If any of my members need to contact me..

My Meetings this week

  • Monday, Broadview, 5.30pm
  • Monday, Broadview, 7pm
  • Wednesday, St Agnes, 9am
  • Wednesday, Wynn Vale, 5.30pm
  • Friday Myer Centre 9am-2pm
  • Saturday, St Agnes, 8.30am
  • Saturday, St Agnes, 10am

Saturday, 22 December 2007

New cut and colour!!


You like??


Thursday, 20 December 2007

Busy, busy!

I just realized that I didn't even update my blog last week! December just seems to fly by doesn't it? We leave to go to mum and dad's on Sunday.

I seem to be maintaining nicely at the moment, I gained 0.1kg last week and lost it again this week, which would be great if I was trying to maintain!! Anyway I'm going to try shaking things up exercise and food wise this week, see what happens, it will be hard to work out if it helps as I won't be able to weigh on Wednesday as the meetings are closed on Boxing day, but there is an 8.30am meeting on Saturday I might go to.

My plan for Christmas is to not gain, I'll be happy to stay the same, and if I loose, that is a bonus! So I will eat totally core, as much as I can until Christmas, and treat myself on Christmas day paying careful attention to hunger signals and back to it again on Boxing day!! What I need to remember is food will still be there after Christmas and really who wants to be uncomfortably full all day??

You won't believe what I did last night! I had a Lindt Ball! I haven't had any "nice" chocolate since I started WW all those months ago, I mean I've had a few WW Choc Crisp bars and while they're nice, they don't even come close to what is an utterly delectable morsel of swiss chocolate! I actually promised myself to have "1" about 20kgs ago, but I could not find 1 to buy, there were packs of 3, 6 and then boxes of so many points I'd hate to think, but I only wanted 1, I didn't want to buy more. As it happens my MIL won a raffle a couple of weeks ago and in there was a small packet of Lindt Balls, so I asked her for 1! It sat in my fridge for a little over a week. I ate it last night. Can I tell you? It took so long to eat that Lindt Ball I scraped it with my teeth, I nibbled every last orgasmic bite and boy did I enjoy it! I was chatting to a friend last night and she asked if I needed another one now? My response even surprised me, "No thanks I'm good!" I might not wait so long to have the next one as they are pretty affordable points wise (2 points) so instead of being 16 months it might only be 6!! Or maybe when I get to goal! There is no IF, I know will get (and stay) there, that's a promise I made to myself a long time ago!

If I don't get a chance to blog before, have a fabulous Christmas everyone and I will try to do an update from mum and dad's! ♥

Tuesday, 11 December 2007

I've been a slacko!

Gosh it's a busy time of year! I didn't even post my loss from last week . I lost 0.3kg which I'm pleased with considering my big losses lately.
Post raid update... it went really well and I will continue with it til Christmas, despite losing 0.3kg on it (I was expecting more, but the raid really wasn't that much different to what I do day to day anyway, so.. ) all in all it's not too bad.
Daniel and I went to the park with a friend (Hi C) and her little girl yesterday.. It had the biggest slide you've ever seen! It was great fun! Yes I had a go too, what a difference a year makes! This time last year my ass wouldn't have fit! lol

Here is Daniel on the slide! See what I mean?? In his words it's HOOOGE!!


and another of Daniel just for good measure! (pics of course taken with my new camera!)

Tuesday, 4 December 2007

Time Flies!

Wow I can't believe this week has gone so quickly, scrap that, this YEAR has gone so quickly, this time in 3 weeks will be Christmas eve.. that's just CRAZY talk!
Monday I started doing a RAID on the WW boards ROX (Raid Operation Xmas). I'm in the Christmas Core-acker team. What is a raid? Well basically you have to agree to this pledge

I ______ , a Hard-Core Christmas Core-acker, pledge that everyday, for the next 7 days I will:
*Get amazing energy from my Core plan
*Do a minimum of 45min continuous exercise
*Drink 2L of water
*Eat 5 serves of vegies and 2 serves of fruit
*Consume no alcohol
*Consume no sugar
*Not use any exercise points that I earn
*Report in to the Core-acker Thread.

