Quote of the week.

~What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?

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Who am i?

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I'm a wife and a mother of 4. I began my 'journey' at 149+ kilos. 8 weeks ago i finally broke the magical barrier of 130 that had confounded me for so long and weighed in at 129.2. Stupid me though, i self sabotaged again and let family issues close me off to the world and i am now 134.6 again and rareing to do anything it takes to get back into new territory.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

First free day

I woke up this morning, had a scraping of jam on a slice of toast as i had run out of oats and then took myself off to a super session.
I felt very lethargic re; the gym today. It may have something to do with staying up late with the hubby, but although i didn't put in quite as much 'oomph', i got the job done still.
It was the second hand book stall at the school today and for the first time since my eldest started i remembered to go and get her some books. A lot cheaper now that i have 2 at high school. Then i went out for a skinny, spicey chai latte.
By this time i was in the minus 3 hundred and something cals, so it was a good start to have my 'free day'.

It wasn't bad as far as free days go. I stopped counting the cals after the spicey chai, but i hope to 'abuse' my freedom less next Saturday.
Now to keep my willpower in control until then. It's something i haven't really been too forceful with in a while.

There's been a group therapy session in our main thread today, so all in all, i am feeling pretty good with myself.


Edit i don't feel as guilty today because of the mindset of a 'free day'

Have a good one.
Thamlore
Xoxo

Thursday, December 4, 2008

re-learning the old things

So! I'm feeling a little out of control at the moment.
My gym sessions have fallen to 3-4 times a week (instead of 6).....i went today though. Too much crap associated with this time of year, the normal raising a family issues, plus a few mishaps involving my sons fractured arm and metal imbeded in my hubbys eye......well everyone has these times.
My food has been up and down. a couple of days good, then a bad one and lets start all over again.
Then there is reading a few things about regarding losing weight that just get you down sometimes. (no, i'm not talking about any car crashes on CK)

So i've been feeling pretty crappy. Will i ever get there??? you know how it goes.

Today i finished up at the gym when no-one else was about. So i started chatting to the trainer about where i am at, mentally.
She spoke to me about not concentrating on info others are given. All it does is put you in a negative frame of mind.
She told me that doing my workouts 3-4 times a weeks was fine for seeing results, especially as she sees how hard i work. (93 visits.....7 more and i get my name on the wall)
Now here comes the part i already knew, but was not good at practicing.....
Up my 3 meals a day to 5 smaller meals a day. I mean, we all know this but i really struggle to fulfill it.
Now i am not going into the specifics as we all know them, but today it just made sense.
She also brought up the 'naughty day' It was Saturdays for me and she told me to start them up again. This made sense as well.
in the beginning...... well i used to be good all week to have a few 'naughty' things on Saturday. Sometimes i struggled to get back on track for Sunday though and i even found some times when i skidded into Monday. Which is why i stopped doing it.
But now....with no day to look foward to i find that i have less reason to be good - if you know what i mean. So i keep slipping. There is no thought of....not today, wait until Saturday.
I'm going to try this until christmas and see how it goes.

For now my weight keeps bouncing around. Up a kilo or 2, down a kilo or 2. Hence not changing anything for a while
(please help me be good, please help me be good )
Fingers crossed
xoxo
Thamlore

Monday, October 20, 2008

Monday, 20th Oct 2008

Hi fellow bloggers

I know, it's been a while. I am half way into my 6 week challenge and i am doing well, but also struggling.

I've gained about 1.5 kilos since i started and lost 7 cms all over.
So here starts the convo with myself........
"hey, it's gotta be coz your building muscle."
'yeah, but you should be losing, not gaining"
"Plus, you are working those muscles and they need fluid to repair...hence weight gain-water weight gain"
Are you listening.....i should have lost a couple of kilos by now, i'm about 4 kilos behind!"
"You do realise you look like you've lost weight now....i mean, i can even tell"
"lost cm's, not weight!"

And now i have damaged myself. I let those pesky demons stop the wagon for me whilst i hopped off. Bad weekend, and i have another measurement session tomorrow. It's not looking good.
I'm hardly spending any time on CK. RL has kind of gotten busy for a bit. I know that always has me slipping a bit. I think some of my problem is that i CAN start to see a difference, and i get a little "ohhh, one won't hurt -you've done sooooo well"


mojo, come home.......i miss you

Friday, September 19, 2008

Another low point :D

131.4
the lowest i've been in years.

I done 35 sessions at my local contours.....only missing 2 (first sat as i was going to take the weekends off and last sat as i was steam cleaning the carpets).

My fav trainer is giving me a big head. I lost the most cm's last month out of the gym and after a meeting with all the surrounding contours she was gloating as i had lost the most out of the surrounding ones as well.......my success is her success afterall

So i lost 1.4 this week. I'm fine, i'm happy, but i am waiting for the other shoe to drop and the plateau to start....Again. The little yo-yo movement my scales sooooooo love.

The only difference i can see in my shape is that my waist is narrower, but that just makes me feel wider in the hips and butt.
Actually, i do see more bulges, but i attribute that to changing shape. It does throw you for a bit though, it makes me think i have put on weight.

I'm worried i haven't lost any cm's but i have 2 weeks to turn that around. I am trying to prepare myself mentally, like when you first start your 'journey' and you lose the kilos fast!

On other fronts, My house is sparkly. I had a spring clean and cleaned out all the hidey holes (and tupperware cupboard)

I'm tired and aching, yawn my way through gym and fall into bed and pass out. It's just been one of those hectic weeks.

And now for school hols....... Does anyone want to 'borrow' 4 kids????

Sunday, September 7, 2008

The weekends thoughts.

Well i did the supersession on Saturday.....guess which part this idiot glossed all over.
If you guessed super, then you can skip 10 of your sit-ups

I was very sore. I did things i hadn't done before. It was also a good thing that i had completed half the C25K program. We had to keep jogging around the room for 10 mins as a phone call needed to be answered.
I came home and felt like i could sleep for a week. The good thing though is that it only lasted for a few hours.....by the next day there was no residual effects. gone are the days when the most pain kicks in 2 days later.


Sunday.....Happy fathers day to my darling hubby. He even went and mowed my fathers lawn for him(dad is a nightworker so really doesn't get a chance)
I cooked a 3 course meal for him.....i really feel loving towards him today. He even made me brekkie which was ready for as soon as i stepped out of the shower. Nothing for himself. He had the normal fathers day brekkie in bed.



My one main feeling for the day. I feel comforatable in my own skin.
Something that hasn't rung true for me ion years now. I don't know what has done it. Maybe feeling in control of myself.....i am not sure. Last year when i first joined i was losing the kilos easily and i don't even remember feeling it then. Whatever the case..........I Like It

Louise
xoxo


EDIT This is after posting to another member. After measuremts on Friday i was nearly in tears..........WHY? I think it was because i was proud of myself. How weird is it that pride in ourselves produces tears.

Friday, September 5, 2008

1st months progress report.

Not on CK, but at contours.

weight.-2.8kg
Arms-1.5cm
bust--3cm
waist--3cm
hips--2cm
thighs--3cm
So i am feeling mighty fine today Almost saw my happy dolphins, they just swam by in the distance.
I do feel great though. The trainer was laughing as she was taking my measurements as i had happened to say i don't think i had lost any cms. I couldn't see a difference.
I guess this means that when my undies were falling down during workouts, it wasn't because i was always coming across the same pair that had loosened elastic
Because that was what i kept telling myself.
Soooo, i don't see too much of a difference. Just dents. For a while i have noticed a dent on one side of my stomach and felt a dent on the other sides buttcheek. But the last few days have brought to my attention a dent under my belly button which seems to cause a hump above my belly button. Obviously, now that i have hindsight, it's my stomach shape changing and i'll have to get used to it's new shape - for a while


No TGIF for me....no drinkies. I'm hitting the supersession tomorrow so i wont do that on a hangover - and ever since i have been eating a lot healthier i seem to get hangovers ranging from small to headsplitting on even 2 drinks


Thamlore
Xoxo

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

I've lost my happy dolphins :(

Well, i'm still doing contours. I've been everyday they are open since i joined, except the first Sat as i A Didin't think i'd want to and B Thought i'd need the rest.
I had happy dolphins for the first full week, which made it a hell of a lot easier to be good. 2 weeks later and i haven't seen them since. Still going but sometimes i feel blah and am counting down the machines until i am finshed or i really work my arse off and feel some major power and determination flowing through me, but still no happy dolphins.

I have even booked into their super session this week, admittedly after asking if i could madify some moves due to my size as i heard women talking about how hard and scary it is. I was told i would be able to handle it easy from what the have seen when watching me - now that made me feel good for a while.

Are happy dolphins realated to other things? Like if maybe you haven't eaten enough that day - so far, no dolphins.
Or
Feeling some ache in my knee, no dolphins.

I WANT THEM BACK!!!!!

On another note, i wont be doing the 6 week challenge as they are not running it due to being school hols soon. Sorry if i have mentioned this before. I can't remember if i mentioned it in thread or in blog.


Thamlore
Xoxo

Saturday, August 30, 2008

So i did some looking.

Well, i haven't blogged in a week.
I'm peeved off with my results last week. I had a great week food wise and gained 800g.
I went to the gym everyday but i only walked there once as it really annoys my knee (and the knee is the boss )

So i've been angry.
I remembered i ate a few sandwiches this week and had none last week.

And then i went looking.
I checked my ratios for the last week aginst the ratios for the week before.
Last weeks were Carbs..............Prot..............Fat
---------------------------56.3%...........18.6%...........25.1%
The week before.Carbs..............Prot..............Fat
---------------------------52.4%............20.7..............26.9


Fat is around the same but i ate less carbs and more protein last week.
I think it is time to fine tune my ratio and get it around my last weeks one and see if i can have a loss. If it works, then experiment with it for a few more weeks. Otherwise, all i can think of is that my body is really male and it hates me

Thamlore
Xoxo

Friday, August 22, 2008

Doing the happy dance.

1.2 kilos down. I am very pleased. I didn't need any fluid tablets.....i didn't go hungry this week....i upped my water intake, did my gym workouts 6 days and i finally feel this one isn't a fluke and it was earned.

