Thursday, December 30, 2010
As the situation is so very bad and I am only about 60miles from some of the worst of it - I thought I would post an update to the situation.
We are quite safe, though we were cut off from town for a couple of days!!
More than 200,000 people have been affected by relentless flooding in northeast Australia, with the flood zone now stretching over an area bigger than France and Germany combined, officials said Friday 31st Dec 2010.
Germany is about 137,000 sq miles.
France is about 212,000 sq miles.
Total – 349,000 sq miles.
Or for the Aussies - the area of NSW and Victoria combined - is now flooded!!
Heavy rains and flooding in northeast Australia is common during the southern hemisphere summer, but the scope of the damage from the recent downpours is extremely unusual, Queensland state Premier Anna Bligh said
"This is without a doubt a tragedy on an unprecedented scale," Anna Bligh told Australian Broadcasting Corp. "We now have 22 towns or cities that are either substantially flooded or isolated because the roads have been cut off to them. That represents some 200,000 people spanning an area that's bigger than the size of France and Germany combined."
As we go towards 2011 - please spare a thought for the thousands who are celebrating New Year with nothing left - who have been evacuated and have nothing left to return to!!
And also spare a thought for all the wildlife that is fighting for survival in this, Queenslands toughest hour!!.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
I noticed that very few members have joined Christmas Calorie Control Challenges - I have to assume tis is because they either have no intention of keeping within their calorie range or they really aren't thinking that far ahead!!
Either way they will blow all the hard work they have gone to before - losing weight.!! Is it honestly worth while throwing all the hard work away for a day of self indulgance??
The key is planning in advance - a heavier calorie main meal to allow you to have a Christmasmeal with lower calorie meals and snacks for the rest of the day!! You should NOT skip any meals or snacks!!
I have my Christmas Day planned - and the whole day has come in at 1570 cal - at the top of my range but still within it!!
You may not like my idea ofmenu planning - but I am eating it - not you - so here is my menu for Christmas Day!!
Milk, 2%, 0.3 cup
Oats Raw (30g = 1/4 cup), 45 gram
Banana, fresh, 0.5 small (6" to 6-7/8" long)
Optimum Gold Protein Supp - 30.4g, 1 serving
Total - 373 cal
Lunch (our main meal)
S/C Roast Turkey leg with cranberry and apple stuffing, 1 serving (slow cooker)
recipe - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
Cauli-tata , 1 serving
Broccoli, cooked, 0.25 stalk, large (11"-12" long)
Mousse - Lemon - Easy-yo - 6 serves per pkt - 1 serve = 167g, 1 serving Mango - 1 cheek medium, 1 serving
Total - 578 cal
Cheese - Bega so extra light tasty, 25 gram(s)
Cabbage Apple Casserole, 1 serving
Hard Boiled Egg,
1 large Tomatoes, red, ripe, raw, year round average, 1 small whole (2-2/5" dia)
Sweet Potato - orange - boiled, 50 gram
Total - 244 cal
Snack bar - Aussie Bodies - Mini FX Lo Carb bar, 1 serving
Bread Tasty Brown - Gold Max - serving 2 slices, 0.5 serving
Vegimite, 0.5 tsp
Total - 194 cal
Snack bar - Be Natural Trail Bars - Berry, 1 serving
1 cup Milk (through day in tea), 0.25 cup
Total - 181 cal
The balance of the days meals is - 24.2% protein, 27.9% fat and 47.9 carbs
I agree its high on fats for the day - but not daturated fat!! As its only the one day - I am letting it be!! Normally I try to get the protein higher than the fat %!!
I hope this has given some of you some ideas - and from my point of view I am certainly not starving that day!!
Have a Happy, Healthy Well planned Christmas Day - make it a Day you can enjoy without a guilty concience and without stepping on that hunk of steel and glass that will tell you you have put weight on!! With careful planning - you will still enjoy the day - but you might evern lose weight too - or if not at least hold your weight!!
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
I have written this blog – to try to sort out my own thoughts and feelings rather than for support or comment – though if I am wrong in my assumptions please feel free to tell me!! I have to sort this out in my mind, and I have decide just how far I am willing to go – no-one can do that for me!! If there is anyone else in this position – with metabolic issues and having hit a very high set point – please can you let me know what you did, how you coped!!
In the last blog I was saying that it was thought from the measurements that I have been having that I had got to “set point”!!
