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09-05-2009, 11:31 PM
i just noticed we are WAY over 500
so here we go AGAIN

go aussie chicks
go xmas challenge
woo woo woo

09-06-2009, 06:39 AM
maybe they just like us and aren't going to lock us out anymore? Posting same on old one

09-06-2009, 05:54 PM
i am either 103.7 or 104.4 depending on where i put the scales
i am going to weigh in again in about 30 mins and then whatever it says I guess i'll go with
either i am NOT happy coz BOTH are a gain

09-06-2009, 07:12 PM
104.3kg what i was the week before last
so that is gain of 700 grams
sucks but such is life
not giving up - as i am skinnier the scales are just not my friend
benji will be surprised as he was telling me last night how good i have been

"goal" for this week - make portion sizes a little smaller

09-06-2009, 08:45 PM
I lost the plot completely last week. Only went to the gym once, purely due to laziness and ate crap all week.

Yesterday being fathers day I went to visit my dad and what a thoroughly depressing experience that was. My dad is 63 and has had Multiple Sclerosis since he was in his 20’s. He’s also bi-polar and has early onset alzheimers/dementia and parkinsons. He lives in a rest home now as it got too much for mum to look after him.

So I went to visit him and he started on about how horrible mum is and that she’s not the woman he fell in love with and then when it was time for me to leave he got mad and swore at me. I was in tears and went straight home and drank 3 pints of cider and ate a whole lot of crap. The truth is that I wish he would die and we could all be free of having to worry about him and I feel horrible for feeling that way. Especially when I know so many people whose parents have died and they’d give anything to have them back.


So not a good week for me last week and not a very nice weekend. At least it’s a new day today and I’ve started it well. My goals for today are to 1) make good decisions with food and 2) go to the gym and do weights and spin.


09-07-2009, 01:32 AM
Julia it must be hard for all that rage to be felt. By your dad AND you guys. I have been palliative nursing a cancer patient and last week they screamed at their marriage partner to get out go away and not come back. They came out of the room almost in tears but trying to be strong. I gave a hug and said though its hard, you can't take it to heart. Disease is nasty and makes people say and do horrible thingts that ordinarily wouldnt have been said or done. I went back into room and quietly told their offspring that they prob needed a hug.

After 10 min or so everything was fine. well as fine as could be. but the partner will prob never forget it and prob will be subjected to more of the same until the end.

09-07-2009, 05:42 PM
You've hit the nail on the head Vonni, Disease is nasty and makes people say and do horrible thingts that ordinarily wouldnt have been said or done.

Problem is that Dad's been like this for the best part of 30 years. He's been like this pretty much all of my life and has progressively gotten worse. He's horrible to mum who has given up her life to care for him and he's horrible to us kids and to be honest I don't know how much longer I can handle putting up with it. The less I visit him the less I want to see him but then of course I feel horrible for feeling that way. It's a very hard situation.

Had a pretty good day yesterday, went to the gym and did weights and spin. Got home and Nigel had cooked me dinner, poured a glass of wine and run a bubble bath. Very sweet :)

Goal for today is to make good decisions with food. No gym tonight as I'm going to a cocktail function for work.

Hope you're all well :D


09-07-2009, 06:43 PM
I was sulking lol... i stayed the same again...weightwise... but now kno its becuase of tom.. i was hoping the work ould pay off and i haventr been back to the gym since i weighed in friday morning...... othing like getting a kick in your motivation.. so i Missed the aqua class thursday to do the fathers day stall .. didint go friday night... to the dance one.. .. or sunday moriging or last night.... lol... so im here to confess my sins... .. food wise ive been ok... but decided to chnge it up going to reduce my cals for the week and see if i get some action..

we did however go to the show on saturday and wlked around there for 4 hours... and then i cleaned my house from top to bottom and walked 9kms. ( 2 hrs).. with the dog yesterday so im not just sitting around doing nothing ... and im really enjoying the walking in the lovely weather.. down th bike track where it feels like your the only one for miles... its great ..

09-07-2009, 06:46 PM
i so wish i was sulking about staying the same, thats what i said to benji i would not have cared if i was the same or if i had lost only 100grams but to GAIN 700grams is plain depressing especially since i went to gym tuesday, wednesday and thursday and then painted the fence thursday, friday and sunday and ate 'well'
i think maybe it was two kebabs in one week - perhaps i NOW know not a wise choice!

amy i think you are doing so much good stuff your weight stall will be muscle related who knows but at least you are not 'giving up'

Renny Sue
09-08-2009, 10:41 AM
Sorry for not posting, last week put on 300grams. Very dissapointed but was expecting it, had fallen off the wagon.

This week I had softball training and went for a 20 minute walk. I lost 2kg this week!

In total I've lost 5.5kg in just over three weeks. Plus I lost 25cm. Very excited!

09-09-2009, 01:50 AM
Have had a good day today, eaten well and am off to the gym in 10 minutes.

Sad story in the news today, 2 bodies were found buried under a house last week and today it's been confirmed that one is that of a woman who went missing last year. She was 28 and was someone I'd been friendly with when I was a teenager, not really close but we were part of a group who hung around together.

She had a pretty tough life and it's so sad to know that she died this way. At least she can be laid to rest now.

09-10-2009, 12:14 AM
Omg im being sooo bad today.... little mis mischief is home sick... and im eating eveything in sight becuase im bummed.... I thought i had broken this habit??? grrrr...... i cant go for a walk and its so lovely outside that is all i wanna do....... and i need to wrap her birthday presents too ..... but nooo.... and i need to... and ....... but no.... im too busy looking after little miss snot ,cough and cry... yay me... im yup to 1200 calories already and its barely half way through the day.. :(.... no fair no how uh uh..

uuuuuugggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh... poor leah... she's miserable

09-10-2009, 07:10 AM
where is everybody? Ani? Lindor? Gen? Barb?

09-10-2009, 05:21 PM
Lurking...and steadily increasing in size! :lol:

It's 'troppo' season here! HOT, HUMID, MUCKY weather!!! We had a drop of rain the other day and that has just made it worse!

Still 'exercising' by delivering junkmail...but not sure how much longer I want to do that with this weather and as we are approaching the wet season! And with Xmas coming up now, the load of junkmail is only going to increase too! Ugh!

My whole family is now sick!!

Mista with his heart issues (although he is doing great at the moment!).

We all had a dose of Frontline to control the flea plague other dog has not stopped vomiting since! She is still eating and is still herself...told the vet she said to just keep an eye on her and if it persists...blah blah blah!

The cat got his annual vaccine and a worming pill on Monday...he is now using his litter tray every five minutes, day and night, and producing very little! Took him to the vet again last night - "possibly cystitis" and I need to get a urine sample to confirm that!!

So fun and games here!

I could also add that Mum is going in for investigative surgery next week and Dad is off for an Angiogram and quite possibly a heart bypass surgery next week too!!

Me...pleased to say I am feeling ok other than a slightly sore back from carrying too much junkmail! And I am really bothered about how I am supposed to collect a urine sample from a cat!!! :lol:

I am doing a heap of overtime at work to cover costs at the moment so really don't have the time to think healthy cooking in the evening!

So that is me in a nutshell! A BIG nutshell!

09-10-2009, 07:42 PM
welll im more then happy this morning.. not only did i loose 1.1 kg... but i broke into the 220's in pounds and got below my previous goal weight... years ago when i first started to try to loose weight.. i was in the 220's so.. it kinda like my old stomping ground... ( im talking 1997 ish here... lol)..

i think the lightest ive been over the last say 15 years is about 98 kilos.. so its getting closer.... im so pleased... to be getting close ...

104.2 kilos i am now.. so creeping there..

09-10-2009, 09:33 PM
:carrot: amy :carrot:
lindor - wow at LEAST you are not sick! tough to stay strong when everyone around you is needing help

julia - i hate not going to the gym makes you feel even worse than if you had gone !

me - house hunting and getting over it - ESPECIALLY since finding out that the houses in the suburb i actually thought i really wanted to live near i can not even consider if i want to keep three dogs.
the more i say it the more there is NO way i am getting rid of one of my dogs so i just have to look at properties in a different council
damn arse rules - you MUST have minimum of 10 HECTARES (not acres) to keep more than 2 dogs and even then you must apply for a kennel licence - what a load of crap
i keep three dogs on a 650m2 block in brissy and am allowed 4 if i wanted to, i have a permit for them and NO complaints (although if i was my neighbours i'd complain about Felicity her bark is SO annoying)

so with our budget and the 'restrictions' of dog keeping and benji having to drive to the valley for work we are taking a week off house hunting to get our house finished so as soon as we find somewhere we can sell sell sell

my eating has been stupid but i went to the gym tuesday (weights) wednesday (cardio) and am about to go NOW for boxing, then will try and get a dog walk in today and at least once on the weekend and see what happens
i do NOT expect to lose weight and this week i just didnt care, i CHOSE not to care which i KNOW is stupid

amy you rock

09-11-2009, 08:53 AM
I lost a whole kilo this week. YAY for me!!!!

09-11-2009, 09:41 AM
:carrot: :carrot: :carrot: go barb go!!
that is so exciting - i love that your ticker is a seven kilo goal, did you know that every seven kilos is meant to be a dress size?

09-11-2009, 06:06 PM
wow Kel. where did u get that info? that is awesome. Barb that is so cool on yr loss congrats heaps n heaps :)

09-11-2009, 07:34 PM
Good to see a few more people posting! Glad to hear that Mista is doing well Lindor :D

I'm way off track. Have been eating crap and not caring about it at all. Only went to the gym twice this week. Ho hum.

Yesterday I went to Nelson for the day for work and got stuck there, planes couldn't land or take off due to bad weather. Checked into a hotel and went to the supermarket which is where bad things happened ... for dinner I had a bottle of bubbly, half a wheel of brie, a pack of pate, 3/4 of a pack of crackers, chicken, sausage and a chocolate bar. Binge anyone?

Not surprisingly I felt pretty sick afterwards :(

Had to be up at 6am for an early flight home, had enough time to grab a mcmuffin from McDonalds and started work at 9:30am. I'm here till 1 then working all afternoon/early evening at the rugby. I'll pick up some sushi to take to the game to avoid the temptation of eating chips and hotdog.

Working tomorrow too but will sit down tomorrow night and do some goal setting as I've gone far off track and I need to get back on the right path.


09-11-2009, 09:39 PM
I'm here lurking too. I've put on so much weight it's just plain embarrassing. I don't even want to get on the scales.

I know my clothes don't fit me anymore and that my eating over the last four months has been absolutely appalling!

So starting today I'm going to go right back to basics and set myself a goal of losing just five kilos. No 'big picture', no eventual goal… for the next three months - or however long it takes - I am going to do the work to get this 5kg off. And then I'll have a look at the next lot.

Amy, that's fantastic! Congratulations :carrot:

Barb - you too! I love your resilience and I'm really happy when you lose weight.

Lindor it sounds like things are really tough - are you OK?

Kel I hate how modern living tries to exclude pets - I understand all the reasons why, but I hate it.

Julia it sounds like I am eating about as well as you at the moment. Let's try and get back on track together. Do you want to join me in an Aussie Chicks attempt to drop 5kg? Anyone else?

Vonni how are you travelling?

Who have I missed?

Gen where are you?



• go to the growers market and buy healthy food;

• drink 2L of water;

• eat no more than 1700 calories;

• write EVERYTHING down;

• go and buy some vegetable seedlings and plant my own food;

• get the bin out and throw out ALL the crappy junk that is sitting in the pantry;

• start to figure out the reasons why I did this to myself.

If I had to guess I would say I have put on about ten kilos. I'm not proud of that, and I'm not going to beat myself up about it.

What I am going to do is STOP! BREATHE! And fix it.

09-11-2009, 10:04 PM
I am very ok Ani! I am enjoying my new life here too much to let these thing bring me down too much.

Yes, there is worry and concern, but I am fine with it all! At the moment anyway :lol:

I want to take on the 5kg challenge you put forward...but I really, really, really don't want to get on the scales to find my 'start weight' for the challenge! For now, I am going to work on getting the junk out of my life and the better choices back in!

09-11-2009, 10:28 PM
I didn't want to get on the scales either and I definitely DID NOT want to come in here and confess how much weight I have put on.

But I figured that in the end it is me I am letting down more than anyone else, and somehow the act of confessing makes me want to be more accountable. The great thing about Aussie Chicks is that nobody is going to judge you.

We are ALL here because we struggle with getting weight off and keeping it off - and because we all know that we'd be healthier, stronger, fitter if we could just win this battle.

Come on matey - be brave :D

09-11-2009, 10:44 PM
I'm in on your 5kg challenge Ani. That's what I would like to lose by Christmas.

I think we all have the same problems. Losing weight is hard but achievable its maintaining that's the real issue here. We tend to fall back into bad habbits very easily. So that 2kg that sneaks back on is ok, but before you know it it's 10 and then its more than you lost in the first place. For me this is so true. This is why a diet never really works, changing the way we think about food and what we need from it is the key to genuine weight loss, and keeping it off for the long haul. Even though I know these things I still can't manage to change the way I treat food in my life. Am I making any sense!!! :)

09-11-2009, 11:32 PM
Making complete sense to me Barb. I thought I had it nailed, because I agree 100% with your philosophy about changing the way we think about food.

It really is tough to make it a life-long commitment, but we can only keep trying until we get it right.

Really happy you and Lindor are in on the 5kg challenge with me :carrot:. Anyone else?

09-12-2009, 03:58 AM

I've had my last face stuffing moment!!

I will jump on the scales tomorrow morning!! And I too will concentrate solely on this 5kg!

No more feeling fat, bloated and over stuffed! No more feeling tired but being too uncomfortable to sleep because I am over full!

No more junk!

No more crap!

09-12-2009, 04:07 AM
Yay Lindor!!! Just think "It's only five kg's. Easy!" :)

09-12-2009, 06:05 AM
I started my 5kg goal a while back and i am over half way there... woohoo. the past week though has been a shocker for me. been back to eating chips AND chocolate each day. everything else has been ok.

though sadly i wont make it to 73kg by next monday when i head off to my holiday. hopefully my eating will be ok while away

09-12-2009, 06:53 AM
food is fuel for your body
you would not waste good money on putting crap fuel in your car so why do it to your body

09-12-2009, 10:34 AM
That's just it though - food isn't fuel for me, or most overweight people. It's sadness, it's joy, it's a friend and an enemy, a comfort....etc.

I realized I am not even living my life because of my weight. I seem to keep thinking that "something" will happen and i'll magically lose weight and then everything will be wonderful. But in reality, I'll still be living in a foreign place, without my family and friends, with my mum slowly dying. So then I think "why bother?".

I think what I lost is the feeling that I deserve to do it. I had it for a while, but it's been gone for a long time now. I don't know what to do, but hanging around the house because you feel so disgustingly fat, and avoiding things and friends and events because you don't want to try to find something to wear... it's depressing.

09-12-2009, 06:24 PM
Gen I'm not sure I've ever heard you sounding so sad :hug:. How long do you need to be in the US? It sounds to me like you could do with some friends and family for their support, love and familiarity at the moment.

If food were just fuel for me I would never have needed to join here. It's company, reward, punishment, rebellion… It's convenience, laziness when I don't want to cook.

Yesterday was better. I ate 1600 calories - 80% of that was unprocessed fresh food. When I wanted a snack in the afternoon I ate a mandarin. When I wanted something after dinner I ate an apple. I drank 1.5L of water - not perfect, but progress.

Today I work from 6.30am - 2.30pm. Instead of the ubiquitous Bunnings sausage sizzle for Sunday lunch I'm making a wrap with avocado, spinach, tomato, cheese and ham. Dinner is planned - and healthy.

One day at a time…

09-13-2009, 01:44 AM
I agree with Ani...I don't think I have heard you sounding so low either Gen. Not a lot I can say, but I hope you can find a way through it. We are here if you need to vent/talk etc. Hang in there mate :hug:

I also don't agree with the food is fuel statement! I was actually I little annoyed to read it. If it was that simple would any of us really be here...struggling?

I hopped on the scales this morning. The damage was not as bad as I had expected - 93.8kg - back to the start of my Xmas challenge.

I was trying to think of a way to motivate me with this 5kg challenge and decided this morning that I'd work on the reward method. Funnily enough I instantly went to thinking what tasty thing I could consume and enjoy once I reached my goal...then I stopped myself! Why am I thinking of rewarding myself with something that got me to this point in the first place? So I put a little more thought into it. I am not a fan of Jewelery. I don't enjoy clothes shopping so can even consider that as a reward. With Mista as he is, I don't want to reward myself with a drive and overnight stay somewhere pretty. I don't socialise or go out so can't arrange a night on the town.

But it eventually hit me! With every 5kg milestone, I am going to buy me a plant! I've been wanting to put some potted plants on my back verandah, so every 5kg down is going to be just that! And I am going to tend to those plants reguarly and as I watch them grow and thrive, I am going to be thinking of each 5kg I lost, the time it took, the dedication and the effort!

My first milestone comes at 90kg!

So gardening gurus amongst us, any suggestions for potted plants that will withstand the Darwin climate and my inept gardening skills?