On the downside my knees feel tight and weak...mainly my left one. So the last 2 days i went easy and downgraded a weight on the 2 machines that put pressure on my knees and also kept the rebounder low impact to minimize jarring.

I want to see 132.?? on the scale next week as it will be a CK low for me. Fingers crossed.

To everyone else in CK land. Don't let recent activities get you down. Heads down, bums up and keep focussing on your own goals and achievements and leave the negative Nelly's/Ned's behind. I'm sending out a huge CK land hug

TGIF peoples Bring on the weekend, life is looking grand

Thamlore
Xoxo

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

:( Shhhh

I'm very, very tired. Just feel like curling up in a ball and sleeping the day away.
Unfortunately i have the kids to pick up in 20 mins.....Dance classes to get them to and then cook the fam dinner, Wash school clothes/gym clothes, fight with kids to get them to settle in bed for the night, help eldest with her homework, do the dishes and general end of day tidy up, fed the cat and dog....phew....everything that every housewife/househusband has to do before they can shut down and HEY! Why aren't i skinny yet? (sorry, that last part was a joke )
I've done contours everyday....i wlked to and from yesterday and Monday which added an extra 35 mins each way. My ankles are still making their protestations known and i am walking to dance classes tonight. I didn't walk today as i needed a break but hubby will be working overtime so i'll need to walk tonight. To get my body used to walking though my future plans are to walk every Mon/Wed/Fri and go Tue/Thu/Sat by car. Sat i just want it over and done with as time is busy then with kids wanting to do this and hubby wanting to do that.
I'm going to join the contours 6 week challenge. You get measured every week instead of once a month and a meal plan......that will be tricky, plus they watch over you a bit more and offer you SUPER SESSIONS....AKA......Extra Punishments

Food has been right on target this week, i'm feeling very good but just very tired....oh, said that already. My mind wanders when i get tired. Did i tell you i was tired? Sorry i repeat myself when i am tired! Not funny, i know.

*sigh* Time to put on my shoes and head out the door. The bell rings in 10 mins now. Lucky for me the school is only a 5min brisk walk away.

Sooooo tired

Thamlore
Xoxo

Friday, August 15, 2008

No loss yippee!

Sounds crazy i know but that means no gain either, and being TTOTM and fluid retention and after my first weeks worth of contours workouts and the subsequent gain of fluid in my muscles i am pleased with this.
I've been everyday this week and i am even going tomorrow.
Today i also upped my ab weights by 5 lbs. They weren't getting much of a workout before.
I'm sweating heaps and my face goes that nice beet red colour afterwards but that is dissapating a lot faster now. Before i have finished cooling down my HR is back down to 75 so thats all good.

One thing my mother picked up on....is that when i have had a few coffees i get chatty. Too much energy flowing through me. Now the same happens after a workout

One week down, three weeks to go till i get measured again. I can't wait!

TGIF
Thamlore
Xoxo

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Another blog

Can't think of a title, hence the above.

Well another day another workout! It did feel like that...well at least to start.
I'm 5 for 5 weekdays at contours. Today was supposed to be a day off due to needing to do food shopping and paying bills etc...etc...

My friend who i go with though couldn't make it so it is on for tomorrow so i felt a bit blah getting ready to leave for my workout.
i think it was more of a 'It's supposed to be a day off' thing. I was fine once i hit the bike for the warm up.

I've changed my plans regarding contours anyway. I was going to go, Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri. As previosly said, Wed being shopping. But i have decided to make the most of my dollars and go everyday and hopefully Sat. I'll change my shopping day permanently to Thurs as on that day i'll have to go in the evening and Wed is fully booked with the kids hobbies. Sats will be 7:30, 8 o'clockish so we have the rest of the day to veg or whatever.
I have a trip i have to take in the first few months of next year and for this i am concentrating on losing the cms which is why i figure to make the most of my membership.

I feel like the gym is occiupying most of my thoughts at the moment but i am not going to complain as it is the first time i have had more than a weeks worth of mojo since i snapped my tendon late last year. Never look a gift horse in the mouth ahuh!

I looked in the mirror last night just after stepping out of the shower. I sucked everything in as far as i could and kind of got a mental image of what it would be like to be around the 100kg mark-ish. I may have to do this more often when the motivation wanes.
My muscles feel nicely used and sort of tighter. I keep thinking i should get the tape measure out but i know this is fanciful and i'll wait a couple more weeks yet.
I'm not looking forward to next week.....hubby is back at work then - men....don't they just get under your feet!, so then my plan is to walk to and from the gym which will be about 30mins - 35 each way. Oh...except for Thurs evenings and Sat mornings. I figure i need a medal just for contemplating leaving the house that early

Well, hope hump day treated you well.

Thamlore
Xoxo

Monday, August 11, 2008

I've graduated.

Well that is what they call it.
I no longer need a trainer to help me at the gym. 3 sessions down and i wasn't looking forward to this one. I like their scales though, almost 2 kilos less than mine, which seems to be on par with my old ones but i'll stick to what my new scales say.
She made me feel really comfortable whilst measuring me. It wasn't that scary in the long run.
To my fellow 50k+ ladies.....the trainer liked the term 'happy dolphins'

Well this is just a quick blog and run as i am super busy
Hope you had a fun one.
Xoxo

Friday, August 8, 2008

Happy dolphins are still here

I had my second session at contours.
They had a discussion about me and gave me the trainer called 'the smiling assassin'.
Boy did i hurt. My leg weights were put up by at least 2. My arms by at least 1 and 2 of my leg exerises by 4.
I was feeling it by the afternoon but i feel brilliant.
My last appointment is Mon and like i said previous post i opted for being measured. I hope to see improvement in here by the next month.
I don't think i'll post my measurements but i'll let you know how much i do lose.

I thought i was funny today. I told my trainer i expected to be skinny by the time i walked out the door. For some reason, she wouldn't commit to that! Damn it!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

A Happy Dolphin Day

So i finally plucked up the courage to walk into my local contours gym last week. I made an appointment for today to have my assessment. Got through that all well and good and they were just about to send me on my merry way when i told them i would like to sign up right then and there.
I didn't quite have the right money so i made an appointment for my first session later on in the day and this afternoon i went in and paind.....and had my first session. For the first 3 sessions, you get trained by one of the lovely ladies so you learn how to use the machines correctly.
My lovely trainer put me through my paces - first circuit just learning the machines and second circuit doing the rebound bits as well - just a little cardio. Halfway through my second circuit i had a heart rate check and the woman realised she hadn't been working me enough! That was great to hear. The beginners levels and cardio and i was more advance than that! I would say i didn't even break into a sweat but that would be a lie. I'm one of THOSE people who sweat easily, but my heart rate wasn't elevated enough. I got through it all and even made appointments for my next 2 'trained' sessions. Tomorrow and Monday.
I was asked if i wanted to take advantage of them measuring me and after admitting i found that horrifying, i agreed. Whatever keeps me moving (losing?) right?
So, my 'happy dolphins' are here. The only thing i feel is a slight heaviness in my muscles. Hopefully i pull up well as my session is for the morning tomorrow. I'm looking forward to it.
Have a good one
Thamlore
Xoxo

Saturday, July 12, 2008

A bushwalking rehash

Hmmmm, i wonder how silly i am about to be.

1 year and a month ago i tried a huge hike. And i was buggered. See link if interested.

http://www.calorieking.com.au/blogs/index.php?member=thamlore&year=2007&month=06&day=09

Well i am about to try it again. I don't think there will be much difference as i have slacked off with exercising and mostly stick to walking all the time. I am still babying my spark and thought maybe rehashing something from a year ago may help ignite that little sucker into a full blown fire.

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Ummm, we are back. I think!. After the first 10 mins i started to panic and worried that i had made a mistake....de ja vu??? I thought i would be lucky to shave 10 mins off. Then i remembered the 2 hours 10 thing didn't include the rest breaks and photo ops etc. So i hoped to be between 2 hrs to 2 hours 10 with out resting. Remember it is a 2hour ther and back recommendation.

Well....the stairs killed me just as much as they did the first time. There are two huge sets. You go down them on the way there which of course means up on the way back. The first set - on the way back was bad enough and i had slight pauses and cursed my stupidity. The second set was massive and i was starting to panic. Many pauses in the first half of them and then i just told myself i hated this person i was...who can't even manage huge steep steps and i needed to do this for the plane. So with every right step i kept repeating, the plane, the plane, the plane and i managed to finish the second half off with only 2 pauses. ( now when i say steps, think.....huge bloody shelves that take 2 steps between each layer and standing on 1 layer has the next layer to your knee. There are some smaller ones whis only reach mid calf length though) And i thought i would have handled it so much better as for almost a year now i have stopped taking the elevator and used only stairs or escalators - which i walk up and don't remain still on) But i digress.
So we made it over many mountains - though after i had cleared both steps we stopped for a drinks break. 3 mins there.
And the brilliant news!!!!
1 hour and 33 mins there and back! If i take off the drinks break like i did first time round we shaved 40 mins off last time. No wonder i felt it a little earlier, we were going all out. And what is even better. I wasn't strolling along as i shaved 30 mins of the recommended time even.
So, without anything else. That is a true test of fitness and i DID win.
Now please....can someone carry me to my bed?????


BTW.....my children don't normally like so artisitic. LOL
Check out the waves behind them, they were HUGE.
Xoxo

Thamlore

Friday, July 11, 2008

A positive exercise.

What a fast week. We went for another family BBQ yesterday. It has been quite a cheap holiday period because most of the things we have done are activity orientated instead of the movies etc... They love walking down to the main town and i love the fact that they go to sleep early. Actually i went to bed early as well, and it wasn't long before i fell asleep.
Weigh in day....1.4kg down. I'm 1 kilo off where i will start celebrating again. Although my lowest was in the 133 region that was after taking a fluid tablet, which can dehydrate you a little, and i haven't had one since then so i think this is more of a true reading this time.

it has been a clean up day today. Sorting through bedrooms and stuff. We want a lazy weekend before school starts again. Only a couple of months and i lose 3 out of 4 children for 3 days when they all go on exactly the same camp. Boy wont it be quiet then. And although i don't mind being child free for a few hours, i think losing them for 3 days will be quite tough.

