Wednesday, February 09, 2011
though I know it won't go on like that, but the first three days of protein only knocked it off I guess! Here's the thing, I am finding it pretty easy! The 'absoluteness' of the rules somehow seem to be making it more manageable.
The closest I've come to breaking was JUST now - Wednesday nights at work always present a problem because they have my favourite rotisserie chicken, giant fragrant PILES of it in the kitchen UNSUPERVISED so more often than not I'd find myself somehow just IN there, scarfing down chicken wings and stuffing as quick as I could .
It's broken me of my best intentions more times than I could count - I am doing fantastically and then - WEDNESDAY COMES AGAIN! 13 hour shift, which goes slooow cos it's quiet..the callof the chicken is so hard to resist. So tonight, I had a breast, which I pulled the skin off and shredded into my homemade salad (yoghurt dressing instead of mayo, natch) and ate happily, though I did add some stuffing (carbs, naughty).
Then about 15 minutes ago (8pm) I went back in there - I always go and wrap up a bunch of leftover chicken and take it home to use for mine and Gray's lunches for coupla days - and I couldn't resist. I ate a wing and a little bit of stuffing. But that's ALL. Whereas previously I would have dogged out baby, first at dinner time and then again later. Seeing as that's the first real crack in my 'diet', I don't feel so bad..OH wait, last Friday night I had a bit of extra meat at dinner and then had FOUR WHITE CHOC BUTTONS. OOOOOOOOH. hahahahah. Not bad at all.
I think what really helps is that a/ I can eat what I want on Sunday and b/ that there's always more food less than three hours away.
Does most everyone reading this have my irrational fear of being hungry? The 'I must eat everything in sight because I won't be eating again for HOURS' feeling? Is it just me? Am I the only one who's often eaten a snack before going to someone's house for dinner in case they don't feed me enough or soon enough? So I eat my small dinner of 100 gms of protein and some salad or veg and I KNOW in less than three hours I'll be eating again. I mean, trust me sometimes I am counting the minutes until the three hours is up, but it's never so long I feel like I can't make it and I know I'm getting something that will fill me up - 100 gms of protein really hits the spot.
I dunno though guys, I always do good for the first few weeks and then slide but this time I have to stick with it, I am SO DETERMINED. That said this time I am so much more focussed than I have ever been - my thing has always been 'softly softly, just try to make healthier choices' etc, never exercising really hard or depriving myself of anything I wanted really, whereas this time I have been exercising til I sweat like crazy every single morning (excpet Monday, Mondays are bad enough without bluddy exercising I reckon), really sticking to my regime....All's well so far and I feel strong and full of energy so YAY to that -hey last night I was actually looking forward to gettin gup and exercising the next morning - now THAT is a first.
Speaking of exercise, I have really had a breakthough - I used to read or watch TV while doing it, almost trying to exercise without noticing, you know? But a couple of weeks ago a friend of mine who's health and fitness trained said that I would be be better off not distracting myself because I wouldn't get the most out of the exercise...I TOTALLY pooh-poohed her because I felt that I'd never be able to stick to it if I didn't read while X-training.
However the next morning I thought I'd give it a go, so I tried going hard for one song and then going slow for the first 45 seconds of the next song, then going hard again, and so on until before I knew my 30 minutes was up! It worked a CHARM, I've been doing it every day and I am working so much harder and enjoying my exercise heaps more as a result. Like I said I ACTUALLY am starting to look forward to it! Oh my GOD I never thought I'd say that EVER.
Anyhoo, gotta go peeps, lovin ATCHA!
Monday, January 31, 2011
Hello. I am taking drastic measures. I have never been on a diet in my life. Never. Not once. I've only ever tried to live a healthier lifestyle, make better choices, you know? And I cannnnnootttt seeem to loooose this frickin weight while taking the 'softly softly' approach - I am TOO kind to myself, give myself too much leeway.
Tick tock goes the wedding clock and the biological clock ticks right along with it. So I have started yesterday a new program my BFF gave me.
It's a high protein low carb low fat type affair. My BFF has lost 12 kgs in 12 weeks on it and that's pretty much the length of time I have and amount I want to lose - my first wedding dress fitting is on April 11th and I really want to be under 80kgs AT LEAST by then. I weighed in at 87.1 this morning.
