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I hate food journalling

January 4, 2007 3 comments

They say that one of the most important things fat losers have to do is keep a food journal. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried only to fail after two weeks. I’m not very good with this whole tracking down your food intake thing. But well, I did discover that it was helpful (in a ‘wow, did I eat all that’ kind of way), so I guess I could at least try!

Perhaps those of you who are successful at this whole food journalling thing can leave me a few tips somehow. I sure need them!

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How Poppi did it

January 3, 2007 2 comments

poppi.jpgPoppi is a contestant at NBC’s reality show, The Biggest Loser, and she won the jackpot when she managed to shrink from a size 22 to a size 2 in eight months!!

She writes about her formula to success in her myspace blog. What floored me was her cardio routine:

2 hours a day of intense/moderate cardio .5 hours a day of circuit.

What, seven hours a day of working out? I’m sorry, but I gotta work! It’s all I can do to manage 1 hour a day. Man… no wonder she shrank so fast!

But she says:

If you can only start with 20 min a day, so be it. Just make sure to go tomorrow. And the next day. And the day after that.

If you fall off the wagon, don’t kill yourself. Just go back to the gym. It will be ok. I promise.

I have to say that when I fall off the wagon, I go all the way. I stuff my face as if there’s no tomorrow. I think returning to the gym is futile for some strange reason. So here I am again, going back to the gym after almost a month of not going.

What discourages me about Poppi’s diet is all that whey protein. I hate that stuff. (And they’re so expensive!) And I’m also paranoid about weight training; I’m afraid I’ll gain weight thanks to the muscle, and I know it’s better that I weight train, but the fear of not seeing my weight budge is overwhelming.

My plan was to go below 80kg then start weight training. I know it’s not logical, but I’m kinda afraid of the psychological impact of not seeing progress.

There’s a nice recap of the finale here.

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Food log – Jan 2, 2007

January 3, 2007 Leave a comment

Breakfast: 2 slices of wholemeal bread with peanut butter (thick. I can’t resist them!)

Lunch: 2 cups of hot green tea, soft shell crab – 4 – deep fried, two pieces of tuna sushi, 1 bowl of green tea and one cup of miso soup

Snack: 10 pieces of durian

Dinner: 5 pieces of durian, 1/4 roasted chicken, white meat, 3 spoonfulls of brown rice, 2 slices of thin crust tuna pizza, 2 cinnamon sticks

Hmm, it’s obviously a not-so-stellar day for me. having all these naughty foods in the house did not help me one tiny bit. The solution? Don’t have them! I feel that if I don’t eat them, I’ll somehow fail.

Oh, and durians are delicious but they are high in fat (wilts). Durian season is always my bane.

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Exercise log: Jan

January 2, 2007 Leave a comment

I swam 10 laps in the apartment pool today – about 25 minutes, moderate intensity. According to the activity calculator, I burnt about 280 calories.

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Back to the drawing board

January 2, 2007 Leave a comment

Felt a bit depressed that I have regained the weight over Christmas, but at least I didn’t regain 4kg but just 2kg. Sigh. And I was surfing the other fat-loss blogs out there and envied them for their success. They had to lose literally 100+kg, and me, who only has 24kg to lose, can’t even do it! Grumble.

At least now I know the real reason why I can’t lose weight. It’s not the method of losing weight that is setting me back. It is my lack of focus and discipline. A little exercise here a little dieting there … doesn’t quite help.

Today is a holiday, and I hope to go for a swim in the afternoon, do 15 laps in the pool or something.

I have this headache right now – I think my glasses are such a pain, they press down on the bridge of my nose so much – and feel overall quite blah. I hope I can do something somehow, though.

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Getting to the gym – that’s the trick

January 1, 2007 Leave a comment

I have a big, fat, expensive gym membership that I hardly use. I really regret joining that gym. Sure, it’s big, flashy and cool and walking distance from my parents’ home, but does that do me any good?

Problem is, by the time I get home from work it’s about 10pm and I’m tired as hell. And I can’t go to the gym in the morning either because

a) I know you can wake up at 6am to go to the gym, but I think that’s inhuman
b) I have a shitload of chores to do before I walk to the gym like walking the dog, giving him food etc etc etc
c) Preparing for work isn’t easy for me for some reason.

For a time I tried doing the morning gym routine but found myself hurrying frantically through the gym routine with the mantra: gotta be in time for work gotta be in time for work

As a result, I rushed through warm up and the stretching bits and ended up with a lot of injuries.

And yeah, boy, do I get injured easily.

So, I decided to do the simplest thing: Join the office gym.

Which you’re probably going: What the hell, you have an office gym? What the hell are you doing in an expensive gym?

Well, I kinda like the flashy building.

I’m not kidding.

I know, stupid reason.

The clever gym, however, has bonded me for two years, so I’m a slave to that establishment until July 2008. Now, all I can say is that I have to make the best of it somehow. (sheepish grin)

I’m going to start the year slow and easy – workouts three times a week. I know, I know, we’re supposed to do more than that. But one thing I learnt about working out is that I can’t set a bar too high for myself. I’ve often told myself – five times a week or bust! And soon enough, I fail to meet the mark and I give up. So, for now, three times a week!

Twice – at the office gym
Once – at my fancy gym (most probably Saturday or Sunday)

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Furtive dieter

January 1, 2007 1 comment

I realise in 2006 (which was a mere 20 hours ago) that  the main reason why I have not been able to really lose weight is because I lack will and discipline. (No, duh.) What really did it  for me, however, was when my mum was diagnosed with diabetes. Then I had heel pain, which I’m convinced is due to my extra weight. It scared me enough to cut off a lot of sugar from my diet. So much so that the next thing I knew, I was 4kg lighter!

However, true to myself, the moment I received that parcel of big news, I let go – despite reminding myself not to! Now I’ve gained 2kg (thanks, Christmas!) and have to cut away sugar again. I have been letting myself indulge in one too many bars of chocolates, and it’s time to get serious again.

I hope that somehow by blogging about my weight aims I could do something about it. Make it a conscious effort, somehow. Oh well, here’s to new year resolutions!

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