[a weight loss story]
*kathrynoh at nemesis dot com dot au*
If you want something quick and easy and tasty and full of goodness for dinner (or lunch or breakfast), I highly recommend this: Baked Eggs. Damn fine. I changed the recipe around a bit - I put a layer of rocket and spinach on the bottom, then the eggs, then tomato and leek and parmesan on top.
It was damn fine. I think this will be a regular item on my menu. I had it with pumpkin and carrot mash and a slice of soy linseed bread. It also gives me a chance to use my pretty red ramekin that I got myself as one of my weight loss rewards (and have never used since).
Sounds YUM! Thanks for the link.
Yummmm, indeed! Can you suggest a baking temp for those of us in the US? I'm not sure how to figure out the conversion...
Forgive me & my American ways, but what the hell is rocket???
Ah, thanks Paige! For the ask.com susggestion AND for asking about rocket. I was wondering, too, but forgot to ask!
I learned that 180 degrees Celsius is 356 degrees Fahrenheit, or 350 as I'll be rounding off (my oven's dial doesn't get quite that specific!)
Eggs are fantastic. I never used to eat them when I was overweight. I"ll definitely be checking this out.
Thanks for that Phil - I was trying to think of the American word for rocket.
Sounds really nice, I think i'll try it on the weekend. Thanks for the link!
Thanks, Phil. I looooove arugula. Good idea, Kathryn!
Love eggs and this recipe, thanks!
I had my blood tests this morning. Damn it though, I had to wait in pathology until almost 10 o'clock and couldn't eat until they'd sucked my blood out. I got out and ran into the cafe next door for a plate of scrambled eggs. How do people skip breakfast?
Tonight I had some of my writing workshopped in class. Usually I enjoy this - after all, it's all about me - but tonight it was blah! My teacher always seems to stuff up photocopying my work. He's stuck in some early part of the 20th century and doesn't understand new fangled technology. Then everyone said my chapter was better *before* I rewrote it. I don't agree so I'm sticking with my changes but it's disheartening to hear that. I guess it's because the changes work better within the context of the whole novel but they don't what comes next. Still, it's the first chapter so I want it to be perfect.
Lately I've been craving fish which is wack because I don't eat fish, ever (well except for deep fried and battered flake). I might try some for lunch tomorrow. The fish shop near work does scallop kebabs. That could be yum. Just have to check out the fat content.
Stick to your ideas!!!!
I agree with "t", stick to what you think is right. In everything in life we have to be true to ourselves first and foremost.
Nope, can't skip breakfast - sure way to bring on a massive attack of the grumps!
I never skip breakfast. I would go on a feeding frenzy if I had to wait until 10.00 to eat!!
I would love to be a writer. I always loved creative writing projects at school and I love reading (when I can find a good book..any suggestions?)
no idea how people skip brekky, I certainly can't!
You should try salmon steaks.. they are GREAT! mmmm
Mmm, fish. Now I feel like fish and chips! Watching my partner go through his revisions etc. I feel for you and you're right, they don't know what comes next but it's good to get some objective opinions on the first chapter. It will help you cement more of your own ideas or if need be, work on it a bit more to make sure readers "get it" and feel the desire to keep reading. Writers man, it's so weird living with you people LOL :-P
I'm totally focused today. I have goals and things... and have made me some decisions.
Firstly, Michelle got me all inspired with her talk of the Sydney City to Surf. I'd been thinking about this earlier in the year but then put it on the back burner. Now I'm all fired up and ready to go (pity it's not until August cos I might be a bit early). Hopefully I'll be able to get a cheapo flight next week and I've organised my accomodation (thank you, sister).
I've also been thinking of another race - the Melbourne Marathon. Not the whole thing, just the Half. I'm not crazy. I figure it's not until October and I can do it.
So that's the plan. The City to Surf in August and the Half Marathon in October. I wanted to go down to Tassie for the Burnie 10 (and to see my mummy) but it's on the weekend after the Melb Marathon so I don't think it will be happening. I also want to do a couple of shorter runs in between. Woohoo - I love having something to work towards and I really want to complete the City to Surf in under 100 minutes.
I had my first personal training session today - it went well but I'll see how I feel tomorrow. Mainly we chatted about my goals and issues and we are going to work mostly on weights (that's the area I slack off most in) but my trainer has done some marathon training so I'll be picking her brain about that as well.
She did pick up on one interesting thing - I have this weird thing where I can't open my legs very wide. Kinda stupid and embarassing but I didn't think any more of it. She thinks it might be the cause of my back pain last year - when I walk my hips and back take most of the load rather than my glutes. I'm going to get the doctor to check it out next time I go.
I am thinking of doing the marafun for the melb marathon (7km). So it might be good to catch up and say hi.
It's great to have something to work towards. You sound so excited in this post, good on you. I'm planning on doing C2S next year, I can't run well enough this year and it would bloody kill me!! LOL. But I might come down and cheer you on from the sidelines!
OOO I would never even think of attempting a fun run, good on you having that as your goal.
wow, half marathon! good stuff :)
wow - awesome impressive goals, you really do have something to aim high for!!
Just got my Virgin Blue update and the sale's on until Thursday.
wow those are some goals!!! you will do it!! If you set your mind to it you can and will :) I am so excited for you. I can't wait till Nov so i can do the huge big cycle challenge again. *grin*
Excellent. So you're coming to Sydney in August too then. We'll have to try organise a dinner for the Saturday night with you and Michelle if you're up for it.
I got on the scales this morning - egad, up to 2 kgs! I nearly died then I remembered my sister and I made some very salty popcorn last night. I've been trying to drink buckets of water today to flush my system out.
I went for a run today. It always takes me so long to get motivated on Sundays - I sit around thinking about it for ages when I should just get out and do it. I guess having a lazy Sunday morning doesn't hurt though.
For a while I debated going into the gym but the weather was so nice I wanted to run outside, plus it would waste an hour plus getting trams on a Sunday. Instead of my normal, boring track, I decided to run along the Merri Creek towards Collingwood (about 8.5 - 9 km). I haven't done that in ages and had forgotten how many hills there are!
I couldn't really get into it today and kept stopping to walk. I really had to push myself. I guess I'm still getting back into it after being sick but I expect myself to be able to be better than ever. I don't think all the squats I did the other day helped either.
On the way, I found a public toilet that had real toilet paper in it. Woohoo - doesn't take much to make me happy.
I felt really washed out and exhausted - I hadn't eaten much so I think that's why.
I had the yummest dinner tonight - I made Suzy's Chicken Kiev recipe - which totally rocks. I didn't roll it in breadcrumbs (oops) but it really didn't need it. And I used ricotta instead of Laughing Cow cheese. The parmesan on top is a real winner. My fave thing to do with kiev is chop up some potato into thin slices and cook it in the same tray. I also steamed some carrot and spinach but forgot to check the bottom water and burnt my saucepan.
I definitely feel better with all that protein in my belly.
Mmm, yum. The Kiev sounds great! Sundays are my lazy day too and I think you did well just getting out. You must be still recovering so that makes sense but you'll be back on track in no time at all. Lack of food definitely messes with your energy levels also. I hope you have a great week babe!