09-13-2009, 02:18 AM
food is fuel for your body
i have only just relized it
it is what all the NONoverweight people know and dont even realise they know
they eat when their bodies say they are hungry, they eat the yummy yummy special foods in moderation, they have a taste they dont need to eat the whole block of cheese
when they are depressed who knows what they do but they dont eat for a week
"they" have it worked out with their mind and their body
"they" are where I personally want to be - the rest of my household does it... jemima and benji eat when they are hungry, they leave stuff on their plate for later when their bodies say that they are "full"
being "full" is not a reason for me to stop eating
i have realised that good food is what my body needs, and unprocessed GOOD food is what will help it run better
and when i can do this i can have some chips at a party or popcorn when watching a movie, i dont have to sit and eat chips when just watching tv, i dont have to eat a block of chocolate becuase it is there

i also have the problem of convenience, when i am hungry i will go for something quick and easy - so knowing this i should cut up a salad in advance, have food cut up and ready to go on a sunday night to save me during the week from just making some maggi noodles or worse getting takeaway - god knows i have enough tupperware to store it in

i am going to take a break from this forum, i was thinking about it before i logged on today anyway but now after feeling that whatever i say will never be taken seriously i dont really need that kind of support
or if what i is say is NOT what you all want to hear then i also feel like an outsider
so rather than change who i am - "honest say how it is person who realises she can offend and tries not to type person" - then i am going to take a break

food IS fuel for your body - if you think of it any other way you will ALWAYS have a problem

being fat is a choice

i am choosing to make better food decisions and thinking about food as fuel for my most important asset - my body- is helping me make these more wise decisions
but thats just me.

09-13-2009, 04:59 AM
Kel that would be disappointing, because you bring something valuable to Aussie Chicks, and I think we're all mature enough here to disagree on things and be able to stay friends - but at the end of the day it's your choice.

Lindor I think that's a great idea for a reward. As for what plants to suggest - if you can tell me whether they'll be in full sun or shade, in pots or a garden bed, and how often you are likely to water them, I can make some suggestions. You have a great tropical climate, so you could go mad with frangipani trees, bouganvillas - all kinds of fabulous plants that would struggle here in Perth.

So far it has been another good day for me. I ate a really healthy breakfast, packed a yummy, healthy lunch, and I've drunk over a litre of water too. Dinner is planned and it is healthy - and I feel pretty motivated to make good decisions. According to my pedometer I have walked over 12,000 steps - all good.

I'm going to think up a reward too for when I drop this 5kg. Not sure what it will be yet, but I'll put some thought into it.

09-13-2009, 05:34 AM
So one is allowed to make a statement, but nobody is allowed an opinion on that statement? Nobody is attacking you or shooting you down Kel! I'm saying nothing more because, in this case, actions speak louder!

Ani, my verandah is big enough to have areas that get a good dose of sunshine through the day, to areas that get a generous share of both sunshine and shade, to areas of only shade. I am looking for plants that can be kept in pots and preferably medium to large(ish) in size (whether I buy them small and let them grow or buy them large will depend on the price). I like the unusual and I like plants that are either colourful or flower spectacularly (or both!)!

I have frangipanis in the garden already and bouganvillas bring back traumatic memories of a childhood chore of pruning them and the thorn wounds I got from that chore! :lol:

I also want to steer away from palm like garden is full of them already!

Hibiscus I know and like because of the range of flowers you can get...but are they ok to keep in a pot on a porch?

09-13-2009, 06:59 AM

09-13-2009, 07:03 PM

Hope you don't leave us Kel, as Ani says I think we should be able to agree to disagree on some points.

Lindor and Ani it's so great to see you both back here posting and setting some great goals. I'm on board too. My goal is going to have a loss every week. Whether that be 100g or 1kg I want to get back to seeing the scales move downwards.

I had an interesting weekend, worked a total of about 18 hours over 2 days and I'm totally stuffed. I won't be going to the gym tonight because I've got so much housework that needs to be done due to not having any time in the weekend!

Today I've dusted off the old food diary. When will I learn that I lose the plot without it!

Major goal for today is to make good choices with regards to food.


09-13-2009, 08:12 PM
Lindor you can definitely put hibiscus in pots - great choice.

Julia I am the same as you - when I don't keep a food diary, and keep a goal in mind, I lose the plot. I'm really glad you're on board with Lindor and me - YAY!

Today I am working 9-5pm, most unusual for me. The plan is to eat a healthy breakfast, pack my lunch (which will be a wrap with ham and salad), and I have dinner ready in the fridge for tonight. I'm going to take a banana to work; we have started to get really busy, which means a lot more physical work - which means I'm likely to get hungry in the middle of the afternoon.

I want to improve on how much water I drink. I find it hard when the weather is cold, but if I focus I should be able to do it.

All I can ask of myself is that I make the effort to reach my goals, and don't let myself down. I'm not thinking about next week's weigh-in, or even tomorrow… it's what I do today that counts!

09-14-2009, 03:43 AM
Fuel IS food for our body but society has added and created foods that arent a good fuel. sort of like having a dirty batch or wrong type of fuel in yr car. It wont run well if you dont put the right fuel in it. Or E10 fuel. ok for the environment but not so ok for yr car.

We just have to change our way of thinking that ALL food is fuel and eat only when we are hungry AND LISTEN TO OUR BODIES. If we just keep adding and adding before we are empty we will overflow. But thats why we are here. Because we dont quite "get it" yet.

anyhow...... I am down another 200gm yay lol. 74.7 today but i wont even acknowledge that one till i see it ont fluctuate for a couple of days.

Julia you prob get heaps exercise at the stadium wuldnt you? do they have stairs u go up and down? Makjes me chuckle though, I have an olden day picture in my head of you going up and down and along aisles with an old fashioned cigarette box (like in the movies) in front of you.

09-14-2009, 06:20 AM
That's the point Vonni...we aren't looking at ALL food as fuel! We are looking at it as (as Gen and Ani said) comfort, convenience, pleasure, sadness, joy etc.

If we could look at it as just fuel we would not have our weight problems to fight!

Our arguement is food is not just fuel for us. Yes, we all know if we bought and ate the good healthy choices our bodies would be a lot healthier. But our minds are telling us that a block of chocolate will make us feel happy for a while. A binge will make our problems go away for a while. Crackers, cheese and wine will make a lonely night at home more bareable.

Kel had a very valid statement...but for us fighting weight issues, some food is fuel, other foods are comfort, others bring a little pleasure, some eases pain, and others numb the hurt etc. It is not that we are looking at all food - junk or otherwise - as fuel.

Anyway, I am over this discussion (which apparently wasn't open for 'discussion')!

Well done on your loss Vonni! When do you go on holiday?

I've had a reasonable day and actually feel good for it!

I managed to collect a small amount of pee from my cat. It wasn't enough to run all the tests the vet wanted, but it was enough to put him on a course of antibiotics. Hopefully he'll improve now!

Hopefully too, my vet bills will start to level out with just the cost of Mistas regular medications. They don't need to see him again (all going well) for three months now!

Anyway, must move!

09-14-2009, 10:09 AM
Another good day for me - I've consumed 1520 calories, drunk 2L of water, and almost everything I ate was healthy.

It feels really good to be eating healthy food, and not over-eating. My body is already feeling better for it.

And tomorrow I want to do it again.

I feel like I should add a little protein to my diet. During the day I get a bit hungry, and I think some protein might fill me up for longer. Any suggestions?

09-14-2009, 05:00 PM
Did anyone watch channel 7 last night and the 10 things u need to know abut losing weight? Like it wasnt stuff we already dont know somehow, but it was good to see the scientific reasoning behind it all. NOW I understant all them soup diets people go on. lol. But honestly you would not catch me eating nothing but soup... blerk. I found it interesting that the stomach was fuller longer after that because the liquid sludged on through not like when u eat then drink and the drink passes straight through therefore yr stomach shrinks down quicker so hungrier quicker. If you didnt watch it u wouldnt get it but anyhow lol.

Lindor I go on my holiday in 6 sleeps and 3 hours. woohooo.

09-14-2009, 05:45 PM
Ani protein is definitely good for keeping you feeling satisfied. You could have hard boiled eggs, cold chicken drumsticks, beef jerkey......

I had a good day yesterday - ate really well and I aim to do the same today.

You're right Vonni, I do get a lot of exercise when I work at the stadium. No cigarette box unfortunately though! :lol: That's why I'm so stuffed at the moment - I worked 13 hours on Saturday and 9 1/2 of those were on my feet walking around the stadium and then rushing around clearing tables after a dinner. My day job is sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day so I'm REALLY not used to being on my feet.

I can't see myself going to the gym over the next couple of days so my goal will be to keep up the food diary and make good decisions with regards to food.


09-14-2009, 06:35 PM
.Hi guys sorry i got so far behind with the chat... Leah has been sick since wednesday and saturday night took a turn for the worse ... 40.6 temp that just wouldn't go down despite her having both panadol and nuerofen. and me bathing her with a cool cloth and stripping her clothes off .. rapid and very shallow breathing ... a very chesty nasty *** cough .. it took over an hour at 1 in the morning i might add.. to just get her below 40.. .. She did eventually cool to 38.9 and stayed that way till i took her to the after hours clinic sunday morning...

Suprise surprise... she has pnuemonia ............. ummmm isnt the immunisation she had a couple of months back... the one that made her blow up like a baloon suppose to prevent that.... grrr... i dont know... ... the only thing i do know is im tired... and i cant sleep ... i have been listening to her breath since thursday night .... all night long... every night she was a little bit worse until saturday... when she was ridiculous..

Anyway the doctor gave her an antibiotic i have never heard of.. erythyramican (sp?) and she seems alot better now.. last night her breathing was great...
She is still not eating mind you.. It was her Birthday yesterday..... ( my baby girl is 5 can you beleive it,.... ) and she didnt even eat her own birthday cake... and it was her favourite.... chocolate mud cake....

anyway... just thought i'd pop my head in and explain where i have been .... and to let you know im farless stressed now... :) my eating has been bad.. but i did go on a 13 km walk on saturday morning... with my little boy Jetty..
ok gotta run. ill be back to catch up on posts later this arvo.... we are taking Nan shopping today... which im really pleased about.. she hasn't asked me in ages.. and i was begining to miss taking her out.... she is the sweetest.. and an adopted nan ....( hubbys Nan .... but i love her to bits... 14 years is long enough to take possesion.... lol)

09-14-2009, 07:52 PM
Poor Leah - pneumonia is terrible (I've had it twice) and it takes a fair while to fully recover.

Vonni I watched that show last night and I thought it was interesting. It was good to see the science behind the 'after-burning' effect of exercise. I also found it interesting to see the difference when that sedentary woman 'moved' a bit more - no exercise, but just moved more through the course of the day.

Julia when I started at Bunnings I went from being sedentary at work to doing a really physical job. Even with doing it five days a week it took me at least two months before I started to feel fit. It's a shock to your body, hey!

I don't think I ate quite enough calories yesterday. I went to bed feeling hungry and woke up starving. It will be interesting to see how my body feels today, and whether I get cravings for anything.

Especially because the next three days at work are my "really heavy" days in terms of lifting and moving stock - I may need to add something to my planned meals. I'll monitor how I'm feeling throughout the day.

This is Day Four and I have all my meals planned. The challenge will be to drink enough water, especially because it's rainy, cold and stormy today - but that's going to be something I really focus on.

Eew! Just heard on the radio that there have been about 20 crashes this morning on various roads around the city, including a 12-car pileup on the freeway. Glad I don't have to drive far to work!

09-14-2009, 10:23 PM
pneumonia immunisation is only given to the over 70s and sometimes (rarely) people "at risk". So I dont think that would have been what leah receifved as her last immunisation. Now the FLU shot can be given to anyone but isnt foolproof. You can still get the flu but milder than usual. But a complication of the flu can be pneumonia.

Amy give Leah a huge hug and really hope she gets better soon. And you make sure you get some rest to. Its scary being a mum hey?

09-15-2009, 03:58 AM
That's just it though - food isn't fuel for me, or most overweight people. It's sadness, it's joy, it's a friend and an enemy, a comfort....etc.

lindor - So one is allowed to make a statement, but nobody is allowed an opinion on that statement? Nobody is attacking you or shooting you down Kel! I'm saying nothing more because, in this case, actions speak louder!

Hope you don't leave us Kel, as Ani says I think we should be able to agree to disagree on some points.
Kel had a very valid statement...but for us fighting weight issues, some food is fuel, other foods are comfort, others bring a little pleasure, some eases pain, and others numb the hurt etc. It is not that we are looking at all food - junk or otherwise - as fuel.

That's the point Vonni...we aren't looking at ALL food as fuel! We are looking at it as (as Gen and Ani said) comfort, convenience, pleasure, sadness, joy etc.

So one is allowed to make a statement, but nobody is allowed an opinion on that statement? Nobody is attacking you or shooting you down Kel! I'm saying nothing more because, in this case, actions speak louder!


I also don't agree with the food is fuel statement! I was actually I little annoyed to read it. If it was that simple would any of us really be here...struggling?

EXACTLY if anyone of you had STOPPED and thought before responding to my "opnion' than perhaps you would have seen what i have seen
a whole bunch of people who are too scared to TRY thinking a different way
who can not see that by not thinking of food as fuel are sabataging everyweight loss attempt - ever diet, every lifestyle change

not one of you said - hmmm kelly i had never thought of it that way - perhaps if is TRIED thinking about food in a different way i would have more success when it came to the choices i have to make everytime i open my mouth to shove food it

i stayed the same weight this week which tells me i am eating for my body, i am eating when i need to eat - however to lose weight i need to decrease my portion sizes and slowly but surely my body will get smaller and when listneing to smaller body i will eat less as my body wont need as much fuel

i have no idea what i am going to do when i have a downer - i know i will still reach for the choc and i will still tell myself i NEED a whole packet of chips, but hopefully with more knowledge about food and calories i will be able to keep it in check

all i know is that when i put a statement on this "support" site i did not get support i got a whole heap of fat scardy cats trying to justify their current train of thought that has OBVIOUSLY not been working
and the weightloss queen ani - PUTTING ON 10KG IN THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS perhaps a mind change is one thing that should be on that list of goals you do every day???

09-15-2009, 04:40 AM
Vonni, I watched the show on TV last night! I have to admit, before watching it, I thought it would be just one of those programs that tells us what we already know. I too was surprised by the soup!! And the exercise amazed lose 14g of fat while exercising but to lose 49g of fat while at rest some 12hrs after exercising! It was really interesting.

Amy, I hope Leah feels better soon.

Ani, it's good to hear you getting back on track ;)

I've done ok today, eaten good so far, have dinner on the stove, swallowed some water and done half of my junkmail round (40min solid walk) - other half tomorrow. I am eager to start my collection of pot plants so I am feeling determined at the moment!


09-15-2009, 07:38 AM
Where the **** is spring? It's a bit bizarre that it's warmer in Melbourne than it is in Perth at the moment :eek:. I'm hanging out for some warm days so I can spend time outside, and get some things happening in the garden.

Lindor you'll have a verandah full of plants before you know it. I've had another good day today - haven't quite drunk enough water, but that's nothing new. I never have a problem drinking water in warmer weather - but now it's a bit of a struggle. Food has been good, I've burned plenty of calories at work, and am feeling really good about things.

Gen are you around? I've been thinking of you and wondering if you are OK.

09-15-2009, 09:21 AM
ummm gee i missed a few things didnt i .. :( :( :( Please dont leave Kel .. :( :( :( Im sure sometimes we all feel a bit on the outer , I know i have in the past .. but surly its not reason enough to up and leave.

Barb well done on the kilo... :)

ani as far as the 5 kg thing.. im gonna continue with my xmas goal.. since its less then 5 kilos.... lol ( i know im slack... hehehe)

Lindor i love the idea of the plants for 5 kg rewards ...

as for me im motivated by clothes... i love clothes.. and shopping.. so im easy to reward ... lol

Vonni thanks for clearing up the immunisation quetion.. in my sleep deprived... 5 minutes to spare post this morning for some reason i thought pneumonia was in the hib vaccine .. lol...what do you know about erthymycin? ( we have never had that one b4 )

Julia... i bet you are buggered after the million stairs you went up and down.... does you butt ache??

IM going along rather nicely this week in all.. my indiscreations ended up being minor.. over the space of a week ... I have been doing my diary by the week for some time now.. and it working extremely well .. i find it hard to eat x amount every day.. so i decided to put in my 1550... times it by 7 then put in an entry every day on the week .. see where i am by the end of the week.. by adding the totals this week.. i was over cals.. by only 370 cals.. dispite having a high cal day or two.. becuase i had low cal ones too .. with the 1550 as a goal.. i was trying to eat to it whether i was hungry or not.. and im sure like most poeple some days im hungier then others.. so this allows m the room in the diet without the regret.. :) I can adjust what i eat for the rest of the week. to reach my goals .. and its working .. so im very happy with my little excel sheet .

this week i have actually had quite a good week ..
monday i walked 2 hrs 9 kms
wednesday i walked 75 mins 6 kms
thursday 20mins 2.5 kms
friday 15 minutes ellitpical 75 minutes body jam
saturday 225 minute minute walk.. 15 kms
sunday 1 hr walk 5 kms and 1 hr wii fit.. and
today 2 hrs walking 1 hr swimming ..

so i think i made up for my extra 370 cals.. somehow.. lol..

i cant see me getting as much exercise this week since Leah is still sick ( so no kindy )John is working longer hours this week .. so i cant see me an Jet sneaking out for a few hours anywhere... lol

09-15-2009, 10:09 AM
Amy its a broad spectrum antibiotic. So it's used for many things and often pneumonia. If i remember rightly from my studies (gawd i hated pharmocology) Its a macrolide antibiotic - basically - helps prevent the bacteria cells from reproducing proteins that the bacteria rely on to survive and multiply. Them parts are actually also manufactured using componant of another bug - strep. but i guess their processes of obtaining specific parts of the bug is technical and obviously safe. Like who would deliberately give u strep? lol. naaaa, there are dif (i guess u could call species lol) of strep and it forms antibiotic as part of its metabolism process. That last bit i looked up lol.

