Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Weigh In - R3 - Week 10

What a crazy week.  What a crazy weigh in.

Friday morning I woke up to 65.9 on the scales,which shocked the heck out of me...mostly because this was the week that I rediscovered cake!

It started last Wednesday.  A girl at work was heading off to prepare for her wedding and we gave her a bit of a send off.  With cake.  Flourless chocolate cake.  Normally I would politely decline.  This day wasn't normal.  Oh my God did it taste gooooooood! And when I weighed in the next morning I had lost some weight.


So on Thursday I was out for a work meeting at a coffee place.  I don't even drink coffee any more.  But this day I did.  And I ordered cake.  With whipped cream on the side.  Flourless orange.  Yummo.  And when I weighed in on Friday morning, I hit my low point of 65.9kg.

Friday was cake free.  As was Saturday.  Sunday morning I weighed in at 65.5kg.  So obviously my cake eating had a positive impact on my weight, yeah?

So it's Sunday, and it's my darling Nan's 87th birthday party here at my house.  There was cake.  Sooo much cake.  Flourless orange. Almond semolina.  So I had a piece of each.  And then backed it up with an encore slice of almond cake.  With double cream.

I felt so disgustingly bloated, and full, and disgusting.  And when I weighed in on Monday morning, holy crap, I weighed 69.5kg.

Oh man!  So on go the brakes - big time.  Lace up my runners, eat squeaky clean, and this is what I woke to this morning;

Current Weight: 66.9kg
Last week:      66.9kg
Week's loss:    +0.0kg    
So far:        -30.1kg

I have dodged a major bullet.  No more cake.  In fact, I've just started up a sugar-free November challenge with my local 12wbt Facebook group.  Perfect timing to get me back on the straight and cake-free narrow!

Unless I find a sugar-free cake recipe.  Best I don't go looking :)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Weigh in - R3 - Weeks 8 & 9

You know, I was thinking whether I should update this blog or not.  With a readership of maybe 3 people, it barely seems worth the effort to post.  But I've had a bit of a think about it and I looked back to why I started this blog in the first place - it's for me and no one else.

So here's my week 8 and as it turns out week 9 weigh in - I stayed the exact same weight...yay!

Current Weight: 66.9kg
Last week:      66.8kg
Week's loss:    +0.1kg    
So far:        -30.1kg

I no longer exercise every day.  Most days I get out and do a little spot of something, but its not always on plan and I don't always record my calories.

One thing that's remained consistent is my nutrition.  Even on crappy days when it feels as though the ceiling at work is resting on my manly shoulders.  I'm still exploring my own recipes and combinations.  And it's fun!


A really spunky little chicken that I work with excitedly whispered in my ear today that she's at her goal weight.  I had noticed (and told her so) that she'd lost some weight and was looking fantastic on a couple of occasions - and I meant it too.  When she revealed her weight to me today my first reaction was a mixture of excitement and pride for what she'd achieved.  Then it sunk in.  She actually weighs more than me.  Does that mean I look that good?  Despite the 30kg I still don't see myself as "small".  But perhaps I need to have a closer look.

How long does it take until your self-perception catches up?

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Weign in - R3 - Week 7

I'm not sure whether my cup is half full or half empty today.  not my water glass - that's always sitting on empty after downing 2L per day.

Current Weight: 66.8kg
Last week:      66.7kg
Week's loss:    +0.1kg    
So far:        -30.2kg

My weight loss cup is definitely below the mid-way point.  We're now into the second half of this round and in reailty I've not even lost a kilo as yet. 

600g to be exact!  Sure there's not a lot left to lose, but gaining and losing the same few hundred grams each week is a little trying on the patience.

The funny thing is that without fail, every Saturday morning I weigh in at an all time low.  Is it stress that holds weight on me during the week?  Meh.  I'll keep trying hard this round and then maybe relax the nutrition side of things a little to see what happens.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

What's cookin??

I've never been much of a cook.  Sure, I could heat up a tray of frozen crap, grill the bejeezus out of a piece of steak in my George Foreman, and even rip the top off a packet of Latina Fresh pastsa sauce and throw it in the microwave.

Never did I count calories, or spare a thought for the nutritional content of my meals.  The food pyramid was me balancing chips, chocolate and lollies on  my walk from pantry to couch.  I could go on, but you get the idea!

One of the MANY things that 12wbt has given me is a sense of confidence in the kitchen and a real interest in food and nutrition.  Like...I read nutrition text books as my bedtime wind down, and share my new-found wisdom with the man.  I reckon he could reel off about 20 superfoods :)

Anyway - here's what I whipped up yesterday;


Needless to say, I was full as a State School after that - and all within 1200 calories :)  So, so yum, and just quietly, I'm a little proud of my efforts.

Friday, October 5, 2012

The week of 6

  • Melbourne turned out it's first 30 degree day (I take back everything I said about you Melbourne xx)
  • I tried Teresa Cutter's "power porridge" which was yummo but left me craving carbs like a crazy woman.
  • My back decided that 11 months of goodness was enough and it gave me one hell of a reality check, hence the 6km WALKS.  I miss my running :(
  • The veggie beds are prepped and ready to take their first seedlings of the season.
  • Lean & fit has taken a back seat this week due to the back, but I'll continue to do what I can.
  • And what about those scales?

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Weigh in - R3 - Week 6

Well...I've finally cracked the 30kg mark on a weigh in AND I'm now less than I was at the start of this round.  Not that it worried me too much as there was clearly some muscle gain and the tape measure was singing a tune I like the sound of.

Current Weight: 66.7kg
Last week:      67.5kg
Week's loss:    -0.8kg    
So far:        -30.3kg

Really enjoying eating squeaky clean and trying some new foods to boot.

Life is good.  Very, very good.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Old vs New

I am a well practised camera avoider.  This has both it's up sides and negatives, in that, sure there's no photos of you floating around, but then when one does sneak through somehow, it comes as a MASSIVE surprise.

Every year at work we hold an annual dinner.  It's always at the same place (coz there's very few places in Melbourne that can hold 600 bods) and always at the sme time of year give or take a week.  Our photographer sent me some images yesterday that completely stopped me in my tracks.  Like - I was a mixture of physically ill, totally stunned and really, in shock.

I know I've lost a lot of weight and I feel fantastic for it, but I had NOOOOOO idea just how bad I looked before.  And although I've shared this on facebook, it's important to me to share it here too.  I NEVER want to go back to this.  And if I have to, I'll blow this pic up and stick it in every room in the house.

 (I'm not posting this to prompt compliments from people - it's for two reasons only - to show others that 12wbt really can work and to remind me of the sad person I was before!)  I don't even recognise me in this.  Who is that old woman?  And how did she let herself go to that extent??

Never again.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Couscous for breakfast? Yesyes!

It's October. The home of daylight savings. Of warmer days. Longer days. And the beginning of the end for our dietary rut. It's not a bad rut mind you. It's comfortable and easy and nourishing and yummy. But the time has come to venture beyond our tried and tested usual fare. To test drive some new recipes using the ingredients we now love.

My breakfast vocabulary is three words long; oats, muesli, bran. Their adjectives are fruit - usually berries (if I can find blueberries) and banana. The adverbs, natural yoghurt and a sprinkle of LSA. Aaaaaand that's pretty much the end of the sentence.

So without further ado, I introduce you you, and my taste buds, the amazingly tasty couscous with apple, cinnamon and yoghurt. Yum. Yum. Yum.