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My Weight Loss Journey

As you may have noticed, I haven’t posted an update on my weight loss journey this week. I recently sent my readers a questionnaire about what they wanted to read via my newsletter, and the overall response to my weight loss journey was that they weren’t interested. Obviously, this was to be expected. This website is about writing and it doesn’t really fit here. I just wanted to make sure.

I’m also extremely busy working on new covers for my Suckers Trilogy. They’re going to be awesome but need me to concentrate as I’m doing most of the work (on Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign) myself. It’s a steep learning curve. In the meantime, I’m also working on ideas for my next novel which I hope to begin writing as soon as the covers are done. A writer’s job is never finished!

So, I’m no longer going to post about my weight loss journey. I’ll keep trying to lose weight and may give a quarterly update, just no longer every week. My sincere apologies to those who were following my journey. I hope that my meal photos inspired you to make scrumptious, healthy meals 😀

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My Weight Loss Journey – Week 13

Week 13

Summary

It had to be week 13… the week when Friday is the thirteenth… and I’m back where I started. Well, sort of. I’m not exactly back at 80 kg, but I’ve let myself go for a few days (it is a holiday after all), and my weight has shot up again. Two steps forward, one step back. Feels more like one leap back, but oh well. Next week, I’m back into doing exercises and sticking to my diet!

Results

I’ll be honest, I waited another day in the hope my weight would drop miraculously. It didn’t, of course. Yesterday, I weighed in at 77.1 kg (12.14 stone). Sigh. I thought it was the huge Indian meal I had the night before, but today I was only 100 grams lighter. Obviously, my waistline has also gone up to 81 cm (31.9 inches) as well and I’m back to two holes again in my belt. That’s what you get for drinking a glass of wine every day and eating as if there’s no tomorrow.

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Needless to say, there hasn’t been much change…

Exercise

We’ve been horseriding on Saturday, and I’m still walking like a seasoned cowboy. All those exercises and stretches I’ve been doing these past weeks haven’t done much to alleviate the muscle ache I’m feeling at the moment. Mind you, as I was the most experienced rider, they put me on the slowpoke, and I had to work my butt off (I wish) to keep this animal going. I suppose it could have been a lot worse if I hadn’t done those exercises.

Diet

Diet? What’s that? Can you eat it? 🙂 Honestly, apart from that one salad I made myself for lunch, I haven’t been sticking to any form of diet at all. I’ve been snacking and boozing for the last week. I’m terrible when my kids are home (not that my kids drink alcohol!). We sit in front of the TV, stuffing ourselves while binge-watching series we’ve already seen before. It’s a great time, but detrimental for the waistline.

Anyhow, next week I’ll be at it again. Starving myself and getting out of bed to do my exercises early in the morning. Fingers crossed I can make my words come true!

My Weight Loss Journey – Week 12

Week 12

Summary

Especially for this week, the end of the first quarter of the year on my weight loss journey, I have made a graph of my progress, showing my weight (in kg) and my waistline (in cm).

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As you can see, both lines have the steepest slope at the beginning of the year, after I had been eating and drinking too much during the Christmas holidays. What is also very notable is that since I began doing the HASfit exercises in week 6 (week 7 on the graph as it starts with week 1 instead of week 0; I don’t know how to change this in Excel), my waistline has taken a dive even though my weight hasn’t changed much. I haven’t done much exercising these last two weeks, hence the flatlining of both graphs at the end. They’re not going up though, and I’m very happy with that.

Do I feel any permanent changes? Not really. I still crave the unhealthy things in life. What has changed, is that I like my salads for lunch. But that’s about it. You’ve got to start somewhere, though!

Results

I was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t gain any weight over Easter. I didn’t eat a lot of chocolate eggs, I must confess, but didn’t eat very healthy either. My weight was the lowest official weight since I began with 75.6kg (11.9 stone). My waistline is the same with 80.5 cm (31.7 inches).