But seriously if u do look anythig up medically on the web make sure its a reputable site. there is so much crap out there and so many people self diagnose its dangerous.

09-15-2009, 06:09 PM
well thats why i decided not to look it up... and just ask you... lol thanks for the info :)

09-15-2009, 08:19 PM
I've been reading some really interesting articles about the effects of exercise on weight loss. According to some fairly significant studies, it's really common to over-estimate the number of calories we burn. It is also common to eat more to 'reward ourselves' for good work.

I didn't know that it has only been since the 1970s that doctors have been advising people to exercise more to lose weight. I assumed it was always part of weight loss programmes.

I have been trying, for months, to work out how many calories I need to eat every day, to balance the amount of physical activity I do at work. And it isn't easy to work out.

This is what I will do at work today:

• Walk on a concrete floor in steel-cap boots for 7.5 hours, and clock up around 10km in that time;

• Unload several pallets of stock, lifting a total of around 6400kg;

• Sweep floors for a total of about 30 minutes; and

• Climb up and down ~ 500 stairs.

I have absolutely no idea of how many calories that would burn - so I am going to experiment with calories over the next month or so and see if I can find the right balance.

For me it's about trying to lose weight, at the same time as eating enough to have the energy to perform my job properly.

I have noticed this week that I have been feeling REALLY hungry when I get home from work. So I'm going to add 100cals of protein to my lunch and see if that helps. Apart from that, all my meals are planned and I'm feeling confident I can have another good day.

09-15-2009, 09:08 PM
ani i think are body gets used too what we do .. thats why when i try to work things out im just putting to account what im eating .. if i can keep it where i want it i loose weight.. if i exercise i loose more... I think the main reason we were told to exercise is becuase as a society we all got lazier... washing machine became automatic.. poeple started driving to the shop to get the morning paper.. .. before then every one was active in there daily lives.. even something as simple as preparing food from scrath.. be it bread a cake or even the dimmer meal meant burning more calories... things were mixed by hand .. potato had to be scrubbed ...

I reckon that is why the modern weight loss thing tells you to move more.. becuase as a whole we all move a heck of a lot less. in our everyday life.

actually thibnking about it ...
I have seen programs however and even going back to the victorian era where people were told to exercise to loose weight so though it may not be well documented its not as new an idea as you may think.. i beleive the programme was called supersizers go.... and it went through a load of different eras and there diets / life style and whether or not it was healthy... there was another called the diets time forgot that had exercise in it too.. so it might be worth looking into.

as for whats right for you ... i think you are more active then me.. and i eat around 1500 cals a day ... and loose weight .. as a basci rule they say 2000 cals is maitance cals for the average women .. for you being so active id say .. while active you maintain at 2200-2400 ... so try 1700 -1900 and see how you go ... I find after a day i have been very active im extra hungry and on those days i allow 200 cals more so id allow myself 1700 that day and back to 1500 the next..

working it out over the week makes it easier for me it allow me 10500 cals a week .. and i have room to move.. that way .

i dont take the exercise into account at all.. food and exercise are seperate.. becuase thewre is no way of knowing how many cals you actually burn. exercise for me is just foer my own happiness and wellbeing.

09-15-2009, 09:31 PM
Thanks Amy - that's awesome, and exactly what I needed to hear.

I'm going to follow that for three weeks (cycling between 1600 & 1900 calories/day), and see how my body responds.

Better get to work but I wanted to say thankyou for such a thoughtful and insightful post :hug:

09-15-2009, 10:45 PM
Kel I don't know what your problem is, but it's nothing to do with us. I didn't even disagree with you, or realize there was a problem. I said FOR ME food is not fuel. Of course it should be.

Ani, I am missing my mum, especially as the time goes by and the deadline ticks closer. I just need to get this school term finished and I have 8 or 9 months off school so I am more free to go home for a while when I want. I might take some more of my family leave in January and go home for a good period.

The weight thing is the old chicken and egg. I feel so digustingly fat all the time, so that makes me not want to do anything, which means I sit around and get depressed, so I eat more and get fatter.... I have a free gym membership with my uni and the gym is directly across the street from my office - I need to get there after work and at least do SOMETHING. I know I feel better when I exercise and it helps me to eat a better diet because I don't want to ruin my work.

Anyhow... we soldier on.

09-16-2009, 07:31 AM
Gen I think we were all contributing to a discussion about our own relationship with food - and it got taken out of context. I can't control how anyone else reacts to my own journey, and in the end that isn't any of my business.

I'm sorry you are going through such an awful time. Life is so unfair sometimes, isn't it.

Maybe it would be worth going to the gym, or even going for walks or something. Even if it doesn't kick-start any weight loss for you, I know that there are huge benefits to our mental/emotional health when we exercise.

I don't know - but you're often in my thoughts - and if there is ever anything I can do, please ask :hug:.

09-16-2009, 07:48 AM
Same goes for me too Gen. I know how you're feeling with your weight issues and your mum too.

Big hugs coming your way :)

09-16-2009, 06:01 PM
Off to work this morning .... 9 hours of mandatory training. yayyyy

09-16-2009, 07:39 PM
One more day to work and then it's my weekend. I have a house inspection next week, so I will have to clean and scrub, and I also have a bit more work to do on my book. Aside from that I hope the weather fines up long enough for me to mow the lawn.

I expect to lose some weight this week, and I know that most of it will be water weight - I don't care, because it's all going in the right direction :D.

My housemate has been away for three weeks. He will be back in just over a week, so I fully intend to enjoy the peace and quiet this week. Surprisingly he is working out pretty well - he keeps to himself, is responsible and respectful of my privacy AND he pays all his bills on time.

I have all my meals planned for today and am feeling quietly confident I will achieve my goals.

Last night I worked out that on my 'virtual walk across Australia' I am only a few hundred kilometres away from Broken Hill in NSW. That's a LOT of walking!

09-16-2009, 08:52 PM
That's a helluva lot of walking Ani. Well done!

I've been going through a bit of depression lately, my drinking has been creeping upwards and that hasn't helped. I'm glad though that I can recognise that I'm slipping and can do something about it before I go to far.

I'm having sushi for lunch today and will be making a delicious salad for dinner - lettuce, tomato, capsicum, avocado and steak. Yum Yum.

I'm really hoping that the weather is nice in the weekend as I'd like to spend a bit of time in the garden and just pottering around the house.


09-17-2009, 04:46 AM
Julia its great that your recognising it and can do somethign about it..

As for me im going along great everyyhing is good in my life .. apart from my parents they hate that im busy all the time.. but I cant please everyone .. my mum keeps harping on that i used to ring her all the time and now i dont... and my response for that was yes i used to sit around the house eat and talk on the phoine... my life is differwent now and im not going back to my old life.. So now im selfish rude have no manners and "GET THIS" the source of all depression in my mothers life..... HA!

She does nothing to help herself and need constant baby sitting.. she wont go out with anyone.. but expects dad or me to be there all the time .. I know she is having a few health issues.. but she has had depression for years and some form of mental issue forever ... she thinks the neighbours killed her dog and are plotting to kill her.. and if i dont speak to her for one day... i have a problem with her.. ect ect.. she is also shaking an awful lot.. but refuses to go to the doctors saying its becuase her neck is stiff.. But our family friend who is a nurse told Dad on the sly it kinda looks like parkinsons.. and she should go to the doctor.. We have all told her the same but she refuses to go to the dr.. and her depression over the last 6 months has been getting worse and worse.. ..

Sorry just needed to vent.. other then my mother i had a great day.. aqua this morning for 50 minutes followed by 90 minutes of laps... was great... food has been good and my gorgeous hubby is taking us all out for dinner :)

:) cya

09-17-2009, 05:35 PM
I've balls'd it all up for this week...will be surprised if I lose anything at all after the last two evenings :(

I kinda threw myself back into this with no real plan of attack. So tonight/tomorrow morning I am going to plan my week ahead and prepare for it AND STICK TO IT!

My 'stressors' have levelled themselves out a little now - cat is back to his old self again and Mista seems really stable healthwise. The next booked vet appointment is three months down the track and that is just for Mistas arthritis injection. I do still have to pop in occassionally before that for drug top-ups however.

As of a couple of weeks ago, I have been appointed a 'permanent' position at work - meaning I am no longer on probabtion! We have a new boss and he has taken on my ex-employer in WA to get my entitlements (sick leave, long service etc) transfered to here - the old boss was not interested in my affairs and made it clear I had to fight my own battles, which is fine, except everyone I spoke to gave me a different story leaving me evenually with the belief that I cannot transfer those entitlements across state borders! Anyway, the new boss has pretty much done it all - we are just waiting for it to be confirmed in writing!

I found a $20 solution to some of my junkmail round issues yesterday. I have found the load to be quite heavy lately and my back and knees are really protesting! So yesterday I explored the 'dump shop' and found an old pram! It was in fairly good nick - few tears in the lining, at tad odourous - but it had wheels and seems quite strong. I got it home, have hosed it out and patched up some of the holes with cable ties and duct tape! Will trial it next week, unless Saturday turns out to be a big round and I will use it then!

Anyway must run!

Oh, Ani! Have you considered throwing a handful of unsalted almonds or other sort of nuts in your pocket and nibbling on those through the day? Might increase the protein and keep the hunger in check a tad?

Ok, have a good one all! :)

09-17-2009, 06:03 PM
Congrats Lindor on getting a permanent position that's really great :D Good idea with the pram too, I've seen lots of people delivering pamphlets that way.

So sorry to hear about your mum troubles Amy. That's really unfair that she's blaming you for her problems.

I had a great day yesterday. Got home from work and made a delicious salad and cooked up some steak on the BBQ. Watched a bit of telly and went to bed nice and early.

Tonight I'm working at the rugby until around 9:30pm so will get lots of exercise in walking up and down in the stadium.

Hoping that the weekend weather is fine so that I can get out and do some gardening.


09-17-2009, 09:19 PM
Lindor you've got to love bureaucracy! But I am happy it all seems sorted now. I like the idea of a pram for your deliveries - that should make it easier. Are you back on track with your food and stuff? Don't forget that lovely potted garden on your back verandah is waiting :D.

Amy I think your attitude to your mother sounds very healthy. It's a really complex situation, because mothers are precious, but you have to be able to live your own life too.

Julia don't lose heart about the drinking. Your attitude is SO much different to how it was a couple of years ago - and I think you're doing really well with it.

I've had a really good week in terms of sticking to my goals. I'm going to weigh-in tomorrow morning and see how I've gone in terms of the 'numbers', but I know I couldn't have done much better than I have. I have the next two days off work and have a heap of things to do.

Today's meals are planned, and I am going to go to the supermarket soon and then spring clean the house and garden. It's going to rain throughout the day, but I just have to get in and do it.

09-18-2009, 01:01 AM
Thanks ani :) I felt better after i had my vent.. Not that i was letting it get to me.. but sometimes you just need to let it all out.

well i have good news... first of all its weigh in day and im down 200 grams.. and more importanly ive lost some 6 cm of my trouble zone(hips).. 2 cm from my bust 1 cm from my waist and 1 from my waist.. and i went bather shopping....... guess who bought a 16????? i bathers???? ..... wooohoooo.... also went jeans shopping ang got 2 pairs that are lovely so very pleased with myself indeed.

Lindor im so glad mista is on the mend.. :)

Julia have fun at rugby. :)

ok time to go do some house work... lol

09-18-2009, 03:49 AM
Lindor thatas awesome news about yr job. As for the pram thing people around here do that. Its funny seeing an old person to pushing a pram haha. if u get a bad back from carrying stuff u could try switching yr backpack around the carry on the front of you to.

09-18-2009, 05:50 AM
That is what I do Vonni, I carry the backpack on the front. But, on the big loads I have to take the trolley that I drag behind me and I use what is in that first while carrying the backpack on my back. When I have emptied the trolley I move the backpack to the front and take from that. I use the trolley contents first because it was a cheap trolley and I am so sure the wheels are going to fall off soon! :lol:

Tomorrows delivery is less than a backpackful, so I won't be taking the pram. Weekends are often way smaller than the weekday round so I didn't really think I'd be needing it tomorrow anyway. Tuesday and Wednesday will be the true test for the pram!

I haven't entirely got myself sorted with my food yet - but I intend to work on a plan for that tonight and then go shopping on Sunday. I don't know what it is, I am eating like there is no tomorrow and I am not even hungry! I have prepared (home cooked) meals in the freezer, but they just don't appeal to me at the moment.

I know I am really tired, and I find concentrating on anything is a struggle just now - diet included. It has been nearly two months now that I have been getting up at 4.30am so I can stick to Mistas medication regime. On the weekends I go back to bed after sorting him out, but during the week I just get up then for the day. I had hoped by now that my body would have go used to the new routine?

Anyway, my weekend is going to get a diet plan sorted if nothing else!!

09-18-2009, 06:41 AM
TOM arrived right on schedule today (surprise surprise!) and I'm 300g heavier than last week. Hoping it's just fluid, I do feel a bit bloated today.

Congratulations Amy! Size 16, well done! You wouldn't catch me dead in a pair of bathers!!! We take the kids to the beach a lot in the summertime and I wear 3/4 pants and a tee shirt. I haven't owned a pair since primary school.

I'm sory for not replying to everyone's posts but the words are blurring, I'm sooooo tired! :)

09-18-2009, 07:58 AM
size 16? what did i miss?

09-18-2009, 07:35 PM
Barb it's probably fluid retention from TOM, I wouldn't let it get you down.

Amy what a milestone - Size 16 :carrot:.

Lindor I make a plan of what I'm going to eat for the week, then write the shopping list - I find it is the only way for me to really get it right.

Yesterday I mowed the lawn, weeded, planted tomatoes, did the washing, cleaned the fishpond. Today I am going to do food shopping and clean the house.

Weighed in this morning - DOWN 2.1KG! Gotta love 'week one' when most of it is water weight coming off, but I will take it anyway :D.

This week I am working early tomorrow and then 1-9pm for the rest of the week - so planning is important. I am feeling really motivated at the moment, and want to aim to reach all my goals again.

09-18-2009, 10:49 PM
Congratulations Ani, that's a great big step towards the end! Well done :)

Yeah I think its fluid too, at least thats what I'm gonna tell myself! Since starting work I find I have no time to weigh myself every morning like I used to. I'm only weighing on Friday mornining and after a shower, someome once told me always to weigh before a shower because it adds extra weight, not too sure if that's true or not but if it is maybe I'm less than I think I am!!!

09-18-2009, 11:19 PM
Amy, Ani! Well done on your progress!! You've both done well!

I am really stuck at the moment :(

I'm just going to put it down here in hope that I can make sense of things. Although it might seem very disjointed - lets blame fatigue for that :lol:

I'm happy for any constructive input here...please :^:

I've been thinking about the reasons why the plan I had when I re-started my weight-loss here in Darwin failed:
with the junkmail round, time for cooking was limited by the evenings I had to prepare the junkmail and the days of delivering

vegies for fresh salad was costing too much

I was throwing away lots of part used tins and jars of ingredients because I never got to using them again

vegies were rotting in my fridge

I ran out of freezer space for storing 'left-overs'

With the overtime I am doing at work, there is less time to follow a plan. Granted, everything I do is set to a regular time - junkmail deliveries are usually completed by 5.15pm, overtime is usually on a Sunday, shopping is done on a Sunday afternoon etc - but it is the other domestic stuff that is eating into my time - washing, cleaning, vet visits!

Lately I have tried making lunch my main meal, by keeping a supply of frozen meals and taking one to work each day. Yesterday I got growled at because my curry stunk the room out. I have always been very conscious of what I eat around people - a legacy of being overweight I guess - and when people criticise my food I am easily embarrassed. So now I don't want to take that sort of food to work and will go back to the simple, less odourours sandwich.

I think when I go shopping on Sunday I will explore the shelves a bit more and look for (dare I say it) convenience. I don't mean fully prepared meals, but I'm thinking jars of pasta sauces and packets of sauce bases etc. My problem with food is not what I eat, but the amount I eat! So I figure if I buy a jar of pasta sauce for example I MUST stick to the directions on the jar and portion it out to the stated number of serves!

That however, does not solve my lack of vegies problem. Not entirely sure how I am going to deal with that. Vegies are so damned expensive here and I get depressed when I shop for them...more so now that a huge chunk of my budget is now paying for Mistas medications! I have already resorted to 'homebrand' laundry detergent, toilet paper and dishwashing liquid to try to save a dollar or two. I prefer a salad to hot vegies, so getting packets of frozen vegies does not really appeal, despite the fact that I don't have the freezer space for multiple packets of frozen vegies!

I did think about planning meals for just a few days in advance and go shopping more frequently, that way I won't have such a big stock which might mean less loss on rotten vegies...but I HATE shopping and I am sure more frequent shopping will drive me insane!

Funny! I miss my mum! She used to do my shopping for me and she'd clean my flat once a week. I don't think I ever really appreciated her enough for what she did for me until now! :lol:

I need to think more about these issues - and I will. I want a solution that will result in a healthy lifestyle that is not too difficult to manage.

And I want my plants on my verandah!!! :mad:

09-19-2009, 12:28 AM
Lindor - a couple of suggestions:

• Grow your own greens (and even tomato and capsicum). It's really easy, and it stays fresh because, if you pick lettuce/spinach young, you just take the leaves off as you need them.

• Be careful with the pasta/pasta sauces. The ones you buy are full of salt and preservatives. I rarely eat pasta because I get cravings for more food (usually sweet) as soon as I have finished a meal.

• Ignore what people say about your food. It's ridiculous that someone thinks they have the right to comment. If taking Lean Cuisine for lunch is helping you, then just keep doing it.