I don't really approve of these highly structured diet type things because they don't seem to work in the long run but I'm hopeful that after I've dropped the weight for the wedding I will be able to maintain the loss with the help of Sparkpeople!
So I am on DAY TWO of the three day kickstart. Actually I'll reproduce my friend's email here which outlines the program in case anyone's interested!
Here it is:
When to start?
Best to start this on a Monday, so you can always have Sunday as a blow-out day and Mondays are always protein only days. This is the pattern. You peak your carbs on a Sunday, starve the carbs on a Monday and your body will restart and you don't go crazy eating like an angel every day which is just plain unachievable long term.
First three days is carb detox so is as follows (starting on a Monday);
Protein only, 6 times a day, once every three hours.
Easier than it sounds.
3 x Main meals 100grams of protein
3 x Snacks 50-100grams protein
Just think, it is three days and it will end. Be strong, I know it is hard, I was HANGING for a vegetable everyday but just pushed through. You can have sauce or dip with the protein but just a teaspoon or so.
Must have a minimum of 2L of water every day- irrespective of other beverages, water is counted seperately always and you will find yourself being thirstier anyway.
Tea and coffee fine, no sugar, light milk, try to limit dairy overall so no iced coffee.
Diet softies fine but not great for you and aspartame will make you feel hungry and fatigued so avoid too much. However, you will be hanging for a sweet hit of some kind as your body blows out the sugars/ carbs in the blood. It might do more harm than good if you aren't careful but one glass or a mini can of diet drink is fine and will be a welcome change for your taste buds trust me.
Tip- avoid alcohol for at least 4 weeks to give yourself a good kick start
Exercise minimum 6 days of the week
The idea here is 10,000 steps over the day
This is roughly 1 hour of walking if you did it in one hit, but if you move around a bit at work, you can just try to do a minimum of 1/2 walk. He recommends one half hour block and the rest is incidental. Just move. Shopping, vacuuming, washing, playing with the dog, just move more.
Exercise is not encouraged to be strenuous as the lack of carbs will mean you will tire easily and potentially build muscle when you want to be 'lean'. So cross trainer is fine every other day but maybe just stick to walking on the off days. Just fast enough to hold a conversation. He really doesn't recommend anything harder, actually he prefers you don't. The whole program is about rebuilding the engine and the way you burn food overall without killing yourself at the gym or even counting every calorie you eat.
After carb detox
Yay! You will be LOVING vegies by now.
Protein, 6 times a day, once every three hours.
3 x Main meals 100grams of PROTEIN + complex/ simple carbs but only as directed
3 x Snacks 50-100grams PROTEIN ONLY
Bread, cereal, fruit must only be consumed as part of your brekkie and you MUST have it with the 100grams of protein.
MAX one piece of fruit, toast and about 1/2 cup of cereal.
Invest in a good protein powder (Boomers Isowhey Isolate is best) so you can have smoothies- I can give you recipes. Or mix with milk to have with cereal.
Alternatively, invest in good bread and have one piece.
You can have as much of most complex carb vegies as you can with any of your main meals.
Avoid all potato, pumpkin, sweet potato.
Limited to 2-3 times a weeks and only 1-2 Tbspn, corn, pulses, peas
Loads of all green veg and more water based veg, broccoli, tomato, zuchinni, lettuce, carrot. Think water based and you will be fine.
Whatever you touch now you must only look at carbs, forget fat, calories bla bla bla- just carbs.
Tip- Rule of thumb is LESS than 10grams of carbs per 100grams NO MATTER WHAT YOU EAT.
All lean meats- chicken, fish, kangaroo, pork, whatever, just keep it lean, bake or grill
Cold cuts - ham, roast beef, bbq chook (skin off), kangaroo sausages are great too (kanga bangas)
Little tins of plain or flavoured tuna
Protein bars -yummo. I have this at night for a sweet treat.
Tip- Aussie Bodies HPLC bar only, highest protien count, lowest sugar, carb count.
Generally, be prepared, have it all good to go in the fridge for the week ahead.
Tip- I usually have a good stash of shaved ham, maybe a bbq or roast chicken, some kanga bangas and portioned grilled chicken.
