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Weekly Wednesday, The Week That Was.

Hi all, sorry for the delayed post, has been a hectic week with Easter just around the corner it has come to me fast.

Once again Richard has sent me a weekly task today Mon, Wed, Fri but not there Friday. I did Mon, Wed, both full body work outs. I have also done another task from the wall which got me doing bur-pees I am not a great fan of burpees but I did them. Always important to push past your I don’t likes and this is too hard. The other thing I have started this week is Chris Powell’s plan of eating. My body has being stable now since just before Christmas and I need to shake it up a bit. So I am hoping this will work. But it is also Easter so I will start properly on it next week. I have done a few days this week to get it into practice.

Right Scales, my take on them,

Scales, Measurements, clothing,

As humans we do like our numbers, I see so many people say I have not lost or I have put on but i am doing all the right things, firstly have you plateaued. People weighing themselves every day, the scales can fluctuate from having a glass of water or even not going to the toilet. Scales should be used sparingly, When you first start to diet when you are not going to the gym and using weights, scales are good at the start to find your starting weight, Some people say weekly, some say fortnightly and some say once a month.

Now here is what I have found out over the last 2 years. Well probably more than that as I already know about scales but this next bit has been as eye opener. Oh and I am still learning.

There is a pattern; I am going to show you the process most of us go through.

When we first start the process of losing weight, we go ooh I need scales. We have already said to ourselves oh our clothes are tight we must do something. If our clothes are tight why do we insist on scales and not our clothing?

So you have started to lose weight you have jumped on the scales it tells you x amount. You have been eating well and the scales are moving nicely. Then they start to slow down. You think ooh I need to do something else you jazz up your eating, and also think maybe I should start to exercise. Now at this stage this would be a good time to get rid of the scales well for a while any way and this is why. When you start to exercise and do strength training you are going to tone. Your scales do not tell you that you are decreasing fat and you are making your muscles stronger and denser so thus making them heavier, but what it does do is decrease measurements and that is a good thing.  This is where so many people get frustrated with the scales. I threw mine out, you don’t have to go that far, but change your idea, think of it bit like a video game and having levels. First scales where you are working on your eating, now you have good eating and you are now working out, so now you go to the tape measure as this is going to give you a much better reading. But also when you are going through this faze that you will tone up in areas that you are not measuring, Neck, arm, chest, tummy, hip/butt thigh and you can do calf but I did not worry about that as I know it will go bigger before getting smaller.

But I also noticed that my face, fat around elbows, behind the knees, and a few other places that we don’t measure changing, The idea is to get in tuned with your body get to know all the parts that belong to you so that can see the changes. This level will happen for a while, but during this time you will have all sorts happen, and give your body time to catch up. You will be putting your body through stressors that it has not encountered for a while or never before. I was on this level for about a year; I am taking this process very slowly, losing about a kilo a month. It has taken me 34.5 years to make me the way I am physically and mentally this way so I want to make sure I am learning to change me in a good way.  I am coming up 37, and I am still learning new things about my body what is good for it, trying new ideas.

Eventually your body will come to a slow pace with the measurements, this means you are getting close to your goal weight, you will also know this cause you have probably gone through a few different sizes for clothing. This will be a good indicator that you will be close to your goal weight.

I have two thoughts on this next stage as I am on just going through the process now and it will come down to what you perceive as the right track to take.

First because you have got to the size clothing that you wanted do you really need to bring in the scales? When you have gotten to the size clothing that should be enough now you’re in tuned with your body you might see it that you may want to go down another dress size. Then keep eating healthy, keep going to the gym keep jazzing up your workouts every 4-6 weeks keeping your body waking up and not getting used to the same routine and you will eventually get to the next dress size.

Or are you wanting to lose to a specific number, this is where you bring back the scales, you want to know, but please once a week at a minimum, once a month would be better as the last 5kg are the hardest to lose and can be very frustrating, but as long as you are continuing your body will get there, if you have lost 20kg + your body wants to get to know itself in this new way let it. Take time out every now and then to reassess where you are at, giving your body time is a good thing. But see where your path is leading you.

 

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Weekly Wednesday And The Week That Was.

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Well what a week,

Thursday was a bit of a lazy day, after dance class the night before, I got really tired, I did go to gym but I sat on the bike having a good chat with Richard.