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Tip 34 Motivation and mindset.
Know why you want to lose weight

It may seem obvious, but it really helps to have a clear understanding of the reasons why you want to shed body fat. You will have a better chance Of achieving your goals if you are truely convinced of the benefits that your new behaviours will bring. This can help to inspire you and keep you on track during times of doubt. Some of the more common positive reasons that people want to lose weight include improving your health, buy new clothes, or fit back into old clothes, improve your appearance, feel more confident, improve your fitness level or to sleep better.
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Now it suggests writing down 2 reasons, which funnily enough is sort of on a theme with what some people have doing in the 50kg+ group.

I am going to put down 2 aesthetic reasons and 2 fundamental reasons.

1> I want to be able to wear a killer pair of midlength boots.
2> I have started to covet some clothes i see out and about and even though i have only lost a small amount of weight i have experimented with layering - which is something i never used to do, and would like to take this further.


1> There are active things i want to participate in....riverrafting, indoor rock climbing etc...
2> i will have to take a plane trip early next year (my first) and i don't want to require a seat belt extender or 'spill over' into someone elses seat.

These reasons are not inclusive of the normal, want to fix my self confidence problems.

Well, i hope everyone has a great, lazy end of school holiday weekend
Edit: I got home from dropping off my son at a friends house to find that, what i was going to cook for dinner has just about been finished off by my daughter. She cooked dinner last night so it was a nice surprise. She is really into cooking at the moment.

And another part on the aesthetic reason for losing weight. I have just been sent an email with sleeping arrangements for my daughters trip next year. I didn't even think about it but i guess i would've assumed i would be lodging with my daughter.....ahhhh no! I have to room with someone elses mum More of a reason huh!

Thamlore
Xoxo

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Tuesday, 8th Jul 2008

Well the end of another day. Yesterday wasn't terribly good. I started the day off great, brekkie and logging into here. But i couldn't make it back on and i couldn't stop eating. I'm sure it isn't TTOTM as i have recently had it. Maybe because i was paying less attention to my food- not logging it in, i just didn't focus properly. My eldest has searched through Annette Syms books and is planning on making something for tea tomorrow. Lucky i have shopping to do tomorrow. Well that's all for today. A bit boring really.

Night all



tip 33 - Move more
If you walk for weight loss, follow these five steps,/i.

If you had to pick one activity that is best for weight loss, and suits the majority of people, walking is a clear stand out. It's an easy, accessible and enjoyable way to lose weight, get fit, reduce stress and boost your energy levels. It can be done almost anywhere, anytime, by anyone, and best of all - it's free. But walking is actually a very easy, efficient activity for your body, and doesn't burn a lot of cals, especially if you just cruise along. Studies have shown that up to 94% of walkers don't walk frequently enough or fast enough to gain health benefits.

Here are 5 key strategies that can help you make walking a more effective, fat-burning exercise.
*Walk fast Speed matters. People who maintain a faster pace while walking will burn more cals and get better results. Try to swing your arms, and walk as if you are 5 mins late.

* Walk long When you are starting out, any walking is ideal. But after a month or two, longer walks will bring you better results. Aim for around 3-4 hours of walking every 7 days.

*Walk often Aim for 4-7 days a week, depending on how fast and for how long you walk. Try not to miss 2 days in a row.

*Step it up as you get fitter The more you walk, the more efficient your body gets at moving around. To keep burning more and more cals, up the duration, intensity or frequency of your walks as your fitness improves.

*Mix it up Add variety to your routine by walking on different surfaces....grass, sand, hills.... at different times of the day, for different durations, at different intensities(interval training is a must) or intersperse some bodyweight exercises - push ups, lunges, along the way.

Xoxo

Friday, July 4, 2008

Hooo Hum

nothing important to mention.

lost 800gms


on to the tip.

tip 32 - Good food

Be patient with your tastebuds, train them well

When you first cut back with sugar, salt or fat, your taste buds may not appreciate it. They expect the flavours and textures of foods to come in contact with most often. But your taste buds renew themselves every few weeks. Think of someone you know who has cut out sugar from their tea. It's generally tough for the first few weeks, but then it gets easier and after a while they can enjoy tea without the sugar. The same applies to cutting back on fat, such as switching from full fat milk to skim milk or using less butter on your toast.

Give yourself a month for your tastebuds to adjust to a different way of eating. Stay patient, use more herbs and spices to add flavour and train your tastebuds to enjoy healthier eating.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Fueling my inner fire.

Hello fellow members..........I feel like an old women today. After a long walk down to the towns main park to take the kids for a BBQ - i know....so not the weather, plus a wander around town and then the long trek back my ankles are voicing their opinion. I'm not buggered anywhere else, and as i have known for a while now i no longer breath heavily with exertion anymore. Just this lingering thing. Though that is to be expected. The kids had fun though, a day out on the cheap....no harm to the planet, quality time and they'll be looking a bed time more favourably tonight i'd imagine. Hmmmmm, maybe wishful thinking though.

I read a post today that upset me......Not the post itself or the poster....postee? but anyways.

fewer that 5% of people like us manage to lose weight without surgical intervention (Australian Institute of Health & Welfare,2008) and a huge percentage die prematurely from weight related morbidity including stroke, diabetes & heart failure . Of those who do lose some weight , most regain all of it ,and occasionally some more, within 2 years.

I have heard something to this effect before and reading this today, after so recently taking my precarious seat apon the weightloss wagon, made me feel very down. Well it did before. Now i am fiercely determined that i will be that 5%. After all, why can't i. If i look back at my life i see 2 patterns. I'm not very good at finishing what i start - hence my children being so happy about leaving their shelf for a bit, sorry bad humor, i don't mean the serious things, but that on the other hand, if i really put my mind to anything....and focus - which can be hard, then i can do whatever i want to. I really, truely believe this. I CAN BE THE 5%, I WILL BE THE 5%!!!!!!!!
I may not be the best at everything i have set my mind too but i haven't done too badly at all.
Now to keep the flames burning till i find the next thing to fuel my fire.

BB after to put in the tip. Just had to get this down now.

Tip 31 - Motivation and mindset.

Have a plan to overcome the barriers that are holding you back

The barriers that stop people from losing weight are often learned and habitual. Being able to see those barriers is an important step in addressing them. When you have a better understanding of the habits and attitudes that are holding you back, you'll be in the best position to make a plan to do something about them.
Whatever your barriers are, there are some problem solving strategies that can help you address, replace or rmove them.

*Anticipate - Think about the situations or surroundings where your barriers arise. What can you do to prevent them from occurring? For eg; If you drink too much socially, you can offer to drive.

*Break it down into smaller chunks - Some barriers are simply too big to break down all at once, like emotional eating. Start to manage the process bit by bit and it becomes more achievable. For eg:, start by looking at how to deal with stress in other ways and once you make some progress, look at limiting the junk foods you have in the house.

*Turn it to your advantage - A little creativity can turn your barriers into supporters. For eg: If you watch too much t.v, use your time constructively and buy a treadmill so you can workout at the same time.

*Give yourself time - These barriers may have been with you for a while, like eating large portions at night. Try to whittle down your portion size gradually instead of making drastic changes you can't stick to.

P.S. I have also figured out why my ankles are so sore.....we were out for over 4 hours today and all but 20-30 mins we were on our feet and at least 2 and a half of them had us walking. Phew.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Still here

Another day.
Eaten fine, just got back from a 30 min walk with 2 of my kids. It's bitterly cold out there. I haven't done much interval training in home today as i have been looking after another child and it is bad enough looking like a fool in front of my own kids, let alone someone elses.
Tomorrow i am going to have a salad for dinner as we are going to an all you can eat place for lunch. It's for my sons b'day.
Day 2 of the hols and the kids bedrooms look like the local tip. Clothes are strewn everywhere - costume changes for....tada, sing star comps. They are on a break right now as i have complained that my ears are bleeding.
BRB....time to play referee.

Back now. Hubby has made me a steamfresh microwave meal. Tuesdays are normally catch and kill night and i found these light microwave meals at Westernfresh meats in Karingal. 2 for $4. They have many great deals. Might go there again this weekend. Cheap, cheap meats and veg too.

See you tomorrow blog.

Tip 30 - move more
Don't be embarrassed to exercise
Do you hate the thought of exercising in public? Embarassment is recognised as one of the main reasons people avaoid physical activity. It can stem from a fear of looking silly, or negative experiences from the past that foster a negative attitude towards exercise. Some of this fear of embarassment is associated with gyms, where pepole feel uncomfortable in that enviroment or intimidated by being around people who are in good shape. Other reasons may be that people feel too old or unskilled to operate equipment, lack co-ordination for classes and some fear they'll destroy equipment. This becomes a vicious cycle, where the people who need to exercise more are the ones feeling uncomfortable doing it. But you dont have to join a gym. You do however, have to be active if you are serious about losing body fat.

It is important to feel relaxed and comfortable when you exercise. If you feel embarrassed in public, look at ways you can exercise at home. Get some fitness equiptment or an instructional dvd, or even try walking at night. As your fitness improves and you lose weight, your confidence will grow and any embarrassment will be less of an issue.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Confession time.

Forgive me CK for i have sinned. It has been 18 days since my last confession. And in that time i have put on.*gasp* 2.8kg
I can't even say i got lost. I just gave up. It has been coming on for a while. I'd put on some grammage, then lose, then gain. I wasn't logging it in or changing my sig. Today i changed it all. I feel like i did the first day....jumping out of the closet with my dirty little secret. Also like my first day, i don't have a fire burning yet, just a small spark.
I've logged all my cals so far and although i am getting my exercise done, i am not being complicated with it. Just aiming for my 10,000 steps. By way of interval training. Normal walking steps wont count. I'm just breaking it down over the course of the day and making sure i get them done. It's been a lazy day otherwise. 2 of my kids have mild tonsilitis (Spellcheck). House is warm, doonas galore over the lounge. Dinner is already prepared, Chicken breast and veg ready for the steamer. I'm making my own garlic and herb butter as well. Light marg - bexlight from aldi, with a little crushed garlic and some dried herbs. Melt it in the microwave and pour over steamed pot, pumpkin and carrot.
Well nothing else to say. I'm p***ed off at myself for letting go for a while. I have things to do and goals to meet and i am no closer than the start of the year. Well, 1.6kg but that doesn't do me diddly squat.