With snack, just a handle of ham or chicken will be roughly 50-100g. You CAN have a spoonful of dip or sauce with it too which is a great treat and tasty.
Tip- I usually have some home made hommous with some shredded chicken or shaved ham.
Eating every three hours
This is integral but you can be a little bit flexible. I stick to 7am brekkie, snack at 10, lunch at 1pm, snack at 4pm, dinner at 7pm, snack at 10pm.
Yes you MUST have protein snack at night after dinner.
Do the best you can
If you are hungry and you may well be, that's fine, you can have protein every hour (less is best, bite of a snag etc) but you will discover that you will never really be hungry outside of meals and snacks cos protein is more satisfying anyway. I have never been hungry.
Blow out day (Sunday)
Just do everything the same EXCEPT you can exchange two of your MAIN meals for WHATEVER THE HECK YOU WANT. Pizza, pasta, whatever.
You will actually find you might only either have a few drinks over the weekend and stick to everything else as normal or just have a bit of pasta. I don't really go ALL out cos I just actually drink more over the weekends anyway but the thing is -
You HAVE to have BLOW-OUT SUNDAY because
Every MONDAY after is PROTEIN ONLY
TUESDAY-SATURDAY is back to NORMAL
Typical day for me
Always 2-3L water
7am Poached eggs (2= 100g) on toast with sliced tomato and hommous
Tea with soy milk
10am Coffee and soy
Shaved ham (abt 50g)
1pm Tin tuna (95g) with steamed broccoli, tablespoon chickpeas and corn combined, diced tomato, spring onion, lemon juice, cayenne pepper and a splash of olive oil (favourite)
4pm Tea and soy
Kanga banga (really lean and about 80g) with a bit of sauce or just on its own
6pm Walk an hour
7pm Diet lemon cordial and ice
Grilled chicken caesar salad minus croutons and with grilled shaved ham (yes, you can have the good dressing as it's lower in carbs but not too often)
10pm 1/2 a protein bar
Hot cup of Ekko (caffeine free drink)
Monday, January 24, 2011
It's been 43 days since my last blog and around the same since I last tracked for a full day and I have put back on about 3 kgs.
Eighty-frickin-eight kilos AGAIN. *Cue load swearing and self flagellation*
Right, now I've got that out of my system - hurrah sparkpeople! Just writing this is making me feel more focused, accountable and in control already.
My best friend and Maid of Honour has lost 12 kilos in the last 3 months or so oh YAY FOR HER! Grrrrr, yes I am very jealous and can offer you a thousand reasons why it's all SO MUCH EASIER for her, none of which hold even a single drop of water, darn it.
I have ummmmm hang on (goes and checks calendar) 14 weeks until my wedding AAAAAAAAAAAAARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
Holy Matrimony batman.
(side note, here's a picture of the bonboniere I have ordered: The text is mine, the artwork is vistaprint's, How freakin COOL is that! if anyone leaves theirs behind, they will be totally off my Xmas card list)
Today is the first day of my awesomeness. If I can just get down to 80 I will be happy. That's not much to ask but is still more than I've ever asked myself before.
How will I do this?
1. Track my food daily, I KNOW this is why I've gone up again, tracking is so important for me.
2. Exercise 5 days a week - I haven't been too bad, usually doing 3 mornings on the x-trainer but I gotta RAMP IT UP kids, so....
3. do the bootcamp I bought a 6 week pass for and haven't used yet. It's a daily bootcamp down at the beach and for 6 weeks I can go as much as I want. (which is not at all, obviously)
Other things I need to do:
4. Take my supplements! My IUD is history (whoo-hooo) so baby making is on the agenda big styles and I need to take the supplements my nutritionist gave me more religoiusly - I am SHOCKING, did you know that I have NEVER EVER finished a course of antibiotics in my whole life? And here I am trying to take different supps at different times of day, some with food, some without, blimey, it's hard work I tells ya!
