Tuesday, 21 July 2009
Good news to report....at last!!!
All of the members queuing to get weighed at our meeting thought it was a remake of 'When Harry met Sally' last night as I was on the scales giving it "Yes! Yes! Yes!" with much enthusiasm!!
I had lost 4lb which gave me my 3 stone....at last!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It has been a long time coming (well, about 5 weeks but seemed like forever!) so all of the effort I have put in at the gym this week has been worth it :0)))))
I'm pretty sure I havent been eating enough and now that I have upped my points it would seem to be doing the trick :0))))
I've been to the gym again this morning and had my 2nd supervised training session. Jan, my trainer, has now included alot more upper body resistance equipment. My arms are probably the weakest part of me...apart from my stomach muscles! Talking of them, I'm now pulling 15kg on the Ab machine so that should make a difference fairly soon :0)) I've gotta say, I love the X trainer! I did a couple of extra minutes on there today.. I was working at 100rpm on it but actually find it easier to work at 110. Did step it up to 120 for a short while but reminded myself that baby steps are the way to go....if I do too much and hurt myself then I'll be right up the Swanny without a paddle and that will never do! I managed an extra 5 minutes on the treadmill too and had upped the gradient by another 0.5 to 3.5...doing pretty well just now :0)
Going to have a rest day tomorrow and just stick to walking the dog, now that her leg is getting better she'll be fine to take a turn round the block.
Well, being that it is 20.20 and I still have 9 points left, I best go raid the cupboards!!
Monday, 20 July 2009
It turned out not to be quite as bad as I thought it was going to be so that's that job jobbed!!
I have a couple of photos for you to see if you can see the difference between 2 years ago and now...I was about 3 stone heavier then :0( And had the nerve to wear a bikini...It was in Lanzarote so no one knew me!! At least I have it as a comparison for now :0)
I dont like having my foto taken at the best of times, not least with such little covering, but it's great to see that something is happening. I'm sooooooo impatient and want it all to happen so quickly, but am coming to the conclusion that it just isnt going to happen that way and I will just have to keep working hard!
I have WI tonight and went for my 5th session at the gym this morning....I'm not sure that there will be any kind of result on the scales as I also thing TOTM is looming....oh joy. I WILL NOT, however, get despondant.... I will take some of my own advice and just keep going, everything will catch up....EVENTUALLY :0))))))
Good luck for everyones WI's this week, I hope they are kind to you!
Sunday, 19 July 2009
"On a Sunday???" I hear you cry! Yesindeedie....on a Sunday :0))))))
I worked my considerable butt off...to the extent that the gym supervisor came over to have a chat. I think she thought I was about to have a coronary as my face gets REALLY red when I put in effort to anything! I was working hard on the Xtrainer at the time and although it was hard work talking to her I was pleased to tell her I love to put in as much effort as I can whilst I'm there and want to get as much as I can out of it :0)
Came home to a MASSIVE pile of washing up which is now done and the kitchen is ready for my brunch to be cooked :0))
I'm off to tidy my daughters bedroom...if I'm not back to finish this off later call in the emergency services!!!
Wish me luck :0$
Saturday, 18 July 2009
I've been for my last Colonic treatment of this course. I have not been following the food combining (no protein with high carb/starch..fruit to be eaten alone) that I had been doing (as per Gillian McKeith) and have been just eating 'normally' (!!) .... oh what a mistake it was to think that my poor constitution could keep up with such punishment :0(
My therapist commented that my 'releases' werent as productive as the last visit! She knew almost straight away that things were very different and asked what I had been doing differently. I told her about the lack of combining and she said that it doesnt suit me to not do it and to go back to that way of eating. Cut a long story short, I am seeing her in a fortnight and will be eating 'properly' till then to see if I can rectify the problems I have caused myself.
I have had 2...count em...2 NSV's today!! Both my therapist and my friend commented today that I look much slimmer and had I lost weight??!!! I said no, it's probably my going to the gym. If it's going to have that effect after just 3 visits in 1 week I will be going daily from now on!!
