Saturday, August 07, 2010
Well – I completed the first week, anyway!! I'm still alive and kicking too.
172 min aerobics/strength at Curves, and 315 min Chair Dancing/Chair stretches/ and Chair Yoga
I went to Pump – and sort of did the very minimum heavily interspersed with my own level things!!
I was also weighed and measured – which was a farce!!
According to them in the last 2 wks I have
Put 4cm on my thighs, 8cm on my arms,
But lost 3 cm on my bust, 4 cm on my waist, 3 cm on my hips,
I have also lost 0.20kg but my body fat % has not changed.
They also read my heart rate before exercise as 60bpm!!
So why are those results farcical!! The shape of my thighs and my arms is rather almost triangular – so if they are not measured in EXACTLY the same place each time you would get a different reading!! Since I was not tattooed to mark the exact place – this is what has happened!!
As far as the other measurements – when they were taken, over my clothes – she pulled the tape firmly – since I have very soft fat this means that again you cannot be sure that the measurements are taken in exactly the same way each time!!
As for my weight – I honestly can’t remember what I was wearing last time compared with this time – it would be easy to make a 0.2kg change with different clothes!!
As for the heart rate – I had been rushing about, getting things set at home before driving in and then had to park a bit away and walk to the centre!! My own HRM said it was 100bpmm!!
To finish this – I had a class on nutrition – and I might have been listening to Spark people !! Instead of actually teaching – the leader put on a video and there we sat!! Sooooo many teaching opportunities were lost!! That was the end of the class – a video!! It actually redefined the word – B.O.R.I.N.G - the person talking on the video was introduced as a US motivator – all she motivated me to do was go to sleep!!
Then to finish that class off the leader made Chicken fried rice!! She cooked the ginger and garlic, added a small amount of chicken breast, a heap of precooked rice and a small handful of vegetables, and then flavoured it with soy sauce and a good dollup of a Chinese sauce (the type with all the salt and sugar!!) She had a heap of low calorie “free veg” to choose from, but such a great opportunity to add a heap of lovely coloured veg – went begging!! Aggh!! I was sooo upset!!
Monday should be VERY interesting – I have my first 1 on 1 meeting with the leader – to check and break down, and correct our eating plan!! Since I do all my tracking on the SP tracker – and that breaks it down very thoroughly, and I always eat within my targets – I have printed off all the weeks tracker for her!! Her reaction could be interesting since they give out a single sheet fort tracking that covers the whole week!! I’m actually not following their eating plan anyway!!
I have a feeling its going to be a quick meeting – but I’ll collect another few points!!
Ah well!! I got my points and there are only 9weeks to go!!
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Today is the start of this Miss Curvette Challenge.
The idea is that for the next 10 weeks we do certain things they ask of us and get points. With those points we MIGHT win a prize- they are drawn.. The prizes go from small things like drink bottles etc through to the final prize which is to be chosen to represent Curves on the advertising.
Let me make it clear now – I would not agree to represent Curves – for one thing my weight loss has no connection to them until the last 1kg only!! – but also I feel they need a young attractive person looking out from the posters etc!! Apart from that I don’t agree with a COMPETITION on weight loss, to me that is a personal challenge!!
The requirements are
1) that we attend at least 2 classes – held every second Tuesday for the 10 weeks.
2) That we attend 3 sessions of circuit each week
3) That we attend 1 Pump class each week!!
4) That we get weighed and measured every second week
5) That we record all food eaten every day
6) That we attend a 1 on 1 meeting with our supervisor every week to discuss our diet
Of these things – I will go to the classes – although I am not following their diet I can still learn something!!
I already do 3 days of circuit every week so that one’s easy.
Pump – hummm!! Since I have only just worked through the pain from the huge jump in exercise level from Chair Exercise to Curves Circuit – I feel I honestly am no ready for Pump!! However – it is only stated that I need ATTEND 1 class of Pump a week – OK so I’ll go and do my own thing – and since that will be extra to the circuits – I will keep to mainly aerobic work!!
Weighing and measuring is ok - - I’ve n problem with that – but I lose so slowly that I hope they are not expecting dramatic results!!
I already track all food on the SP nutrition tracker – I’ll just print that off.
The 1 on 1 meeting – this could be very interesting – after all I’m not following their diet fully, I have the total breakdown from SP since I track every day anyway, so what extra she can tell me I’m honestly not sure!! Especially since she is only about lower 30s – trained by Curves and not a trained dietician!! Maybe we will discuss the weather!!
