Friday, June 29, 2007

Friday Weigh In - Falling off the Plateau

Well, not quite a plateau, though the weight loss has clearly slowed for the past month or so. Today's result - 17st 6lbs - is 2¾lbs down from the week before - one of my best losses for a single week.

11lbs to go.

The next mini-goal is a tiny one: another pound means I'll have 10 pounds to go, and lost 3/4 of the weight I set out to lose.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Whoo hooo!

I feel bad that this blog is degenerating into a series of "today I weighed X" posts, but the last few weeks have been something of a struggle to keep on target.

But todays' weight (17st 6¼lbs) broke through several psychological barriers: 10% of my starting weight lost. Two stone gone. 2/3rds of the way to my target. Less than a stone to lose. All of these are now milestones I've acheived.

Oh, and my blood pressure is back to more or less normal with three sucessive measurements under 135/75.

I was a bit under my points quota yesterday, and I expected to be a one-man ravening horde this morning, but in fact I didn't feel hungry at all. At 11am I've grabbed a cereal bar, more to delay the need for lunch, and to say I've had breakfast, than out of any real need.

For readers still struggling, how about taking a look at portion size.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Huge Tasty Lunch

I just rustled up a veggie chilli for lunch. For variety, served with sauté potatoes. 2½ points each. Serves two.

Finely chop 1 onion, 2 cloves garlic, and one de-seeded chilli pepper.
Fry in Fry-lite until the onions start to brown.
While this is cooking, chop a green or red pepper 4-6 mushrooms, and a carrot.
Add it all to the pan with a crumbled veggie stock cube into the pan.
Rinse 1 small tin kidney beans and add to the pan, and a large tin chopped tomatoes.
Throw in herbs and spices to taste: I like mixed herbs, paprika, cumin and a little coriander, and often add HP sauce (no, really, try it) at this stage as well.

Leave to simmer while you boil some new potatoes (250g is 1½points each, included in the above). I did them for about 15 minutes so they were almost cooked. Drain and allow to cool enough to handle. Chop into slices and saute in Fry-lite.

You can either just bung it on a plate or serve in layers in an bowl. Even with a pitta bread as well, it's still only 5 points!

I'm not sure how that worked out....

Yesterday's weight had jumped up a little from Friday's weigh in result, which possibly explains why today shows a loss of 2¼lbs from yesterday, despite the Pizzah!

This shows the problem with daily weighing; the daily weight can jump up and down quite dramatically, which is why it's important to keep an eye on the overall trend, rather than an individual weight. But 17st 8lbs is a 10% weight loss, and a new lowest weight for me. Less than a stone to go!

I'm hoping I can stick to the rules for this week and actually get my weigh-in result down to below that level by the end of the week.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Friday Weigh In - Pizzah! time

Another Friday, another weigh in. 17st 8¾lbs. So still ¼lb above my lowest-ever weight, but 1¾ lbs down from last weeks weigh in result.

That's good. The weekend ahead has a minor challenge - Pizzah!

For those not in the know, there's a difference between pizza - often frozen, cooked in a normal home oven, and kind of OK - and Pizzah! Pizzah! is the real stuff, cooked in a hotter-than-hell oven with freshly made dough and ideally cooked in a wood-fired oven. The former I can live without. The latter has to be indulged once in a while, even though it's usually lots of cheeze and mega points.

Apart from that, it should be fairly easy to stay "on the wagon" for a week. Let's see if I can break the 17st 8lb (10%) and 17st 7lb (2 stone lost) barriers fairly soon.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Friday Weigh In (another fat Thursday)

Once again I seem to have hit my lowest weight for the week on a Thursday, only to put on a few pounds again for Friday. 17st 8½lbs yesterday, back to 17st10½ today. Both are lower than the same time last week, which is the important bit of the result.

Yesterday's lowest weight is just half a pound away from losing 10% of my starting weight, and also brings me to within one stone (14lbs for American readers) of my goal. It also, more importantly, means I've lost almost 2/3rds of the weight I set out to lose. I'm well over half way there, and a few more good months should see me there.

I'm actually revising my goal slightly. I originally set out to achieve a goal weight of 16st 9lbs. I'm redefining the end point as 16st 7lbs. That gives me a small margin below the magic BMI of 30, and also gives me a nice clear set of monitoring rules above that:

16st 10lbs - yellow warning zone. Time to watch out and eat better again.
17st - red zone. Back on the wagon. Today.

That might get revised again, but that's where the lines are drawn for now. I think they're pretty vital to not ending up repeating this exercise again in a few years time.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Friday Weigh In

Not so encouraging this morning, with an official weekly weigh-in result of 17st 12lbs, so only ½lb lost over the week. I'm trying to focus on yesterday's result more: if I can break through the 17st 10 barrier for one day, I can stay there.

It's been a tough week, not from a diet perspective but from a work one, and I find that demands like that on my time make it a lot harder to focus on what's really important.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Encouraging result this morning

17st 9½lbs this morning. A new lowest weight - a long time since I've been able to report that - and almost - so close - to the last mini-goal I set.

Back on May 8th, I wrote it would be nice to do it during that month. It's taken a little longer, but I don't think I was planning on a business trip then.

So close, but another half a pound and I will be within a stone of my original goal of 16st 9lbs. This weekend should be quiet, so more opportunity to stay on the wagon and off the fattening foods.

It was also encouraging to see one of our neighbours that I hadn't seen for a while last night who noticed that I'd lost weight. It does make you feel like you're making some real progress when someone actually notices. It's often the people you see less often that will spot the change: a more gradual change to those you see every day is less noticeable.

Time for some nice, healthy porridge to set me up for the day!

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Trying to stay on track

Well, with a fairly anti-social weekend, I think I might have not put on any extra pounds, and walking about 6¼ miles this afternoon should have helped. Yesterday was pretty active, too. Let's hope the results are measurable on the scales over the coming week.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Friday Weigh In

17st 12½ this morning. 1½lbs lost this week.

This is starting to feel a bit like "Groundhog Day". I've been here before, about a month ago as I recall. My average weight loss has dropped below 1lb/week at this point.

I'm still not really back with the program, though. The tracker entries for the week are rather sparse. I did half of Tuesday and, erm, just wrote in today so far.

At least there's no distractions planned for another week or so, so I should be able to keep with it.