Eating Less and Floating to the Surface

November 12, 2009 at 8:40 pm 1 comment

It’s been a while since I posted. The week after poor Elwood went to little hammy heaven, Spike took a turn for the worse and joined him. I hope they’re both having fun up there, scampering around from cloud to cloud, eating sunflower seeds to their hearts’ content.

As for me, things overall have been going well. I’m still not doing much in the way of exercise, and certainly not lifting, but my eating is under control. I’m keeping a written food diary based on portions of food groups, rather than calories, so no counting, which is nice. I’ve also been reading a book called “Eating Less: Say goodbye to overeating” by Gillian Riley. She is apparently a counsellor and has also written books about stopping smoking. Her premise is that overweight is caused by an addiction to overeating, and overeating can and should be treated in the same way as other addictions. The book makes an enormous amount of sense (except where she goes outside her remit and tries to explain science, which she clearly has no understanding of), but the behaviour change stuff is excellent and I am finding it very helpful. This morning I weighed in at 13 stone 11.8 (193.8 lbs/88.1kg), probably around a 10-year low!

This week I am attending the second module of my MSc in Weight Management and we have been looking at different methods of assessing obesity levels. We got to try out lots of techniques, from circumferences, to skinfolds, to bioelectrical impedance, to a BodPod and underwater weighing. They have all come between 0–2% of what my home Tanitas tell me in the morning, and in the case of the BodPod, that’s an £18,000 piece of equipment (around US$30,000!). Unfortunately, I didn’t get a reading from the underwater weighing – I was just too buoyant. They couldn’t get me under the water! It’s been quite fun, and I am inspired to re-start my exercise efforts. Maybe. Soon. One of the most striking things about it all though was that I was quite happy to get down to my swimsuit in front of a group of people I didn’t know and have them poke, prod and measure me. Two years ago I would rather have had my fingernails pulled out with pliers. I have come a long way in body acceptance terms – firstly because I am proud of my body and what I have achieved, even though I have a long way to go and still don’t look the way I would like, and secondly because I truly no longer identify my self worth by how I look. I am not my fat. It was really quite liberating.

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Entry filed under: Body image, exercise, fat loss, heath and fitness, nutrition, weight loss.

To Elwood, RIP No excuses

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  • 1. Rob  |  November 16, 2009 at 3:18 am

    Wow that is really cool that you were able to get testing like that.
    I hope you do start exercising again. It is time we all get back at it.
    Rob

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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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