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Thursday, 11 September 2008

Weighed at the docs

I was cheeky today and asked the doc if I could weigh myself. I did.


Wednesday, 10 September 2008

A memory of slimming club

Everyone without fail used to go and have a wee before weigh-in at slimming club.

That few ounces of liquid make all the difference!

I've done a week's good dieting and weighed myself last night and hadn't lost weight so went and had three segments of terrys chocolate orange segments (calories 122 for 3)

Today it appears the scales have worked in my favour so in future I won't scran down a massive plate of low fat curry and expect to have lost weight!

Sunday, 7 September 2008

Weigh it

Scary stuff weighing things out. I poured a huge bowl of museli today and then decided I'd weight it. Just abouts 100g - twice the recommended serving of museli and would have given me over 460 calories without milk!

Needless to say I put half back and had a respectable amount.

I weighed ten chewy drumsticks yesterday and they were 130g
100g of them is 400 calories so 13g (one sweet) is 52 calories.

Why they can't publish the figure on the packet I don't know. Oh hang on, but I do! You would be put off eating them if you knew that a sweet that lasts about 2 minutes has so many calories in it.

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Exercise more exercise

I only managed 20 minutes the last two days but I have been out for a walk both days.
It's hard work exercising every day and you need to do something thats

(a) very easy
(b) convenient
(c) enjoyable

A neighbour was telling me all their exercise equipment folds up and stores away (Or has clothes hung on it!) and this is part of the problem - that we do fold away exercise equipment and that makes it more effort to do exercise.
My cross trainer and trampoline are left out in my study all the time. If I had to drag chairs about to put them out I'd just not bother.

So when you plan your exercise routine - find something that is easy to sort out. If you like to shop every day, then work out how far the local shop is and walk a bit faster there and round. That way you might be able to do chored and exercise too!

Monday, 1 September 2008

Tired but knee better

So will risk some exercise this morning. Have been out all morning at work anyway so have had some exercise.

Sunday, 31 August 2008

Parties bad for diet

No! It's people eating and drinking too much that's bad for parties.
Was out yesterday at a party. Lots of fun and food. And drink! Some lovely pear cider and wine.

Saturday, 30 August 2008

Sore knee

I'm not happy. I've got a sore knee still. It's just not sorting itself out right so I suspect a visit to the docs is going to take place sometime next week. Perhaps I need to strap it up and just not move? We had a walk yesterday, not far but I knew my knee would kill if we went on the bikes.

I want to take more exercise but my knee just isn't up to it. It's not fair.

I've been sticking to the diet just abouts though so that should mean at least I don't put on weight.

Thursday, 28 August 2008

knee sore

So didn't do any exercise yesterday. Hoping it'll be ok tonight though.

Weighed myself on Tuesday -lost 2lb!

Am worried not being able to exercise is going to depress me and make me scoff some food I shouldn't be eating.

Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Thurs 9.3km 83.6 cal
Fri 3.6km (think the thing broke) 98.8 cal
And cycle ride to shop

Sat 10km 99.8cal

Sunday went out for walk only

Monday 32 mins of trampoline - 18 mins with weights

Thursday, 21 August 2008

Update from yesterday

OK we had chinese takeout. It was yummy. I had water chestnuts and bamboo shoot special with noodles. But ate half last night and had half this lunchtime. Yummy. Both times!

Exercise was 80.1 calories yesterday and 9.1km

Todays exercise was 9.3km and 83.6 calories. I went a bit faster for a few moments today so perhaps it's time to up the setting a little

Also went to the supermarket on our bikes today. Its not far so not a great deal of calories burnt there. It's much quicker than walking though!

Wednesday, 20 August 2008


My son wants chinese food for tea. I don't cook chinese food very well so it means takeaway. He's moaning that we never have chinese food. This is not quite true but it's an easy way to ruin the diet eating takeaway.

So should I give in and indulge myself in some delicious noodles? Or offer him some home cooked cuisine?

I know he'll probably have chinese food when he goes to his dads at the weekend so I'm not too worried on him missing out - but I wold like to be able to have the treat of a takeout with him sometimes.

I love crispy duck but that's quite greasy even though you get plenty of veggies with it.
Perhaps I should get the menus out and have a look at what they have that has plenty of veg in it.

