[a weight loss story]
*kathrynoh at nemesis dot com dot au*
Have a good (and safe) one everyone.
I'm going to post my serious goals/resolutions tomorrow but in the meantime I was thinking i need something that is crazy fun - something that will take me out of my comfort zone. I've mentioned wanting to do this before and I think in 2006 I want to learn to surf.
So what are you going to do that's crazy fun in 2006?
LOL we think alike - I asked something similar on my blog.
Ohhh I love questions like this (might ask the same on my blog)....
HAPPY NEW YEAR to you too babe and how cool would surfing be! I love chicks on boards and have you checked out their thighs!! I am thinking of Layne Beachley atm and yeah, what would I do? I've got to think about it...
I'm going to run a marathon!
HAPPY 2006 KATHRYN!!
love the question... you know i would really love to learn how to windsurf.... lol i'm just so unco!!!!
my little bro gave me rollar blades for christmas - if i can actually use them by next xmas I would be stoked!
By 12:52 pm, at
Happy New Year Kathryn! Wishing you all the best for 2006!
I can't believe this - it is so frigging weird. I did my weight and measurements this morning so I have a year end total and when I got on the scale it said - 80.2 - I got on three times just to be sure my sleep-befuddled eyes weren't playing tricks on me and it's true. The only explanation I can think of it is that was such a scorcher yesterday and I drank truckloads of water then I went out last night and stuck to water, loads more of it.
If I can work out how I did it, I can market that and be like the richest woman in the world!
10/2 31/12 change
waist 122 80 42
hip 104 112 28
boobs 127 105 22
thighs 50 50 0
arm 36 29 30
weight 110.1 80.2 29.9
Wow. I'm happy with that. I'm especially glad to get my waist measurement down to 80 cm because that helps with the diabetes. And I'm not surprised at the no change in my thigh measurement because I've always been like one of those kid's drawings - you know when they progress from stick men to the people with the circle middle and stick arms and legs. Plus the thighs are less fat and more muscle now.
So tonight I'm going to drink and dance and have a good time and not get back on those scales for a week cos I'm sure the numbers will be up again tomorrow. And by the way, I'm rounding it to a 30 kg loss cos what's 100 grams between friends.
On a completely different subject, yesterday when I was at the gym I asked the receptionist about their starter packs. In the book I got when I started, it said you got a pack with a sweat towel and I'd seen many people with the nifty little sweat towels around the gym. I didn't get any pack when I joined up. So she said she'd find one for me and to collect it on my way out.
So on the way out I reminder her and she grabbed me one. I was expecting a plastic bag with some crap in it but it was a really cool backpack. I've been meaning to buy a backpack for my gym gear for a while so score! Inside was a cap, some headphones, a drink bottle and a pen cap - I'm perplexed about the pen cap - but no sweat towel.
The session with the PT went well but, to be honest, he pushed me not nearly as hard as I push myself. He also told me that going to the gym every day is too much. That got me worried but I figure that's the way I do things. If I have a day off, it leads to two days off then three.... I spoke to a friend last night and he said doing cardio every day should be fine. He also said that Olympic athletes train twice a day so if it's good enough for them, it's good enough for me. I figure too that I vary my workouts enough. Plus too, the gym is air conditioned and my house isn't.
lordy! those are some amazing stats..
Well done - 30 kilos gone forever. You are such an inspiration. Happy New Year! Thanks for your support this year. I look forward to sharing our journies together next year!
AWESOME weigh in!! and the inches and weight loss overall is just soo fantastic Hun - I'm cheering you on here! You've done such a great job.
wow love your stats... can i steal them....
You have had an amazing year!!! Congratulations on everything that you have accomplished...take a moment and be proud of yourself, dear!
Wow! you have done so well this year baby! I am impressed and a half! I cannot believe how well you have gone and you are ending the year so close to the 70s its not funny! Bizarre that your thighs stayed the same - I wish I had your problem of stick figure legs : )
By 5:33 pm, at
I dunno why I was certain there would be a smaller number today! Sooooooooo well done kathryn!!
Woohoo - I lost this week. I'm down to 81.4. That's a loss of 1.2 kgs but still not as a low as a few weeks ago when I was 81.3, dammit.
But hey, I lost over Christmas week and that's got to be good. I think I'll do a weigh in and measurements on Sunday too so I can work out my total loss for the year.
Congratulations on your loss this week. How cool is that to actually lose weight over Christmas!
By 8:51 am, at
OMG awesome loss Hun!! can't wait to see how much you lost overall ;D
Well done and a huge congratulations. See you ARE a machine! hehe How nice was your Christmas tyre helper, wow, that's unheard of?
My first visit!
Thats awesome news hun!! You can be so proud of yourself while most of us are posting big gains to end the year LoL - Ah well! That extra gram will be gone in a day or 2 and you'll be back down where you want to be!!
Thats soooooooooooooo cool! You are doing so fabulously with all your exercise etc.
Well done Kath, that's brilliant! Looking forward to talking to you more when I get back from Tas.
Congratulations. 1.2kg is a brilliant loss, especially over Christmas. Well done!! :o)
WOW thats fantastic!!!! I can't belive you lost over christmas :) I don't celebrate xmas but I still managed to eat like a pig!!!!
As if I did not know you are a star already, here you are giving me more proof!!!!
how goods that loss...
Yay for your loss - Yay because I'm back ;)
I decided I'd go to the St Kilda branch of my gym today because they have a pool but the pool was not functional. Damn it. So I went upstairs to do a workout and they had no airconditioning. What kind of primitive conditions are those? Still I soldiered on and did 50 minutes of cardio. I was going to do an hour but I faltered. Well truthfully, I needed the toilet and I wasn't going to run all the way down to the change rooms (down 2 flights of stairs) and then back to the workout room so I quit.
It was weird being there. Many years ago, before Fitness First took over, I used to go to this gym to workout and play volleyball and netball (both incredibly badly). The best part about the old gym was the bar. You could get a vodka tonic after your workout. That's all gone.