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… and the side view…

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To be honest, I don’t feel like I’ve lost a lot of weight. My belt buckle says I have, and my waistline and scales say I have, but I don’t feel like it. I suppose I need to start exercising again to feel fitter and healthier and have a more positive outlook on the whole experience. I will do that… just not today 🙂

Exercise

Somehow, I couldn’t make myself do any exercises. Not the yoga, not the HASfit ones. I don’t know why. My shoulder is still sore now and again, making sleeping uncomfortable, and you’d think for this reason only I would do what the physio told me to do. But I don’t. I have been incredibly busy with my blogging and book though, which is my excuse. Not a valid one as I need to realize there is more to life than being online. If it was making me money, it would possibly be more valid, but it doesn’t, not a penny, so why do I make such an effort and spend so much time on it? Good question. Let me know if you find the answer!

In the meantime, I have been getting some exercise yesterday whilst working in the garden. Today it is filled with snow, but yesterday we had a dry afternoon, and I did some pruning. I also decided to gather some rocks from a fallen drywall and collected them in one spot, so we can use them again when we’re repairing the wall again. That was a good hour’s work with stretching, bending, and lifting.

Diet

As mentioned before, I didn’t indulge in a lot of chocolate over Easter. I did eat my usual ice cream for dessert and had a glass of wine with my husband now and again. Healthy lunches were sort of off the menu for a while as were breakfast for that matter as we slept in on the weekend. When I go shopping again, I’ll make sure I buy some healthy diet options  🙂

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My Weight Loss Journey – Week 11

Week 11

Summary

This last week has been a pain, literally. My shoulder has been playing up big time. I have done the exercises the physio told me to do. Not often enough, though. I did them twice, one of which was this morning. I’m afraid I’m not a good patient. I have been able to sleep without pain for the last two nights, but only last night without painkillers. What I did do was order a new, little keyboard, so I don’t have to reach out with my arm to get to the mouse. I think it helps. My husband thinks I’m too much on my phone, and he may be right. No chance in hell I’m going to change that though 🙂

Exercise

As I’ve been in such pain and sleeping terribly, I haven’t done a lot of exercising. I just couldn’t find the motivation. My daughter was fine with skipping yoga as well, so no push from that side to do it either.

Diet

As expected, when I start to lose weight, I start eating again. I’ve been drinking glasses of wine and eating snacks (crisps/chips) and desserts (ice cream mainly). No biscuits with my tea in the afternoon, I’ve been good about that. I’m still eating half a cup of bird food (sunflower seeds, pumpkin pips, almonds, raisins, walnuts) every afternoon. My dinners are still smaller than they used to be and with fewer carbs (pasta/potato/rice).

Results

I was pleasantly surprised this morning that I didn’t gain any weight. I’m still 75.7 kg (11.9 stone). My waistline also hasn’t changed; still 80.5 cm (31.7 inches). Not bad for all the eating, drinking, and non-exercise I’ve done. But if I want to start losing weight again, I need to eat less and exercise more. It’s only logic.

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I know I said I wouldn’t smile in photos anymore, but I couldn’t hide my smug face as I just found out I didn’t gain any weight after not exercising and eating and drinking the way I did 🙂

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I still have a long way to go, but we’re heading in the right direction. Just look at that butt!

My Weight Loss Journey – Week 10

Week 10

Summary

Woohoo! I finally did it! My weight finally, officially dropped below the dreaded 76kg! It was a long and winding road, but I made it to this milestone. All I needed was a weekend without celebrating one thing or another.

Was it a good week? No, it wasn’t. I was going down my rabbit hole of depression as I have finished writing my trilogy and am at a bit of a loss for what to write next. My brain can’t seem to focus on anything, and all I want to do is eat and play this puzzle game on my phone. I should spend this precious time reading up on all those lovely indie authors whom I promised to read their books. And promoting my books…

Exercise

Needless to say, I didn’t stick to my exercise routine. I didn’t do any yoga either over the weekend, not the new ones or the old ones. Result: a terribly locked up-right shoulder that keeps me from sleeping without painkillers. I took the armrests off my desk chair yesterday in the hope this alleviated the pain, but it only seems to have made it worse. As a last resort, I have swapped my large keyboard for a narrower one, hoping that not having to reach out with my right arm to get to my mouse helps. I’ve only been sitting like this for 1.5 hours now and I can already feel my back starting to hurt. It appears that my back muscles are not as strong as my front muscles, pulling me into a fetal position; i.e. with a crooked back. I need to do strengthening exercises for my back muscles so they can compensate the pulling at the front.

Results

As mentioned, I am very proud to tell you that my weight this morning was 75.7kg (11.9 stone) and my waist has shrunken yet again to 80.5 cm (31.7 inches). I must admit that measuring my waist is slightly subjective, but I do my best not to lie to myself 🙂 .

