Thursday, June 3, 2010


Did y'all notice that Tex commented on my last post? I hope you'll all welcome my fearless leader and make her feel at home here. Everyone, meet Tex. Tex,

Well folks, we're 4 days into my June Challenge and so far things are going well. Going well so far. Here's some things I've been thinking about this week:

* You know how people tell you that if you deprive yourself of something, you want it even more? It's totally true. Annoyingly so. This time around I decided not to say "No coke". I just said that I must consume the minimum 8 glasses of water a day. And you know what's funny? It's working! Since I lifted the embargo on Coke, I've wanted far less of it. In fact, the other night I poured myself a glass, took a sip and by bedtime I had to put it back in the fridge. It took me until the NEXT night to finish that ONE glass!! I know! I was shocked too. And I've been getting all the water.

* Water is my friend. No, really! Ok, well the fact that I have to go pee a million times a day is getting a little annoying but here's the thing, just in the last four days I've already noticed that my skin is better, I feel better (not so sluggish) and I'm sleeping better. With the exception of the three times I have to get up to pee. *sigh*

* I am becoming reacquainted with soup. I have a whole bunch of delicious soup recipes in my WW cookbooks which I am starting to try out and I'm really enjoying it. I've started having a bowl of soup with a sandwich at lunch time and it really fills me up and keeps me going until dinner time. I never thought I'd see the day when I enjoyed soup!

* It is amazing how much walking around we do in the course of a day. I got the new pedometer from WW and I'm LOVING it.

~ pause for the oohs and ahhs of admiration~

Turns out that just in the course of my day I rack up an average of about 13,500 steps. That's just from doing errands, going to work, dropping and picking up the kids from doesn't even take into account any exercise I do.

Love it!! I think everyone should have a pedometer. They're fantastic!

I still have my old WW pedometer. Maybe I should give it away to one of you??

* I found myself getting upset the other day when I was reading through my new WW magazine. I got to the success stories and as I flicked through I noticed that most of them have lost about 10 to 15 kgs (22 to 33 lbs). The first thought that ran though my head was "Why are THESE people being showcased as a success story? They've ONLY lost......." and I clung to that for a couple days. Then in our meeting, we got to talking about the 2010 Healthy Life Awards that are coming up and how it doesn't matter how much you've lost, if you're at goal then you can enter. Something Tex said really stuck with me (and I'm paraphrasing here) "Sometimes losing a small amount can be just as hard ... OR HARDER ... than losing a large amount". And you know, she's right. It doesn't matter whether you have to lose 10 kgs or 100 kgs, it's a journey either way. So, I won't be thinking that anymore.

* I made this delicious stir fry the other day and I'd like to share the recipe with as many people as I can. It was published on the awesome Lose It Bitches! blog and you can find it by clicking below. If you don't like food with a bit of bite, you might want to halve the amount of ginger used, but other than that it's a recipe you can stick to it.

* It's amazing to me what a difference the sun can make to my mood. I've been out walking around, happily running errands, getting laundry done, and all with a bounce in my step and a smile on my face. Unfortunately we're meant to get rain for another few days but I'll live.

* I brought the Nordic Track skier machine over from my mom's house. It's going to take some getting used to but it looks like it'll be good for me. I can be on it while I'm watching tv or reading a book and it means that on those days I don't feel like going to the gym or out in the rain to walk, I have something I can do.


  1. Hi Tex!
    I could never go without my diet coke!
    I hate hate hate water, never drink a drop!
    I have 'killed' about 4 pedometers so far... by leaving them on while swimming... kills them right away!
    I used to think WTF when someone said they were at goal and had lost a WHOLE 10-15 kilos too... I didn't think it was much.. but like you.. I do know how hard it is to lose weight, no matter how much or how little you have to lose.
    I did lose 61 kilos.... but have 'found' 30 again... trying to lose it again is hard.

  2. Welcome, Tex! Thanks for sharing your wisdom with us, too!

    Deprivation has been the downfall of many of my weight loss efforts. The craving gets too much and then I binge. So now I keep a box of "lite" ice cream sandwiches in the back of the freezer. If I crave, I have one and then tuck them away again. Knowing they are there takes away the urgency, and helps keep me in control. Weird, huh?

    Soup is an awesome way to fill you up on few calories. The WW Black Bean is one of my favorites. Trying your stir-fry recipe tomorrow night - thanks for passing it along!!

    Well, I had more, but Cenzo locked himself in the bathroom, so I'd better rescue him. How many calories does lock-picking burn?

  3. Love this so much!! You are doing great!!

  4. Such a good point on those success stories! I've actually found myself not following blogs that have little to lose ... which is just wrong of me. When I get down to only having 10 pounds would I want people to all of a sudden not pay attention to me? YIKES!
    Thanks for the kick in the head :)

  5. I agree.. the total lost doesn't really matter as much as the journey to get there. While I have a big number to lose, I still sympathize with my mom who has only 15 lbs to lose. She feels sluggish and unhealthy with that extra weight. How can I diminish her struggle, when it is so similar to mine?


  6. I totally agree with you on the non-deprivation, the water and the even-losing-a-comparatively-small-amount-of-weight-is-an-achievement. And I'm also loving the brown ribbon bows on this page - the first time I've read your blog.

    I bought my first pedometer a couple of weeks ago, but I've binned it already. I swear it was deliberately underestimating how far I walk. When I walked fast for an hour it said I'd covered just over a mile.... Maybe I walk with too slidy a gait? Maybe the WW ones are better quality.

  7. I hear ya about those success stories!!! That is why I am so driven to get my story out there. I realize losing any amount of weight is hard, don't get me wrong, but people needing to lose a lot of weight need to see it can be a reality. It IS possible. I know that is what I needed to see 2 years ago. I applied to be "Role Model of the Year" for Weigth Watchers and I was turned down. I am gonna die if someone that's dropped like 25 lbs is chosen. ARGH!