Tip 29 - good food
To cut back on fat, find out where it comes from

Cutting down on fat is one of the most effective ways to reduce your cal intake and accelerate weight loss. Dietary fat usually comes from 3 main sources.

*Fats occuring naturally in food - meats, nuts, butter, cheese, whole milk, yoghurt and avocado. To help reduce fat we can trim visible fat from meats and choose low fat dairy products.

*Fats you add during cooking - butter, cooking oils, eggs, salad dressings and cream. To help reduce fat we can cut back or substitute healthier ingredients.

*Fats manufactured with foods - cakes, biscuits, snack foods, pastry and chocolate. To help reduce fat we can cut back as much as possible and look for low fat alternatives.


Still here

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Tip 27 & 28

Tip 27 - Move more

Do more incidental movement

Can you believe that lots of little bits of movement throughout the day can burn cals and actually help you lose weight? While it isn't as effective as structured exercise, any extra activity helps; and it doesn't have to be vigorous. Random acts of movement are a good way to counteract deskwork, inactive leisure time and labout saving technology that has dramatically reduced the amount of cals we use everyday.

Look for ways to incorperate more movement into your lifestyle, and not for ways to avoid it.
* When you can, walk instead of using the car.
* Use the stairs instead of lifts or elevators.
* Get off public transport before your stop and walk the rest of the way.
* Park your car some distance from you destination and walk.
* Walk to the next office instead of phoning or emailing.
*Go for a short walk during lunch.

The one about parking your car further away is something i use alot. When i go to the supermarket i park in the far corner. Much easier to get a park and i have to walk a bit more. It's amazing now how much i notice the people idling near the fron car parks waiting for someone to vacate.

Tip 28- Motivation and mindset.
Identify barriers to your success.

Why can't you lose weight???? What is holding you back from getting results???Here are some of the more common limiting factors or underlying barriers to fat and weight loss.

* drinking to much alcohol or other empty cals.
* Eating too much takeaway food.
* Eating large portion sizes....especially at night.
* Excessive T.V viewing.
* Lack of exercise and physical activity.
* Overeating due to stress or emotional issues.
* eating too many processed carbs.

As long as these barriers remain unidentified they will continue to stop you from getting results. Think about your lifestyle and your diet. Honestly evaluate yourself. Ask yourself what's working and what's not. Do you have problem areas that are holding you back? What 3 changes could you make that would make the biggest differences to your health? Think about your answers and you'll discover what limiting factors are stopping you from losing weight. Hopefully, it will then become clear what you need to change.

Hmmmm, food for thought. Some of those points are problems for me

A bushwalking rehash

Hmmmm, i wonder how silly i am about to be.

1 year and a month ago i tried a huge hike. And i was buggered. See link if interested.

http://www.calorieking.com.au/blogs/index.php?member=thamlore&year=2007&month=06&day=09

Well i am about to try it again. I don't think there will be much difference as i have slacked off with exercising and mostly stick to walking all the time. I am still babying my spark and thought maybe rehashing something from a year ago may help ignite that little sucker into a full blown fire.

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Ummm, we are back. I think!. After the first 10 mins i started to panic and worried that i had made a mistake....de ja vu??? I thought i would be lucky to shave 10 mins off. Then i remembered the 2 hours 10 thing didn't include the rest breaks and photo ops etc. So i hoped to be between 2 hrs to 2 hours 10 with out resting. Remember it is a 2hour ther and back recommendation.

Well....the stairs killed me just as much as they did the first time. There are two huge sets. You go down them on the way there which of course means up on the way back. The first set - on the way back was bad enough and i had slight pauses and cursed my stupidity. The second set was massive and i was starting to panic. Many pauses in the first half of them and then i just told myself i hated this person i was...who can't even manage huge steep steps and i needed to do this for the plane. So with every right step i kept repeating, the plane, the plane, the plane and i managed to finish the second half off with only 2 pauses. ( now when i say steps, think.....huge bloody shelves that take 2 steps between each layer and standing on 1 layer has the next layer to your knee. There are some smaller ones whis only reach mid calf length though) And i thought i would have handled it so much better as for almost a year now i have stopped taking the elevator and used only stairs or escalators - which i walk up and don't remain still on) But i digress.
So we made it over many mountains - though after i had cleared both steps we stopped for a drinks break. 3 mins there.
And the brilliant news!!!!
1 hour and 33 mins there and back! If i take off the drinks break like i did first time round we shaved 40 mins off last time. No wonder i felt it a little earlier, we were going all out. And what is even better. I wasn't strolling along as i shaved 30 mins of the recommended time even.
So, without anything else. That is a true test of fitness and i DID win.
Now please....can someone carry me to my bed?????


BTW.....my children don't normally like so artisitic. LOL
Check out the waves behind them, they were HUGE.
Xoxo

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

A positive exercise.

What a fast week. We went for another family BBQ yesterday. It has been quite a cheap holiday period because most of the things we have done are activity orientated instead of the movies etc... They love walking down to the main town and i love the fact that they go to sleep early. Actually i went to bed early as well, and it wasn't long before i fell asleep.
Weigh in day....1.4kg down. I'm 1 kilo off where i will start celebrating again. Although my lowest was in the 133 region that was after taking a fluid tablet, which can dehydrate you a little, and i haven't had one since then so i think this is more of a true reading this time.

it has been a clean up day today. Sorting through bedrooms and stuff. We want a lazy weekend before school starts again. Only a couple of months and i lose 3 out of 4 children for 3 days when they all go on exactly the same camp. Boy wont it be quiet then. And although i don't mind being child free for a few hours, i think losing them for 3 days will be quite tough.

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Tip 34 Motivation and mindset.
Know why you want to lose weight

It may seem obvious, but it really helps to have a clear understanding of the reasons why you want to shed body fat. You will have a better chance Of achieving your goals if you are truely convinced of the benefits that your new behaviours will bring. This can help to inspire you and keep you on track during times of doubt. Some of the more common positive reasons that people want to lose weight include improving your health, buy new clothes, or fit back into old clothes, improve your appearance, feel more confident, improve your fitness level or to sleep better.
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Now it suggests writing down 2 reasons, which funnily enough is sort of on a theme with what some people have doing in the 50kg+ group.

I am going to put down 2 aesthetic reasons and 2 fundamental reasons.

1> I want to be able to wear a killer pair of midlength boots.
2> I have started to covet some clothes i see out and about and even though i have only lost a small amount of weight i have experimented with layering - which is something i never used to do, and would like to take this further.


1> There are active things i want to participate in....riverrafting, indoor rock climbing etc...
2> i will have to take a plane trip early next year (my first) and i don't want to require a seat belt extender or 'spill over' into someone elses seat.

These reasons are not inclusive of the normal, want to fix my self confidence problems.

Well, i hope everyone has a great, lazy end of school holiday weekend
Edit: I got home from dropping off my son at a friends house to find that, what i was going to cook for dinner has just about been finished off by my daughter. She cooked dinner last night so it was a nice surprise. She is really into cooking at the moment.

And another part on the aesthetic reason for losing weight. I have just been sent an email with sleeping arrangements for my daughters trip next year. I didn't even think about it but i guess i would've assumed i would be lodging with my daughter.....ahhhh no! I have to room with someone elses mum More of a reason huh!

Thamlore
Xoxo

Monday, June 9, 2008

Tips 25 & 26.

tip 25 - Motivation and mindset.

Check to see if excess body fat is affecting your health

How's your waist measurement? What was your waist circumference from day 19? If your waist measurement is too large, your current level of body fat is placing your heart at risk. Excess fat stored around your stomach can point towards heart disease, and has been closely linked with breast cancer and insulin resistance in woman and colon cancer and diabetes in men. Abdominal fat can also be a major cause of snoring and high blood pressure.
For women.......low is less than 80cm.....Medium is 80-90cms and........high is over 91 cms.
For men...........low is less than 90cm.....Meduim is 90-100cm and........high is over 101cms.

A measurement of more than 90cms in men and 80cms in women more than doubles your chances of having one or more of the risk factors for heart disease.


tip 26 good food.
Know which fat is which

All fats are not created equal. While all types are high in cals and should be eaten in moderation for weight loss, some types are better for your health than others. The three main types of dietary fat found in foods are saturated, polyunsaturated and mono-unsaturated. Mono-unsaturated fats provide the best protection against heart disease. Saturated fats are considered the dietary bad guy because if there negative effects on your blood cholesterol levels. Polyunsaturated fats tend to have a neutral effect on your cholesterol, except for foods containg processed polyunsaturated fats called trans fats. Trans fats are just as harmful to your health as sat fats and are common in margarine and fast foods.
Try to get most of your fats from Mono-unsaturated fats and unprocessed polyunsaturated fats. Minimse your intake of sat fats and trans fats.

Monos include.....Olive oil, peanuts, peanut oil, canola oil, avocado, oily fish(salmon, tuna), macadamia oil,and lean meats.

Polys include.....Safflower, sunflower, corn, seasame, soybean and grape seed oils, margarine, fish, shellfish, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, walnuts, brazil nuts and pine nuts.

Sats include......Butter, cheese, beef and chicken fat, palm oil, cakes, vegetable shortening, pastries, coconut ream, chocolate, hydrogenated vegetable oil, carob and copha.


I like the fats list. Although i thought i knew most of it anyways it is just good to go over.


ALSO, i can tell that for some reason my last 2 tips that were done on Friday haven't gone through. Must've been one of those times it ate my post so i'll fix that up tomorrow

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Tips 23 & 24

23 - Good food

Calculate your daily fat needs, and keep to your fat budget


When you are trying to improve the way you eat, it's helpful to know how much fat you should be having. Cutting back on fat will help to reduce you calorie intake, however, the amount of fat you need varies depending on your gender, your health goals and your activity levels. You wont have to cont fat grams forever, but it does pay to be aware of how much fat is in the foods you do eat regularly.


Now fat grams are something i have always been aware of. Right from the time i first started to seriously lose weight using the fats and figures books. I managed to lose 15 kilos.....deja vu much????


