Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Week 4 - Wednesday Weigh-in

Hmm... Well what happened there?! Let's just go straight into the numbers -

Weight: 81.6kg
Loss: 0.00kg
Total loss: -3.4kg

Uhmmm??!!!! No loss?! When I initially jumped on the scales and saw that number, I was PISSED! A whole week of eating well and exercising and no change at all?!! Instead of being angry, I decided I should analyse what happened. There are a few reasons that could've contributed...

1. Hydration
I have been really dehydrated recently, particularly on night shift. I would work all night and not drink anything and then come home and sleep. So I was essentially getting maybe a cup or two of water into my body for days on end. I just came off night shift and have just rehydrated, so it's possible my body has just held onto all that water!

2. Not eating enough?????
On nightshift, I was eating... well... not much! I think I would eat about 500-600cals per 24 hours! It's similar to the hydration story - I would eat before I went to work, have a snack or two overnight and then I would just go straight to bed without eating. I wonder whether I slowed my metabolism to zip?!

So that's where I'm at. It's disappointing, but I won't let it get to me - I just have to keep on going!

I've lost 3.4kg so far and 32cm! I'm really happy with that and I feel so much better than I did 4 weeks ago. It's unfortunate I didn't meet my goal of getting to 80kg, but that's okay. It's not the end of the world! I'll just have to be super-clean this week!


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Week 3 - Weigh-in Wednesday!

Wahh! I am SO excited! This past week, I have been so focused and determined and the weight is falling off so fast! I feel amazing, having spent the whole week eating cleanly!

Weight: 81.6kg
Loss: -1.5kg!
Total loss: -3.4kg!!

Wooohoooooooooooooooo!!

Meanwhile, my fears about night shift haven't been realised and I am kicking butt! Bring on week 4!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Challenges

This week has been a challenging one! It has been a little bit of a roller-coaster ride but I've ended up on top.

My body is shrinking and I am starting to really notice it! It's very exciting and really gives me the focus to keep going with what I'm doing! There have been a few 'issues' with food lately, but with that has come a lot of light bulb moments! I realised this week that I don't enjoy sugary foods! I tried (one bite of) a piece of cake this week and I was underwhelmed. I bought some Skinny Cow ice-cream sundaes that I used to love.. Again... Underwhelming. And then when I have a Cruskit with avocado and tomato, my taste buds have a massive party!!!!!! I cannot describe how good it tastes!!!!!!!! It's incredible! So why eat all that sugary food?! I have absolutely no desire to eat it any more. It tastes boring, is full of calories and has absolutely no nutrition. So I have completely cut it all out of my life. Gone!

Yesterday I took a trip to Sydney and realised that so much has changed for me. This past 8 months has been an interesting time and I have realise now that I was not happy. My personality changed, I felt pretty down most of the time, my self-worth was pretty low and I was really struggling with a lot of things. After 2 weeks back on the program, exercising again, eating cleanly and just focusing on myself, I am SO happy! Even though I haven't lost that much weight, my mindset has completely changed and is back at where I was at my goal weight! It has made me realise that I don't have to be slim to feel good about myself - it was the lifestyle that was making me happy, not my size. I have woken from my coma and finally living my life again!

This week is going to be the biggest challenge I've ever had with this process. From tonight, I start 10-hour night shifts for 7 nights straight. A lot of things have been going through my mind - when do I exercise, when do I eat, how will I cope? But I guess I will just have to have a really good plan and just stick to it.

So, I will exercise at the gym before work and go for a walk when I get home before going to sleep. I will eat dinner before work, lunch in the middle of the night and a very light breakfast before I go to sleep, if I'm hungry. It's going to be a big challenge, because night shift at the hospital seems to mean sugary, salty, crappy food time! Every ward I go to will have packets of chips, biscuits, cakes just lying around. I am very thankful that I had my realisation about not enjoying this food before I started my nights! Otherwise I think it would be a different story!

Wish me luck!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Weigh-in Wednesday - Week 2

I can't believe it's week 2 already! Time flies!

Things have been going mostly well, with a few hiccups here and there. My exercise has been fairly tame in terms of intensity but still burning >500cals/day. Pleasantly, when I tried to have a piece of chocolate the other day, it actually tasted pretty average! I'm craving fruits and vegetables again, so it's a nice change! Stupidly though, when I make a poor choice and have something sweet to eat and it doesn't taste very satisfying, I go for another thinking that the second will taste better! Of course it doesn't... I think I need to wake up to the fact that my taste buds have changed and that I am not going to get ANY satisfaction from eating processed or sugary foods. Another lesson learned.

So my weigh-in...

Weight: 83.1kg
Loss: -1.6kg
Total loss: -1.9kg

Happy days!