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Weighty matters

Ten minutes ago, I was elated: by finally deigning to use one of those infernal treadmills at my physiotherapist's, and noticing that it displayed weight, heart rate and time in flickering red LEDs, I found out I currently weigh in at 75 kg exactly. 75 kilos*! That means that over the summer, I've lost 15!

That was before I logged on to the web and calculated that my BMI is 26, which means that I'm still overweight. Apparently, there's another 15 to come off before I reach the ideal weight for my height. :(

* 75 kg= 165.3466966387 lb; 15 kg = 33.0693393277 lb



Oct. 24th, 2007 04:53 pm (UTC)
I was afraid that this would happen; I was afraid that when I finally stepped onto the scales, I wouldn't think I'd done enough. I know 15 kg is not to be sneezed at...I have only to look at my wardrobe to know I've done amazingly well, as none of my trousers are now the right size for me, but still...I had hoped that, with winter coming on, I might indulge in more substantial fare than greens and salads and the occasional slice of bread. It's a little disheartening to find that after all these months, I still haven't reached the safe zone.

Anyway, I'm definitely on the right track. I just have to steer clear of all the seasonal treats this Christmas. ;-)
Oct. 24th, 2007 05:01 pm (UTC)
:) We all do that when we are working toward a goal, unless we are there we aren't happy with our progresss. The thing to remember with weight loss is that it is a slow process, and you've lost a lot of weight in a very short amount of time. I was genuinely surprised to see how much you had lost, half that much would have still been a huge step. I think a general rule is not to expect more than 1-2 lbs a week.
Oct. 24th, 2007 05:26 pm (UTC)
To be honest, I'm not sure how I did it. I started on the South Beach diet back in June, stuck to it religiously for the first two weeks, then went to have my surgery. For a few weeks after that, I was in too much pain/discomfort to even think about eating; but the diet went out the window as soon as I felt better. Of course, I have been taking regular exercise in order to regain my mobility, and I've taken to cycling to and from the station every day, and to the shops...and I'm still very careful about carbs -- but I never dreamed I'd lose so much weight in such a short space of time, either.

Now it's just the job of making sure it stays of, isn't it? Who cares that I've got a little pot belly now? I'm not 18 anymore; perhaps I shouldn't worry about those extra 30 pounds, but set my sights for a more realistic target, like 20. ;-)
Oct. 24th, 2007 06:09 pm (UTC)
There is no reason to give up on the origianl target, just don't disregard what an amazing thing you've accomplished already. And the small changes in lifestyle do make a huge impact, cycling and eating healthier. I remember reading something maybe last week about not using pre-made/packaged meals (TV dinners as they're called here). It is all about diet and exercise. And once you start making chages, your body will help out by increasing your metabolism. None of us will ever have the bodies we did at 20, but that's fine. I have a 91 YO friend from the gym who looks amazing and no one would ever guess she was over 60...and that is mostly because of her hair.
Oct. 24th, 2007 07:46 pm (UTC)
(TV dinners as they're called here)

We call them ready-meals (or rather, the Brits do; we Dutch call them 'kant-en-klaar maaltijden' -- which if you translate back to English, comes out as 'ready-meals') -- and I did opt for them too often in the past. Not anymore though, and never again!
Oct. 24th, 2007 07:51 pm (UTC)
I'm lucky on that count, they don't make many vegetarian ones. If they did that would be a big temptation considering how limited my time is and the fact I usually walk in the door starving at night.
Oct. 24th, 2007 08:02 pm (UTC)
What? No macaroni/cheese or vegetable lasagne? They're the biggest selling items over here - regardless of their general lack of taste.

I still find it something of a chore to have to cook a meal from scratch when I walk in the door starving at night, but I'm determined to keep it up. It's not just that I've lost weight, but I feel happier and healthier without them, and less bloated...actually, I don't feel bloated now at all!
Oct. 24th, 2007 08:08 pm (UTC)
hmm...I guess there is macaroni & cheese and some vegetable lasagnas, but they are more like eating cardboard than real food...I usually go with something quick to fix, like angle hair pasta with a quick tomato sauce, or with steamed veggies.
Oct. 24th, 2007 09:20 pm (UTC)
I love pasta. It's one of the foodstuffs I miss the most...that, and chocolate. Maybe, if I drop another couple of kilos, I can let myself have some.
Oct. 24th, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC)
[smile] With the whole not eating meat thing, I can't do any diets that make me give up starches too...I have to have something to live on...chocolte, on the other hand, has never been a temptation for me. (Apparently it is a family thing as neither of my grandfathers liked it either.)
Oct. 24th, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC)
Whereas I, unfortunately, seem to have been hooked on the stuff since I was in the womb. Mum ate lots of it when she was pregnant with me -- not so much since then. ;-)
Oct. 24th, 2007 09:36 pm (UTC)
There is a particular candybar that my mom ate everyday when pregnant with my sister, and my sister has cravings for them every so often.