24 - Move more.
Set a benchmark, and test your cardiovascular fitness

To get anywhere, you need to know your starting place. When it comes to starting an exercise program for weight loss, that means giving yourself a basic fitness assessment. Improved cardio fitness will improve your ability to burn fat.
One of the easiest tests you can do is a timed walk or run over a set distance. You can use a treadmill or map out a set course by using an odometer. Aim for a distance of 3-5kms depending on your level of fitness. The main thing is that this distance or course needs to be repeated in the future. Once you have completed the course, cool down and record your results somewhere. They'll be needed at a later date.

I used to watch a show on foxtel and they did a set course and then repeated it agin 6 months later to see how far he'she had come. They also did a step bit where the step came halfway up their shin and they had to see how many steps....placing both feet fully on the top, then both coming down.....they could do in 2 mins. I think average was either 60 or 66 in the 2 mins. That was supposed to mean you were of av fitness. Most of the unfit people only managed low 30's and i was surprised that at that point.....and i had been exercising for a few months by then, that my first try was early 50's. For my size i thought that was great. I didn't get round to trying again I've slacked off a bit so once i get up and going again i'll have to retry.

Tip 21-

Tip 21 Don't change your diet without exercising

If you go on a diet, or cut back your calorie intake without being physically active, you actually make it harder for yourself to achieve results. Consider these facts:-
* You will be less likely to burn off fat as a furel source.
* Your metabolic rate will slow down.
* Your body will be more likely to store fat after the diet.
* Any weight lost without exercise is virtually guaranteed to return within 12 months.

Combining regular exercise and healthy eating is the best way to burn dietary fat, and remove existing stores of body fat. This was shown in a recent 13 week study comparing 2 groups of cyclists. Both groups exercised twice a week, but 1 group cut out 800 kjs (sorry for the swap there but my brain doesn't want to do the maths ) with extra exercise. Both groups lost similar amounts of visceral (internal) fat, but the extra exercise group lost more subcutaneuous fat. This type of fat is just beneath the skin, making your arms, legs and tubby look flabby. It appears that more weight can be lost by increasing your activity levels rather than by cutting cals.
Exercise also halps maintain muscle tissue. Food changes on their own are much less effective than combining healthy eating with regular exercise.

Tip 22 The 3 week stocktake. Have you made any new habits yet?

You are now into your third week of your personal program. How are you going? Have you adopted any new behaviours yet? Have you modified or cut out any habits that were holding you back? Research has shown that any action repeated for a minimum of 21 days is more likely to become a permanent change!
Why not identify one thing you could do every day for the next 21 days that will accelerate your results. Call this the 21 day challenge. It might be to cut out alcohol, eat less chocolate, plan your meals or exercise everyday. Whatever you choose, plan for yourself a non food related reward when you make the 21 days.


Firstly.... Tip 21..... I knew how important exercise was but point 3 & 4 are very thought provoking. Why???? I am not the exercise machine i was when i started. I remember around Oct/Nov/Dec last year when i felt like a machine and then proceeded to only put on weight most of the time and spent those months - plus a few more after, taking off anf putting on the same couple of kilos. Maybe tip 16 has something to do with that though. Although it wasn't my first few weeks it was me starting to burn 600-1,000 cals per day everyday. I am also now scared about going so hard as i worry about regain plus i felt so tired after that period i hardly exercised at all.

Tip 22.....I think i will make up a 21 day challenge. To start on Monday. Maybe 30 mins of any exercise DVD per day for 21 days. Let me think on this over the weekend and get back to you bloggy my boy. Now i need a reminder.....

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Tip 19 - Motivation and mindset, tip 20 - good food

19 Use a tape measure, not the scales to track your progress

A little extra weight, as long as it is through better hydration or increased muscle density, can help you lose body fat which unfortunately is shown as a gain on the scales.....but not on the tape. In the first 4-12 weeks of commencing an exercise program, you'll experience the fastest and most dramatic improvements in muscle density. Your muscles don't get bigger but they weigh more as they store glucose to fuel your new activity. So use a tape measure to track your progress.


.....Sounds sane to me

20 You don't have to count cals but be aware

Let's face it, counting cals isn't anyones idea of a good time (Side note....that's why i love CK as it counts them for you ) Even if you don't want to count cals it is important to cut back on them. So to cut back you need to be aware of what is high and what is not.

Start by getting to know the rough cal content of the foods you eat regularly. You don't have to calculate exactly how many you've eaten everyday but try to eat mostly foods with a lower cal count. Plus use nutrition tables on the labels to help choose the lighter options......

I'm not going to type in the rest as it just mentions portion control and common sense. I'm not sure about this one, i prefer to count cals at the moment which is probably the same of most members here at Ck but i do agree the above paragraph comes in handy for the times we have small breaks....due to hols, chaotic times and general just need a break to stay sane plus when we begin - hopefully, maintaining. There again, the counting cals now is what helps us become aware of what is in our fav foods for said times.

Have a good one.

P.S Do you know how much easier i am finding it to drink water at the moment. The funny thing is i am now 1 year and a few weeks old in CK years and everything was soooo easy to start with. Then summer came and i found it hard to drink my water quota. I just didn't want it. Now with the cold weather again i am drinking it easy. Weird

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Tip 17 Good food & tip 18 Move more

17 - Understand that all cals are not created equal

These tips have encouraged you to eat fewer cals, but it's not just the number of cals you eat, it is also where they come from. There are four different ways you can consume cals.....
1> Fat - which has approx 9 cals per gram
2> Alcohol - which has approx cals per gram
3> Carbohydrates - which have approx 4 cals per gram
4> Protein - which has approx 4 cals per gram as well.

People don't eat cals, they eat food. But it helps to know that fat is the most calorie dense food, containing more than double the content of carbs and protein. Fat cals also have the greatest capacity for storage because the body is very effective at converting dietary fat into body fat. In comparison, it's much harder for your body to convert excess protein and carbs into bady fat. Your body can't convert alcohol into fat, but it must be used for fuel first, making the cals you consume with alcohol much more likely to be stored. So watch your alcohol intake, and focus on low fat protein and quality carbs that give you max fullness per cal.


Hmmm, i have always known that alcohol whilst watching your nutrition is bad but i never really knew the specifics.
Will it stop my alcohol intake????? I don't think so but i think i will cut out the occasional on a quiet weekend drinks. It's different if i am out and about, and i am not a snacker when i drink so i thought that made it better as i know it causes snacking. Now i know that isn't the only drawback though

18 Make sure your exercise program is the right FITT

When you exercise to achieve weight and fat loss, it is important to follow a few basic guidelines. These guidelines vary depending on what you hope to achieve. For example: your exercise strategy to achieve fat loss will be different to the exercise factors you'll need to manipulate to increase aerobic fitness or muscle toning. To achieve results you'll need to juggle the four components of exercise that make the acronym FITT:
* Frequency - the amount of times you exercise in a week - long period
* Intensity - a measure of how hard you need to exercise to make sure that your exercise is effective; some measures include heart rate and breathing rate, and these may vary during an exercise session
* Time - the duration of your activity
* Type - the type of activity that is most likely to be beneficial


So......for weight and fat loss

* F requency ----- approx 5-7 times per week
* I ntensity ----- Light to mod, light huffing and puffing, 50-65% of Max HR for beginners
65-85% for the more advanced. Also good to vary intensity with intervals.
* T ime ----- 30-60 mins. This can be accumulated over the day.
* T ype ----- Rhythmic, continuos movements that involve large muscle groups, like walking and jogging.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Tip 15 & 16.Move more & Motivation and mindset

Firstly....before i go on. I'm needing to do 2 tips for a while. Last week i feel like i hit rock bottom. It was a big struggle last week and i came very close to quitting. But here i am picking myself up from the floor and i have some work to catch up on. Moving on......

15 Don't be discouraged by a little muscle soreness

Exercise can trigger a feeling of pain and stiffness in your muscles the day after your activity. Its scientific name is delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) because the pain usually appears 24-48 hours after the activity. It happens because physical activity causes microscopic ruptures in your muscles and surrounding tissues. It's nothing to worry about, but the muscles need a few days to repair, and the pain will gradually dissipate. Expect a little soreness from your first 4-6 workouts.


16Don't be disappointed if you gain a little weight when you start out

This might sound like bad news, but it is actually good news. When you begin to change your lifestyle it's normal to gain 1 -2 kilos of muscle. You might even gain a fraction more if you are just starting to perform resistance training (weights) for the first time, or if you haven't done it for a while. Your inactive muscles don't know what's hit them, as they try to load up with water and extra glucose to prepare themselves for this new exercise routine. If you use the scales to measure your success, you might feel disheartened because there is no change in your weight when, in fact, you are going great. Gaining muscle doesn't make you bigger---just firmer and heavier. It means you are getting stronger and fitter and that's certainly not something to feel bad about.

Firstly....tip 15, common knowledge.

Tip 16......No one wants to hear they are going to gain from doing the right thing. I think this part has derailed me more than once.

I'm off for a bike ride. I hope i don't freeze to the seat.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Tip 14 - Good food.

Cut back your cal intake gradually

When you cut back your cal intake, one unfortunate side effect is that your metabolic rate will slow down. Your body realises that less fuel is coming in, so it makes a few adjustments to conserve calories. This is sometimes referred to as survival mode, as your body uses its own defence mechanisim against starvation. While you can't prevent this response you can actively minimize it, and keep your metabolism firing along. Try to reduce your cal intake in small steps instead of making massive changes. Studies show that a dramatic cut in cals can reduce your metabolic rate by as much as 45% compared to as little as 10% with a more gradual restriction.
A gradual reduction encourages your body to use up its fat stores. A dramatic reduction forces the body to break down some muscle protein to make up the deficit, and slows down your metabolism. Try to cut back a little bit more each week over 1-2 months. It's also important to note that physical activity can also help to minimize that drop in your metabolic rate when you reduce your cals.


Hmmmmm......This one is very important and makes a lot of sense. I was going to say it was slighty crapping me as i hardly reduced my cals and i plateaued for quite a while. Now i am wondering if i had cut my cals drastically. The day i started CK! Maybe my plateau was a little slow in coming but it still showed up.