I am so going to try that Kiev recipe, yummo. I don't usually do anything on Sundays except play with my DS cos its our day together (DH works every Sunday) BUT yesterday I got on the exercise bike for 20 mins and it felt great. I must have picked up on your exercise vibes!! LOL.
Yumm.... cant wait till i get a new oven. Well done on getting out there, we went out early and got caught in the rain.
thanks for reminding me about the kiev. I woul love to come run with you one day but keep in mind I only run very short distances.
Maybe it was something in the water yesterday. I felt extremely blah at the gym as well.
I made my favourite pasta sauce tonight and thought I'd share it if anyone wants the recipe. Ages ago, I got one of those pasta sauces in a jar and it was magically delicious but when I read the ingredients, I realised it would be so simple to make myself so this is my version:
Saute some onion, garlic (heaps) and capsicum (I do this in stock) then add a heap of chopped pumpkin, grated carrot and a can of tomatoes. I usually use enough so my frypan is full (that's about as technical as I get). Sprinkle dried sage over the top.
Cook until the vegies are really soft. You can blend it if you have a blending thing or keep it lumpy. Tonight I just have it a bash with the spud masher. Add in a tablespoon of low fat ricotta per person. Serve over pasta - I use and recommend the homemade pumpkin gnocchi from Preston Market.
Is it wrong to have a pumpkin sauce with pumpkin gnocchi, cos if it is, I don't ever want to be right.
Last night I wore my sexy new dress. I didn't pick up but I think I got a few ogling looks. We took even more photos (the memory in my sister's new photo is now full) but we still haven't worked out how to get them off the phone. It was my sister's birthday last night - the real reason we went out although showing off my dress was reason enough.
We wanted to go to dinner but weren't sure where, then on the tram on the way home from the gym, I got a brain wave. FAJITAS!
There's a Taco Bill nearby so we went there. Luckily we didn't realise it was margarita happy hour until we were leaving or I'd still be in a coma. I think I'm going to make my own fajitas this week - they are so easy and delicious.
Then we went over to St Kilda, more drinks (cosmopolitians = yum) then off to the Prince to see the Beasts of Bourbon. Oh boy, were they great! Tex Perkins cracks me up so much.
I think I'm going to quit drinking now for the next few weeks though. Those booze calories soon add up. Luckily I did a killer session at the gym before I went out - running on the treadmill with some HUGE hills. I also did leg weights and realised the reason I get sore in the wrong muscles when I do leg curls is that I have the weight set too low - I end up using the momentum and get sore calfs instead of gluts. I also did a heap of squats with those killer pulses. I love to torture myself.
I made a workout plan for the week yesterday and today's exercise was a long run. What was I thinking? After all those hills and squats yesterday, there was no running to be done today. I didn't want to go into the city to the gym but was feeling like I needed to exercise so ended up at the pool for a swim. I haven't been swimming in months. To be honest, swim bores me. But I decided to have race laps against myself to make it interesting. I'm not going to post my lap times because I'm the slowest swimmer ever - it would be humiliating.
Tonight's plan is Buffy dvds and maybe some popcorn. I've been trying to think of interesting popcorn toppings. I found a recipe that used pizza seasoning so I'm going to get me some of that for next time. Any other good ideas?
Speaking of Buffy, since my reward when I get to goal is the complete Buffy box set, today while I was swimming I decided to make motivational posters. These are some of the ideas (bad pun warning):
- Get Buff
- Become Willowy
- Spike those kilograms...
- Be a calorie Angel...
- Do you really need those kilo-Giles?
- Resisted the chocolate. Good Anya!
- Have Faith that you can do this!
- Keep that food out of your (hell)mouth!
All with appropriate pictures of course.
That pasta sounds great and I love fajitas too. I just ate dinner but this is making me hungry again! Sounds like you're having a great weekend.
Lol love the slogan thingys. SOunds like you had a great night out! I am sure you had heaps of looks coming your way all night.
LOL at the Buffy Puns. Once you have worked out how to get the photo's off your camera you should definitely take a photo of the poster and post it...
ha ha ha... nice puns!
Hehehe! I love the Buff puns. Pity you couldn't fit Xander in there.
Thanks for the pumpkin pasta recipe, I love pumpkin and that should totally delish!! Margarita happy hour seems like the happiest place on earth - wow, I think I would have joined you comatose on the floor if I was there and we'd noticed it in time! Yummo! Looks like you are going great guns with the exercise, and love those Buffy motivational lines :) Hope the weekend continues to be great, Ails xxx
Yummo! That pasta sauce sounds delish! LOL, love the poster ideas too.
Yum, that pasta sauce sounds delish!
hmm, pumpkin is so good - that sauce sounds nice, i will try it sometime. I also some use the creamy pumpkin & bacon soup recipie as a pasta sauce.
hehe - love the motivation. Go you good thing.
Thanks for the pasta recipe, yum and I'm still thinking of Tex. I used to *drool* over him! Glad you had a great night :-)
yum pasta sounds good,
The pasta sounds yummy might add that to my try out list. Love Buffy and love your poster ideas very cool!
I made this sauce with pasta for dinner tonight. YUM!!
Damn it, up 200 grams this week. I think that was caused by my boozing last Friday as well as going out for a pasta dinner on Monday. Next week I'll be in the 71s.
I want to do a three week blitz. My friend's party is in three weeks time and I want to be at my goal (70 kg) by then. It's going to be tough but I reckon I can do it. For the next three weeks I'm going to:
* Do at least 5 cardio workouts a week - try to do these in the morning.
* Do 3-4 weights workouts a week
* Increase incidental exercise - walk to or from work every day (weather permitting).
* Do 1-2 yoga workouts a week
* Stay within my 1250 calorie limit
* Stick to healthy snacks
* Cut back on carbs (I'm eating far too many carbs at the moment)
* Drink more water and green tea
* Cut back from a large morning cofee to a regular (was going to cut this out but I can't)
* Eat less at night
* Go to bed at a reasonable time
Also, I've booked in to see a personal trainer on Monday. I've been thinking about it for a while and, last night at Spin, the instructor said if anyone wanted to talk to her after class she'd organise a comp session. Woohoo! I'm not sure if I'll like her as a PT though - she's American and very ra-ra. It bugs me in Spin class but I'll see how I go.
I'm off to see the Beasts of Bourbon tonight. I'm wearing the pretty new dress. I went shopping last night to get a new bra to wear with it and ended up having a bit of a spree. I got a new moisturiser and hair dye, some long sleeved tops and a nice, warm, snuggly cardigan.
My sister took heaps of pics of me in my new dress last night. I'll post them as soon as she works out how to get them off her new phone.
cannae wait to see them pics! woo!
look forward to the piccies and good luck with your challenge.
Can't wait to see the photos. I'm sure you can be at 70 kilos by the party - how damn hot are you going to look in that dress. Your friend will be flabergasted (?? sp LOL). Happy Friday, and have a great weekend!
Yay for the spending spree - you'll feel like quite the flash chick!
Have a great time out tonight and enjoy feeling good in your new dress!
Good luck with the challenge. It must be frustrating to be so close to goal, but still trying to get that last little bit of the way.
Those last few kgs must be damn hard!! I have no idea, cause I'm nowhere near. But you can do it - I'm sure you will make your goal. 3 weeks. You go girl
hey 200gms is only a pee away! im sure you'll be seeing 71 next week!
