We’re Eight Weeks Into Our Lifestyle Change (Not Diet)

And according to my scale this morning, I am 5kg down.

Apart from the changes in the way I ate that I HAD to make when I had my hernia repaired in 2006, this is the longest I have ever adhered to a structured, healthy eating plan. And I say I HAD to because it was under a doctors’ orders so that I could “train” my new stomach valve to work properly. And it literally hurt like a mother trucker if I didn’t eat properly! Me being such a pissy when it comes to pain, that was quite an incentive, let me tell you.

We had our follow-up with the dietician last Friday and she’s happy with mine and my Glugster’s progress. I’m losing about half a kilo a week and my sweetheart is losing about a kilo a week, and that with cheating over Easter and at weddings and such. 😀 We were both a tad disappointed that we hadn’t lost more, but we are losing. And we will lose more – faster – if we exercise.
We had a good chat with her and whilst my Glugs is happy with our food and is eating enough, I am still battling with cheating… And I don’t even have to be hungry to cheat! Its ridiculous and embarrassing.
She gave us a list of weight loss tips and suggested we choose three of them each to focus on for the next month, to sort of up the stakes until our next appointment.
The list consists of some I’ve-heard-that-before items like plan all your meals and snacks, eat off a smaller plate, don’t shop when you’re hungry, leave some food on our plate, chew 30 times for every bite and eat the veggies first. And then there are a few I’d-never-have-thought-of-that points like serving from smaller bowls, using a teaspoon or a cake fork instead of full sized cutlery in order to slow us down and focus on your meal with no distractions!
I have chosen the following three:

  • leave some food on your plate
  • chew every mouthful 30 times (literally count as you chew)
  • eat slowly – make every meal last 15 to 20 minutes.

Our dietician also asked me to keep a food diary for the next month, noting everything I eat as I eat it, so that I have a visual “OMG I REALLY ATE ALL THAT!??!” reference. I started it on Friday already as we had a really early appointment and I think this may well be what I need to keep me on track… Every time I feel like I want to have something I’m not supposed to, I think about how I’m going to have to write it down, so it won’t be just me who knows about it. And I know I could just not write it down, but thats not how my brain works. 😛

So what differences have I noticed in the last eight weeks?

My bras fit better, and my jeans are a little loose on me. I’m not ready to fall asleep at two o’clock in the afternoon. I’m not getting the shakes from a sugar “low” every other day, and I can’t remember when last I woke up in the morning with my gums having bled overnight! If anyone has read this blog long enough they will know my teeth are not my favourite feature… They’re ridiculously sensitive and I have to be drugged to the eyeballs to go to the dentist – and every morning I woke up with blood on my teeth from my gums having bled while I slept! My brushing and flossing routine hasn’t changed, so I putting this happy development down to our new eating regimen.

How long have you ever managed to stick to a diet of any kind?

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7 Responses to We’re Eight Weeks Into Our Lifestyle Change (Not Diet)

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  2. MeeA says:

    My hat is off to you both. I am struggling big time to get active and to eat the stuff I’m supposed to and not eat the stuff I’m not supposed to… It’s unbelievably hard to suddenly have to train myself to resist the things I’ve always been able to have without a second thought, because my weight gain doesn’t really show.
    You are awesome for sticking to it. Keep going!
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  3. Wenchy says:

    Hey! Huge congrats guys! I am very impressed with you both. I think HEALTH is the new goal weight, having had to fight to regain some health, it is the super sexy of living. Without your health, everything else becomes that much harder. Everytime I eat potato I think of you telling me about the two potato. LOL The longest I seriously watched what I ate and exercised was the year leading up to Dion and I hiking The Whale Trail 55km. It was my best year, loosing almost 30km and walking 25km a week. I wish I could get THAT back! Keep going, you are doing fantastically!!!!! xxxx
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  4. blackhuff says:

    WELL DONE! You two are doing so great and I am so happy for the both of you.
    Well, you know me. I’ve been on this healthy journey of mine now for 2 years and 9 months now. My goal is, to reach the 3 year goal 🙂
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  5. Alet says:

    Well done! I have toyed with the idea of seeing a dietitian as well. For some reason something else always takes priority.

    I might give a food diary a try as well!
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  6. Tam says:

    Ah! Well done! My own transformation plans crashed and burned, but reading your progress has made me want to take up the challenge once again. Huzzah!
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  7. Louisa says:

    Good for you Angel – keep on keeping on! Obviously on top of the weight loss, the biggest bonus feature is improved health. 🙂
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