In the event of a special occasion (ie. Christmas Party) I may apply for a pass, BUT … I must make the best possible choices available. If I am unable to fulfil the ROX Raid requirements I must bow out OR make up for my indiscretion with a suitable punishment as negotiated with Kerri Core-acker and fellow Raiders.

Day 2 of the raid and it's going really well, it's basically what I do day to day anyway except I do include small amounts of sugar in my diet. We'll see if it shows at WI :)

Wednesday, 28 November 2007

45kgs gone!!!

I just want to shout it from the rooftops!!! I lost 1.1kgs this week, bringing my total to 45kgs. I'm in shock! I have no words, but I'm very, very happy!! :) I'll come back later when I can think clearer!! ♥

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

What has changed since I started WW?

Well apart from the obvious!

- I can cut and paint my toenails and put on my shoes and socks without having to hold my breath.
- I can fit down a slippery dip.
- I can walk for hours if I need to, I used to have to have rests all the time.
- I get up at 6am most days to go for a daily fast paced walk, I used to avoid exercise
- I can get up off the floor easily, I was never able to before.
- I'm not the biggest person in a crowd anymore, I always felt like i was before.
- I can sit comfortably in a chair with armrests without having to squish in.
- I look for ways to get extra excercise, I used to always look for the "easiest" way to do things.
- I don't eat mindlessly when I'm bored, happy, sad, angry...
- I enjoy helping and motovating others.
- I can see bones in my wrists, hands, collarbones.
- I have to get all my rings resized, they're all to big!
- I have new clothes, all the old ones are too big!
- I get compliments constantly, I never used to.
- I can shop in "normal" sized shops, I used to have to shop in plus size shops.
- I can say "no thanks" to chips and chocolate, I was never able to resist before.
- I don't look for the closest car parks.
- I wear make up more often.
- I like myself.
- I have more confidence.
- I smile alot more.
- I am proud of myself.

A great loss this week -0.8kgs. :)

Saturday, 17 November 2007

Heading into NEW territory..

Some of you may remember this post about me buying size 12 jeans on special for $5 back in August? The plan was to be able to wear them on Christmas day. Well guess what peoples? I'm wearing them today with NO flabby overhangy bits! I'm also wearing a size 14 top today that I bought on our shopping expo yesterday to Harbourtown. Last time we went I didn't find anything that fit!! This time? So many bargains! I'm a very happy girl today!

Thursday, 15 November 2007

Breaking the trend and new pics!

The last few weighins have gone something like good loss, gain, same, good loss so I was kind of expecting a gain or a same, but I lost 0.3kg, so I'm really pleased about that! I'm still walking at least 6 days a week. I was wanting to try to do the c25k but my poor "old" knees won't let me, so I will stick to walking.


Do you know what I have found the hardest since starting WW? Learning to take compliments. I've never really had many compliments before and I always used to brush them off. I've since learned that all I have to do is say thank you! :)

I was asked at this weeks meeting how I stay motivated for so long. Tbh I think the first few weeks are the hardest, when you aren't seeing or feeling the results, but once you have lost about 7 or 8 kilos you really do start to motivate yourself. You have lost a dress size, you start looking different and you start to believe that you can do this - AND YOU CAN! I have never missed a meeting - NEVER. Even when I go away (usually to visit mum and dad in NSW) I always make sure I go to the meeting. Keeping a blog helps me stay motivated to, it's different to just keeping a diary as I'm accountable to everyone who reads it not just me. I have never kept my attempt to lose weight a secret. EVERYONE and I mean EVERYONE that I know, knows that I'm doing WW. Even my butcher knows and asks me each week how I've gone. I log in daily to the WW Website to see how everyone is going and to post about my celebrations and breakthoughs, but not only that... Motivating others and patting them on the back gives me a great feeling! All these things help keep me accountable. I can't wait for Christmas when I get to see all my family and friends agian in NSW. I love the shock factor each time they see me, as it's more dramatic because they only see me a couple of times a year.