Nothing like a good spending spree to life the spirits! You can so make your goal in three weeks you have already come so far:O)
200 grams is only a piss away so by your next weigh in, you'll be in your 71s! I like the sound of your 3 week blitz and Beasts of Bourbon even better. Give me Tex any day :-)
I picked up my dress off layby today. It's so hot. I never want to take it off but I think I should to cook dinner. Photos to follow.
Tonight I did my first full on gym session since I got sick. It was good to get in there and get all sweaty. I did intend to stick around for boxing class but decided picking up the dress was more important.
When I got home, an invitation had arrived for my friend's birthday. He'd emailed me earlier in the year - kind of a pre-invitation notice. We have hardly spoken in the last four or five years so it's going to be a weird night. Pity I don't have a hot date to drag along with me.
You might not have a hot date but you've got your hot dress!! And I reckon they haven't seen you skinny either, so you'll be sure to turn some heads!!
At least you'll have a hot dress to wear!
Who'd have thought we'd grow to love getting sweaty!
Tomorrow is my full on gym session since the pneumonia and I too look forward to it!!!
Can you wear the hot dress to the party? You will knock em dead. I had some full on gym sessions this week and agree about loving the sweaty feeling. Glad you are feeling better.
LOL yep, love the sweat. Glad to read you're better and can't wait to see the dress. Seeing a friend after 4-5 years is definitely strange. Enjoy!
Hey when's the birthday? You may have a hot date by then and it looks like you already have your drtess sorted! Can't wait to see the photos.
You'll be looking hot enough as it is!!!!!!!!!
I can't wait to see the dress - I hope you wear it to the party and look hot (and no, not in the sweaty sense but in the hey good lookin' sense). Glad to see you are feeling better and back into the gym
i cant wait to see pics of this gorgeous dress! yay for getting back to the gym for a proper workout
Looking forward to the photos :) You'll probably wow everyone at that party! Good on you for returning to gym, glad you are better :)
Oooh well done for getting back into it! I wanna see this dress!
My sister was in town tonight from Sydney so we went out to dinner - me, both my sisters and my son. Ended up at the Spagetti Tree on Bourke Street. It was delish and I had a relatively healthy dinner but just ate too much. My belly isn't used to all this food.
After dinner, my sister complained because she can't eat much any more without feeling full. Then she remembered she'd had a late afternoon tea - 2 donuts and croissant. Mmmm, funny that she could only have an entree for dinner.
I'm going to try to get up early tomorrow and go for a run before work. If I don't manage that, I'll walk to work. I'm getting so frustrated with the lack of opportunities to exercise at the moment but I learnt something good today. I never go to morning classes at my gym cos they are on at 6.15. Screw that - I can't start work before 9.00 so I'd have heaps of time to kill even if I managed to get there that early. But, Melbourne Central has 6.45 classes. I reckon I could manage that. Maybe.
A morning class? You are a brave one! I would love to be able to get myself up early enough to do one but I love my bed much much more.
I can't eat so much these days either but somehow I still manage to stuff extra in and then i end up feeling very sick. Oh well. One day I will learn.
When I first started exercising, it had to be early morning and it was torture but you do get used to it. I love getting up early now. It gets exercise out of the way so you've got more social or you time later :-)
The Spaghetti Tree used to be our hangout when we were in our late teens. I can't believe it's been around for so long. Have a great day Kathryn.
That should give you time for a nice relaxing coffee and a read of the paper before you start wrok?
Time - its such a precious commodity ay.
walking to work is great, i walk to or from work as my exercise at the moment, i do better at walking when I walk with a purpose, somewhere to go, not just random walking, so certainly works for me!
thinking it would be good to change your name to 'irock' because if you have lost 30 kgs you certainly do rock!! looking forward to reading your story:)
wow, wow, wow! i'm only up to jan but i have to sleep. realised that you've lost !38! kgs not 30. i'll be back tomorrow night for the rest.
I love the Spaghetti Tree. Whenever we went to Melb for work that is where we would end up for dinner. Oooh the memories LOL.
finished! now i can think of another title suggestion 'irunirockiam'
On Friday night my sister and I had to wait around for a tram to the city so we browsed through some of the local shops. I found a dress I loved - red with white polka dots - and decided I'd go try it on later this week when I got paid.
Today, on my way home from the city, I couldn't wait. I went in and tried it on. It is the most fantastic dress and I fell totally and utterly in love with. Since I have no cash, I popped it on layby. No one else is getting their grubby paws on MY dress. I can't wait until payday now.
The rest of Friday night rapidly descended into debauchery. We went to see a friend who works at a bar in the city and the shooters flowed freely, in all senses of the word. The rest of this week, I'll be in damage control mode. I don't want to think how many calories can be packed into one of those tiny glasses.
ps. I went back to the gym today for the first time in over a week. I only did a half hour hill run on the treadie at a slighly lower intensity than I normally use. I thought about doing some weights as well but figured it was better to leave feeling like I could have done more than getting all sick again. I ended up walking most of the way home afterwards so I had a pretty good workout.
I don't know when I'll get back in there again - I have dinner with my sisters tomorrow, writing class on Tuesday plus I have to do some extra work at a second job this week. I might try for some morning sessions or walk to work to make sure I'm burning some calories.
I need to get to goal - I have the complete Buffy collection to buy!
lol, yup those shooters can really be full of calories in those tiny glasses but very hard to resist!
Oooh, polka dots are very hip at the moment! I saw a girl at the football last night in a purple dress with white polka dots, I lusted after that big time!! (the dress that is!) I also saw a navy one at a shop in Lonsdale St.
Glad you survived being back at the gym. Just remember to take it slightly easier than normal until your 110% fighting fit.
I couldn't wait either. Photo please when you've got the dress in your own grubby paws :-) And you WILL get to goal and you WILL have the complete Buffy collection. Have a great week and good to see you feeling better!
The dress sounds devine. I'm loving polka dots at the mo. Pictures, pictures, pictures.
I am a white polka dot and red dress lover! Please post the pic when you get the dress! I have two or thre in my wardrobe and cannot wait to be able to fit back in them!
That dress sounds so cute! Shooters can definitely get the best of you; f course, my excuse always is "well hard liquor has less calories than other drinks". Yeah, not if I have 8 shots ;).
Ah, you have the same taste in dresses as I do! Red and white polka dots, how can anyone say no?
Ohhhh, you'll have to post a photo once you've got it! Sounds gorgeous :)
Woohoo, lost 1.2 kgs this week. That leaves a mere 2.1 kgs to go. It's within my sights now. I can't believe I lost that much when I haven't been able to exercise all week but I have been extra careful with what I've eaten. I think too that for the past few weeks I've believed that I *can't* lose weight without going to the gym so I've not been focused whereas this week I changed that around and decided to do the best I could. No extra treats, no biscuits, no snacking at night.
One thing I want to do this week is cut out the diet coke. I've been getting stomach pains and I think it's the diet coke that is causing it.
OMG, that's brilliant!
The proof of the pudding is in the eating (or should that be the 'not eating' of treats, late night snacks etc) - well done on a great loss !!!
That's truly fantastic!!!
you are soooo close..
Completely awesome! You're an inspiration to all :)
wow wow wow ... wow. Can you see that flashing neon "GOAL" sign? That is a fantastic loss. :) You should be pretty darn pleased with yourself.