So you can see I have the points covered!!
Now I need to find the TIME for all this – but I’ll cope!!
It all starts tomorrow, though recording foods eaten every day starts today!!
Monday – weigh in and I have a circuit workout, then Chair Yoga at home
Tuesday – Pump then class, then Chair Yoga at home
Wednesday – circuit workout, then Chair Yoga at home
Thursday – Aerobic Chair Exercise at home
Friday – circuit workout and Chair Yoga at home
Saturday – free, recovery day
Sunday – Chair Stretch and Core exercises and Chair Yoga
Since it takes me 30 min each way drive to the Curves studio and about 45 min exercise and stretch time – and classes are about 1 hr – you can see I’ll be busy!!
I do the Chair Yoga at home, after Curves since I find the stretch circuit they use to be very harsh – so I do some basic Chair Stretches straight after the workout and follow that with 45 min Chair Yoga as a form of extra stretch and relaxation. I credit the extra time stretching with getting me through the delayed onset muscle pain that caused so much problem for my first 6 weeks at Curves!!
So wish me luck – I MIGHT just win a drink bottle – but what I WILL win is huge motivation to workout consistently and fairly hard for the next 10 weeks. And just maybe I’ll lose some more weight and inches too!!
The other thing is that I am having great fun too – actually doing this sort of thing!! NOT doing the exercise – but attempting to achieve a challenge this big – with so much involved – where I am by far the oldest – at least in our area – I’ve come a looooong way!!
Saturday, July 24, 2010
At the start of 2002, 8 ½ years ago – I weighed 170kg. Now that sounds a lot – but then it had been creeping on for years and I honestly wasn’t aware that I weighed that much!! Obviously I knew I was big – I made a lot of my own clothes as I couldn’t buy them unless they were from a mail order shop specialising in large sizes, and charging equally large prices.
We had just finished extending our house – that was very stressful, living in 2 rooms while the rest was remodelled round us!! At Easter that year I flew to Adelaide, using Business class as I was using my Frequent Flier points, and found I was squashed even in those larger seats!! I picked up a hire car, and met some relatives who had flown from UK for a holiday and we drove back to home, taking 2 weeks and showing them some of the spectacular sights Australia has.
I remember that I had problems walking round for as long as they did – and we had to use taxis in Sydney as I refuse to drive in the CBD!! We stayed at Manley and I had to get a taxi to get the 500m to the ferry (but I would still have to do that!!)
After that holiday they sent me a few photos!!
While we were travelling I had actually lost weight (a little) and maybe it was this or the photos or I finally got fed up with the inconveniences, the lack of mobility, flexibility the increasingly sore legs, the exhaustion, the easily running out of breath etc, etc--- well I really don’t know that it was any single thing but something triggered me to continue losing, however it really wasn’t a conscious decision..
Now I look back at that 8 ½ years I can honestly say I only put weight on twice in that time – sometime between 2003 and 2005 (5kg) and 500g about 4 wks ago!!
Its just been a deadly slow process!!
Graph showing weight loss
I have been asked many times how on earth I kept my motivation for that time – the answer is – I didn’t really!! I just ate as I had been because it had become a habit – and I didn’t do any formal exercise until April 2009!! Possibly that is why I didn’t realise I was losing weight, my clothes didn’t get looser and I only knew what my weight was once a year when my Doctor weighed me for my annual diabetic review.. In other words I wasn’t consciously on a diet – I have always believed in eating what I want if I really want it – so nothing is forbidden, BUT normally I ate about 1200 – 1400 calories, because that was what I was used to!!
Since I have joined SP I have made a few changes – I now eat more fresh fruits and fresh vegetables than I used to. The grocery bill used to be about A$210 for the fortnights groceries that included mostly frozen and a few canned vegetables and a bit of fresh fruit all from the supermarket as it was easier to shop in the one store. I was using a scooter by then and we had to take it to the shops and find a parking spot, DH had to unload it – and since the town here is very spread, that would have meant loading and unloading between each shop, driving the car between shops!! So one shop it was!!
