Formula for success, Love Triangles and will I ever learn!!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

I have now finished my first official week in the BLC17 team. Woo hoo to me! It was a hard week as I really pushed myself physically this week. I’m not sure how that happened and I don’t think I had planned to push it quite so much but I completed 500 fitness minutes in one week! Admittedly, I added them all up yesterday and found I was at 485 so I sat on my exercise bike last night watching Coronation Street on CBC (you can take the girl out of England but not England out of the girl). I cycled for 15 minutes to top myself up to 500 as Leanne Battersby pleaded with Ken and Deirdre Barlow to hide the fact that she cheated on Peter with Nick.. So, 500 minutes in one week... and Ken and Deirdre decided to go along with Leanne, but I’m sure that this will end in tears.

This morning I got onto the scales, and found I’d lost 0.1kgs (or 0.2lbs). Now, I am sure that on a normal week, there would have been a bigger loss but this is not a normal week, it’s that lovely time of the month where my body expands without the satisfying input of cake or chocolate, but all the desire of the aforementioned chocolatey goodness.

Hopefully next week, this extra hard work will start to pay off where I want it to!

I must keep reminding myself of Ms Reno’s formula for weight (Tosca Reno’s Eat Clean Diet Recharged), which I fully agree with:

10% genetics.OK, my mum was overweight and suffered with Type 2, not much I can do to change that now but face it, it’s only 10%.

10% exercise - so, really if 500 minutes = 0.2lbs then would I need to do 10 times that to make a 2lbs loss?!? I don’t think there are enough hours in the day for that... OK, I’m over-exaggerating, this is my TOM so the loss would be increased on a regular week for sure but still, it would probably need to double in this instance for my weight to go down by exercise alone.

80% food – so face it Smithy, you are STILL eating too much. Really, do I have to bash my head against a brick wall for this to go in? Portion Control Portion Control Portion Control. Hello?!? Is anyone there? Why am I still not doing enough on the most important factor for my weight loss efforts? I have just got to stop eating as much. Simple.

This past week I reduced my breakfast size. Instead of a whole cup of Kashi, I’m having about ¾ cup. That saves some calories and again, reduces the portion size. I need to do the same for dinners and STOP snacking (as much... added in brackets). Eating dinner earlier is working, that’s definite as it stops me from snacking when I get home. Chewing gum while doing any kind of food preparation stops me from picking, dipping and licking. However, I need to concentrate on portion sizes. I must measure and weigh. Slowly decrease my portion sizes so I can trick my stomach into believing that it’s still getting the same amount, as my stomach actually shrinks, taking my belly with it and needing less and less. I think my lunches (when I plan ahead and go for my clean eating style lunches) work well. Weekends do go a bit crazy as we often eat out but I am being diligent and tracking... however, there is most likely some under-estimating going on.

I’m feeling a bit separated from all this today. Like I’m observing myself. TOM is a strange phenomenon and I definitely do not feel myself. I am exhausted! I won’t be attempting 500 minutes this week! I’m taking the day off from exercise. I may even stay on the bus to the stop at daycare instead of getting off and getting a 15 minute walk in. Ha, who am I kidding – I will get off the bus early – I won’t be able to help myself. I’m a Spark Person. There’s not much I can do – Oh, unless it’s raining as I have no rain jacket or umbrella today.

Last night I completed W8 of C25K and walked and ran 5kms in less than 35 minutes – that included my 5 minute of walking warm up! Woo hoo to me! I’m happy with my progress. I am stiff in my hips this morning. I also have monthly pains (sorry for TMI), nothing too severe but enough to bother me. I am seeing my chiropractor on Friday and am looking forward to getting my hips adjusted as I think they need it.

So, what will be our challenge for this week on BLC17... Will Ken and Deirdre spill the beans after all? Will Leanne come clean or will Nick stop her wedding to Peter! Will Abi ever learn to stop eating so much!?!

*Please note: Those of you in England, do not tell me what happens with the Leanne, Peter and Nick love triangle. I know you know already!*
Share This Post With Others
Member Comments About This Blog Post
    you are definately a true sparkperson!!!!

    congrats on everything you've been going so well!!!

    im in the same boat as you with the food still bringing me down :( sometimes i feel like i dont want myself to suceed! grrr its my TOM as well and it never used to get to me but theres something about september haha

    hope your tummy pains have died down! not long now and you'll be over here woo hoo hoo!!!
    3516 days ago
  • no profile photo CD9898685
    Girl! You are rockin' it and you are awesome!! With all the responsiblities you have, look at all you have accomplished and can do!! Woo Hoo! You deserve to take it easy once in a while. You are a true inspiration!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3523 days ago
    I just love love love that you got on the bike to get those 500 mins, that's just epic lol. Yes dear you are definitely a sparkperson emoticon

    Don't worry I won't ruin the love triangle.... errrr mainly cause I don't watch it though :D I can tell you whats going on in eastenders if you like! emoticon

    You are just so impressive to me, you really are working hard. I know it might take longer to master the portion control but I know you can do it. If you attack everything with as much determination as I've witnessed since being your spark buddy I don't think anything can stand in your way... and I sincerely mean that hun. You are a force to be reckoned with.
    3523 days ago
    High five for completing your challenge. YOU GO GIRL!
    3523 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10364891
    You've been accomplishing a lot! That's so cute that you know that you'll get off the bus early. We're getting programmed into sparking :). emoticon
    3524 days ago
    You are rocking it! That's awesome how fast you ran a 5k! You should be proud and deserve a day off. Do you have a food scale? It has really helped me see what a correct portion looks like. Keep up the great work!
    3524 days ago
  • Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

    Log in to post a comment

    Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.

More Blogs by ABISMITHY