BG2: The more the merrier

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I’m still getting people joining.  You can join at any stage – even months in.  There are no rules other than to use the blog and the group as a bit of a motivator.

I am joining in please. You need some female representation and I badly need to make some changes. Actually I decided I needed to do something about my health/weight at New Year but I have only lost ½ a kg in two weeks. It is embarrassing sharing my weight but I think that aspect is what will help to hold me accountable for the changes I want to make for my health. Blood pressure slightly up although not enough to need medication and aching tired joints from carrying all the extra blubber around. So for the big reveal my weight today 83.9kg. I’m not tall so this definitely puts me into the obese category Funny thing is – well not so funny – is that I have a lot of health knowledge and know what’s good for me and what isn’t in regards to eating and exercise and such. But knowing is not the same as doing and putting it into practice. I’ve been too addicted to cheese and chocolate, not to mention the odd wine bottle.

So for some background – I’m a middle age lady (53) who just hit menopause a few months ago and is having those hot flushes. I have read that its harder to lose weight at this time because of hormone changes but no excuses.
Ten years ago I weighted a comfortable and stable 60 kg. I exercised (running plus walked my dog for an hour a day) and was healthy. Over the past 10 years I moved countries, changed jobs and have tons of excused for just eating too much and not moving enough. I have a closet full of clothes I can’t fit. I am extremely unfit as evidenced by my going for a run today for the first time in years. I could only run for small sections in between walking breaks. It wasn’t so much the leg strength that tripped me up but I was puffing and panting like my dog on a hot summers day but worse. Same with taking stairs. One flight and I’m done in. I don’t want to be like this or worse when I’m 55 or 60 so I am all for some changes. It’s taken me 10 years to get in this mess so I don’t expect an overnight fix but like you stated in your posting, the changes need to be permanent.

As it has taken me a while to pluck up the courage to share my weight I am hitting send fast so I don’t change my mind.

Cheers,
Mommadog.

For most people, losing weight isn’t hard because we don’t know what to do – it is hard because it is a mental game.  And that’s why groups such as these can work.

I’m started a new way of eating, which has the occasional “fasting” day in among completely normal days.  Yesterday was a “fast” day, which means I have to restrict calories to only 600 (500 for women).

The first day I did this “fasting” lark, I was hanging out for something to eat… badly.  I ate two boiled eggs for lunch that day, about 100 calories in total, leaving me 500 for dinner.

As I’ve done more fasting days, I realised that I wasn’t actually very hungry.  Any pangs and I just drink some water, and they go away.  But mentally, I want to eat.  Oh yes.  Chew something.  Taste something.

Yesterday was the first day I’ve not had anything to eat all day… until a small meal at dinner time.  And I am surprised how easy it was.  Apart from my very strange need to want to chew on something, there was really very little actual hunger involved.

I’m now quite convinced I could go for a 24 hour fast, but the diet doesn’t require it, and it isn’t about putting my body into starvation mode (that’s a bad thing).   So I do need to eat something to prevent that from happening.

The good thing is that this is probably my 5th fasting day now, and physically it’s fairly easy – especially if you have a busy day.

The only challenge will be to see if I can get my mind to be on my side and stop telling me how nice it would be to eat something, even if my body doesn’t actually say so.

Eating is quite a habit, and having regular meals is may not be optimal for your health.  More about that later.

 

Drop me an email if you want to join the Blubbergeddon 2 team – we’re only just getting the group together.  Feel free to drop your story to me via email.


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