This decision was made by the dietician in light of my previous diet history and my test readings in the last 12mths. At 108kg (237.6lb) Its far earlier than we had all hoped – but then I never do anything by the book!! LOL!!
I find it interesting that I am still changing and to all other people look like I am losing weight at a very fast rate, and I am, in fact losing clothes sizes still yet – over the past twelve months my weight has only dropped 5.5kg (12 lb) my body fat % has dropped 1.5% and my lean mass has risen 1.5% - considering the amount of solid exercise I have done, the fact that I have tracked all food and not once deviated from my calorie level, given that my total fat % started at 53.7% so there is a lot to lose – this is a drop in the ocean!! Yet – my body shape and clothes size has changed out of all proportion!!
Mar 2010 to Dec 2010 – considering there have been so few changes in the numbers – there has been an enormous change in me, not only in looks either – but in so many, many other ways !!
When the dietician said “set point” – my first thought was – what is he talking about?? I had heard of the “set point theory” in passing but had taken very little notice of it as I thought it would be something for the future, when I got to my target weight!!
So – having read a bit – my thoughts are – what are the main differences between “set point” and the dreaded “plateau” that always occurs in weight loss!!
To my way of thinking - and these are my own ideas and interpretation of a lot of articles that I have read – and are open to correction !!
A plateau – is one of those pesky things that our body throws into our weight loss efforts to try to annoy us – and to try to put us off!! It is a time when the scales refuse to move despite the fact we are doing everything we should be and we can see no changes in ourselves. In fact it is a time when the body is adjusting to previous weight loss and there are changes occurring but they are subtle!! However the big difference is that eventually, given that you continue on program and mix things up a bit you will drop off that plateau and the body will be happy to continue at lower weights.
However – “set point “ is the body’s comfortable weight – the weight at which one can start maintenance. It is set by the body as a result of hormonal factors and heredity factors and can easily be raised when one goes on a number of diets and loses a bit then puts on more weight, then repeats this process. Unfortunately it seems to be that to permanently lower the “set point” is extremely difficult!! It is the weight that the body will always fight hard to return to if you go below this weight. However this does not mean that you cannot go below your “set point”, just that you need to be aware that the body will try all sorts of things to trick you into letting it return to that “set point” weight.
We always say we should listen to our body and let it guide us, and up to now, on this amazing journey, this has been my most important tool as to how far I can go in food, and exercise and what I can do to help myself – but now this is not going to work, as I’m not going to know if its trying to trick me or not!!
So I am left with the decision – if I decide to try to go lower than “set point” would I be able to lower it permanently or will I spend the rest of my life fighting my weight!! And if I have to fight weight gain for the rest of my life is it worth putting myself through that??
Bearing in mind that my metabolic rate is already 25% lower than the average for my weight, age and height, and this is causing me a lot of weight loss problems already, and as I lose weight it is falling just to make things even harder – I have had to decide whether it is worth continuing!!
Yes its nice looking good – but at what cost? I workout now to the point of exhaustion – and I will need to increase the length and intensity of these workouts. Mentally I m exhausted too – I plan my own diet – the easiest way so that I know what to buy and if I can afford things this week etc – if I get a pre printed diet sheet – a lot of foods arte not what we eat – nor are they in season or easily and cheaply available!! This planning takes time – the nutrition tracker helps but I am having to not only balance calories but the other macro nutrients and keep to a 50/24/26% ratio too!! So time and thought each day!!
As well as that there are odd extra things to do – like cooking, housework, washing and shopping, and the 2 teams I co-lead and the work I do on SP takes time too (I love doing it – but it takes time!!) etc, etc – and the exercise takes a full morning out of my day on the 3 days I go into town to either Curves or the pool!!
Do I want to live like this for the rest of my life??
We say “get a life” but weight loss has become my life – it takes over totally!!
So this decision has been a very hard one in fact!!
I really, really wanted to get below 100kg (220lb) and had hoped this would happen before “set point” kicked in!! It hasn’t !! So I am going to try really hard to get below 100kg. I am willing to give myself 1 more year – in that time I shall know if I can get lower or not!!
After a year I will rethink my strategy!! Given a choice I will probably try to stay at that weight- assuming it has dropped at all - to try to lower the “set point “ permanently – but I need to investigate more on this before I decide fully!!
I am planning, reading and sorting out a new program to try to get that 8kg off – or at least start it moving a bit!! Time will tell – what ever does happen its obviously not gong to happen fast!!
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