Last week, I thought that it would be a good idea to try and lose a kilo or so before I head to Sydney this weekend for a 2 day trip birthday celebration (lots of food and alcohol). This led me to the bad decision to try out the ‘7 day diet’, which is a diet that restricts you to certain food groups each day (fruit day one, veges day two etc).
I know fully well that this was a bad decision and that this isn’t the way true weight loss works, but I also found out the hard way. This is what happened;
- I struggled through the first two days. I had extremely low energy and was cold constantly. I couldn’t concentrate on work.
- Eating only fruit or veges through the day makes you feel bloated but not full. It’s a bizarre feeling of not particularly wanting any more food cause you’re bloated and your belly is big, but still feeling like you need to eat more for energy.
- After two days I broke, and badly. Exactly what you expect would happen. I was presented with a plate of greasy fried foods at a networking event (which I’ve never had a problem resisting before) and immediately started eating through them. Way too much and really unhealthy stuff too! All I was craving was greasy food at that point which is very unusual for me!
So the point of this story, fad diets are bad! I know this, I know this to my core and I should be smarter than to think they would work but you can get obsessive with weight loss. Don’t let crazy restrictions turn into crazy set backs. It’s not worth it.
I am seeing a difference in my endurance I am seeing a difference in my energy level I am seeing a difference in my curves I am seeing a difference in my attitude I am seeing a difference in my muscle mass I am seeing a difference in my lifestyle I am seeing a difference in my confidence
My attitude towards my diet and my goals changed dramatically during June, so I’m not going to meet the goals I laid out at the start of the month. However, I would like to still talk about the progress I made.
JUNE GOALS - Results
1. To have 4 red days maximum
Didn’t happen. I decided that I needed to give my body a rest from constantly trying to lose weight because I was naturally plateauing. I decided to maintain my weight through Winter and because of that I took a different attitude to eating that wasn’t as strict as red days vs green days
2. To exercise 5 times a week (after you recover from cold)
Absolutely! The area I’m most proud of from June is my commitment to exercise. I joined a gym and loved it, I did rock climbing, my friend started teaching me pole dance and I started my half marathon training! I feel strong, fit and healthy and parts of my body shape are clearly changing, such as my stomach, even though I haven’t lost weight.
3. Do strength exercises each time you exercise.
I’m counting this as a success. I found out the best way to do weights is to have rest days in between, so I’m doing that. As part of my half marathon training I do weights on Mondays and Thursdays and on Saturday’s I’m trying to do other ‘strength’ training such as rock climbing or pole.
4. Be able to do one pull up
Not quite there yet but closer than I’ve ever been! I am now lifting 8 reps of 35 kilos on the lat pulldown machine. I weigh 61 - 62 kilos so I’m more than half way there to being able to pull myself up.
5. Reach 60 kgs
No, but I did manage to maintain my weight which is what my goal changed to.
I was doing okay yesterday till around the 3:30pm mark where I started getting really tired, cranky and cold. I pushed through my workout and hosting trivia and when I got home was just dead in a way I haven’t been in ages. Slept from 10pm till 7am like a log without waking up once. I can’t remember the last time I did that. I woke up and felt really tired still and really wanted a coffee to get me started but didn’t have it. I went to the gym and pushed through the 5km run (27.50 minutes!) and then did some weights (weights are much harder after a run). I am now feeling reasonably alert but a still craving a drink.
After telling my boyfriend this morning I’ve become a coffee a day person, he immediately challenged me to do a caffeine free week.
So I start tomorrow. One last cup of coffee next to me to indulge in.
I’m getting really concerned that one of my closest friends has an eating disorder.
I know for a fact that earlier this year she was bulimic. She says she has stopped but, of course, I don’t know if that’s true.
I have noticed a lot of warning signs. Turning up to her house and her saying immediately, “I’ve eaten so much today”, and then refusing not eating the dinner we make together at all.
She called me yesterday and blurted out, “I’m feeling really bad, I ate almost 1000 calories today! Usually I’ll eat around 700, sometimes like 300.”
I’m surprised she shared that with me because she knows my attitude to healthy eating.
Obviously her level of calorie intake is worrying to me, but what’s more worrying is the guilt factor. The fact she is feeling so bad and guilty for ‘overeating’ to me shows she probably has an unhealthy relationship with food. I would really like to find a way to help her, because she is a very close friend, but I don’t know where to start.
