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Sunday, May 10th, 2009
12:15 pm
Yesterday I didn't leave the beans to soak long enough so I had rice and vegetables for dinner instead.

Today I'm eating:

A 2-egg mushroom and veggie frankfurter omelette on one slice of multigrain bread
A kiwi and a glass of protein drink for a snack
Yoghurt, fruit, wheatgerm, flax and pumpkin seeds for lunch
Another kiwi and a cookie for a snack
Two burritos (tomatoes, veg, beans, brown rice, and a little grated cheese in linseed wraps) for dinner
All the tea and water I can possibly drink

That comes to 1673 cals: 29% fat (9% sat, 9% poly, 9% mono), 51% carbs (34.5g fibre), 20% protein but I'm trying to mix foods to make complete proteins so I'm hoping it actually comes to a little more.

Oh and I've run out of cheese and dinner is being made for me, so it's all wrong now. :>
Saturday, May 9th, 2009
1:17 pm
Yesterday's experiment was a success, I reckon. I had a couple of Steven's tortilla chips and a mini magnum on top of that but no big deal. I feel like around I felt more relaxed about eating, and didn't spend as long peering at my cupboards trying to think of meals.

So today I am going to eat:

Two Weetabix with strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, ground flax, wheatgerm and semi-skimmed milk for breakfast
A kiwi for a snack
Noodle soup with tofu and vegetables for lunch
A kiwi and a protein drink (in milk) for a snack
A burrito with tomatoes, kidney beans and vegetables with a dollop of yoghurt topped with grated cheese for dinner

That comes to 1604 cals: 25% fat (9% sat, 9% poly, 6% mono), 56% carb (37.4g fibre), 19% protein
Thursday, May 7th, 2009
11:47 pm
Right, I'm going to try something new.

I don't seem to be able to focus on food control for more than about five seconds without it dominating my thoughts for the next however long, which actually serves to just make me stressed and feel like eating more. And it's a topic that is constantly brought up so never far away.

So what I'm going to try is planning days' food ahead of time, so during the day I don't have to stress about what I'm going to eat next. And then I can fiddle about with combinations of food to make up good nutritional balance and all that.

Tomorrow I am going to eat:

A bowl of yoghurt with blueberries, strawberries and raspberries for breakfast
3 stalks of celery (2 with cottage cheese, 1 with peanutbutter) for a snack
2 veggie hot dogs on multigrain bread with reduced fat mayo and ketchup for lunch
1 kiwi fruit and a glass of protein drink for a snack
1 bowl of risotto with mushrooms, asparagus and mixed frozen veg for dinner
3 cups of tea with 2 oat biscuits throughout the day
And at least 3 big glasses of water to take with various pills and tinctures

Which comes to 1519 cals: 47% carbs (32.1g fibre), 30% fat, and 23% protein. That seems reasonable, doesn't it?

I'm also going to keep printing out these exercise spreadsheets that were working for me for a while, to keep track of how many exercises I'm doing and attempt to build it up slowly where I can.

How are you doing?
Saturday, March 14th, 2009
6:55 pm
Glycemic Madness!
So, andabusers asked me to talk about Glycemic eats, as they relate to PCOS.  It's not an easy diet/lifestyle to stick to, but for me, it's looking like it's the only real route to success.

Technical stuff you're probably better off looking up, but I'll try to describe poorly anywayCollapse )

What to eat & what to avoidCollapse )

My take: It's not easy to stick to in a really strict way, and took a little experimentation to get the hang of.  I lost about 10 pounds initially, then struggled a lot.  But now I know what to do to not gain weight (even when I'm being really physically lazy), and what to do to lose weight, whereas before nothing I did short of starving myself seemed to have an impact on my weight (except help me gain).  I also find I can get away with carbs more easily in the earlier parts of the day, and not so well at night, so if I'm going to have a cupcake, I should do it at lunch.

9:40 am
I've been feeling really good about going to the gym lately. My tolerance has been growing over the last few weeks (more time spent in the pool, heavier weights and more reps in the gym) so I feel like I'm doing something right. I must admit I get a little gleeful when I go on a machine that a man's been using and I can put the weights up.