OK, i have had a busy weekend so i will fix my list tomorrow.
Night all
T

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Tip 13 - Motivation and mindset

The book says....
Use short term goals, and plan a path to your long term goal

Short term goals are like stepping stones to help you reach your destination. These are the specific actions, steps, behaviours, skills and thinking processes you will need for your outcome to eventuate. You have much more control over the process than you do over the results. Some examples are.....
* Plan your meals for the next 7 days.
* Drink water before eating your breakfast, lunch and dinner.
* Have 3 alchohol free nights each week
* Use your dumbbells twice each week.
* Add interval training to your walks once a week.
* Walk for 5 days each week.

Write down your long term goals on a piece of paper, and plan out how you will achieve that goal in steps. Then transfer those steps and goals into your diary. Writing down your goals is a valuable part of the goal setting process. The visual reminder helps to focus your attention on the things that matter. When you consider that 95% of dieters fail to lose weight and keep it off, and only 5% of the population wrotes down their goals, this simple step could make a world of difference.


I'm going to have to get back to this with my own thoughts. All of a sudden the house is full and busy

Friday, May 23, 2008

Tip 12- Move more

Start off slowly, so you don't become an exercise dropout

It's very common for people to start a new exercise program like a bull at a gate, only to give up a few weeks later.

High expectations and slow results are not a good mix. This drop off in enthusiasm often results in a lot of unused gym memberships and exercise machines become dust collectors.

Don't go too hard, too early. Start exercising at a level where you feel comfortable. Train at a low intensity for 2-4 weeks so your muscles and ligaments can adjust to your new and increased level of activity. If your exercise is more intense than walking, make sure you include one or two rest days each week to help your body recover, and keep your mind fresh. Listen to your body, and if you start to feel tired or lacking in motivation, take a day off.....just don't give up.

Sounds like a plan......Have a great weekend everyone

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Tip 11 - Good food.

Know your kilojoules from your calories

Kjs and cals measure the total energy value of foods. Australia uses kjs, but cals are still used as a measurement in the US. 1 cal is equivalent to 4.2 kjs. Our bodies need roughly 5500-6500 kjs per day, although this will vary depending on your age, weight, height and activity levels............(Blah, blah, blah...CK 101)....to burn off 1 kg of body fat we need to create a deficit of 38,000 kjs a week (9000 cals) or 5500kjs a day. That is why fat loss is such a slow process.

Even if you don't want to be obsessed with counting kjs, cals, fat grams or carbs, it is helpful information when you are first changing your diet, or investigating new foods. It gives you a fresh perspective on eating smaller portions, avoiding high-kj laden beverages that don't fill you up and keeping track of your fat and alcohol intake is important. Controlling your kj input puts you in the best position to burn off the excess Kjs already stored on your body as fat.


Hmmmm, i didn't know most of Oz preferred to count kjs. It has always been cals for me. And i thought that to burn off half a kilo you needed to have a defecit of 3500 cals which doubled makes 7000 cals to lose a kilo. That is a 2000 cal difference to this book.
All in all this is another blah, blah tip.
*sigh* Tomorrow brings tip 12.

On the plus side, i have been blogging for almost 2 weeks straight. Yayy me.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Tip 10- Motivation and mindset

Have a clear, positive, long term goal to strive for

Setting goals is one of the most under-used strategies for weight control, but one of the most important. You can have the desire, but without a specific target to aim for you can easily miss the mark. Goal setting gives you direction and motivation, helping you to work systematically and progressively towards an end result.

Setting a long term goal helps to focus you attention, linking knowledge and desire to purpose and action. Setting a goal to lose 10 kilos in 12 months is okay, but your focus is negative. To get over the hurdles and obstacles that will be part of every weight loss journey, it helps to have a positive focus. It is important to think long and hard about what will drive you. Your level of desire to achieve this goal will ultimately determine your level of success. For example.....
* Compete in a local fun run.
* Compete in a marathon, triathlon, big swim or endurance paddling event.
* Walk or cycle between 2 distant towns, suburbs or beaches.
* Complete the Kokoda track in Papua New Guinea.
* Exercise 6 days a week for 12 weeks.



Hmmmmm, this tip seems pretty sound. My goals are weight orientated but because they are so large i don't really focus on them but instead just kind of sideways glance at them.
I think the last example is a great one. To exercise 6 days a week for 12 weeks. I am also quite keen on canoeing or white water rafting. Just waiting for myself to get smaller.
Wanting to accomplish a major physical achievement seems like it can be a strong desire.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Tip 9 - move more

Todays lesson, the book says........

Warm up before you exercise (it can help you burn more cals)

The purpose of a warm up is to prepare your body for exercise, and ease you from a resting state into an active one. The gradual increase in your heart rate helps to deliver more oxygen and glucose to your muscles, which can increase your level of preformance during exercise, and burn more cals. It can also help to prevent soft tissue injuries, which could interrupt the momentum of your exercise program.

A warm up should focus on elevating your heart rate for around 5 mins using the muscles that are part of your planned activity. For gentle walking or cycling, just start at a slower speed for the first few mins. If you have an intense activity like sprinting or weights it may be beneficial to do some stretches after you have elevated your Heart Rate. Never stretch cold. The importance of your warm up will also depend on the air temp. When it's cold, it takes longer to warm up your muscles, so increase the duration.

*sigh* What i knew already. These first few tips seem to be the norm. I am only reading 1 tip a day so i hope they get better. I am persevering though.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Tip 8 - Good food

Go on a diet, as long as it is for life

Diets that promise fast weight loss may be popular, but they are rarely effective. Diets attract attention by offering miracle results, with gimmicky rules or restrictions that seem different, or "too good to be true" People usually go on a diet with the underlying intention of returning to their old habits as quickly as possible. People ditch their new diet because of boredom, deprivation, lack of energy, constipation or hunger. There are no laws that require a fad diet to be effective, factual or safe. One thing you can rely on is that the faster you lose the weight, the faster it will return. That is part of the problem with fad diets - they are a fad. Short term changes in your diet will only lead to short term changes in your body.

There is no ideal way to eat, which is why there are so many different diets. The solutiion is to gradually find your own way, seeking to adapt, modify and experimant with food. Try to develop a way of eating that is easy to live with, forever!. This is sometimes called a lifetime eating plan. The way you eat and exercise to lose weight has to be the way you live when you have lost weight. The best diet secret you will ever learn is that there is no magic diet.



Now i'm posting this late as i didn't like this tip when i first read it. I think i baulked at the title and the word diet, but after re-reading i think i let that sour the tip for me.
In CK we all seem to use the term lifestyle instead of diet. But maybe we say the words without meaning them....At least maybe i did.
Yes, i knew that healthy choices would have to be permanent, that apart from the occasional slip up i thought i had already changed the way i eat. But after reading this tip a few times i realise i am not focusing on the right words.
I have not changed the way i eat, i have changed what i eat. I still eat in the lounge in front of the T.V.....in front of the puter or whilst reading, therefore not focusing on the food and just mindlessly eating. A big No, no.
Everything else stated in the top 2 paragraphs makes sense.....it is already implanted deep down in my psyche.


On another track. I ate like a pig on Saturday. I couldn't get full and thought it was due to a small hangover.......seems like i was social after all on TGIF. I woke up today to a 400g gain which i hope/d to lose again by weigh in but found it was a double whammy. Not only a hangover feed but a TTOTM binge as well which hopefully can be attributed to most of the gain. Just hope it doesn't get any worse. I have been noticeing this year that i have a day just before my monthly visitor where i cannot fill myself up.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Day 7 - Motivation and mindset

Start today and don't delay. The sooner you start the better.

When someone is overweight their body develops a memory for that specific level of body fat. This is often referred to as a 'settling or set point'. The longer the extra weight remains, the more comfortable the body becomes with it there, and the stronger your body will be at defending that 'set point' of fat. Because of this set point, anyone who has been overweight in the past weill find it a little easier to regain body fat in the future. That is unless there are permanent lifestyle changes. So the sooner you lose weight, and the more permanent the changes that you make, the easier it will be.
While it is never too late to improve your health and body shape, the younger you start to lose body fat, the easier it is to get the results.


Well.....i have never heard it put down exactly like this but i have read something similar. About fat cells and that they double in size and then double in quantity as you get larger....it might even have been they quadruple in size, then double in quantity, i can't find the book to get it right though i think it was in the CK cal counter.
I remember that it scared me as that although the fat cells shrink.....they don't die off so that when they double in quantity you will always have that many.
Well this seems very similar and again i worry. I'm not so young anymore. The thing with set point makes me wonder if the reverse is also true. If you take your time losing weight can it become more used to the lower level of body fat????? A while agao i struggled with a plateau and kept bouncing between 135 and 138. Now after a 5 week mini break due to broken scales i was still in the 36's and don't seem to go above that. Maybe my body has become used to this size for now. Another reason why slower weightloss is easier to maintain and also maybe something to do with plateauing itself.
Well it really gets me thinking anyway.



I hope everyone had a great weekend

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Tip 6 - Move more

move more than you do now

To genuinely remove excess stores of body fat and keep it off, you need to get physically active with both planned and incidental movement. Physical activity burns cals and burning cals burns fat. Even light intensity activities such as gardening, household cleaning and slow walking can burn cals. If you use the term movement it isn't as daunting as the word exercise.

The most important thing is to just do something. Start somwhere, and move your body more than you are moving it now. Walking is great as it is free, you can do it anywhere and you already have the equiptment you need----legs.
If you already active, just increase what you are doing a little. Burn off more cals this week than you did last week, and fine tune later on.


OK, well i have been slacking off here as i am getting bored. Maybe it is time to find some new exercise.....sorry, movement

Friday, May 16, 2008

Tip 5 - Good Food

Cut back on how many calories you eat

People get fat by eating too many cals and not burning off enough.....(hmmm sounds alot like yesterdays tip), so to burn fat i need to consume less and burn off more......ok now stuff about a cal deficit...ahh to the end, The key is to eat enough protein and fibre to fill me up and minimse hunger, that way i'll stick to my dietary changes.
Well i don't track fibre and usually my protein is the lowest.

