or even that I would lose any at all.    In my mind I was thinking to myself that if I didn’t lose more than 2lb, I would stop at the garage (or even the kebab shop!) and buy something “real” to eat.   Thankfully I didn’t actually do this – but I’m not sure if that is because I discussed it at group – or because I lost more than the 2lb that I set.

During group we discussed this and the concept was that my mind was suggesting some form of “punishment” for not hitting my target.   It perhaps wasn’t the first time that I’ve considered punishing myself in this way and this is an example of why I have such a bad relationship with food and why the weekly sessions are helping to address this.

In terms of the week itself – it was pretty good.   I had a minor blip on one day where I eat some chicken (I have no idea what drove me to do so) but I have added more exercise and have been for a couple of swims where I’ve done 40+ min without stopping.  My appointment with the PT to start the cardio is on Sunday and I’m actually pretty excited about this.

This week I lost 4lb in total – still a bit less than I had hoped, but overall not bad and it helped bring my total to over 60lb lost so far.  This means I’m still on track to hit my original target by mid-Feb 2015, which isn’t very far away when you think about it.   Next week I should hit 4 1/2 st lost and with any luck I am not just two weeks away from hitting 5st.   Exciting times.   The other big thing this week is that I have now lost exactly 20% of my total weight when I started… which I am pretty chuffed with.

Here is the full update for the week

Target 1 – Lose 14lb (1 stone) – Reward – Destiny for Xbox One – DONE
Target 2 – Lose 25lb – DONE 23/09/14
Target 3 – Lose 35lb – DONE 07/10/14
Target 4 – Lose 50lb – DONE 05/10/14  Amazon Fire TV or Raspberry Pi
Target 5 – Lose 70lb
Target 6 – Lose 85lb
Target 7 – Lose 100lb – Reward – Tattoo!
Target 8 – Loose 115lb (original goal)
Target 9 – Loose 125lb
FINAL GOAL – Loose 140lb (10st) – Reward – Wedding Ring
PROGRESS: 61lb gone – 79lb to go (43.6% gone) – 20.33% of original weight lost

Thanks for reading.

Feeling great – Week 10 Update

So week 10 update time already – it’s funny looking back at the first few weeks and how long they stretched out vs. how quickly they are going now.

This week has been a good week.    I didn’t lose a great amount (3lb)- but had to get back into ketosis after slipping out so wasn’t expecting much.   Overall though, I feel a lot more positive, it feels a little like I am getting my mojo back and am just feeling so happy at the moment… Just typing that almost brings me out in tears of joy, which is a little weird.  Perhaps it’s because I’ve just finished today’s yoga session.

As mentioned a few days ago I’ve started getting a bit of exercise in.   30+ min of Wii Fit and 20+ mins of Yoga for the past 3 days and I’m already starting to feel a little fitter and my joints a little more flexible.  Tomorrow I go to the gym to get signed up and get some more cardio back in, which I am hoping will give me a big week of weight loss.

In terms of the 3lb I lost this week – this brings me to the next milestone.  I have now (in just over 2 months) lost over 4st (4st 1lb to be precise).   It brings me to 17st 5lb so a good week and I could be under 17st for the first time in god knows how many years.   Lets see how it goes – even if it takes 2 weeks it’s still well within my grasp now.  I’m also just one week away (I expect!) from having lost 20% of my original body weight.

Here’s the weekly update.

Target 1 – Lose 14lb (1 stone) – Reward – Destiny for Xbox One – DONE
Target 2 – Lose 25lb – DONE 23/09/14
Target 3 – Lose 35lb – DONE 07/10/14
Target 4 – Lose 50lb – DONE 05/10/14 Amazon Fire TV or Raspberry Pi
Target 5 – Lose 70lb
Target 6 – Lose 85lb
Target 7 – Lose 100lb – Reward – Tattoo!
Target 8 – Loose 115lb (original goal)
Target 9 – Loose 125lb
FINAL GOAL – Loose 140lb (10st) – Reward – Wedding Ring
PROGRESS: 57lb gone – 83lb to go (40.7% gone) – 19% of original weight lost

The meeting tonight was also really good.   I’ll try and do an update later this week to go into some detail and analysis of it.

Thanks as ever for reading x

Adding Fitness to the Lighter Life Plan

My challenge this week is to work out exactly how to add exercise to my routine. When I originally started Lighter Life I was told that I needed to be quite careful around doing exercise because of the low amount of calories that you consume, but I really want to try and get a bit fitter at the same time as losing the weight.

