Enough is Enough

I’ve tried it all, haven’t I?

Clean 9, Cambridge Weight Plan, exercising (kind of) – and I ALWAYS fall off the wagon. Why?

My relationship with food is not a healthy one. I go through phases where I eat and eat – whatever I want, whenever I want. And I go through phases where I’m pretty good.

Lately, it’s been difficult. I told you about having the cafeteria right next to my classroom, right? Last month, I was feeling fat, like nothing fit me and like I couldn’t be bothered to do anything about it. I exercised a few times – but couldn’t walk for a few days afterwards as I’d overdone it a bit!

After my birthday (yes, I am now 39) I decided that I’d had enough of feeling like that and went to see a nutritionist and “fat loss expert”. People I know already “see” someone (“see” because she doesn’t live here – everything is done online). She tells them what to eat, how much of it and if they go out to eat, she tells them what they can and can’t eat from that particular restaurant. Friends told me to try it out, but, to be honest, I was scared. Scared that I’d be told I couldn’t eat particular things in my favorite restaurants, denied my favorite foods at home, etc. I didn’t want to feel as though I was missing out on anything.

I think I may have realized that drinking two Cokes every weekend, eating pizza every Sunday and having a chocolate brownie and/or French fries every day was not going to help me lose any weight, or make me feel better about myself. Therefore – nutritionist and fat loss expert.

So I met with her on a Saturday morning. She weighed me and measured my body fat, etc. We chatted for a while about the type of food I eat, my timings, etc. She then gave me a meal plan and told me to follow it for two weeks. It involves green juice, salad, a bit of chicken, fruit, spinach – all very healthy stuff. She also said I had to do an hour of cardio every day. An HOUR? Of CARDIO? That’s like the worst thing in the world – ever. Anyway, so I wasn’t happy about it, but I did it. So for two weeks, I followed the diet. I slipped up once – I will NEVER say no to apple crumble!

Then we were traveling last week – so I called her and told her I was worried that I’d undo all the good I’d done. She sent me a holiday plan. It was very doable. But I didn’t do it!! We were on the move all day, and making avocado smoothies just wasn’t possible. Having said that, I think I was pretty good. I mean, I ate – but I didn’t really overdo it.

We got back on Sunday and I started the clean eating again on Monday. I feel pretty good. I haven’t had a Coke or a chocolate brownie in 3.5 weeks!

Anyway, so this is something I’m hoping that I can stick to long-term.

Let’s see!

Weighting Around

It’s been over a month since I’ve come off the Cambridge Weight Plan diet and I think I’m kind of doing ok.

Well, I’m trying not to put on what I’ve already lost! After coming off Cambridge, I definitely put on a kilo or two. I suppose you can’t go from five hundred or six hundred calories a day for three weeks to about a thousand calories a day and not expect to put any weight on. I think I put on one or two kilos.

The first couple of weeks were difficult as I was trying to control myself, but struggled a bit.

However, I think I’m managing quite well now.

The exercise isn’t going very well, but I’m being careful about what I eat.

Generally, my diet consists of boiled eggs, salad, mung salad, fruit, stir fried vegetables and a bit of chicken or chicken salad. No oil. No fat. And I’m trying to have any sugar. But that generally depends on where I am in my cycle! If we’re going out – then I eat what I like. If we’re going out several times in the week, I’m a bit careful about what I choose to eat.

In the past I’ve rarely thought about whether I’m making a good decision when it comes to choosing food off a menu – but I suppose I have to start now. Apparently the older you get, the harder it is to shift excess weight. Great.

Anyway, I’m going to try!

So… Here’s to the next ten kilos!

 

ROCKTOBER!

Ok…  Here it is…

You know I’ve been saying that it’s been really tough for me to get back into my exercise routine since I got back from holiday, right?  It’s been weeks now.  I came back on August 16th.  And I’ve started working out again.  But I only started two weeks ago and I’ve only managed a couple of times each week.