Back to the book....
It is simply not possible to loss body fat without cutting back on my cal intake. Here are some changes that may help...
* Filling out my meals with water-rich vegies.......mostly, but probably not enough
* Add spice to my lunches and dinners.....always, me likes da spice
* Drink water before and during your meals.....slacked right off here big time.
* reduce my alcohol intake and have alcohol free days........WHAT THE???? have you met my good friend Jimmy???? Actually i see a lot less off him over the past 7 months now than i used too. I have always only had alcohol on a Fri/Sat so i have had many free days and i wont be drinking this weekend either. No social Life
* Cut out fruit juice or at least water it down....no probs, don't drink juice.
* Have low-carb dinners or at least use low GI-carbs.......if i think about it my best losses have come when i sticked to steamed protein and steamed veg or salads. Just sometimes it gets a little boring and i have always been a big bread kinda gal.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Tip 4 - Motivation and mindset

If you eat it, burn it. If you drink it, earn it!

So the book advises.......Get a grasp of this heading and you'll go a long way towards getting a handle on the key ingredient to losing weight and fat. That ingredient is changing your energy balance. -----we all know the rest of the drill so i wont go on.

So....it advises me that if i live the title....burning more than i eat and earning what i drink on at least 4 days out of 7, more often than not i will be removing stored body fat. By being aware of my cal balance on a daily basis and making adjustments to my intake and expenditure i should be able to keep my intake under control.

Hmmmmmmm......I have never thought about earning what i drink before. That may come in handy for TGIF's.
The things is, this doesn't take into any consideration fats/carbs/sugars etc...and i do know i can stick to my cal limit with higher fat content food. Surely that isn't good for me. Sure it means i eat less but.....
Also the heading suggests to me that CK's reccomedation of eating back exercise cals isn't right but i don't want to go there as that is a whole other kettle of fish. Though maybe not. Maybe CK makes our cal allowance a little lower to cover this and the book so far doesn't give me a formula with which to figure out my allowance......Confusing.


Now to me...
I had a thought today when i was heading down to pay my bills.....gee i feel like some hot chips. "No" said the saintly me. And that! Dear Watson is my problem. I have been trying to figure out how to get everything working right and i have been so overwhelmed that i have had a fair few binges over the past few weeks. But why should everything be perfect???????
When i first started i managed to make room for small treats like some hot chips. Once i took my daughter down to the park during her lunch break and she had some KFC and i had a subway salad with small KFC chips. I fitted it in and was content and had no more cravings for a while.
Now maybe i haven't exactly been feeling guilty about treats but subcon beating myself up for not being perfect which means i can't enjoy my treat, hence the craving doesn't go away.
I know....rambling. Long and short, i don't think i realised i was feeling guilty.
Did i have any chips?????no, but that is because it is weigh in tomorrow.

Arggggh, my head is hurting, my brain wasn't built for thinking....i'm just a woman
Sorry that was aimed at someone who peeved me off today.

Have a good one

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Tip 3 - Move more

See your doctor before starting an exercise program. (conditions apply)

It has been said that if you could bottle all the benefits of exercise, it would be the most heavily prescribed medication in the world.......Hmmm makes sense.
See your doctor before you start if.......
* you are aged 55 years or older....nope, though sometimes i may feel like it. Be gone evil bourbon
* have had a previous heart attack oir stroke...no, thank goodness.
* are very overweight......
* are a heavy smoker.......
* have a medical condition such as diabetes, asthma, athritis or high blood pressure..................................... No....checked on my mothers machine though there is a history, no, not since a child, no and no.
* are taking prescribed medication.....does Jimmy count?????, seriously then, no.
* have a family history of heart disease......no
* Are pregnant or have given birth in the last 6 weeks.........Although i may look 9 months preggers that is a big N.O!
* Have any doubts about my health......hmmm, yes. I am overweight.

My thoughts........ This one is a silly tip, just a padder and i am sure there are a few of those to pad out to 365 tips. All these things are common sense to me. I didn't see a doc before i started as i no likey them. I try not to go near them unless it is serious.......or unless it is my kids. From the above list i think i am ok enough to do this without my doc but if i was having probs...of course i would see one.

Gee, this one was nothing and i just want to get straight to the next one. Have to reign in my horses though.....keep to the plan.
So tip 3....check

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Tips 1 and 2.

A few months ago i brought a book called lighten up. It has 365 tips in it and i am going to read one a day and blog about it. I started yesterday so todays blog is about tips 1 & 2.

Tip 1 Motivation and mindset. - Take one step today, one giant leap for your health and body
Well i have already taken the step....a year ago. But now time to focus on the next year.The first tip in the book suggests to try and pick one strategy a week to focus on and to take small steps. Check and check. Next.......

Tip 2 Good food - Make food the solution, not the problem
The book suggests....learn to get control of food instead of letting it control me.
Try-
* Planning my meals.......not too good with this.
* Shopping to a list.......see above
* Freezing healthy meals so they are easily available........Well apart from making up big batches of soup and freezing them i struggle with dinner meals as with a large family we don't have too many leftovers. I already usually have to double the recipe.
* Keep a food diary....well sort off. When i am being a good little Thamlore i do
* Aim for a lifetime eating plan, not a diet......Well i have always called this an lifestyle change but most of the time they just felt like words. Until recently when my scales died and i kind of went off the rails. Thinking back on what i have eaten over the past 5 weeks i have eaten some unhealthy foods but mostly things were fine but i have just been feeling incredably guilty. So check
* Involve my immediate family....Check
* Manage my stress and find ways to relax.......Umm no. I don't have big things to stress on and don't seem to recognise the little stressfull things......Mark this to do.
* Create a no fail, no willpower required healthy enviroment at home......No good. I do realise my downfall is salty snacks and having them around the house can lead me down the proverbial garden path but my children are fairly healthy and i don't want to make them go without treats as i know this is not of the good.
* Don't deprive myself of anything,just use small portions of treats........Check this but i sometimes feel this is a slighty bad thing. I no longer beat myself up over slip ups but maybe i am too soft on myself.
* Start with small dietary changes and build week by week......Gotcha, though sometimes i do try to do it all at once. Practise with this.

So. I plan to blog a new tip everyday. To get me to focus more....plus to commit to blogging which i feel leads to greater success with weightloss. Plus maybe i'll learn something along the way. Just not sure how long it'll last though as i can never stay with things for too long. Hence not losing 50kg already.

Be healthy guys
Thamlore

Monday, May 12, 2008

To blog or not to blog!

Well that is the question isn't it.
I have been just hanging about....sometimes filling in the food diary, but mostly not but it has been a long time since i have blogged.
I'm going through the motions but have no spark.
Ohh, and i have just realised that 2 days ago marked the end of my first year at CK. Yayy me. But i hoped for so much more. It has been such a struggle to get here and now i need to come up with some sort of mojo booster to help me have a better second year.
My first plan of attack....Blogging more. Though what to blog about when i have the same old , same old nothing happens day. I'm guessing this has something to do with my low motivation as well.

I have been taking a once a week body combat class for a few months now......which is something i would never have considered doing when i first started and now on top of this i am getting ready to start body pump as well. 2 classes! My muscles are very scared with my brain just thinking about it. They have created flabby bingo wings to hide in LOL, well that's my excuse anyway.

i got to week 8 of C25K and then just kind of slacked off. I'm going to have to get back on track with that but........
I need to stop focusing on the past and head for the future. Don't know how i am going to do that. No outstounding revelations yet.

I guess i should be proud that i can at least maintain, try to focus on the kilos i HAVE lost and not just the ones i have left to lose.





Thamlore

Friday, April 4, 2008

TGIF

Well, not really. It's been an ok week.
Monday was great. I had steamed veg for dinner before my combat class and i am not sure if it was the weather or no-not just the veg as i have done that before, but i had a great class. I was watching the thin woman in front of me and picturing myself thin and then punching her in the head (Sorry to her as it wasn't personal) The class room also has some posters hanging and i focused on the one with number 65 - although that is my goal weight for now, i wont be sure until i get there.. Back to point......i was as sweaty and tired as i normally am but it was a good tired and i felt i had worked harder for it. My upper arms even felt it the next day which hasn't been the case in a while.

Tuesday and Wednesday were normal....Thursday was a little bit bad salt wise but i managed to weigh in this week back in the 33's..Bye Bye choccie bunnies

Next week Ness and i plan on going to a once off Boxing class on Wednesday so i have pushed back Wednesdays things to Monday and wont be going to combat.. It's a good thing the evil energiser bunny wasn't going to be there anyway.

Well i'll let you know how i go.....It's a little bit scary.

Thamlore
XOXO

Friday, March 21, 2008

Charting new territory.

I have finally done it. Left the 35's behind, passed by the 34's and hit the 33's.
It has only taken 5 months.
I have also hit 15kgs lost and they even asked me to submit a motivational story....though i'm not going to as i don't feel quite successful yet.
The best thing........It's TTOTM so this is on top of any bloat, hopefully. Though it is only the first day so that may still be coming.
But that also means that my 2 lindt bunnies wont be eaten in vain No snacking on choccie for easter and then fighting the pms choccie cravings, i can combine the two.
I'm feeling bloody terrific.

Off to steam clean the floor now.
Happy Easter my fellow members

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Weigh in day tomorrow

I am sooooo nervous and want to be supergood today.I don't think i have had 2 losses in a row for such a long time now.
I have some steamcleaning to do so i am not going to have much time to eat so for when i do i'll need to find something a little more filling cal wise but low on the sodium.
I have found the reduced fat feta cheese lately but that can be a little high on the sodium side, but i crumble it up to have it over salads and it is very yummy.
Since i have been trying low sodium i am finding my fat and carb intake is fairly low but i am getting good protein. Maybe this has something to do with why my arms and legs felt weak at Mondays body combat class. I thought i was tired but now i realise it was weakness. That could've been from the heat....37ish or the fact i drank 2 glasses of milk during the day and i find milk doesn't normally sit well with me. (Plus it wasn't skim) The more water i poured in the iller i felt.
There was no combat last week due to labor day and none next week due to easter. i tell you, last week i was having withdrawls...everytime i heard a song played during class all i could think of was the movements that needed to be done. I am expecting the same this week.

