A Weighty Issue

As we all know, I have some concerns about my body (it’s too round) and my weight (I’m too heavy). It’s affected my confidence and general… I don’t know the word I’m looking for. I’ve been trying to lose weight – but have found it difficult to stick to anything long-term.

And now, I’ve finally realised what my problem is. Choices.

See – I was fine doing the Clean 9, right? I got into it, I felt good, I exercised – the whole lot. My downfall is when I have choices… I mean we all like having options – but when it comes to food, choices don’t suit me. Days 1 & 2 were hard – but I could do it. Because there it all was in front of me:

Take X amount of ‘this’ in the morning. Take ‘this’ for a snack. Take X amount of ‘this’ at this time… Easy, no? I didn’t have to think about it.

Days 3 – 9 were a bit more difficult. When I’m told, have a healthy meal and make sure it’s only X amount of calories, I struggle. Maybe I’m just lazy? Thinking of something healthy, weighing the food out, etc. And it’s no secret that I’m a ‘can’t cook, won’t cook’ type of person! Yes, I think I’m just lazy. Also – if I’m out for dinner or something, I tend to eat everything I see. I’m not joking.

Anyway, so my plan was to do the Clean 9 again once I got back from London. But then what? I was even going to move onto FIT1 after that. But again – it’s too many choices of meals! James told me it was really easy – instead of eating meals, I should just eat fruit. Could I do that, though?

But then…

Before I left, I heard about Cambridge Weight Plan (CWP). I read about it. And then I read some more. And then re-read what I’d already read. And I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I could do this!

As far as I can tell, CWP came to Nigeria in 2010 (I think?). I’m not going to go into the whole how it works and what you do – please click the links above. The first link is for the UK site and the second for the Nigeria site.

All the consultants are fully trained. And the products are only available through a CWP consultant.

The success stories are amazing! While I was desperate to do this – I had to find out about the cost – and I couldn’t find anything on the Nigeria site about how much it is. Let’s face it – I’m not paying for it myself. Poor LagosDad.

On Friday, I took the plunge. I found my nearest consultant and emailed her. She replied very quickly and efficiently. The office is open six days a week, so on Saturday morning I went there.

The ladies there went through the diet with me. I filled out a form with all my details and any medical issues (none). They measured my height and weight to figure out my BMI (I am officially overweight) and we decided on which plan I would need. I want to lose at least 15 kg, so I’m on 800 calories a day for at least the next two weeks. My measurements (arms, waist, hips, bust, thighs) were taken and recorded.

I paid N42,500. This included the consultation, meals for two weeks (soups, shakes and porridges – in a variety of flavours (I took extra soups and shakes instead of the porridge)) and a shaker thingy for the shakes. They have a summer promotion on at the moment, so the cost would normally be N52,500.

Although I’ve paid for two weeks already, I still have to go in every week – to be weighed and have my measurements taken. So if I start on Monday, I have to go in the following Monday and each Monday after that.

After two weeks, I then have to pay N14,500 per week for all my meals. It’s roughly the same price as in the UK.

It’s not cheap. LagosDad wasn’t thrilled – but he got over it.

So… I start tomorrow. Eeks!

The New C9 – Days 3 to 9

Day 3

I weighed myself first thing in the morning and saw that I’d lost 2 kg. I was rather ecstatic! But as the day progressed I managed to convince myself that I’d read the scale wrong and that I’d only lost 1 kg. Why? Because I made the mistake of weighing myself again (later in the day) and the numbers were higher. It was a silly thing to do – because they do say that your weight will fluctuate – especially on days 3 – 5.

I followed all the instructions as I was meant to – and, I was surprised that I felt quite energetic all day! I dropped Vins off at summer camp in the morning, rushed home to collect Booni, took him to playgroup, brought him back home, did my 30 Day Shred DVD, rushed into the shower, rushed to collect Vins and then went to the supermarket. I had NO time to think about food until after my afternoon protein shake. It was only once I sat down and relaxed that I decided I couldn’t wait to eat! I spent the whole afternoon waiting for 8 pm and dinner.

