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trishpiglet3 - Sunday Oct 26, 2008

Weight: 160.0

I will be adding to this diary entry throughout the day

Weigh day tomorrow! I am prepared for the fact my weight may have gone up (I have my 'friend' as I've seen it described here) rather than down. I found it difficult getting motivated to exercise yesterday when I felt crampy but I'm glad I made a start.

We're going to the Science Museum today so I'd better get ready :)

Sunday 26th October 2008

Walking: Lots of walking around the Science Museum incl. up and down many flights of stairs. Phew!

Breakfast: 1 pear and 1 sharon fruit - half an hour later... toast, marmite* and peanut butter *Far healthier spread thinly on toast than as a flavouring for crisps

Drinks: Water, pretend coffee with soya milk, lemon and ginger tea

Lunch: Jacket potato, baked beans, salad garnish

Dinner: Home made sushi (started by me, finished off by Mr Trish because I cut my finger on the knife) = nori seaweed, brown basmati rice, sushi vinegar and all the following things in various combinations and small amounts - carrots, mushrooms, garlic, cucumber, courgette, the inside bits of vegan fish fingers (!), french onion tofu thing, vegan mayonnaise, red peppers.

Dessert: 1 banana in banana jelly

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 20 lbs to go!

trishpiglet3 - Saturday Oct 25, 2008

Weight: 160.0

I will be adding to this diary entry throughout the day. I am including links for info re specific foods for benefit of any curious non-UK readers

Saturday 25th October 2008 Exercise: 10 minute aerobic warm up, 20 minutes Pilates, 5 minutes stretching

Walking: Walked to the Health Food store (next underground station along from us) and then walked back, shopping on the way. Have bought a wide range of vegan stuff from various places (including banana and cherry flavours of vegan jelly [= jello] from the market) also groceries, fruit and veg from the supermarket. Dinner can now be made :)

Breakfast: An apple, an orange and a banana (am not going to try to count calories because I make most of what I eat from scratch and it would get difficult)

Late lunch: 1 corn cake with hummous and seeds, 1 corn cake with tomato tofu spread and seeds, 2 tomatoes (Yes, Mr Trish and I very much need to go shopping today)

Dinner: Pizza (made from spelt pizza base, courgettes [=zucchini], tomatoes, garlic, onion, olives, corn, home-made soya cheese. 2 salads: First salad was tomatoes, onion, basil and pine nuts - Second was carrots, celery, cashew nuts, sesame seeds and lemon juice

Dessert: Chocolate soya milk

Drinks: Water, organic pretend coffee with soya milk, more water!

I eat lots of nuts and seeds. I'm aware they're high in calories. I eat them because they help provide protein that I'm not getting from meat or dairy (neither of which I eat). The soya substitutes I use for dairy products tend to be lower in calories and fat (I've compared them with the dairy versions that Mr Trish uses). And anyway, I'm nuts about nuts :)

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 20 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/25/2008:
nice breakfast, but it does have a lot of sugar. you may want to have a plain yogurt with an apple/banana...or make a smoothie in th blender with yogurt, ice, fruit...or yogurt, fruit, ice...there are some many ways to get a little protein in.

trishpiglet3 on 10/25/2008:
Oops! I had intended to make this a private entry until the end of the day. Thanks for advice, though :)

I had read (various places) that one should eat fruit on its own as the first meal of the day and that eating anything else with it or immediately after it would slow down the rate at which the vitamins were absorbed and cause the fruit to ferment and thus cause gas. Maybe that's not true though? Alternatively, I could eat one item of fruit and then, half an hour later (the recommended time delay before eating another type of food) eat something else.

Usually I grab one piece of fruit and eat it sleepily on the way to work then wait for lunch. Only I overslept as it's the weekend and was hungry when I woke.

