Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Wednesday weigh in: 78.2 kg


I am, for the moment, using Wednesday as official weigh-in day because this day last week I had my glucose tolerance test and was able to start my diabetes-friendly diet; and also because it was my highest point for a long time after having those three days of carbohydrate loading.

Starting weight: 79.1 kg (174 pounds)
Week 1: 78.2 kg
Loss: 0.9 kg
Total loss: 0.9 kg
Goal: 58 kg

It's a nice loss, but it is slightly artificial as half of it was the temporary gain from the carbs. Still, I did lose it.

I don't know if my "spreading out the carbs" diet is going to be enough on its own. It is doing a dandy job of keeping my blood glucose levels steady, but I also need to lose weight to make a permanent improvement in my chances of avoiding diabetes. I need to do more.

Oh, I had a bit of a binge last night. It was D&D, with supper, as usual; I had a plan to eat a limited amount. A little of this, a little of that. I ended up having a huge amount of cheese & crackers and some licorice bullets and chips and strawberries. To many carbs, and way too many calories. A couple of the guys also feel we binge too much on Tuesdays, I am going to suggest we really cut back. Healthier food, and only eating at supper not all night at the games table. I feel a bit deprived just thinking about it but it's important.

Cutting back on refined carbs and overall calories is one side of the equation. Of course exercise is the other.

Lately I have been walking the kids to and from school every day, giving me two and a half hours a week of walking; half slower and half brisk. A nice start. I also row for 30 mins about three times a week, much more vigorous exercise. I am going to ramp up the exercise more, especially during quiet times at work. I went this morning -- I didn't make it to my BodyPump class (they had finished the warm-up and half of the squat track already) so I did 20 mins on the cross-trainer, a 5 min sprint on the rowing machine, and a few sets on the chest press and leg press machines. I will be back this afternoon with the kids for Gecko class.


  1. Hey Natalie! Great to hear you're getting into more activity—rowing in particular is great aerobic exercise that works to much of your body. :) I would have to agree with keeping the food from the games table, though. At least limit it to a strawberry if you roll a 20 or something!

    That sort of mindless eating while playing D&D shows just how important it is to understand not only what we eat, but why we eat. By getting a hold of your human needs and understanding why food's being involved (out of stress, boredom, or what have you), you can unlock the secret to keeping the weight off permanently. Take a look at this video: http://bit.ly/P0c2pZ It does a great job explaining our different needs and how we can fulfill them in a healthy way. :)

    1. I think my biggest food trigger is it just being there in front of me! I need to keep it out of the house. I also have "deprivation" issues, I get stressed and resentful about not being allowed to have something I want. I still have a lot to work on.