These days I walk in the shops, with a cane . This morning I got about A$110 groceries in the supermarket, for the fortnight and then we drove to the fruit and vege barn and I got A$35 of fresh fruit and fresh veges (lg bunch silverbeet,(Swiss Chard) lg cauli, 750g Brussels sprouts, bunch celery, lg butternut pumpkin, 1kg sweet potatoes, mushrooms 1kg, 4 lg avocados, 2kg tomatoes, 2 kg carrots, mandarines, pineapple, 2 lg apples (not my favoutite fruit but I will grate them and use in Bircher Muesli for a couple of breakfasts, bananas, 500g strawberries, 2 loaves wholemeal bread, 2 doz eggs that will last the week for the 2 of us (except the eggs that will last 2 wks!!)
We also eat less meat (only chicken and Kangaroo) and more fish than before – mostly canned tuna and salmon, since fresh fish is expensive!! I’ve had great fun working up a number of recipes for the canned fish to make it more palatable!!
When planning the menus I try to make every calorie count – I consciously look for the best, most healthy choices in foods and try to vary the foods – though I often make enough for 2 or 3 days and we have the same 3 days running. We eat our main meal at lunch time as I find I can digest it better then rather than at night.
Most of our meals are light, we don’t eat potatoes or pasta (through choice), but do eat sweet potato and a couple of slices of whole meal bread in a day!! I am very rarely hungry,
And there have been other changes
Blood pressure. Has dropped to 123/81 at last check
Knee pain, is better, though leg muscle pain has come back since starting at Curves, bt its gradually getting better (I think)
clothes bought anywhere, = I can buy clothes from cheap stores now!!
mobility has substantially increased ( to an extent since my damaged knees will never change),, flexibility, has greatly increased making personal hygiene far easier
balance. Is a bit better, but affected permanently by my knees!!
Stamina, has increased by leaps and bounds
I no longer get sores in body creases, that used to make life very painful in hot humid weather
I an not afraid to go shopping – don’t need scooter now, so its soooo much easier. I still use the scooter at times if I need to walk a great distance – but DH is getting older (he’s 81 now) and for him to load and unload is difficult
I am still that size 24 that I went into in about March of this year, having had a huge standstill of weight loss– but recently I got a size 22 nighty and size 22 undies!! Maybe the inches are dropping again, or maybe I’m redistributing!!
I have a droopy butt, droopy arms, wrinkled stomach,, can’t see that changing at my age, my skin has lost a lot of elasticity!!
I drink a lot more water – 7 x 400ml glasses - I got lucky this week – got given a number of beautiful tree ripened limes – so will add a very small amount to my water – and use them in curries.
,I have gained an understanding of my body (to an extent) learning why something feels like it does, what it likes or doesn't.
My resting pulse rate has dropped from 84 to 64,
Mentally, though I have always been self confident, I am far more so now!!
However I am still "morbidly obese" according to the classifications!!
I've lost 36.25% of my total weight that equates to 75.95% of the weight I had to lose!!
The difference its made is surprisingly hard to write down - its so huge!!
There are a few down sides though
My knees – they will never return to normal and were caused by carrying too much weight for too long
One result of several years of undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes (I showed none of the usual signs) is that I had severe gum disease and have only one tooth left – and an 8 yr wait for false teeth – but that doesn’t mean I can’t eat – the only thing I have found a problem are whole nuts and natural nut butters solve that!!
Also its expensive – even though my grocery bill has dropped I need clothes and keeping up with the size change got hard for a time – is slowed now!!
And my Curves membership coasts as well (as would any gym membership) and I also bought dumbbells and DVDs to use at home!!
And there are far more changes - enough to say - its been sooooo worthwhile, despite the time and patience its taken and will probably continue to take!!
Next goal – 100kg (220lb)
March 2010 but I haven't changed since!!
Friday, July 23, 2010
I started my weight loss journey – this time – when the scales reached 170kg (374lb) It is not, by a long way, my first attempt at weight loss!!
I was first taken to hospital in UK by my Mother because I was a very bonnie War time baby at 3 yrs old!! I was on a restricted diet through to my teens, when tests were done since I had continued to pile on the weight. The tests came up blank!!
However I was leading a “normal” life and very active, far more so than I had a right to be with my weight!!
I was fairly fed up by then with being prodded and poked so I restricted my food when I felt like it – and lived a great life, doing more things than most people even dream of doing. And the weight crept on!!
Fast forward to the 1970’s when I moved to Australia. My weight started really increasing for no obvious reason – so again I was put into hospital for tests – they showed nothing again!! At the same time I was assessed for stomach banding – but it was deemed to be unsuitable since I only ate about 1200 – 1400 calories and therefore it wouldn’t have stopped me over eating!!