Some updated pics for you.. you can check out all the pics here. Enjoy!

Wednesday, 7 November 2007

Well that's more like it!

I lost 1.1kg this week. Thank goodness as I was just getting ready to throw in the towel! NOT! lol sorry! You don't really think I'd quit now do you? I know I can do this and I will. I am confident that it is only a matter of time before I get to goal! I'm confident that I will be able to maintain my weight with the help of core.

I have realised over all this time that Weight Watchers is all about choice.

  • You can choose to do it or you can choose not to. I chose to do it.
  • You can choose to "kinda" do it, or you can choose to not kid yourself and do it properly. I choose to do it properly.
  • You can choose to make excuses, or you can choose not to. I choose not to make excuses.
  • You can choose which plan you want to do. First I chose points, now I choose CORE.
  • You don't just fall off the wagon, you choose to hop off. (Oh yes you do! No one force feeds you at night with a drip) I choose not to fall off.

So now tell me... What do you choose?

Friday, 2 November 2007

And so it begins

The comments.. everyone has an opinion don't they?
"Oh don't lose too much more, you look good now"
"Careful you don't become anorexic" - yeah like THAT'S going to happen!
Don't get me wrong I'm really liking the way I look, and the changes that I have made, but I'm still obese! Not just overweight, obese! I really want to get to the healthy weight range for my height (which is my goal weight) I'm confident that I will, I mean I've managed to stay on track for almost 14 months, it's not always difficult.

I have treats when I have allowed for them. I've very picky on what I choose to use my allowance points on. I don't have to have something "because it's there" Some of you would cringe if you saw what was in my fridge, pantry and freezer. There is ALWAYS chocolate frogs, or some kind of chocolate in our fridge, Brad likes to give it to Daniel as a treat (a packet of chocolate frogs lasts for months!!). I haven't had actual chocolate (except 1 ww choc crisp bar the cookies and cream flavour and only then because I wanted to taste it) since well before Easter. The pantry has an assortment of WW Choc Crisp bars (Brad likes them), nuts (again for Brad), biscuits and little packets of shapes for Daniel. I've had a packet of marshmallows open for over a month, that I have 1 or 2 of occasionally. The freezer usually has an assortment of cakes (we have a client who has a bakery and likes to send Brad home with lots of yummy treats, including croissants and Danish pastries) .

I love the saying if you "kinda" follow the plan, you will "kinda" lose weight, because I don't want to "kinda" lose weight. I want to lose it for ever, so if that means I need to be strong and not have all these naughty foods that lurk in my house, it's what I have to do. I always have plenty of fruit and yogurt on hand so there is never an excuse, I can't say but there was nothing else to have, because there ALWAYS is, I make sure of that!

Thursday, 1 November 2007

Frustration

I stayed the same at WI yesterday. Very frustrating, but I know I have lost cms as I need to buy a belt to keep my jeans up (I don't want to have to buy a smaller pair of long jeans, because eventually it is going to get and stay hot isn't it?) So I'll keep plodding along and really make an effort to "mix up" food and exercise and drink my water this week. Stay tuned...

Wednesday, 24 October 2007

Well, doesn't that just rot your socks?

I gained 0.3 this week!
I hate it when I do everything to the letter and I still gain :(. I was expecting it though as I have been feeling fluidy (this hot one day, cold the next, weather doesn't help) for the past few days, so I'm not overly concerned I know it will come off next week (well I hope so) and well life, just wouldn't be life if there were little detours along the way. One thing it won't do though, is it won't send me searching the pantry for whatever naughties might be in there. No siree, I've come too far to go down THAT road. Binging won't make me feel better when I step on the scales next week, now will it?? So I will continue to plod along and I will get there, I'm confident of that!

