Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Grubs up!

Some photos of the meals I have enjoyed over the last couple of weeks... and before you say it - yes I am banded, and yes I am restricted, and yes I CAN eat this. I don't know if my band is different to every other one in the world, but I am able to eat this lot, and lose weight. BUT I have to be very careful and count every morsel that passes my lips without cheating.

This is not what I thought banded life would be, and this is maybe why I have been going wrong for years trying to get this thing sorted... But, hey ho, its off with the weight we go!

This morning... 108.7kgs!

A new number and a whole 7kgs since May 1st 2012.... 6 weeks and VERY pleased!

BBQ time the Lovely Summery English Rain

A New Favourite - Chicken Stir Fry with Curry Powder as opposed to Chinese based sauces
Yummy protein lunch - Spaghetti in tomato sauce with grated cheese and a fried egg! Mmmmm
Baked Potato and cheese with a mega salad - romaine lettuce, celery, pepper, onion, cucumber, tomato and asparagus

My new friend the egg salad - what a filler and low in calories too! Yummy

Ok, so they are a few of my meals... we have had a lot of different stuff - fish, meat, veg, soups, stews and all kinds of things, but these i have snapped when I thought about it. I am counting every calorie I eat and I am sticking before the mid 1500's.

Today my calorie limit is 1544, so its edging ever downwards, as is my waistline... so today I did 15 minutes on my brand new and rather compact (hopefully not crap) treadmill and burned 125 cals giving me a whopping 1675 cals to use today - YAY

Having the Ki Fit armband from www.kiperformance.co.uk helped me today because i used it when I worked out and it told me that i burned 125 cals as opposed to the calories that the treadmill told me - 75. It works with your body and can tell exactly what you are burning which is brill.

Anyway, I am astounded with little old me for keeping this up for such a long time. The first 2 weeks after the first radio show I was piddling around but not getting any slimmer really... the main work has definitely been since 14th May. That's when I really got my shit together and gave it my all, so for a month I have been working like a demon at it and the results are awesome...

Check out my graph:
 
This shows me resuming band control in October 2010 on the left and the slow progress towards the right and then the gradual gaining of a few pounds up to May 2012 then WALLOP!!!!!!!!!!!! Look at that sucker!

I am hitting this hard friends, long may I continue! Bikini on the beach in December?

I think so!!!!

Monday, 11 June 2012

Still plugging

Not been blogging but still been plugging away in the background :-)

Today the magic scales said 109.5!!!!

Yep, it's coming off at long last!

I love looking at the little weight chart on my ticker when you click it and on my livestrong weightloss chart as it just takes a nosedive since the 1st May.

1st May I weighed 115.7 and today 109.5 so that's 6.2 kgs in 6 weeks!!!

I did my 3rd radio show last Wednesday on 7th June. It still freaks me out I can't believe that I actually did it. My darling husband is so good to me. If he hadn't rang up the show I would never have got this motivation.

I am finding it very easy this time. Each day I stick to my calorie limit set by Livestrong.com (which i think is just brilliant by the way) of 1560 -ish. If I didnt have a band it would be much more difficult for me to stick to this as I think hunger would be a massive problem.

I make sure that I stick to my calorie limit of 1560-ish and never go higher than my resting metabolic rate limit which is 1947.

That's it.

If you haven't tried livestrong, it's now pretty useable free of charge. It helps me keep track of my food, water, exercise and there is a lot of motivational stuff on there too. It also helps you notice what kind of things you are eating by giving you a pie chart of where your calories are coming from and you can then make smarter choices to lower fat and up protein and carbs.

Now, whilst doing this i have also tried not to go too far below my 1560-ish limit because I think that's counterintuitive.

Some days my calories are around 950 so I go out and have a big bar or chocolate, or luxury yoghurt or some Doritos and dip... Anything that gets me up to my lower limit but treats me beyond belief... I feel amazing because I am getting the double dopamine hit of staying on track, but having a controlled pig out too :-)

I know that sticking to 1560-ish will mean I lose weight and that's as simple as it gets.

The lady I'm working with says that I should have all the fluid removed from my band, but I think that without the band being a little bit tight I would suffer some serious hunger pangs and I would not be a very happy bunny!

What I'm actually going to do, is make sure that I have the band tightened as i lose weight and start to feel hunger and then I think the band will be working with my body how its supposed to and i can keep working within my calorie limits onwards to my goal.

The reason I say my calorie limit is 1560-ish is because every time I weigh in on www.livestrong.com, the calorie limit changes.

Four weeks ago it started out as 1590, and each time I weigh in it goes down by a couple of calories here in there.

This is also the reason why I will not have the fluid removed from my band. If I have the Fluid removed from my band, and the calories I am allowed to ingest gets lower and lower I will be out of my mind with hunger.

As I lose weight I will need the band tightened so that I don't get that empty feeling and I can stick to the new and constantly declining lower calorie limits.

BUT, I also know that as I lose weight I would also have advantage of being able to eat more if I moved more.

I think it's reasonable to assume I am not going to carry on losing weight each week without it, and by burning a few calories here and there, it will mean I can eat more as my calorie limit declines.

It's not going to be easy to keep eating less and less even with the help of the band, so that is going to have to happen.

Because of this I have bought another treadmill.

Boy do I wish I hadn't sold the last one!!! This one is not as sturdy or nice to look at and has way less functions than my old one but cost £50 more!!! Mind you I bought the old one 6 or 7 years ago so £50 is not much when you think about it I guess.

So that's what's happening over here ban/diet wise.

Life wise? Normal chaos!

We had a new lodger moving in last Monday. He was splitting from his partner and it was all quite sad. Katie moved out on Sunday afternoon so I spent the rest of the day boiling bedding and pillows and trying to get them dry in this miserable English weather...

Then on the morning he was supposed to move in, he texts me and says "sorry to muck you about, but I have sorted it with the Mrs and won't be needing the room" That was it.

Great.

Great for him, but just great for me too... I turned down 4 others for him :-(

Well annoyed.

I called the others who were interested but they had all found rooms. It took another week to find someone - the longest ever - and the new chap moved in last night. Spanish guy and seems nice so far.

We continue....