Friday on the other hand oh my that was a work out and a half, boxing,  did the best work out really pushed myself was great.

I would like to say I have now lost 18kg..

Mini Goals:

Now I am down to my last 5kg I have introduced the scales, I am also breaking it down.

This is really important for achieving your goals, are your mini goals. I have been setting  daily goals or tasks ( call them what you will). It might be cut something out like butter, or to drink ex amount a day. I have reintroduced 30mins of gardening and house cleaning a day. Not only will this goal get my house and garden in order but will also help in my weight loss. There are many parts to me achieving weight loss the other side is where I break down the last 5kg, I am currently 90kg,

So my goals are:

  • To get into the 80kg range,
  • To loose 20kg
  • To get to 85kg

As you can see I am nearly at the 80kg range with will then in turn get me 1kg away from losing 20kg, which will get me to only needing to lose 3kg to get to my 85kg. It is easier to find little goals for these will work up to the bigger goal.

On Friday evening I went to a gathering to say good bye to Richard (personal trainer), and “oh my” because I was not in work out gear I was getting compliments, it was really nice. Has taken me a long time to accept compliments now that I am in a good space I know I can accept them because I know how hard I have worked to get here. Learn to accept compliments it is all part of losing weight and man does it make you feel good.

I have tried many times to do stir fry vegetables but they just don’t work out. So I have decided to stick to what I am good at steaming and boiling. Always good to learn new things but don’t get disheartened if you find it is you’re your thing.

I had white bread, I was craving the old ways, well white bread butter and melted cheese really badly so I ate white bread.. oh how yummy it tasted.. oh how much it has affected me.  Hit depression today over thinking. How gluten affects me really quickly it is horrible. Today being Monday has been a write off for me. So hard to concentrate I went and had a sleep for an hour and I couldn’t I just lay there my mind was in over drive. Why do I keep doing this to myself it is horrible. It is like poison to my body.  We are all human and we all have days. I treat these days as reminders of how far I have come. How much I have learnt about my body. What is good for it and what is harmful.

Well 2 work outs so far and man what a great bunch of people I work out with, we are all supporting each other and making sure each one is ok.  I have done boxing, weights, and today did a various workout. I have also been doing running and walking and biking. I have been going hard out this week, I need to keep motivated.

We went and did Tawa track again on Sunday we are enjoying that track. I hope to get out to Pohongina this weekend to do the beehive track. Been wanting to do it for ages.

Dancing tonight I am sure the new dance will come back to me.. fingers crossed.

Well that was the week that was, what goal are you going to set yourself.

Weekly Wednesday And The Week That Was

Well what a week,

Thursday saw us going for a hike, first part was up, paths and steps but what a view, Manawatu Gorge had a MASSIVE slip, and they have now done a loop track, so the children and I went with other homeschoolers and did this. I can now say yes I am a lot fitter but I still don’t like hills. I struggled at the start, but the rest was easy.  Oh the hike was nearly 2 hours. We would like to eventually do the full gorge walk.. will be good.

There were great views.  See photos.

So we have been upping the boxing of late, am loving it I would suggest anybody that goes to the gym find a boxing class..

I volunteer on a couple of committees,  Sunday just been we were at a family day, but on Friday I spent a lot of time on my feet making 100 mini gingerbread to put on our stall.. So Friday night I was shattered.

I have been working out hard this week last week with PT here, So next week will prove a few challenges for me but I will take each one as it comes.

Well had dance class tonight we learning new routine, hip hop this time was a lot of fun.

This morning I was feeling fat, I never tried my black trousers at the fist of this month so I tried again. Well I put them on and hardly had to suck my tummy in to do them up. Was a great achievement so I am going to keep trying to be able to wear them out and about.  So I now have revisited and spruced up my goal.

My food eating has not been that great and I have to start eating a variety of food I getting stuck into same routine and not that good of a one.  Variety is spice of life they say.

My routine at gym today was,  boxing, am really enjoying it worked out with another lady today, we held the bag for each other, ended up 500 punches doing about 4 or 5 different kinds of punches, and did 200 kicks am getting a lot fitter for it but we stand still no bouncing around.