I find different ways to eat vegetables, and I probably spend about $70/week on food. For lunch I make a wrap, use avocado as the spread (with a tiny bit of lemon juice & black pepper), then I throw on some spinach leaves and tomato, add a bit of ham (or roast beef or chicken) and cheese - and that's lunch.

For dinner I usually do a 'cook-up' once a week and then freeze it. This week I am throwing low-fat mince, kidney beans, chick peas, lentils, mushrooms, capsicum, tomatoes and a heap of herbs and spices into a pot. Unimaginative - yep. Tasty - yep. Healthy - yep!

For treats I take a banana and a protein bar to work, and I chew Extra chewing gum, which seems to help.

I buy frozen green veges because they go off too fast in the fridge, and at least twice a week I have a big side-serve of them - usually with grilled chicken sausages.

For lunch today I am about to make a pizza - with mushroom, tomato and capsicum. Really filling for about 450 calories.

Once the weather warms up I will eat heaps more salad. It's why I prefer to grow my own, because it saves HEAPS of money… and it tastes a lot better ;)

09-19-2009, 01:10 AM
Ani, I would love to grow my own vegies, but there is nowhere in my yard where I could possibly create a garden bed, expecially at this time of the year. We are just heading into the wet season and heavy downpours is just going to send a garden bed onto the street! My yard has quite a significant slope to it - the back door of my house is at ground level the front door is seven steps up!

Apart from that, the yard is full of extablished palm trees and other ornimental trees and their roots make digging impossible!

Is it at all possible to grow the likes of tomatoes, capsicum, beans, lettuce, carrots, radishes etc in pots on my back verandah? If so, please tell me what I require and I will drop into Bunnings tomorrow and purchase it straight away! Like I said, I would love to grow my own supplies!

I know the convience foods are often full of the 'evil stuff', but I lost most of my weight living on frozen TV dinners. I figure they are full of the same sh!t if not more so than a jar of pasta sauce split to four serves? If I can lose weight on TV dinners then it is proof that my problem is how much I put in my mouth. Not necessarily what it contains - within reason of course. I am going to spend a bit of time exploring and researching while I am shopping tomorrow and see what I come up with. I'd prefer fresh food for sure! I am yet to make a weekly shop come under $100 here Ani...but I am sure it is possible as I do tend to throw a lot of fresh vegies away because the have rotted.

I have an apple after lunch and dinner, it seems to freshen my mouth and, if it is a sweet one, seems to ward off the surgar cravings later on. And I chew on Extra chewing gum virtually from the moment I wake up (ok after breakfast) 'til the moment I go to bed! My mother thinks it is a filthy habit 'for a young lady', but I tell her I'll have to take up smoking to quit! :lol:

Protein bars I am interested to try, but it worries me that they might be like chocolate and once I open a box and have one I'll head back for another and then another...

Ignoring what people say about my food...easier said than done! I am a lot better than I used to be a couple of years ago (I would not eat or drink in front of anyone!) but I still have a way to go on that.

Thanx for your input Ani...I've taken it on board and it is greatly appreciated! :)

09-19-2009, 01:43 AM
I grow all my vegetables in pots. Go to Bunnings and buy 3 decent-sized pots (the cheap black plastic pots are just as good as anything), and good quality potting mix. Grab some Powerfeed or something similar, and then get 1) a punnet of spinach or lettuce 2) one or two tomato plants - I always get a cherry tomato AND a bigger one like Grosse Lisse and 3) strawberries or something equally fun.

Take them home, pot them up, give them a feed every couple of weeks and keep them watered - too easy :D.

I reckon that food has to be a bit of trial and error - but as long as you have a goal in mind, and stick with it, I know you will get there. I resort to Lean Cuisine occasionally too.

09-19-2009, 04:58 AM
I am excited!! Thanx Ani! :D

I've been doing a bit of googling too! I want to start with lettuce, tomatoes and something else still to be decided - carrots/radishes/beans/cucumber?. I'm not sure about strawberries, I know Mum had huge issues growing them in the North WA climate so I kinda think it'll be the same here? I wouldn't mind trying a fruit at some point though.

I understand cherry tomatoes can be grown in a hanging basket too? I like the idea of that for extra space!

You mention a good quality potting mix...I wouldn't know one from the next! Any suggestions?

09-19-2009, 05:42 AM
Any potting mix that is labelled 'premium' or 'professional', and has five red ticks on the package is what I would use.

You could be right about strawberries - but your local Bunnings will stock the vegies and fruit that will grow up there.

It is great fun to grow your own :D

09-19-2009, 08:34 AM
Ani the wrap you make soiunds awedome. I'll have to give that a go.

Lindor apples are really good for your metabolism. As is a slice of pineapple after your meals.

Me, I'm faring ok. not great but not bad. Havent gained any so thats a plus. Off to the gold coast for a week in 2 MORE SLEEPS woohoo :carrot:. Even got a pair of togs (full piece lol). We are taking all the kids so will be hectic but oh so fun. Though I asked work to give me lots of shifts when i get back cause I'll need to go to work for a holiday to get over my holiday.

Speaking of work. I so love my job. It's awesome. And today i went into the shopping centre and a lady I looked after (in hospital for a month) raced up to me and threw her arms around me and wouldnt let me go lol. She got all excited and yelled out to her friend to come meet me. Nice to know i can have an impact of sorts on people but sheesh :D

09-19-2009, 06:22 PM
Oh vonni that is so lovely to be recognised and loved for the care you provided... That is sooo rewarding. hav agteat time on your holiday... and i thanks for the laugh about going to work after ... lol

Lindor it sounds like you have come along way with your eating in public issue.. dont worry i have had the same issue as you.. especially when i was really big.. not so much now. But i cant sit and eat rubbish in public.. it has to be something healthy.. lol.. Not that i like rubbish , but you know what i mean. as far as veg goes.. i know it sounds slack but to build up our veg content i buy the steam fresh veggies you know the little bags of mixed veg you can shove in the microwave.. maybe you could find a mix in them that you like... and that way you dont have to have a load of bags..

I love the grow your own idea.. and what my mum does.... gardening guru.... she goes to the supermarket asks them for a foam box.. I think they bring there broccolli in .. in them.. ... puts a couple of holes in the bottom and grows her veg in those... they are thick foam so are insulated... and it works 100% everytime .. they are also large enough for a few plants.. and cost nothing... so brilliant ..

Lindor i wouldn't say you have failed... you got down to almost a goal weight to go sky diving.. and since then have had alot of stresses.. in your life.. dont be so hard on your self.. we all have speed humps.. on this weioght loss road.. the trick is to keep going.

Ani 2 kilos...... wooooohoooooo. BRilliant..

Barb are you enjoying your new job???

As for me im doing great... had the kids birthday party yesterday.. we took them for a bowling party and it was fantastic !!! They both got given a bowling pin.. all the kids were given lolly bags. and vouchers to come back and play for $8.00.. and the food was on our tables and hot as soon as our game ended.... it was brilliant.. And i found a bakery that made a special cake for Leah that had no crap in it.. turns out she uses no crap when she makes them.. So it was perfect. And becuase it was food on plates instead of a load of party crap... i ate no crap.. and John went and got me a turkey wrap..from the malls food court... .

When we got home i was on puppy sitting duty for my neighbours dog.. (they had an open inspection).. so i took the two boys for a 2 hour walk.. and they were as good as gold.. The neighbours dog is a poodle cross and has a poodle brain.. ( very skittish and scared of people until he gets to know you) They are looking for a new home for him.. and him and jet get along so well its pulling at my heart strings... But i dont know if i could trust him with the kids.. he is too nervous ( he is with kids now and inside he acts like a lovely dog outside he seems to be scared i think the little girl over there must be cruel too him ).. and John i dont think likes him much.. John said if we get another dog it will be his choice and not that brainless twit.. lol ..

But in all this i think ive realised i would like to get another dog.. Jetty was soooo happy to have a friend to play with. But we will see..

09-20-2009, 01:34 AM
I'm going to Bunnings! :D

09-20-2009, 03:58 AM
I now have potted up on my back verandah:

Cherry Tomatoes
Sweet Capsicum
Dwarf Green Beans
Bush Cucumber
Cos Lettuce

And, while in Bunnings, I saw lots of pretty flowering plants that I can't wait to explore when I get to 90kg!

Shopping was interesting. I didn't really find anything overly appealing in the convenience ling that I don't already buy. So I just need to work on portion control and avoiding those impulsive purchases of JUNK! I did have a brief chat to a guy from the meat department...he gave me a money saving tip by suggesting I go in on a Friday afternoon after 4pm and I'll find great bargains on meat. This is because they mark down any stock that has been there from earlier in the day so as not to be throwing it out when they close at midnight!

Avocados were on special today - $1.00 each! I got a few packets of Wholemeal Pita Bread as they were also going at $1.00 each! So I got some ham (that was also marked down as there is only a week left before it goes out of date) and I am going to give your wraps a shot for lunch this week Ani. And hopefully they won't stink the room out either! :lol:

I did also (impulsively maybe) buy a yoghurt maker. I've looked at them in the past and was curious then, but today I had a closer look. I can get a litre of yoghurt for under $3.50 with this gadget! It is literally add water, shake and wait. I have a reduced fat lemon yoghurt base and shall make that up tonight.

Amy, thanx for your tips too. I will look out for those vegie bags that you mention next time I go shopping!

Anyway, I must go check my plants and see if they have grown any! :lol:

09-20-2009, 04:25 AM
Woo hoo Lindor - love your work :D. Don't forget to fertilise them very regularly, and keep an eye out for bugs. If you can't stand to pick bugs off by hand, get some pyrethrum and keep it close by.

Amy you are going so well - I am so impressed by how you just keep going, and the amount of weight you have lost is inspiring.

I had a small glitch yesterday - but it was minor, and I am right back on track today. Still need to drink some more water, and I will try and get through another litre if I can.

Must go and clean this house now I am home from work.

09-20-2009, 05:45 AM
Stupid question... fertilise you mean Powerfeed?

And how can I stop the pots from drying out so fast? They are dry already and I only watered them a few hours ago!

09-20-2009, 09:08 AM
Lindor - Amy...... I buy those frozen steam fresh veges too. I just wish they wouldnt put carrot in all of them. dont get me wrong i like carrot, but thats one vege i like to do from fresh. It is an awesome way to get a variety of veges. and u can get the normal size or larger size.

cant wait till tomorrow i am off for my holiday. woohoo. a whole 7 nights on the gold coast.

09-20-2009, 05:13 PM
Have fun Vonni!

I forgot to weigh-in this morning, which is probably just as well given what I've eaten the last few days!

Today it where I start eating properly again! I know I can do it, I've done it several times before! And I will!

Maybe that is the problem? I keep self-sabotaging because I tell myself I can fix it later on? Hmmm...I hate the mind games that come with weight control!

Anyway, gotta run! Have a good day all :)

Oh, and my plants survived a night on my back verandah! I was worried the bush rats might have had a go at them!

09-20-2009, 06:08 PM
blahhhhhhhhhhhhhh.... why is it whenever im on a roll i get sick... cough cough cough sneeze. .... fine i taught my children to share by why is it they wont share there ice cream but they will thier colds??? lol ..

I felt a niggle in my throat earlier in the week .. and i managed to delay the onset till now by drinking plenty and taking vitamins cs and garlic.. but it has cougt up with me becuase i stopped taking them.. lol .. oh well

I had a good day yesterday walked another 12 kms.. all up since the start of the months I have walked 90 kms with Jetty.. no wonder he has been so happy.. lol and he is getting more muscley too .. and in addition to that im swimming , jamming , and aquaing my way to double digits.. :)

ahhhhh feel the codral kicking in... thank good ness for modern medicine.. i have too much to do to be sick ..

09-20-2009, 09:04 PM
Lindor those plants sound great I hope you can get them to thrive :D

I had a good weekend but am feeling dreadful today. Feeling very depressed and all I want to do is go home and crawl into bed and sleep for a few days.

Thankfully nowadays I know that what the black dog wants me to do isn't what's good for me so I'll soldier on until 5:00 and will go to the gym and at least walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes. I'm not up to having a big workout but a walk will do me good.

I'm also going to bite the bullet and weigh myself so that I've got a starting point and I will know what I'm dealing with.


09-20-2009, 09:21 PM
Julia does the gym help when you are feeling like this? We're here, so if there is anything we can do to help, don't be shy about saying :hug:.

Vonni have a fantastic holiday :D

Amy it's annoying when you get sick. Given the amount of customers who cough and sneeze on me every day I am surprised I don't get sick more often. Hope you are feeling better soon.

Lindor yes I meant Powerfeed. As far as stopping your plants from drying out - vegetables (especially in pots) need watering every day. They don't need to be drowned, but they are fairly heavy feeders.

All good here. I am working 1-9pm for the rest of the week, and I have my meals planned for today. It's cold, wet and windy today - which means I still need to focus on drinking enough water. But I will get there!

09-21-2009, 05:35 PM
lovely..... sitting at the dining table on the internet with the sun coming through the window and reflecting of the waves rolling into shore. such is the life.... ahhhhh

09-21-2009, 05:44 PM
Thanks Ani. Yes, the gym does make me feel better when I'm depressed it's just really hard to get the motivation to go in the first place.

Went last night and walked for 10 minutes and then did run/walk intervals for 20 minutes and I felt pretty good after that.

I've been invited to visit a friend for dinner tonight so am looking forward to that.

Weighed in and by some miracle I'm stil exactly 85kg :carrot:

09-21-2009, 09:34 PM
Vonni I am jealous. Last night at work it was so cold I was rugged up like an eskimo. Throughout September it has rained every day in Perth (except one), and that hasn't happened here since 1927. Where is spring?

Julia it's great that you went to the gym, and that it helped. There is just something about exercise that seems to make a massive difference, in all sorts of ways.

Lindor how are those baby vegetables coming along?

I ran out of fruit yesterday and didn't organise myself well enough to buy any before I went to work. Bad mistake, good lesson! This morning I will make sure I get to the shop before work.

I think today is under control. I had a few moments of doubt this morning, wondering if I can really do this again - and then I gave myself a mental slap. It doesn't take long to remember that a significant part of this battle is what goes on in our heads!

So I have planned my meals, figured out what went wrong yesterday, and I am ready for a new - and better - day today!

09-22-2009, 05:13 AM
Spring missed us totally! One minute it is lovely cool 'winter' weather, next it is hot, humid and uncomfortable! But, apparently this part of the world doesn't get four seasons...just two, wet and dry!

I am a tad disappointed in my vegies, Ani! I had myself set up for a lovely home grown salad for dinner last night and tonight but, alas...nothing! Maybe tomorrow?

Diet was not the best yesterday, some stupid fool brought cake into work for morningtea! I won't do that again! :lol:

I weighed in this morning 300g more than last time...oops! But I know I have been out of control!

Today, so far, better. A little left over cake for morning tea, otherwise, to plan. My yoghurt maker works like a treat! I had perfect yoghurt for sweets last night! And I only had one 200ml serve.

Christened the pram today on my junkmail, what a difference it made! It took just the same amount of time to do the round, but I was far less exhausted by the end of it! No backache, and my knees are very happy!

I weighed my load on saturday (which I comfortably carried in the backpack) and that came in at 12kg! The weekday load is probably five times that weight! Half of it I used to carry on my back! And to think...I used to carry near that on my body a few years ago!

Julia, enjoy dinner!

Vonni...hmmm...I hate you! :p Glad you are enjoying yourself :)

09-22-2009, 06:55 AM
oh Lindor please dont hate me :( think sucked in cause i prob on a gain for next week. as i put on my facebook - beer, balcony, beach (still hate me? :p) but you know what? I don't really care this week. this is MY holiday and dont want stress about nothing from my usual life. Havent really been eating or drinking anything out of the ordinary in fact peob eating less crao and more cold fresh fruits. but the sedentary lifestyle will be my devil. might grab a walk along beach in morning on my own so i can step up the pace.

09-22-2009, 07:29 AM
Of course I don't hate you Vonni! Just enjoy yourself! ;)

09-23-2009, 05:12 PM
I got radishes spouting! I thought I saw one last night, but this morning the pot has erupted! :D

I had to plant radishes and carrots from seed.

All other plants are still alive and looking happy.

Minor mishap with my food yesterday...I got two Boost bars from the shell service station when I got fuel. My excuse is I wanted to spend the money to get the extra 2c a litre off the cost of my fuel! However, I think now the purchase exceeded the saving! :lol:

The office is going out for lunch today. Four out of the six of us ride motorbikes (I am not one), so they decided it is to be a bikie lunch where we all go into the city on bikes. I will be going pillion with one of the guys!! :eek:

Lunch will be at an Asian Cafe, nice food, not sure of the calorie/fat content, but usually when we have lunch there I come home not wanting to eat anything big in the evening. So I will eat and enjoy as I usually do.

09-23-2009, 06:58 PM
However, I think now the purchase exceeded the saving!

Haha to dunny Lindor. Yr right though. Now did u also ever stop and think that yr 2 cent saving per litre ends up only about $1.20 on a FULL tank. haha. (depending on tank size of cause)
Thats why i laugh at people who drive all over town looking for cheap fuel and they end up saving 2 - 4 cents a litre but spend more doing the driving.

09-23-2009, 06:59 PM
and that was meant to be to FUNNY not dunny.

We are off to wet and wild today. Will post pictures on my face book this evening.

09-24-2009, 05:24 PM
Where is everyone?? Julia? Gen? Barb?

What happened to Danni/Madison?

