Thursday, September 25, 2014
I know it is an easy excuse not to lose weight to say that something happened to get in the way. A birthday, wedding, holiday etc. They can all put you off track but I try to plan for such events and can usually manage to limit the damage.
I have recently been trying to lose 9lbs in 9 weeks, then it was 9lbs in 7 weeks and then 9lbs in 5 weeks. Still do-able I think. So what has stopped me in my tracks now.
Up to last weekend I had lost 2lbs of the 9, so on track. Then I received an appointment to go for a medical procedure to investigate some digestive problems I have (diarrhea) and a diet sheet to go with it. An endoscopy and colonoscopy. Holy moses I am well and truly scuppered. Because they want to look in both ends I have to follow a very strict diet which eliminates all fibre from my diet. No dairy, no salad, no veg and no fruit. I have to live on bread, potatoes, rice and pasta with meat for 3 days. How I craved my yoghurt and raspberry breakfast and my salad lunch or vegetable soup dinner. I couldn't cheat on this as it would have been a waste of the consultants time if he couldn't see inside me, what was the point. I gained 2lbs on that.
The night before the event I had to drink a potion of horror which emptied me out completely, then I was allowed an evening meal of a plate of pasta then light supper of jam or honey on toast. I then had to get up at 4am and drink another vile potion and eat nothing at all. I thought that would be a bonus of massive weight loss but no, when I got to the hospital they were worried that I might go into a diabetic coma as I had eaten nothing since 10pm the night before so they put me on an infusion of 2 litres of glucose. Thanks for that (but really, I probably needed it).
Weigh in this morning and I have gained a total of 3 lbs, so not I have to lose 10lbs before my deadline of 23rd October. 4 weeks to lose 10 lbs. I don't think I can do that, not forgetting I am diabetic and have to eat even when I sometimes don't want to. Like when I do exercise I have to be careful not to let the glucose levels get too low so I have to eat something.
Feeling a bit down about it all I have to count my blessings. They didn't find anything wrong with me. Okay, I have to live with what is known as diabetic stomach but that's what Imodium was invented for. But, I don't have cancer or crohns disease or coeliac disease or any other disease.
I am also thankful for Sparkpeople as I have logged my progress over my time and can look back. When I started here (long time ago) I was 183 lbs. I am now 159, so that is 24 lbs lighter. How can that be failure. I am just having a blip and I will get over it. Maybe not 10 lbs in 4 weeks but I will do my best and maybe I can still have a reasonable loss - maybe 5 or 6 lbs. Who knows, I have to keep trying.
Motto, keep on keeping on.
Friday, September 19, 2014
After having my grandchildren with me for 3 weeks and accepting that my weight would plateau - you can't refuse to share and enjoy an ice cream or a burger with them. Also, I encourage them to cook so I was often head taster for pizza with cream cheese and strawberry jam topping (yes).
Anyway, when they left it gave me 9 weeks before my next trip and I needed to lose 8 or 9 lbs. Easy I say. Not so, says my body. Nearly 5 weeks in and I have lost 000lbs. How can that be. I have cut my calories back to 1200 and I am exercising every day. I swim for at least 30 mins but usually more, I have been doing yoga for 10 or 20 minutes every day and started to do 'the plank' challenge starting at 20 seconds per day. So why have I not lost any weight.
I decided to go back to my 'Diabetes For Dummies' bible and re-read the section on exercise. Obviously for diabetics you have to be careful not to expend too much energy or the glucose levels can fall to a dangerous level and mine have been quite low for a while.
Then I read something that amazed me. Normally about 30 mins before I get in the pool I have a snack, usually consisting of a slice of bread with lean meat or chicken in a sandwich. I leave it 30 mins to allow my glucose to rise. Good, yes. NO, totally wrong. The advise says that if you eat within 30 minutes of exercise the energy you expend is wasted in the effort of digesting the food. You should eat 1 hour before, allow the food to digest and then your exercise will be taking the glycogen out of your fat stores. The advise also says not to eat carbohydrates in the form of bread, pasta, rice etc but in the form of fructose, either in a fruit drink, a piece of fruit or (in the case of diabetics) a fructose candy.