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I tried to smile for the photo, but it seems like I have a toothache. I won’t do it again.

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I find this photo shows the best what I have achieved so far. My belly is almost at boob-level, my thighs are a smidgen less fat, and my butt has a nicer shape. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I think my arm is also a smidgen less fat. Could be it only looks that way because of the shade though.

Last week, I was so chaotic that I completely forgot to post my meal photos! I haven’t been taking a lot of photos anyway because they’re beginning to get a bit repetitive, but here they are from the last two weeks.

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My goal for next week is to exercise every day and get rid of this back problem 🙂

 

My Weight Loss Journey – Week 9

Week 9

Summary

So sorry for the late post this week, but I’ve got bad news and good news. The good news is that my waist is shrinking and that my weight keeps going down.

The bad news is that my weight goes up on Mondays and Tuesdays and I, again, didn’t hit my aimed weight for this week. I completely forgot it was Mothers’ Day last Sunday and was given a box of chocolates and a box of licorice (as that’s the thing you give your mother who’s on a diet). My weight has been below the 76kg during the rest of the week for over two weeks now, but I can’t seem to keep it low on Tuesdays. Very frustrating.

The worst news, though, is that I’ve hit that point where I’m fed up with this dieting. I crave cookies, desserts, and treats. And I eat them. They say you make things a habit after three months, but I never seem to make it to three months. I’ll try and keep on going as my waistline and weight keep being a positive reminder I’m doing the right thing, but exercising is a hit and miss at the moment.

Results

Like I said, my weight was not what I wanted it to be on Tuesday as it was 76.1kg (12 stone). Today it’s 75.5kg (11.89 stone) again. WTF?! It’s as if it continually teases me on purpose. I’m very tempted to make Thursdays my weigh-in day, but I’m not a quitter 🙂 . My belt has definitely moved into another notch and have only one left. It measured 81cm (31.8 inches) I’ll get there!

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I have noted these last weeks that I hold my right shoulder higher than my left. No idea why. Must have something to do with my right shoulder being tighter and always causing me problems. That said, my left shoulder joint is definitely looser than the right as it keeps ‘popping’ when I do exercises. I also appear to lean more forward on the photo of W0. Was my belly that heavy? 🙂

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As I’m looking for ways to keep myself motivated, I ‘shadowed’ my current image over the one from week 2 (where I wear the same bra). The difference is minimal, but I’m definitely shrinking, most notably on the front. Note my hair has also grown 🙂 .

Btw, to minimalize the differences in the image taken, I measure the distance from the top of my shoulder to the bottom of my heel.
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All in all, I’m not doing badly. I’m just struggling with eating healthy and doing my exercises at the moment. I hope these images give me enough boost to keep on going. I’ll also be trying some new yoga exercises to spice it up. I’ll persevere!

My Weight Loss Journey – Week 7 & 8

Week 7 & 8

Summary

As I mentioned in Week 6, I was afraid I was losing muscle instead of fat, so I began doing exercises next to my yoga. As I had been doing yoga for six weeks, I felt my joints were ready for some more movement. My dear Canadian friend Stephanie mentioned HASfit to me, an online exercise program. She has been doing the daily exercises religiously for a few months already and has lost over 10kg. This result convinced me to try it out. You can do it from home, whenever you want (but daily with two rest days per week), and on the fitness level that suits you. I’ve started the foundation program, and I can tell you; it’s hard work! My body isn’t used to all that movement anymore and tries to fight me, but the HASfit instructors keep me focussed and motivated. They show you how to down or upgrade every single exercise, which is great when you have joint problems.

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I can’t seem to get my weight under the 76kg on Tuesdays as the last two weekends I have been indulging myself. My weight drops, only to rise again after the weekend. The weekend before last I had a birthday party, and my husband took me out for a delayed Valentine’s Day celebration (see the temptations above!). This last weekend we went to Glasgow to see Imagine Dragons. Of course, this came with a lovely Sunday roast at the Rait Antique Centre (including sticky toffee pudding!) and a scrumptious dinner at TGI Friday. No wonder my weight loss is going so slow! 🙂

Results

My weight this morning was 76.1 kg (11.98 stone), but most of the time it’s been under 76kg. I’m confident that next week I will officially go beneath the 76kg! I’ve given up on measuring my waist with my belt and have given in to properly measuring it with a measuring tape. Last week, it was 83.5cm (32.9 inches) and this week 82.5cm (32.5 inches). Whether this is a result of the diet or the exercise, I don’t know. My bet is on the exercise, considering what I’ve been eating and drinking 🙂 . I did notice that I can almost tighten my belt a notch further!