Vonni, I am well aware that these (fuel) offers are designed to encourage impulsive purchases. I just used it as an excuse to get my Boost bars (which I'd have got anyway as I WANTED CHOC!). For me the Shell service station is on my way home from work and I often take in my regular Coles shopping receipt for the 4c a litre off. Rarely do I purchase anything at the service station for the extra 2c a litre. My father was a bad one for driving miles to get cheap fuel! In fact he cracked me up with when the 50km/hr speed limit came in in the suburbs...he refused to drive in those zones claiming they made the trip too long. Instead he'd drive a longer distance just to catch as many 60km/hr zones as he could!!

Ani, you have got me into a bad habit! I an hour at Bunnings last night buying a heap of herbs and pots etc to plant them in! I only went there with the intent to get some trellis work for my beans to climb! I am enjoying this grow your own thing! And I can't wait to reap the rewards!

It is still dark outside, but I think I glimpsed a sprout from my carrots (also planted from seed) this morning! My beans are thriving - hence the need to find trellis work!

Lunch yesterday turn out to be a bit of a flop. One of the guys pulled out saying he had too much work to do. This upset the other guy who then said he wasn't interested in going. This left us with four girls and one bike. So it was suggested we go to the cafe on site. Two of the girls settled with that, two of us knew the food there was sh!t! So I said I don't care, I am going where we originally which another girl agreed to join me...which then led to a thrid coming to and the three of us went by car! But what a drama to get there - and they say us females are stubborn and indecisive! :lol:

It was a nice lunch anyway!

Today, I am back on track!! :)

09-24-2009, 07:31 PM
Just lurking :)

And am wanting to start growing plants on my balcony now too!!!!!!

09-24-2009, 10:41 PM
Weigh-in this morning - DOWN 0.6kg :carrot:. Even though I wasn't quite as disciplined this week as last, I still managed to do alright.

Lindor I'm loving your enthusiasm for your vegetable garden :D. I'm going to do a bit of pottering in mine tomorrow, but today I need to put some serious hours into finishing my book. One more week and it will be at the publisher - I have had my very last deadline extension :dizzy:

I only have about 7000 words left to write and I will knock that over (or most of it) by Sunday night.

In terms of weight loss my plans this week are pretty simple. I want to average 1750 calories/day, drink 2L water and get plenty of exercise. If I drop some more weight, that will be a bonus.

I'm happy to go slow, and I am aiming to lose, on average, around 0.3kg a week from now until the end of the year. If I achieve that I will be fairly satisfied.

OK - must go and seriously do some writing.

09-24-2009, 11:06 PM
I've been out of the office for the past 2 days attending a first aid course. I'm now qualified to mend people!

I'm at a stage where I really need to re-evaluate what I want to achieve and just how much effort I'm willing to put in. I've been suffering a bit from depression despite taking my medication religiously. I'm a bit overworked at the moment and in need of some rest time. Thank goodness I've got a 10 day holiday coming up at the end of October.

I'm not doing anything to help myself to lose weight at the moment and I just don't have the "oomph" required. It doesn't help that the weather has totally packed in here - for the past 3 days it's been cold, grey, wet and miserable.

The bloke is moving in with me and my flatmate this weekend so that's an interesting development. It'll be nice to have him around and will also help cut down on the bills :D

09-25-2009, 05:28 PM
OMG Julia.... the bloke moving in? Thats awesome :D

09-25-2009, 11:39 PM
When did 'the boy' become 'the bloke'? Ummm...maybe I don't need to know that! :lol:

09-26-2009, 07:06 AM
heheeehaaahaa @ Lindor

09-27-2009, 01:56 AM
Bad me - I chucked a sickie today :D. It's the first real day of spring here and I decided it would be better for my soul to spend it in my garden, rather than at Bunnings selling things to people for their own gardens. I would have been jealous all day!

My life has felt really out of balance over the past several weeks. It's hard to go to work eight hours a day, then come home and write for four or five hours - and to try and balance everything else I need to do.

There have also been a number of other things going on that have annoyed me, and left me feeling unhappy with the way my life is travelling.

The things that are good are: I have a stable job, I have some good, close friends, my housemate is working out well, and my cats are healthy.

But I don't know if I am bored, lonely or restless because I wake up every morning wishing I were somewhere else. Maybe I just need a holiday - I haven't really been out of Perth in at least three years (probably more) - and that's really not like me.

I'm going to go home and visit my mum at the end of November, and that will be good. Two weeks away will probably help… And then I am going to save up and have a two-week break in Bali early next year.

As for my weight loss, I worked out today that there are 15 more weigh-ins up to 1st January 2010. If I aim to lose at the sensible rate of 0.3kg/week I will be down to 73kg by the start of next year.

I am also going to ask to change to a different section at work. Since working in the garden area I have found I enjoy my own garden a lot less - and I really hate that. So if I can move to another area I might rekindle my enthusiasm, because I won't feel as if I am doing the same at home as at work.

I have to be honest, I don't really like most of the people I work with in my particular area. I have found working in retail to be a lot like high school, and I am quite stunned by how petty and spiteful some people are. It's only a job! Yet some people seem to rely on it for their own sense of worth or something. I can fully understand that if it's a really important, meaningful job that is contributing to people's lives - but this is retail!

Oh well, we live and learn I guess, and I have to remind myself of the positive reasons why I work at Bunnings: it keeps me fit, it gives me a stable income, and it doesn't tax my brain in the slightest - which leaves me free to write!

Anyway… back to the garden and to enjoy our first really sunny spring day!

09-27-2009, 06:48 PM
heys guys just a quick one from me... for once.. Ive not been well at all.. and gained 500 grams this week ... i beleive in snot.... lol ..
Ive been so exhausted i have had to sepnd the week in bed.. gotta love my daughter sharing her pnuemonia with me... anyway... school holidays here now so cant see any clear exercise in the next two weeks.. no gym no long walks with the dog.. grrr no fair.. anyway gotta run the kids want something

09-27-2009, 10:34 PM
Surprisingly, I'm having a week where my pants feel like they're falling off - it's quite nice. I have a weigh in at the weight management class this week. Was meant to be last week but was postponed because of the G20 conference being in Pittsburgh and all kinds of **** breaking loose.

Was away last weekend in Baltimore for work, and even made it to the hotel gym. They had the machines with the little tvs on it, so I watched NCIS while working out. Felt good to plan to do it, and actually get there. Definitely going to check out the uni gym at least one night this week - imagining all kinds of perky cheerleaders at the gym haha.

Had words with the roommate when I got back from my work trip. I had done massive clean before I left, came back to stinky bin, mouldy bread on the counter, full recycling bin, dirty dishes... was just furious and left her a note. I said I am not your mother and I won't be cleaning up after you. Be messy, but don't be dirty or else find another place. She said thanks for telling her and she'll make more of an effort, but we shall see. She then gave me the silent treatment most of the week and stomped into her room all the time (as if I care - I'd rather you stayed in your room!).

Had a long talk to mum the other night, she is pretty good. One more chemo left this week and then re-scanning in a month to see where the tumours are at. She feels pretty good though, although she's starting to get some pain.

Happy tonight because I have my kittens curled up on me, and a new season of Amazing Race started tonight. Also just bought a fancy new desktop computer with 26" screen (love it!) and a new 42" LCD TV that will arrive this week. Have been skyping with my sister, brother and nieces.

09-28-2009, 07:30 AM
Gen so good to hear from you. Bugga about the flat mate but everything else seems to be doin good.

Me - I got back from the Gold Coast this evening and its bloody cold here at home. So sad to leave. Even Ebony as she was getting ready for bed said "Me no like this house, Me want to stay at da new house at da beach" was so cute.

I THINK I have put on a kilo but will weigh in properly in the morning as it was this evening i jumoed on scales. Wouldnt suprose me though cause i was pretty sedentry. Tho wet n wild would have been a work out walking up hundreds of stairs for each ride and not to mention walking round the park to get to the rides. Also mini puttputt wandered round the course. but other 5 days zilch for exercise except for slow meandering aloing the beach.

Amy hope u get better real soon. Ani all workplaces can be like that. sux.

09-29-2009, 07:04 AM
Hi girls, I'm here! So tired at the moment, have moved buildings at work so have really sore arms and bum! Carrying boxes down a flight of stairs is a great work out!

Last week I was hoping to lose the 300g's I had put on the week before but only managed a loss of 100g. Then to my surprise TOM returned Friday night, not fair to get it twice in the one week! And I was really good with food choices and even got in a little bit of extra exercise, oh well hopefully this week will be better.

I love my new job even though I get home totally exhausted! The girls I work with are great, everyone gets along well and there's hardly any *****ing! Ani I worked in retail and you're right about feeling like its school again. It's like some people aren't happy unless they're making other people miserable! And the things they whinge about..........!

I've had the dreaded lurgy too. Its been years since I've had a cold, I'd forgotten how miserable it makes you feel.

Sorry I haven't been around much but when you spend most of the day sitting in front of a computer the last thing you want to do when you get home is sit in front of the computer! I'll try and pop in more, maybe from work.

Any way, have a nice night.


09-29-2009, 05:15 PM
Barb, good to see you! And pleased you are enjoying your job! I totally understand your last statement about sitting in front of a PC all day...I think it is why I am enjoying my garden so much!

Gen, great to see you sounding more positive! Well done on the loose pants! :lol:

Ani, it amazes me that someone is able to plan ahead! It is all I can do to plan what I am going to do tomorrow! I wish I could throw myself into the future and plan for it!

Workplace politics happens everywhere! I chuckle to myself when I see the cleaners at work get stressed out about what others are doing! Like you's just a job! The trick is to keep out of it...or have fun taking the p!ss out of it! :p

Vonni...glad you had a good break!

Amy...hope your feeling better! :)


Bad news: I have no idea how to lose weight! I do fine until around 7pm...then it is pick and nibble all evening until I go to bed! I have tried the stash of cut up vegies in the fridge in preperation for these moments...I eat them and still look for more!!

Good News: I spied two flowers on a cucumber plant! Ani? Does this mean cucumbers soon?? The rest of my vegies and herbs are still thriving! (no fatalities yet!)

And...I am running late again!

09-30-2009, 01:49 AM
Good on you for taking a day off Ani, I'm sure you deserve it many times over :D

Lindor I feel the same as you, I've totally lost my way in terms of weight loss and I feel like I don't know what to do or how to do it. I think that the best thing for me to do would be calorie counting but I don't know how to do it and where to start. I've read quite a bit about it but I just don't get it.

I haven't been to the gym in a couple of weeks. My clothes are feeling tight and I'm feeling blah physically and emotionally. I think that over the next few days I will try to come up with a plan and will get back into the gym next week.

Can anyone give me any advise about calorie counting? Any websites I should check out? Any words of wisdom would be much appreciated!


09-30-2009, 05:30 AM
Julia it is pretty good. make sure u put the au otherwise it will ask u to pay if u just go to the dot com. it has so many of our everyday items on there and u can even look up the calories of portions of ingredients and make a custom of your recipe calories.... does that make sense?
Went to optometrist today. Referral to have my terrigium(?) cut off my right eye. and GOOD NEWS my eyes have gotten better and my prescription for glasses halved since last visit 12 mths ago. He wrote letter to Dept Transport for me to have the big S for spectacles REMOVED from my licence woohoo.

Weight loss a zero for me. TOM visiting

09-30-2009, 07:36 PM
I had my fatty class tonight - I've lost a whole 6 lbs in 3 months. Yay me! Hah. I call it the "half hearted" diet plan, where you try not to eat crap and at least think about exercising.... ah well, could be worse. At least I haven't gained anything! They are happy, they want you to stay stable or lose a little. Because I've passed the halfway mark, I'm allowed to schedule my visit with surgeon to see if I'd be approved, then nutritionist and psych evaluation. Uh oh. Hah.

Had a late night in the OR last night, so went in late today. It was a quiet day, mostly hanging out with my hot married man friend. Sigh. Why do we get along so well? I KNOW it's only a distraction, but damn he is awesome.

10-01-2009, 05:06 AM
I've spent some time this evening on calorie king and to be honest I'm now more confused than ever. It seems so difficult and I am reminded why I haven't tried it before. I'm feeling so overwhelmed, I just don't know where to turn. I'm putting on weight at a scary rate, can't seem to stop eating rubbish and can't see how I'm ever going to get on top of this.

10-01-2009, 07:34 AM
The six-year-old girl who died in the Samoa tsunami was my niece.

10-01-2009, 07:54 AM
Ani! :hug:

So sorry mate :(

10-01-2009, 07:58 AM
Oh Ani thats terrible. I'm so sorry for your loss.

10-01-2009, 09:19 AM
Ani. So very sorry for your loss :(

10-01-2009, 04:42 PM
Oh Ani I'm so sorry to hear that, what devastating news :(

One of the girls I work with is from Samoa and she's been flat out making bookings (we're travel agents) for the community here to get home in the wake of the disaster. One person had lost 10 family members. The news coming out of the islands is absolutely heartbreaking.

10-02-2009, 04:10 AM

10-02-2009, 07:14 AM
Oh Ani, how terrible! I am so sorry. Just seems so unfair to lose little ones.

10-02-2009, 09:18 PM
Night Duty tonight oh yay lol. Weight loss not happenning i feel bloated and blerk

10-03-2009, 01:34 AM
Re-joined calorieking today.

Start weight - 96.1kg!!

Disgusted to discover I have already consumed more than 1000cals more than recommended today! And that is after taking 70mins of walking off in exercise for my junkmail delivery today!!!

It's official, I have totally lost control! :(

From this point, I start picking up the pieces! Every scrap of food that makes my mouth is going to be recorded! One large glass of water will be taken prior to any solid item being placed in my mouth! Pedometer has just received a new battery and will be used every day...starting goal is a minimum of 6000 steps a day - more on a junkmail day!


I am over feeling fat!

I am over being fat!

10-03-2009, 09:01 AM
Thanks for all your kind thoughts everyone - I might not have replied but I really appreciated it.

Can you believe this? Banged my head on something today, and cut it enough to bleed - now have an attractive 5cm gash in the middle of my head - lucky I've got hair to cover it :D.

Been a very sad week and I haven't thought much about losing weight - but I will get back into it next week. Lindor maybe I should join Calorie King too.

10-03-2009, 09:18 PM
Heads are very vascular and bleed heaps from the tiniest of cuts... so most people freak out. S h i t a 5cm gash must have bled like the buggery.

10-03-2009, 09:23 PM
CAN anyone remember how to post pictures on the page?

10-04-2009, 04:47 PM
I tried getting onto Calorie King but it seems that you have to have an account to see the info and to have an account you have to have an Australian address. Tres annoying.

Today, for only the second time in about 3 - 4 weeks, I have packed my gym gear and I will be going to the gym tonight. I've noticed that since I've gotten into lazy/overeating mode that I feel more depressed and lethargic and unmotivated than I have in ages.

I've also got my food diary dusted off and while I haven't come up with a strategy for how I'm going to lose weight, I'm going to start off just trying to eat sensibly.


10-04-2009, 06:26 PM
HaHa. I managed to create an account on calorieking using the postal code for the NZ embassy in Sydney. :D

10-05-2009, 03:33 AM
Too funny Julia. :))

10-05-2009, 06:17 AM
It's my mums birthday today, she would have been 57. I miss her terribbly. On the first of this month it was 6 months since she passed away. Some days it feels like yesterday and other times it feels like it happened ages ago. I thought by now I would be coping a bit better but I'm not really. I find I put on a brave face when everyone's around, but once I'm alone I'm a blubbering mess. I hope this gets easier really soon.

10-05-2009, 11:46 PM
I can't imagine how hard it must be for you Barb. From my experience (of my best friend who lost her mum a couple of years ago) you'll always miss her like crazy but it will eventually get easier to deal with. It's a process and will take a while but you will get through it :hug:

I'm onto day 2 of calorie counting and so far so good. I'm getting the hang of calorieking and I think I'm doing it all right.

I went to the gym last night and did 40 minutes of cardio and tonight I'm going to do a spin class.


10-06-2009, 03:10 AM
:hug: barb.

Aussie Nikki
10-06-2009, 03:16 AM
Hey Aussie Chicks,

I found this thread and thought I'd say hello. It's nice to see there are a few of us from Oz on here! I've found this to be such a great community and the best place to have a moan and get some inspiration. I haven't found anthing like it that's an Australian site. I love my ticker and look forward to putting in my new weight when the number on the scales go down. Plus, I have to admit it's nice when it's in pounds, so for every kilo you lose, you go down two pounds!

Feel free to say hi or drop me a line. I look forward to getting to know everyone!


10-06-2009, 03:33 AM
Hi Nikki and welcome. We're a nice bunch of girls here, you'll fit really well.

Thanks Julia and Vonni. I didn't realise grief could be so awful. I've lost other people in my life before but not someone thats so important to me. If mum were here she'd kick my butt for letting this go on for so long! And I'm finding I'm using this as a reason to eat and drink. Not good.

Julia you sound like you're back on track, good girl.

10-06-2009, 06:05 PM
Barb don't be too hard on yourself. You'll heal in your own time.

Hi Nikki :welcome3: to Aussie Chicks. I'm sure you'll find a good home here :D

I went to the gym again last night and did spin. That had me pooped! Unfortunately when I got home, I couldn't stop eating! Was just starving all night so probably balanced out the calories burned in spin by what I then consumed. Doh! :o

Today I've been to the supermarket already and bought some fruit and yoghurt so that I've got good things to snack on during the day. I've also got my gym gear and will by hitting the gym again tonight.


10-06-2009, 10:34 PM
Vote for Ebony-Grace in the Happy Baby competition. Even voters get PRIZES. just follow the link and click LIKE.

