Is Fat Your Fate?

January 11, 2009 at 7:28 pm 6 comments

A new year, but an old me. In the last months, my weight has crept up to 15 stone 13 (223 lbs), eight pounds heavier than I was when I started this website about eighteen months ago. Despite this, today my blog got is 20,000th hit! Amazing. Most of those, though, were reading posts about recipes and shoulder impingement, and not my rather pathetic and, to-date, doomed attempts to lose weight. But since my weight loss efforts were the reason I started the blog in the first place, I will resist the urge to try and become the number one butternut squash and shoulder impingement site on the internet, swallow my shame, and begin posting my progress (or lack thereof) once again.

Whilst on the bus on the way home from work this week, I came across a quiz in one of my favourite general health and fitness mags, Self, titled “Is Fat Your Fate?” I took the quiz, totalling ten questions, and scored an impressive minus three points, out of a maximum possible twenty. Needless to say, this was the worst category. You can take the quiz online here. I just had my husband do it and his was even worse than mine – minus eight!

I didn’t make any new year’s resolutions on new year’s day this year, because they will be the same as they always are and involve losing weight and exercising more, and we’ve seen how well that has been working for me. But I liked this quiz because it gave me ten specific areas to improve my fatty fate. On some, eg. eating out (too poor) and drinking alcohol (ditto), I fared quite well but things like upping my fruit and veg intake, my hours of exercise per week and my intake of TV are all things I can address. So my goal over the next three months is to move up at least one category on each question that needs improvement (besides my commute to work – not much I can do about that). So specifically, my goals are as follows:

  1. Go from less than 100 mins exercise per week to between 100 and 150 mins exercise per week.
  2. Go from watching over 10 hours of television a week to 5 to 10 hours.
  3. Go from eating a green leafy salad less than three days per week (averaging around, say, zero times most weeks) to, first, more than zero, and ultimately to between three and five days a week.
  4. Go from three to six servings of fruit and veg daily to over seven.
  5. Go from eating omega-3-rich foods once or twice a week to three times a week or more.
  6. And finally, start managing my stress in any way other than feeding it, and ideally by doing something physical.

So that’s just six areas to work on over the next three months. I will keep you posted.

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Entry filed under: exercise, fat loss, heath and fitness, inspiration, motivation, nutrition, weight loss.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. contradictioneffect  |  January 13, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Hi there. I don’t know if you’re looking for suggestions or not but I too am trying to get leaner, and the book I’m currently working thru is called “Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle” by Tom Venuto. Have you heard of it? It’s quite good. I would definitely recommend it.

    Reply
  • 2. contradictioneffect  |  January 13, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    And good luck!

    Reply
  • 3. blubberbegone  |  January 17, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Hi contradiction,

    Yes, I have heard of it, and him. Although I haven’t read the book, I do check out his blog from time to time. It’s at:
    burnthefatblog.com. He has a very common sense approach to diet and exercise and isn’t as precious as some of the other big name gurus. I will at some point get round to reading his book!

    And thanks for the good luck wish.

    Reply
  • 4. Water weight? « BlubberBeGone  |  February 1, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    […] when possible, making good food choices, and improving on all of my problem categories from the Is Fat Your Fate? quiz which inspired me to finally start making some changes. With the exception of green salads. In […]

    Reply
  • 5. Is Fat My Fate? Three months on « BlubberBeGone  |  April 14, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    […] 14, 2009 Three months ago, I wrote a post about a quiz I had taken in a magazine that inspired me to make some positive changes in my life. […]

    Reply
  • 6. Jo - Burn The Fat Review  |  June 27, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Thank for shareing, great content..

    Reply

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Blubberbegone Stats

  • Start: 16 stone, 45.7% body fat
  • Goal: 10 stone, 20% body fat
  • Today: 14 stone 13.6 lbs, 44.8% BF
  • Pounds lost: 14.4
  • Body fat lost: 0.9%
  • Exercise this week (Sat–Fri):
  • Total: 2 hr 5 mins
  • Jog/Walk: 20 mins
  • Walking: 20 mins
  • Burlesque: 1 hr
  • Pilates: 25 mins
  • African dance: mins
  • Tae Kwon Do: mins
  • Badminton: mins
  • Tai Chi: mins
  • Yoga: hr
  • Exercise last week: 4 hrs 40 mins
  • Joke of the Day

    I'm not fat - I'm a woman and a half.