Being there made me remember a friend who played on our teams. He was killed in a car crash not long after the team disbanded so I had a sad moment but it is good to remember these people in our lives.
On a brighter note, someone in my house who isn't me bought toilet paper today. Miracles do happen. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention my Christmas miracle. Christmas Eve I made a last minute trip to the supermarket to get gravy because Andrew wanted it on his turkey. The thought of gravy with cold meat would never occur to me. On the way home, my car started going wonky. A guy sitting at a cafe on the street pointed to my tyre so I pulled over and it was flat as a tack.
The guy came down and offered to change the tyre for me. I unburied the spare from the piles of junk in the back of the car and that was pretty well flat too. I said if he could put it on, I only had to get around the corner. I could sort it out after Christmas. But he said no. Instead he carried the tyre back to his car and drove up to the servo and got it pumped up then came back and changed it for me. What a wonderful guy. He was my hero.
I must remember to get the flat tyre fixed now.
Don't think of it as quitting your workout... The fact that you did SOMETHING is way better then sitting on your bum thinking about going to gym.
A bar in a gym - now that sound like my kinda place! I suppose there are so many bars in St Kilda that the owners saw an obviously untapped source of revenue. Still, too dangerous for me.
My favourite summer snack at the moment is Nestle Refresh Citrus Mousse with some mango. I highly recommend it.
Last night I was in the kitchen and one of my housemates came in and was telling me how much weight I've lost. He always talks about his plans for losing weight and getting in shape but I've never seen him do anything but lay on his bed watching tv. It's like Dee's motto for last week - "action not words".
You know those moments where you think of things you should have said much later? Well it was only later that I thought - I should have let him in on my weight loss secrets. You know, doing things like putting out the bins and buying toilet paper and maybe sweeping the floors once in a while. Dang.
It truly sucks that I have no cash at the moment. I found the sports bra I want for heaps cheaper the other day but I can't justify spending $45 on a bra at the moment. But boy do I need one.
I have a personal training session at my gym tomorrow. Fun but scary.
I worked out my budget yesterday. I think I can survive for about a month tops before getting another job becomes urgent. That was a real eye opener. The whole point of not working is so that I can write. But I've done no writing - lots of moping around and lots of playing spider solitaire but no writing. Lots of gym time too. I think I need to organise myself so I do gym in the mornings or evenings because I find it hard to write when my day is broken up. Starting today, I'm going to put in a major effort. It just seems like such a huge task at the moment - I have a stack of rewriting to do - but like any big task, I guess the secret is break it into manageable chunks. I have got one thing done though - my application for the TAFE course I want to do next year. I'm going to post that off today.
Good Luck with TAFE! How exciting - I need to figure out what I want to do next year, thanks for the reminder!
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LOL about the spider solitaire! I wish I was a writer, I have so much stuff in my head that I would love to write down but have no idea where to start. Maybe one day!! Have a great day.
hey... thanks for commenting on my blog... love the idea of creativly stealing bits and pieces from others!!!! lol i did think about doing that... i'll just have to try that tonight...
You should do what I do! Go to gym at 5am!!! Its a GREAT start to the day AND you get to miss the gym rush. It makes my brain instantly kick into alert mode and I get most of my work done first thing in the morning (unless im stuck in blog land).
If Nestle Refresh was a person it would be indicted on crimes against humanity (or gastronomy). Yeah, I have ishoos.
Berlei sports bras are 25% off this week at Myer, a little cheaper than $45, they are $37.50. You could layby?
They had lots of nice colours too!
My Christmas bootcamp isn't going so well. The exercise is up to scratch - well except the tricep dips. Who was I kidding when I said that? Tricep dips are satan's own exercise. I'd do crunches before I'd do tricep dips. I'd even do chin ups.
But my downfall is food. It's like I have the sugar in my system now and I want more. Well that another itty problem. A problem called banana bread. See I've been going into the city to go to my gym and in the city is Borders. And in Borders is the irresistable banana bread. But no more. None. Banana bread, bad. There will be no banana bread while I'm over 80 kgs. And no alcohol either. Except for New Year's Eve. I mean, come on.
So today I went into Melbourne Central (I caught the train, I might be a machine but walking into the city two days in a row is fool talk). I did an RPM class. Not just an RPM class but a killer RPM class. Then I moved into the Relaxation Zone - steam room, sauna, aromotherapy room and monsoon shower. Have I said how much I love my new gym?
Then, to get my money's worth, I went to Pump tonight. Man, my first Pump class since I hurt my back. If I can get out of bed tomorrow, it will be a miracle.
I think a lot of the problem lately is that I've been feeling rather glum. Christmas can be hard - I just feel like it gets too big and I don't have enough family and friends to fill it. I think it's something I need to work on. I'm going to think about that for a while.
Hi Idiet, i do not have a lot of family either, and so this is usually a pretty quiet time of year for me. i have learnt to really enjoy the quieter gym sessions in other years, and the peaceful beach walks this year. After a few years of bringing my son up alone, and having such a hectic day on christmas day making christmas special for him, it does seem so quiet now he is grown up. i find your writing to be so entertaining and refreshingly honest and fun. you are a very talented writer. Hope your new year is fabulous, and hope that by fitting in the gym workouts rather than a heap of wine nights on the social scene, even though it is a bit tough and lonely joining a new gym and taking the path you know is right for you, even if it seems you do it alone, hope that you find yourself feeling absolutely great for the new year cos you know you are headed in the direction that is true for you. Good luck for a great new year and new you. The 70's and a great fit lifestyle are getting very close for you.
By 2:50 am, at
Your new gym sounds amazing. What's a monsoon shower? I've never heard of that. Christmas is a hard time of year for all of us, don't be too hard on yourself. You really are a machine!
Your new gym sounds fabulous. My sister joined a Fitness First gym in Sydney and all the little extras sound so great. Im fairly certain I'll join Fitness First too when I move to Sydney....
