I Am 100 Update 1

A week in, and I am down 3kgs #kapow

Haven’t thought about drinking in terms of really wanting a drink. I’ve had the old ‘A glass of wine would be nice right now’ thought, but that’s quickly gone with someone flight of fancy #oohshinythings

Macros have been killing me smalls! My sugar has been out of control, even though my calories are sitting at an average of 620 calories per day – my sugar was 77 grams on Monday! Gah!

Managed to pull it back in the last couple of days, but clearly have to be more vigilant – so easy to let those things slip even when calories are in control.

Tomorrow night will be my first real test with a visit to a pub with work. Will have to avoid food and booze. Not an easy ask but it’ll be so worth it at the end of the day (well 92 days now) 😉

Happy thirsty Thursday to y’all, don’t forget those of you who are Dry Julying this is your last weekend before it starts.

cheers

 

Wednesday Weigh-In and a few ?’s

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Oh Yeah it’s the first weigh-in for 2014 and the first week has been kind to me, with a 2.5kg loss, taking my total loss closer to my first weight goal for the year – getting back to 30kgs lost. I’m at 29.1kgs, so 900gms to go to hit that first marker.

I also wanted to answer some questions that have come up over the week.

Why do I weigh everyday?

I know a lot of people do weigh everyday and many choose to only weigh weekly, and some even longer. I guess it depends on why you weigh. For me there’s no way I could wait a week to see if I had lost, especially if there was no loss I’d feel like I’d wasted a week! I also use the weigh-in to my advantage. If it’s good, then I carry on as usual, if it’s bad it makes me resolve to try harder.

Another reason to weigh more often for me is the mental ‘let off’ which you get when you weigh in weekly, you know you have a whole week before you need to be accountable again and that tends to make me allow myself a treat (or two) because I know I have time to  ‘fix’ it. If I weight daily there’s not let off, I’m accountable every. single. day. Far better for me.

Why don’t I believe on ‘starvation mode’

There’s a whole blog post about this but fundamentally it’s because our bodies are smart. It doesn’t deliberately hurt itself until there is no alternative and for most of us that’s a loooooong way off. Unless you have next to no body fat (around 6%) and are actually starving yourself (not eating at all) your body will call on your fat reserves long before it starts to do anything detrimental to your muscles, organs, etc. At present I feel like I have at least 5kgs, maybe 10, of excess ‘fat’. Based on 5kgs that’s some 38,500 calories to spare, excluding eating any food. Based on a BMR of 1355 (my current calculated daily) it would take me 4 weeks of not consuming one calorie (yeah that’s not happening!) just to use my existing fat stores and even then I know I have plenty in reserve.

What do I eat?

At the moment I’m going for the lowest calorie option, which clean being the secondary consideration. Pea protein in the form of protein shakes & puddings. Low calorie, high nutrient soup. Tuna. Salad, salad, and more salad! I chuck chickpeas and chia seeds into my salads for added protein, and nutrients. High calcium, low fat dairy. Beef and lamb. Cheese!

What don’t I eat?

Pasta, rice, bread, potatoes. Processed food. No alcohol until mid February and then it’ll be low carb all the way.

I know this isn’t for everyone, but it works FOR ME. I lose weight, I feel good, I look good, and I learn how to be healthier along the way. Yes, I went backwards and ate processed crap, I drank too much, I didn’t track my calories. I gained. That’s the fundamental basis of weight loss. My intake was more than my out put the scales went up. Right now my intake is less than my out out and voila, weight loss! #seewhatididthere

There’s no magic, it’s basic science. The tricky part is getting your mind to control your body and not the other way round. That’s the HARD bit!

Feel free to hit me up if you have any questions!

Goals, Resolutions, and other Good Stuff

It’s the brink of 2014 and, as I’ve done for many a year, I’m setting goals and making resolutions for the New Year. I know making resolutions for many is just lip service, but I like something to strive for. For me it’s a positive way to start the year. I forgive myself for the things I didn’t achieve and resolve to achieve new things.

I also have some rituals I like to do on New Year’s Eve to start the year the right way. This is why I don’t tend to go out on NYE. I like to be in my comfort zone, doing the things I want to, with the people I want to. This year it’s going to be at Cervidae Castle with Mr 8, and a bottle of Moet! A fabulous way to start the New Year I think!

For me, goals are those that I can achieve through hard work and determination, resolutions are those things I would really like to achieve but that may not be possible due to circumstances and events outside of your immediate control.

