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Oi Scouts ! :)

 

I really need to lose weight. When I stopped smoking, I gained around 12 Kilos / 26 lbs and I haven't been able to lose them again, yet.

 

I really enjoy exercise, especially running, but the weight is slowing me down. Plus, I get asthma from gluten and yeast (and I get nasty irrational tantrums) so I should stop eating it anyway. 

 

It was my New Year's resolution to lose weight, but it didn't really happen (sad evil laugh). :D So I'm a bit pressed for time. :D

I managed to lose lots of inches by exercising a lot and eating clean, which is nice, but I never got around actually reducing my caloric intake all that much. :blink:

 

So this challenge I'm really focusing on losing weight. I've been eating lo-carb paleo for a couple of weeks now and it's working really well. I would like to lose around 5 Kilos until Christmas - preferably more - which would put me under 70 again, and to fit into a US size 2 jeans (now: US size 6). My long term weight goal is something around 62kg / 135 lbs - the same I was all my adult life basically.   :)

 

So I'm doing low-carb (ideally under 50g/day) paleo. If I can't do the carbs threshold, I will try and at least keep the calories under 1850kcals/day. To help me avoid bingeing I'll set a kitchen curfew at 7pm. 

 

My stats today are:

 

74.5kg / 163 lbs

waistline:   74cm 

tummy: 76.5cm

 

I'm doing a daily battle log which is here.

 

 

I realize this is a bit boring - only one goal and it's not even directly related to running! - but I promise I'll do my share of funny wild English countryside trail races, and I will finally, finally sign up for gig rowing next week when I get my pocket money. I might even do the Bath Hilly Half although this one's really tough! 

 

If I succeed with my weight loss goal I'll fulfil myself my secret dream and sign up for a gymnastics course at the local gym. :)

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Oh, ok: I hear you ask:

 

What lovely wild English country trail races will you be doing, Nanako?

So my calendar says

  • Bath Hilly Half (VERRRY tentatively) 24.11.2013
  • Moorland Multi 10K 19.1.2014
  • Longleat 10K 9.2.2014
  • Rhayader Round the Lakes 5 mile 8.3.2014
  • Forest of Dean Half 30.3.2014
  • Sugar Loaf 11.2km 19.4.2013
  • Wrington Woodand 10K (April-ish)
  • Burrington Blaster 10K (May-ish)

and then it'll be time for the Towpath again and then I'll probably be going back to Germany already!

 

So nothing really wild this year / this challenge except for the Bath Hilly Half - not sure if I'm up for it though. If somebody drops out of the Christmas Cracker 10K I might snatch up their place - that's in early December but it's just a flat 10K.

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If you can give up smoking you can do anything!!! Well anything except smoke of course.

I put on a fair bit of weight when I gave up smoking so I know the feeling. I am about 4 kg's off my highest smoking weight and then I am going to keep going down, down, down.

I look forward to following your journey.

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Thanks guys!

 

I'm a bit confused how to log my challenge. I'm logging daily but probably better do it here right, instead of the daily battle log forum? Guess I'll move to logging here from Monday then. :)

 

My successes over the past two days (less hungry!!!) have led me to think that I might (gasp) reduce my caloric intake even further. I am a reckless glutton, so if I allow myself to eat 1850 kcals I will do it whether I'm hungry or not. Maybe I could lower that threshold to 1700 kcals? Think about it. Being me, I suspect that it will backfire the day I write it down and then I'll be eating 2500 kcals before I know what hit me. :blink:

 

I'll continue my almost-habit of doing just a tiny little bit of upper body and core strength exercises every morning - you know like, 10 minutes, a few pushups, planks, and dips (*small voice* no I hate dips no pleaaaaase don't write dips *small voice off*). I'll try and do some deadlifts although I think they look silly with dumbbells. But then only my kids will be watching and they think I look silly anyway. :)

 

By the way I just realized that if I continue 'dieting' after Christmas I might just hit my long-term weight goal by the time I turn 40 (half a year from now). Now that's a nice goal innit? Very motivating. :) Although I suppose with all the exercise I do now, I will hit my ideal size at a much higher weight than, say, 3 or 4 years ago. Ah never mind I just want to be a reasonable size before I hit the big 4-0. :blink:

 

... Thinking about it ... Maybe I should design a fit-at-forty meta challenge for myself, with all (some) of my mid-term fitness goals (50 push-ups,  10 pull ups, 1 muscle-up, sub 50 10K, sub 25 5K) rolled into one?  Tempting! ... wanders off muttering ... 

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Thank you guys, appreciate the support!! :)

 

I had a really bad reaction to some tortillas yesterday and have spent the morning on the internet (never a good idea) researching food intolerances. :blink: 

It's like giving yourself cancer by Googlechondria! Aargh! 

 

There some genetics in my family wrt this, my brother has a few severe intolerances (he almost died on one account :blink:) and I have some mild histamine intolerance (I go to sleep after eating too much seafood - sounds funnier than it is really - but not serious from a health perspective).