It has still been a low exercise week but i will be changing that next week. I just wanted to see what the maths could do and now i hope to incorperate the exercise and put on like i have done in the past.

Sorry for the ramble.
I'm off now
Thamlore

Friday, March 14, 2008

Evil sodium.

Background info I have been struggling mentally. After having great cal weeks for the last 2-3 weeks i have had no losses. 2 gains though and i was starting this week aroung 137-138

So after pm'ing my trusty guru everyday this week and basically annoying the hell out of her while she is supposed to be working we finally come up with the problem being fluid and too much sodium.
I took a fluid tablet on Wednesday and woke up 135.8. But then i worried that i had dehydrated myself and therefore it wasn't a True result. So yesterday i cut my sodium down to 1500mg ( my target is 2200) and drank 6 glasses of H2O to make sure i could replace any extra fluid i may have lost and this morning, my weigh in day..........................135.3

I'm not partying to hardy though as i want to see it keep going down.If it doesn't then i am going to have to be resigned to the fact that i am in true plateau mode and wait for my body to stop being a and give up some fat!!!

I haven't exercised much this week as i am trying to concentrate on the numbers. Being low sodium has meant lots of fresh fruit and veg and some steamed chicken and fish and unfortunately yesterdays cals only added up to 950ish. A far cry for the 1500cals i am trying and the 1950 that CK is recommending.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that i have a good result next week as well.

Happy weekend peoples

Friday, February 29, 2008

3 simple questions.

An old thread buddy popped her head back into the forums yesterday. She said she had gotten her mojo back by asking herself 3 questions. So time to ask them of myself.


What are you willing to do to lose weight?
Eat less?
Exercise more?
Anything?
Everything?
These are the desired answers and although i prove them most days, most is not everyday now is it.


How badly do you want to lose weight?
More than lazy night take aways?
More than chips?
More than cheese?
Then prove it!!!! a la Jerry Maguire........show me the blood, sweat and tears!!!!


Am i trying hard to lose weight?
hmmmm... well more than the old me, but i guess not hard enough for the new me.


So solution......I need to focus more on these three questions and have them run through my head everytime i feel like eating something that is not healthy, anytime i feel too tired to finish off my daily exercise routine and everytime i feel this road is too damn long and hard.
These questions need to become my mantra for weightloss. Now to find a Jimney Cricket to repeat them back to me everytime i falter

Thamlore

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Wednesday, 27th Feb 2008

I keep forgetting to blog about Monday nights combat class. Boy was i stuffed. We have 7 songs plus 2 to work on pushups and crunches and cooldown. Well counting out the 7 songs is how i get through it. Well she has changed all but 2 songs!!! and they are faster and harder. Admittedly 1 of those 5 were introduced to the class last week. The Jenga! This one is slow but you are forever changing your centre of balance so you constantly feel wrong. Then there is the one legged squats. One toe is just resting on the ground and you squat with the other leg. Or you kick the leg first to the front. You can also kick it to the back. We do lots of these and your thighs start to scream! Needless to say i don't like the teacher much any more
On other fronts........I'm not feeling to good. Not ill, but i am waking up like i have been dead for eight hours, and my face is looking very bloated even though my fingers aren't feeling too bad. Weird. Maybe my body is just extra tired lately.

Thamlore

Monday, February 25, 2008

A bad weekend.

Well after a bad weigh in due to fluid from TTOTm we had our towns local festival this weekend. Fun was had by all - the fam anyway, but i guess not by my body.
Cal wise, i was in the ballpark or just under for both days but they were bad food choices and not a lot of food was counted in there. The best thing.....if you can consider this good is that it played havoc with my system causing frequent trips to the toilet but to me this means that my normal lifestyle is very good now and my body isn't used to such bad food any more. Seeing the glass half full there.....at a stretch anyways

Of to combat tonight. So far the day has been good and i have my dinner planned, steamed veg and fish and i want to eat it about an hour and a half before going so that i have time to fully digest and use the energy it gives me. I remember last weeks lack of energy and don't want to go there again.


Thamlore
Xxxxx

Friday, February 22, 2008

Another tick.

Well i made swimming last night. Nothing special there. Felt blah. The girls had fun though. Today i woke up and after thinking my calves looked a little thinner i got out the tape measure to find that yes!..... they are in fact 1 cm thinner. Thank you! It's been ever so long since they have lost anything. Then to add half a cm each to my knee and thigh area. I attribute this change to body combat.
Today, i am also happy for dragging out my dreaded eliptical machine and managed to get through 20 mins. So another tick on my list. Going to have to come up with new exercise goals soon.
I have a busy weekend planned, and i have to say i would rather just stay at home curled up with a good book. Boring, i know.

THE LIST

A 10 mins straight on the eliptical trainer.-------I could do this before but haven't been on this dreaded machine in 3 months.
B 20 mins straight on the eliptical trainer.
C 30 mins straight on the eliptical trainer.
D 1st week of C25K
E 2nd week of C25K
F 3rd week of C25K
G 4th week of C25k
H 5th week of C25K
I 6th week of C25K
J 7th week of C25K
K 8th weeks of C25K
L 9th week of C25K
M 10% of weightloss reached
N 20% of weight loss reached
O 30% of weightloss reached
P 10 mins straight of Tae bo.
Q 20 mins straight Tae bo.
R 30 mins straight of Tae bo.
S Body combat class

Have a great weekend guys

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

A bad end to a good day.

Well it has been a miserable day here, raining, raining and yep, you guessed it, raining.I managed to get through to 5 o'clock with searching for the warm stodgy comfort food. Then came dinner. Hubby and the kids thought fish and chips would be nice. OK, says i.....after all i can have a chicken souvlaki or grilled whiting and salad. I choose the souv. Kids wanted a battered sav and a potato cake. After one bite of her sav youngest daughter wanted no more. So who ate it?.....ME! And how did the demon voices rationalize it? Well it is TTOTM and you are looking at a gain anyways..............Silly, silly, me. Never should listen to the voice of lies. But it is done. My only problem is i haven't done much exercise this week. Just my combat class plus my usual 30 mins of walking to and from the kiddies school. I have even missed this weeks C25K. Because i am struggling with an aching back anyway and i am the person who has a sore back during TTOTM so i am in agony. Alost enough to reach for the panadol............something i don't usually do, only once when i had an infected tooth. So now i'm thinking i might need to do week 3 again next week as i have slacked off this week.
Oh well, tomorrow is another day and one naughty food tonight isn't licence for a binge. Though isn't it funny when you beat yourself up over 1 battered sav when you used to have 1 sav, 1 hamburger and chips. The times they are a changing

Be good, stay sane.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Tuesday, 19th Feb 2008

Going to try and blog a bit more often. I've slacked off quite a bit I don't hold out too much hope though.
Combat last night was draining. Not sure if it was the heat, a low cal day, no dinner before hand or as i found out nicely this morning, the day before TTOTM started. Whatever it was i couldn't be bothered, but i guess on the bright side i should be happy coz it was at least done.
I am soooooo peeved though. Just dropped through the magic barrier which i have been struggling since september and now i'll do the pms thing and put on the bloat. Which i have been finding that it takes me 2 weeks to get rid of. Should've known i was up for this when i snapped at poor hubby for no reason yesterday, i mean, no reason other than i am sure he was put on this earth just to annoy me.


Sending out wishes for good weightloss for all
Tham

Monday, February 18, 2008

Meeting the guru.

Well that is the name we came up with for Julie (jigsaw). The guru. BTW morethan50 group.....you are all required to chip in next time to buy her a guru bus We'll see her touring nationally as a living soon.
After laughing pretty much all the way during our trip to melb we....and i do mean Ness as she did all the driving - thank you very much lovey, picked Julie up to take her to the meet, although we sort of got.....hmmmmmm, not lost, just scenic. By the time we got there my face was hurting from all the laughing and we were all worried about Jo (Joleb) as she was the only person who was going to make it on time and we ended up being 45 mins late. Thankfully she didn't give up on us and found us at the cafe not long after we arrived. Soon after Lisa(LHewitt) arrived and we decided to order drinks as we waited for Sami(primmy85).
Now to say the service was bad is to be too polite. It took 2 hours to have A coffee, lunch and recieve the check. Now it only took 20 mins to consume lunch and we only waited about that, maybe even less before we asked for the check, so imagine what was going on the other 1 hour 20 mins.
Then there was the skinny blonde waitress, who when she was asked if the skinny latte would be made with skim milk or the 2% fat milk replied...........I don't bother with that, i go to a gym. Pffffft, she nearly got herself slapped by five women all at the same time After FINALLY recieving our coffees we were offered3 other rounds that didn't belong to us.
Ness was great to take along, after she collected the check - who knows how much longer we would have had to wait if we left it to the waitress to bring, she calmly and politely told the manager she thought the service was bad - to which he said they had only just taken over. My thoughts.......Give it back! hmmmmmm We did manage to keep our humor though.
The scenery was beautiful and the company was great. Sammi and her friend found great joy in just taking off their shoes and standing on the soft green grass, something we all rarely see nowadays.. Jo turned up for the second time.....sorry Jo, and i recognised her from her avatar. She has such a lovely smile, it just shines, she looked absolutely amazing as well. Lisa, was bright and summery and it was lovely to see her up close as you don't get to see much of her from her avatar. Katt, who i had already met was a giggly little thing, and we got to meet her darling babies from her piccie, soooo cute. Ness just oozes soooooo much confidence, she shines. I now know why she had no problems just rocking up and doing so many different gym classes - something i was able to manage without a buddy. And yes..... i was surprised to find her fitting in a workout in before hand though i shouldn't have been. Her simple answer.......i want to say i have done it everyday and if i don't fit it in now, i may not be able to after. Simple. Julie looked bloody amazing. Although i should have guessed that the little gym machine, and she is such a softly spoken lady., sorry, softly spoken guru
All in all a wonderful day, it is great to put faces to names and it was amazing at how we all just seemed so easy and comfortable with each other. I know we chat and all, but to find no uncomfortable silences etc..... surprised me. Lots of chatting and laughter was had by all. I must apologize though.......i know i talk too much, i always have. Hopefully your ears have fully recovered


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