That's sensational! Geez, 2.1kg is nothing, you're sooo close. What will you do to celebrate once you get to goal?? The mind boggles!
NICE LOSS!!!!!! wow, you are doing fabulously! Its amazing how just by thinking you can do it really helps! I am so excited for you being so near to your goal.
well done, u are so freaking close!
Fantastic!!! You are so close!!!
Well done, my god I can't believe how close you are to goal. Woooot!!! Hope you're having an awesome weekend.
Unreal loss! Yep, when you want to really lose weight seriously, you've gotta cut the crap. For a little while anyway :-)
Wow, what self control. Well done, you'll reach your goal in no time at all if you keep this up. Well done on the diet coke - I myself am more of a coke lover but it was a bitch to give up - Keep going, you're doing great
LEGEND!!! You will get there! Such commitment!
oops - forgot to comment on this post :S
"All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy, for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another." --Anatole France.
I read that quote tonight and it made a sense of some of the crazy moods I've had over the past year.
Went to Foreigner last night. Heaps of fun and I just about knew every song, but the only original member of the band was the guitarist so it was almost like a cover band. For those who asked, I won the tickets by ringing the Beat Magazine office at the designated time. Pretty boring, huh. It's not like I had to do something potentially embarassing like interpretive dance to my fave Foreigner song or anything.
A few months ago, we went out in St Kilda and had dinner at a place called The Gourmet Burger Company. They have a burger called the Camembert In There that sounded yum but at the time I was being extra cautious and gave it a miss. So I'd been planning my pre-show burger for ages and was so careful to not eat too much yesterday. I could taste that burger. My mouth watered all day in anticipation. Then we got there and they were closed. Damn it all.
We ended up going to BBNT and I got a chicken burrito. Yum still but no Camembert In There burger. I had a side of chips but only ate about a third of the packet. Go me. I didn't need any more.
go you, indeed :D and camembert in there! that is genius!
mmm you can have all my camambert in future :) Thats one food I don't have to worry about ever over eating.
Good for you! I have a hard time turning down the chips but I am starting to see that I don't have to eat every single one to feel satisfied. I found this out at the grocery store when they pass out samples. I had enjoyed a sample so mucht that is dawned on me that I didn't need to buy the whole cake. The sample was enough. :)
That is an awesome quote....I am always talking about how change makes us so sad because we hold onto the loss rather than embracing the gains.
Glad to hear you enjoyed the concert - even better that you had won the tickets and didn't have to pay for them.
That quote is what similar to what I meant about having an identity crisis when getting to goal. Sometimes I pine for certain things from the past (not food, but other stuff) but I know right now and the future of not having that in my life is so much better me.
I'm going to get all preachy and soapboxy for a moment. In my last post I joked about the bird flu. When a disease like that breaks out, people get all paranoid and scared. What if it comes here? What if it becomes an epidemic? Blah blah blah. Yeah, it's scary.
Bird flu (and illness like that) are all very newsworthy and hip but what about the epidemic that IS killing people, that IS filling our hospitals, that IS causing debillitating illness?
I know I'm preaching to the converted here, but what the hell is going on with the obesity epidemic in this country? Three hundred people a day are diagnosed with diabetes. Three hundred.
Diabetes doesn't just kill, it causes a whole range of problems. I remember my doctor telling me about a patient, an old lady with type 2 diabetes. She told him she wasn't going to try to control her diabetes - she was old and she'd reckoned her time on earth was almost up anyway.
Within a year, she'd become blind and had to have her leg amputated. It's not just about dying from diabetes, it's about living with it.
I know people who have died from complications of diabetes, people who've had parts amputated because of it. Last year, I was talking to a surgical nurse at a party. He told me how they have diabetic patients come in to get a toe removed. The doctors tell them to change their lifestyle but the patients don't listen. The next time they come in it's a foot... then it's a leg... Still they keep doing the same things.
Is that KFC worth it? Is that Big Mac?
It's scary stuff but it's entirely preventable. I heard the health minister being interviewed yesterday. He said the government is limited in what they can do to prevent obesity. They can't make people walk to work; they can't stop people eating junk food. Maybe not but there is a heap of stuff they can do, it's just not stuff that is going to make them popular or win them votes. For starters, they can tax the arse out of junk food - they do it with cigarettes. Or how about this - a complete television black out for an hour every night? I bet you'd get a lot more people exercising.
I know it comes down to individual responsibility, but this epidemic will cause a whole shitload of suffering in the next few decades. If we had three hundred people a day diagnosed with bird flu we'd have people storming parliament demanding answers.
For those of you who don't know, I was diagnosed with diabetes about four or five years ago. To start with, I was in denial - and anyway it would take years before anything went really wrong.
I thought I could control my diabetes by changing my lifestyle except my lifestyle didn't change. I kept eating the same foods and not exercising. I meant to make improvements, one day.
Then I got put on medication. Every time I got tested, the results were bad, my medication got upped. My cholestrol was off the chart and I'd long since had my gallbladder removed. All the while, I kept telling myself - I might be fat but I'm healthy.
Last year, something clicked in my brain. I realised I had to do something. No more excuses, no more "one day". The consquences weren't just a bigger clothes size (and, let's face it, you can't get much bigger than an elastic waisted size 26 anyway), the consquences were life and death. Blindness terrifies me and there's no point shoe shopping if you don't have any feet.
I'd been let to believe, by my doctor, that once you started on a certain level of medication you were there for life. The progression only went one way - you took stronger and stronger meds until you got so bad you had to take insulin. I didn't want to be on tablets, let alone injecting insulin.
Then I found out that diabetes is reversible - it's not a one way street at all. Since then, I've dreamed of becoming medication free. Of being healthy. Of being in control.
I talked to my doctor today and maybe it will happen. I have to have some blood tests - the main thing she wants to check for is some kind of antibodies in my blood that mean (from my understanding of what she said) the type 2 diabetes is precursor of developing type 1 diabetes rather than being caused by lifestyle factors.
If I don't have the antibodies, I'm home free. I could be off my medication next week! That makes me so happy. Three hundred people a day diagnosed with diabetes and I'm getting off my medication. I hate to follow trends.
keep my fingers crossed for great results for you. great post - thanks.
wow - that sounds promising, good luck hun!
I seriously hope the results go your way. This would be one very positive consquence of your weight loss!!
brilliantly said :) hope all goes well with the results!
Good luck, i'm keeping everything crossed for you. What a great feeling to get off your meds!!! I reckon my DH is on the way to diabetes, its only a matter of time, but telling him just makes him scoff - I wish I could get through to him but like you said, you need to realise it yourself and get off your bum and do something about it. No-one else can do it for you.
That would be fantastic if you canget off those meds. You have come so far and you are a shining example of the positive effects of changing your lifestyle. Being healthy is the best reward you could get.
Well said Kathryn! Great post and I congratulate you for educating everyone more on this terrible disease.
I so hear what you are saying - I went to an inservice on childhood obesity for work the other day and was absolutely gobsmacked at the stuff I heard.
Even though I don't like to swear on the blogs I think you are a deadset fucking legend. Too many people put up with stuff their whole lives and don't put up their hands to take ownership and change themelves. And look at you - possibly off medication. I think you are fantastic.