Because my (new) gym is on holiday timetable, the only class on offer today was Body Balance. When I'm paying as a casual member, I tend to go for the most bang for buck cardio classes but since I'm paying a flat fee now, I decided I'd give it a whirl.
For those who don't know (like me this morning), Body Balance is a combination of tai chi, yoga, pilates and meditation. Easy peasy lemon squeezy, you'd think. But you'd be wrong. Man, some of those moves are tough - a couple of the newbies walked out before the class ended. I'd really recommend it though - I've been in the best mood ever since.
So I walked into the city (5.5 km) then did the class then half hour of cardio - yes, I am a machine. I really wanted to do the cardio before the class but I mistimed it. I had planned to go to see Narnia afterwards but didn't have time for that so headed to Borders and persued the new Slimming magazine and some other books.
Does anyone else read Slimming? What do you think of the change of focus? This month's issue had a 'Lose 5kgs in 2 weeks swimsuit diet' - a bit of a change from their usual healthy weight loss emphasis in the past. I think that's why I flick through it in Borders instead of forking out the cash now.
After that, I got caught up in the post-Christmas sales frenzy. Well I tried to - damn clothing manufacturers - they know I'm losing weight, I swear to god. Once you could never find a thing in the shops over an 18. Today every shop I went to had either size 10s or size 20s and nothing in between. I'd have liked some 3/4 jeans but no dice.
I did get finally get a body scrub - Sugar Plum. It smells so purty and it was reduced. Woohoo. I went into the Nike shop to try on shoes so I could I knew my size to buy them at a much cheaper price on ebay. I've never been in Nike before because I have ethical concerns about the way they treat their sweat shop labour although I'm never sure if Nike are any worse than other companies or if they are just targetted because they are the biggest. I do know a few years ago they paid more money to Michael Jordon than their entire workforce in SE Asia and that just isn't right. But, on the other hand, they are the only company that has the kind of shoes I want. Dilemma, dilemma. It was bedlam in there anyway so I left.
On the way home I called into a shop on Smith Street and found a Bond's yoga wrap top. I so wanted one of these when they first came out but they only went up to a size 16. Now they are discontinued and cheap and I'm a 16 so woohoo!
I think I need to take some time out of my busy schedule to laze in the backyard and work on my tan.
Wow!! You are a machine.
Merry Christmas to you! I am brand new to the blog world and I just wanted to say a BIG thank you to you for your amazing site. You have helped me to kick myself in the ass again.
I love the days after Christmas when you can get all of the stuff reduced! We are on our way out to the mall today!
You've GOT to go see Narnia!!! It is awesome! I loved it and will probably be going again very soon!
Like everyone else, I ate too much yesterday. Andrew made a chocolate ripple cake - his favorite - and I thought I was safe because I hate chocolate ripple cake. Trouble was, he told me to have a taste and it was the best chocolate ripple cake ever. He is the king of chocolate ripple cake. So I had three (small) pieces. He also made truffles (I'm not sure if what our family call truffles is the same as what other people call them - those balls made from crushed biscuits mixed with cocoa and condensed milk and rolled in coconut). They are my absolute faves. Luckily he'd eaten half of them before yesterday. Well he'd made one batch and eaten them and had to make a second batch - that is definitely a Christmas tradition in our family.
I picked him up yesterday morning for lunch and we exchanged presents. I'd gotten him a cheese grater. Aren't I the bestest mummy in the world? Ha ha. Well he wanted stuff I couldn't wrap - cash and tickets the Boxing Day Test - and I wanted to get him something. He said he didn't want chocolate and he is always complaining about not having a grater. I also got him some Ferrer Rochers so I could nick one.
He gave me some dvds - Bruce Springsteen unplugged (I'd already bought myself another Bruce dvd so I had a Bruce marathon last night) and the John Saffran Music Jamboree dvd. He'd promised to buy me the Music Jamboree dvd about 2 years ago and never did so that was really a late present rather than this years.
We had a yummy lunch - too much potato salad. That stuff is like crack for me. Then we watched the whole Music Jamboree dvd.
I took him home and went to the gym. It was deserted except for a family who had obviously never been in a gym before. It made me wonder if they were related to the dude working there because one of the girls was wearing thongs. She was telling the others what to do and how to use the equipment but she had no idea herself and I think they will all be very sore today.
I wanted to go see Chronicles of Narnia today but Andew said the movies would be bedlam so we are going later in the week. I should go do some walking before it gets too late.
At the gym yesterday, I realised just how happy I am to join my new gym. Half their treadmills don't work. They work okay for a while then suddenly stop, sending you flying across the room. Well not really, but they do jar you. They also don't have any air conditioning or any fans; they just open the windows. But the only windows that open are near the dodgy treadmills - so you can either risk jarring and stay cool or else sweat your arse off.
christmas is always bad for eating...the gym u r going to or leaving sounds horrid, i like the gym that i go to (when i get there) hope the new one brings a bit of inspiration :)
Sounds like you had a great day. I love potato salad too, it's a killer, I could eat a whole batch by myself! Good on you for going to the gym, even if its a little dodgy.
Just put a picture of "the chair" on my blog especially for you! Wish they came in adult sizes - it would be a great place to hide with a good book (and some chocolate!!).
Since I started with this whole weight loss thing, I have not joined a gym. I've said before, I'm a gym slut doing casual classes at several different gyms. Over the past few months, I've also been using guest passes at Fitness First to do some freebie classes there. So today I did something I'm not sure if I've done the right thing: I joined up for a one year Fitness First membership.
Since I signed on the dotted line (well it was more like a shaded box really) I've been screaming inside. I am such a commitment-phobe. I can't even buy a weekly train ticket. And now I'm a gym member. Damn it, people make decisions to join nunneries with less angst than this.
