Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Pee or get off the Pot

I fell off the wagon and regained 4 of my 7 lost lbs (which is actually still 8 lbs less than my highest recorded weight). I blame Christmas and my reaction to Psycho Neighbour and it's taken me some effort to get back in the right mindset and all of your amazing blogs helped me get there. But, today, one particular post really struck me:


Lyn says she's a "symbol of perseverance, tenacity and dedication to a goal". And her post has helped me be, as well.

Monday, 15 November 2010

Friday, 5 November 2010

Seven is a magic number

There are seven wonders of the world, seven deadly sins, seven samurai, the magnificent seven, seven dwarves and....

seven pounds gone from my body.

Yes, I weighed in this morning at 14stone 7lbs. That's half a stone (7 lbs) gone.

Now, I could wait until my official weigh in day on Wednesday, but my MIL is coming this weekend and she's taking us out for a slap up Sunday lunch. Having marked the goal off the list will make me more careful about not overindulging, so I'm taking it!

The other bit of good news is that I was discharged by my physio, last night. I'm firmly on the road to recovery. Pilates and walking will continue to be my main focus, but I'm hoping to start both cycling (indoors, at home, on turbo trainer and new bike!) and swimming soon, but only for the purposes of concentrating on form.

Happy days!

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Weigh in day and spooning...

3 lbs off this week! I'm so chuffed, considering I can't exercise and I still had a couple of glasses of wine at the weekend.

It is entirely possible to be happy, eat great food that you love AND lose weight.

I'm well on target to have lost a stone by Christmas.


Now, on to spooning!

As though signing up for 2 (albeit, mini) triathlons isn't enough incentive to drop bags of weight to make running (not to mention, fitting into my wetsuit. Can you say "Shamu"? Seriously, I have a picture of me in a wetsuit somewhere, I'll find it and post it) much easier, but we've booked our tickets to LA to visit my Dad in May. We're flying with Air New Zealand from London Heathrow on one of their new planes with the SkyCouch! Basically, you buy 2 economy seats and the third for half price. These seats have leg rests that raise all the way up to make a sort of bed. Notice the 2 skinny models in the seats...

Fortunately, my husband is already tiny. He's a keen cyclist and has about minus 5% body fat, but not me. The thought of getting on that plane and not being able to use the bed properly is horrifying to me. Excellent incentive, methinks...

Check these vids out, too:

I've been wondering for years why they couldn't do this as I CANNOT sleep sitting up. I have to get my feet up and balancing your feet on the armrests of the seat in front is both antisocial and impossible to do while unconscious. I've even take a large hard carry on bag to force into the foot space in order to have something to put my feet on. "Hi, I'm the Broken Triathlete and the SkyCouch was my idea...."

Even better, is that you can lift the leg rest on your seat only, which is awesome enough, in case I ever need to travel over there by myself. They also have seat back entertainment and the concept of ordering your food when YOU want it, not when they bring it, all from the touch screen. That has got to save the airline money, in the long run, because at the moment, they have to heat everything up and throw away what doesn't get eaten. But if they can keep what they don't cook, that has to save money AND minimize waste. Good for them AND us. I love it when airlines think outside the box like this and try to win our custom by improving our experience, not by slashing prices (do not get me started on RyanAir. I hate those bastards). Virgin got the ball rolling with seat back entertainment and free toiletries, but they stopped improving.
Anyway, it's many months away, but I'll take loads of photos and let you know what I thought of it all.

If it works, ANZ could be replacing Virgin as my airline of choice (I'm looking at YOU, Richard)...

Saturday, 30 October 2010

I've taken the plunge

I've signed up for two triathlons.

19/06/2011 - Henley Triathlon
02/07/2011 - The Shock Absorber WomenOnly triathlon

They're Novice/fun distances with 2.5k run sections in case I can't run again by then, but I just need to feel like a triathlete again. Having something to train for is such a great motivation and I feel different about myself when I'm preparing for an event. There's a purpose for it all. I'm not just trying to fit into skinny jeans ( a goal that quickly goes out the window when that bloody needle on the scale just. won't. budge!), I'm "in training" *flexes muscles, flashes big cheesy grin*. I don't know why it makes a difference, but it does. Passing up the sticky sweets that I just KNOW my colleague will bring back from Cyprus next week will be so much easier.

