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Hooray for May

Monday, May 27, 2013

As some of you who read my last blog will know, our family is doing a no junk food challenge this month and we have called it "No Maccas May". We are now close to the end of the month and none of us have had any junk food/take away food other than Subway. With only four days left in the month I am really confident that we will achieve our goal.

Last week I was at a conference in Sydney and had to really think about what I ate as all meals were in the hotel or at the conference. As soon as I arrived I walked to a late night convenience shop and brought some skim milk and little bowls of healthy cereal so I wouldn't go down to the buffet breakfast in the mornings. I chose fairly well at the conference and while I did eat a few little treats I am fairly confident that I was close to my calorie range, although I didn't track calories as I found it too hard to guess, so I just wrote down everything that I had to eat and drink. No juices, no fizzy drink, just water and tea - saved my calories for the little treats. I also did more exercise as our conference was on level 2 and I took the stairs every time. I was also staying at a different hotel so walked every morning and afternoon. I should add that I had to walk past a McDonalds every morning and afternoon and even though no one in the family would know if I went in - I wasn't even tempted, well not seriously tempted, as I would know.

Yesterday my little boy and I were running quite early between appointments. We didn't have enough time to go home and then go out again but weren't due at our playdate for 40 minutes. So we went to a local lake close by, that has parks and a nature walk and went for a spontaneous walk. He now knows how to recognise an Australasian Coot, Black Swans and Willy Wag Tails (local birds). And we had a 30 minute walk that wasn't planned. It felt great and we had a really nice time reading the information boards and looking at all of the wildlife. This is something new for us - spontaneous and enjoyable exercise! emoticon

So hooray for May and all of the positive things that we have done toward achieving our goals.

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LEIAWINS 5/27/2013 10:25AM

    emoticon sounds great!!!!! And awsome idea to get the milk and healthy cereals to not be tempted at the buffet!!!!

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SUSIEPH1 5/27/2013 5:58AM

    Well done! Glad you a great May.. Hope June is even better ... Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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No Maccas May

Friday, May 17, 2013

My husband and I are on this journey together and have spent a lot of time looking at our triggers. Some of our triggers that we share include buying junk food when we are really stressed. I have to admit that although I am not a big fan of many types of junk food, my absolute weakness is McDonald Cheeseburgers.

So we decided last month that we were going to have "NO MACCAS MAY" and so far so good. We are on to day 17 of the month and have managed to avoid the dreaded drive through. We have expanded the concept to include all take-away food other than some select menu items from Subway (the low fat ones).

He has had Subway twice - both on social occasions when he talked other people away from the usual junk food options and going to Subway instead. I have had Subway once, when we were together at one of those social occasions.

The only person in the house who is having a problem with it is our little boy who has asked (read whinge!) for a happy meal twice. He is in Kindergarten and used to having a Happy Meal once a fortnight when we have Friday Family Fun night when Daddy is home (he is a FIFO worker). He was happy though to eat Mum's alternatives and then go to the toy shop and get a small toy with the savings. :)

We may have to expand this to last a lot longer than just the month of May. I am very proud of how well we have managed to cut this out of our life in the past 17 days (it has actually been a bit longer but we are only counting May) despite still having stress that would normally have me reaching for a cheeseburger.

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SHERBERTSON 6/3/2013 7:15PM

    Another one of our other triggers have been lack of planning, We will go out somewhere and get hungry and instead of making a good decision and due to the fact we are hungry, we go for 'ye ol' faithful'
What was great this week is that we knew we were going to be busy, so we made lunch to go. It really is about recognizing our triggers and avoiding them.Well done you!

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LEIAWINS 5/17/2013 7:32AM

    Brilliant idea!!! And well done!!!!!!!!!!!!congrats!!!!!

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APED7969 5/17/2013 4:08AM

    Awesome job! Sometimes cutting out that sort of food entirely is easier than eating it in moderation. Plus I found it doesn't taste nearly as good when you haven't eaten it for ages.

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WENDYJM4 5/17/2013 3:21AM

    well done on going 17 days without Maccas, Bec. emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 5/17/2013 2:51AM

    Well done on your May plan ..I think you little boy is also learning to eat healthy xx
Way to go Bec .
Hugs Susie xx emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Count Down is On to Nu Yu

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

I haven't blogged for a long time or what feels like a long time. Now the count down is on to something really exciting so I wanted to get my thoughts down on paper.