Well, I lost 1 lb from yesterday so hope my new found knowledge will help me to benefit from all the exercise I do rather that waste it on digestion.
I now have 4.5 weeks to lose 8lbs. That is do-able so wish me luck.
Keep on keeping on.
Monday, September 08, 2014
Well it has been a week since my last weigh-in and DH has put the scales back in the bathroom. To check they are accurate he has weighed himself. He never varies, not even an ounce.
Feeling quite good, tummy seems flatter and I got into my white jeans on Friday I rush through and get on the scales. Oh no. I have gained half a pound. Okay, that is not much but you should see my food and exercise record. I have been super good with food even thinking about that extra slice of bread with Sunday brunch - didn't have it. Exercised every day for a minimum of 35 mins plus I have been doing 10 mins of yoga stretches.
I tried on the white jeans again to find I couldn't fasten them so I took all my measurements and they were pretty stable but with a couple of increases. If I use non scale motivators like the jeans or my measurements they will become my new obsession and I will be checking them every day.
I have learnt something from this little experiment. I am not the sort of person who jumps on the scales, loses half a pound and thinks I can have an extra something to eat. Also, I am not the sort of person who jumps on the scales, sees a small gain and thinks, to hell with it, I might as well eat. I am diabetic so my diet is part of my life not a fad that I can chop and change. The scales are there to serve me not to become an obsession. So I have decided to keep the scales in view so I can keep close track.
For me the scales are highly motivating. If I have lost a little it spurs me on, if I have gained a little it makes me even more determined. It does not affect my mood for the day and does not put me off track. So the scales are here to stay.
Friday, September 05, 2014
I still wake up and think about getting weighed and then have to snap into my new routine. Toilet, wash hands, take blood glucose test, pour juice/water and take medication. How boring, but it has to be done, but I am getting used to not jumping on the scales.
I promised myself a non scales motivator before the weekend and temptations. I got out my new white jeans. If you remember I bought them when I was only about 2 / 3 lbs lighter but the extra 2 / 3lbs mean't I couldn't do up the zip. Well, today I fastened the zip. I don't think I could sit around in them for too long and I certainly couldn't manage to eat a meal and stay in them but hopefully that will come next week.
I will be getting weighed on Monday morning and feel confident that the scales will be my friend, but just for one day.
Keep on keeping on folks and never give up.
Want to clarify why scales would be my friend for only one day, because they will be going back to wherever my DH has hidden them from me.
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Help, it is like a drug. I lay in bed this morning thinking about getting up and my first thought was 'I wonder how much I weigh'. I stuck rigidly to the diet yesterday, did 10 mins of yoga stretches, walked slowly around the shops for 20 minutes and had a 30 minute swim. Good day all round. Having a feel around thought my stomach feels a bit flatter, the midriff is not so pronounced. Let's get up and see what I weigh. Oh non, the scales have gone. Just as I promised, I have asked DH to hide them away somewhere.
Now, I don't know about you but I am a creature of habit. I have diabetes and have to follow certain routines. Get up, go to the loo, bathroom to jump on the scales, wash hands to do blood test, do blood test and record in notebook. Then I pour half a glass of water, tip in my soluble aspirin and top up with cranberry juice before I sit down in front of the TV news and take all my tablets. Well, all that went to pot this morning. I don't have any scales. Amazing how one little thing can change your whole routine. I didn't want to go into the bathroom so I washed my hands in the small toilet sink. Then forgot to take my blood and was half way through drinking my juice before I realised, no worries, situation rescued.
Day one and I miss my scales. So, I have started to think of other ways to check my weight without weighing, so no jumping on the Wii Fit either. I bought a pair of white jeans a few weeks ago before the grandchildren came out (see Back to Real Life blog) and I was about 4 lbs lighter and they fit me perfect. Tried them on Sunday to go out and they fit but I couldn't do up the zip comfortably. So that is my new benchmark. I am not going to try them on every day - that would be as bad as weighing myself every day. I will try them on at the end of the week.
Wish me luck, and I am sure I will get over the loss of my scales.
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