Monday, March 31, 2008

Missing Scale

Today I really looked for my scale and it was nowhere to be found. I beginning to suspect foul play but it is not the 1 April.

I have arranged to weigh myself at friends tomorrow morning.

Drank 4 glasses of water today

Did 20-25min if yoga. Felt good afterwards. Did not feel so while I was doing it - I could not do all the poses. Not sure if it is just my weight that is in the way or if I have become less flexible.

Tomorrow I intend on doing some aerobics.

Eating was going well until my husband brought some hotcross buns...........

One of my 4 goals that I have not yet completed is recording what I eat. So goes my next try. Please note that this is not a particular diet but what I actually ate.

M: Glass of water
B: 1/2 Pronutro and 1/2 glass of milk
S: herbal tea and Homemade Low GI Jam tart
L: 2 Burghers and salad
Herbal and more water
S: 2 Hotcross buns with Real Butter and a glass of milk
SP: 2 rolls with cheese ( I gave my family fish, salad and green peas - but I just did not feel like eating that)

Reflection:
I started of the morning with good intentions but as the day progressed I made unwise choices.

The focus this week is to add in good things - not to focus on what I should stop doing.

So tomorrow it is going to be important for me to have at least one fruit and 1/2 veggies and 2-4 more glasses of water/herbal tea.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

100 Days to Health - Starting TODAY




Day1 - Week 1 ~ 100 Days to Health!

Theme: - Adding the good things!

You will be focusing on adding more of the good things to your existing diet.

You must not give up anything. Rather focus on introducing some raw fruit or vegetables before each meal.


http://www.mary-anns.com/100Days/Week_1.htm


GOOD HABIT 1

Start all cooked meals with raw vegetables or fruit


Coffee?

One of my hobbies is doing personality tests and quizzes - saw this over at a friend's blog and could not resist doing it.




You Are an Iced Coffee



At your best, you are: hyper, modern, and athletic



At your worst, you are: cheap and angsty



You drink coffee when: you're out with friends



Your caffeine addiction level: medium

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Cravings

Isn't ironic how we crave the foods we are to avoid. My sinuses are really bad this week. I woke up this morning feeling really sick, sore throat, no voice, blocked nose, groggy head etc..... Yesterday i ate ice-cream, yoghurt and I had milk.

Took my mom to visit a friend - so my water in take was only 2 glasses and exercise 0

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

On track

Yesterday I managed to get food and vitamins I needed. I walked and I drank water.

Struggled to sleep last night - we have a snag in our application to Northern Ireland. It may take longer now. Which means I have to continue working and being in Limbo.

Today I am taking my daughter and friends to the beach to look for shells.

Scale, Scale

I got this morning determined to get on the scale and then I got distracted. So I will take stock tomorrow.

For now I need to re-group my self and set some goals for the next 4 Days.

I am on "holiday". My mom is visiting for 2 weeks. I still have some work to do before the school term begins and our move to Northern Ireland to plan. We are now waiting for the English exam and for contact from Lawyers in the UK before we finalise our visa applications and then hand in our resignations.

Goals for today:
*Work out an eating plan for the next four days and then go shopping.

*Buy nutritional supplements sinusitis and heavy irregular menstrual bleeding. After week of no bleeding it start again. I know the gynae next step is to put on the pill. I have done some reading up on my condition I am going to give nutritional supplementation a try. I don't have money to go the whole alternative treatment but taking supplements may help.

Vitamin C, Ginger and Eucalyptus for the sinus.
I will continue with the tissue salts and using 1/4 warm water with a pinch of salt and pinch of bicarb to "wash" my nasal passages.
Omega 3 and 6, iodine or iodide or kelp for the bleeding.


*Drink water 6-8 glasses

* Exercise
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Thought this poem was funny.

Have a great day!!

BATTLE WITH THE SCALE
by Valerie Steiner

Friday, November 15, 2002

THE SCALE CALLS...
PLEASE COME STEP ON ME
I WANT TO MAKE YOU
HAPPY OR SAD

I WANT TO CHANGE THE WAY YOU FEEL
BY THE NUMBER I SHOW
COME TO ME OFTEN
SO I CAN FRUSTRATE YOU

THINK IT WAS A GOOD WEEK
I CAN PROVE YOU WRONG

AND EVEN IF YOU STAY AWAY
YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO RESIST
COME TO ME AGAIN

THROW ME OUT
AND I WILL STILL HAUNT YOU
AS I NEVER FULLY DISAPPEAR
I WILL BE WHERE
YOU DON'T WANT TO SEE ME
AT THAT ONCE A YEAR VISIT

THE MEDICAL PEOPLE REALLY LIKE ME
AND LOVE TO KEEP ME
SO SEE YOU SOON
I KNOW YOU CAN'T RESIST ME
FOR I AM THE SCALE

Monday, March 24, 2008

Quote for the Week


The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon,
but only to hold a man's foot long enough to enable
him to put the other somewhat higher.
Thomas Henry Huxley

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Atkins and Candida

Hi

I have not been following any 4 plan over the last two weeks. But a teacher at school lent a copy of the Atkins diet. I have been reading that. She thought I might find it useful after she heard that I had suffered with Candida.

I must say I was very skeptical and felt like hiding the book from other staff members because I know they would not approve. Half of them are vegetarians for one and the most belief that the less meat you in your diet is best (so do I).