I thought I'd write down some of the reasons for joining to reassure myself:
The cons of it are the expense and the commitment - arrrgh! And, I think, at the back of my mind is the thought that I don't deserve this. Fitness First is a pretty fancy gym compared to what I'm used to and part of me is saying - what is someone like me doing in a fancy gym? But you know something - I do deserve it. I spend at least 5-10 hours a week at the gym and I want to spend that somewhere nice. If worse comes to worst financially, I'll just quit smoking to pay for it.
In other news, weigh in today was arse. I am now 82.6 kilograms. That is a 1.5 kilogram gain. I reject what the scales tell me. It's not true. Screw them. But if it's true, which I'm not saying it is, I don't think I can lose 2.5 kgs before the end of the year. Aint gonna stop me trying though.
If you spend that much time at the gym you deserve to be somewhere nice, as long as it's not one of those pretentious places! Don't worry about your gain, maybe it's fluid and maybe it's time to give your scales a big kick! I haven't been on my scales in a week - i'm too scared.
While I was walking this afternoon, I decided I've been a bit of a slackarse lately. I know it's Christmas and blah blah blah... but I don't think I'll lose weight this week, maybe even gain a little. No biggie, except that I realised I really, really want to hit the 30 kgs lost mark by the end of the year. That means I need to lose at least 1.5 kgs in 9 days. I can do it. I know I can.
Eating wise, I'm going to stick to 3 meals and 2 snacks a day. I'm going to try to bump up my protein as much as possible - I really don't get enough protein in my diet and I'm going to try to get my carbs in earlier in the day (ie. no carbs after 5.00). I'm not sure if the no carbs thing works but it's worth a shot.
I figure 9 days of giving it all I've got is doable and I'll end the year with a bang. Then back to regular programming next year.
and why the hell not, i say :) good luck, comrade!
go the bootcamp...i think i need u around to kick my ass...go for it...goodluck!
You have a great plan and I know you can do it! You have helped to fuel my fire too :)
I'm booting campin' it too!
You are my hero! I wish I had your motivation. Have a great day!
you go girl... (can you hear me cheering from here) It is so do-able because you are so determined!
Grainwaves.... chippy things :S yum yum.
When I went into the city on Monday, I went to the diabetes shop and got some test strips for my blood sugar monitor. I am such a slackarse about these things and ran out around the middle of the year. It's just such a hassle to do these things, but necessary. So I've been measuring my blood sugar levels for the last few days and it's been around the low 4s of a morning, which is pretty damn good. I want to try to reduce my medication and that means being vigilant about measuring these things.
I had a preliminary (agency) interview for a new job yesterday. The job sounds fun and it doesn't start until the end of January which suits me fine. It was so weird having to get all suited up though. I've spent the last few weeks dagging around in trackies and cargo pants. My work clothes were getting to big for me when I finished work so were really on the baggy side yesterday. If I get this job, I think I'll need a whole new work wardrobe.
Arrrggh! Drank too much beer last night. We were drinking jugs which makes it too easy. Still I had fun. I've got lunch out today then tomorrow night we are going to CERES for dinner so I must be careful. I think I'll go light on lunch today and then have a big session at the gym before dinner tomorrow. The food at CERES is fantastic but last time I ate there, it was pretty heavy on the oil and I'd like to have what I want with no fuss, no muss. The rest of the week should be fine though.
I was going to do a lap of Albert Park Lake today before going to lunch but the weather is so hot and windy that I think I'll leave it and go to the nice, airconditioned gym tonight instead.
Almost forgot to mention, I ran into a friend of a friend who I haven't seen since about March this year. She said she'd seen me but didn't come over and say hello because she wasn't sure it was me, cos I've lost so much weight! Woohoo!
Brilliant! I love it when that happens, its such a buzz when someone tells you that, especially when they don't have to!
just popping in to say merry xmas! hope u have a great one & a wonderful NY!
great feeling hey, especially when u can see the genuine look in their eyes...not the 'i know ur on a diet, so i better say something nice' but its the best when its someone u havent seen i ages...well done :)
Congrats! Whoot - I am hoping I will get some reaction at my family dinner tonight - positive of course!
I've been doing a lot of walking lately but I'm not sure if I should count it as exercise. I walk fast, but I don't exactly push myself unless I'm going for a walk specifically for exercise. Even then I find it hard to get my heart rate up high enough - it's like my legs aren't strong enough.
It's weird though. Not that long ago, I felt like I'd achieved a major thing when I walked home from the city. I so had to push myself that last km. Now I walk into the city and home again and am not even sure if I should consider it exercise. Walking into and around the city has such limitations anyway - traffic lights and other pedestrians (why are they all so slow and path-blocking?)
I'm still not running - I want to be 100% recovered before I start that but I did go to spin class last night. Today I'm going to have a long soak in the bath. I can do that because I gave the bath a huge clean this morning. I'm so sick of living in a hovel so I've been on a cleaning spree and god help my housemates if they make a mess.
You sound like you're getting really fit if you think walking into the city and back isn't exercise! Well done. Enjoy your bath!
i love walking...if i could i'd walk everywhere (but then I get lazy) i think walking is fantastic, and its exercise, u sound like your doing sooo well...keep walking!
I felt sick today so I gave myself licence to pig out. Why do I do that? Sickness is no reason to be a garbage guts. My biggest weakness is when I have easy to eat food in the house - things I can pick at without having to go to any effort. Luckily this has been mostly fruit (oh and some ham!).
I had brunch with my sister yesterday then we went shopping. I got some new sunnies (pointy, cats-eye ones) and some hair clips - nothing exciting. I went to buy the cowboy boots I've been looking at for months and they didn't have them in my size - I snooze, I lose - is the lesson there.
Tomorrow I have to post my ebay stuff off and pick up my mail from the city. I'm also buying myself a present - since no one in my family is buying presents, I'm buying my own. Well I buy myself a present every year but this year more so.