10-06-2009, 10:35 PM
And here is another one of her. She was screaming yet having such fun because Matt kept turning up the sprinkler water faster.

10-06-2009, 10:36 PM
Oh and welcome Nikki. We all been on here like forever lol. Some of us have met and some of us havent. Hope u enjoy it with us here.

Aussie Nikki
10-07-2009, 08:02 AM
Hey guys, thanks for the warm welcome!

I was wondering if any of you are on a specific plan? I'm doing Lite n Easy and it's going great so far. I'm single and live with flatmates, so it's perfect for me. All my little lunches packed for work, it feels like I've got my mum here making me food!

I'm planning on sticking with it until Christmas, but I'm a bit worried about going off it. I'm on 1200 calories, so I guess if I just stick to that doing my own thing I should be fine.

10-07-2009, 04:21 PM
I've just started counting calories. I'm 3 days in and have eaten over my calories for the past 2 days!! It's interesting though and is making me think a bit more about what I eat so that's got to be a good thing.

Before this I was doing a low carb type diet and that worked well, I just got bored with it. I'm still trying not to eat too many carbs and preferably none in the evenings.

If there's one thing I've learned about weight loss it's that there is a huge amount to learn and it really is something that will last a lifetime.

10-07-2009, 07:42 PM
Julia how many calories are you on?

Make sure you have enough protein in your day to keep you full. No need to be too low carb (says me, the reformed low carb queen! ha!) - if you are in a calorie deficit you will lose weight - but the protein is really important to save you from the hungries. And then bulk up the rest of your meals with "good" fats (nuts, avocado versus cheese) and veggies of the non-starchy or low GI variety. Greens, sweet taters are good . . . all that fresh stuff.

Welcome Nickie!

I am mostly lurky as I am addicted to facebook at night and usually dont have much time to check in from work (today I am being defiant ha!)

Barb I am sorry you are having a tough time of it. I wont even say that I know how tough it would be :(

Ani - how's your head?! Ouchies!

Von Ebony is sooooooooooooo gorgeous!!!!!!! x

Amy - how are you mah-honey?

Me -I seem to keep pulling my head out of my arse and have more good days than bad days. I think I have been fat (again) for so long now that I have forgotten the "failure" of the re-gain . . . and . . . its been the best thing to happen EVER!!! The weather is sucky here today but its been bloody beautiful the past few weeks which put me in a most excellent mood and I was going for walks most mornings before work and doing some gym at night . . . that was before the daylight savings change and the cooler weather/rain messed up my mornings! Pilates tonight and just taking one day as it comes.

Only goal is to be conscious and present in my day, track my food (free falling did not worky!) and not have a little sumtin' just because its a day ending in "y" . . . not every day is a special occassion that requires me eating off plan. Balance is a good thing, but eating naughty foods on a daily basis was not balanced at all.

I decided when I spent the day "archiving" a bunch of cute clothes that I want to be leaner and healthier and freakin' hotter more than I want banana bread with my coffee. I thought I could do the slow and steady 'just make better choices' route . . . but it hasnt been enough so I had to have a talking to myself and be a bit more grown up ;)

Hope everyone is having a good day!!!! :)

10-07-2009, 09:49 PM
I want to be leaner and healthier and freakin' hotter more than I want banana bread with my coffee. HEEHEEHAAHAA thats so cool

10-07-2009, 10:29 PM
Hi Madison good to see you back!

According to Calorie King I should have 1460 calories a day.

I've felt pretty hungry for the past couple of days so today in addition to my ham and tomato sandwich for lunch I had 3 kransky sausages thinking that the protein would be good. BIG MISTAKE! Apparently that was about 670 calories and now I'm over my daily total already!

And it's not even afternoon tea time yet!


10-07-2009, 11:07 PM
God I love kranksy sausages . . . but yeah most processed meats will go sky high on fat and cals. I realised that i have never really counted calories before . . . I have done the points things and Jenny Craig and low carb but never actual calories so I was STUNNED at how fast stuff adds up!!! But its also good cos you can move stuff around and just make better choices every day.

Add a salad to lunch with your sandhwich and throw in some tuna or a small can of three bean mix and that will be good on the cal front with the veggies being super low & add in some protein with the tuna or beans for fullness.

I also have some almonds - 20g - in the afternoon and you could have that with your yoghurt/fruit?

I am about to smack my mortgage broker today. Or the bank. I am not sure who is pissing me off more. Sooooooooooo annoying and unhelpful that I am meeting with two other banks at lunch time (now) so I dont have to deal with these people. Ugh.

*runs out screaming*

10-08-2009, 12:06 AM
Hmmm tuna. Good idea! I will also get some nuts at the supermarket tonight. I suppose they will need to be unsaled nuts though. Poo!

10-08-2009, 12:37 AM
Barb :( Made me cry. I don't even know what to say, because I feel like I am grieving already and I haven't lose my mum yet. I keep wondering if things will be the last time we have them together.

I hope it gets easier for you.

10-08-2009, 12:55 AM
Gen *hugs* :(

Julia - I found some unsalted dry roasted almonds by Sunbeam not sure if you have that brand there? I normally dont like unsalted and cant do unroasted but these are GREAT. If I get cashews raw I usually roast them in the oven to bring out the flavour.

10-08-2009, 07:09 AM
Gen at least for me it was quick. I feel sorry for you because you're waiting, not knowing when the last time will be. I saw my mum the Friday before she passed away and we had such a great day, laughing and carrying on like a pair of loonies. I'm so glad we had that time together, adds to all of the good memories I already have, and to know she was happy makes a real difference even though it sucks that she left us so soon. I can't imagine how hard it is for you. You should write a letter for your mum telling her what she means to you and get her to do the same for you, then you will always have that with you whenever you're feeling sad. I've got a voice mail message from my mum and I listen to it sometimes, its weird to hear her voice knowing she's not around anymore.

Sorry I made you cry, I didn't mean for anyone to get upset its just nice to have somewhere to go and get these things out sometimes. Thanks for listening to me ramble on.


10-08-2009, 09:29 PM
Oh no, don't be sorry. It's great that you had a good day to remember your mum. Funny, my family has never been "I love you" types but we don't end a phone conversation or visit without saying it now.

10-09-2009, 01:08 AM



I saw this about 8 hours before my mum passed away and have never forgotten it. How true! Gen keep telling yr mum you love her. xoxox:hug:

10-10-2009, 07:39 PM
On my virtual walk across Australia I am into NSW and have passed Broken Hill. Next stop - Wilcannia! In three more weeks I will have been doing this for a year…

Where is everyone?

10-10-2009, 10:05 PM
Ugh just had words with the roommate. She agreed she will move out at the end of the semester. We are just not a match. She makes out like I'm a cow and she's tried to be a "good roommate" but really she's just passive-aggressive. I don't get her and I don't particularly want to.

Sigh. Don't need the crap.

10-11-2009, 05:53 AM
good for you Gen standing your ground.

Yes Ani quiet in here isnt it. I've been busy working working lol. And buying new handbags lol.

10-13-2009, 04:52 PM
I'm going through something a bit odd at the moment. Yesterday morning I woke up and my legs were feeling really crampy. It started off in my quads but has since moved down the length of my legs and into my calves and ankles. It's hard to describe but feels like cramp and pins and needles.

I went to the gym last night and managed 20 minutes walking and 10 minutes on the bike but my legs are still sore and tingly and I feel a tiny bit unsteady.

I know I should go to the doctor but I'm scared. My dad has multiple sclerosis and anything like this makes me scared that I've got it too. The only way they can find out is by doing a spinal tap and I'm really not keen to do that.


10-14-2009, 12:52 AM
Ani - say hello when you get to Sydney ok!

Gen - how long til the end of semester? I live on my own at the moment and have never been happierrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!! I lived with flatmates for the 15 years before that and some were nightmares others ok, but nothing like knowing any messes that are made are your own fault . . .

Julia - that sounds really scary :( Please see a doc just to put your mind at ease. Do you think you could have restless leg syndrome? I know that sometimes if you have a potassium deficiency you can have that.

Von - your handbags are sooooooooooo cool!!!!

10-16-2009, 05:35 PM
My god it's quiet in here! Where has everybody gone?

I've had a busy week and have a busy weekend ahead working 2 jobs. Have only been to the gym once this week but eating has been good. I've become aware of the fact that despite bringing my lunch most days I almost always end up buying some food too.

I've bought a wee notebook and am writing down absolutely everything that I spend money on and 5 days in I find that I've spent over $60 on bits and pieces of food here and there. Shocking!!!

I'm working this morning at my normal job and then again tonight at my second job. That usually involves lots of walking around and I enjoy that, it burns a few calories and stops me from sitting and eating.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!


10-16-2009, 05:37 PM
where did everybody go?

I have not been that great with my food choices and the consequences are not good. put on over a kilo in the past couple of weeks. So starting Monday -- (yes Monday as i have shift work rest of weekend) I am going to ensure I at least walk around the block on a daily basis. Its not a big block so it should be achievable. And at least 3 glasses of water a day.

10-16-2009, 07:17 PM
It's been a crappy week for me too.

I was saddened by the news of a very well known and likeable bloke in the small town that I came from before coming to Darwin had commited suicide last weekend. It is such a sad waste. He was only in his 30's and leaves behind a wife and three young children. The 'why's' will always be there, but there is strong speculation that this is a result of the new wonder drug to help quit smoking - Champix! Some of the major side effects from this drug is mood swings and thoughts of self harm. Who'd have thought huh?

Dad goes to Perth next week for open heart surgery. Mum has just been told that a recent CT scan has shown a mass on one of her kidneys - further investigations are being performed, but have to be put on hold so she can escort Dad to and in Perth for the next three weeks!!

I finally bought a new oven last week! It was a joy packing away the tiny bench top thing for the last time! Last weekend, I christened the new oven by first cooking a yummy roast lamb with all the trimmings! And then I baked a Orange Poppyseed cake and some Melting Moments from scratch! Never in my life have I cooked a cake or biscuits from scratch! The cake and biscuits went to work with me on Monday and was morningtea for the office for the next three days - and the whole office loved it!! And I loved it because it meant I didn't gorge myself on cake and biscuits!

I am baking another cake for work tomorrow just to be sure last weekend wasn't just beginners luck! But I have to admit the novelty of cooking this yummy food is fast wearing off against the chore of cleaning up afterwards! :lol:

I haven't stepped on the scales for a while now...eating is still pretty crap! I did discover a recipe that has livened up my morning porridge and keeps me going well and truely up to lunch:

1 cup of Rolled Oats
2 Small sweet apples chopped into small pieces
50g Raisins
2 cups of water
2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon

Combine oats, apples, raisins and water in a saucepan on medium heat. Stir until it begins to becomes bubbly. Add cinammon and stir over heat for a further two minutes - serve!

This apparently serves two at 322cals per serve, but I find that is too much first thing in the morning, so I split it into three serves!

Apples and raisins are good for weight-loss as are oats and cinnamon which also has the added bonus of lowering the bad cholesterols and other metabolic benefits!!

Anyway, I will stop waffling! I have junkmail to go deliver!

Hope everyone is well. :)

10-17-2009, 06:30 AM
Lindor I hope everything goes well with your mum and dad. And how awful about the guy you knew. Yes that champix is nasty nasty nasty.

Congrats on the new found baking skills. You're right, it is a chore cleaning up afterward isnt it. I love baking but hate the aftermath.

10-20-2009, 07:24 PM
Lindor I hope everything is ok with your parents. It must be a very stressful time for you.

I'm ticking along and getting fatter and fatter by the day :( I haven't been watching what I eat and more importantly for me, I haven't really been going to the gym either.

I don't feel like there's any point in getting back on track yet because I've got this holiday coming up. I know that's silly but I just can't help but think that there's no point making an effort now when I'm going to be away in a place where I'll be eating (and ENJOYING) all the local cuisine and not worrying about any sort of diet.

So I'm just plodding along and not doing anything constructive. Not feeling very good about it all but not feeling bad enough to actually do anything.

Ho hum.


10-21-2009, 05:38 AM
This Forum Is Getting Far To Quiet For My Liking

10-21-2009, 04:32 PM
Lindor, hope your parents are okay :)

Von, I know. It's pathetic, isn't it? We've all fallen off the wagon! I think it's quiet without Kel's chattering too. I wonder how she is?

10-21-2009, 06:51 PM
she's doin ok. I miss her on here to but i talk to her on facebook. She's just bought a new house so is quiet on there to as she's getting things organised. lucky. I have fallen off big time. prob gained 3 kilos in a couple weeks. just feel generally like crap :(

10-21-2009, 09:13 PM
Me too Vonni. Just not sure what to do to get back in the right head space…

Lindor I'm really sorry to hear all the stuff that is going on with you and your family. Are you OK?

I'm going to make a serious effort to get back into the right head space to lose some weight. I haven't weighed myself for at least three weeks - so it's time I did that, and then came up with a plan.

10-21-2009, 11:45 PM
I went to the gym last night and did spin - YAY! Felt fantastic for having done it too :D Now unfortunately I'm not going to get a chance to go again until after I'm back from my holiday. Working at the rugby tonight so that means lots of walking around which is good.

10-22-2009, 05:34 AM
HELLO LO LO LO . I can hear an echo in here!!!

I'm way to busy to pop in from work so I'll have to make more of an effort from home.

Have I missed anything? Nothing bad I hope.

I'm plodding along not really moving in any direction, but that's not all that bad really, rather be stagnant than be putting on.

I got a $3 an hour pay rise this week! Yay for me! Mind you I sure do earn it, they keep giving me more stuff to do and I'm not really all that confident that I can manage it all, but my boss seems to think I'm doing really well that's why I got the rise and more responsibility!

Anyway I'm off.

Barb :)

10-22-2009, 06:23 PM
Hey Barb payrise is awesome. maybe the 3 an hour u can put towards gym membership? lol. Says me who is gym procrastinator of the year.

Well i prob need to work more as the school has suggested that instead of my son repeating yr ten there (hes a wagger and when at school does nothing due to anxiety) and not being able to cope they found a person who runs a distance Ed school from his home. It takes pressure of parents to do it. a retired school teacher is he and i was concerned they'd be stuck in a room all day but no. found he takes them places in 12 seater bus. They went ultra light aircraft flying last week wow my son would love that.

Anyhow going to check it out next week.

Me, I working next 9 days in a row. 2 night duties the rest days. so wont be on much but hopefully i can eat right and lose a bit of weight.

Must run much to do before i go work at 3pm.

Vonni xoxox

PS Sry bout the son vent but am excited that finally something might be coming right for him.

10-23-2009, 06:12 AM
Don't have the time for the gym Vonnni! My kids don't know who I am now!

Since starting work I've lost 3kg. See my ticker!!!!

10-24-2009, 07:57 PM
I was woken up at 12:10am by the earth shaking!! There was a 7+ mag earthquake in the Banda Sea just off Indonesia at that point and it felt quite significant here in Darwin! God knows how it felt in Indonesia!! And the noise was quite dramatic too - the rumbling went on for a good couple of minutes (the shaking lasted the best part of a minute)! And I have to admit, I called the Emergency Services in a little moment of panic when I thought about a Tsunami wiping out Darwin!!

Turns out there was initially a Tsunami warning but it was lifted half an hour later.

Freaky stuff...seems mother nature is quite unsettled at the moment?

I have to confess to struggling with the weight-loss thing too. Can't get into it at all. My head is still in the place where it says 'you shouldn't be doing that' as I am eating, or even as I am pulling something wrong and totally unnecessary off the supermarket shelf. I know where I am off the wagon, but I can't seem to get myself back up again.

But I am going to have a long hard looking into things this week and see if I can't pick myself up!

Barb, you sound quite happy with the job! And well done on the 3kg loss!

Vonni, sounds like this guy might help your son...hope it works out.

Anyway...must move!

10-25-2009, 04:26 PM
Lindor that would have been scary as. Glad I'm not coastal anymore lol.

Well, I prob wnt be on for a week. starting this morning i have 7 days in a row work then a night duty on the 8th day so i will be buggered. hopefully can keep my meals well balanced.

10-27-2009, 09:45 PM
I want to try and get my mojo back to drop 5kg.

Starting today I am going to count calories, plan my meals and drink enough water to hydrate me. My days off are now Wednesday/Thursday so here goes…

Today's goal is:

• Eat no more than 1700 calories;

• Drink 2L of water;

• Plan my meals for the next week and go shopping;

• Write everything down; and

• Check in here every day to record my results.

10-29-2009, 06:38 AM
I was made full time today at work, so my payrise is now $5 an hour rather than $3. YAY for me. I'm so proud of myself at the moment. Everything is looking rosy!

And I think I've lost weight too!


10-30-2009, 12:15 AM
Weighed in this morning and I've lost 1.1 kg. WOOHOO!

Where is everyone?

10-30-2009, 06:19 AM
Barb that is awesome. And when you work regular hours it is easier to work a meal plan out. and the pay rise = more fresh stuff


10-30-2009, 07:47 PM
and a regular income, finally things are moving forward for us. :)

10-31-2009, 06:08 AM
good stuff. Sry havent been on much guys, been working weird shifts and when not at work i am trying to catch up on either sleep or housework. Havent been that bad with my eating but need to drink water.... thats always been my problem.

11-02-2009, 07:08 PM
Where IS everybody. Maybe we are lurking? But not posting? And if lurking is it because we are feeling low? And not doing well with the losing weight bit? But isn't THAT what we are here for? moral support?