This week also the reintroduction of the 20 minute challenge.  Oh dear I was 15cal short on the bike.. I you do various things like scissor jumps with weight, step ups, crunches, push ups etc, and then you do 100cals on the bike.. 20min came and went.. I hope to keep it part of my routine as we have not done it for a while and I did do it near the 19min mark. I will keep trying, I putting it down to end of the day, tired, not fuelling myself right.

Please folk make sure you fuel your body for your work outs. I have been slack with food and it has been affecting my work outs. I cannot stress enough about fuelling your body correctly to get the most out of your work outs.

Goals this year are:

  • To wear my black trousers in June I have a family gathering to go to.
  • Chest press 50kg

 

I am sure I will find other goals as I go along.

Well that was the week that was.  Keep it simple folks and see you next week. p.s follow me on twitter, I am going to start writing what I am doing at the gym. I am hoping this will keep me going if

Looking up at the steps.

Looking up at the steps. they go off to the left at the top. 

I am logging.. 🙂

There is a car or a truck down below there

There is a  truck down below there

At the bottom of the hundred steps

At the bottom of the hundred steps where the slip is. 

Weekly Wednesday and The Week That Was

Well what a week, but I have survived another one.

This week I had a blow, my Personal Trainer is moving out-of-town he is still keeping his business but to have his company move forward he needs to keep to his plan.. 19 months I have been with him, I have learned so much from him as he has from me.  I will continue my work outs I have come way too far for them to stop. So that was a bit for me to take in. I am not really one for change but I am slowly improving.

Well I am still chest pressing 26kg but I have gone up in weights for other exercises.  I did one extraordinary thing week I ran to the gym, I was kid-less so now when i am child free I am going to jog to the gym. Asked me two years ago if I would ever run to a gym I would have laughed. Now I can’t believe it I am doing it.

On the note for improving, something happened this week which tested me a bit. But I came out looking at the positives. I have found that I am seeing things really differently and for the better. Being gluten-free and getting rid of the brain fog, and doing a business certificate has helped me immensely. Working out has also improved my confidence.

I am not the weakling that I was in so many ways.

I was at a meeting for an organisation that my daughter is part off and I got talking to one of the leaders there and she mentioned an over something dance class.. Well I went, I stepped outside my comfort zone and I went. They have been learning a dance for the last 3 weeks and I went along tonight and I learned it tonight and kept up with them it was great. Afterwards the teacher asked if I had ever danced before because I did so well. Only dancing I do was with the kids when they were younger and in the nightclubs. So I will be going back LOVED IT. They do dances on stage at end of year with all the ballet, tap, modern, etc for the Christmas show they are also looking at getting this group out in the community more. I need more ways to build my self-esteem and confidence.

As the saying goes as one door closes another one opens. I was walking Tuesday and Thursday but due to my daughter being part of St John (recommend all kids go and join their local group if you have one), my walking had to stop. I did not want to go looking for something to replace I wanted what life had to throw at me next. Well, turns out one of the leaders from St John go to the dance group and she is the one that told me about it that she goes. So you just never know where your next hobby will come from.

Well my vegetable garden is in full swing. I am getting loads of blackberries and strawberries, tomatoes are ripening up nicely. I will be making soup in next few days. zucchini are still coming thick and fast and this year I have managed to get 3 cucumbers from my plant, I am still getting stuff of my dad also to help supplement my garden. So now we have beans to add to the mixture, so just waiting for things to grow.

So nice being able to go out to the garden and pick fresh produce the way Mother Nature intended it.

Cooking tip for the week.. wet a paper towel, take a few layers off corn cob and chop base. Wrap paper towel around and cook for 3 minutes delicious.

Well see you all next week, wonder what this week will bring.

 

Welcome to Wednesday, and the week that was..

Wow what a week, as we all know I am not a great fan of scales there are so many things wrong with them, but this week I went and brought me a cheap $10 set. They are just as good as any. Stand on and weigh sounds good to me, now you’re probably wondering why am I am using scales.

For  19 months I have been on this weight loss journey and I feel I have come to a standstill. I know that my weight has gone up I feel it in my trousers. I need not motivation but a way of keeping me on track.

So once a week for a while any way I will weigh myself.

Also I am using Myfitnesspal to track my food, I am not using anything else in there but for tracking. You can easily get caught up in that site. But is a quick way to keep track I am not putting the exercise in as I know the amount of calories to my works outs is right.