You have to find ways of living with the family and not being in a food bubble. Takeaway is a fairly normal part of people's lives. We don't eat it very often anyway so as a treat its fine. But a calorie worry all the same.

Its very normal to struggle with these problems, but you have to be able to diet on.

So if I eat only half (and leave leftovers in the fridge for another meal)
Pick something less fatty
Pick something with plenty of veggies

Then that's a compromise enough.

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Afternoon exercise

Bored of watching the olympics (15 gold medals!) so got on the cross trainer and did 30 minutes, 9.1km and 80.6 calories!
Warmed up and down on the trampoline too.

Had a walk round town this morning but not for very long.

And the scales say

I've lost 4lb!
Well I'm as suprised as the rest of you!


No work out

No exercise yesterday other than walking to work and being stood up for three hours solid! I always feel worn out - and then I didn't find time to do any as we watched a film we recorded the night before.
We'll ignore the donut I had too.

Not the best week to start a diet - but there you go. A very real week which gives me plenty of examples of the struggles I'm going to face over the coming weeks.
Time to read some inspirational stuff about diets I think - this article discusses dealing with cravings

Sunday, 17 August 2008

Exercise this evening

After probably too much roast dinner and a chocolate eclair!

9Km, 30 minutes 78 calories - my machine told me. Feel much better than yesterday and although I'm very hot I'm not as worn out as yesterday! Hurray! That must be a good sign! I had my other half in the room with me chatting and playing music! I suspect that helps time fly by too!

Exercise and diet

I did a full 30 minutes on the cross trainer last night. My legs felt quite tired as I was getting to 25 minutes but I promised myself to get to 26 minutes and then once I'd got there a good track came on the mp3 player which spurred me on.
I think it was oasis - but for the life of me I can't remember now.

I keep thinking I should measure myself so I can see what's going on with my diet plan but in typical style I'm not sure where the tape measure is.

I had two small scones with jam yesterday as treats. I probably shouldn't have done but my partner made them and I couldn't resist. At least I did some exercise eh. Dieting is hard.

I had a quick read of a diet book which suggested it's vital to exercise whilst dieting, not necessarily because you'll lose weight faster (You might not if you put on muscles) but you'll be in a better shape when you've finished and your body will be able to burn more calories which means you should stay thinner!

We saw an ad on channel M yesterday for "30 a day" - the a new campaign to get us exercising more. You should do 30 minutes of moderate exercise 5 days a week. It looks like the British Heart Foundation is organising the 30 minutes a day anyway -

Moderate intensity activity means you should feel warm and slightly out of breath. By doing this amount of exercise you’ll help keep your heart, lungs and bones in good working order.

So there you have it. Loads of reasons to get exercising.

Saturday, 16 August 2008

Ways we get fat

We get fat because we don't notice the odd pound quick enough.

We need to ban :-

all elasticated waists
Clothes which stretch.
Big plates and dishes
All you can eat.
Discounts on having the meal medium and not a small fries.

Why we get fat is as important as how we get thin. One is considerably easier.

Week one of the diet

I'm nearly 40 and weigh 11stone 4 lb.

I've been meaning to lose some weight for a while now but haven't quite got round to it. So this week my diet started.

I've tried to stick to 1500 calories a day but to be honest this week I'm guessing and counting in my head.

I've also started exercising. I've started again using my eliptical cross trainer. Gently though as it kills if you overdo it to start with. Who am I kidding, it kills all the time!
First night I did some I did a bit of trampolining too to warm up and down. Did about 10 minutes worth and felt worn out.
Second night I 19 minutes on the trainer and another 8 or so minutes bouncing on the mini trampet.
Last night I did 21 minutes on the cross trainer and 9 minutes on the trampoline. My legs feel a ibt stiff today.

I've found its easier to keep motivated during exercise is I've got music on I enjoy. So I've got my ipod plugged into the stereo and am listening to some great tunes as I go.

I've been very red in the face after this exercise. My pulse hasn't gone over 135 though. Which sounds high.
The trampoline is good for walking on the spot, jogging and jumping.

Breakfast for me is normally swiss style museli (tesco value, its very yummy and easy to eat) but this week I've got morrisons own crunchy nut cornflakes and today I had them with low fat yoghurt.

I think I will have to start looking at counting calories properly or at least weighing things out to make sure my portions aren't too big.
I'm going to bring my little weights down too to mmy exercise room to do some arm strenghtening too.