Brilliant post. Did I tell you that when I went in and got diagnosed with pneumonia, my doctor said, "thank you for not asking me if you have the BIRD FLU; I wish people would get as serious about their other health issues"...so yeah, I hear you.
omg make me tear up, I so know what you mean about diabetes. My family on BOTH my mum and dad's side are laden with diabetes, and it makes me so mad how lightly they take it.
p.s. I am SO bloody excited that you could be off your meds next week!!!
very exciting!!!!!! i will be sending positive vibes your way ;) i didnt know that that is what happens to diabetes, that was very interesting, thanks for sharing ;) Luds xxx
This is a great post.
Wow!! Another reason why better nutrition is the key to eliminating a lot of the illness in this world. I am on that soapbox with you. I think things like bird flu, sars etc are all played up in the media. Noone is denying their validity but the amount of money that is thrown at things that are killing small amounts of people blow me away. Just recently the NZ government has spent over 20million on a nationwide meningitis vaccination campaign. Only 13 people in 5 years have died of meningitis B in this country. The vaccination is not guaranteed and already kids that have had it have been found to have the exact thing they have been vaccinated against. Yet where is the 20million for all those with diabetes? Where is the 20 million to go towards lowering prices of fresh fruit and veges and raising prices of junk?? Where the hell is the practicality in it all? Who decided to spend 20 million of taxpayers money to save maybe 20 little people over the next half decade?? Noone is denying that it is devastating if it hits your family but in the grander scale of things?? Time for me to get down off the soapbox.
That is an awesome post Kathryn. So well written. I watch my boyfriend's brother with diabetes not managing it and it makes me worry. Isn't it funny how sometimes we need a real wake-up with our health to get our butts moving? Mine was my doctor telling me that being overweight, with a history of stroke in my family and being on a strong contraceptive pill I was in the very high risk category for serious blood clots. That scared the hell out of me!
Fantastic post Kathryn and if only the people that really needed to read this too read it...and actually got it! Obesity is a real concern and the factor for so many other diseases. If only the majority weren't so lazy in getting a little proactive about their health. I guess it took us a while buit we got there. Well done babe!
Fingers crossed for you that the results come through as desired. Getting off medication would be a huge achievement!
BRILLIANT POST! I was horrified by the statistics.
Hey Kathryn - hopefully you are feeling better and that's fantabulous news about being drug free. Here's hoping those antibodies are doing what there supposed to be doing. Have a great week.lb.
What a great post! I'll keep my fingers and toes crossed for you! It would be awesome if you were able to come off your medication, and of course you totally deserve this success!!!
I didn't go to work today - I've been resting. One minute you are enjoying rest, the next your brain is telling you that you are getting fat and the only reason you lost weight was because you were exercising so much and now you are going to put ALL the weight back on... and you are sick and a teeny chocolate would make you feel better...
Resting is evil. Evil.
Every time I read someone's blog and they are talking about running or doing cardio, I get nasty little jealous thoughts and want to blow them up. I've been trying to work out how many calories you burn playing Spider Solitaire but I fear it's not enough.
I did do something productive - I made up a batch of Slow Cook Moroccan Stew (recipe here) and froze up 4 batches of it then added some rice and left over sausages for tonight's dinner.
Then I realised I shouldn't be eating TWO sausages but it was too late. I'd et them.
Tomorrow morning I'm going to the doctors then to work. Well unless the doctor says I have some illness requiring hospitalisation. The other bad thing about rest is that you can look up the symptoms of all kinds of diseases, like bird flu, and realise you have them all.
I am so looking forward to not resting tomorrow.
see instead of dwelling on exercising - u should've been getting some extra sleep ;)
Good ole 'Dr Google'.. hope you get better soon.
Oh Kathryn LOL
I don't care if you feel guilty/bad or annoyed about resting - it sounds like you bloody well need to!
Aren't we humans odd.. We dream of having a day to rest and sleep and recoup and then when we get the chance, we end up climbing the walls and wishing we were back at work. I am very much like that too. I am sure you burned calories by thinking about killing all of us. It is definately a lot of brain movement :)
oh the bird flu line killed me. you rule, you ruuuuuuule.
Hope you are feeling better now. The good thing is that you wouldn't have had any evil thoughts about me for ages because I haven't been exercising !!!!!!
LOL bird flu hey ;-) Take it easy hon and try *stop* thinking for a while, it's no good I tell ya! There is no way in hell that you are going to put all the weight back on.
I got up this morning and got ready for the Mother's Day fun run - put on my running clothes and chucked a cardigan over the top then caught the train into Richmond.
Things didn't start off so well - I couldn't find the toilets for ages and then got caught in the bag check queues with all the runners collecting their stuff after the race.
The walk had started by the time I dumped my bag so I followed everyone else to the start line - we all had to walk over to the Tan. I dunno how I did this but I missed the start line. I was going to check the time on my ipod when I crossed it but either it wasn't clearly marked or I was being vague.
There were so many people walking and I wanted to get around them so I had to duck and weave a lot. You know, with an event like this, I can understand families walking together but you'd think parents would try to keep their kids out other people's way. At one point, a couple of kids were playing chasies around the crowd - damn annoying.
So I tried to keep to the outside so I could run but still had a lot of walkers in my way. I kept thinking the second lap would be better once all the 4k walks had finished.
Around the 3 km mark, I started feeling sick. My stomach hurt and my chest felt tight. I got to the 4 km mark and tossed up finishing then rather than doing the second lap but told myself to keep going - after all, what was the point of even turning up for a slow 4 km run. By 5 km I felt like crawling into bed and dying but figured I'd just finish the race. There was no way I could run but was still keeping up a fast walk.
A bit later, I tried to get past one of the slow walkers and tripped over. A few people came over to see if I was okay and I nearly burst into tears. I realised I definitely wasn't okay.
By the time I got to 7 km, I thought I was going to throw up and/or collapse. I found one of the race volunteers and told him I didn't feel good. I couldn't even manage to say much more than that. He was lovely - he took me to a seat and put his coat down for me to sit on since it was wet, gave me some water and called the first aid people. He told me it would be about a 10 minute wait.
We waited and we waited and we waited. Finally he called them again. While we were waiting, it had turned so cold and the drizzle rain had gotten worse. He made me put on his coat. I kept looking at him and thinking he must have been so cold himself and thinking I should give his coat back, but I just couldn't.
The first aid people finally arrived in their car and took me back to their tent. They put me on an oxygen mask and covered me with blankets and foil to get me warm. They were so nice and kept fussing around me but I was worried about getting back to the bag check to get my bag plus I wasn't sure how I'd manage getting home - walking back to the station plus waiting around for the train - with only my thin cardigan for warmth.
Eventually they said they'd give me a lift back to the start after they'd packed up and I could KEEP the blanket. I nearly kissed them.
When we got back, I went to the bag check and it was empty. Everyone had gone. I asked one of the volunteers wandering around and she said to go to the site office. So I went to the site office and one of the girls went searching for my bag. She came back with another woman who said they weren't sure where my bag had got to and that she'd take my details and contact me about it later. I burst into tears - my house keys were in my bag and I wasn't sure if my sister was going to be home or at the football. She went off looking again and the girl got me a sausage and a really disgusting iced tea.