I have now got a friend of mine using the site also for tracking.

My son has been sick this last week. I have been really tired and not eaten well at all I have even succumbed to drinking coke to keep me awake. When you have a child with special needs and sick you don’t tend to sleep much. So this is where “bad” foods are required. If I had more support around me life would be bit easier. But I cannot always do that.

Well I have been having a lot of smoothies,  using blackberries, raspberries, strawberries from the garden.

Zucchini’s are abundant also at the moment, and made some tomato relish, onion from was from my father’s garden.

http://gegeblog.com/top-10-worst-processed-food-you-should-never-eat/3/  here is a website to check out.

Gym.. please look at this link, it show good etiquette for the gym. We all go to the gym and there are people out there that are just well rude, leaving stuff around, no patience waiting for machines and equipment etc, so please have a look at this link so we all can improve to enjoy our gym time.

http://www.dangerouslyhardcore.com/3951/the-dh-guide-to-gym-etiquette/

 

A high-risk waist circumference is:

A man with waist measurement over 40 inches (102 cm).

A woman with waist measurement over 35 inches (88 cm).

 

Here is a link on how to measure your waist properly, http://www.heartandstroke.com/site/c.ikIQLcMWJtE/b.3876195/

All these years I have been doing the BMI way but they now believe this is a much healthy way this shows that if you are over the cm you are in risk of heart disease and other diseases. Being in this cm area you will have lower stored fat and so healthier for you. Please go get a tape measure, watch the video.

I will let you all know I am at 93cm If I was male I would be fine but I am female so I still have 5cm to go.  This to me seems more realistic. The BMI has me at 5’9 being between 56-71kg. I am currently 92kg I know my body well and I know that when I get down to 80kg which I was quite a few years ago on one of my not so good   stints I look unhealthy. So I am going to go by the measuring and get between 80-85kg. If I can be in that range and have a 88cm tummy then I know I am healthy. Taking into consideration I do a lot of strength training also.

Talking about strength training, my wonderful personal trainer has found a great system to encourage strength training. I am now bench pressing wide grip 26kg and close grip 21kg next week I will go up again. Aim is 50kg. I am now doing 10kg pec fly first time yesterday. So I am back going forward at a nice rate.

I do have Tough Guy Gal again this year there is a wall you have to walk along, I am now working on combating my vertigo. Last year a man held my hand I hoping to do it myself. I take the kids to gym. There I have walked up a bench on an angle got half way up and walked backwards a couple of times, I stood up on the beam but could not move, I was at the park the other day and have wooden logs for fencing and my daughter and I were walking a long it. It was only about 2 feet off the ground but fact I was able to walk along it was good.

Well that is me for another week. Please have a look at the links.

 

Meal Planner Better Late Than Never

Lemon Pepper Chicken, http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Ginas-Lemon-Pepper-Chicken/Detail.aspx

Chicken Nuggets http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Herbed-Chicken-Nuggets/Detail.aspx

This is your way of having something that most people love but in a healthier way you could make your own oven chips out of potato or kumura ( sweet potatoes). Make a nice salad  to go with.

Kebabs are a great way to get vegetables into you. also kids love to help you make them. http://www.pork.co.nz/RecipesTips/RecipesSearchResults/Recipes/tabid/69/cutID/0/methodID/0/recipeID/136/recipeTypeID/0/RecipeSearch/kebabs/Default.aspx

This week I have put in a soup recipe for you all. I got inspired by a friend of mine who had a Moroccan soup and said it was nice so I found this one which is similar http://www.areaderz.com/7-refreshing-summer-soups-recipes-moroccan-vegetable-soup/

Now that for most the weather is getting cold there is nothing like hearty stew. Try and get other vegetables into stews also or have some on the side. http://www.recipes.co.nz/spanish-beef-and-potato-stew?pid=f7d9d9fb-3ac5-4c6b-85b8-e25b4a36da18

Pork goes so well with apple this is one of the few foods I am happy to put meat with fruit with. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/applesauce-pork-chops/detail.aspx

 

Last meal is my off night meal this week is nachos. you will notice that once a week there will be something in the weekly planner that is not what “dieters” would recommend. But for me once a week I have a meal that is not as  healthy, but in saying that most of the time it will be a meal that I still add veges etc to it. If I want to of course.