We're going out shopping later and I intend to buy a tub of soya yogurt (cow dairy makes my asthma worse in a rather dramatic way) and stock up on favourite nuts, seeds, beans and grains so I'll have options for protein

You're absolutely right, 3 pieces of fruit is a lot of sugar to start the day with

skinnyjeans on 10/25/2008:
Wow...menu today looks super healthy! You are doing GREAT!! :)

trishpiglet3 on 10/25/2008:
No marmite crisps in sight :)

trishpiglet3 on 10/25/2008:
Also FAO biscottibody59 - yes, the fruit totally filled me up till lunch

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/25/2008:
thanks for those links...that's so cool. i think i'm gonna definitely take a look at your foods! :)

glad to see you getting important fats from the nuts too. i agree that nuts are one of the best things you can do for yourself. although what i eat is not vegan, i've been on a skippy peanut butter kick for a couple weeks and i think it's helped my skin. another good fat food is avocado which i love but tend to get sick of every once in awhile. i have some in my fridge now. :) and of course olive oil w. veggies is very healthy.

thanks for NOT making this private. i think it's a great way to learn about people and give and get advice! :) welcome!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/25/2008:
btw, i actually have heard the same thing as you about eating fruit alone. i've been getting used to it at work actually. but at home i still have a difficult time bc it makes me want to eat other sugary things after.

trishpiglet3 - Friday Oct 24, 2008

Weight: 160.0

Ok, so here's a picture of me*. This was taken at my leaving party when I quit my local government job (which was making me ill) at the end of August.

I didn't make a diary entry yesterday because I got home from work late. I've been phoning people who gave the Stop Smoking Service their names and contact details when some medical students did outreach work on the streets. I realised that if I stayed late then I'd catch more people on the phone as they got in from work and I could ask them if they still wanted to give up smoking and find them a group to attend or 1:1 support. Really pleased with how it went. Including today I've got about 14 people signed up to attend the groups. It's a free service - they won't have to pay, wonder if that's why I'm paid so little ; ) But I'm proud of the work I'm doing.

I've done some more thinking and researching about how to lose weight and, now that the weekend is upon us, I'm ready to start putting it into action.

This will, therefore, be a long post. I want to have my eating and exercise guidelines somewhere other than in my notebook - in case I lose my notebook! And to share with all of you.

Exercise guidelines

  • Walk up stairs and escalators at work and on the way to work. Only use the lift if you're carrying something too heavy or awkward to be transported otherwise
  • Go for a walk at lunchtime on working days
  • Do Pilates and an aerobic warm up on at least 4 days out of every 7 - build up level of exercise gradually

Healthy Eating guidelines

  • Eat meals rather than between meals, and eat smaller portions
  • Always eat fruit for breakfast (Have been doing this for 2 weeks now, anyway)
  • Do Pilates and an aerobic warm up on at least 4 days out of every 7 - build up level of exercise gradually
  • Eat slowly
  • Eat healthy food instad of junk!
  • Aim to drink 6-8 glasses of water per day

I might add to these guidelines if I think of any more. Also I'll amend them if, in a few weeks, it doesn't look like there's any improvement.

I plan to reward myself with a small, non-food, reward every day. Then I can have a bigger reward when I reach my goal weight.

Love, peace and good luck to all of you x

*BTW: My picture is already on the internet in lots of places and publicly viewable. I am fine with friends/colleagues/anyone finding me on here.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 20 lbs to go!

trishpiglet3 - Wednesday Oct 22, 2008

Weight: 160.0

So I'm doing some reading and some thinking about weight loss and working out how to go about it. I read somewhere that if you don't get enough sleep then you feel hungrier. I caught up on sleep last night, went to bed early and then slept through the alarm. I'll aim to make the former part of that (going to bed in good time) a habit.

I also read today (and here's where I find out whether HTML works in these diaries) that eating slowly can make you eat less because there is time for your stomach to register that it's full. Mr Trish eats ever so quickly and sometimes I think I'm subconsciously trying to keep up. I'll work on slowing it down and enjoying it.