For what it’s worth – here is what the Lighter Life website says:

Can I exercise on LighterLife?
Yes, an active lifestyle is really important for your health. Simply choose something you enjoy and do it regularly, such as walking, swimming, going to the gym or an exercise class.If you’re already enjoying an active lifestyle and are quite fit, just take it steady at first. If you’re new to it, please speak to your GP, particularly if you have any medical conditions that could be affected by physical activity.

I was referred to the gym by the Doctors and have an appointment on Wednesday afternoon so this is one step and hopefully will get a plan together of how often to go, etc. I am however a little worried that the gym will turn around if I tell them I am only having 600kcal and tell me that I can’t sign up! I guess we’ll cross that bridge if we come to it..

In the mean time I’ve set myself a mini challenge for the rest of the month. There are lots of 30 day challenges online so I’ve built my own, called the “30 day Wii Fit and Yoga for beginners challenge” which clearly rolls right off the tongue.

The challenge itself is pretty simple – it consists of 30 minutes of WiiFit and 20 minutes of Yoga nearly every day for 30 days… I started it last night and used the following YouTube videos for the Yoga:

 

 


To make sure that I do it every day I’ve put together a quick calendar so that I can sign it to see how I get on. Will print this off and put it on the wall / fridge so that I don’t forget to do it!

Will add this to my weekly update to see what kind of difference it might be making – am quite looking forward to getting back to Zumba at some point and I think I’m going to sign up Lindsey too so we can perhaps get a baby-sitting one or two nights a week and go to a few classes together..

Week 9 Update – 54lb now lost

So another week down and I’ve now completed 9 weeks of Lighter Life which is almost exactly 2 months.

It’s not been a perfect week and I had one or two glitches including some toast today which has kicked me out of ketosis.     The toast today was yet again down to habit – I was in the house, a little bored, and did what I would have done without a second thought a few months ago.    I obviously felt bad afterwards but was honest about it tonight and is just something I need to keep working on.

The biggest highlight since my last update was that last Monday I went to Drayton Manor Theme Park.   Jacob (age 9) is now getting more into fast rides and previously this would have been a scary experience and I would not have gone on the rides through feel of the harness not fitting and getting kicked off the ride.   This time I went on nearly every fast ride there was and had a bloody brilliant time… felt great about it I have to say.

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This week in class we went over “old” habits and “new habits” – things that have changed either now or what you will do when you have finished.   Here were a couple I wrote down:

  • Client Entertainment – In my job I spend a lot of time with clients and have a number of the times taken them out for lunch or drinks rather than sitting down in a meeting room to get to know them a bit better in a more relaxed way.  Now instead of suggesting a steak I suggest a tea or coffee in a nice place around the corner from the office..
  • Weekends – Previously I’ve spent a lot of weekends “chilling out” – aka sitting in front of a sofa watching a film with the kids.   Over the past few weeks we’ve spent a lot more time out and about – visiting new parks and generally just trying to keep activate and keep away from the food in the house!

There were a couple of others too but overall it’s quite nice to see some of the new “habits” appearing and the plan is to keep these up long after I’ve finished with Lighter Life.

So now time for weight loss update…   This week I lost another 5lb – bringing the total lost to 54lb – just 2lb away from the 4st mark!   This brings me down to 17st 8lb and means I’m most likely around 2 weeks away from being under 17st for the first time in at least the past 10 years.

Here’s the full update:

Target 1 – Lose 14lb (1 stone) – Reward – Destiny for Xbox One – DONE
Target 2 – Lose 25lb – DONE 23/09/14
Target 3 – Lose 35lb – DONE 07/10/14
Target 4 – Lose 50lb – Amazon Fire TV or Raspberry Pi
Target 5 – Lose 70lb
Target 6 – Lose 85lb
Target 7 – Lose 100lb – Reward – Tattoo!
Target 8 – Loose 115lb (original goal)
Target 9 – Loose 125lb
FINAL GOAL – Loose 140lb (10st) – Reward – Wedding Ring
PROGRESS: 54lb gone – 91lb to go (39% gone) – 18% of original weight lost

Also because another month has gone I’ve also had another measurement check and this week the results are really quite exciting.   In the past month since the last check I’ve lost 5cm across my chest, 10cm across my waist and 7cm across my hips – that brings the total lost across two months to:

Chest:  12cm – 4.7inch
Waist: 18cm – 7inch
Hips: 11cm – 4.3inch

Finally I’m going to try and mix things up a little this week as I found a list of Lighter Life “Unofficial Recipes” on a forum.   The full list can be found here, but here’s the one I’ve just tried:

Black Forest Gateau Smoothie

Put 10 ice cubes, 1 chocolate pack, 8oz water and 1.5tsp of fruits of the forest flavoring into a mixer and blend.

That’s it for the week – another update soon.