As I’ve also blogged I do intend to print out some of these goals and resolutions and have them posted around the house as a daily reminder. I know this really worked for my weight loss and I will start that reminder again too.

So enough of all that, let’s get into it!

Firstly, I still feel that weight loss is my main focus for 2014 in terms of personal goals.

Weight Loss Goal

Goal 1 – Get back to 30kgs lost – Achieved 15/1/14
Goal 2 – Reach my original GW
Goal 3 – 35kgs lost
Goal 4 – Reach UGW
Goal 5 – To fit into single digit size clothing (yes, that means size 8 or less) – Achieved 30/1/14 – wore a size 8 skirt to work today!

(I intend to notarise these as I achieve each goal).

I do think UGW will take the best part of the year but I’m in this for the long haul so I’m comfortable with that long range forecast.

Mini-Goal

From 1st January until 14th February I intend to be alcohol-free. I lost a tonne of weight this year whilst being alcohol free for 4 weeks, and as I have BIG goals to reach this year I want to kick it off with some really good losses.

Organised House

I did pretty good in 2013 and having to move twice did make me declutter quite a bit but I do still have a lot of things I don’t use often enough to really warrant keeping them. There are still a lot of things I can let go and as I keep unpacking I’ll also keep decluttering.

I’m also going to have a really organised house. As this house is so old there are many modern conveniences that I don’t have so being clean and tidy all the time will be important to keep the house in a ‘good place’.

Organised Work

After a year in this job, I’ve experienced all of our different race days, and now feel like I have some knowledge behind me in terms of how I can create an even better experience for our race day guests, our sponsors, and the public. 2014 will be the start of some new strategies and systems in order to maximise the experience of each guest on each race day.

2014 offers plenty of scope to develop existing race days and build on the new events from the past twelve months.

Bigger, better, and more beneficial is my aim for 2014.

Oh, and of course there is also that secret project!! < Yes it’s a two exclamation project 😉

Handmade Christmas

Christmas was little underdone this (despite having 5 trees) as I felt like I didn’t get the benefit of the whole experience a) because we moved house so late, b) the trees didn’t go up until December!, and c) I worked so much! So Christmas 2014 starts in January with the handmade Christmas project. Look out for blogs about fabulous handmade items (and no doubt terrible disasters too!).

First on the agenda is knitted bunting (if I can remember how to cast on lol).

Bucket List / Things I Want To Do

2014 will be time to tick some of these off, and I will create a separate blog listing them and write separately as I tick them off, but here are just a few:

– Photography course
– Buy a Grabone ticket to a destination I’ve never been to before
– Blog, blog, and more blogging

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Start Saturday, or in this case, Restart Saturday

At last, the breakthrough I’ve been waiting for. Yesterday was a race day at work, I squeezed myself into my dress and it was snug! I know I looked ‘ok’ and I got a tonne of compliments, which is always good for the self esteem, but I knew, in my heart, that I should have, and could have, looked better – so today I start. Next race day is the 5th of December and I want my dress (same size as yesterday) to be ‘loose’. I just know my mind set has changed – I’m thinking about buying salad ingredients not chips and dip, I’m not already giving myself permission to binge today (as has been happening), I want to get back to seeing the scale go down, I want that goal weight!

I’ve turned the corner. I’m set on weight loss again and not eating my emotions. I want to put that dress on, on the 5th, and know in my heart I do look the best because I worked for it!

The relief of having this frame of mind back is hard to describe. I’ve felt like I had no control over my thoughts (but of course I have) I just slid back in to the old habits when things got stressful and I was out if my routine, but now I know the new habits are back!

Sun is shining, things are looking up, and I feel great.

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Motivation Monday – Eat To Goals

I haven’t written a blog for far too long and really hope now that the very busy few weeks have finished I will have time to start again. I do have some background blogs to write in particular about why I left the 8 week Clean Eating Challenge and hope to have time to do that soon!

In the meantime, happy Monday! What do your eating goals look like?

I don't diet. I just eat according to my goals.

Weigh-In Wednesday 25/9/13

Last Wednesday of September and I thought it warranted a weigh-in post.

Lost this month 5.4kgs. Total percentage of start weight lost 35% and 97% to goal weight.

No alcohol is definitely impacting on my weight loss in a positive way. I did start drinking again but will stop again after the weekend and keep to just weekends. It really does make a difference.