You’d think that the fact that I’ve dropped a dress size would make me more motivated.  But it really hasn’t.  I’m a bit tired of feeling disappointed in myself every day.

I’ve been drinking a lot of Coke and since V’s birthday on 7th September, we’ve had a lot of cake in the house ALL the time.  And yes, I’ve been eating it.

So now I’m going to do Betty Rocker’s Fitness Challenge – Rocktober.  And I’m telling you about it so that I HAVE to do it!

The first video came yesterday, but because of the time difference between here and the US, I’d already showered and gone out.

So today… I start!

Anyone joining me?

Anyone?

Back Into It

Before we went to Dubai in March (for my sister’s 40th), I was chatting with my mum on WhatsApp. She told me to bring my gym clothes. I think I made some excuse and cut the conversation short.

Did my mother not know me at all? I wasn’t going to go the gym!

As you know, since then I’ve gotten a bit ‘into it’. The whole exercising daily, eating healthy thing.

So when we went to Dubai last month, I decided to take my gym stuff with me (shock, horror, I know).

I took my trainers, two pairs of HotPants, two t-shirts and some socks.

I exercised twice.

I thought about it a lot – but just didn’t quite manage to actually do it.

It’s the thought that counts, though. Right?

So now I’m back and have been for 10 days. And yet, I’ve been eating like I wasn’t eating healthily before and I’m not exercising yet.

First I was busy unpacking and putting things away. Sorting out the house, etc. Then there was the whole power issue – so even if I wanted to exercise – I wouldn’t have been able to as the TV and DVD player wouldn’t work.

Then because of the keratin thing (see previous) – I couldn’t get my hair wet or sweaty until I was ready to wash it.

Although the scale doesn’t say so, I know I’ve lost weight because all the clothes I bought in Dubai were a smaller size 🙂 I need to keep exercising!

It’s just a matter of getting back into it.

Can someone kick me up the butt, please?

Clean 9 Detox – Days 3 to 9

Hooray!  Today is the last day of my detox!  I only have to have that Aloe Vera gel twice more! *big smile*

I couldn’t wait for Day 3 to start because that meant I could eat!

Essentially, the set up of Days 3 to 9 are the same as the first two, except you can have a 600 calorie meal either at lunch or dinner.  I chose dinner so I could eat with LagosDad.

I’ve never done any calorie counting before – so figuring out the weight of everything hasn’t been very easy.  I’m pretty sure I went over 600 calories on most nights.  But, having said that, all my meals have been healthy!  I’ve even downloaded My Fitness Pal again.

I’ve switched to brown rice, wholewheat pasta, that spray oil stuff and I’ve started eating quinoa.

The detox requires you to exercise for twenty minutes every day.  They recommend walking, swimming, cycling or running.  First of all, I don’t run.  And the other three just weren’t possible.  So I stuck to my usual exercise routine – a Davina DVD.  Some days I did the required twenty minutes, other days I did an hour.  But there were two days where I couldn’t bring myself to do anything!

There was one evening when I nearly let everything go down the drain.  We went to a movie.  It isn’t possible for me to go to a movie and not have popcorn!  The last two times we went to the Palms to see a movie they didn’t have salt popcorn.  So I had sweet.  This time, they said they did have it.  Typical.  Absolutely typical.

LagosDad told me to think about whether I wanted it or not while he went out for a quick ciggie.  He came back, looked at me and I nodded.  Yes, I wanted it.  We stood in the queue, me ringing my hands out of guilt.  When we got to the front of the line, they suddenly didn’t have any salt popcorn left.  Problem solved!  I sat through a movie (White House Down – loved it!) and didn’t eat!

So in the last nine days I have lost 2 kg, 1 inch from my waist, 0.5 inches from my hips, 1 inch from my thighs and 0.5 inches from my chest.

To be honest, I thought I would lose more – but I’m not disappointed.  

I feel good 🙂

I’ll continue with my exercise and with my new healthy diet (as much as I can).