ASHTREENZ   23,350
20,000-24,999 SparkPoints
ASHTREENZ's Recent Blog Entries


Monday, October 06, 2014

It's been a while since I blogged here.


My new diet is a high protein, low carb and low fat one.

I have been put in the high intensity exercise group (75 minutes). Everyone in the group is building up to 150 minutes a week of moderate intensity, and then we go down to 75 of high intensity.

It took me a couple of days to get my head around the new diet plan, and I'm still eating too much fat some days. I feel more comfortable which it now (it has been 4 weeks now).

I've regained around 3kgs, but I'm ok with that. We're weighing in at the end of the day now and actually eating, so some of it will be food.

When I have dieted in the past, or followed a "healthy eating plan", my hair has started to fall/shed after a few weeks. I thought that it wasn't going to happen this time - during the 8 weeks of shakes, my hair grew faster and was more healthy (as well as my skin clearing up). But unfortunately it has started happening. It's kind of discouraging. Maybe I'm just being vain and silly, but I don't like the idea of my hair falling out. And my skin is getting spotty again, which drains my confidence.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JAZZII4 10/6/2014 10:13PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
RAPUNZEL53 10/6/2014 3:28PM

  Good Luck

Report Inappropriate Comment


Thursday, September 04, 2014

I had my second clinic day for the trial that I'm a part of today.

Here's my results:
13.8kgs lost or 11.7% of my start weight.
12cms off my waist
8cms off my thigh
I forget how much off my hips.

I'm down 1-2 sizes in clothing depending on the cut.

My skin has cleared.

My fasting blood glucose has improved.

My pulse is slower.

My blood pressure is still quite low, but, hey, that's ok.

I have more energy.

I don't feel hungry all day every day.

I just feel better all round.

Have to go back next week to find out which diet and exercise plan I'll be on for the next 3 years (high protein/low carb/low fat or everything in moderation), plus have a DEXA scan.

I'm really looking forward to the next stage. And I want to continue on the track to a healthier me.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JAZZII4 9/5/2014 8:18PM

    Sounds emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
PLMITCH 9/5/2014 8:55AM


Report Inappropriate Comment

Second trial weigh in

Saturday, August 02, 2014

I lost 3.3kgs this time. My body took a while to recover from the brownies, plus I've been cheating with a bit on meat more often than I really should be. But the good news is that I;ve reached my 8% goal, so I'm into the next stage of the trial. My total loss so far is 11.2kgs.

There are still 4 more weeks to go of just the shakes and vegetables, so I'm hoping to get down to double digits.

I've being feeling a little bit faint this past week, when I stand up too fast, or stand for too long. My blood pressure has always been on the low side, so maybe it has dropped I bit more. I've also been feeling like my muscles, mainly in my lower half, are fatigued - slightly sore and heavy.

A few positives: my hair is growing quite quickly and is super soft and silky, my skin is free of acne, I've got a lot of energy, my clothes are super loose and clothes that didn't fit before fit perfectly now. It looks to me that the weight is coming off around my middle, which I'm super pleased with - I can't wait for the measurements come week 8.

I'm going to start exercising a bit this week - more walking and getting on the cross-trainer or stepper for a few minutes a day.

Another update next weight in.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JAZZII4 8/3/2014 11:48AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BETHEUNICORN 8/3/2014 1:34AM

    Sounds like great progress! Keep it up!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ELRIDDICK 8/2/2014 11:42PM

  Thanks for sharing

Report Inappropriate Comment

First trial weigh in

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Saturday just past I had my first weigh in after starting the Preview trial. I had to be weighed three times to make sure the scales were reading correct. It was astonishing to see the numbers.

I had lost 7.9 kilos in two weeks! I have 1.5 kilos to go to reach my target goal of 8%.


This week has been a bit tougher than the previous. Probably being home and having food right there. Our friend from America made brownies Saturday night -I had two pieces. They tasted great, but I felt sick afterwards. She made more last night, I had a chocolate shake instead. Having brownies on Saturday took my body out of ketosis, which is what the diet causes your body to go into - running of fat, rather than glucose. Apparently it takes three days for your body to switch over, so I didn't want to stop that.

I have heaps of energy this week. I really want to exercise, I might do some on the cross trainer - just light though. I have been organising and tidying cupboards shelves, using energy. Finally getting some stuff sorted and tidy - feel good about that.

I'm hoping for similar results next weight in [2 August].

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CHELLEBELLE104 7/23/2014 6:43PM

    You've got this... even with occasional chocolate sidetracks. keep pushing forward. Hugs.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LIFENPROGRESS 7/23/2014 6:04PM


Never go backward. Attempt, and do it with all your might. Determination is power.
~ Charles Simmons ~

Report Inappropriate Comment

Long time no blog

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Been a while since I last was here.

To quickly recap the last few months:
-I fell off the wagon and put back on all but 5kgs.
-I joined a medical trial, a study into preventing diabetes and maintaining weight loss.

I've been on the initial stage of the study for almost 2 weeks now. This stage is 8 weeks long and is where participants lose weight via a low energy diet [need to lose 8%]. I honestly thought that these first few weeks would be really tough, that I'd be hungry all day and that I'd give up - but the only tough thing so far has been eating/drinking all that I have to in a day. I'm just not hungry, I'm forcing myself to eat everything I need to. My family has even been away on holiday during these two weeks, and I haven't felt tempted and given in - even watching my husband, son and friend eat takeaways and yummy roast meals. I feel like I have more energy and am sleeping better than before as well.

I think part of the reason I feel so focused and all that is because I'm taking part in something big than just me. There is a lot of money and time invested into this study, so I don't want to fail, and I don't want to flunk out after the 8 weeks [if you don't lose the required weigh, you are excluded from the rest of the study].

This coming Saturday I have my first weigh in, meeting this the dietitian, group meeting to talk about how things have been going, and pick up another 2 weeks' worth of meal sachets. I have hopped on my scales at home and they say there is a significant loss so far, and clothes are looser and fitting better.

That's about everything.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ASHTREENZ 7/17/2014 12:29AM

    It's four meals of powdered stuff - shakes, soup, porridge - and two cups of allowed vegetables a day, plus three cups of low fat milk.

Report Inappropriate Comment
ROSINVN 7/17/2014 12:11AM

    This sounds interesting. You will have to keep up posted. Is it like real food or is it powdered stuff? just wondering. Great that you are back on the wagon before regaining even more weight like I did. I am now down to my lowest and am working to stay there. Come and join us on the kia ora thread.

Report Inappropriate Comment

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Last Page