Sunday, 29 December 2013

Oh right, what I’m currently doing

Okay, so last post from me for a while – what am I currently doing?  Apart from cursing out my computer (stupid Chrome is eating all my CPU) I’m “trying” once again for weightloss/health.
It should be so easy.
I want to lose weight and I know exactly what I need to do to lose weight.  So why isn’t it working?  Why am I finding it so hard?  Why can’t I get back to the way I used to be?  : (

Immediate goals/activities:
  1. Sit-ups once again.  I went clothes shopping for clothes in October and bought lots of lovely new shirts/tops for work.  I have only worn half of them, because since I stopped doing sit-ups, my gut has starting sticking out again and all my clothes hang badly on me – it’s all in the belly! L
  2. Drinking lots of water – not soft drinks (fizzy drinks).  Helps with the salt bloating thing right?
  3. When I’m not at my mother’s – go for a half hour walk every day: who knows when I’ll get the chance to go when I’m stuck at ma’s?
  4. Food diary & measuring food again – just to get into the habit.  I can’t calorie count that well without a computer and the internet because I haven’t got a smartphone, so I’m stuck waiting til I can get onto a computer to enter everything onto MFP.  But it’ll be a good activity to try and see how much my portions and serves have become unrealistic
That’s it for now.
Once again,
Sporadically yours,


Sunday, 22 December 2013

New habit November – part 2

Eating?  Food?  Urgh…. For sure the hardest part about this. 

I hate that I get into the swing of weighing/logging food, then I just don’t do it once...  Start again four to five days later.  Maintain for a week?  Ten days?   Four to five days later, I start again.  Urgh!

There was one week in there where I ate junk food everynight.  And I mean junk food.  Macca’s and Hungry Jacks – sometimes on the same night.  (Sorry! Regional slang:  Macca’s is McDonald’s.  Hungry Jacks is I think Burger King?).  Two burgers, Large Fries – sometimes two (because I got one from each place), 30+ chicken nuggets, icecream.   Every night.  For a week.  I don’t know WHAT possessed me!  I just wanted (I say: wanted, but without any really sense of desperation to it.  Not an ‘I WANT!’ But more an ‘I want because I don’t care right now’) junk food.

But, well, it seems I’m good now.  I don’t want and haven’t wanted for about 3 weeks now.  And I don’t think I do want again anytime soon.  For starters, the cost.  So. Much. Money. . . And secondly, why?  Why should I continue to eat food that’s bad for me?  I have a freezer that’s overflowing with food that I’ve precooked and portion.  Why the frell am I not eating it? 

The one thing I’ve been doing well over this entire two months is breakfast.  I’ve been making sure I have a ‘healthy’ (relatively speaking), filling, nutritious breakfast.  It’s a bit of an extension to the breakfast I ate while I was in highschool.  My ma and I used to have massive fights because I struggled (and still do) to eat breakfast first thing in the morning.  Yoghurt was about all I could handle.  Ma always used to claim that ‘my stomach needed something to chew on’ and that yoghurt wasn’t enough.  So to appease her, I used to throw a handful or two of quick cook oats into my yoghurt,  claiming that ‘they’ll expand in my stomach as they digest’      O_O     Well, it any case, that seemed to be enough for ma, especially as in year 11 and 12, because we started at 8am, the school canteen opened from 7.30 and sold breakfast.  So I had a bacon and egg roll with cheese, and a white coffee with two sugars.  Every morning.  Tsk!  But I digress…

I decided I’d do the yoghurt-and-oats thing again, seeing as it’s heading into summer so hot porridge is out of the question.

Turns out, this is quite a craze on pinterest and ‘Mama-craft-and-cooking’ blogs at the moment.  I’m talking of course about: Overnight Oats

*shrugs*  Who knew that something I used to do in highschool just to shut ma up would turn into a global sensation?  I especially love reading comments and reactions by people on the blogs who’ve posted recipes for overnight oats:  “can I substitute this?”, “my child won’t eat that, could I use this?”, “Would it still work if I omitted this?”  “I’m going to follow your recipe, but change A, B and G to 1, 2, and 5”.   Lmao!! YES!! Of course it will still work! J  Just adjust and adapt to what you have on hand.  Eg: the bananas I forgot I had.  I cooked up some pumpkin and tried a ‘spiced/sweet pumpkin puree’ mix (I guess I was trying for a “pumpkin pie” type sensation – something that is not traditional here in Aus.).   It didn’t win me over.  But, I bought heaps of 1kg tubs of flavoured yoghurt on clearance and have been working my way through them.

ETA – I can’t even remember where I was going with this post, so I’m going to end it here.

