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April 8, 2008

Moving Forward

weighin 8-04-08
Believing in what you are doing eventually brings results and I have moved in the right direction again after seeming to plateau for 3 weeks.

This week I weigh in at 75.75 kilos or 166.65 pounds. Down from last weeks weight of 77 kilos. A weight loss of 1.25 kilos and just .75 of a kilo from away my goal.

The unfortunate thing is that many people give in when they get stuck on a certain weight, saying to themselves that "this isn't working" and take on old habits that caused their weight problems in the first place. Reaching a plateau is perfectly normal in the weight loss regime, you must expect it will happen somewhere during your program and believe in what you are doing to keep moving forward.

What it does prove to me is that I can cope for the rest of my life and maintain good healthy eating habits. After all, it must be a life change that is made, not just a quick weight loss and then revert back to old bad habits.

Another thing that is so important is to learn what good food is and what bad food is. Usually bad food is full of fat but tastes good, that's why things like potato chips are so tempting. Yet after being on a weight watch for some time, good food is starting to taste very good. I love salads and the fresh taste of green vegetables. Chicken and fish are delicious steamed. You don't need that fat laden batter wrapped around them to make them taste good.

So I will finish the post this week by noticing that good eating habits eventually become part of an everyday routine. Add that with some invigorating exercise and you will feel 20 years younger. I certainly feel younger and today was such a bonus to see a weight loss of just over 1 kilo for the week.

April 14, 2008

How to get yourself excited.

weighin-14-04-08One way to get yourself excited is to be so close to your weight loss goal that you can smell it. This week sees the scales just half a kilo or one pound away from that 75 kilos goal I set back last august.

The excitement I feel is more for the fact that when I look back, it is not just the weight loss that is important, it is also about how I have learnt to eat and exercise so that quality of life is so much better than before.

I am excited as I feel so healthy. I can walk for more than an hour without feeling the least bit tired. I can jog for a few hundred yards and not have to lay down for the rest of the day. My blood pressure is normal, cholesterol levels great and every aspect of my life is so much more enjoyable.

So how can you get yourself excited? Deeply look at yourself and then set a goal. Write that goal down and then start working toward it. Little changes in your lifestyle will make a huge difference and with each positive step you make toward that goal, the excitement inside of you will grow and grow.

The best way to get excited is to lose weight and feel great!

April 22, 2008

Good Food Good Exercise

Firstly, this week’s weight is the same as last week. No loss and no gain, but man I am feeling goooood. It is a little frustrating being just half a kilo away from my overall goal weight, but hey, next week will be just as good.

What I would like to talk about this week is what good food is and what good exercise is.

During the week it was pointed out to me that there really is no secret to losing weight. Everybody who is overweight knows exactly how that weight got there; they either over ate or ate the wrong things, probably a combination of both. Bit like a smoker, they know it's like taking a spoonful of poison, but they keep smoking anyway.

The person who is obese knows the foods that are no good for them but they keep shoveling it in their mouth anyway. I know I did and that is why I had to re-educate myself about what is good food and what is good exercise.

Good food is fresh vegetables and the greener the better. Make salads and steamed vegetables the main thing that goes on your plate with chicken and fish as accompanies. If you think it’s yuck then have a good look in the mirror. Bet it wasn’t vegetables that gave you that fat gut or big behind. If you have red meat, ensure the fat has been trimmed and it will be good for you because red meat full of iron. Just make sure you have a portion size. 100 grams is the ideal portion size which is about the size of a woman’s hand.

Now we all know that chips are made from potatoes, but when fried in fatty oil they don't count as vegetables, okay! So don't even try going down that road!

Good exercise is walking. If walking is an effort, which it is when you are overweight and haven't exercised for some time, start with just 15 minutes a day and build up from there. Regularity is the key. No good walking 3 times this week and then skipping all together next week. Make it an everyday part of your life. No excuses just get off your butt and start walking.

(Walking to the cupboard to get another bag of chips doesn't count either.)

It probably took you years to get to the weight that you are now, so it may take awhile to get down to your goal weight, if you throw away the bad food that is making you fat, and you know what it is, and start eating good food, plus do some regular walking, there's one thing I can say that makes it all worthwhile and that is you will feel better and be able to do things so much easier.

Sometimes you just need to take a look in the mirror and think what you will be like a year from now if you don't start eating better and getting some exercise. It's a pretty frightening thought really. What would you be like this time next year if you put on another 10 kilos? Could you go shopping without being completely tired out? It would be terrible to end up like some obese people do and not even get out of bed, so come on and make a start today to really become the person you would like to be. It can be done, but you are the only one who can decide to do it!

April 25, 2008

Lower Cholesterol

It was time for the 6 month cholesterol check and yesterday the results were back and I visited the doctor. My cholesterol level is down to 3.2 and the doctor stated that it can't get much better than that. This is a very pleasing result. Blood pressure is really good, prostate level good and according to the doctors scales I am down to 74 kilos.

Now I am not going to claim that I have reached my goal of being under 75 kilos just yet. The images I show here are my home scales and that is what I used when posting to this blog. Until my home scales show my weight under 75, and I can post an image to prove it, I won't break out the champagne and order the fireworks yet.

One thing of interest was my doctor told me that I had lost enough weight and now just to maintain it for the rest of my life. I was going to reset a goal so that I would go down to 70 kilos. I will have to rethink that and perhaps aim for maintaining my weight around the 73 kilo mark.

Whatever weight I choose to maintain, the process will be fairly easy now after learning how to eat to lose weight. It has been a lesson in eating portion controlled meals, counting calories and cutting out fatty foods such as chocolates and chips, especially those potato chips that are not just full of fat, have a huge salt content as well.

Hopefully my next post will have all the bells clanging and fireworks to celebrate the major goal of officially being under 75 kilos. When ever it does officially happen, one thing remains and that is the fact that losing weight has increased my ability to live life to the max.

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