Has anybody been in a similar situation? Or just give me some advice?
Out take - 0 (I’d hurt my knee a little running on Tues)
Net - 1517
Intake - 1540
Out take - 323
Net - 1217
Two good days, but I have to say, I had a pretty big fail on the exercise this morning. I was supposed to do sprints around the oval, but after one and a half I just gave up. That’s not the awesome person I want to be! Not very proud of myself for that one.
Luckily tomorrow I’m doing a cross training session with my friend, both boxing and pole work. Also, the BF is keen to do some fun exercise activity in the afternoon, so tomorrow should be a great day!
Saturday I went indoor rock climbing with the boyfriend, which I think is an awesome way to crosstrain! I’d been rock climbing a couple of months ago and I felt much stronger this weekend. I’d love to try and go once a month or so and see how my strength progresses. They have a difficulty ranking of climbs between 11 (for kids!) and 28 (tiny spaced apart nubs on the wall that seem like they couldn’t fit fingers, let alone be climbed on). I was able to complete 16 and got half way up a 17. I’m aiming to do that 17 in a month!
The great thing about eating more calories: I cooked a dinner for my boyfriend and parents last night and then my mum put out nuts, fruits, shortbread biscuits and variety of spirits afterwards. Because I was full from the extra food I have been eating, I wasn’t at all tempted by the biscuits, nuts or alcohol and just had fruit and tea for dessert. It was awesome, and something I had been struggling with previously on 1300 calories.
I have completed my first two days of my exercise more, eat more new philosophy:
Intake - 1756
Outtake - 380
Net - 1376
Intake - 1696
Outtake - 418
Net - 1278
Great days! Although I am getting very full from all the food. I’m very interested and a little scared to see how this is going to affect my weight next weigh in, but I’ve got full belief that this is the way I should go!
So as I’ve made the decision to move more into fitness and half marathon training through winter and aim to maintain weight mostly, I’m finding the hardest thing to get my head around is increasing calories.
I gained weight this week mainly because I had some bad days. There was some definite overeating at dinner parties, mainly through high fat foods and alcohol. This is not how I want to maintain.
I just don’t think that eating 1300 calories during the week (not even taking into account net calories from exercise) and then splurging on weekends is a healthy way to go about it. Especially if I’m supposed to be training for a half marathon!!
So I’m going to try and go about this the scientific way. I’m going to try and have a net calories between 1300 - 1500, but eat about 1700 - 1800 calories. Meaning my deficit will come from exercise. I’m pretty scared of gaining weight though. Anyone know how to get over that fear in your mind?
I will also be tracking this intake more to keep me accountable. So day one:
So today would be considered a fail because my intake was too low. Okay! Let’s do this!
(but honestly, any encouragement or advice would be greatly appreciated)
After some deep and meaningful talks with a few people including the boyfriend, Mum and my counsellor I have decided that I am going to take a break from hardcore weightloss and maintain my current weight of 62kg (136 lbs) for the Winter months.
I’m planning to do this by attempting 2 non calorie counting days on weekends, still trying to eat healthy, but allowing myself treats if I want them. On weekdays, I’ll pretty much stick to the same eating routine because I find it so easy to fit into my work schedule.
Of course, they’ll also still be a big emphasis on exercise and training for my goals of being able to do pull ups as well as run the half marathon later this year.
Honestly, I’m finding it a little scary. Sometimes when you’ve been losing weight for a while, you get obsessed by the number, and this has certainly felt like an obsession. I don’t want my emotions to get tied up with the scale, so I think this is a healthy choice.
After winter, I’ll reassess and perhaps try to lose again and get under 62. It might even work better because my body will have had a break.
- To cut back on my ‘red’ days overall and keep it to one a week at most. Achieve 25 ‘green’ days or above
Done! I only had 5 red days in May, compared to 13 in April. It really helped having a goal in this area
- To achieve my second fitness level completely and do at least one pull up by myself
I achieved the most important part of the 2nd level, 5km in under half an hour. I’m very proud of myself for that. I’ve also achieved everything else in level two except the pull up. I neglected strength training a bit in May.
- To exercise at least 5 times a week
Succeeded in the first 2 and half weeks then got sick.