On June 10 of this year I will be starting a two week residential program with Nu Yu which is apparently Australia's premier weight loss retreat. I am not sure which part I am looking forward to the most - starting the program with lots of activity, yummy meals and learning new weight loss things or just going on holidays from work and the rest of my life for two weeks. :)

When I booked the program earlier this year I weighed 114kg but was down from 116kg (my heaviest ever recorded weight) where I started the year. Today I had my medical with my GP for the program and weighed in at 110.5 with clothes on!So I am very happy about that.

I am not anwhere where I thought I would be at this time of the year. Had I stayed on track I was aiming to be 99kg by the end of this month. Still sometimes life gets in the way of tracking, eating well and exercise (when you let it) and I am still proud to have not given up and to have lost 4.5kg this year.

Now I just need to stay on track while I count down the days until I leave, stop drinking black tea (a requirement of the program) and start thinking about exercise clothes that I could actually wear in public!

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HOTPINKCAMARO49 5/15/2013 2:36AM

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SUSIEPH1 5/15/2013 2:27AM

    Nice to see you blogging Bec,
I hope you enjoy your two week holiday program ..
Thinking of you .. Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon

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I can see the track - I just need to get back on it

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Sheesh what a month March was. I put on 1.6kg in March and have really struggled to get back into the swing of things. So have been feeling a bit like a failure which is really silly as I still weigh less than I did when I took up this challenge again earlier in the year. This blog is to just vent it all out, so I can pick myself up, dust myself off and start doing well again. My little blue mantra of "just keep swimming" got a little lost in March...

It all started with a holiday to London - whew what a ride that was. We ate out every day and definitely ate food that is nowhere in a healthy eating plan but we figured that as we were only away for 10 days how much damage could be done? Also we walked A LOT, I mean there were days when we walked for 3 or 4 hours. I got really dehydrated on the trip home and when I weighed in (after landing only 5 hours before hand) the scales had me at having put on 4kgs!! Totally depressed I took myself off to work. It turned out that dehydration and hormones had a lot to do with that particular weigh-in as come the Saturday which was my normal weigh day I had only put on 1.1kg. Not bad and I was pretty happy with that.

A week after being home while the whole family was still trying to get settled back into a routine (major time differences between Perth Western Australia and London), we had a death in the family. I am normally pretty good with such things - but this time it was my brother-in-law who was 23 years old and it was a suicide so my usual coping skills were really put to the test.

Suddenly my desire to get exercising again and eating well just went out of the window while I supported my husband and his family as much as I could. I did a lot of cooking - much more than normal - but didn't really eat any of it as I was taking food around to the family to make sure that they were eating. Breakfast was skipped quite a bit as I rushed around to get my son organised for school before meeting with MC's and getting things sorted for the funeral. My husband is the eldest in the family so quite a lot of responsibility lay at his feet and I helped him as best I could over the past 2.5 weeks while still running a small business.

These things happen in our lives - we have times of great sadness, stress, then throw in a holiday which seems to focus on chocolate and all plans for going to the pools or working out in a gym don't seem as important as they once did... But they ARE. So now that things have settled down a little bit I am going to start sticking to the plan as much as I can. I can see the track, now I just have to get back on it.

So new goals
1. Do 30 minutes of exercise a day even if I totally don't feel like it
2. Drink my water every day so as to avoid the water retention and bad health that comes along with being dehydrated

A really positive thing is that I haven't given up and wont let these setbacks stop me in the long run from achieving my goals. I just have to work extra hard to get back in front of the goals rather than being behind them.