Finally someone came over with my bag. I could see her walking towards me and kept thinking, that's my bag but didn't want to believe it.
I wandered off back to the train station wrapped in my blanket with all the footy crowds staring at me. Then I realised I could have up to a half hour wait for the train so flagged down a cab and came home.
So, not one of my better fun runs and I missed out on my goodie bag... but I got a free blanket and everyone was so lovely to me. I think I'll be spending the afternoon in bed and rethinking this week's exercise schedule.
What a crap day! Thank goodness for the kindness of strangers.
Oh Kathryn :-(.... what a nightmare. When you think about all the times you've walked/run that distance with no hassles but your poor body just didn't want to do it today. I'm really glad they were nice to you and that your bag turned up. Hope you feel better tomorrow.
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Oh babe, so sorry to hear you had a shit time but great to hear that there are decent people out there that care.
oh dear, u poor thing! I'm glad u were well looked after!
I was in the city today as well and it sure was miserable. I envy your determination .. you are inspirational! Too bad the day turned out so crappy .. hope the sausage roll was nicer than the iced tea ;)
ohh noooo! what an ordeal... take care of yourself tiger
Aww, I'm so sorry to hear that you had such a horrible day! Hope you feel better soon, take care of yourself!
Geez Kathryn, be careful! Maybe at the start you had to push yourself with exercise, but now I think it's fair to say that you have a much more efficient body and you need to listen to it. (How was that for a telling off? ;op)
Oh Kathryn I really feel for you as I know how bad it was when I got sick at the walk last month. You need to listen to your body and get some decent rest. The runs will still be there in the future and resting will only help you. Take care of yourself this week.
Oh you poor dear! What a HORRIBLE day. I'm glad people were nice to you though. Hope you are much better now. Take care xx
Oh babe! That sounds awful. It's time to take a break. When you are sick you need to take it easy! Hugglez - I hope you are feeling better
That sounds awful Kathryn! I hope you are recovering ok from what does not sound like a fun run at all. My boyfriend had a bad experience at a fun run last year and his new years resolution is to not do any event with the word 'fun' in them! But good on you for sticking with it!
Oh Kathryn that sounds absolutely awful.
Ugh - I felt sick just reading about your experience! I'm so sorry you went through that!
I was wondering who else fell over (have finished reading Lucinda's post). Oh bugger. Just really glad someone was kind enough to hang on to your bag and return it. There are some good people left in this world. Hope you are feeling better now.
Yesterday I bought a copy of Marie Clare - I don't normally buy glossy mags but I was sucked in by the free tote bag offer. They had an article on the Hottest Coats under $500 and MY COAT was in it. I was like - woohoo, my coat is in a magazine, I'm all chic and stuff. I was going to tell the guy sitting opposite me on the tram but figured he probably wouldn't care.
I went to the gym for the first time in a week last night. Afterwards, I felt pretty wiped out. I probably overdid it. Then I got home and rearranged all my furniture. I'm pretty happy with how everything looks but I need to buy an extention cord so I don't have cords everywhere.
I like to have things organised and orderly in my room. Because we aren't very communal in my house, I mostly live in my room. I have my tv and my fridge in my room and only really use the bathroom and kitchen in the rest of the house. Luckily my room is huge. There are a couple of things I want to buy - a microwave (was going to put this in the kitchen but my housemates are such pigs, I think I'll put it on top of the fridge) and a big fluffy matt.
Anyway, after all that I just wanted to crash but it wasn't to be. I have no idea what my housemate was doing but every time I was almost asleep, she'd storm through the house, slam the front door and leave. Then, a few minutes later, she'd do the same in reverse. Not just once about 4 or 5 times and every time was just after I'd fallen asleep. I wanted to kill her but didn't. I did put on a load of washing early this morning though (her room is next to the laundry and the water pipes really thump).
I'm getting a new computer for Mother's Days - woohoo! It's not actually new-new, it's my old computer that Andrew took when he moved out. He got a scholarship for $2000 so is buying himself a brand new PC and giving me his old one. I told him it's not really a gift since I paid for it in the first place but he said he's going to reformat the hard drive and reinstall all the software I want so the gift is in the labour. It's much faster and better than this old clunker.
I think I might go easy on the exercise today. I have the fun run tomorrow and I'm not sure how I'll go with that. At the time, I tossed up whether to enter the run or the walk (8km) and decided on the walk. I'm so glad I did that now because I don't think I'm well enough to be speedy.
Take it easy. You don't want to over do it, and end up sicker for longer!
good stuff for doing the walk instead - if your not feeling up to it, the run will be too hardcore!
I would love to have seen the guys face on the tram if you told him about the coat..
Good luck with the run - take it easy and you'll be ok. Yeah for chic coats - you must have good taste!
go the coat, its nice to find out you have brought something that is cool and the latest fashion. I think i would have killed the room mate
LOL at the jacket and remember, you were CHIC already. You don't need a "mag" to tell you that :-) Have a great day Sunday!
YOu are officially a serial fun runner - woohooo!
Down 300 grams this week, which is damn good considering I did almost NO exercise plus have had several fatty-fuelled dinners. A word of advice: DON'T eat pizza during the season finale of Veronica Mars (season 2, hot off the internet from the US btw) because you can't eat consciously or think about what you are doing when you are watching intense drama.
Well done on the loss - I know how you have been struggling lately.
Good loss Kathryn. Good luck on Sunday.... run like the wind...
WOW good going with the loss but I still want you to get better, especially in time for 2 DVDs I am sending your way today. I am sorry for the tardiness! Going to the post office these days is a novelty :-)
Congrats on the WL and was that NOT the best season finale??? Damn, beaver!
Yay for the loss!
congrats on the loss :)
Well done!! I think the intense chewing while viewing must have burned off a few calories :)
hahah WISE words on the drama/food front.
Great loss, hope you're feeling better now!
Ha, if you've old enough to know where the title of this post came from, you are prolly old enough to understand how excited I am about winning free tix to see Foreigner!!! Woohoo! I am damn excited.
I walked home from work yesterday and both to and from work today. Tomorrow I'm going to the gym. I need to exercise. I'm like a dog that hasn't been walked in days. As soon as I get well, I'm off to the doctors for a flu shoot.
I'm also buying a heater for my office at work cos I swear half the reason I'm so sick is because I'm so frigging cold.
I want you to show me.
How many tickets did you win?
I'm sure I had one of their albums a long, long time ago!!
How did you win tickets???? ooooh enjoy! I am off to buy myself an electric blanket :) I hate winter!!! I hope you feel better soon.
Wow, lucky you!! How did you win them?!
I know the words to that song. Lucky you, must be your reward for continuing to exercise when you are sick..
Awwwww, now I'm jealous!
Aaah, the memories this song brings back... :) Enjoy the concert! I have to admit that I'm a wee bit jealous too, but mostly I am just happy for you!
Oh yes - the memories of Foreigner. I also know all the words to that (and a few others) song.
I'm over being sick now. It can go away. I've done NO exercise since Sunday's screwed up run and I can feel myself getting fatter. Seriously. I weighed myself this morning and my weight is slightly down and that is because I'm losing muscle tone. If I don't start feeling well soon, I'll turn into a marshmellow.