- To cook at least 3 new healthy recipes
Done! I cooked mini muffins, almond butter, pasta puttanesca, lamb burgers and I think a couple of other things as well.
- To reach 60 kgs
I didn’t weight myself this morning but yesterday I was 62. At the start of May I was 63.3. It’s really true what they say about the last 5 kilos being the hardest, but I’m happy to be going in the right direction. I also managed to sit below 62 for a lot of the month.
Today I am trying the McRib, which has just been released in Australia for the first time ever. It is 500 calories, almost half my daily amount, but I am cutting down the rest of the day and getting lots of low calorie foods into me cause missing out on trying the McRib would be a terrible sacrifice of weight loss.
It’s always ok to treat yourself if you plan for it. Learning to fit in high calorie foods to your diet is the only way your weight loss will be sustainable.
I have a feeling I’m the only one using this site and I don’t understand why because it is seriously amazing. Every time you find a recipe you like you just click the ‘I wanna nom’ button in your bookmarks and it saves it to your list of recipes on the site.
Way easier than copying URL’s to a word doc of recipes like a used to like a fool.
So the big weakness of my weightloss journey is weekends. There always seems to be some celebration on and I lose my focus when all the food and the people are around.
This weekend I’m going to Canberra and already on the schedule is two pubs, a winery with a fancy menu (not much in the low cal range) and lunch by the lake. It’s all going to be really lovely, but very hard to resist temptation and not gain.
I think what I’m going to do to keep myself accountable is photograph all I eat. I won’t make any big annoying posts about each food but at the end of the weekend may do a post that shows it all. This way I will know it is public and I can’t lie.
Of course, any other suggestions about resisting temptations on weekends away are very welcome.
(Good news is we’re going for a run around the lake so at least I’ll get exercise in!)
So I finished my 2 day cleanse experiment successfully, and weighed in this morning with a loss :)
Here’s my official evaluation of the diet:
I’m thinking next week of doing another 2 day diet. A protein focused diet my brother does when trying to lose weight for kickboxing fights. Just to compare the difference with a green vegetable based 2 day diet and a protein based one with no vegetables. Should be fun!
Around 80% of everyone who goes on a diet will lose less than ten percent of their body weight, and be back where they started or heavier in five years. Those who keep it off make sustainable nutrition and lifestyle changes.
Ingredients: - 12 eggs (I subbed some with egg whites for higher protein content & less fat and calories - 2 egg whites = 1 whole egg) - 1 cup low-fat grated cheese - 1.5-2 cups veggies (I used red capsicum, spinach, onion & frozen peas & corn)
So my ‘week one’ May challenge was to eat a different breakfast every day so that I could break out of my Special K habit (though Special K is still great). I managed the first three days really easily and then I went:
Thursday - Easy Way iced tea (in no way a healthy well balanced breakfast but BF bought me one as a present because I’d been craving one.
Friday - Whole wheat wrap bread with organic peanut butter and banana (such a winner)
Saturday - Greek sweet bread (similar to raisin toast) with Nuttelex
Sunday - Mediterranean inspired breakfast with lot of veges and fried haloumi
It was really fun having all these different things in the morning, and I even got to eat cheese! I also lost a kilo (about 1.5 - 2 pounds) so it had a good affect on my body.
This week my ‘Week 2 May challenge’ will be to keep my room tidy all week. I really haven’t been good at it lately and I believe that a tidy space around you helps with a calm heart, which will in turn have a positive affect on health.
I made this beet root soup on Monday (without the creme) and have enjoyed it immensely for lunch the last two days. It was only 164 calories per serving and being in Aus, things are getting colder and soups are very welcome. I had it with some Helga’s sandwich thins (one of my favourite new products) and some lean protein on the side. Wonderful!
Looking forward to doing some healthy cooking for my fam this weekend.
I think it would be fun to set myself challenges each week of May to keep myself focused and motivated.
Week one - Eat a different breakfast every morning
Why? I think I’ve become too reliant on my special K. I love it, but I think mixing it up a little will help me look outside that box at other options. Also, I’ve lucked out so far and my breakfast have been different the last 3 days so I’m off to a good start.
Monday - Healthy scrambled eggs
Tuesday - Porridge
Wednesday - Special K fruit and berries with skim milk