On days 3 – 9, you’re allowed a 600 calorie meal for dinner. I had some whole wheat pasta with mushrooms and broccoli. It was… disappointing. It was good. But it was disappointing. I didn’t weigh out all the food to make sure it was 600 calories, I just kind of hoped it wasn’t more!

I slept really well on days 1 and 2 and was surprised that it took me so long to fall asleep on day 3. I put it down to having food in my tummy!

Day 4

I woke up tired – but that’s because I hadn’t slept well. I had the Forever Garcinia Plus soft gels, the aloe vera gel (followed by 250 ml of water as recommended), the Forever Therm tablet and the protein shake.

There was no playgroup, so I was able to exercise for a bit longer. I found my Davina McCall Body Buff DVD and did the warm up, arms, abs and stretch bits.

Lunch was the same as breakfast. In the afternoon I thought I’d share an apple with Booni – so he had a slice and I had the rest!

I was ready to eat dinner very early. My tummy was growling by 6 pm. However, my children had other ideas. While putting Vins to sleep, Booni woke. After getting Booni back to sleep, I had to go back to Vins. I didn’t end up eating until about 9 pm! I had Quinoa with chicken and stir-fried vegetables. It was rather yummy! Again, I didn’t weigh any of the food. I mean, there’s no way a bowl of Quinoa and vegetables can be more than 600 calories. Right?

Day 5

I woke up feeling quite energised! This was the first day where I didn’t have to check the instructions to see what to have and in what order – it was automatic. Good, no? I dropped Vins off, came back for Booni and went to playgroup. After coming back from playgroup I did the Davina DVD again. This time I did the warm up, boxing, abs and stretch parts. I felt GREAT! I showered and got dressed. Today, for the first time in ages, maybe years, I tucked my shirt into my shorts! I’m not saying I looked better. My arse is still a mile wide. And the shirt was big! I don’t know if I looked any slimmer. But I felt good!

I also found myself looking forward to working out the next day. Who’d have thought??

Because I worked out for a little longer, I was running late to collect Vins – so I waited until we came home before having “lunch”. This was probably a mistake as I had two errands to do before coming home and the traffic was horrendous. I ended up having my shake at 4 pm and I was starving!

I had an early dinner of rice noodles and stir-fried chicken and vegetables. Delicious!

Day 6

Funnily enough, I woke early this morning. Not early, early. But Vin didn’t have to wake me. And I felt refreshed. I’m usually so sluggish in the morning, but I was up and ready to start the day (makes you sick, no?).

Day 6 is a “weigh day”. But I forgot. I had my two Forever Garcinia softgels and then remembered! I was disappointed to see I’d only lost 2 kg. Or that I hadn’t lost any weight since day 3. Or had I misread on day 3 and lost one more kilo? In any case, I was only two kilos down from my original weight. I’d read on many sites that it was possible to lose from five to nine kilos on this  cleanse. Surely I should have lost more than that?

After dropping Vin off at camp I came back to my Davina DVD. I did the warm up, legs and core, arms, abs and stretch bits. I was very pleased with myself. It was much more than I normally do!

After showering, I took my measurements. I was going to wait until day 9 before doing this, but thought I had to see that this was all worth it. I’d lost one inch from my waist, one inch from my thighs, one inch from each arm and one inch from my neck. This was good. But not good enough. Shouldn’t more inches and kilos have come off?

I had my “lunch” on time and felt pretty good. I started to feel a bit peckish by late afternoon, so decided to have an apple. I think it made me hungrier!

It was also my in laws’ wedding anniversary on this day. I ordered them the most gorgeous chocolate cake. We cut the cake together. And I cut a slice for Vins. But I didn’t have any. I didn’t even lick my fingers 🙂

Instead, I had an early dinner of stir-fried tofu and vegetables (yes, again) with rice noodles. I think it was during dinner that I realised I’d bought the wrong noodles. I was meant to buy whole wheat Udon noodles. Oops. Will it affect my weight loss?