Wednesday, 17 October 2007

I am Woman!

I am woman, hear me roar
In numbers too big to ignore
And I know too much to go back an' pretend
'Cause I've heard it all before
And I've been down there on the floor
No one's ever gonna keep me down again

Oh yes, I am wise
But it's wisdom born of pain
Yes, I've paid the price
But look how much I gained (or lost)
If I have to
I can do anything
I am strong (strong)
I am invincible (invincible)
I am woman

You can bend but never break me
'Cause it only serves to make me
More determined to achieve my final goal
And I come back even stronger
Not a novice any longer
'Cause you've deepened the conviction in my soul

Oh, yes, I am wise
But it's wisdom born of pain
Yes, I've paid the price
But look how much I gained (or lost)
If I have to
I can face anything
I am strong (strong)
I am invincible (invincible)
I am woman

I am woman watch me grow
See me standing toe to toe
As I spread my lovin' arms across the land
But I'm still an embryo
With a long, long way to go
Until I make my brother understand

Oh, yes, I am wise
But it's wisdom born of pain
Yes, I've paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to
I can face anything
I am strong (strong)
I am invincible (invincible)
I am woman

Oh, I am woman
I am invincible
I am strong

I am woman
I am invincible
I am strong
I am woman

(Of course these are the lyrics of "I am Woman" by Helen Reddy)


What a great song hey? And that's exactly how I'm feeling right now! I have kicked the 80's to the curb, and I didn't just hobble into the 80's either I kicked butt with a massive 1.7kg loss this week! I'm so pleased. I feel invincible, this week I can do ANYTHING!!! I'm a 70's girl and I won't ever be eighty- something again!!!

Wednesday, 10 October 2007

I'd like to thank the Academy...

I did it!!!! A loss today of 0.6kgs means I have lost 40kgs!!! (Well 40.3kgs actually!) That is 80 tubs of margarine! YAY!!!! After hovering for a couple of weeks I finally did it! I can't even tell you how I feel, it's all a bit surreal at the moment, but I'm doing a happy dance, and probably will be for a while!!

Thank you everyone for your support!

Friday, 5 October 2007

So proud of myself.

As you may know I have set myself a challenge. An extra exercise challenge. I think I've mentioned that I have been getting up at 6am most mornings and go out for a walk by myself for an hour. If it is raining (very rare), I don't go. If it looks like rain, I still go and wear a rain jacket.

The exception being one day on the weekend and Wednesday (weigh in) mornings, I don't like to drink excess fluid on weigh in morning so instead when I drop Daniel off at MIL's on weigh in morning I also drop off the pram. Then walk to pick him up (uphill on the way there, down hill on the way back) and push him in the pram on the way back. Ususally takes an hour.

It feels really good going out in the early morning and getting some exercise done early, then anything else I get to do during the day is a bonus. Not bad for not a morning person, hey?

Wednesday, 3 October 2007

Thanks goodness!

Weigh in wasn't as bad as I had predicted. After showing a 1kg gain on my scales all week, at weigh in I was pleased to have lost 0.3. not much but it sure feels better than a 1kg gain would have. This brings me to 0.3 from 40 kgs lost. I'll get there... eventually!!! So here's to another good core filled week and we'll see what happens next week (I hope the extra exercise catches up!!).

Monday, 1 October 2007

Midweek update

I'm not feeling 100% (sore throat) both Daniel and Brad have had a cold for the last few days, so I'm guessing it's my turn :(.

Overcast here today but I did go out for a short walk this morning (1/2 hour @ 6.30am on a public holiday mind you! - Who is this person??) I have been out most mornings for at least 1/2 hour, mostly 1 hour.

I had a sneak peak at the scales today and I'm not liking what I'm seeing, but I will wait and see on Wednesday (I'm hoping it's my scales having a spaz!)