Me, not doing great but not that bad either. Not actively watching my food intake but i know its not as much as it has been. I've been sick with a wog yet again. So over it. And last night took myself to hospital. I was laying in bed about 11.45pm and as I was dozing off I got this awful feeling of being crushed/smothered (no pain tho) and my heart seemed to pound slowly in my ears and chest. I tried yelling out to Matt or reaching to touch him and I could not move at all or speak. then the feeling was gone and my pulse started racing and i could speak. scared the s h i t outta me so i rang work and burst into tears lol. they did an ecg all seemed fine they think i migbht have been having an anxiety attack. OMG I so never ever want to have one again. it was awful.

11-03-2009, 02:54 AM
Vonni, have you considered Sleep Paralysis (

You say you have had some erratic shifts recently and this is often associated with poor sleep - jetlag etc.

I used to suffer a lot when I worked weird shifts and had a poor sleep cycle. And on occasions I experienced it after taking heavy pain killers.

It is a scary experiece!!

Weight loss is sooooo out the window with me! I don't even want to talk about it!

My vegies are not coping with the heat here...beans are stunted and dying. Cucumbers looked good...but are also dying now. Lettuces don't look anything like lettuce - long vines with big leaves! Tomatoes, the flowers are dying and falling off. Capsicum, look wilted and sad - one plant has flowers, so maybe some luck there? Carrots and radishes didn't survive the first fall of rain! I am really disappointed :(

Work sux again after the head honchos took away the manager that was working and showing results and replaced him with another hitler who has no management experience nor people skills!!

I am just fed up with everything at the moment!

On a brighter $5 Melbourne Cup sweep at work won me $60!

Hope everyone else is ok :)

11-03-2009, 07:25 PM
Sorry - I'm here too. I have been totally preoccupied with finishing my book, and I am happy/relieved to say that it is finally at the publishers being edited.

I have also signed up for NaNoWriMo, which is an international challenge for writers - the premise being that you challenge yourself to write 50,000 words of a novel in November. So I have joined the madness :dizzy:. Like a lot of people who write I have always wondered if I could create fiction - and I am in the throes of finding out!

Weight loss? Meh! There is a big lesson somewhere in here for me. Every day I tell myself that I will start again tomorrow - and I know better. And I need to change that and tell myself it starts NOW with every choice I make today.

Lindor vegetables need a lot of attention. I grow mine in pots so I can give them more shade when the hot weather comes, and I feed them regularly with a high-potassium fertiliser. They are what is called 'heavy feeders'. I also spray with a natural bacteria called Success to keep the caterpillars at bay, and I make sticky fly traps to catch all the other little buggers. It's easy - paint something bright yellow, smear it with vaseline and put it close to your plants.

Barb I am so impressed with how you've been going. Losing weight, having a great sense of pride in your work - it's fantastic, and I am really proud of you.

Vonni I have had a couple of panic attacks, and they are terrifying. Are you under a lot of stress? And I agree with Lindor - I would investigate sleep paralysis.

Where is Amy? Anyone heard from her?

OK gotta go and write some made-up stuff for my novel.

11-05-2009, 05:49 PM
Well I thought it was to good to be true! I've put on 1.5kg this week, not really sure how though. I think TOM's on its was so maybe that's the problem.

11-06-2009, 05:05 AM
oh bugga barb. prob tom. cheer up and chin up xox

11-06-2009, 06:20 AM
Barb I reckon it's TOM too - don't get too concerned, because you are doing really well :)

11-08-2009, 06:23 PM
Hello ladies!

I'm back from my holiday, had a lovely time - did loads of eating and shopping and am now getting back into the swing of normal life. Boo hoo!

Haven't had time to read back over what's been happening here so will just say that I hope you are all well :D

Now that my holiday is over and done with I'm looking forward to getting back on track with diet and exercise. I have got a nice healthy stir fry prepared for my lunch today and have my gym gear packed and ready to go.

This week I will concentrate on going to the gym and eating good food. Next week I will get back onto calorie counting.


11-09-2009, 03:33 PM
Where is everybody?

I had a good workout at the gym last night. It was definitely more challenging as I hadn't been in a while. I did weights for the first time in around 2 months and I was quivering by the end of it! After that I did 10 minutes walking and 20 minutes 1 min walk/1 min run intervals. Tonight I'll do spin.

Food was ok but I munched out on lollies in the evening which wasn't ideal. Goal for today is to not munch out on lollies!


11-10-2009, 05:02 AM
I'm fortunate that I don't really like sweet stuff, so lollies are never a temptation for me! Give me a nice piece of cheese and a glass of red and I'm happy!!!

Its sooooooo bloody hot here. Was 39 in the shade today! And even though its sweltering I'm not having more that about 1.5 litres of water, I'd rather have a coffee. Stupid, when coffee dehydrates.

I'm feeling like a sausage at the moment, my feet and hands look lovely, not! Will really have to increase the water intake at work. They don't have filtered water in the new building and the tap water is foul so I'll have to bring some from home.

Goal for tomorrow.............DRINK MORE WATER


11-10-2009, 03:45 PM
Unfortunately I've got a sweet tooth and a savoury tooth too!

Went to the gym last night and did spin - boy I'm sore today! Today will be a day off so that will be nice. Lunch today is beef stir-fry and dinner is steak and salad.

Goal for today is to snack wisely!


11-10-2009, 11:17 PM
Julia nice to see u back :) I am a bit like Julia, sweet and savoury lol. MMMM lollies I love lollies :D

11-11-2009, 04:44 PM
Lucky for me they've stopped making my favourite lollies!

Yesterday I went on a cruise ship visit which was lovely. I think that I'd like to do a cruise when I'm older, it looks very nice and relaxing. However, the potential to get very fat would be HUGE! So much food and all included in the price!

Ate pretty well yesterday but did have quite a lot of bubbly in the evening. More lollies too :o we've got heaps as my flatmate brought a massive bag back from the USA. I might have to ask her to keep them in her bedroom!

It's a beautiful day here today and it's payday so even better :D My goal is going to be to go to the gym tonight and do weights and half an hour cardio.


11-11-2009, 05:48 PM
bubbly? i am so excited. I am not really a drinker but jacobs creek has bought out a sparkling moscato mmmmmmmmmmm

11-11-2009, 09:34 PM
Ooh that sounds nice. I've been enjoying the new Lindauer one, it's a sav blanc and is rather nice :)

11-15-2009, 04:43 PM
Today I am going to endeavour to get back on to tracking on Calorie King. Have logged my cuppa tea for breakfast!

I only made it to the gym twice last week so this week I will make a goal to go 3 times.

The weather is improving so salads are tasting even better. Now I just need to cut out the snacking!

Hope that some of you are out there and at least reading even if you're not posting. I miss you all!


11-15-2009, 10:28 PM
I'm reading. Got nothing good to post though. Weight has stayed the same this week and TOM is yet to rear its ugly head so I still feel like a sausage bursting from its skin!

11-16-2009, 04:32 AM
Well I weighed in today and am up 1.8kg. Not bad considering how undisciplined I've been but it's definitely time to get serious about losing some weight.

Today has been great, I've logged everything on calorie king and have eaten within my allowance. I went to the gym and did half an hour of weights, 20 minutes of walk/run intervals and 20 minutes cycling.

Best of all, I've managed to make it through the evening without snacking!! This is a MAJOR achievement for me and I'm very proud of myself. Here's hoping that tomorrow will be an equally good day.

I've been neglecting to eat breakfast lately and I know that needs to stop. I'd like to either buy or make some nice muesli and have that with yoghurt in the mornings.

11-16-2009, 05:17 PM
Its so hot here. And instead of water as we all know is the best, I have been drinking tea, coffee and beer. Never really been a drinker but its so thirstquenching on a hot afternoon. Havent been doing bad things to my food, but prob should eat more regular. Its just to hot to be motivated to do anything. 35.5 here yesterday and today looks like higher. Going to mow the lawn this evening (if i dont have much beer)

Scales suck. 2 days ago said 76.5 and today 77.4. retaining fluid perhaps? I do feel bloated and its not even timje for george to visit yet.

Julia cruise sounds awesome. If I went on one i would need a passport yeah? what about a visa?

R u still working in travel agent? lucky girl to go on famils.

11-16-2009, 08:04 PM
Yep Vonni if you're leaving Aussie then you'd def need a passport. Visas depend on where you're travelling to. I think I'd like to do a cruise one day, I'd love to cruise around the caribbean ...

I'm going great guns so far today. Woke up at 5:30am which is SO not like me. Rather than go back to sleep I got up and did some housework and made a lovely omelette with ham, tomato and avocado for breakky :T

Got to work early and popped into the supermarket where I bought some greek yoghurt and a big bag of muesli. I had 100g of yoghurt and 50g of muesli for morning tea and oh my goodness it was to die for!! :drool: Luckily we have a wee set of scales at work which are meant to be used to weigh letters to ensure correct postage and they're ideal for weighing food. I'll need to use them with my muesli, it's so delicious it would be way too easy to overdo it!

Lunchtime now and I've got ham and cheese toasties and an apple. Dinner tonight is salad and steak. Biggest challenge for me is not to snack at nighttime. Last night I told The Bloke that it was his job to make sure I didn't eat anything after dinner and I found that just by saying that I kept away from the kitchen so perhaps that's a good strategy to employ.

Hope everyone's well and still reading!


11-17-2009, 04:58 PM
s h i t Julia mine BUYS me choc and chips when i say no snacking. BUT you will be pleased to know that i got myself a bowl of cheezles last night and had a handful then went yuk and threw them in the bin woohooo. Havent had any chocolate for days either. And u know what? I don't even feel like any now. and the cheezle packet will be going in the bin today.

11-17-2009, 06:51 PM
OMG stopping at just a few cheezles is practically impossible. Good on you!!

I went to the gym and did spin last night and man it was hard. I've lost a lot of fitness over the last couple of months and it's hard work getting it back. I did weights on Monday night and my pecs and triceps are still sore today. I used to train weights 3 x weekly and I really want to get back to that too.

Eating was good yesterday and I didn't do any snacking last night either :cb:

I'm on track so far today, had a nice serving of scrambled egg on toast for breakky, greek yoghurt & muesli for morning tea and I think I'm going to get some Vietnamese spring rolls for lunch as they're healthy and delicious.

Gym again tonight and I'm going to do weights and at least 30 minutes cardio.


11-18-2009, 04:33 AM
feel like crap look like crap and its not even tom till after the weekend. I'm having a bad day. I am cranky and so over everything. and I need to vent so sorry guys :)

11-18-2009, 06:00 AM
I'm here too, not saying much because I'm going flat out writing my novel at the moment.

I handed in the manuscript on the other book about three weeks ago, and it's being launched in Melbourne in March. YAY!

And the most excellent news is that I go on almost a month's holiday next week. I cannot wait. It will be my first decent holiday in years. I'm off to NSW to see my mum, then going to Melbourne for a few days to stay with friends.

As for weight loss - haven't much to report, but I've been mostly careful with what I am eating. I am going to get right back into it when I come home from holidays.

Sorry for not posting much, but I'm around. And I am thinking of you all.

11-18-2009, 05:00 PM
Ani congrats on the book launch that's very exciting! Your holiday will be a very well deserved break and I hope you have a great time :cb:

Vonni sorry to hear you were having a bad day. Hope today is better :hug:

I went to the gym last night and did weights followed by 20 minutes jogging and 20 minutes cycling. Ate well but was slightly over calorie allowance for the day.

Today I'm going to the movies after work so the big challenge will be not to eat naughty things like I usually do at the movies. After all, it just doesn't seem right to watch a movie without a big bucket of buttery salty popcorn! I've got some nuts and a wee bottle of diet coke so will take those.

I will have to be super careful with my food choices today as I'm not going to the gym.


11-19-2009, 07:47 AM
i pissed. another crap day so havin berr

11-19-2009, 10:47 PM
How much did you drink Vonni? It's made you spell funny! :dizzy:

I'm gutted that I won't be able to go to the gym for quite a few days ... my ingrown toenail has come back so I had it cut out again this morning and my toe is now wrapped in a huge bandage. The most painful part was the $280 bill! :eek:

Sooooo no exercise and the weekend is here where I usually find it the hardest to stick to eating sensibly. I'll have to make an extra special effort to keep recording stuff on calorie king and hope that my toe gets better soon.


11-20-2009, 11:05 PM
Nothing really to report from here. Its been bloody hot though!

Down 600g from last week, so still need to drop 1.2 to ge back to where I was a couple of weeks ago. Still waiting for TOM to arrive, all the symptoms but thats it.

11-21-2009, 08:54 AM
OMG Julia like only 3 beers lol. One and I'm tipsy. I am not a drinker as a rule and usually only on a very hot day have a half a beer but it was VERY hot heeheee

11-22-2009, 03:49 PM
Ha Ha Vonni that's classic!

Well done for the loss Barb that's great! Isn't it a pain when you're working hard to lose weight just to get back to where you were before. That's exactly what I'm doing at the moment. Grrrr :devil:

I had a pretty quiet weekend. Couldn't go to the gym or anything which was annoying because I only had 1 session to go to have done a perfect week worth of training.

Going to the podiatrist tonight and am hoping that she'll say I can go back to the gym soon.

Didn't record everything on Calorie King in the weekend but didn't do too badly with food. Here's hoping that I've lost a gram or two!


11-23-2009, 09:16 PM
My toe is healing well but no gym for me for a few days as I've been sent to work in Nelson for 3 days. Always nice to get away to another city for a few days and have a change in scenery but it's a pain not being able to go to the gym.

I treated myself to a most delicious lunch today: greek salad and a roast red capsicum stuffed with brown rice and roast veggies. Yumbo.

Hope everyone is well :D

11-23-2009, 09:34 PM
sounds yum Julia, but you can skip the feta that no doubt would be in the greek salad, oh and the olives

11-25-2009, 08:21 AM

11-25-2009, 09:38 PM
I rekon! Makes me sad :(

11-27-2009, 05:45 AM
Where is everyone hiding?

Nothing much to report from here. Stayed the same this week weight wise.

M three months are up on Monday at work and I'm going in and asking for a payrise!! Believe me I deserve one!!!!

I got a real shock last week. My dad has a lady friend. He says its only sex, you know how men are, can't live without it! I really don't know how I feel about this. I know she or anyone else will never replace my mum, and I'm glad that dad's happy but I really don't like it very much. It's only been seven months, and I know mum would like dad to be happy,but, I don't it too soon? I'm afraid this woman will take advantage of him and he won't see it coming. Its been 38 years since he's been on the market as such. Am I being over protective? And when did I become the parent!

11-28-2009, 03:04 AM
Its natural Barb to feel that way. I was same after my mum died and my stepdad found a lady friend. I think that yr dad is probably just lonely and needs a companion. xoxoxox

11-29-2009, 09:07 AM
I'm sorry I haven't been around. I am on holidays and have spent the last week playing tour guide to a friend who was here from Germany. Tomorrow morning I am hopping on a plane, spending 12 days with mum out in country NSW, then three days with friends in Melbourne.

I won't be around until I get back, as there's no internet access where mum is - but I am thinking of you all and will get right back into it when I am back on 18th December.


11-29-2009, 08:49 PM
Barb it's perfectly normal to feel that way. It's hard to deal with but at least your dad is happy and has found someone to share his time with. I'm sure it'll take a while but you'll get used to the idea eventually.

I've totally lost the plot. I was getting right back in to calorie counting and was hitting the gym regularly and then the ingrown toenail happened followed by 3 days out of town and I've gone so far off track I can't even see the track anymore!

I've just eaten small fries from McD's, 4 chicken drumsticks, half a croissant and 4 pieces of chocolate for lunch and I feel so sick I genuinely wish I could throw up and get rid of it all.

I've just arranged to have someone drop off my iPod so that I can go to the gym tonight. Can't go tomorrow night because I'm getting my hair cut but I have no excuse not to go during the rest of the week.

I'm just so sick of this battle. I lost a good chunk of weight and it's been creeping back on slowly but surely. I got down to 83 and am now back up to 88 at last weigh in. I keep losing and gaining back the same few kilos and I'm fed up. On Saturday I went to the mall to look at clothes and was so upset by the end of it that I came home in tears feeling like a big fat lump.

I need to get back into the right headspace but with the silly season coming up I find it really hard not to fall into the trap of oh there's no point doing it now, I'll just start again after Christmas. I do that all the time and it's not helpful at all.

Is anyone else out there and still reading that is willing to do a December challenge with me? I'm not going to aim to lose any specific amount of weight, I just want to commit to monitoring my diet and exercising regulary during the next 4 weeks.


11-30-2009, 01:32 AM
Went to the gym and did a piddly workout of 20 minutes walking and 10 minutes cycling. Weighed in and am now up to 89kg :(

11-30-2009, 06:01 AM
Julia I'm still doimg the xmas challenge! On my own by the looks of it! I'm aiming for under 100 by christmas. Hoping to get there at some point. Today I weighed 102.8 so 2.9kg to go for me. I kow exactly how you feel about loosing the same weight all the time. I have lost the same 2kg's over and over again. Don't let the silly season be an excuse. Give yourself some extra cals on the days you know you'll need em, but don't give in completely. You know you can do this, you've done it before. Keep it up.


11-30-2009, 07:50 AM
Sorry I have not been about. No excuse...just too lazy!

I am in for a little challenge! December is my month to psych myself up again!

I have decided 2010 is going to see me hit (or be well on my way to) 65kg! That is my New Years Resolution! So, for the month of December I am going to explore my eating, exercise and lifestyle habits (which have slipped to waaaaay below healthy!).

I am going to examine everything I eat and discover why I am eating it.

I am going to analyse my urge to binge - the 'why do I do it', the 'what to I eat', the time I get the urge to gorge myself on crap, etc.