Here are the photos of Week 7.

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Not much change again, at least not visible.

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No other change than that more rounded belly. Now on to Week 8.

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And sideways…

W0-8SIt’s a slow going process, but I’m okay with that. I’m still enjoying nice food in the meantime and not completely starving myself. I like the salads I make for lunch as they are more appetizing than plain sandwiches. I do need to curb my dinners crawling back to the way they were, with rice, pasta, and potatoes. Now fingers crossed I don’t need to celebrate anything soon!

Here are some images of the lovely stuff I’ve been eating the last two weeks:

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My Weight Loss Journey – Week 6

Week 6

Summary

Something’s wrong. I’m not sure what. I was on the scales today and I lost weight. Yay! Not a lot, but we’re on a downward spiral. So what’s wrong? When I was compiling my photos for today, I had the enlightening idea of pasting a shadow of myself today over the photo I took when I started out. And guess what? Nothing has changed!!! That’s what’s wrong. Great disappointment.

I guess, like I said last week, my fat is getting less dense. Or I’m losing muscle. But nothing in my body shape has changed. At all. Very depressing. I’ve almost finished my book, just missed the deadline yesterday. I only had ten pages of correction to go still (also very depressing). But it means I will have more time to be more active in and around the house. I hope this will burn more calories than sitting on my butt behind the computer all day.

Results

I weighed 76.2 kg this morning (11.99 stone) and my waistline hasn’t changed.

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No change.

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No change.

I haven’t been sticking to the diet either. On the weekend we went to the movies and I had a fast-food burger. I only found out afterward that it contained 1100kcal. 1100! And that was without the fries I had with it. I didn’t take a lot of photos of my meals this week as I have been too busy working on finishing my book. My husband cooked most of the time and, I’m afraid to say out loud, they weren’t the most conventional meals. I am grateful he did it without complaining, though. I love him to bits!

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I wonder why I starve myself if nothing is changing, but my weight is going down, so I keep on going. Maybe I’ll hit the gym this week now I have more time.

My Weight Loss Journey – Week 5

Week 5

Summary

It’s not been easy, and I haven’t lost as much as I hoped, but we’re on a downward curve again. What I noticed the last week or so, is that my skin has been itchy, especially around my hips. Could it be because I’m shrinking??? LOL! That would be great. I’m not feeling any smaller yet, but my belly fat feels softer. You know, when I started it was hard fat, now I can actually feel the muscles underneath the fat.

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The yoga is also not as bad as I thought. I’ve been doing the new routine for two weeks now, and I haven’t had a problem with my hallux limitus at all. When I do the Lunge pose (see image above), I turn my foot slightly to put more stretch on my other toes and my big toe joint doesn’t hurt. When I began this pose, I actually cheated. I put my knee of the leg going backward on the floor instead of being on just my two feet. For the last two days, I have done it properly and, to my surprise, without falling over. It is a difficult pose, I’d even say the most difficult pose (for me), but I’m persevering. One day, I’ll be able to do it without any effort 🙂 . I still can’t get my leg to move from the Downward-facing Dog into the Lunge (in between my arms) without taking one hand off the floor. Not sure if that’s because my belly is in the way or my arms are too short. LOL!

Results

As expected, no change in my waistline. I weighed 76.7kg (12.07 stone) yesterday (I did all the measuring and photographing yesterday, I just didn’t have time to put it online) which is almost a whole kilogram off last week’s weight.  I was worried I didn’t lose any, so I’m quite happy with this result.

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I don’t know, but I think I’m beginning to get a bit of a waistline. It’s hard to see in the W0 photo, though, so not sure. Maybe it’s just wishful thinking.

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Not much change in this view. Maybe a smidgen of fat off my back behind my arms (shoulderblade height). Could be my pose though.