Wednesday, 26 September 2007

I gained 0.1kg :(

I gained 0.1kg this week. I know not the end of the world but a bit disappointing none the less. I've increased my walks this week. I now go out most mornings by 6 and I'm back by the time Daniel wakes about 7.30. (Don't worry, Brad is here, Daniel just has to wake him if he's up too early and I'm still walking.) I've stuck to core 100% most days only using 10 of my weekly allowance points, I'm still drinking heaps but, I seem to be a bit constipated and I feel really bloated. :( So I'm attributing the gain to that. Needless to say I'll be upping the fibre this week to see if I can get things "moving" lol.

Updated pics













Here are the updated pics as promised. Taken 25/9/07. Just after my 12 month anniversary with WW and 39.5kg lost.

Wednesday, 19 September 2007

52 weeks ago

I started WW, and wow what a ride!

I was secretly hoping to lose 1.6kgs this week to bring my total for the year to 40kgs, and although I didn't happen I'm more than happy with my results. I did lose 1.1kgs which makes a grand total of 39.5kgs in 1 year :).

I'm more confident. I like the way I look. I'm proud of myself. I know everyone who loses weight says "If I can do it, anyone can do it" but it is so true, there is nothing stopping anyone from losing weight if they want to, except themselves.

I will post some updated pics soon.

Wednesday, 12 September 2007

I see bones!

I see them in my wrists, I see them in my feet, I feel them everywhere! It's amazing! Sometimes I look at my hands and I don't recognize them as mine, lucky for me they are attached hey? lol! I even mentioned at the meeting this morning that my bed is becoming less comfortable as I feel bones rubbing against each other (ankles and knees) which is a good thing, right?

We were asked this morning to work out how many tubs of margarine we had lost so far... 76! 76 tubs of margarine!!! Unbelievable!

I'm changing and not just physically! My attitude to life has changed. My attitude to food has changed. My attitude to exercise has changed! I stand tall.

I'm not the biggest person anymore. I used to look around at shopping centres and I was the big person, praying that the chair didn't collapse under me each time I sat.

Next week will be my 52nd week at Weight Watchers. A whole year! WOW! I will have to post pics!

A loss of 0.7kgs for me this week. :)

Wednesday, 5 September 2007

I still lost..

0.6 this week, even with the lead up to Daniel's party, and Father's day I still managed a great loss. I know I didn't get to do as much exercise as I would have liked to either, so I'm very happy! I was actually saying to Jen (hi Jen) at last week's meeting that I'd be happy to stay the same this week, so a loss of 0.6kg is brilliant!

Sometimes we say things to people and we don't really know how it affects them. A few weeks ago I was chatting to an older lady "M" at our meeting (I chat to her quite often) who was feeling a bit bummed about WW and how it was taking so long for her. This week she got to her 10kg loss YAY and when our leader asked what has made the difference in her journey she said "Sharon". I didn't know, but the week that we had chatted she was ready to give up and throw the towel in but I pointed out to her that she had in fact achieved something, that week she had gone into double digits, she was under 100kg and she hadn't been that weight in a long time! It gave her the boost she needed to keep going. It made me feel really good to be acknowledged in that way too. :)

Saturday, 1 September 2007

Happy Birthday Daniel!






















Here is the cake! It ONLY took me 5 hours to decorate it, but I was happy with how it turned out! Daniel had a great day :) He was very spoilt with lots of fantastic pressies!

Food wise for me was ok, I did have some cake, some (lite) cheese and rice crackers (which weren't core) but it could have been allot worse, so I'm proud of myself.

Wednesday, 29 August 2007

-0.2kg this week

Every little bit helps hey! :).

I can't believe it's my little boy Daniel's birthday this coming Saturday. He'll be 3. I'm planning core friendly party food for the adults hommus, tsatzki and salsa dips with vege strips, fruit platter and popcorn. The kids will be having frankfurters, fairy bread, lollies and cheezels etc.. I'm making the cake from Annette Sym's, Symply Too Good To Be True cookbooks @ 3 points a slice. So hopefully we'll have a great day! Will post pics :)

Wednesday, 22 August 2007

I'm still here!