Otherwise, my life is uneventful. My arse is still busted so that restricts my exercise. I feel like I'm not working hard enough now if I just walk. It's damn frustrating. But tomorrow I'll go to Spin and the rest of the week I will work around it. Damn butt.
thanks for the comment on my site. hope ur feeling better, I got my weekend off for christmas we are headin out here on Friday evening after my sister in law is finished work she is our ride home. your doing great. should look into vegetarian. hamburger and such i know we have it here and most of it is good stuff.
Don't worry, I do the same when i'm sick, or hungover, or just feeling down. I'm really hopeless! hehe
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so what did yu buy yourself?
I do the same thing when I am sick...it is so much easier to pick than to make this 4 course healthy meal :).
I have literally busted my ass running! Last night I headed out for my run but the muscle that runs down from back down my butt to my leg was very ouchy so I stopped and walked instead. I've had trouble with this muscle ever since I hurt my back a few months ago. And I think I overdid things - doing the fun run on Wednesday then a huge workout at the gym on Thursday. Bums, I hate this shit.
And this morning I'm feeling all flu-ey. Damn it. I can't get the flu now. I'm on a mission. I'm determined to lose 30 kilos by the end of the year. That is only 1.5 kilos in the next two weeks - I can so do that.
I've talked in other posts about how I like to go to the weighing machine at the Jam Factory and get a print out of my weight and BMI. Well I swear that machine has it in for me. I got my printout yesterday, sure I'd foiled it and my BMI would be under 30. The bloody machine was saying I'm a centimetre shorter!
This morning I glued all those printouts in my weight loss notebook. I wish my scanner was working so I could post them but these are the results from each one:
20/03/05 - 102.3 kg - BMI 36
18/06/05 - 97.7 kg - BMI 35
16/09/05 - 89.1 kg - BMI 31 (I was a cm taller that time)
18/11/05 - 84.8 kg - BMI 30
16/12/05 - 82.6 kg - BMI 30
Next time I swear my BMI will be under 30 even if it means I have to strip down and do a naked weight in the middle of the Jam Factory.
LMAO at you naked at the Jam Factory (whatever that is! haha).
haha.... you'd get a few looks at least if you did it naked.
You are such a star Kathryn! Such a star indeed!
Please let me know when you're going to do the naked thing at the Jam Factory as I'd love to see the faces of all the shoppers!!
i say drop the clothes...my work out inspiration...i have been lucky to have may muscle injuries over the years...deep heat...it works
81.3 kgs this week. That's a loss of 600 grams. I'm happy with that, thank you very much. I wasn't expecting much after last week's freaky 2 kilogram lose, actually thought I'd have a gain with week because last week had just been a glitch in the scales.
In the personal victory - I'd have never done this before - category, I had a small achievement last night. I wore a singlet top to the gym. Even though I hate my upper arms and my arm pit area (does anyone else have flabby bits there but me? Sort of a side boob roll?). And I am so glad I wore it - it was damn hot in there.
Well done, must be all that walk/running you're doing! Congratulations.
*raises arm in awkward position* I have the side boob roll thing you're talking about LOL. It's horrible but I'm glad I’m not the only one!! When I said I needed to lose weight - I really meant everywhere, even there!
Totally have that side boob roll!! I hate it but it's slowly getting smaller!! A good bra does wonders at hiding it!! Well done on the loss. See that 2kg loss wasn't so freaky after all. All the result of hard work and determination.
First of all, good job and congrats again!
i got the bike...now ust gotta use it, i remeber the first time i wore a singlet to the gym...maqssive step..but well done so far any loss is a good loss
2.6kg loss over two weeks in the time leading up to Xmas - there should be some kind of medal for an achievement like that!
I just got the results of the fun run last night. I haven't done 5 km in a fun run before so I thought I'd be happy if I did it in under 50 minutes.
The unofficial results are online - I did it in 40:48.7 and came 13th out of all the walkers. I can't believe it.
that is brilliant time. good on ya :)
Woo-hoo! Congrats! Looks like thirteen's your lucky number.
Isn't it great when you surprise yourself in a good way? :)
Well done, you are a legend!
I woke up this morning and realised I love my life. I love that I can do what I want and, while not rich by any means, I have the money to meet my needs. I love getting out and moving - walking and running and going to the gym. I love my friends - my sister is coming down from Sydney on the weekend and we are going out for brunch and girlie shopping plus I'll probably go for drinks with favourite hunka burning love - Sugar Lips. I'm in control of everything and it feels so good.
Now to change the subject completely. Has anyone else noticed themselves getting more hairy as they lose weight? Well probably not more hairy - I think it's just that as the skin surface area shrinks, the hairs become more concentrated (belly - I'm looking at you). I guess this is a good thing, right? It means my belly is indeed shrinking. Better to be hairy than fat!
Anyway, I got a 20% off voucher for the Fila shop in my goodie bag last night so I think I'll walk down there this afternoon and get some new gym gear. I have an issue with logo-emblazened clothing but if it's cheap enough, I'll make an exception.
Update: the Fila shop had 50% off everything so I got that then my 20% off discount! Woohoo! I ended up buying a pair of trackies, a singlet and a t-shirt. I got XL and didn't bother trying them on, figuring if they were too tight they'd fit soon but they all fit fine.
I really wanted to get a pair of shoes for walking that aren't runners - something nice and casual but with some walking support. Much harder than you'd think. Any suggestions?
Hope you have a great time with your sister. I love shopping, i'm going tonight but I think it will be too busy and rushed to be enjoyable. Have a great day!
What a wonderful happy post. That is exactly how I feel too.
i've been reading through some people on diets and blogging it...i'm just som amazed at how much strength and perseverence you have, i still live in hope
I think I'm hairier than I was! Like you, it round my tummy area- the wee line that runs down middle. To be honest though I think it's just cause I can see the underside of my less round tummy, more easily.
you sound so happy, its infectious!
Yes, I swore I would never buy Skechers because they used to be advertised by Britney Spears (to whom I had a serious aversion at the time) but a while back, I needed some decent black shoes to wear to work and ended up with their black leather not-exactly-trainers, which have been very comfortable. I'm actually considering buying a second pair as they still make them and I've had them about a year.
