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.

ride

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.

Week 8 Update (inc. photo update)

It’s only Sunday so a little earlier than my normal posts as I can’t make it to weight class on Tuesday due to a conference I am attending.

This week has been a really good week – I’ve not even considered cheating / eating anything else and have found it a lot easier than previous weeks.   Perhaps my habits are changing finally but lets just see how the next few weeks go!   I also had a trip up to HQ (which means 7-8hrs drive in one day) where I managed to stick to the water and mint tea, although this was most likely helped by having a passenger on the way back who kept me in check (whilst he ate his McDonalds!).

I also posted some photos to Facebook to track how I am getting on – which I’m going to add to every few weeks – here is one from this week to give an idea of how that loss looks.

 

So the good news is another 5lb lost since Tuesday – importantly bringing my current weight to under 18st..   So that’s a total of 49lb lost now.

I’ve also decided this week that I want to increase my initial target a little.   At the start I had aimed towards losing 115lb (8st 2lb) but I’ve increased this target to 140lb (10 st) so that I finish within a healthy BMI and factor in that I will most likely put on some extra weight after I start eating again fully.

So with that, here’s the target 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 (1lb to go!!!)
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: 49lb gone – 91lb to go (35% gone) – 16.33% of original weight lost

Finally I also wanted to talk about the weight management clinic that I went to at the Doctors this week.

I’d been a few times to this before over the past few years and whilst they gave some basic advice, they also suggested that drugs (similar to Alli tablets) were the best way to drop weight.   I tried these quite a few times and got really bad headaches each time that I did it so gave up completely.   What frustrates me a little is that they do not suggest something like Lighter Life rather than drugs… So next time that I go (next month) I am going to find out what I need to do to lobby the local NHS board to try a programme of doing just that, if they are not already.   They did however refer me to a scheme they have with the gym that gives me 12 weeks of free PT and half price gym membership for a year, so I’ll be starting this when my appointment comes through in the next couple of weeks.

That’s it for now.   Thanks for reading.

Week 7 Lighter Life Update

Another week has gone so it’s time for another Lighter Life update.

I guess I should start with the important milestone that I hit this week… My BMI is now under 40 – whilst I’m not a massive fan of BMI because of its obvious flaws this does mean that I have dropped down a category from “morbidly obese” to just “obese”… which I guess is pretty decent, but I think I’ll be more excited when I stop the obese word altogether from being associated with me. It’s also worth noting that in exactly 1lb I will have lost 15% of the body weight that I started with.

I’ve had a pretty good week (although didn’t lose much) and here it is in review:

  • Went go-karting at the weekend – came last, which I think is because everyone else was pretty fit and healthy – but the kart moved and I fitted into it which was a relief! I’ve a friend who karts professionally (or near enough) so hoping to go again once the weight is off and see if that helps my time… and perhaps stops me from spinning?!?
  • Went out to Kensington Roof Gardens for a charity event (attended by Prince Harry of all people) where everyone was getting rather drunk… gave my free burger to my colleague Graham (so he had two) and continued to drink water all night. I did however miss getting drunk when everyone was dancing away at the end of the night but could quite easily have caved and didn’t.
  • Went to my first Christmas do (yes, in October..) at Soho House and the food looked AMAZING. I sat and had my shake and some peppermint tea whilst everyone else scoffed three courses – which was like some form of mental torture.

In terms of how I got on this week – I lost another 4lb – bringing the total lost to 3st 2lb. When I originally started out on Lighter Life I said that I wanted to try and lose 3st before a conference that I am attending next week – so I hit my target with a few lb and a few days to spare which I’m pretty happy about. Obviously I would have liked to have lost more than 4lb but I’m pretty convinced the reason I didn’t was a bit of a hangover from the week before.

So target update time..

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
Target 8 – Loose 110lb
FINAL GOAL – Lose 115lb (8st 2lb) – Reward – Wedding Ring
PROGRESS: 44lb gone – 71lb to go (38.26% gone)

In the next week I have a few challenges:

  • A trip to HQ on Thursday (must avoid petrol station food!)
  • Conference next week on Tuesday/Wednesday

The conference means that I will miss next week’s Tuesday weigh in so I’ve got an appointment on Sunday morning instead – it would be nice to get close to the 6lb required for the next target (50lb).

I’ve also got an appointment with the Nurse on Friday as I wanted a bit of a check-up – mainly because of all the bad stories you read about “fad” diets. Another reason for this is because apparently you can get some kind of gym discount for being overweight so I might as well attempt to make the most of this!

When I’ve got a bit more time I’ll put together a summary from what we did at this week’s session too – as it will give a bit more insight into what happens during the meetings..

If you’ve got this far through the post then thanks for reading and thanks to everyone for the very kind words of encouragement since I started – both in person and via social media! It really has been helping hugely to keep me motivated.

Week 6 Update

So last night was week 6 weigh in and I was a bit disappointed in that I lost my lowest yet in a week since I started – 4lb.

In hindsight this was still a good amount as this week has been a bit of a challenge and I have “cheated” quite a few times.   The frustrating thing is that my “cheats” are on stupid things that don’t even taste that good – such as a slice of bread with nothing on it.  Last night I tried to explain it and the best way I could do so was using these famous R Kelly Lyrics:

My mind’s tellin’ me no
Buy my body..
My body’s telling me yes..

I think a lot of it is just habit but the most important thing in this journey is getting out of this habit – as if this does not stop then when I finish the weight will just come back on.