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Clean Eating Challenge – Week 4

Week 4 Day 4

Daily Challenge

No Challenge Today – that doesn’t mean slack off though… Keep up the great work!!

Week 4 Day 3

Daily Challenge

MFP time again! Make sure you log your food AND water. post link to your diary in the comments below.

My reply:

Week 4 Day 2

Static weigh in today, hope it’s no the start of another set of static weigh-ins cause they’re boring! Lol

Daily Challenge

What is something you have learned so far during the challenge? Be it either about yourself or clean eating.

My reply was: I’ve learnt I can go 23 days without alcohol!

Intake has been the usual protein shakes, chia puddings, some beef, tuna and avocado salad, yoghurt, etc.

Have bought the Creamy Cappuccino flavour of the pea protein for a change.

Week 4 Day 1

Have had great results from the last three weeks, and looking forward to hitting goal in the next week or so.

Daily Challenge

Sunday is Saturday in the states so it’s STATurday.

Clean Eating Challenge – Week 3 Summary

The end of week three and clearly I have had some great weight loss results but to be honest I’m feeling a bit disillusioned with the challenge.

It’s not nearly as intense as I was expecting and the challenges don’t really seem that hard.

I don’t want to drop out but it seems a bit redundant at the moment. I guess I’ll stick it out for another week and see what turns up.

Week 3 Day 7

About to start week 4, and week 3 finished with another 200gm loss making my total loss 32.3kgs and a total loss of 5.2kgs for the month.

Daily Challenge

Big challenge today. Get a piece of paper and fold it in half. On one side right your top 3 excuses you find yourself making. On the other side, write 3 reasons why those excuses are invalid. Take a picture and post. =] 

I am absolutely struggling with this challenge. I can’t think of any excuses I am making that might be stopping me from getting to my goal. I’m eating within my calorie and lifestyle limits everyday, and within my macro limits most days. I’m not drinking or bingeing.

I can’t even think of one excuse let alone three!

Week 3 Day 6

Today started with a 200gm loss, taking my total is 32.1kgs.

Intake today was a bit different as Hartleigh’s school had a fund raising event – International Lunch. Parents cook meals from their home country, their ancestry, or just a random country. I chose my quick & easy go to ‘Eton Mess’ a British dish as Hartleigh’s dad was born there. Not at all clean, but it wasn’t for me anyway. I did actually find some food I could eat and had some Vietnamese Spring Rolls that were packed full of veges. Yum!

The rest of the day was pretty standard, although my carbohydrate macros are over by 3gms.

Daily Challenge

I hope you all haven’t been forgetting to drink water. Check in at the end of the day and let us know how much you drank.

I’ve had my 2.5 litres today.

Week 3 Day 5

A 100gm loss today. I’m slowing but surely tracking towards that goal.

Daily Challenge

In keeping with this weeks theme/focus of veggies, let me see those plates! With your vegetables on them of course. 

I have not had one single vegetable today! Must try and get some in tomorrow. Today was another crazy flat-out day and I finished work late.

Seems a bit monotonous at the moment, just working hard both at work and on my diet!

Week 3 Day 4

Static weight this morning. Just super excited anyway because I’ve had my hair cut and coloured and I feel like a completely new person! So nice to have the professionals do it and really happy with how it looks!

Daily Challenge

Post your favorite (or something new you’d like to try) vegetable recipe. It can be a link or your own picture, simple or a little effort required, whatever suits you. 

Mine would definitely be the Aubergine and Mozzarella Bake. Unfortunately the mozzarella make’s it super expensive calorie wise, so to lighten it up you could swap some of that out with ricotta and bake the aubergine rather than fry it. [Low calorie options indicated below] I’ve also indicated how to make it cleaner too.