Apparently I haven't lost any weight this week, but I have lost another half inch at the waist, 1.5" at the chest (hmm), 1.5" at the hips, 1.5" at the thighs, and half an inch on the calves.

This week my challenge is to drink more water, remember to take all the joint pills, and stick to takeaways once a week or less. Oh, and to go to the gym every day unless I'm doing something substantial that would kill me.
Wednesday, March 11th, 2009
6:00 pm
Oh! And I discovered that the hot dog diet may genuinely be good for me. I couldn't understand how it was possible to be losing weight while eating a couple of veggie dogs every day, but upon examining the nutritional content, they're absurdly high in protein and low in saturated fat, and I already know I was having trouble getting enough protein in my diet. So hooray for veggie dogs. I've even started cutting down on the mayo. ;P
5:10 pm
Today is a good day, I am in good spirits.

Waffle about the general state of affairs re surgery, food, and exerciseCollapse )

As for specific progress, the upper body weights keep going up: Shoulder press 22.5kg (this is the one I have most trouble with), chest press 30kg, pulldown 50kg, triceps press 42.5kg, 50kg abdominals, 30kg pec fly, 35kg sitting row, and I think that's it.

I'm at 209lbs (down from 217 about a month ago), but more impressive I think is the measurement losses from a couple of days ago (fitday prompts me for this stuff, don't ask why neck is important):

Neck: -1"
Biceps: 0
Forearm: 0
Chest: -2.5"
Waist: -1"
Hips: -2.5"
Thighs: -3.5"
Calves: -1.5"

And that's not counting when I was feeling too fat to measure myself. :P

And going to the gym gives me a good opportunity to sit and read on the benches outside when it's sunny, so overall it is a win for Hanja.
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009
12:18 pm
I should introduce myself
Hi healthybits!

So, my story...I used to be a jock, a long time ago.  But college came, and hormonal issues intensified, and now...well, now I'm definitely not.  I have PCOS, and I'm at risk for diabetes.  I have finally had a degree of success dealing with that when I stick to the Glycemic Load diet, it's the first dietary change I've ever made that seemed to impact my weight, and it doesn't negatively impact my health. 

But I think my biggest problem is exercise.  I just have a hard time motivating myself to get enough of it.  I'm unemployed, and searching for work in this economy makes it hard to find motivation to do anything (and icky Seattle winter weather doesn't help one get outside).  I think I get in the habit of saying "When I get a job, everything will be different!  I'll be able to afford better/healthier food, and I'll sign up for exercise classes or a personal trainer, and things will be peachy!" but that's not fair, is it?

So I'm looking to this group for a little extra oomph in motivation to get off my bum, or put down the starches, or seek new recipes....or whatever, I'll take what I can get!

Current Mood: hopeful
5:51 pm
2-3 weeks ago, I was hovering alarmingly consistently around the 15.5 stone mark (217lbs). I have since been going to the gym 5 days a week to do low level cycling and more strenuous upper body weights and modified aquaerobics.

I have just passed the 15 stone threshold again (the good way) to 209lbs, so I am pleased with myself. I'm also feeling less of a need to comfort eat lately with the sunshine and all its glorious vitamin D* and niceness, so hopefully it will keep coming down. But I'm not going to cut it all out because it *is* still giving comfort when required and I'm still managing to lose weight and I'm not really stressing about food, so hey whatever. And I feel generally stronger (although I overdid it on the bike machine before the pool today so was swimming totally one-legged, which is a bit annoying - must remember not to push it when combining gym with swim). So yeah, I am feeling OK, which is nice.

* Does anyone know if we've got to the point where we are able to make vitamin D from sunlight in Scotland yet?

How are you folks doing?

Food yesterday and todayCollapse )
Tuesday, February 24th, 2009
9:28 am
Hello everyone.

I haven't posted in a while because I've been really not very good with food. I bought a huuuge Tesco delivery which included things like veggie dogs, veggie sausage rolls and vegetable fingers. Dinners have been pretty healthy, though (aside from halloumi schnitzel, and pizza, hmm). But actually I've felt happier for it. We'll see what happens if I put weight on, but for now comforting eating gives comfort, and I'll take it where I can get it.