I'm just so impressed that you run!I am not remotely close to be able to run, mostly since my boobs are way too big. And it just looks so awful to run down the street clutching your bosoms in your hands...
Tonight was the Christmas Fun Run at Albert Park. I so didn't want to go. If I hadn't paid for it, I would have not gone. I drove over at 4.30 to avoid peak hour traffic and sweltered in the car - not good exercising weather at all. To top it off, I got to Albert Park and realised just how big that lake is! Oh man, I was ready to run away. I've walked 5 km many times but it just seems so far when you can see the whole lot at once.
I had over an hour's wait for the run to start so I sat in the shade and made a special playlist on my ipod.
When the race started, I decided not to think about the whole distance. I'd just get to Carousel and then worry about the rest. So I got to Carousel and suddenly saw the 1 km marker. The next km was even easier, but after that I started looking for the water stand, thinking it would be at 2.5 km - the half way mark. That km seemed to take forever. I finally saw the water stand, just near the 3 km marker.
The last 2 km seemed to fly past. Around the last km, I was getting tired but decided to run. I ran past some blonde bimbo who gave me a dirty look. Ha. I owned her!
Got to the finish line and won a spot prize so had to wait around for the presentations to get a Fila drink bottle.
I'm so pumped now. I want to run more. I probably ran for about 10-15 minutes of the track and think I could have done more. Next time, I'll ran further and faster.
CONGRATS on the run Hun!!! I'm not brave enough to do that yet, but am looking forward to building myself up to it.
Woo hoo! Go you. (And I am so glad I'm not the only person who has to tell herself she has to do things because she's paid for them.)
Well done, it sounds like you're getting hooked. I warn you, it's a slippery slope, this running thing!
Just shows to go you doesn't it? Nice work!
Look at you, sexy runner!
Well done on the run (especially for passing the bimbo and ticking her off!! hehe) that's the bit I love the most!!
Does anyone else have a set of Camry digital scales? I borrowed mine off my friend and they weigh okay but the body fat % doesn't work. I know it did before they gave them to me and my friend thinks they just need resetting after being moved. Trouble is the instruction book is in his storage unit and he is on the other side of the world.
If you have a set with instruction manual, pretty please with a cherry on top leave me a comment letting me know how to reset them.
no sorry i dont but i think my sister does, but hers are dodgy and dont work properly. i will see if i can get the manual off her if i can remember.
Oh I laughed at yesterdays story... especially the naked flatmate. hehe.
I'm not really feeling any pain after my gym session yesterday - a few twinges in my arms but nothing too bad.
Since my massive 2 kgs weight loss last week, I've been on the scales a few times and not seen a number nearly as low. I have a feeling that last week's loss was a bit of a freak and I might not even be that low this week. Oh well, guess I've got to just suck it up.
All yesterday morning, I looked forward to my yummy blueberry with banana for lunch. Except when I put my bagel in the toaster and pushed down the lever, the toaster sparked a little and all the power went out in the house.
I was home alone and had no idea what had happened - whether it was just a co-incidence or if I'd broke the electricity with my toaster. So I did the only thing I could - I went out for the afternoon.
I went on a huge walk and had a good browse through the shops on Brunswick Street then headed over to Lygon Court to Borders.
At Borders, I got some of their yummy banana bread. It's not at all low in calories but after that walk, I figured I had some calories to spare. I got a pile of books and magazines to flick through in the cafe and settled in for a while.
One of the books I picked up was about exercising for your shape. I am so definitely an apple - thick torso, no butt and shapely legs. They had a combination of gym and home workouts to do. For my shape, the focus was on toning the torso and further enhancing the legs. It looked like an interesting book but the problem with books like that is it covers all four body shapes so there is only about a quarter of the book you actually use.
I walked home via Edinburgh Gardens and watched the puppies follick in the park for a while.
When I got home, the power was still dead. I rang the owners to let them know but only got his voicemail. Then I realised one of my housemates was in the shower so laid in wait to see if he knew more about electricity than me. I jumped out to stop him as he went past my room and he must have thought he had the house to himself because he was NAKED! Luckily he had his clothes in his hands in front of him so I only saw flesh.
I ran back in my room and yelled at him from there but I couldn't stop laughing. He threw some clothes on one and showed me how to fix the electricity. There is some switch in a box that you have to flick and it makes stuff work. Pretty neat.
So I decided to cook my bagel and the power went out again. I ran back and flicked the switch and thought maybe it was a good idea to give up on the bagel. I think my toaster has turned to the dark side.
A great story Kath, as always!
Sounds like maybe Santa needs to bring you a new toaster! LOL, great story about your flatmate and you laughing. Thanks for brightening up my day!
I went to the gym this morning to do a circuit class. My gym has two circuit classes - one on Saturday mornings in the park and the Tuesday morning one that uses the weights machines in the gym with some cardio in between. I've been meaning to get to the Tuesday morning class for the past few weeks but today is the first time I've actually made.
So I turned up and I was the only one there for it, which was good because I got one on one attention from the instructor; and bad because I got one on one attention! Nowhere to run to, baby. Nowhere to hide.
This was the first proper weights session I've done since I hurt my back and it was pretty full on. I just know I'm going to be as sore as hell tomorrow.
AWWW I feel your pain Hun - I went up a little in my home barbells yesterday and today I am sooorrreeeee.
I bet you feel good though. Well done you!
you go girl!!!!
Dee - spinning is a class on stationary bikes.
These unique indoor bikes have adjustable features that allow all body types to get a custom fit and a comfortable ride. A fantastic cardiovascular workout - burn up to 600 calories in a 45 minute class!
That is the description from my gym brochure, although my butt would argue with the bit about a comfortable ride sometimes!
Some gyms also have Cycle or RPM classes which are similar.
I love Spin. I think it's one of those things you either love or hate and it took me a few classes to learn to love it. I feel like I'm getting a great workout and because it's only 45 minutes, I can really push myself. Also you don't need to have all that co-ordination stuff that I am severely lacking in like you do for aerobics.
