- 8 years ago
- Wedding: September 2012
Some of you ladies have lost an impressive amount of weight! Wow! 😮
I don’t have much to lose, about 4 more kilos to get down to my pre-arrival weight of 63 kilos (and I’d be happy with just losing 2 more), but when I moved to Australia at the beginning of the year, I made a lot of food mistakes, mostly because the food labels here are different from in America and I didn’t understand what a kilojoule was or how much 100g of anything was and so I ended up eating things that turned out not to be very healthy or eating too much. In America, I usually just lived off frozen Lean Cuisine dinners, but I figured I probably ought to cook for my fiance, plus those things are very, very expensive here.
I still don’t quite understand food labels (hard for someone who used to be a religious calorie counter), but I did manage to pinpoint some of the trouble zones. For example, in America, yogurt is usually marketed as a diet food that is fat free… here, they sell full fat yogurt and it tastes so good that I couldn’t get enough of it. I didn’t know it was made with full cream until three months after the fact and I was wondering why it tasted so much better than crappy American yogurt.
Unfortunately, winter is well underway here and while I used to cycle every day and jog three times a week when it was warmer, plus hiking every weekend, it’s too cold and rainy to do that now. So I’m relying on Jillian Michael’s 30-Day Shred, which I’ve had success with in the past. I do two of those workouts every morning and my fiance does them with me. On the rare occasion that we get a sunny day, I’ll do a bike ride, but that’s only a few times a month, at best.
For the past six weeks, I’ve been stuck on a weight loss plateau, holding steady 68.5 kilos (down from 70) and not losing ANYTHING. But I seem to have broken through that now and am losing weight again, down to 67.7 kilos. I’m hoping the reason for the long plateau was because I was building muscle mass. Usually my plateaus only last for three weeks, not six.
I’ve switched to a high protein, mostly vegetarian diet. So lots of whole grains, like brown rice, wheat berries, bulgur, things like that, as well as beans and high fiber veggies. Cereal for breakfast is off limits. I usually have a whole wheat English muffin with peanut butter and some cottage cheese. Then nothing again til supper, which is usually something healthy. I bought a very nice cookbook called “Whole Foods” which has tons of great recipes in it and I’ve been cooking a new one every night.
And despite initially being sabotaged by Australian food labels, it has turned out that I have a much better diet here, as the variety of processed foods is much less and the price of them is much higher. I almost never drink soda at all anymore and never have sweets. It’s true what they say that after a while your body gets used to not having so much sugar and you don’t crave it anymore.