At the class this week there was also the biggest turn out yet of 9 people – 3 of which were returning and had done the plan before but put it back on, which again I worries me and shows the importance of trying to change my mindset over this 25 week or so plan.

I don’t have a huge amount of challenges this week that will make it anymore difficult – but I am quite looking forward to Sunday where I am going Go Karting for the first time in god knows how many years.   I’ve been invited Karting quite a few times in the past few years and have always turned it down due to my weight issues so fingers crossed I’ll fit OK in the Kart and that it will actually move with me in it!

Being a big fan of spreadsheets and charts I’ve also been mapping out my loss so far compared to what I was hoping to achieve.   As mentioned I estimated that it would take me 25 weeks to hit goal – which works out as 5lb a week..   So here is my current vs. target graph:

week6graph

I’ve also updated the targets – just 10lb away from my 4th target now – which I would hope to hit the week after next.

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
Target 5 – Lose 70lb
Target 6 – Lose 85lb
Target 7 – Lose 100lb
Target 8 – Loose 110lb
FINAL GOAL – Lose 115lb (8st 2lb) – Reward – Wedding Ring
PROGRESS: 40lb gone – 75lb to go (34.78% gone)

So – onwards and inwards for another week.

Beer

Whilst I’m enjoying my weight loss….. One of these would go down pretty well right now…

Oh well – only about 4 months to go! 🙂

Week 5 Weigh in and Measurements update

It’s funny how things are starting to change.

Whilst I enjoy my job, like most people I have always counted down the days until the weekend where I can spend time with the family.   This hasn’t changed – but another countdown has developed – the countdown towards Tuesday night where I get to see what I have achieved in terms of weight loss for that week.

I think the fact that you if you stick to the plan you always lose a lot of weight each week has caused this, especially because on previous diets such as Slimming World the feeling was more dread than excitement most weeks!

This week was a big week for me as it marks a month completed and am at the point where I get measured for the first time to see what has happened outside of the actual weight loss.  So lets start with these.

Chest – 7cm lost
Waist – 8cm lost
Hips – 4cm lost

It’s hard to say if I am happy with that or not – because I honestly didn’t know what to expect but I do feel that some of my clothes are less tight than they were and hopefully in the next few weeks I’ll be forced to buy some more!   Will be interesting to see what this looks like in another month.

In terms of the weight loss itself…. This week I lost another 5lb – which is pretty consistent as it is exactly the same as the past two weeks!   This brings my total weight loss so far up to 36lb – hitting the next “tier” of my targets.  My original aim was to lose 3st by the 28th October and it’s looking likely that I’ll do this with one or two weeks to spare, which I’m pretty pleased about!

Another thing that I noticed last week but didn’t blog about is that with 31lb hit last week it meant that I had lost 10% of my weight in 4 weeks – something that made me feel quite proud and motivated during this week.

I don’t like to talk about what my weight actually is or was – and have only in the past few years revealed this to my wife – but to put things into context when I started this journey just a month ago I weighed in at 21st 6lb.   There is no doubt about it in my mind that this was putting pressure on my heart and something bad may have happened.   Today I was under 19st for the first time in years and I know that I am only 3 or 4 weeks away from being under 18st for the first time in a very, very long time.    It’s quite difficult writing this, and I don’t imagine that many people read my ramblings on here, but still feels quite nice that I can be open for the first time about the situation that I found/find myself in.

The update on my targets and loss so far can be seen below.

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
Target 5 – Lose 70lb
Target 6 – Lose 85lb
Target 7 – Lose 100lb
Target 8 – Loose 110lb
FINAL GOAL – Lose 115lb (8st 2lb) – Reward – Wedding Ring
PROGRESS: 36lb gone – 79lb to go (31.30% gone)

The biggest challenge I face this week is actually tomorrow – as I am off to HQ and driving up for the first time since starting the Lighter Life plan – which means 6-8hours in the car in one day without any redbull or sugar fix!  I’m planning on taking plenty of water and stopping for a peppermint tea on the way to give me a bit of a caffeine fix!

Week 4 Weigh in Update

So last night was weigh in night with Sharon at the Dartford LighterLife and I was pretty nervous about what I was going to lose this week due to the slip outlined in my previous post..

It’s all good news though – I lost another 5lb – bringing me total weight loss across four weeks to 31lb / 2st 3lb / 14kg.

I initially said I wanted to lose 3st by the time that this years A4Uexpo/PMI London on the 28th/29th October so with 4 weeks to go I’d say that I am pretty much nailed in guaranteed to at the very least have lost the 3st if my current rate loss continues.

Update to targets below:

Target 1 – Lose 14lb (1 stone) – Reward – Destiny for Xbox One – DONE
Target 2 – Lose 25lb – DONE
Target 3 – Lose 35lb
Target 4 – Lose 50lb
Target 5 – Lose 70lb
Target 6 – Lose 85lb
Target 7 – Lose 100lb
Target 8 – Loose 110lb
FINAL GOAL – Lose 115lb (8st 2lb) – Reward – Wedding Ring
PROGRESS: 31lb gone – 84lb to go (26.95% gone)

So far this week is going well – I’ve been feeling much more motivated so with a planned bike ride at the weekend and perhaps another swim thrown in later this week I’d hope to have a big loss when I weigh in again next week.

Next week is also my first 28 day check – so I’ll get measured and will be able to find out what the weight loss has meant in real terms.