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WENDYJM4 4/3/2013 12:21AM

    so sorry about your brother-in-law. Not a good month for you. emoticon emoticon mm

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APED7969 4/2/2013 11:34PM

    So sorry to hear about your brother-in-law. March sounds like it was a rough month. I have learned never to weigh myself after a big flight as I know I must retain lots of water. 1.1kg gain is still pretty good for a holiday like that, I think I put on 1.6kg while I was in the US. It is hard to get back on track but just celebrate the little successes and it'll all start coming together with a bit of time :-)

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SUSIEPH1 4/2/2013 11:15PM

    So emoticon for your loss
Death is always a sad time but even more so when someone takes their own life.
I am sure with your determination and Knowledge, you will soon be back on track ...
Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon

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AJB121299 4/2/2013 10:53PM

    Good luck

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UMBILICAL 4/2/2013 10:51PM

  So true for me. I know I need to exercise. I just don't

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Finding Nemo Anyone?

Thursday, February 07, 2013

At the moment I am feeling a little like Dory, the lovely blue fish from the film Finding Nemo. At one point the hero of the tale, Marlin who is Nemo's Dad gets very disheartened and Dory in her sweet and carefree way tells him that no matter what, he just needs to "keep on swimming, keep on swimming".

This is SO relevant to where I am at the moment in this quest for better health and fitness. The last 3 weeks I have had two good losses and one small loss. While I am pleased that each week has been a loss, I have felt that this week and particularly last Sunday/Monday it has been challenging to stay on track. I really did feel like I was treading water despite being in calorie range nearly every day and more active. I was eating well, but not at regular intervals and wasn't as active as I felt I should have been. It is normally at this point that I would go crazy with junk food for a day or two or something similar.

My motivation hasn't been helped by the fact that I weigh every day. I know that this is wrong, I know that this can hurt my efforts rather than help, I know that there are many ways to measure success and not all of them are scale related...and yet I do it anyway and don't seem able to stop doing it just yet. I have given up all fizzy drinks, chocolate and fast food so perhaps I will eventually give this up as well. The issue with this was that after my weigh-in on Saturday when I had my small loss, I have weighed heavier every day and it just wasn't budging! I realise it can be dehydration, not eating enough calories, hormonal etc. If you read enough articles on Sparkpeople you do start to understand this stuff - but it didn't change the FEELING that I wasn't doing well even though I was on track.

So two days ago I decided to take on Dory's approach to life and just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming which in my case is keep tracking and making good choices, knowing that eventually it will all work out in the end.

So here's to everyone at Sparkpeople who is still swimming in the right direction.

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KAYELENE 2/11/2013 3:03AM

    Keep Swimming Bec, you're doing a fabulous job emoticon

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APED7969 2/10/2013 3:22AM

    You're doing great Bec! Some weeks you'll have less of a loss than others. Sometimes it is hard to pinpoint a reason. Don't feel bad about it if as long as you are making positive changes because they will show! I prefer to weigh everyday. It keeps me on track and I like to see progress. And if I have a bad weigh in I try to use it as a lesson in maintaining a positive attitude rather than letting it control my day. emoticon Keep swimming too!

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PHEBESS 2/7/2013 10:21PM

    Yup - just keep swimming - because sometimes the healthy changes going on inside take a while to show on the outside.

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    You are doing well Bec! That darned scale causes so many mental games - I put mine away in the spare bedroom cupboard and bring it out when i weigh in each Saturday - when it was in the bathroom I would even weigh in the middle of the night!!! Really did my head in!!
emoticon keep swimming!!

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WENDYJM4 2/7/2013 6:16AM

    By the sounds of it you are making some lifestyle changes which we need to do to be a success. I still think you are doing great. You must be feeling better.
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LEIAWINS 2/7/2013 1:52AM

    I'm a natural blue... best movie line ever... and this is a good idea, just keep swimming, and as we are in the same big blue ocean lets swim together. And no matter what those little numbers on the scales say, we are doing something good for our bodies, feeding it good nutrition, moving it as best and as often as we can. I'm doing my scales day on Saturday (getting up a bit later and not so stressful) and so often I am tempted to weigh in before then... and more often then not i'm disappointed and get discouraged... yet life is so much less stressful with only one scales day :o)))
You go girl... us "Becs" have to stick together, don't we??? emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 2/7/2013 1:42AM

    You can do it Bec !.
Don't forget this is a lifstyle change and it needs to be done slowly ...Each little change for the better adds up, and eventually you will be eating well with out realising it ..
Also don't forget building Muscles also weighs more than Fat .
I really recommend that you go by how you feel, and how your clothes fit ..

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