Monday, March 2, 2015

Strong day


I only have a few days left of this first month of my six-month dietbet; I think my last possible weigh-in moment, considering the time zone difference, is first thing Saturday morning. And I will need every second before then to lose this weight. Unfortunately after the weekend my weight jumped up by a scary amount. Yes I had some bad food yesterday, but I also took 10,000 steps and I don't think I had enough to account for the gain. I believe a lot of this extra weight is due to it being nearly that time of the month and I am retaining a lot of water. Nothing I can do about the timing, I can only hope that the water-retaining will be over by the end of the week. No more salty pizza!

The parts I can do something about are my food intake and my exercise output. And I am doing my very best there. My plan is for a super-clean-eating week with very few starchy carbs, and lots of exercise. This morning I walked to the library (carrying a backpack full of books there, different books home again), a 6km round trip which meant that I then hit 10,000 steps shortly after lunch - which was a big salad with some lean lamb. And then I re-joined my gym for another 3 months, finding a good deal online for my preferred gym. It will take me through the whole of autumn. I will be pushing myself on the elliptical (hiking through New Zealand and California), the bikes (riding through France) and maybe the rowing machines (staring at whatever is on the TV on the wall or with my eyes closed, no fancy rowing machines unfortunately. I would love to row down the rivers of Europe or something!). I might do some classes, like BodyPump. I will still be walking with my son during my daughter's dance classes, and using the Kinect games at home on days I can't get to the gym or if I have the energy to do a little more. Burning off as many calories as I can.

In the afternoon I did 20 minutes of Fantasia. My feet were a bit sore from all the walking and I decided that was enough.

Update on my sleep. The night before, that is Saturday night, I couldn't get to sleep with my sweaty CPAP and gave up after about an hour and a half. But then last night I went to sleep no trouble with it on (exhausted after walking around the Show all day maybe?) and pulled it off around 4 am because I had a bit of a dry throat tickle, then went back to sleep. This morning I looked at my Fitbit stats and that whole period I had it on, a bit over 5 hours, I slept solidly and didn't move a muscle! My sleep graph never looks like that! It really shows, what I wasn't sure of, that a lot of my restlessness at night is due to my sleep apnoea. Ok, I am convinced. And today I have plenty of energy and also mental strength to stick to healthy food, which is just lovely. I hate wearing my CPAP, but I am nevertheless so grateful that I have it. And it is autumn now, cooler nights will make it much easier to wear.

Report card:
Diet: Excellent.
Exercise: Excellent.
Water: Good, still one to go.
Sleep: Great!
Mental Health: Good, feeling very strong.

I just need a few more days like today. Going to make that happen.


  1. Wow you are amazing Natalie, eat well, exercise and you even manage a good night sleep.Doesn't mater what your weigh-in will say, days like that you will reach your goals!

    Great job!

  2. I certainly understand how hard it is to get used to the CPAP, but every time you write about not wearing it I cringe. I'm glad that you are starting to see the importance. I've been using mine for over a year now and I'm at the point where I wouldn't even consider not wearing it. When I first started a good friend (with a CPAP) told me to treat it like it's not optional. He said as soon as you convince yourself that the CPAP is keeping you up, you'll have justuification to take it off and as soon as you have that justification once, it becomes easier and easier to continue to not use it.

  3. Way to go Natalie, seems you are really charging ahead and I think that is great. awesome on the gym as well.