So although I know it's not all fantasy I am usually very sceptical towards these things. Still, I feel ALOT better when I don't eat wheat so I might get myself tested for coeliac disease. Or not - seems like wasting NHS resources, when I know I want to eliminate it from my diet anyway! :D

 

On top of this I think it got worse when I came to the UK - that might have to do with some additives that are used here, or the different types of wheat commonly used. The former is easily remedied by only buying artisan bread but the latter, I'd have to do some reading into other grain types ... not sure it's actually worth the effort! 

Personally I'm happy to not eat bread but it's different for the kids. I don't want to impose any unnecessary dietary restrictions on them, but I feel bad giving them something that makes me sick. My sons is very thin and he has light sensitive eyes, frequent mouth ulcers, enamel problems, tummy aches and some behavioural problems, all of which are commonly associated with coeliac. But then these might just be what they are, and completely unrelated to anything nutritional. :blink:

How would I know! 

 

Ah well. So much information these days, and so little idea which source to trust. :blink:

 

TDRL; stop eating crappy grains :)

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Hmm, you could talk with your son and see if he wsnts to be tested (no idea how old he is). I understand that it is an unpleasant disease, and if he is encouraged to change his diet in order to feel the best that he can, then he would probably welcome family support.

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Hmm, you could talk with your son and see if he wsnts to be tested (no idea how old he is). I understand that it is an unpleasant disease, and if he is encouraged to change his diet in order to feel the best that he can, then he would probably welcome family support.

 

Oh I forgot to say I'll get him tested, just to be sure. For myself, I don't think it's necessary, really. 

He's six by the way so it's very much me deciding for him now. ;)

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I found you!  You have all my support for your diet focused challenge.  (Hmmmm...sounds vaguely familiar... :panda: .)  I love the idea of the fit at forty meta-challenge.  Definitely do that!

 

Yeah, it's all about food for the two of us this time, innit?

 

Yesterday and today were so-so on the carb front and ok on the calorie front. 

 

Todays makros were:

 

1704 kcal - 44g fat - 169g carbs - 125prot

 

I need to get the carbs back on track!

 

EDIT My tracker says I'm still 250 Kcals or so over my threshold if I really want to lose weight. Maybe I'll just try and do 30 mins of bodyweight workout per day, instead of 10. Make an effort. 

Still coughing and puffing, so no extra cardio for me. Especially no running.

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By the way did I say how gutted I am that my weight is not budging?!

 

Stupid scale !

Stupid thermodynamics! 

Stupid carbs!
 

How, how, how  can I not lose weight when I eat so little not all that much all the time, eh? 

 

It's not fair! I know I shouldn't have had those carbs and I was losing weight before ... and I should go back to it because it's the only thing that works for me .. it's just ... *hangs head, kicks stones*

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Really successful day today diet-wise.

Still a carb fail (I knooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!) but not hungry!!!

Stayed at the office late and didn't eat.

Came home and cooked something paleo for myself even though husband had cooked delicious pasta meal. 

 

Makros: 1386 kcal 62 fat 83 carbs 82 prot

 

Very chuffed at the low calorie count.

Maybe I can just simply be someone who doesn't eat that much! :)

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Another good day! 

I'm on a roll here ... 

Not sure if I should eat bread tomorrow - it's bread day! - but I'm doing so well without those carbs that I might shift it to the weekend.

You know how these IF people say eat carbs on your workout day? 

 

I might just try that. :) Run a lot and eat a lot of bread .... hmmmm bread .... :)

 

Makros for today are: 

Kcal 1528, fat 72, carbs 90, prot 99

 

I think I have a bit more fat because Foodfocus doesn't seem to have medium fat mince ... no worries. I'm still under my threshold.

I can feel my jeans getting looser which is great (because they were quite tight when I started).

 

EDIT Another a carb fail day! Still holding on to that goal though. :D Anything under 100 is kind of alright I guess. Under 80 would be good and under 50 was my original goal, remember? ... Still hope ... it's only the first week, officially! 

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So, I'm sorry to disappoint you all but I decided against doing the Bath Hilly Half. :(

 

It's just too expensive - £27 - I can sign up for the Hot Air Balloon Society for a whole year for that and incidentally that is exactly what I'm going to do. :)

If I was in good form I'd do it but I'm not ... bit disappointed but there'll be other halfs. 

 

There's absolutely no nice 10K in the region for the rest of the year :( so I'm going to focus on Park runs. Saves us money and there's really nothing better for improving speed than doing lots of 5Ks, right? 

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Hot Air Balloons!

There'll be other Halves so I think that's the right choice!

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Paleo is just one weird diet.

A few days ago I just stopped being hungry. 

Incidentally I was just talking to PB about how I am hungry all the time, and the next day I was not. 

Not one bit.

I kept thinking I had forgotten to track something, but I hadn't. 

I eat around 1700 kcals a day, if at all, but I'm not hungry. (Ok I pig out once a week on bread, but that's the plan).

I'm losing inches (well, half-inches rather) but not any more weight right now it seems ...

 

Why was I eating so many more calories all the time and still hungry? :blink:

 

I'll start training again tomorrow, maybe that will change everything again ...

But at this point I feel like I could easily be eating less say, 1500 kcals? - and still not feel hungry. 

And I've already cut back on my original (caloric) goals.

 

Makros today 1741 74 95 142

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