Debra - I noticed the absence of your blog. You'll be sorely missed.
Lucinda - I do Spin at the Collingwood Leisure Centre, not at Fitness 405 which has the $4 classes. I go to both gyms because I love the cheapness of $4 classes but they don't have Spin or Boxing. Oh and I also do the occasional class at Fitness First. I truly am a gym slut but I find it hard to commit to one gym.
As to the smoking issue - I think I'm just going to dwell on it for a while. That's what I did with all my other health changes. I actually started making lifestyle changes for about 12 months before I got serious about losing weight and think I lost about 5 kilograms in that time. Anyway the seed is planted but it will definitely be a post-Christmas thing. I can deal with no pigging out or boozing over the holidays but draw the line at quitting smoking too.
One thing I found interesting, in an old issue of Slimming magazine there was a study that said smoking caused you to carry your weight more in your abdominal section which is my biggest problem area. This is going to sound awful, but that makes me want to give up more than any of the health risks or even the prohibitive cost. Yes, I am that shallow.
The volunteer work was bad today. Not the work itself, just the array of snacks laid on. Tim Tams (I stopped at two even though there was one lonely biscuit left in the bowl. Once I've been as able to leave one biscuit sitting there as a cat could leave a big, juicy mouse playing under it's nose but I've evolved since then). Other than that, I had a few mints - those XXX strong ones that remind me of my Nan. Oh yeah, and about half hour before I finished they bought out the Pringles. Normally I can resist all manner of chips and chip-like products. You can surround me with packets of Samboys and Twisties and Burger Rings and I'll be like - blah, whatever. But my one weakness is Pringles. They are surely the fountainhead of savoury treats. So I had a handful or two.
I think knowing I had spin class this arvo made me more lax than I'd normally be with those kind of things. Bad me. But on the plus side, I've done over 1,000 calories worth of exercise today - walking, running, spin, swimming, more walking. I'm a regular athlete!
I'm feeling a bit better today. This morning I thought I'd go for a run before it got too hot but it was already quite warm by the time I got out there. I only managed 10 minutes running time in total out of an hour of walking.
I've been thinking that I want to run 5k by the end of next year. When I first thought that, I didn't believe I could do it but then I thought that if I'd said I was going to lose almost 30 kgs this year at the beginning of the year I've of not believed I could do that either. So I'm going to try.
One thing that bothers me, even after the teeny efforts I've been doing lately, is that eventually if think I'm going to have decide between running and smoking. This morning, I could really feel it in my lungs.
I know that it would be mightly good for my health to quit smoking but I deep inside I really don't want to. It's a lot like losing weight really - you can know you have to do it and make half-arsed efforts but until that thing clicks over in your head, you can't do it. Maybe the time will come but, at the moment, I will just try to cut back especially just before and after exercise.
This afternoon I'm doing volunteer work at PBS then spin class. I think I'll pack my bathers so I can finish off with a swim.
Without wanting to sound holier-than-thou I think it would be great if you gave up smoking. It would make an incredible difference to your fitness, I think. Try to cut back and see how you go. It's definitely the best thing you can do for your health, but it's up to you.
giving up smoking was the hardest and best thing I ever did
If you don't want to, you are only going to feel like it is being forced on you and doing it anyway. And that is hopeless. It would help with the running though. Once you cough out all the crap in your lungs LOL.
I agree with Philippa about giving up improving your fitness but that being said I do understand how hard it could be to do, and you will know when you're ready to.
Giving up smoking can actually help with weight loss eventually (it cuts down on the orality that fuels both the habit of smoking and overeating).
Kathryn 10 minutes running is better than no running in my book!!
The title of this post is the name of an album by the fine Australian band, Pollyanna (now sadly defunct) and also describes my state of mind at the moment.
Leaving the house seems like such an effort. Even leaving my room is too much at times and I avoid it if my housemates are around - making small talk with them is too much effort. Outside is hot, and in my car is even hotter. Too many people are trying to do too much and getting far too pushy doing it. I've had a few nasty run-ins with people - over parking spots and such, getting ripped off by people and machines, and I'm truly fed-up with the Christmas shopping crowds. Once I'd avoid confrontation and bury those feelings deep down in the lard. Now I let rip, but I don't think that is the best solution either. I think I scared a man at the laundrymat with my punching and kicking of the change machine that stole my $10.
Luckily I've had some good people to see and good things to do - I met up with Phil and Ashley for some fun exercising at the Tan, with friends for drinks and nibblies on the banks of the Merri Creek, with Sugar Lips to watch videos. Next week I'm doing some voluntary work at PBS radio station plus I have the Christmas fun run on Wednesday and I'm starting life drawing classes - just have to get over to my storage space to pick up my cache of paper.
I guess that sounds like a relatively active social life but in a way it's not the doing of things that makes a social life but how you involve yourself in those things. At the moment, my involvement is minimal. I feel like I'm on auto-pilot. Even when I exercise, I'm beginning to prefer going to a run with my ipod on than going to the gym and being around people. In between times, I just want to sit in my room listening to Bruce Springsteen and playing spider solitaire.
Maybe this sounds like depression, but it's not. I'm not sad or unhappy. But I don't have much joy in my day to day life at the moment either. I have to push myself to get out, push really hard. I guess, maybe, what I need to do is just coast for a while. To accept that I'm on auto-pilot and go through the motions of exercising and eating well, of going out and meeting people, of living this life and in a few days or weeks I'll get my bounce back.
It's really beginning to hit me that losing weight doesn't fix the other problems - it doesn't stop you being depressed or lonely or bored. It just means you are thinner when those emotions hit.
i know what your going threw oh too well. my husband and i are going threw hard times right now. and we feel what other people are going threw nothing compared to ours. You are doing the right thing it will pass just try to keep going. your doing awesome with ur efforst and enjoy readingur journal....
