Saturday, 9 March 2013

Wednesday = weigh day, but no time to post!

Looks like wednesdays are the ideal day for actually weighing in, but not for finding time to post about it! Nonetheless, a few days late, I declare a 0.5kg loss this week, which takes me JUST into the magic 60s! Yay!

Start weight: 85 kg / 187.4 lbs
Current weight: 69.9 kg / 154.1 lbs
Goal weight: 55 kg / 121 lbs

Last 2 weeks: - 0.5 kg / 1.1 lbs
Total loss: 15.1 kg / 33.3 lbs
Left to lose: 14.9 kg / 32.7 lbs

Also: yet another 2 cm off my waist, making a total of 7 cms now.

Food: Felt mostly "normal" around food. Had a couple of "moments" but managed to stop myself. Also managed to have a treat without the guilty feeling afterwards. HUGE step for me!

Exercise: Been a bit crap at running lately, must go for a run after the weekend! Have upped my weights again, and am feeling stronger!

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Wednesday = weighday

A good two weeks, both food and exercise wise – and with results to boot:

Start weight: 85 kg / 187.4 lbs
Current weight: 70.4 kg / 158.5 lbs
Goal weight: 55 kg / 121 lbs

Last 2 weeks: - 1.5 kg / 3.3 lbs
Total loss: 14.6 kg / 32.2 lbs
Left to lose: 15.4 kg / 34.1 lbs

Also: another 2 cm off my waist, making a total of 5 cms now.


Food: Felt "normal" around food. Not bingeing, and not feeling guilty about the odd treat. This is perhaps the biggest achievement of the past two weeks!

Exercise: Finally feeling "at home" in the weights room, and really enjoying it! Have upped my weights too, and had a monster training session on Monday, complete with total endorphine high.

Monday, 18 February 2013

Hah! Nail polish ninja!

I am convinced wearing nail polish has a direct impact on stamina. Especially when matched to your sports bra.

This free weights malarky? It's pretty addictive, huh? Why didn't anyone tell me?! A week in and I am bloody LOVING it! I need tips though, so feel free to chip in with advice. One of the instructors at the gym recommended me a full body routine to start off with, as opposed to doing split sets - but a week in and I can see I will probably get bored with the repetitiveness if I am to do only this for 2 months, like she told me to. I know myself only too well. What she has me doing now are (my current load in brackets, she didn't say how much to put on so am just testing things):

Leg press, machine: 3 x 12 (100 kg - can definitely up it a notch next time)
Lunges 3 x 12 (with 10 kg weights in each hand)
Seated row 3 x 8 (just moved up to 41 kg today)
Bench press 3 x 8 (25 kg)
Dumbbell incline bench press 3 x 8 (7 kg dumbbells)
Side raises 3 x 8 (4 kg dumbbells)
Tricep rope pulldown 3 x 12 (18 kg)
Bicep curls 3 x 8 (7 kg dumbbells)
Crunches (As many as I have time to do before I have to dash, usually around 50 ish)
The plank (we do this 3 x 1 minute every day at work anyway)

So yeah, I need tips! Has she given me an OK routine for starters, or can it be improved on? If so, how? I mean, where are all these squats people rave about? Should I even be doing them as a beginner?


Also, another observation: Monday afternoons are not a good time to go to the gym, as it is jam packed. I realised I was gonna have to do more hanging around waiting to take my turn, than any actual exercise. Solution - did only the major things (leg press, bench press, seated row) in the gym, went out for a quick run, and then used my dumbbells at home to complete the other exercises.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Valentine's treat: pink fluff

How good does this look? And it's pink!

Time for a healthy treat! Easy peasy: Beat one egg white until it forms stiff peaks, add stevia (or other sweetener) to taste, 50 g of frozen blueberries and 50 g of frozen raspberries, continue to beat on high until the berries break up and it's all pink and fluffy. If your food mixer has a splash guard - use it! The frozen berries want to fly everywhere in the beginning.

Eat like it is or treat yourself to a couple of chopped squares of dark choccy on top. I did the latter today - it is valentine's day, after all!

Without choccy on top: 60 kcal (yes, really!)
With 10 g of chopped dark choccy on top: 115 kcal


PS: Eggs in Norway are 100% safe with regards to salmonella - therefore it is totally OK to eat raw eggs here. But please don't hold me accountable if the egg standard in your country turns out to be different...

Wednesday = weigh-day

It seems I am rubbish at updating these days. I did however, weigh in yesterday. And here are the results from wednesday's jury: I'm a metric girl, so my milestones are mainly in kg, but my inner imperial girl wholeheartedly welcomes the 150s!

Start weight: 85 kg / 187.4 lbs
Current weight: 71.9 kg / 158.5 lbs
Goal weight: 55 kg / 121 lbs

This week: - 1.1 kg / 2.4 lbs
Total loss: 13.1 kg / 28.9 lbs
Left to lose: 16.9 kg / 37.4 lbs


This week I have also faced my irrational fear of the free weights section at the gym, I have had one of the instructors set up a beginner's program for me, and today is the day where I venture in there alone for the first time. My entire body still aches from the session day before yesterday, but despite that I am still looking forward to today's session. What is it they say? "Pain is fear leaving the body"?

Monday, 11 February 2013

Not Nutella

What if...

What if there was a chocolate spread, that was both ridiculously tasty and healthy?

Guess what? There is! And it's easy to make: Take one ripe avocado, a few drops of stevia, a pinch of salt and a tablespoon of cocoa powder. Blitz. Eat.

Shown here on a toasted slice of low-carb bread from my local bakery. Soooooo gooooood!

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Ah, that's better!

Could not resist stepping on the scales again today - and the .5 kg were back off. Yay! Just goes to show that I must try not to get demotivated by daily fluctuations.