Friday, August 27, 2010

WI Week 51 (100th post)

This week seen a gain of 600g - bringing my total down to 32.9! I had quite a break down on Monday & Tuesday with stress from work and instead of doing some exercise I chose to eat instead!! Old habits die hard….

This week meeting topic was on Balance – it was very timely for me as my breakdown this week was due to my life being out of balance… What I have been doing for a few weeks now is working pretty much around the clock – Working in the office for about 9 hours and then coming home and working again at night for another 5+ hours (yes working into the wee hours on the morning) – I was probably doing 60+ hours a week! Of course you can’t do this many hours and keep up the pace with everything so of course exercise has been on a steady decline and even though I work on a computer for 15 hours you would think that I would be tracking online…well that has been going by the way side as well……And clearly when you are tired all the time you do find yourself looking for something ..…..that something was probably sleep but I interpret it as food!!

In the meeting it really hit me that my life is really out of balance again – It is not uncommon for me to go through stages of working ridicules hours - if I look back over my weight loss when my life has more balanced my weight loss is successful.

Rhonda reminder us that our HEALTH is our #1 priority (above our children, families, jobs etc...) – without our health then what good are we to our families, employer, friends etc… If we are not healthy then we don’t function well! My boss has even been checking with me to make sure that I am not working too much……one of my other bosses always says to me “Jody we are not saving lives here!” Which is very true - if it has to wait until tomorrow then is not the bee all to end all of client’s life….

I decided as I worked out of the meeting that my health is the most important thing and I need to get that balance back right this minute – so I decided that I will not work at night unless I have done my exercise, tracked my food and have a plan for the following day (and read a story to my boy) – and the biggest factor is that I must turn off the computer by 10:30pm and go to bed…. It has been proven again and again that sleep deprivation and\or stress have a negative effect on your weight loss…and I have proven this to myself over and over again…. I have done this for the last two days and all is good….

Doing the City to Surf (12km walk) in Perth on Sunday – really looking forward it! I wanted to do it last year but knew there was no way I could have worked 12km! This year I am sure it won’t be a problem….

Saturday, August 21, 2010

WI Week 50

Lost a further 300g last week bringing my total to 33.5kg….it is only a small loss but I happy with that – as long as I keep on going down I’m good!

Last weekend was my Dad’s 60th birthday party – I took a couple of days off work to help Mum prepare the food – she had soooo much food – we where expecting about 60 people and I sure we could have fed a 100….anyway I did whatever I was instructed to do – I quite enjoyed it – it gave me a good break from my paid job! I was very impressed with myself as I kept the “sampling” and picking of the food to an absolutely minimum – I made sure I took some food to Mum’s as I knew all she would have was the party type food…..Dad had a really good night – he caught with his brother and sisters (he is from a family of 13! 9 of the 13 where there) – they don’t get together too often! I had not seen quite a lot of the people there since I started losing weight so the first part of the evening there was quite a lot of attention on myself - lots of very complimentary comments – which I am very grateful for but I do struggle with the volume of attention……

Over the last 4 weeks I have been very busy with 40th , 60th (x 2) & 2 year old parties – I have been very involved with the organisation, preparation and serving of the food and I am very pleased with myself that I manage to stay in control and continue to lose weight!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

WI Week 49

Had a good week resulting in a 500g loss bringing my total to 33.2kg!

My son turned 2 on the weekend and I had a party for him on the Sunday. The party went really well – we had lots of traditional kids party food and I included some homemade sushi (my son loves sushi as well…) and a WW receipt for quiches. I had no problems dealing with all the party food – I was so busy most of the time I did not really have time to stand around picking at the party food….I just stuck to the sushi. The big problem with parties is the leftovers! Many times I have had no problems with the actual event but then fall down with the leftovers….lucky we did not have too much over – we had a quite a few cup cakes over so I took them to work on Monday, the chocolate crackers when to day care and the remainder of the Elmo cake went to work on Tuesday – I am please to say that I did not indulge in any of it!

I was looking at photos that were taken at his 1st birthday and comparing them to the current ones - I can really see the difference in my appearance with the weight loss – I could also see a difference in how I was smiling –this year I was really smiling – I recall last year not being happy with where I was at and being in quite a lot of pain……This year putting his party together really was not a problem physically at all. I will try and upload some photos next week so you can see the difference as well.

This weekend is my Dad’s 60th birthday so I will be at my parents house a lot of the next few days helping to setup etc.. That will bring quite a lot of food challenges as I will be away from the safety of my home…as long as I am prepared and eat in small quantities it won’t be a problem.

Friday, August 6, 2010

WI Week 48

The scales where very kind to me last week showing a loss of 1.1kg bring my total 32.7kg

Had a much better week, I find that I start the week off feeling very motivated and strong and as the week draws closer to weigh in day I started to lose momentum – I almost start to sabotage myself – like I am setting myself up to fail – why would I do that? My WI day is Wednesday and I find that on Monday & Tuesday I struggle the most – I don’t know if it is the start of the working week that drags me down or that I am still putting way to much emphasis on the scales instead of focusing how much better my health is as I continue with this journey!

My beautiful son turns 2 on Saturday – I am doing a small party for him on Sunday with lots of traditional party food – I will be practising a lot of “flexible restraint” – looking forward to it.

Last weekend I went to a 60th – this is the father of a very close friend of mine that I have known for 30 years!! The theme was Glamour Hollywood – in the past I have hated dress up parties – generally I don’t dress up but this year I have been to a couple and have decided what the hell – why not – so I have and I have had a really good time - I even found an outfit that fitted at the fancy dress shop this time…. I am feeling more confident with each kg I lose..