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17Jan

Ouch, ouchy, ouch…my poor knees are feeling very sorry for themselves today!

The aerobics class yesterday was such good fun and it gave me a real mental boost – just getting through the class put a huge smile on my face. I guess I just have to accept that, at this size, there are still limitations to my fitness prowess! ;-)

The knee ache is very different from muscle ache – which I have lots of in my legs, bum and stomach today too…I think the pros like to refer to it as DOMS – delayed onset muscle soreness or something along those lines. The knee stuff is more about the sheer pressure of weight on my poor joints. The heat cream has been out this evening…and I am currently sporting rather spiffing pyjamas and rather stinking cream knees! :-)

I will be there next week though – giving it another go…what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger so ‘they’ say – and I still managed to get my gym session in today – although I have to admit to skipping my Friday night swim…I just feel like a dead weight tonight and doubt that the lifeguards want to lug me out of the pool anytime soon.

There doesn’t seem to be any conclusive evidence or advice about what to do to help these knee issues. If I go and see a doctor I know that I will be told to keep losing weight – duh! I struggle to find knee supports to fit my legs…I did have a thought about using a bandage of some sorts…maybe a horse one would do? I have plenty of those! And then there are joint supplements. I have taken some before, but haven’t for a while now. They did seem to help me, but I am wondering if this is just that placebo thing that happens…but if it makes me feel better, then surely there can’t be any harm in that? I just don’t like the thought of wasting my money if it is just my brain playing tricks on me! :-)

Despite my aches, I am – as I said – going back next week. I can go at my own pace and hopefully my poor old bod will get used to my efforts sooner rather than later.

I had a little chuckle to myself today. Did any of you hear about the heroic efforts of David Cameron? He has – wait for it…agreed to give up sugar for a day – a whole DAY. Forgive me for being a little underwhelmed by his efforts to support the sugar-free challenge.

Mr Vaz, MP for Leicester East, had said during Prime Minister’s Questions: “Launched last week, Action on Sugar aims to reduce the sugar content of food and drinks by up to 30% because of the twin epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Voluntary arrangements with manufacturers, though well-intentioned, have not worked. Will you meet with a delegation of health experts to discuss this issue and can we enlist your support in the war on sugar by asking you to give up sugar and sugary drinks for one day this week?” Mr Cameron replied: “I’m sure that last proposal would have the strong support of Mrs Cameron so I will take that up if I possibly can.”

If I possibly can…

Goodness me. Whilst I fully accept that I stuffed more than my fair share of sugary treats down my neck, and applaud those who have managed their eating habits well throughout their lifetime, is it really that much of a challenge? A day…

Maybe I am being a little harsh? If he has no weight issue, then why should he have to give up his sugar fix? The thing is, sugar is a bit of a silent nightmare too…playing havoc with our innards and causing health issues not necessarily related to weight. I read a book called ‘Pure, White and Deadly’ by a chap called John Yudkin…it’s a real eye-opener and if any of you are interested in nutrition then it’s worth a read. It kind of highlights how sugar has been ignored in favour of fat – so we all focus on low fat foods…yet whilst our fat intake has reduced, obesity levels have risen in accordance with sugar intake. It’s an interesting read!

Anyway, Mr WLB wants to chip in again, so I’ll let him have his moment…

‘I’m back! I hope you missed me? Well, I have been sulking this week as I was a little pissed off to find that I’d put 7lbs on over Christmas.

I don’t have a weight problem but more importantly, I DON’T want one!

WLB and I had been going to the gym prior to the Christmas period and I’ve been eating pretty healthy in the main. I decided to let my hair down and have gained that 7lbs in the last three weeks. What made me put the weight on?

1. Eating copious amounts of junk food including chocolate, cake and McDonalds
2. Subconsciously thinking that I’ve always been skinny and that increased calories don’t apply to me.
3. Not even thinking about the quantity I had consumed!
4. Having the ‘all or nothing’ mentality…once I start eating stupid amounts of junk food I just think one more day won’t hurt. Before I knew it three weeks had passed.
5. Not keeping track of how much I was eating.

Thankfully, I’m still in the healthy BMI range but don’t ever want to be classed as obese, so over the next month or so I want to shift that 7lbs.

Having been together for over 10 years and having seen WLB gain an enormous amount of weight, and lose it, and gain it, and now losing it again, I know firsthand that even putting on a couple of pounds a week on, on a regular basis, soon adds up to a significant weight gain.

I think a lot of people trying to lose weight feel so overwhelmed regarding the amount of weight they need to lose that they give up. Thankfully my WLB is too bloody minded and head strong to allow that to happen.

I just don’t want to get into the position of needing to lose a lot of weight as I know how difficult it can be unless you’re not in the right mind space…which her indoors is always going on about!’

Isn’t he a gem?! ;-)

He does make me chuckle. Whilst we were away, I kept asking if he was sure that he really wanted what he was eating…it just highlights that the more people get on your case, the more you shut them out and indulge. In fact, I used to find that I went even more overboard than usual when people kept getting on at me!

So that’s all I have to say today really. I spoke with a lovely guy this morning – a personal trainer and coach from London – and I am hoping to work with him some more in the future…watch this space as I might have a great offer for one of you at some point soon! He was so in line with my thinking and it’s great to talk to people like that. There are a lot of ego-driven bods in the health and fitness industry who pay no attention to the mind and the emotional aspects of change. I also spoke to my soon to be personal trainer at the gym today – really excited to get started with him next month. This afternoon has been fairly quiet really, apart from some exciting news from my Mum that her house move is all going ahead as planned…she has been waiting for this for ages and I am so, so pleased for her.

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with cheese and spinach on toast (HEA and 2 x HEB).eggsLunch: Stir fry veggies with rice and chicken tikka.morrocantwoDinner: Smoked fish with leftover Moroccan veggies and roast potatoes.riverSnacks: Mini Green & Blacks bars (11.5 syns).greenA good food day. A nice filling brekkie before my workout – toast topped with spinach and cheese, with the eggs on top. Lunch was a tub of stir fry veggies, mixed with rice and chicken tikka. Dinner was the leftover veggies from last night, with smoked river cobbler and a potato roasted.

As promised, here are my food collages from the past few days…hopefully this picture posting problem has been sorted now!tikkasweetchilliryvitaSome lovely eats over the past few days…the Ryvita bake things were lush…like thin slices of biscotti at 1.5 syns each!

Exercise: 5 minutes treadmill, 50 minutes weights, 30 minutes elliptical workout.

Thank you for reading,

Weight Loss Bitch xxx

  

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