Day 7

While pouring my morning aloe vera gel, I suddenly realised that there wouldn’t be enough to last me through to day 9. Now what?

I had “breakfast” as usual, and after dropping Vins off and doing some stuff around the house, I did the Body Buff DVD again. This time I did the warm up, boxing, abs, arms and stretch. I had a good ache in my legs for the rest of the day!

I had my softgels, aloe vera gel and water, Forever therm and protein shake on time. The aloe vera gel finished. Oh dear.

One thing I never mentioned before is the Forever Fiber. It’s a small sachet, which is meant to be mixed with water as a ‘snack’. I had this every day after my workout. It didn’t taste of anything, but it was annoying because it never dissolved properly and there were bits floating around in my water!

My in laws had a dinner at home on day 7. I did what was expected of me and hung about downstairs, offering people drinks, etc. I had my own dinner before the guests arrived, so I didn’t feel too tempted to  eat the onion cakes, kebabs, red pepper cheese and all the other very yummy looking food that was served! I was pretty proud of myself!

The nanny was off, so it was a long night with Vin and Booni. They both woke at 1 am and wouldn’t go back to sleep. They both wanted cuddles to go back to sleep – and I couldn’t manage them both at the same time. Vins didn’t want to sleep in his bed and Booni refused to settle in his cot. So at 3 am we all ended up in my bed. Just as well LagosDad was out of town!

Day 8

Booni was up at 7 am and I was exhausted! I handed him over to the nanny and got back into bed. But I couldn’t get back to sleep. Vins woke at 8 am and started demanding breakfast, so we went downstairs.

As soon as he finished, I got into my gym clothes, had my Forever Garcinia Plus and went down to have my protein shake about thirty minutes later. The aloe had run out the day before, and I kind of missed it. Strange, huh?

I was feeling pretty lazy and didn’t actually do my workout until about 1 pm. Instead, I fed Booni grapes and a pancake. And did some catching up on season 4 of Homeland! Also, I spent my time thinking about which workout to do. I was feeling too lazy to do a ‘proper’ workout. In the end I did Davina’s Body Buff DVD again. I surprised myself by doing the warm up, boxing, abs, arms, abs again and the stretch!

I spent the rest of the day relaxing (in bed) and in the late afternoon I treated myself to a massage. I hadn’t had one in ages and my legs and shoulders were aching. It was so good!

I had an early dinner of Quinoa, chicken and vegetables (Chinese style).

Day 9

I couldn’t believe the last day had come around so fast! I slept well the night before, and woke up ready to work out. I weighed myself first. I have lost a grand total of… 2.5 kg. What a disappointment!

After that I was feeling a little unmotivated and took my time getting dressed and sorting myself out.

I finally got my workout in. I did Davina’s Body Buff again. I did the warm up, boxing, abs, arms and stretch. I wore my Zaggora  HotPants for the first time in a very long time (they’re not actually hotpants, by the way!). I’d forgotten what they felt like – it was kind of difficult to move around in them, but I sweated a lot more! I wish I’d thought of them sooner.

I was planning to continue having the shakes for breakfast and lunch – but the formula ran out at breakfast. I’ve already ordered another from Jumia (chocolate this time), but I don’t know how long it’s going to take to get here! They actually recommend having a 200 calorie meal (on day 9) for lunch instead of the shake (I was trying to take the easy way out!). Now that I was shakeless, I had two apples and five grapes instead. I was quite full afterwards and then started worrying about how many calories there were in apples and had I gone over my two hundred calorie limit!

By mid-afternoon I started feeling peckish again. Now I could have gone and had some more grapes. Or another apple. Or even some cucumber. But I decided that popcorn would do. Homemade salted popcorn. One cup is 55 calories. I know I shouldn’t have done it – but I did. I had a cup of popcorn.

LagosDad came back from his work trip in Amsterdam (pfft) and unpacked about a million packets of chocolate biscuits, cheeses and chocolates. I’m so glad he wasn’t here while I was doing this – I don’t think I’d have been able to stick to it!