Half the frustration is that I'm not even 100% sick. I've got sniffles and a higher than normal temperature. I'm tired and achey. But I'm not flat out, stay in bed sick. Last night I was in bed at 7.00 pm and slept through until 4.00 am. Then I got up and checked I'd been paid (my pay didn't go in my bank account yesterday... grr) and went back to bed for another 2 hours sleep. You'd think all that sleep would cure anything but nope.
I want to be well by Friday so I can go to football training. I gotta be well by Sunday because I'm doing the Mother's Day Fun Run. Actually I have to be better by tomorrow night because Andy is bringing over the final episode of Veronica Mars and I promised him pizza and I can't eat pizza if I can't exercise it off!
This is really doing my head in.
Hope you are feeling better soon - it's dreadful when you feel lousy but aren't really sick, just off colour - hope it goes away soon would hate for you to miss out on pizza and Veronica Mars !!
Kathryn I hope that the sniffles pass soon.
Hope you get well soon, being sick sucks the big one!
sounds very frustrating - could u wrap up warm & go for a long but gentle walk?
It is terrible to feel that lousy. I hope it passes soon. Try and get as much rest as you can, drink heaps of water and keep warm!!
It's shitty being sick...and not sick enough to be 'sick'.
Veronica Mars! Are you watching season 1 or 2? Actually, it doesn't matter because the finales for both of those seasons totally kicked ass. It will rock your socks off.
Hope you feel a lot better today. Too busy a weekend to be sick. Just rest up as much as you can.
Ooh, that's a lot of pressure to be well! And stress can lower your immune system, so just try to control what you're able, like moderation on all fronts (exercise, food intake) and then your body will take care of itself. Try not to stress too much over something like this that you can't control, and I hope you start feeling better soon. Have fun at your 5K! :)
My sister and I might be playing football (real football that is - AFL style). We were talking about it on the weekend and then I ran into someone I know who used to be on a girl's footy team and got the details from her. Sounds like they are pretty eager for players so hopefully we'll make the team. This will be so much fun.
I have to learn stuff about football now. Like the positions and how to kick a ball and how to punch people without the umpire seeing. The only thing I know is footy cliches - like "a champion team will always beat a team of champions". I'm sure that knowledge will come in handy.
Other than that, I'm trying to shake off this cold. I skipped the gym tonight and will skip tomorrow too (well I never go on Tuesdays - it's my Novel class, but I'm skipping that). Hopefully, I'll be well enough to exercise by Wednesday. I'm really trying to cut back on my food intake to make up for it. Not too drastically though - no point starving myself.
I'm not sure what to do about the gym if I start footy training - that will be three nights a week of no gym and I don't often go on the weekend because I hate dragging myself into the city. I want to start running before work anyway so I have some nights free plus I have hand weights etc at home so I might put my membership on hold for a while. The only thing I *need* to go to the gym for is spin class and I can live without that. I'll see how things go.
Playing footy sounds like a great idea. I'm planning to play 'seniors' touch rugby next summer, but I wouldn't be brave enough for a full contact sport like you!
Cool, footy for girls!! Sounds great!
Wow, check you out playing football!
That sounds like a lot of fun - oh boy you are an active little bunny. I bet you never ever imagined you would have such a busy schedule - with exercies appointments 8-). I am glad that things are sorting themselves out with your sister....it just takes time I guess. Hope you will be feeling better soon. Take it easy.lb.
footy sounds like a great idea! i think with footy training & your running, u nay not need the gym membership?
AFL sounds like it would be a lot of fun with a bunch of people and shaking up your exercise routine is always a good thing. You will kick arse! I hope you get better real soon babe.
omg so jealous! sounds so fun and wow AFL... now that looks like a crazy ass workout - you have to totally keep us posted!
I've eaten far too much crap this weekend. It started on Friday - I went over to my son's place and ended up having to walk from there to the ATM for him (long story). The rain outside didn't look too bad, but after a few blocks it got worse. Finally got to the ATM, chilled to the bone and with soaked feet and the lure of the Vietnamese place across the street sucked me right in. The noodle soup would have been okay, but no, I had to order spring rolls. Those lil buggers have 100 calories each but damn they are yummy.
Then last night, I visited my friend. He's been telling me about the fish shop that sells thick flake for months. We were going to go there over Christmas and it was closed. We finally made it. Again - thick flake, not so bad. The chips on the side - bad.
On top of that has been all the treats and snacks and junk. What am I doing to myself?
I planned to run today but after a few kms felt like shite. Got to Princess Park and turned around and walked home. I'm still feeling sick and thought I could do it but nope. At least I had a decent walk. I spent the rest of the day having bed rest, well apart from cooking up a chilli and a big pot of soup.
Oh yeah, and things sorted themselves out with my sister last night. She went to the football with her ex then went out drinking with a bunch of old friends from when she used to live in Melbourne. I think it's good that she's doing that - makes for a bit less togetherness.
I love thick flake.... Hope you start feeling better soon.
hey, as long as you enjoyed your treats & exercising some damage control now - its all good :)
You cant be superwoman all the time - you're soooo close - hang in there.
Great to read that things have sorted themselves out with your sis and hey, if you are still sick...please take it easy and just do the best you can with your eating.
My sister moved into my house just over a week ago and she's starting to drive me insane. I feel invaded and like I don't have my own space any more. Most of the time things are good but then sometimes she just oversteps the line.
I found that she'd been coming into my bedroom while I'm at work and using my computer. I don't want her in my room when I'm out, let alone touching my PC. I've put a password on it now so she can't use it but I shouldn't have to do that.
Just day to day is hard. I feel like I *should* go hang out with her when I get home from work and then the time just stretches on and I get nothing done.
We went out with a friend of mine last night. Tonight, I'm going over to his place. I've been looking forward to it because it's the one night of the week I get to spend without her. But last night she kept dropping hints about wanting to go with us and he asked her if she wanted to come along. She did the whole - I don't want to be in the way - thing, which is so sincere after all her hints to be invited, and he was all - no, no, it'll be fine. But the whole time, I was thinking it won't be fine. I don't want to constantly be doing things with her.
I'm starting to feel smoothered and I don't know what to do. Things might be better next week when she starts work and, after the first three weeks, she'll be working shifts so we won't see each other so much. But that doesn't help at the moment.
That's a hard one. I had a similar problem with a flatmate but I think it's probably easier to tell a non-blood flatmate that you need some air. Try to talk to her though before it does get too hard to. I hope it works out!
i've also had a flatmate who was similar, I suggest you just try to go do some things without her over the next few weeks. then if things don't improve once she's working, you'll need to say something before it gets too much. hopefully she'll understand u need some space.
just hang in there. :)
*Ouch* I have the same thing with my sister right now.
Do you think she may get offended if you put signs on things saying 'Don't touch - this means you!'????? Sorry, I suck completely at speaking up about things like this but I'd be going nuts too as I like my personal space.
I know how you feel, we have had two of my brothers live with us at different times and you just sometimes want to hang out. Maybe a wee quiet but honest chat about how you are really used to so much space and that, as much as you are loving the company, you still need your alone time. I definitely wish I had approached some of the issues with my brothers in the early stages before they got to the point that we had hard out arguments.
Family - can't live with 'em, can't shoot 'em! I agree with Mary - the sooner you tell her you need space, the better. But then I'm also a whimp and would probably just suffer it.
