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August 8th, 2013 (04:33 pm)

another 3 pounds lost this week which sort of surprised me, but didn’t, at the same time.

By that I mean I FELT better, I am walking (a bit) better and it’s not so difficult getting up and down and bending down and picking stuff up, that kind of thing, easier to turn over in bed) BUT I knew I had gone a bit mad last weekend—had several bottles of wine and had in consequence eaten a lot the next day (although still keeping it low carb it was pretty high calorie as I mopped up the alcohol with whatever came to hand) so I assumed I’d be stationary as per weight lost. So was thrilled to find I was xxx stone 1 pound.

Only two more pounds and I can start thinking that I’m another stone lighter, always a good morale boost. I’m still not comfortable sharing that xxx number, because I’m probably the fattest person in Norfolk, or at least the one walking about – and that includes all the tourists!

So, yeah – I’ve eaten a lot this week, eaten belly pork slices two or three times a week so it really does go to show that calories have NOTHING to do with weight loss, as I’m way over what I “should” be eating in a “normal” diet, where they say I should be eating 1000 to 1500 calories a day, I usually hit that figure by lunchtime.

Total so far then 27 pounds – one more pound and that’s two stone in just over 2 months. My trousers are getting loose too, I’ve had to take the waistband in a bit—I shall keep the trousers though, so I can do the cliched “this is how big I used to be” when I apply for Slimmer of the Century. *snort*

I suppose if a slimmer person was doing this, they might not have such a speedy loss, although I’d read blogs which say they have – I’m happy with one or two pounds a week but three a week is bunce.


Posted by: Plutonian #2 (moreteadk)
Posted at: August 8th, 2013 04:35 pm (UTC)

27 pounds! Wow! That's awesome. I'm so proud of you. :D

Posted by: Erastes (erastes)
Posted at: August 8th, 2013 05:20 pm (UTC)

Thank you! the trouble is I'm so humungous that I need to lose about half a person before I'm even back to where I was when I started looking after Dad, and that was humungous enough... I'm living for the day when someone notices, but that will take a long time yet, I think!

Posted by: Plutonian #2 (moreteadk)
Posted at: August 8th, 2013 06:54 pm (UTC)

Baby steps is still forwards. :) You seem to have been pretty disciplined about it so far, so I'm not worried about you giving up.

Posted by: Jess Faraday (jess_faraday)
Posted at: August 8th, 2013 05:20 pm (UTC)

That's really amazing. Good for you--especially for the increased physical abilities. I bet Sasha's happy, too!

Posted by: Erastes (erastes)
Posted at: August 8th, 2013 05:22 pm (UTC)

Thank you - she was ectastic yesterday when I could walk a bit in the park with her, rather than throwing the ball from the car, and I hope with a little bit of that as often as I can will help - I'm really looking forward to walking her properly - along the beach for example and (heaven in a basket, this is something i'm REALLY looking forward to) going SWIMMING again. she'll hate that though, as she hates even getting her paws wet, and if her ball goes in the sea now she just runs up and down and screams. *divadog*

Posted by: Lunalelle (lunalelle)
Posted at: August 8th, 2013 06:23 pm (UTC)

I remember the most awesome part of losing weight wasn't the looser clothes - it was the improved mobility, my feet not hurting as much. It's good to hear you're enjoying that benefit. :)

Posted by: Erastes (erastes)
Posted at: August 8th, 2013 06:26 pm (UTC)

slowly and gradually, but there's a small improvement. I'm still really unsteady on my feet (mainly because they are almost completely numb - hoping this improves!) and if i'm walking any long distance i use a stick for balance which is embarrassing enough. SO looking forward just to be able to walk without thinking about it - to be able to go to a market, perhaps, or just to walk along a beach! cannot believe that i let stupid FOOD do this to me. thanks, dear.

Posted by: julian_griffith (julian_griffith)
Posted at: August 8th, 2013 08:47 pm (UTC)

That's fantastic! I'm impressed!

And even on a "normal" calorie counting diet 1000-1500 calories a day would be the opposite of useful for you. Your body would read that as so far under its maintenance requirements that your metabolism would go into starvation, hang-on-to-every-calorie mode. The trick on calorie-counting ones is to figure out what you need to maintain your present weight, even if said present weight is waaaaay over "ideal", and then go about 10% under. Too much more under and your metabolism panics.

But calorie counting is boring. Low carb is a lot more rewarding with the initial weight loss and it's more sustainable long-term once you've trained your taste buds and pancreas out of the constant sugar input that comes from the way most people eat.

So go you!

Posted by: Erastes (erastes)
Posted at: August 9th, 2013 07:04 am (UTC)

I lost 8 stone once on calorie counting but of course it all - and more,... went back on because I hadn't really developed a new way of eating - this is now a lifestyle, rather than a diet and I'll be off carbs for life now. when i think that I would think nothing of eating a whole loaf with loads of butter, or eat several pasties, it's hardly surprising I got into this state. Things like toast will be a real treat in the future, if i even allow myself to eat it again! thanks, hun.

Posted by: Karen (cerisaye)
Posted at: August 8th, 2013 08:56 pm (UTC)

Seems you really have found the perfect diet, easy to follow and, I imagine, maintain. Well done on weight loss achieved so far. You must be delighted with the results in terms of mobility.

Posted by: Erastes (erastes)
Posted at: August 9th, 2013 07:01 am (UTC)

Nod nod - I'm the sort of person who will just eat one thing in preference to cooking up a meal so it's perfect for me, as I can whack a couple of pork chops under the grill and munch those. The mobility issue is very slight yet I know it will improve and not get worse which is what it's done for the last year - trusting it will improve a little faster than it worsened, another six months and i would have been housebound I think. If my heart can hold out until I'm a more normal weight, low carb may be saving my life! Thanks, dear!

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