Putting fruit with vitamin C with meat is great, your body is able to absorb the iron much better, Iron requires vitamin C to work efficiently. If you are like me and think fruit is for snacks and pudding etc, then try eating something after you have eaten your meal to try to get that iron absorbing.

Why Logging All Foods In Your food Diary Is So Important

Over the years I have partaken in writing food journals, whether it was cause I was in a paid diet or I was just watching what I was eating.

Depending on what journal I was doing dependent on what I wrote some just asked for food others asked for calories, protein, and other nutritional information, and some even asked me to count how many glasses of water I drank a day.

Now I like a list for grocery shopping, list for kids to get stuff down around the house they have a purpose, what is the purpose of writing down the food, to me that was like writing down food to make me feel guilty in all the areas I went wrong, it was always the negatives I was looking at, I was also really bad at writing down my foods, I would do really well for a few days then have a blow out and think oh well I will start again tomorrow and not write them down. Oh how wrong was I in not writing it down. I was never giving me a true representation of what I was truly doing, and I still didn’t understand the whole why am I doing this.

Well if you have been reading my blog you will know that I have been, I finally found a system that works for me,

this is one area of concern, I have been doing food diaries because everyone kept telling me I had to and here use this or go here and get this one. But I had to find something that was true to whom I am. So I have taken bits and pieces and made my own, I do urge you if you if it doesn’t feel right find a system that is going to work for you we are all different and we all have our own ways of doing things.

So I have found a system that works for me and I am not writing water in talk about how to get obsessed with  something you don’t need to as a lot of your fluid in take comes from food. I know the food I eat and I know the water I drink I am also in tuned with my body so water does not need to be recorded.

So I have been doing this journal after I wrote just the foods down and I could see that fat is a big issue for me but also that I was not getting enough calories. So this new journal that I have put together is for me to make sure that I have enough calories in my diet and the right amount of fat.

So this is my awakening about food journals. This is the bit that I just did not get.

I eat x amount of food which has X amount of fat.. this is in my ratio so great.

I then eat another x amount of food and I get X amount of fat.. this X amount of food technically I should not have eaten.. I am eating to live not living to eat. So this food has taken me well over my fat and I do the old oh well life happens move on start fresh the next day. But instead I decided to write all that I ate down. I have done it for the last four days. Now I can see why this is what I can see now that I could not see before.

It is written down it is in front of your eyes it is real. You have just informed yourself that you have just eaten x amount of calories. I then write next to it stating why, for me it has been stress on different occasions. It was like a light bulb going of. I was not proud that I ate that amount of food but I was proud that I wrote it all down and I could see, this was the missing link, this is giving me the true account of my eating habits, this is going to show me my weak points in my life, how to I am going to achieve my healthy size I want to be in my new healthy lifestyle.

Whom would have thought that writing down every single thing could make such a difference all these years I failed because I didn’t write ever single morsel that I ate.

Now I look back and think to myself how could I not see that. How could I not understand that seeing a true account of your eating habits is actually really productive in your weight loss. It is not just about writing your food and your calories like all journals tell you to do but also your mood what happened to make you eat that piece of cake or that chocolate, crepes all 8 of them with butter and golden syrup.  Seeing it written down why you did it, can make a huge different in how you see things. If you ate fancy desert or cake cause you went to a wedding or a party, then you write it down, if you got depressed over something write it down. Write all of it down.

Then you can see what things trigger you to eat, and this is going to give you the power to move forward.

I can see now the days that I have blown out but I can also see why. This for me has being so empowering in the fact that I now have control of my food. It is up to me to watch for triggers and learn from them not to hide them by not writing them down like it never happened that is not a true account of what has happened.

So please if you are sitting here reading this and you think “oh dear I didn’t write that food down” go and do it right now you will feel so much better for it..