Aubergine and Mozzarella Bake

Ingredients
Two medium aubergines
Onion
Garlic [clean option freshly crushed]
Tin of tomatoes [clean option 100% tomatoes with no preservatives or added sodium. Super clean is to buy tomatoes and use]
Tomato paste [clean option make your own from scratch]
Mozzarella [low calorie version use a combination of mozzarella and ricotta]

Aubergine
Slice aubergine lengthways about 1cm thick
Sprinkle with salt and leave 30 minutes
Rinse and pat dry
Fry in oil until brown and tender [low calorie version brush with oil and bake in oven]
Drain on kitchen towel

Sauce
Fry onion
Add garlic, tomatoes, and tomato paste

Cheese
Slice or grate mozzarella

The Bake
Put one third or half sauce in dish
Put one third or half aubergine in dish
Put one third or half cheese in dish

Repeat once or twice depending on the quantities you are using

Bake in fairly hot oven for 30-40 minutes

Consume with copious amounts of red wine!

aubergine

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Week 3 Day 3

Yay another 200gm loss this morning which ticks off two more milestones. 70lbs lost, and 95% of the way to goal weight! #happycamper

Daily Challenge

It’s your guys’ (sic) turn! Since we are all here for different reasons/goals, post a challenge below that you either have liked/or would like to see.

I answered “Definitely nothing to do with exercise/fitness for me. I’m here for the clean eating. Losing weight is 90% what goes in your mouth. I’d like a diary analysis with suggestions of different/cleaner food options.”

As far as I am concerned the 8 week challenge is all about cleaning up my eating, and there were plenty of replies about fitness challenges, workouts etc. Not what I joined the group for so even if it becomes a challenge I won’t be doing it. The focus is meant to be ‘clean eating’ and so far that hasn’t been that much so to bring in something completely off-topic is not what I joined the group for.

More to come…

Week 3 Day 2

Yay, a 200gm loss to take me under 2kgs to goal. Really happy to see that scale tick down again.

Daily Challenge

What is the most important part of the nutrition label on a food item to you?

I answered Calories because right now that is the most important factor when choosing whether to buy something. Next is how clean it is, but to be honest, I’m not looking at items that I think might be unclean anyway unless it’s to compare items.

Intake was the usual protein shake, yoghurt & berries, chia pudding, and I had a boiled egg. Not enough to be honest, but my day was so busy I didn’t eat between lunch at about 12.45 and dinner at about 7.15pm 😦

Week 3 Day 1

It’s a sunny Sunday to kick off week three. Weight has been static for about 4 days. Hoping my body has caught up with itself now and tomorrow it shows another loss. 2.1kgs and 13 weigh-ins until Ladies Day. It’s totally achievable but only if my weight starts moving again.

Daily Challenge

To do our stats, again. As per last week I’ve decided not to measure until I reach my goal and start working out. and I’ll continue weighing-in each day.

Intake today is going to be pretty standard;

– Protein shakes
– Chia pudding
– Chicken breast for dinner
– Yoghurt & berries

Happy Sunday everyone!

Can we stop using the phrase ‘cheat meal’?

Cheat Meal

I know this phrase has been used for a long time, years in some cases, however as I believe words have a powerful impact on our psyche and that using it in relation to diet/lifestyle when many us currently have, or have had, an unhealthy relationship with food is detrimental to the process of developing a long-term, healthy association with what we eat.

The connotation is that choosing to eat something that is outside your day-to-day diet (and by diet I mean the food you eat, not a fad) you are doing something ‘bad’ which, no matter how much of a conscious decision you think you made to eat that food, by linking cheat to it will inevitably cause guilt, whether consciously or sub-consciously and that does not create a positive experience or association.

Many struggling with eating disorders, whether mild or extreme, whether over-eating or under-eating suffer from a negative association with food, and whilst the use of the phrase ‘cheat meal’ is done with innocent intent, it does create a connection within our brain that is not positive and therefore continues that negative association with food.

Should we use words like treat, indulge, reward instead? Definitely not. These are just as damaging. The saying ‘Don’t reward yourself with food, you’re not a dog’ comes to mind. Many of us were brought up with the use of food as a reward – eat your dinner and you can have dessert, sit up straight for the hairdresser and get a lollipop, be good when visiting and you can have can have an ice cream on the way home – all of these things create a negative association with food, despite the intention to associate it with positive actions. Rewards, for children especially, should not be associated with food.

So if we shouldn’t use a negative word or a positive word what should we use? I guess it really depends on your definition of what a so-called ‘cheat meal’ is. For a clean eater it might be having a meal that has processed food in it, for calorie counters it might be eating above your recommended daily calorie intake level, for IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros) eaters it might be blowing one of the macros – which if one group looked at the other they may not even consider that a ‘cheat’. As a clean eater, if I chose to eat a cupcake, a IIFYM eater wouldn’t consider that a cheat if I was in my daily allowance, if a calorie counter chose to eat all their calories in chocolate they wouldn’t consider that ‘cheating’ but both the clean and IIFYM eaters would.