Diet

I’ve not been sticking to my diet. I had carb cravings all the time! Caused by all that eating of nice food in Holland, I guess. I’ve been eating ice creams for dessert over the weekend, and had some alcohol-free beers. Not as bad as real beer, but still 50kcal per bottle. I’ve varied my nut intake, adding walnuts and pumpkin seeds to the mix. I’m curbing the walnuts a little as they contain quite a bit of fat.

My husband has also started to curb his carb intake! We’re all going to be so healthy 🙂 . I tried to make pancakes out of almond flour yesterday (Shrove Tuesday), but that didn’t work. First of all, it tasted like carboard. And it burnt before I could flip it over. So the pancake you see in the images below is a normal pancake (with bacon, raisins, and banana; mjam!). The Mediterranean vegetable pie was made by my husband.

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 Even though I was tempted by my family’s desserts, I did lose weight. Let’s see what next week will bring.

My Weight Loss Journey – Week 3

Week 3

Summary

I’m still going strong after twenty-one days! I lost weight, and I eat a lot better. I’m still struggling. I do. There are moments when I get incredibly hungry. I have cravings too. But I don’t give in. During these moments of temptation, I keep visualizing the body I want to have; lean and healthy. That keeps me going. It doesn’t mean I never eat when I’m hungry. What I do is, I eat a healthy snack like almonds and sunflower seeds (I must admit the latter are the cardboard version of all seeds).

This week, I’ve also begun a new yoga sequence. I had wanted to do this on Sunday, but I forgot, so I tried them out this morning. They are hard! My biggest problem is the Downward-Facing Dog (see the image for the pose. It always reminds me of Chuck from the Angry Birds movie 🙂 ). See, I have a hallux limitus. Hallux means toe and limitus refers to the range of motion. In other words; I can’t bend my big toe. It’s not the same as hallux rigidus, in which there is arthritis and the joint is painful. It’s only painful if I’ve been trying to bend it further than it can, like walking on high heels. It sucks (metaphorically, of course).

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This wouldn’t be a problem if I could put my foot flat on the floor like in the image, but I also suffer from extremely short tendons. This means my ankles suffer the most from this problem. Walking uphill, in particular, is a struggle, causing cramps in my calf muscles as they are overstretched. You see my problem with this pose?

Results

Enough whining. Here are my results for this week.

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Not too much difference, apart from the near absence of shade on my belly. I do realize I should have worn the same bra in W0, oops. I also realize now that I may be holding my breath in the W3 shot (my boobs are higher). Next week, I’ll make sure I don’t.

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From the side, there isn’t much difference to W2 at first glance. Have a look again at the images below and note the areas the arrows are pointing at.

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The ‘apex’ of my belly has come down and is less pronounced, and the saggy bottom bit has disappeared! I’m most happy with that last item as I thought it was ugly. I hoped it was just my pants not sitting tight, but no, it really was my butt. But it’s gone now and I’m doing a happy dance 🙂 .

Diet

I stepped on the scales this morning (btw, did you realize that’s why I have a snake’s skin in my header?) and my weight was 76.2 kg (12 stone). I’m afraid I can’t do the comparison with my belt as I’m wearing pants sitting lower on my hips, giving a false reading.

My biggest struggle this week was deciding whether I want to go the keto diet route or the paleo diet route. Both have their attractions, both have their problems for me.

Going the keto diet way means no carbs. Not any. I can’t do that. They are reduced in my diet, big time, but to go without completely is impossible for me. I have a family to feed and they do want their rice and potatoes and pasta and wraps and don’t have time to prepare two separate meals types every day. I have had a look at the snacks and basically see triple bypass options, with hors d’oevres dripping with cheese and fatty meats. So that’s not going to happen.

Regarding the Paleo diet, I like the idea. Going back to your roots. But eating legumes is completely against the keto diet. They clash in that respect. Also, it means a lot of foods that my kids don’t like. I tried for my daughter to eat blueberries. Didn’t work. Not even when I put sugar on them. She just doesn’t like any berries, hot or cold (and no onions, no peppers, no egg, and my son doesn’t eat cheese or fish. They don’t leave me many options).

This means I have to go with the flow. I do my thing for breakfast and lunch, but dinners are a compromise.

Here are some of the things I’ve been eating this week:

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Next weekend, we’re celebrating my father-in-law’s eightiest birthday, big party. Dieting will be hard, so wish me luck!