5. Have more sex. It's good exercise and we'll never get me up the duff if we don't seriously upscale our sex lives. Trouble is, girls, he's just not that interested. I mean I am not either really, though I have a real 'the more I do it, the more I want it' kinda thing, but I also have an agenda filed under the heading BABY. Which is his agenda too of course but still isn't sufficient to get him getting it on more than twice a week. I'm aiming for at least every three days but so far haven't been hitting that target. Maybe it'll just take a little while for us to get into the swing of things. It's only been just over two weeks since I got the IUD out and I had TOM for a few days after so it's early days..
I'm not feeling too sexy due to the FATNESS but I need to find my sauciness and then maybe I'll have more success. Anyone got a line on sexy underwear that holds your tummy in at the same time as being raunchy? Tummy control and raunch factor cannot co-exist I fear....
I don't think I have fallen yet (though you never know) so once I've had my next TOM I'll ramp up my efforts..
*******TMI SECTION OVER*******
Aaaaah well it's been supernice talking to y'all again! Thanks to those who've dropped by my page to ask where I was, been wedding planning to the bejesus but it's all planned now, bar a few little bits and pieces that can wait until closer to the date.
Nothing more to do for a bit, what a strange feeling that is! Gosh it was SO overwhelming at first, I got a bit stressed out actually, which I hadn't expected. But now the venue and all the suppliers are chosen and booked, I'm way more relaxed and will breeze the rest of the way I'm sure!
So that's me, mostly, all caught up. So so so so so determined to drop a minimum of 7 kgs by my wedding day - I CAN DO IT!
Monday, December 06, 2010
Oh. My. God. You will not believe what I am about to tell you.
On Friday I got a facebook message from my fiancÚ's step mother. 'Oh crap' said she. 'At 7 pm on 7 May 11 (my wedding day), we are taking Annissa (G's l'il sis) to the Justin Bieber concert. It's her Xmas pressie. Still, the celebration will probably still be going when we get back.'
So the father of the groom will not be at the reception. Because he'll be at the JUSTIN BEIBER CONCERT.
So I replied thusly:
'Gosh. Surely someone else could take her to the concert? After all, she won't enjoy the reception anyway being as there won't be any other kids there, but it would be a real blow if you and Graham Snr weren't there.'
This was on Friday. She hasn't responded. G has been calling his dad all weekend to try and find out what's going on and he's not answering his phone.
The mind just boggles. Can you believe it?
In other news though, I have tipped the scales this morning at 85.5, lowest weight since 2008! I have been eating really well, especially since we went organic back ooh I dunno mid October, and since the wedding planning started I've been really really good - every time I want to eat something bad I say 'size 12 wedding dress, size 12 wedding dress' a few times and the craving fades, and same when I don't want to get on my cross trainer - 'size 12 wedding dress, size 12 wedding dress'. Works like a charm. So I've been exercising at least three times a week. I haven't been tracking really though - the BIG boss has moved into the office next to mine so I have to pretend to work all the time and can't just mess about half the day as previous.
I have also given up caffeine! Plus G and I are now 4 weeks or so into the 6 week detox program designed for me by my pre-conception nutritionist friend. Ooooh man, we have to drink this green mud drink, it's so rank eeeew but we choke it down like good l'il chickens. Gray is such a trooper, he valiantly takes all the pills and potions and never stops smiling. What a mighty mighty good man. Did I tell you guys about the regime we're on, it's pretty full tilt. I will read over my old blogs and come back and blog about it if I haven't.
Still drinking too much on Saturday nights though :-( it's SO FUN! But I feel so bad the next day - I threw up all day yesterday, which probably explains the low weigh-in but what evs, I'll take it where I can get it :-) haven't had a drink during the week for an age though and I know I am making consistently better choices.
AAhaaah anyway who knows what will happen about the inlaws - G says if they don't come to the weddo, that will be the end of our relationship with them - we have forgiven them so much and this is just the last straw. And if I am honest - which I must be with you my dear sparkfriends - I am kinda wishing that will be the case. I try so hard not to hate them and to remember that they are only so horrible because they are unhappy and wounded people but they make it so hard! They are just so horrid! I would so love to have them out of our life. Especially the step mother, man, she is poisonous.
Oh did I mention that the tickets for the Bieber concert haven't even gone on sale yet? So it's not like she's got them already - she hasn't even bought the tickets yet.
Out with anger, in with love.
Peace, out, people xx
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