I would be going nuts too, as I like my personal space. We recently had guests for just over 10 days and it got a bit much towards the end. It didn't help that they weren't the tidiest people either!!
Back down to an all time low - woohoo! After all this yoyoing around, hopefully I can keep the momentum going now.
You know people always say you shouldn't focus on the scales, that weight loss is more about making lifestyle changes than a number. Now, I tend to agree with that but I also think sometimes we need to focus on the scales.
To lose weight, you need to sacrifice short term satisfaction to achieve a long term goal. That isn't always so easy (and makes no difference if you are 4 or 40 kg from goal). The payoff for resisting a biscuit or a chocolate bar is too far away.
I need to focus on the scales. I've rediscovered that this week. I need to make this a battle between myself and the evil numbers. I know this last 4 kgs isn't going to disappear in my immediate future - I'm looking at 4 weeks minimum - but I do know that I don't want the scales to go up this week.
I can't make the choice between a chocolate now vs a 4 kg weight loss in my mind but I can make the choice between a chocolate now vs a lower number on the scales at the end of the week. It's bringing the choice back to a short term reward vs another short term reward and this week the scales won.
I'm in two minds about going to work this morning. My Sick Mind is saying go back to bed and my Needing Money Mind is saying go to work. I think Sick Mind is winning. I still want to go for a run though - is that wrong if I'm having a sicky from work?
Woohoo for a loss. I agree about the scales - I'm trying to weight less, but I still need to know how I'm going each week. I'll concentrate on the end game later!
No. You're allowed to have a sickie especially if u are only paid the hours that you work. Think of how many days you've probably put in when u have been sick when you should've stayed home. It all balances out I reckon.
WHOO HOO now that's what I like to hear, so much happiness through your words :-)
I liked what you said about getting back to a short term goal that will help focus things in your head. I needed to hear that.
It's definately all about focus and finding that magic "f" item whether it be scales/measurements/mental happiness is the biggest hurdle. Once you know what is and can "f" on that you are well on your way to success.....good luck with the next 4kg and have a great weekend.
You have definitely turned into an addicted runner. I agree about the short term choices that need to be made. Sometimes focusing on little goals is much more positive than aiming for the long term.
Great stuff on reachin that all time low. BUT if you are sick stay home and no running. PLEASE rest or you won't get where you want to be weight wise PLUS you'll end up sicker longer and that equals no dough too!
I a big chat with my school kids today about exactly that... if your well enough to come to school, your well enough to run. (some trying to opt out of crosscountry training.) hehe Maybe the opposite should apply to work? If your not well enough to work, your not well enough to run?
Yay for getting to an all time low!!
whoohoo for virgin weight!!!
ahhh... sooo true. really need to focus hard when you're so close to The End. that said, i ate two kitkats yesterday that really won't help the scales next week!
Congrats on the 'all time low'!!!! Excellent :)
Why have people insisted on telling me that I shouldn't lose any more weight over the past few days? I should lose more... I've been up and down like a slut's panties the last few days (although, a real slut probably wouldn't wear any come to think of it).
I'm starting to think I went in too hard with the cardio over the Christmas period and now I have to do insane amounts of exercise to keep going. Sloth has it's advantages. I'm also starting to think I need to work smarter not harder. And I have a new gym goal - to get showered and out of there in less than 30 minutes. I mean 30 minutes from the time I hit the change room, not 30 minutes including exercise. I can't figure out where my gym time goes - it's like some gaping abyss. So for starters, I'm going to stop chatting to gym staff.
Yesterday I sat around procrastinating for 2 hours about going for run. Finally got off my butt and ran for most of 12 km. The last half a k or so I had to walk since I called in at the supermarket to get stuff.
Here's a handy tip for you: if you need to carry money on your run so you can get groceries on the way home, get the notes out of your bra before you enter the store. Foraging in your cup for money really lacks class.
But it was a great run. I ran to Princess Park, did 2 laps then thought I'd done enough and could walk home. Ha! No sirree, I thought again and cranked up the ipod and ran like the wind. The slow and cumbersome wind, but the wind, nonetheless.
Today I did some X-Trainer then leg weights then spin. Doing legs before spin class is downright stupid but I had to do something to fill in the time.
I'm amazed at how far you've come with your running. Wasn't it around Xmas that you couldn't even do a full lap of AP? Good for you Kathryn. You'll be signing up for half-marathons soon.
Ha! Foraging in your cup for money really lacks class. You are too funny!
I hate too when people tell me "you are ok as you are, you should not loose more". but weight is about how you percive yourself, not as others see you. So what the heck! I am only half done!
lol at fiddling round trying to get money out or your bra!!!! lol
Very funny story - love it!
Kathryn you're doing fantastically well with your running!
I always stick the money in my bra and get weird looks fishing it out.. You are running so much I am envious. Good for you. I hav ealso had peopel telling me not to lose anymore. Strange isn't it? Are they blind?
you should loose as much weight as you feel comfortable, not what others tell u.
oh my god, your still seriously kicking butt with the exercise! I'm so very very impressed. (not that I wasn't before of course)
Wow! Nearly 12kms - I'm so in awe :) LOL at the bra/money tip!
Wow - so many tips in one post. I will now remember to get money out of my bra before entering shops AND will remember that chatting up gym guys just wastes valuable gym time. Oh, and sluts don't wear undies.
Hmmm, sluts panties visualisation - interesting....May have to steal that saying from you as it's pure gold. I'm so impressed with your running - that's so fantastic. Don't stress about the weight comments - I sometimes wonder if people like to keep you a certain way so it doesn't upset the status quo of the relationship - You are getting stronger, healthier and happier so don't let other peoples perceptions of what is acceptable influence yours. Are you happy? Are you having fun? Have you reached your goals? These are the only questions you should concern yourself with. BTW I stick tissues in my bra
omg 12km!!!!!! you are my new hero! I don't think i'd manage 6 at this stage... I should give it a try though. At least I know I can cycle lots (unless I fall off my bike instead). You must lose as much weight as you feel necessary. Don't listen to anyone else, you will know when you are happy.
30th anniversary Melbourne Marathon 2007???
Hey Kath...hope you are ignoring those guys comments because you know where you want to be and keep focussed on that. Now there may come a time when we will tell you to stop losing weight but I would say you could more trust a fellow Loser(hehehe)with this advice. Boots sound great..luv the photo with the stripey tights and you just gave me a new goal to aim for - fitting into some funky tights for winter. Sounds like you are feeling good and be proud of how far you have come and all the work you are putting in. Have a great week.lb.
Just focus on your goal hey and not what other people reckon. I like the idea of working smarter not harder, good one and I hope it gets you home much earlier now too. Good going with beating the procrastination in the end after 2 hours! I'm impressed.
Thanks for the tip, duely noted!
Heya Kath! :) Just thought I'd drop in to say hey and thanks heaps for the welcome message - look forward to messaging back and forth, congrats on the huge weight loss too by the way- well done! :)
Heh heh, foraging in the cup!!
Wohoo for running such a long distance! You rock, girl!
Ummmmm - I thought I was the only one who used the term "up and down like a slut's panties".
That is so funny - I'm sure you made the shop assistant's night! That's amazing about running 12kms - I'm impressed!
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