I am going to work out my current calorie intake and then look at what I can cut out to reduce the calories I consume.

I am going to explore 'distractions'.

I am going to find ways to include more exercise.

I am going to create a 'routine'!!

For the next 31 days I am going to record everything from what I eat, to what exercise I do, what my mood was during the days, to my normal functions (I probably won't share all of that here! :lol: ).

And with everything I discover about my habits and what I learn about myself through December, I will put into action and use it to achieve my New Years Resolution!

11-30-2009, 05:47 PM
my downfall is bedtime snacks :( but starting tonight no MORE. Matt thinks i have been sleep walking / eating. cause if I 'wake' in the middle of the night i get a bikki and drink or bowl of chips and in the morn i can't really remember.

11-30-2009, 07:37 PM
Yay Yay Yay it's so good to see you all posting! :cb:

Barb it sounds like you're doing really well - good on you for sticking to the xmas challenge!!!

Great to hear you sounding keen to jump back on the wagon Lindor :D If you're able to follow through on your intentions you will learn a LOT and it will give you a really good basis to start the new year off with a bang.

I'm exactly the same Vonni - I snack all evening as I watch tv. It's never because I'm hungry it's just cos I'm being piggy! I don't have sleepwalking to blam though, it's just a very bad habit I've formed over the years.

Today is day 1 for me. I've been recording everything in calorie king and have been drinking lots of water. I'm going to get my little packet of stars out and give myself a star on the calendar for each day that I meet my goal of sticking to my calories and another when I exercise.



12-01-2009, 03:43 PM
Another rainy, cold wintery day in Christchurch. Who stole my summer? :mad:

Day 2 for me today and I started off with some greek yoghurt and honey toasted muesli. I've made a salad for lunch and will also have salad for dinner. The important thing will be to make good decisions for morning and afternoon tea.

I've got my gym gear and will be going to the gym tonight.


12-02-2009, 08:44 PM
Jeepers am I the only one here?

Day 3 for me today and so far so good. Stuck to my calories yesterday and did spin at the gym. Today is going well so far and I will go to the gym tonight and do at least half an hour of some sort of cardio.


12-03-2009, 03:29 PM
Day 4.

Didn't make it to the gym last night as I had too many other things to do. Went to the Ezibuy shop to collect a top they had on hold for me. It's a tunic style top, nice and bright and perfect for travelling to hot countries.

After that I went to a local craft market but unfortunately there were just too many people there for it to be enjoyable. Then I did my grocery shopping.

Stuck well within my calories for the day so that's good. I've made myself a lovely salad for lunch today and have some fruit for snacks. Will go to the gym after work tonight and do some cardio.


12-03-2009, 08:20 PM
Quick update.
- fatter than ever
- mum very bad
- heading home for xmas in 2 wks, may stay longer if mum needs help
- icecream not helping
- v.v. sad this will be last xmas with my mummy

PS: Can't wait to see the lovely nieces too - webcam isn't good enough :)

12-07-2009, 05:27 PM
I'm so sorry to hear that Gen, it will be a tough time. I hope that you are able to spend lots of time with your mum while you're home :hug:

Days 5, 6 and 7 were pretty much a non event as far as watching what I ate so I'm trying to make day 8 a good one. Started off with orange juice and poached eggs on toast for breakfast as I'm away from home with work again and was able to have breakky at the hotel. Will have to hunt out something good for lunch.

I'm feeling incredibly uncomfortable at the moment, my clothes seem to be getting tighter despite my efforts and my work uniform in particular is really straining at the seams :(


12-12-2009, 08:39 AM
I'm in Melbourne at the minute, actually on the Mornington Peninsula.

Back in Perth on Wednesday and right back into the weight loss. Will have time to come back in here then, but just wanted to pop in and say hi.

12-13-2009, 05:57 AM
Ani! Hope your holiday is going well and that it was good catching up with your family and friends again! How were the reactions to your weight-loss?

I'm really, really struggling with weight-loss here! I read over the last post I made and can honestly say it was nothing more than words! I have done nothing toward learning anything about myself. I feel awful. I feel fat. I feel my energy is not what it was. And I just don't know what to do. Well, I know what I need to do, I just don't know what to do to make myself do it!

I need to get right back to basics...but I am not even sure I can manage that at the moment.

I am really hoping this is just because it is Christmas. Christmas depresses me. And each year seems to get harder and harder.

I am going to plod on with the hope that once Christmas is over I might be able to re-focus on weight-loss in the New Year.

I hope everyone else is doing ok? It has become really quiet in here.

Gen, I hope your Christmas will be a happy one despite what is going on...thinking of you.

Same goes for you too Barb :hug:

12-14-2009, 05:23 AM
Thanks Lindor.

Well its less than two weeks now till christmas and I don't think I'm gonna make 99.9. I seem to be hovering around the same weight. Most annoying it is! Its only 2.6ish kg's but its been so hard to shift it. I hope to maintain over the silly season and get right back into it boxing day, then give myself the day off for nye. Slow and steady!

12-14-2009, 06:06 PM
My last day in Melbourne today :-(. I have had the best holiday, and am feeling a little bit sad about going back to Perth.

I have the sense that I might want to move back over east, and that is a seed that has been well and truly planted now. I think the next year is going to be interesting.

In terms of weight loss I feel really fat. I reckon I am back up well over 80kg, and I don't feel very healthy because of it. So as of tomorrow, when I wake up in Perth, I am going to start back on a healthy eating plan. I will weigh myself, fall over with shock, sob into the bathroom mirror, then slap myself and make a plan.

But yesterday when I was struggling to pick up my suitcase, because it weighed 22kg, I looked at my friend and said: "Even if I've gained weight I have still lost that suitcase in weight". Picking it up and realising how much weight I used to carry around on my body was really affirming for me.

That was a massive effort, and has made a great change to my life.

So now the task is simple - to 'pack' another suitcase, so I am not carrying around this extra 12kg in weight.

And the goal is equally simple. I'm going to lose 12kg in the next 12 months.

Talk to you when I'm back in Perth :-)

12-15-2009, 04:47 PM
Gosh it's so great to see a few more of you posting!

It's really hard to stay focused at this time of the year isn't it? It sounds like all of us are struggling so I hope that we can all support eachother and all get back on track very soon.

I went to the gym last night for the first time in well over a week. Just walked for 40 minutes but that felt really good. My aim for the moment is to eat sensibly and keep up the exercise.


12-16-2009, 02:12 AM
Got back to Perth late last night.

This morning I went straight to the local pool and bought a 10-swim card, then I emptied out the money box I've been throwing coins in throughout the last six months. Very surprised - almost $600. So I went to Kmart and bought a Wii, and WiiFit Plus.

Then it was off to the supermarket, and I bought a bunch of good healthy food.

This starts today for me!

12-16-2009, 07:18 AM

Do we need to create some sort of Wii challenge?

12-16-2009, 07:29 PM
I want Santa to bring me a Wii for Christmas! Don't think that's going to happen though :no:

Went to the gym again last night and walked for 30 minutes. I really am back to basics at the moment. However, I think that going and walking for half an hour is better than the alternative which at the moment, is going home and doing nothing!


12-16-2009, 07:31 PM
Lindor I'm going to have my first go at Wii Fit today once I have finished cleaning, washing and all that boring stuff. I set the Wii up late last night and got distracted playing golf :).

I ate really well yesterday - quite happy with my first day - and I am feeling really motivated at the moment.

12-18-2009, 06:47 PM
Picture this:

I am sitting here typing a post on a weight-loss support forum. I have been up for 45mins, I have showered and I am sipping my first cup of coffee for the day.


And I wonder why my clothes are tight, and I wonder why I don't feel as fit as I was, and I wonder why I can't lose weight!!!

I am hopeless!

12-18-2009, 07:26 PM
Lindor don't say that matey - you're not hopeless :p.

I ate really well for the last two days, then had a HIDEOUS day back at work yesterday. I went to a party last night and, because I was feeling so bad, I inhaled as much food as I could (and I had eaten dinner before I left). It was subconscious 'proof' that it's all I am worth - and I knew that, but still did it.

And I feel fat, and my clothes don't fit - intellectually I know what I need to do, but it's such a struggle to do it.

So today I am going to try and eat well, drink water, and work towards my proper goals again. Maybe if we start to work together again we can find a way through this and get back on that elusive wagon.

I'm game if anyone else is…

12-19-2009, 06:09 AM
I weighed myself yesterday morning like I usually do and had gained. I was so disappointed with myself. I ate really well all week and was hoping for a loss. Then I deciede to weigh myself this afternoon and found I had lost! The bloody scales are really doing my head in at the moment. I think I'm going to put them in the cupboard for a while and just go by how I'm feeling, you know, some days are skinny days and some days aren't. I think when I feel good I look good. Here's to feeling good!

Ani when does your book get published?

Lindor. Have some eggs for breakfast. I find they keep me going till lunch. Bbq shapes are my favorite! I like the crumbs way down the bottom of the bag!!!

Where is everyone else hiding?

12-19-2009, 06:13 PM
Barb the book is being edited at the moment, and that will take a month. Then it comes back to me and my co-author for the final proof - then it goes to the printer. It will be either March or April when it gets launched, but I will let you know.

My opinion about scales is this: they are a wonderful tool, but a terrible master. As long as you use them as ONE tool in your 'weight-loss' toolbox, and don't give them the power to dictate your success or failure, they are an excellent guide. And if you're finding they are negatively affecting you it might be an idea to put them away for a while.

I'm going to weigh-in tomorrow for the first time in a few months. I'm expecting to get terrible news :dizzy: but that will give me an idea of what goals I want to set for the next twelve months.

It doesn't matter that this year has been a shocker, in terms of weight gain for me. I am going to embrace it as a learning experience, and get on with the business of changing myself into a healthier, fitter me.

12-20-2009, 04:00 PM
I jumped on the scales half an hour ago...


It's a starting point, I guess.

Other than knowing I NEED to cut out this ridiculous excess eating habit I have (re)developed, I have not thought about how I am going to fight this battle yet.

Today is one day, tomorrow is another...

12-20-2009, 06:49 PM
I jumped on the scales this morning too Lindor - 81.3kg. Blurk!

But here we go - the good, the bad and the ugly :D. This is my starting point, and I am now going to get to work on my 2010 goal: 12kg in 12 months.

It's going to be hard between now and New Year but I am determined to at least get into good eating habits and start the whole process today. I'm not going to pressure myself over Christmas but if I can weigh no more than 81kg by the start of the new year I'll consider that a win.

Want to join me? We can just set some kind of "easy" goal for January, then work together to reach it. I think you should say yes because past history tells me that we have the most success losing weight when we work together. What do you reckon? You too Julia and Barb ;)

Vonni where are you? Gen have you come home?

12-21-2009, 03:11 PM
Ok Ani! I am in!

But, I am not going to fool around thinking I can do anything sensible until 2pm Thursday! It is one Christmas function after another at work at the moment and I am not going to get myself worked up about weight-loss while I am faced with all the yummy foods!

At this point I am still looking like being at home alone on Christmas Day, so should be able to take a little control there, and Christamas Day is also the first of a 10 day break I am taking from work!

The first thing I need to work on is getting back into a habit of normal meal times and I think that is going to be my goal for January.

I need to pull myself together again!!

12-21-2009, 05:38 PM
I'm here, just lurking at the moment. I've got so much happening over the next couple of weeks that I've decided to take a break from thinking about food and exercise and I'm going to enjoy my time spent with family and friends.

Will be back on board in the new year though!

I hope that everyone has a lovely Christmas :D


12-21-2009, 06:38 PM
I agree with both of you about it being hard at Christmas time, and that's why I am not going to put too much pressure on myself either. I just want to try and start having better eating habits now - then after Christmas I will get stuck into it more.

Yesterday I ate fairly well: cereal, prunes, strawberries, grapes and HiLo milk for breakfast.
A banana for morning tea.
An avocado, chicken, baby spinach and cheese sandwich on Soy & Linseed bread for lunch.
Oven baked fish, spinach, tomato, beetroot, corn, avocado for dinner.
And two chocolate biscuits while I was playing Wii Sport :D

All up it was just over 1700 calories. And I drank more than 2 litres of water.

Today will be fairly similar except I plan to have vegetables for dinner instead of salad.

12-21-2009, 10:14 PM
I'm busy over Christmas but don't really have a lot of food related functions to go to, so really I have no excuse not to be able to keep eating good foods. I will be giving myself fee reign for christmas lunch though, not that we're eating anything overly bad, just too much of the good stuff!!

I'm in for the new year. I'm so sick of myself.

12-22-2009, 07:06 PM
YAY Barb! We can do this if we work together - I know it.

I have three days off now and don't have too many plans. I am really looking forward to being able to relax for a couple of days after a hectic Christmas week in retail. It never ceases to amaze me how much money people spend at Christmas - it's quite frightening really.

I'm going to potter in the garden and clean the house today. I plan to eat well, relax, and maybe even sit down and read for a while.

At some point I will need to buy some food, but the thought of going out and joining the frantic last-minute shopping frenzy gives me the horrors.

12-24-2009, 03:35 PM
Merry Christmas to all my fellow Aussie Chicks!

Hope it's a happy and safe one for you all :)

12-25-2009, 10:46 PM
I just wrote a really long detailed post and the computer ate it. BUGGA!

Well it sort of went like this.....

Very emotional christmas, but a good day was had by all. Way too much food but nothing nasty.

My sis is over from Melbourne so going to spend some time with her before she heads back home. Always great to see her but hard to say good bye. Also met her girlfriend for the first time, she's lovely, just what Vanessa needs.

Got a couple of days before going back to work so I'm planning on catching up a bit around the house and just chilling! Working for a living is sooo exhausting!!

Ok, I'm off. See you all soon.


XXX :)

12-26-2009, 07:21 PM
Barb I'm glad Christmas had its good parts for you - I was thinking of you. All those first 'milestones' without a parent are really challenging to get through, and it's good that you could spend nurturing time with the rest of your family.

In a way my Christmas was sad - not for me personally, but my best mate from work invited me to her family Christmas dinner. Two days before that her twin sister had been given really bad news - that her cancer was back. So while there was an atmosphere of almost forced joviality, there was a dark cloud hanging over the dinner. Really sad.

Work is tough at the moment. Not just because it's busy, but the weather is making things worse. There's no way that air-conditioning works well in a place as big as Bunnings - and the last week or so the temperatures at work have been in the mid-30's. Tomorrow it's 40ºC and I am NOT looking forward to that. You can just about wring my clothes out when I finish work now - let alone when it's going to be so disgusting.

But I have managed to eat well (mostly) and stay reasonably on track. It's weigh-in day tomorrow and I hope that, if I haven't lost anything over Christmas, I at least haven't gained.

Hope you all stay safe and well over the silly season.

12-27-2009, 09:35 AM
I vowed that from 2pm Thursday I would start eating 'good' again...

...I sucked Thursday afternoon and gorged myself on bacon and eggs because the engineering department at work had bacon and eggs for breakfast and stunk the whole corridor out with wonderful odours! I craved bacon and eggs all day after smelling it!!

...I sucked on Friday because it was Christmas day and I was feeling pretty blue so took comfort in stuffing my face!

...Saturday was way better and I ate only at designated meal times and ate only what I allowed myself. I also walked for an hour delivering junkmail and I mowed my whole yard! I also drank well over two litres of fluid!

...Today was similar but without the exercise.

At this point, my meals are probably not the wisest of healthy options, but at the moment I just want to concentrate on avoiding the need to binge!

I did discover over the last two days that what I think has contributed to my gorging in the evening is the fact that I have not had time for afternoon tea!

Ok, let me clarify that. Before moving here a year ago, I used to knock off work at 3pm, by 3.10pm I was at home enjoying a coffee and a snack size chocolate. Here, I knock off at 3pm and have to drive half an hour to get home. Two days a week (Tues and Wed) I get home, get changed and immediately go deliver junkmail. Monday and Friday I get home and get stuck into the tedious chore of preparing the junkmail for delivery before allowing myself the rest of those evenings off. One or two days a week (Thurs and/or Fri) I have to do stuff (shopping, appointments etc) that can delay my arrival home for anything up to an hour or more. Basically what I am saying is, I don't have the time for that little snack and sugar fix that probably used to get me through the evenings.

These last two days I have made myself have that coffee and small sweet snack and in doing so, I have not found myself having to stuff my face in the evening once I have had my meal.

I will also weigh in tomorrow. I am not expecting anything terrific - if anything at all - given I have only really had two days where I haven't been a total pig with my food intake!

Barb, I am pleased that you were able to enjoy your Christmas :)

I hope Gen managed to enjoy hers a little too?

Ani, I hope you survive your 40C days. I don't miss them at all! Our 32/33C days are lovely, but I'd give anything for a little less humidity!!!

12-27-2009, 07:15 PM
It's a start...I am down 0.4kg! And given that I only had two good days in that week, I think that is a pretty good result. (Anybody mentions water loss and I will shoot them!! :lol:)

And 400g is enough to motivate me to see what I am capable of producing if I am good for a whole week!!

12-27-2009, 07:56 PM
hey guys.... im skulking back in... just got fed up of trying and getting no where .. and not being true to myself.. so took some time out.. to reflect on what i want... atm i want a break... .. So that really is what i have done for the last few weeks.. on the weightloss front.. anyway.. .. My plan is to start again.. in 2010... and i will, have a new start weight ect... yes i have lost weight no im not satisfied.. so why does my mind keep telling me.. you have lost x already ... so why not have xyz.... lol...

so no more for me its a new start in the new year and a new beginning with the goal to lose 10 kilos.. before 2011.. ... i will come back in 2010 and start over again.. with you guys..