    Motivation

    My Weight Loss Goals

  • 1. Crack 15 stone (210 lbs) for the fourth and final (I hope) time.
  • 2. Lose 10% of my body fat (14 stone 4).
  • 3. Fit into a size 18 (US 16).
  • 4. Get my body fat below 40%
  • 5. Lose another 10% of my body fat (12 stone 12/180 lbs).
  • 6. Get my BMI under 30 (12 stone 9/177 lbs) - no longer obese, just overweight now.
  • 7. Weigh less than my husband.
  • 8. Fit into a size 16 (US 14).
  • 9. Lose my third 10% (11 stone 8/162 lbs).
  • 10. Fit into a size 14 (US 12).
  • 11. Get my BMI under 25 (10 stone 8/148 lbs).
  • 12. Lose my fourth 10% (10 stone 6/ 146 lbs).
  • 13. Fit into a size 12 (US 10).
  • 14. Reach my goal weight (10 stone) and decide if I need to lose any more based on my muscularity and shape.
  • 15. Turn heads in a bikini!
  • My Fitness Goals for 2011

  • 1. Increase my cruising walking speed from around 5.0kph to 6.4kph.
  • 2. Increase continuous jogging time to 30 mins.
  • 3. Run a 5K for charity.
  • 4. Work on my crawl stroke and build up to 30 mins continuous swimming.
  • 5. Build up to 1 hour continuous and comfortable cycling.
  • 6. Squat 50kg.
  • 7. Do an unassisted chin up.
  • 8. Take a martial arts or self-defence class for at least 3 months.
  • 9. Beat my husband at badminton.
  • 10. Learn a new dance style.
  • My Blubber Reduction Journey

  • My highest measured weight ever:
  • Jan 1 2006 = 238 lbs (17 stone)
  • BBG blog starting weight:
  • Sep 16 2007 = 215.5 lbs (15 stone 5.5), 47.0% BF Lean body mass 114.2 lbs (8 stone 2.2)
  • Highest weight posted since then:
  • Xmas 2008 = 223.6 lbs (15 stone 13.6), 48.2% BF, lean body mass 116.0 lbs (8 stone 4)
  • Lowest weight posted since then:
  • Nov 16 2009 = 193.2 lbs (13 stone 11.2), 43.7% BF, lean body mass 108.8 lbs (7 stone 10.8)
  • Lowest body fat posted since then:
  • Sep 7 2009 = 194.2 lbs (13 stone 12.2), 42.6% BF, lean body mass 111.5 lbs (7 stone 13.5)
  • My blubber reduction journey 2011:
  • Xmas 2010 = 221.6 lbs, 46.7% BF, 118.1 lbs LBM
  • 5 Jan = 221.0 lbs, 47.1% BF
  • 12 Jan = 219.6 lbs, 45.8% BF
  • 19 Jan = 220.4 lbs, 45.8% BF (TTOM)
  • 26 Jan = 218.8 lbs, 45.2% BF
  • 2 Feb = 218.8 lbs, 44.7% BF
  • 9 Feb = 219.4 lbs, 44.9% BF
  • 16 Feb = 215.8 lbs, 44.6% BF
  • 23 Feb = 213.2 lbs, 45.2% BF
  • 2 Mar = 211.6 lbs, 45.9% BF
  • 9 Mar = 209.8 lbs, 45.1% BF
  • 16 Mar = 208.8 lbs, 45.3% BF
  • 23 Mar = 208.0 lbs, 45.1% BF
  • 13 Apr = 208.4 lbs, 44.4% BF
  • 20 Apr = 207.6 lbs, 43.3% BF
  • 27 Apr = 205.0 lbs, 45.8% BF
  • 4 May = 209.2 lbs, 45.2% BF (TTOM)
  • No. weeks: 18
  • Average weekly weight loss: 0.31%
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