I know exactly how you feel and thank you for putting into words something that I too have been thinking about. It is almost as if I feel 'blah' but not depressed or angry...just not in the mood to deal or fake niceties.
You're doing such an incredible job Kath with everything that is thrown your way. I guess it's only natural to feel like this sometimes - a bit down but not in the depths of depression. I get like that sometimes too, on days when being a stay at home wife is no fun!!
When I got on the scales this morning, I almost feel off again! Seriously, I was so shocked at the number.
That's a 2.1 kilogram loss this week. Bloody hell. I don't know how I did that. Well I have a few ideas - the day before weight in last week I had eaten half a box of popcorn at the movies plus I got my period this week so I think last week's result included a whole heap of water. I also think that the little bit of running I've been doing has helped.
Still this would have to be my biggest loss since I started except for the first week and will probably be the last time I lose over a kilo in a week but I don't care. I'm back on track and walking around the house singing "Back on Track" to the tune of AC/DC's Back in Black but quietly so as not to wake and/or scare the housemates. Maybe I should wake them so they can join in the rejoicing!
This means I've past the 25% of original weight loss mark. Woohoo, go me. I am 3/4s of my old size.
I'm certain that I can get under 80 by the end of the year. The up side of being mighty unpopular is having no Christmas parties to attend. That would be so cool. In my last post I said one of my resolutions last year was to lose 10 kgs, so it would be uber-cool to start next year only needing to lose 10 kgs.
You go girl!!!!
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Hot Damn! :) You will be ringing in the New Year as a whole new person! Congrats on you big loss this week.
Wow, wow, wow. What a great loss. You'll be a 70s girl in no time.
WOW - That is a stunning loss!! Well done, you sure will be ringing in the new year!!!
result! onya tiger :)
Yay! I'm so pleased for you. That's great. Nothing like an great loss when you expected a good one!
WOW!!! That is sooooo awesome.
Whoooo Hooooo. That is so cool. And with all that dancing to ACDC I am sure there will be more to follow.
Congratulations on your loss! Is it sad that I had to find an online kg converter to lbs?
wow - thats a fantastic loss! welldone :)
Congratulations Kathryn, that's a great loss!
It's hard at the moment because I know she's desperately wanting to lose weight. Not just for the wedding - I think the wedding has been a catalyst for her to realise that she's been putting on weight for the past couple of years. And, of course, having to try on dresses then parade them around a showroom filled with size 8 girls must be awful. A couple of times she hasn't wanted to come out of the change room.
What's frustrating for me is that she isn't the sort of person who accepts help easily. I've offered to help on numerous occasions and try to slip advice into conversations without being heavy handed about it. I'm starting to realise that being an example to follow works better than giving her advice - I guess we're all like that. I know I hate being given advice. Lately she's started drinking wine spritzers like I do. Because I usually only see these friends once a fortnight or so, if we go out to dinner I don't worry too much about what I eat. I just eat what I want and, since it's so infrequently, it doesn't matter too much. Now I'm wondering if that's being a bad example - that she sees me eating what I like and thinks I eat like that all the time.
Lately she's been reading information on weight loss on the net and some of the ideas she's got in her head are plain wrong. For example, that alcohol is metabolised differently by the body so you can't put on weight from alcohol. Don't we all wish that one were true!
She also thinks she doesn't need to change her eating habits because she eats healthy food. That might be true but healthy food can do damage. A huge bowl of toasted museli full of dried fruit might be a healthy breakfast but is still high in fats and sugars.
I guess the lesson for me in all this is to sit back and let her work things out for herself - to just be there rather than to take over.
Lately, being the end of the year and all that, I've been thinking about New Year's Resolutions. For years I made the same three resolutions - to lose weight, to get out of debt and to work on my writing. Last year I got a bit more specific - I wanted to lose 10 kilograms this year and get my blood sugar levels stable, to finish my novel and submit 12 short stories, to save 10% of my pay and get out of debt.
Well a lot of unexpected things happened this year. I've mentioned before about the big financial disaster of early 2005 which resulted in me getting evicted from my house and basically hitting rock bottom. Despite that, I've achieved most of my resolutions.
I've well exceeded my healthy goals. Pretty clever of me to set my goal low - at the beginning of the year I figured 10 kilograms was something I could do and even a 10 kilo loss would make me healthier. I have to admit that I've been awful slack with measuring my blood sugar though - I need to go into the diabetes place and get strips for my blood sugar monitor and just keep putting it off. I know when my blood sugar is too high because I actually feel like my blood has turned into a thick, sugary syrup that flows slow through my body. I'm sure it's not nearly so dramatic but that describes perfectly the sluggish feeling I get - I used to get, I mean. It's so nice to ditch that feeling.
Financially I'm happy with the way this year has gone. I could have saved more, but that's always the way. I'm out of debt and that's the main thing.
And I've finished the first draft of my novel. At the moment I have a few people reading it and giving me feedback then I'll start on the next draft.
So, for next year:
I want to get to my goal weight (70 kgs) and then work on toning my body.
I want to save money and be in a comfortable position finanically. Being rich isn't important to me, but I'd like to have the reserves to go on a holiday if I so desire or get work done on my car. I really want to have a financial buffer zone in case I need to move house or have something unexpected happen.
I want to finish my novel and send it out to publishers. Ideally, I'd like to have it published. I am also applying to do a writing course next year.
I also want to do some things for me: To volunteer at Save A Dog - something I've been meaning to do for ages and to do life drawing class - something else I've been thinking about for a while.
Other than that, I want to have good times with my friends and family; I want to appreciate time on my own; to be open to making new friends; and I want to keep making progress on learning about myself.
hope your friend snaps out of the snarky comments soon & gets sensible about weight loss!
boobs: 100 cm
waist: 81 cm
hips: 109 cm
thighs: 50 cm
Weekly Goal Lifestyle Changing Challenge-A-Rama
Week 1 - Drink more water
Week 2 - Cut out sugary treats