But I HAVE been going to the gym. Didn't go at the weekend because I was actually doing stuff, but otherwise every day.

On Friday I did 10 minutes on the bike machine, then various arm weights, then went swimming and did my very own aquaerobics routine for 50 minutes. What I do is go out to where I can't touch the bottom, and jog on the spot treading water for a minute, then a minute of alternately sticking my legs straight out in front as quickly as I can, then jogging, then star jumps, then jogging, then skis (one in front, one behind), jog, crossing legs one in front of the other, jog, jump, jog, legs straight out to the side, and back to the beginning until the 50 minutes are up. Then I do sit-ups by floating on my back and then lifting my legs up 25 times, then with knees bent to the side straighten out in front 25 times and same for other side. Then stretch and done. It's great because there's no weight bearing at all so I can really get my heart rate up. It helps that I am very naturally buoyant (and not just because I'm big, I always have been) ..

Yesterday I did 25 minutes on the bike and all the arm/ab weights (going up a bit on some, but I'm terrible at keeping track - up to 45kg on the ab machine, 35 on the triceps, 25 on the sitting row, dunno what else).

I don't know if I'll make it to the gym today because I have an interview at the jobcentre for god knows what.
Monday, February 16th, 2009
2:33 pm
Hi! An introductory post:

I don't trust BMI completely as a measure of health, but according to it I'm on the edge of being overweight. (I'm 6'4" and weigh about 204 pounds, giving me a BMI of 24.8. Overweight starts at 25, underweight is 18.5 and under, obese is 30 or more.)

Unfortunately, I also work at home, which makes getting out and exercising harder; when I worked in an office downtown and was walking 40 minutes each way (plus an hour over lunch), I was at least a stone (14 pounds) lighter. So my challenge is to develop the self-control to wake up early enough to go for a walk in the morning, head out with lunch, and go for a walk in the evening.

I'm generally pretty good about what I eat, but I get low blood sugar a lot and crave carbohydrates. This works very badly with the chip shop at the end of my road. I also get tired and run out steam really easily, and tend to combat this with coffee rather than better eating / exercise practices. So I also have to remember to snack on healthy things regularly, make sure there's plenty of good food in the house, and stay away from fried / processed food. Cooking from scratch for three meals a day, with fruit, veg and nuts in between, is the way to go. In combination with the aforementioned exercise.

Will I stick to this? We'll see ...
2:02 am
My day has been OK food and exercise-wise, but I feel grumpy, stressed, fluffy-headed, and I hurt. Everything seems so out of my control, but I need a significant change in my life.

foodCollapse )
activitiesCollapse )
nutritional content, calorie balance, etc., according to fitdayCollapse )
Sunday, February 15th, 2009
3:35 am
I posted this to vegrecipes earlier. It's a cross between online recipes and something I made attempting to recreate the gooorgeous sunomono salad they have at Bonsai:

This should serve 4ish?

1. Take a good-sized head of lettuce (pref lollo rossa, but cos or anything crispy will do) and rip it into big chunks
2. Soak half a cup of dried wakame in water for 5-10 mins, then strain and shove atop the lettuce
3. Really thinly spiral-cut 1 European cucumber, sprinkle with 1tsp salt, mix it all in and leave to stand for 10-15 mins, then put on top of the wakame/lettuce
4. Mix 2 tbsp rice vinegar, 1 tsp soy sauce, and 1 tsp toasted sesame oil, then pour it over the salad.
5. Sprinkle on about a tablespoon of toasted sesame seeds

Nutritional informationCollapse )
Saturday, February 14th, 2009
11:21 pm
An intro. My bits, what I want to happen to them, and how I'm going to do it.

Read more...Collapse )

OH! And something maybe you could advise me on: my weight fluctuates significantly on an almost daily basis, like by half a stone. Is that normal? Why does it do that? Google tells me it's normal for there to be discrepancies due to time of day and if you've had a dump yet, so the best time to weigh yourself if before breakfast after you've gone to the toilet. I'm pretty sure I was told that before, but I forgot.
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