We had dinner and watched Homeland until 1 am.

I forgot to take my measurements on day 9, so I took them this morning (Monday – the day after day 9 instead). I’ve lost two inches from my tummy and two inches from my chest, one inch from my thighs, each arm and my neck. I’m not totally happy with my results. What did I do wrong? I probably should have weighed my food every day – to make sure I hadn’t gone over 600 calories.

Anyway – so disappointed was I, I had a (thin) slice of that chocolate cake from my in laws’ anniversary. And then I felt guilty.

So that’s that. That’s my New C9. All over and done with!

Forever FIT 1 next.

Clean 9 Detox – Days 1 and 2

My Clean 9 Detox pack arrived on Tuesday morning (see previous post about drama surrounding delivery) and I just couldn’t wait to get started on Wednesday morning.

I woke on Wednesday morning, had my two Garcinia Plus soft gels and waited 20 minutes before having the 120 ml of Aloe Vera gel.  I’d read several reviews about this detox and all of them said that the Aloe Vera gel tastes disgusting.  I thought I was prepared for how disgusting.  Really, I wasn’t.  I don’t even know how to describe the taste.

You’re then meant to do twenty minutes of exercise.  I didn’t do my full workout – only about forty minutes.

I had a mid-morning snack of Bee Pollen tablets (yum, yum).

Lunch consisted of two Garcinia Plus tablets, 120 ml of Aloe Vera gel (puke), a meal replacement vanilla shake (300 ml) and two more Bee Pollen tablets.  All the reviews I read said that the shakes were yummy.  For me…  I’m not so sure.  It might be because of the UHT milk we get here.  But it is certainly better than the Aloe Vera!

I have to say, I wasn’t hungry.  But I wanted to eat.  

I had a nap while V napped (has anyone noticed how I’m not pushing him to drop his afternoon nap?) and then took him out to meet a friend later in the afternoon.

My friend wanted to buy him a chocolate brownie.  So we were in a restaurant for about an hour or so.  

I found myself getting hungrier.  Or maybe not hungry – but I wanted to eat.  I wanted French fries.  I wanted an omelette.  I wanted a bite of Vinay’s cake.

As it happens, I had to go do groceries after that.  We all know going to the supermarket when hungry is a big mistake.  BIG.  Everything (and I really mean everything) I saw on the shelves suddenly looked ten times more delicious.  I wanted to buy and eat things I’d never even tried before!

By the time we got home I had a headache, I was tired and I was hungry.

I had dinner (two Garcinia Plus soft gels and 120 ml of Aloe Vera gel) and lay down for a bit.

V went to bed eventually and my headache got worse.

LagosDad sat down to have his dinner and I suddenly felt very, very sick.

After throwing up all the Aloe Vera gel (tmi?) I got into bed and slept for 10 hours.  

Thank God day 1 was over.

I woke on day 2 (yesterday) feeling pretty… ok, actually.  The structure of the ‘meals’ was the same as the day before, but I didn’t have any headaches, I didn’t feel hungry and I didn’t throw up!

I forced LagosDad to try the Aloe Vera gel, which he did reluctantly.  He then proceeded to tell me that it wasn’t *that* bad and that I was making it worse for myself by taking so long to drink it. *tuts* (What does he know anyway?)

I was able to sit with him while he had his dinner.  I wasn’t hungry (I’d had my dinner) – but I couldn’t stop watching him while he ate.  The food just looked so good!

At about 10 pm I started to feel a bit hungry, so I had some more Aloe Vera gel.  Why would I do that to myself?!

Today is Day 3.  The structure of meals/tablets, etc. is a bit different.  But what I’m so excited about is…

I get to have a meal!  I’m busy planning my 600 calorie dinner.

I can’t wait to eat!

Oh – I had to take my measurements on Day 1 and then again on Day 3.

I have lost 1 inch from around my waist, none from my hips, 0.5 inches from my thighs and 1.5 inches from around my chest.  And I’ve lost 1.5 kilos.

I’ll take measurements again on Day 6.