So then they put me into a different hospital for 3 mths under an eminent dietician who put me on a 400cal liquid diet. That worked – for a time – and during the days I did physical therapy and saw a psychologist!! Then they introduced food as it wouldn’t be safe to stay on such a low cal diet in normal life!! As soon as I started eating again my weight went up – they accused me of cheating (how could I in the hospital with someone with me all the time ?!!) and threw me out!!
So I came home and after a time joined Jenny Craig!! I stayed a bit but they asked me to leave since I was putting their figures out by not losing weight.!! I also tried Weight Watchers with no success!!
So again I went back onto a 1300cal diet and carried on with my life!!
In 1997 I was diagnosed Type 2 diabetic, (A1C above 20) so I changed my diet to drop my blood sugar level in 4 yrs to A1C of 6.1
However I continued to stack on weight!! I hit my top weight of 170kg (374lb) in 2002 – but my A1C was still dropping, slowly. At the last check (June this year) it was 5.4
I decided to gradually reduce my weight – after all 170kg(374lb) was a bit excessive – but I still was living a normal life – though not an active one!! I cut my food to 1200cal a day – often dropping to 1000cal!!
Over the next 6 ½ yrs I lost 35kg (77lb) – this through diet alone – since I did no exercise!! Interestingly I lost weight but not inches – my clothes still fitted as they had at 170kg (374lb) even though I was now 135kg.(297lb)
In 2009 I was referred to Sparkpeople. I was by now extremely sceptical of all forms of weight loss. But decided I’d look at the site!!
I looked – I read and I got interested – I made a few changes to my diet!! I plan, as I have always, my own diet since I have lots of experience and I was trained in a certain amount of nutrition, I needed to in many of the places I have lived in!!. I also updated a lot of my nutrition knowledge!!
Then I thought – OK the main difference is exercise!! I was NOT impressed by this idea!!
By now I was very badly handicapped by osteo-arthitis in both legs– so with some help since they don’t seem to haven even heard of this form of exercise in Australia, I was able to get onto some Chair Exercise DVDs, both strength and aerobic that I have gradually worked into doing every day!! At the start I could just manage 1 exercise – by mid-June this year I was doing 21 strength exercises with all parts of my body using 2.5kg weights and 45 min Chair Dancing as well, 6 days a week (all seated!!)
By mid June I was sitting at 111kg (244lb) as I had been since January. I had lost a lot of inches though, changing from size 34 slax to size 24 jeans!! But I was getting frustrated with the weight not dropping!! Then I saw my Doctor for a check up and he was very unhappy that the scales hadn’t dropped, no matter the other losses!!
Maybe that was my trigger, I don’t know but I decided to take a leap!! I went round the local gyms – and investigated other exercise options. I discovered the choices were very limited in this area!! Eventually I decided the best option was Curves – which I have been going to 3 times a week for the last 5 weeks.
Its been a huge leap from Chair exercise to a gym situation, one that I’m not sure my body was ready for, however I felt that, if I didn’t make it my weight wouldn’t ever go lower!! My weight has started dropping again – and I reached my first goal of losing 60 kg yesterday. This really proves what I thought – that unless I continue to push my boundaries, to work my self to exhaustion I won’t lose weight – unfortunately there is a high chance this will cause even more damage to my knees!! This is my choice – so I don’t know how much I will continue to take this chance!! At present weight loss is addictive!!
As far as weight – what the future holds is out of my hands – but I have set the next goal at 100kg (220lb) – 10kg (22lb) only!! As a longer term goal I would like to lose at least another 25kg (55lb) – we will see!! No one has the slightest idea what my ideal weight should be, so time will tell. In my dreams I think that losing 100kg (220lb) would be a nice neat amount – but …………….!!.
Don’t feel sorry for me, please, I certainly don't feel sorry for me!! – we all have our own problems – mine just happens to be very friendly fat, and an unco-operative body!! I accepted these problems years ago – it’s the doctors that feel they MUST be able to fix it!! Meanwhile I live a good life, I’m happy and a lot healthier than I was – and its actually quite fun leaving the specialists scratching their heads!!
Well its taken so long giving a potted history of my weight loss that I will have to do another blog on the changes that 60kg loss has made – which are many and varied!!
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