Talking of the gym, I can honestly say I'm loving it!! I think it's because I wasnt given a programme that kills me but it does work me flippin hard. I have my 2nd supervised training session on Tuesday which I'm looking forward to :0) I think we will be introducing some weights into the programme then, so we will have to see what results show from that!
I hope all is well with anyone who chances by this blog, thanks for reading :0)
Friday, 17 July 2009
Long time no see...as usual, I hear you shout!!!
Well, I have lots to report!
The new eating plan is going really well, surprised as I am to say it. It can be a complete pain in the arse sometimes as there isnt much chance of being spontaneous...Planning is the key but life doesnt always allow for that!!! I have relaxed a little on the potato side of things and allow a little as I now go to the gym...more about that later. I have had a couple of nasty episodes involving ice cream and chocolate...I wont be having either of them again :0((
I am going to Ringwood for my last 'treatment' tomorrow and there have been vast improvements in that department! On my first treatment, when the therapist 'shut down' the outlet valve and asked me to to let her know when the pressure was too much I only lasted 5 seconds (it takes approximately nearly a minute to fill the colon completely) so there wasnt much room around there!! On my latest trip, when she closed the valve I managed nearly 50 seconds before I asked her to open it!! WOOOHOOO!! My digestive system must be on the mend! I will be going once a month from tomorrow and do you realise.,..the next course of 5 will finish just before Christmas??!!! Where the hell did the time go??!!
I did my Race For Life on 21st June. I will be doing it again next year and really hope to be able to jog all of the way round. THAT will be a real achievement :0))
This is the 'before' shot
Looking fairly reasonable and ready for the challenge!!
This is the 'after' shot.
Looking pretty knackered, and feeling that way but very proud to have knocked 14 minutes off of last years time by running some of the way!!
I was given an Active in Health prescription by the doctor for our local Sports Centre a little while ago and have finally dragged my considerable ass down there and have had my induction. Jan, the instructor, is lovely and has given me a cardio programme to follow for now.
I do 10 mins on the exercise bike,
5 mins on the 'arm bike' (it kinda has a front crawl motion),
10 mins on the X trainer,
2 x 10 sets on the ab machine then
10 mins on the treadmill.
This doesnt sound much as I do alot of walking anyway but the intensity of these is quite high, I really get out of breath and really really sweaty! I do do more than just the one set on the ab machine as that is the part of me that I hate the most so I'm working hard to change it. I was even at the gym by 07.15 on Wednesday...never thought I'd see the day!!! I went again after work yesterday and I hope to be able to go tomorrow and Sunday. I have weigh in on Monday and have been this --------------- close to getting my 3 stone for about 5 weeks now so I'm hoping that the exercise will be the thing that makes the difference?? I have another appointment with Jan on Tuesday to add in some weights ..... bye bye Bingo Wings too, hopefully?!!!!
I have a new job now...still involves food and the worst part is when the hot baguettes come out....OH MY GOD I cant tell you how ABSOLUTELY bloody fabulous they smell....it's not fair....this wheat free thing really sucks sometimes :0((
Oh well, going to watch the rest of my programme then off to bed...have to get up early (for a Saturday!) and go out with the dog till my pedometer says at least top of 'healthy' range to start the day off right! Obsessed?? Me?? Dont talk silly!!
Sunday, 31 May 2009
As usual it's been a while!! There's been lots of ups and downs (more downs unfortunately, but that's life sometimes) and a radical eating plan change to boot!! I am still with WW and using the points system to keep an eye on portion control but am now implementing alot of Gillian McKeith's menu plans and using her food combining techniques too.
I'm sure you will have read in my past posts how bloated I have been, and that is 99% of the time. Ive suffered digestive problems for more years than I can remember too :0( According to her advice, I have now cut out all wheat and dairy products. I have had a 'swelly belly' for 3 weeks and my WIs were just soul destroying...0.5 off...1lb on...0.5 off... I was just about ready to give up. I then went to my bestest friends house for an impromptu visit. She is now Vegan (I couldnt go quite that far!) but she introduced me to the delights of Houmous (which I never dreamt I'd like) and lent me her G McK books. I havent put them down since and have taken to the food combining in the hope that it will sort out my bloating/gas/bad digestion.