I still can't cycle, swim or run, but I CAN lose weight and strengthen my core in preparation. And I can walk. In fact, I'm a crazy walking fool. I walk 3 times a week during the week and 2 long walks at the weekend. Brisk walking, mindful of core and posture. It hurts sometimes, really hurts, particularly the muscles in my upper back but the sciatic pain is almost non existent and I get very little pelvic pain anymore (unless I do something stupid like spend the day slumped over sewing machine, like I did yesterday *shhhhh* ).

My right hip is doing weird things though, like trying to dislocate when I move too quickly, so I must mention that to my physio.

But for today, I'm officially in base training; I'm an athlete again!

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Already beginning to feel different

I weigh every morning. I'm so susceptible to water retention that weighing weeklly just doesn't work for me. I need to know if the 2 lb gain is actually a gain that's crept on all week, or is just some weird fluctuation that will be gone tomorrow.

This morning, I weighed 14s9.2. That's 1.6 lbs off since yesterday! I must be dumping water. I'm not working out enough to burn that kind of fat. I just hope it's not muscle that's going. I've lost enough already. We'll see tomorrow whether it's come back or not!

Why do I weigh myself every day? Well, a few years ago, I tried weight watchers to ditch the post-quitting-smoking weight. On the 3rd week or so, I set off for my meeting, confident of a loss as I'd been good all week, exercised, stayed on plan, the whole deal. I got on the scale and saw the dreaded figures: 2 lb gain! You could have hit me in the face with a brick and I would not have felt more stunned. I didn't really concentrate on the meeting as all I could think about was how it could have happened.

I got home, weighed myself again and, sure enough, the 2 lbs was still there. I felt like giving up and eating everything in the fridge, but I didn't. I held my resolve and moved on.

The next morning, I weighed myself again and somehow, I'd magically lost 6 lbs! I weighed myself again when I got home and had only had an extra 2 lbs. So, I had, in fact LOST 2 lbs that week, but timing and bad luck meant I stood on the scale when I was carrying extra water. So, I resolved to weigh myself daily, twice a day, for a month, to learn more about how my body changes day to day. I also weighed myself before my official weigh in, to ensure I never got caught on the hop like that again.

Two weeks later, I'd watched the weight gradually come off all week, with a few skips and blips, got to weigh in day and, there it was, a 4lb gain again. I knew that couldn't be fat, it just doesn't work that way, so I went to the weigh in, knowing I'd have a gain, but that it wasn't real and it would likely be gone by morning.

I got to the meeting, weighed in, saw the "2lb gain" and the leader asked what I'd done wrong, etc etc. I said that it wasn't a real gain as I weighed myself everyday and this was a 4 lb "blip". She looked at me in horror, told me I MUSN'T weigh myself everyday due to weight fluctuations and how demoralizing it could be. I tried to counter by explaining that that is the whole reason in favour of weighing daily. I asked her, if I didn't weigh myself every day, I would have arrived there, seen the 2 lb gain, and been demoralized after all my hard work, not knowing that it was just water and would be gone tomorrow or the day after and I'd actually lost weight that week.

She stuck to her guns, completely incapable of seeing my argument. I can't help thinking they toe that party line because, if we weighed ourselves at home, why would we need to pay someone else to weigh us?

So, I stopped going and weigh myself at home and lose the weight a healthier way (for me, no franken-food substitutes just because they're lower in points. Fat free yoghurt or 1 cal cooking spray? No thanks!), losing another 10 lbs at home on my own, weighing myself every day.
If you're going to be a slave to the numbers, then at least ensure you're looking at the RIGHT numbers and better understand how they work. If you can live with just seeing progress in the mirror or on the tape measure, then I take my hat off to you! Truly! I wish I had that kind of patience. Sadly, I don't, and the scale, with this much weight to lose, is still my tool of choice in daily motivation. I won't set myself up to fail by leaving it all up to chance.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Weigh in day

After a little weight spike yesterday (up to 14st 12.2!) my "official" weigh in this morning was 14st 10.8! This has also dropped me below 30 BMI. When I was more muscular, I didn't pay much attention to that figure, but I know I've lost a good deal of muscle over the last 2 years of injury, so it's more important to me, for some reason.

Very pleased that I didn't let that little spike get to me and that I stuck to plan yesterday. 3 lbs gone. It's really happening! And, it's been easy because my heart finally matches my head.

I truly want this so it will come.