My thing I'm proud of today is that I wanted to go and buy crisps (potato chips) from the local shop on my way home. The kind I like are Marmite-flavoured and have no redeeming features whatsoever despite the packaging insisting they're 'better for you'. I am proud that I walked past the shop. In another universe, I could be sat here with salty hands and saying 'oh dear'.

Best wishes and good luck to all x

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 20 lbs to go!

skinnyjeans on 10/22/2008:
Those are some great "tips" that you read. Getting enough sleep is key! Also, eating slowly is also great, if you can do it! :) Good job not buying any crisps!!

legcramps on 10/22/2008:
I totally believe that eating slowly can make you eat less - because of a pulled tooth, it took me four hours just to eat breakfast this morning. I've not felt hungry yet today! Usually i'm starving by lunchtime!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/22/2008:
i find that fish/poultry/meat is much more satisfying in the evening than pasta dishes or lower protein meals. i had fish tonight and was so much more satisfied than i've been in a long time!

trishpiglet3 on 10/23/2008:
BTW I'm vegetarian

trishpiglet3 - Tuesday Oct 21, 2008

Weight: 160.0

Long training day at my contract job. I'm now a qualified Level 1&2 Smoking Cessation Advisor. When the Helpline rings, on a Thursday and Friday, it will be me answering it. I only came on board to do some database work while someone else was on holiday and now find myself organising events and doing things such as the above. I'm coordinating the training as well; I ordered far too many sandwiches for today and my penance was carrying a mountain of them back to the office and seeing how many I could give to homeless people before I got there (not very many).

So I've been thinking (on my long and tired journey home) about my eating and exercising habits and trying to work out how I can realistically get myself fit and healthy.

With food and with exercise I seem to have 2 extremes: FOOD - Very healthy meals with lots of veg and good carbs in sensible amounts V Absolute junk i.e. crisps (potato chips), vegan ice cream, sweets, cakes

EXERCISE - Aerobics then Pilates workout every day V No exercise at all

So, since I'm able to do the very healthy approach, what is it that stops me exercising or makes me eat junk? = Stress, at least that's what I blame

One thing we were looking at in today's training was a bit of CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy rather than any other meaning of the initials). People who are giving up smoking and who have had a relapse will point to stressors as the reason they smoked a cigarette. An example given was "I got a parking ticket and that made me smoke".

The parking ticket doesn't actually *make* the person smoke - it's still their decision. And it's still my decision to exercise and eat healthily or not to do so. I think I have a hard time owning that.

When I exercise, I find it's a great stress reliever. It's just that I need to get back into it.

OK, so not entirely sure how I'm going to approach this but will be reading/raiding all your journals for ideas. I haven't updated my current weight because I intend to weigh once a week. I'll be looking at making my diet healthy but not obsessively so and working some exercise back into each day (again not obsessively so). I'll see where I am in a week's time.

Thank you to commenter/s on my previous post and to all who are reading. xx

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 20 lbs to go!

thinnside40 on 10/21/2008:
Choices!... They are our's to make and we can make this a success we can take 100% credit for or 100% blame ourselves for the failure..... Nobody else can do the things for us that need to be done to be healthy....

Best of luck to you in your choices and look forward to seeing you succeed in whatever it is you set forth to accomplish...

trishpiglet3 - Monday Oct 20, 2008

Weight: 160.0

As you might guess from my username, this is the second time I've forgotten my password and had to start again.


I don't have much weight to lose to reach my goal - and it looks like 20lbs shouldn't be that far away (but oh how different actually getting there will be). 160lbs is the weight my body wants to be when I eat badly and don't exercise. I'm hoping (and from previous experience it seems to be the case) that 140lbs is the weight my body wants to be when I'm making healthy choices.

I'll write more here when I'm not in the middle of getting ready for work.

Good luck, everyone!

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 20 lbs to go!

skinnyjeans on 10/21/2008:
Welcome back! You can do it! 20 lbs will be nice and easy...just stay focused! :)

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