Last year when I went on the Candida diet the doctor put me on - I found it extremely difficult and ate at least one thing everyday that I should not have. At the same time various books I read and the dietitian I saw said that the diet would not really help.

Carbs are my weakness eat a lot of them. I tried replacing my carbs with wheat-free carbs but that was really horrible. I just could not get used to it. I still cannot imagine going on the Atkins diet either but it definitely seems more doable and not as unhealthy as I thought it would be.

I am going away for the easter weekend - be making Monday night.

I am thinking of designing my own diet combining the Low GI concepts and food with some of the Atkins concepts. I still need to complete reading the book, I am also reading one of Joanna Hall's books (that I took out from the library before I got the Atkins Book).

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Beautiful

Beautiful

A beautiful woman is like grass, it always grows back abundantly no matter how badly it's been treated.

Like pure fountain water, it stays clean and bright and nobody can manage to stain it.

As sure as morning will come after a dark night, she will stand up and no amount of storms can destroy her.

Like a good tree she delivers good fruit with every spoken word and no insect can destroy
.

Beautiful



A beautiful woman is like grass, it always grows back abundantly no matter how badly it's been treated.
Like pure fountain water, it stays clean and bright and nobody can manage to stain it.
As sure as morning will come after a dark night, she will stand up and no amount of storms can destroy her.
Like a good tree she delivers good fruit with every spoken word and no insect can destroy.

'

Sunday, March 16, 2008

I am Back - Sort of.

Back from a few days in Johannesburg. Needless to say I do not look forward to getting on the scale after this trip.

For now I need to get to bed and tomorrow I will start again.

Hilariously (or is ironically a better word?) - I was reading a diet book and eating chips at the airport.

Chat later...............

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Ulitmate Blog Party 2008

Ultimate Blog Party 2008

Enjoy the party but beware of being.............................


cartoon from www.weblogcartoons.com

Cartoon by Dave Walker. Find more cartoons you can freely re-use on your blog at We Blog Cartoons.




Friday, March 7, 2008

International Womens Day

This got me thinking about celebrating who I am no matter my weight. Self-acceptance and self-love, a positive self-esteem etc. are better arsenal in your attach on the fat. This is something I know but have not necessarily truly accepted and owned for myself.

I think most of us believe that we have to hate ourselves or least our fat in order to stay motivated to get rid of it. Well 8 eight years of battling with my weight and health have shown me that this does not work. Last year I decided to accept the fact that I am this weight and I still deserve to look and feel good. So I bought myself a new work wardrobe. I went off the anti-depressants as well. One year later and I have managed to get myself out of dark points without medication.
This year I decided to add on to my new wardrobe and it has given me confidence to face my challenges.

My health challenges have continued and my weightloss has been slow. But with help and encouragement from my friends, my on-line friends and myself, I am able to hold my head high, enjoy my journey and keep moving.
Thank you to the women of the Healthy You Challenge for your support and inspiration.

Womens Day is a celebrated as a public holiday on the 9 August in South Africa. Its today the 8 March is celebrated in other places of the world.

"Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History" Laurel Thatcher (Harvard historian )

Measure Progress Without the Scale An Arsenal of Tools for Your Motivation
-- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer- Click Here to read article

Body Image

Found the following interesting information on
CSDC's Body Image Page

  • The average woman weighs 144 pounds and wears a size 12...the average model is 5’11" and weighs 117 pounds
  • A moderately active woman should consume between 2,200-2,5000 calories/day
  • In 1950, Marilyn Monroe represented ideal beauty- she wore a size 12
Improve your Body Image (10 listed on the site)

2. I WILL think of 3 reasons why it is ridiculous for me to think that thinner people are happier or better. I WILL repeat these reasons to myself whenever I feel the urge to compare my body shape to someone else’s.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Belated Check-in


Was too sick on Tuesday to even think of weighing myself. Decided to stay home today. Waiting for a call from my gynae.
Got painkillers from the chemist yesterday, I could not bear the pain anymore. Managed through day. Slept at 4pm and got up at 1am, did a few non-essential stuff drank more pain-killers and then went back to bed at about 3:30am.

The Verdict on my weight: Down 0.5kg (1.1 lbs). Weighing 105 kg (231,48lbs).
YAY



Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Sick

It must been all that exercise yesterday - hehehehehe. Seriously not feeling well. I pushed through a day at work but when I got home arghhhhhhhhh. And I so much marking and other stuff to do.
Went for reflexology and that helped get rid of my headache for a while. Went to chemist to get some meds but when I told them about the increase menstrual cycle and the medication the gynae has me on, the lower back pain etc. said I should contact him first.
Tried the normal remedy for my sinusitis, that my general practitioner gave because nasal sprays no longer help me - 1/4 warm water, pinch of bicarb and pinch of salt.
That normal drains it out but I still feel congested.
Went to bed early but was woken up by the noise of the Boys Dormintory watching the big European soccer match. Arghhhhhhhh.

Monday, March 3, 2008

New 4 Day Goals

Hi

I have been off target for the last week. Under the weather so to speak. Its change of season so my hayfever is high, cravings are high.........

Today I did a 20min walk with my daughter - tried to run a bit.

Next 4 days concentrate on increased exercise.