Along with the radical new eating plan my friend suggested having Colonic Hydrotherapy. I'd thought about it in the past but had never 'taken the plunge' so I looked up a clinic and went for it yesterday!! I chose this one http://www.ringwoodhealthclinic.com/
I asked for my treatment to be with the nurse called Jane Burts as she specialises in weight loss and dietary problems and thought I may as well make the most of the money I was spending on my 'Inner Beauty'!!! I had to fill in a questionnaire to clarify what ailments I have and what medications I take and from this she deduced that I should steer clear of dairy products and sugary foods....as well as the wheat! As if that's going to be easy, but if I want to feel better then surely it's going to be worth it??
The treatment itself, altho very peculiar feeling, wasnt at all embarassing/painful/awful. Jane was lovely and treated me with dignity at all times. She explained everything that was happening and answered my 1000,000,000,000, questions about both the new eating plan and the treatment as we went along. Unfortunately, due to a bad journey there and arriving late, I didnt have time for the whole treatment as we needed to do the initial paperwork so as Jane had some idea of what she was treating me for. Jane has advised that because the 'matter' in my insides wasnt put there in a day she wasnt going to be able to get rid of it in a day and has a very good deal on further treatments, so I'm going to have 4 more sessions over the coming weeks :0) She was very reasonable about the payment on this visit and adjusted it accordingly which was brilliant of her as the traffic problems were not her fault :0)) Other advice was to take a herbal remedy to help regulate my 'system' and to take some probiotics to also help and to replace the good bacteria that may have been flushed out. After wondering whether it was the right thing to do, considering where I had been and what had been done... I had a really healthy lunch of chickpea and couscous salads, corn thins (like snack a jacks) and houmous with carrot sticks!! I also got a '9 bar' which is made of mixed nuts and has a carob coating on one side...I'm addicted to them! Even if they are 4.5 points each!!
My friend advised eating little and often, which is something I can quite happily manage! I cannot believe how little I can eat now and feel completely satisfied...I dont know if that's down to what I now eat or whether my appetite is much smaller?? Time will tell, I s'pose :0)
I went shopping this morning and it took me about 1hr 40mins due to reading all of the labels so as to see what I can actually eat (!!!) and managed to find dairy\wheat free custard and chocolate not to mention jammy dodger biscuits...things may not be soooo bad after all!! I'm having mixed fish and butternut squash made into a fish pie tonight. The sauce is made of dairy free cheese and as I'm not to mix fish with starchy vege's the BNS does the trick beautifully :0)) I'll be having baby leaf and herb salad with it and a chocolate flavoured soya dessert for afters...life is looking pretty good just now!! Well, the eating plan is, anyway!!! (its just the bloody kids that need sorting now!!)
I cant wait to see what results of my hard work and planning :0))) ...I'll keep you posted!
Take care and be good,
Tuesday, 19 May 2009
As usual, I've been crap at keeping things going here so Im just going to get on with it!!
I am changing my WI day to a Monday officially from the Bank Holiday.
There has been lots of upheaval here over the last week ... major personal upsets and where I used to comfort eat I have gone completely the other way and dont eat at all. Although I would rather have found this out a different way I see this as a positive outcome! Things are on more of an even keel now so let's hope everything else can get back to normal :0)
I have left a post on the 5+ board saying how windy, bloated and downright bloody awful I have been feeling the last couple of days. I hope I can get rid of this by the time I have my last Thursday WI this week...I feel like a ruddy great BLIMP :0(((((((
I helped out at the Monday meeting yesterday and all of the members and other helpers are lovely so I'm looking forward to being there from next week!
I'm sooooo close to dropping into the next stone bracket and it's driving me nuts that it's staying JUST out of reach....aaaarrrrggggghhhhhh!!!!! My leader suggested that I drop a point now to get me over that hurdle so here's hoping that it will help. I have been moving my arse more this week and even had a go on my daughters scooter on the way home from school this morning!!!
Well my lovlies....here's to onwards and downwards.... :0)))