This is how I do my journal.. using  excel sheet I have put in product  calories carbs protein and fat, I printed off a sheet from nowloss.com I laminated this as I am not one to keep lots of bits of paper but have tried websites before, So doing this suits my personality well. I put my daily food in, I sit down with my daughter and we put together a meal that will suit us for the week and I take this and add things that I need to suit my  6 meals a day.  I use the spread sheet to write down food that I use this is my dictionary I love excel and works great for me. I use a white board marker to fill in my laminated sheet for the day sometimes will be preplanned other days I wing it.. ( note not really best idea on winging it usually don’t do to well on these days), at the end of the day I calculate everything and I put it in the next page on Excel. I also write next to it what is gone well or why I went over my fat count.
After 7 days of doing this I will start to see where stresses are in my life and find ways to deal with them.

This has for me been the best system that takes in all my personality traits.

So please if you are sitting here reading this and you think “ops I didn’t write that food down” go and do it right now you will feel so much better for it..

If you have not started to journal your food, look at why you are not doing it yet have you done it in the past and it did not work did you like any parts of that journal. Then take that part and make your own up. But don’t fret if  it doesn’t work out keep going till you find a system that works for you. Also think about what you are trying to record is it why you binge it.. or you are eating too much fat or just to keep what calories you have eaten,  what ever your reason been make it about that specific item. Bye working on one thing at a time your are more likely to succeed, I am working on calories, fat ratio, how can I get enough calories in my diet without all the fat intake.

please comment on if you use a journal and how it works for you or anything you would like to share about journals

Measurements

Once I used to measure all the time, just like the scales but not as bad.. more weekly than every day.  I have not measured myself for at least a couple of months. I woke up the other morning and noticed that I had lost weight around my neck. Others have probably noticed it cause as we all know we are the last to notice changes to our body. I wanted to know what my measurements were but not in a way that I used. Before it was weight then feel horrible cause my body was not moving, or it had moved but was never happy with the measurements. I can see that I have lost weight I know the tape measure is going to say that I have. So it was more putting a number to what I have already lost opposed to finding out what I have lost. So changing the measuring around so to speak.

Well this is what I was a few months ago

Arm – 37.5cm  Chest- 113cm  Waist- 102cm  Hip butt -119cm  Thighs -57.5cm Neck -37cm

and I am happy with the new measurements

Arm – 37cm   Chest – 110cm  Waist –  101.5cm  Hip butt – 117 cm  Thighs – 51.5cm Neck- 36cm

but I also knew that I would be, because I can see what  I have lost so there was never going to be any disappointment. I will measure myself again when I can see that I have lost enough to warrant being measured.

So to measure yourself after you can see that you have lost weight and putting a number to what you can see you have lost is a different way of seeing your changes.

Now some are wondering why measure at all if we know we have lost. I have been pondering that also what is it going to achieve. Well we are human and we like numbers when it comes to losing weight and getting healthy. So putting a number to your visible shrinking body will fill that hole for a number and but will decrease your disappointment.

Try it wait to see a loss on your body and then measure it what have you got to lose.

 

I would Like…

To get to know you all so lets start by seeing what we all drink,

 

 

You Just Got To Try It.

 

Being Saturday and today I choose this to be my nothing day.. each week I choose one day to be my nothing day if it feels like a chore your working to hard, I myself might play my online game, play board game with daughter, watch movie with my son, even do some study, I might not even get out of bed till lunch time, so not cleaning, gardening unless for relaxation purposes, no hard-core exercise, I its your day to relax, to breath, smell the roses, and to re energies.

Today I did something different, I really relaxed, I went to a relaxation class,  you do a lot of breathing and stretches and but of core and balance work on in a relaxed environment,  felt like you were doing across between Tai chi, ballet for strength, yoga, Pilates,  you then lye on the floor and turn your mind of and relax your body. Been a long time that I have relaxed like that, now I could not switch my mind of completely as I have a fast active brain. But I was able to shut it down at times. My OCD kicked in at one point cause my shirt was not sitting right.

But, in saying that I am going to go back again, my body feels like jelly all relaxed and my mind is not going as fast as usual.

I would highly recommend finding a relaxation class, it is well worth it,

It has taken me a while where I have never had a day where I just do nothing, I was one of these people who got up in the morning and was on the go till they went to bed, as time has gone on and I have been living this regime I have found that this has just flowed into my life and I have taught myself that having one day off to do nothing in particular to be very therapeutic it re energies me to take on what ever the world has to offer me for the next week, and now I have taken it one step further with this relaxation class. So please go and find a class, I am sure you will love it…

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