Saturday, 21 December 2013

New Habit November – part 1

So… I started writing this at the end of October 2013...

My goodness! Has it really been two months already?  It can’t be….

Ooops!  That’s not good….  So, catch up time.  (By the way this turned into a really long post (3+ pages!) so I’ve decided to split it up.  Read on for part 1….)

In the last two months, some good, some bad.  For the most part, the status quo has been maintained.   What I was doing before is the same as I am now.  :-S

1.        September I set myself the challenge of doing sit-ups every day.  I didn’t make it to 600… I think I got to 436.  Still, I think I did pretty alright with that, especially considering I have kept on going and I am still doing sit-ups most days.  I am now up to 60 at one time.  I have to stop for a day or two sometimes though because I think I am starting to bruise my tail bone.  I think I need to get a thicker yoga mat thing.   The one I’m using is fairly thin, and given I have a concrete floor, it’s just not giving enough padding.  I need to find a really cushy one, not just a non-slip type rubber mat.

2.       I have picked up my swimming again!! The local pool opened up back in September so I have been a few times since then.  I also organised to get a key for the pool attached to my workplace complex.  There are a few community groups/swim clubs that use it too though, so trying to find a time that doesn’t clash with them is proving tricky.  Especially after work.  It’s an open-air/outdoor pool so in theory I can swim anytime I want.  It’s just creepy to stay after 6 and swim on my own.  And I’m not really going to go to work on the weekend just so I can swim for 50 minutes. 

Before work doesn’t quite work either, because there isn’t a proper shower/change room.  Just a single shower head for a rinse in the doorway to the changing room.  As in, you want to shower (rinse)?  Then you have to do it in full view of everyone else including those still poolside.  Eeep!  I guess it’s to make it a quick process seeing as there are many community groups that use it and it needs to be available for quick change.  No girls spending half an hour under the shower so they can wash their hair.  o_O  And then, the actual change room is in the style as it exists in many public pools around the world – an open room with benches and hooks but no individual cubicles.

Speaking of cubicles.  There’s no toilet there either.   So… before work swimming?  Nuh-uh!

3.       Another something that I have been doing is trying to go for a walk everyday.  I started with the intention of just walking for 20 minutes a day, but that’s extended somewhat to 30 minutes a day.  20 minutes just didn’t feel long enough.  Ironically, I picked 20 minutes because I don’t “have any spare time”.  Is that irony?  I don’t know if it is.  Hmm…

It was back in the beginning of October and we had a long weekend, where I had spent practically the entire weekend inside, on my arse. *throws hands in exasperation* Pah!  *walks over to where hands landed and crouches down to get them again mama-cat style*Ah!  That’s better!  (P.S.  Learnt to type with my nose!).  I got so mad at myself for doing that, that I decided at the very least, I should have the time to walk for 20 minutes.  Everyone has time for 20 minutes!

I walked pretty consistently for a week and a half 20 minutes everyday.  Most times it turned to longer than 20 minutes, because of having to wait to cross the train track or the road.  But the distance was fairly consistent: 2.2km (1.37mi) But then, of course, something happened to make me get back off track.  I was sick for a few days and that threw all plans – exercise and eating out the window.  And I’ve been really slow to bring it back.  L

4.       I’m working on a new habit for November.

ETA: I don’t even remember now what that habit was meant to be, unless it was to eat breakfast everyday?

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Whoa... long time, no action, right?

I know exactly what happened.  I stopped blogging for a while there.  Stopped reading blogs too.  I just became overwhelmed I think with end of year stuff.  And laziness.  Oh so Lazy.

And of course, I stopped caring about my food diary and exercise.  Not all the way though.  I did keep to something during October.  But then I was sick for a day or two and then it all slid away from me again.  *sigh*  Oh well, keep trying, keep striding, I’ve got to keep on moving.

I did regain weight, but not a whole heap.  I’ve been maintaining pretty steadily at 103-104kg for those last three months. 

I’ve also got a post that I started writing in the beginning of November – a very long one that I decided to split into two posts.  Listen, it might not be of much relevant now, but I still want to post it, because it outlines what I was doing in October, health/fitness wise.
Other than that, I’m going to restart/retry a food diary and exercise plans and etc.  For the first little bit, at least the next month, it’s going to be sporadic as I travel back and forth between my ma’s house, where I have no freedom to do anything (like leave for a walk, eat foods I chose, use the internet) and then my own place, where I’m going to get a few days to cram in shopping, cleaning, unpacking, catching up with friends, work responsibilities, before I have to go back to my mum for another 3-5 days. 

I’m going to HATE this summer. 

In sporadic posting, at least until the end of January,