I had thought Outside Normal Lifestyle (ONL), but then the use of the word normal does have connotations of this meal being abnormal, a negative association. Perhaps Outside Lifestyle (OL) is as close as we should get to naming it. If you are truly living this lifestyle, these OL occasions will be very rare indeed and therefore I understand the need to acknowledge them in some form.

How Often?

In terms of lifestyle this meal is often associated with calorie counters, and is usually eating a meal that is way higher in calories than their daily limit. I have a real problem with this when that ‘cheat meal’ is on a weekly basis. For a start I don’t think it allows your body enough time to get used to a new lifestyle, particularly if you are new to the change to the way you relate to food – let’s face it, most people have spent years eating unhealthy food which our bodies can easily become addicted to, so why would you keep reminding it of what, in order to live a healthier life, you have chosen not to eat? How can you make a clean start if you keep going back to bad habits? Additionally, you are mentally setting yourself up to fail because you then see the ‘lifestyle’ as the bad guy, and the cheat meal as your reward for persevering through the week, especially as most people do choose to ‘cheat’ on the weekend – which is actually the worst time to do it, and when all the work you have put in during the week to adjust to your new lifestyle is undone. This isn’t at all healthy mentally or physically.

If this is a real change to your relationship with food, to the way you eat, and kinds of foods you consume, if it really is your lifestyle, then these meals shouldn’t even be ‘planned’ until you are fully in control of the new lifestyle, and I would recommend not even thinking about have an Outside Lifestyle meal until at least three months into the process. Give your body plenty of time to adjust to your new healthy relationship with food, to detox from potentially toxic foods such as sugar, (if that’s part of your new lifestyle), give your taste buds time to adjust. Then, if you feel you must, choose one food, not a whole meal, and eat it. Making sure you are giving your body a decent chance to give you feedback too – don’t do it when you have starving, or when you are rushed. Go into the situation with a satisfied stomach and plenty of time. Really taste the food, savour each mouthful, and make a mental note of how you feel. Also make a mental note of how you feel afterwards. For me, my first foray back into my old lifestyle was a packet of potato chips which I couldn’t even finish because they were so salty, and left me with a oily film in my mouth. Gross! I can’t say I’m completely free of my love of potato chips but I am certainly not rushing out to buy another packet!

I also think if you ‘plan’ these occasions in terms of choosing to eat OL because of your own actions, they don’t give you any wriggle room for situations where you feel you simply don’t have a choice but to eat. In saying that, we ‘always’ have a choice! Sometimes it’s just harder to exercise that choice than other times, and I understand that. However, if you feel you can stay within your lifestyle regardless of the situation you are in, then by all means plan them, but I would highly recommend you try and do this when you absolutely ‘need’ to rather than when you want to. For example, if you are going out for an anniversary dinner, you don’t ‘need’ to eat OL, however if you have a sick child who has been hospitalised and your only option is the hospital cafeteria then that is a ‘need’, in my opinion.

How often can you eat outside your lifestyle choice and still be ‘living that lifestyle’? I guess it depends on the lifestyle/diet of the person, what it is they are choosing to eat outside that lifestyle and whether it has a fundamental impact of the core theory of the lifestyle. A ‘vegetarian’ who has a roast meat dinner once a month is not a ‘vegetarian’ – vegetarian’s do not eat meat, ever. However, a clean eater who may have a cupcake once a month, is still a clean eater, but a clean eater who has processed food on a daily basis is not a clean eater. If you truly feel you can control your lifestyle choice in all situations and would like to plan an outside lifestyle meal, once a month should be the maximum. give your body plenty of time to accommodate the meal, balance back out your macros, calories, etc. and this frequency shouldn’t impact negatively on your overall health, well being, and weight. That being said, we are talking about a meal, not a ‘day’ or a ‘weekend’. You will still need to maintain some level of control. It’s not permission for a complete free-for-all. Your body still has to process, the calories do still count, and you may well find if you completely over-indulge that your body will really react negatively to the situation causing you some discomfort.

Summary

Let’s stop the association with this meal being either positive or negative and accept that some times you will eat outside your lifestyle choice, and it shouldn’t even register on your good/bad, negative/positive, guilt radar. Let ‘outside lifestyle’ merely indicate that the meal included food that is not part of your usual lifestyle choice as a mere acknowledgement and nothing more.

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