I Forking Knew It

We’re 21 weeks in and I have dropped the ball.

Not completely mind you, since my Glugster continues to lose, but I have lost no weight in the last month.

Typical. Things don’t happen fast enough and I lose interest.

And it feels like we went to the dietitian just last week…

~~ POST APPOINTMENT UPDATE ~~

The dietitian is always nicer than I expect her to be… 😀 I know thats silly, but I’m already fed up with myself and I half expect her to kak me out!
I lost a whole 100g in the last month, and as miffed as I was at that, Adele reassured me that the fact that I didn’t GAIN weight is a HUGE plus.
I haven’t been packing my lunchbox every day, which really worked for me, so she has suggested I start doing that again and go back to the kick-start programme, which is 2 weeks, and then go back to our eating plan the way it is now. A two weeks on two weeks off sort of thing so that I can continue losing, and stay “encouraged”.
So as of Monday my Glugster and I will do the kick-start programme again, even though he continues to lose steadily he is quite happy to do it all with me. And I eat FAR better when he’s home with me anyway.

AND! AND! My Glugster has reached his first milestone! I am SO proud of him!

Sixteen Weeks In…

We were back at the dietitian this morning and I was VERY disappointed that I lost only 700g in the last month…
Granted, we road tripped to KZN for a friends’ wedding, and moving house really threw a spanner in the works when it came to planning our meals as we didn’t do a proper grocery shop before the move, but I didn’t think it would be that little.
I’ve lost a total of 6.2kg since we started our big adventure, and according the the dietitian’s larny scale I have not lost any muscle weight so my loss is all fat. Because I lost momentum in the last month my average loss per week is down to just under 400g, but I need it to be a lot more to continue to feel motivated… I can see the loss when I look in the mirror, and I can feel it in my clothes, but I’m not seeing enough to keep going. Does that make sense?

My Glugster’s loss also continues, and he’s doing so well! He also slowed down his loss in the last month with a week long hunting trip over and above our trip to KZN.

So we know where we went wrong, and why, the aim is now to get back on track.

And to exercise more. One good thing is that I’m going to be walking more and more as our guide-dog-puppy Lennox’s walks get longer and longer, and that is certainly going to make a difference.

Ooh, what I have started doing for me that seems to be helping is packing a lunchbox for myself when I pack one for my Glugster for work (except for the last couple of weeks with the move and so on). Now, instead of going to the pantry or the fridge to look for my lunch or a snack and finding EVERYthing there is, I go to my lunchbox and there is only what I have planned for me.
See, before I started packing a lunchbox, I was trying the whole planning-my-meals-for-the-day thing. It was all good and well, but when I actually went to get my planned meal or snack and found all the other stuff in the pantry, my planning fell to pieces. Now my options are limited to my lunchbox!
Oh, and just so you know, the food diary that I blogged about in May lasted less than two weeks…

Uh huh.

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?

Five Weeks Down, A Hundred To Go!

Dieting. No, not dieting, changing our lifestyle. Yes. We’re making changes.

And we’re not doing too badly. My Glugster is already able to wear shirts he hasn’t been able to wear in AGES, and my pants are feeling a little loose on me…
And we’re taking pictures. Scary pictures, where I don’t even attempt to pull my stomach in (which I can now do again, BTW). We took BEFORE pictures a couple of days after we started and on Sunday we took another picture. We decided to take a picture a month since we’re not “weighing in” more than once a month. Maybe we’ll even turn them into .GIFs when we get to our goal weight one day!

My Glugster is doing so much better than I am though… And I do better when he’s with me. Even though our dietitian has split up my morning snack into two seperate ones so I don’t go looking for sweet treats in between scheduled meals, and she’s given me ample carbs and a “sweet” allowance, and even a small fizzy cooldrink allowance I still battle not to just have something anyway.
Even though I’m not hungry, even though and I’m feeling better in general and I’m not feeling like I could fall dead-asleep at two in the afternoon – I still find I have to literally talk my way past the KFC or Pick n Pay’s bakery. I am still having to tell myself- actually consciously remind myself- not to eat more of the spaghetti/ bread/ rice/ cheese I’m serving onto our plates, with carefully measured portions… And I feel so lame when I do cheat.

We are not suffering under any delusions, we know that the two of us having to lose what equates a to a whole one of ME is going to take time. A lot of time. We’re talking at least year, probably more.

Oy…

Just About Four Weeks Of Dieting

And whilst my Glugster has done really well, the fourth week was a friggin disaster for me!

On Tuesday morning last week I left for Cape Town for the launch of a brand new Ford Kuga, which meant two days of not enough water and eating all wrong! Sweets, cheese, Coke, crisps, wine, a buffet breakfast with too many pastries… And then when I was waiting for my sweetheart to fetch me from the airport on Wednesday afternoon I had a slice of apple pie with cream! It was all so sinfully divine!
Then on Thursday and Friday I just seemed to carry on regardless! I still had my meals and snacks as scheduled, but I didn’t drink enough water and I picked at all kinds of other foods whilst I baked and worked – meringue and cake off-cuts, caramel, chocolate ganache, cream cheese, leftover pasta…

Oh dear.

Whatever I may have lost in week three I have certainly gained back – and perhaps even some of what I lost in the first two weeks.
And I get very annoyed with myself when I cheat. Even while I’m doing it I am irritated that I’m doing it. Especially when I remind myself that my Glugster isn’t cheating!

This weekend I’ve gone back to how I am supposed to eat, helped immensely by having my husband here with me. I have hit the reset button and will again work to stick to my diet as prescribed by our dietitian.

We have had some success with making our food interesting too. We usually make a lot of food for supper and then pack lunches of the same thing. My hubby takes breakfast, lunch and two snacks packed in a sixpack cooler and he has a copy of his eating plan at work with him.
My mid-morning snack of fruit and yoghurt is delicious when I combine the two in a bowl, and a breakfast of two chopped boiled eggs and onion on low GI toast is very filling.
We do “regular” suppers like roast chicken with rice and veggies or spagbol with veggies, but my husband’s staff were quite flabbergasted when he arrived at work with a cheeseburger for lunch the other day, and it was perfectly balanced.
A low GI bun, a homemade beef patty (made without breadcrumbs), tomato, onion, a gherkin slice or two, a little cheese or little lite mayo. Add a fresh fruit- apple/ banana/ pear/ orange- or a cup of raw or cooked veggies and its a very tasty and very filling meal.
Grilled chicken or hake gets roughly chopped with tomato, onion, peppers, peas, rice or pasta, and a little lite mayo or avo to make a yummy cold salad.
For tuna sarnies I add a tablespoon of lite mayo, chopped tomato, onion, peppers and gherkins with low GI bread.
For a picnic we went on a while ago we had ham, cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion sarnies on low GI bread!
Homemade meatballs (also made without breadcrumbs) served with rice or pasta, veggies and a “salsa” of tomato, green peppers and onion.
We’ve realised we prefer to have a finely chopped “salsa” of sorts than a more conventional salad.
Ooh and Harassed Mom gave me some ideas for including eggplant in our veggies which I love, and am going to try tomorrow night for the first time, so thanks for that Laura-Kim!

Make no mistake, we’re eating well. And the knucklehead eats what we eat, I just give him more carbs and less veggies, and he’s allowed to eat the cake off cuts we’re not eating anymore. 😀

Hopefully when we go back to the dietitian in about three weeks I will have been able to correct the damage I did last week!

What do you do to make “diet” food interesting or more appealing without breaking the rules?