Wednesday, 5 August 2015

05.08.15: Day 20: Part 3 - The Results

Well something I have been doing the passed week has been working because today's weigh in was...

*more dramatic music*

11 stone 2.75 lbs

That's a pound and three quarters from my last weigh in on the 30/07. And that is despite this being on my heavy week. Am very pleased with this, just hope I can keep it up! Or rather down.

My goal is to be under 11 stone by next week's weigh in!

My previous goal posts have shifted btw. At the start, I said I wanted to be down to size 10 by my holiday on the 15th of August, but we have had to cancel this holiday and rearrange for October due to my partner's work commitments. This works out great for me considering how badly I have been doing, but am still aiming for around 2lbs off per week. 

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

05.08.15 - Day 20 part 2

05.08.15 - Day 20

Just a wee add on to my earlier post. I thought I would outline some of the changes I have made since my bad patch the other week.

  • Breakfast biscuits: I love breakfast biscuits and cereal bars as they are so handy and yummy. However, the idea that they fill you up for a long time to keep you going just doesn't seem to work for me, probably because I am a greedy git! So for work days, I have resorted to bringing a pack of breakfast biscuits with me and as there are four in a pack, I spread them throughout the morning. sometime between 5:30 - 6am I have a cuppa in my wee quiet spell and have two of the four breakfast biscuits then. This is enough to give me a little energy and keep me going during my busy period of 6am-7am. Around 7am I usually manage to get a little break in my work for long enough to make another cuppa and have a third biscuit. Sometime after 8am the last of my morning tasks are completed, so the final biscuit is consumed and this should keep me going for another hour, at which time I can have a piece of fruit to tide me over until lunch break.
  • Glucomannan: Having done a little research into diet supplements meant to help you shred the pounds, I found only three recommended by a nutritionist as being some minor assistance to dieting while not having nasty side effects. One was green tea as it detoxes and increases the metabolism. I have this already at home but I do not like on its own but is good in some smoothies (recipes to follow ;-) ), although I have to be careful because it contains a small amount of caffeine. Caffeine is also meant to be good as it boosts your metabolism as well as aiding you in keeping fit as it makes you feel you are more energetic and able to exercise. However, this is not good if you have a caffeine sensitivity, or like me, a minor heart issue like mine that is aggravated by caffeine. I may even start blaming the fact that I have gone decaf for my eight gain! The third one that was mentioned is a herbal fibre based extract (or something...) that you can buy in capsule form and when taken before a meal with a glass of water, this Glucomannan helps to keep you by making you feel fuller, therefore aiding in portion control. Now, for me this could be useful, but also is pointless. On the one hand, sometimes I eat too much because I still feel hungry despite having eaten a decent meal. In these instances this Glucomannan may work for me. On the other hand, however, a lot of the time my over-eating is down to pure greediness, like yesterday when I was filled up by the chicken poppers I had gobbled on the way home from the shops, but still went home and snacked. In these cases, the feeling full factor won't be much use because I am eating for the sake of it. However, I went out and got myself a bottle of capsules and am giving it a go. 
  • Drinking more: Reading up on all these diet supplements you take before a meal with a glass of water made me think; surely you don't necessarily need to be filling your stomach with fibre to make yourself feel fuller if you can get the same effect - if not so long lasting - with water alone. Plus it is good for you, keeps your system flushed and costs next to nothing (unless you buy bottled spring water which is majorly over-priced!). So I am going to drink more water, or at least fluids, especially before and during meal times. 
All that is left is for me to have my weigh in later this morning... *add dramatic music here!* Like I said earlier, not only was I very naughty yesterday, but it is also that time of the month when my weight is likely to be a bit higher than usual (also a slight excuse for my binge yesterday). But we will see.

05.08.15: Day 20 - Ups and Downs, quite literally

Day 20 - 05.08.15

So I haven't written in two weeks. This is partly due to my having been really busy, and partly because what I have to admit is depressing.

Not only did I put those 3 lbs I had lost back on, but in just six days I went from 11 1lbs to a new high: 11st 6lbs. Of course, weight can fluctuate a few pounds either was depending on what you've eaten, what is left in your bowels, if you had a pee before your weigh in, periods and what you are wearing... But I have to be honest and realise that this sudden weight gain was because I binged. I ate loads of yumminess, did very little exercise and was generally a really bad dieter!

After that little set back, I got back on the wagon and last week was a massive improvement. I have cut down the amount of food I consume at work and been working on both my portions and content in my evening meals too. Yesterday was a bad day for me, after I went grocery shopping while hungry and ate 5 "chicken poppers", then got home and had a healthy but non-essential 5 wholemeal crackers with ham and cheese. I then had a Slim Fast low calorie chocolate bar (sooooo nice and under 100 calories) and then snacked on cheese and ham while making packed lunches for today. And then I had a substantial meal of grilled fish fingers, beans and jacket potato. Most of this stuff would be fine to have eaten (excluding the chicken poppers which are only 27 calories each but contain over a gram of fat in each one!) if I hadn't binged on quite so much of it! :-/

Other than yesterday's naughtiness and the fact that I have done no exercise since last week although this must be excused as I suffer from sciatica and it flared up this weekend. While gentle exercises like yoga and walking is good for untrapping the nerve and loosening me back up, I find that the exercise bike is very uncomfortable and my pilates exercises were definitely out too. It is still a bit sore but am hoping to resume exercising today, even if it is simply a good yoga session.

Today is also weigh in day... yay?! My last weigh was showing a little progress with my having shred to of the extra pounds I had put on and gotten back to my starting weight of 11 stone 4lbs. This week is a bad week for me to be weighed (once a month is, hint hint) but I still hope to find myself a pound, or possibly even two, lighter than last week and slowly making progress. Saturday is going to be a bit of diet killer for me however, as some work mates and I are going to a hotel in the Lake District for afternoon tea - so I think it is salads and fruit for the rest of the week in preparation for the delicious calorie filled cakes and scones that await me!

Wish me luck...