Another great loss of -0.9kg this week! Bringing my total loss to 36.9kg and over 30% of my start weight.

Who would have thought that 11 months after I started I'd still be going strong?

Certainly not me in the beginning! Originally I thought - you know, even if I lose 5 or even 10 kilos I'd be that much better off. But as I went along and hit these milestones (and many more since then) and for me, it hasn't been that difficult to continue. The fact that I'm not feeling deprived has made it so much easier to continue on the downwards spiral to goal. I do have little treats along the way, but not every day. Eating CORE I find fantastic as I am not obsessing about food as much as I was on points. I feel fantastic and I'm actually starting to like the way I look, I was looking at my shadow the other day while on my walk and it's very noticeable to me how much it has shrunk! I even bought a pair of size 12 denim 3/4 pants on special for $5! It will be a while before they fit (I'm not even into 14's quite yet), but I know I will eventually get into them - hopefully around Christmas, size 12 for Christmas, what more could a girl ask for?

Wednesday, 15 August 2007

I'm obese! YAY!

Which feels and sounds a whole lot better than being morbidly obese! LOL. By losing 0.9kg this week my bmi has dropped from 49 to 34 since I started WW almost 11 months ago. You can work out your own BMI here.

Bring on the next step... being overweight!

Wednesday, 8 August 2007

35kgs gone forever!

I hit another milestone today. I lost 0.5kg to bring my grand total to 35.1kgs lost. Boy that sounds like allot hey? I rewarded myself with new undies as I think I have only 1 or 2 pairs that DON'T fall down when I go on my walk (always a good sign that you need new ones I think LOL) So with the purchase of new bras last week and new undies today I'm all systems go in the underwear department, well for another few months anyway!!

Thursday, 2 August 2007

New Pics



Here they are, please excuse the goofy smile and hair (I let it dry naturally)


Wednesday, 1 August 2007

It worked!

I drowned the plateau lol.

Seriously though I was so pleased to see that I had lost 0.7kg this week! Onward and downwards and hopefully will have another great week next week. I will keep up the water drinking, and will up the exercise again this week and see what happens. I hope to update pics this week too, might get Brad to take some tonight if he gets home at a reasonable time, so stay tuned..

Saturday, 28 July 2007

"Operation plateau buster" UPDATE

I've been drinking over 3L of water a day! (It's been surprisingly easy - I usually struggle to drink water in winter!)
I bought a skipping rope yesterday, so will do some skipping today as it is overcast and sprinkling which should get my heart rate up! Stuck to mostly core last night at the restaurant so that was good and so far this week I've used about 5 of my weekly allowance points. So everything seems to be going to plan so we'll see what happens! Will try to update again later before weigh in on Wednesday.

Thursday, 26 July 2007

2 weeks in a row :(

Don't you hate it when you seem to do everything right and you are greeted with a gain on the scales :(. This is the second week in a row I've gained 0.1kg. I think it's the beginning of a dreaded plateau.

So this is the plan for this week... (I don't want to have to switch back to points if I can avoid it, but will next week if I have to!!)
- I'm going to shake things up. Not have the same breakfast, lunch or dinner on consecutive days (sometimes I have the same breakfast ALL the time)
- I'm going to up my water intake, I have been a bit slack in this department over the last couple of weeks so I am forcing myself to drink at least 2.5 litres a day. I know it can be done because yesterday I really pushed the water and got up to 4 litres (funny cos sometimes I struggle to drink 1 litre)
- I'm going to shake up exercise as well, I won't go for walks every day but a few day I will do other cardio stuff here at home, I'm going to buy a skipping rope and do some steps (up and down the back steps) and may even buy some hand weights.
- Where possible I will eat 100% core.

So we'll see what happens next week and hopefully my efforts will pay off.

Wednesday, 18 July 2007

Well I wasn't really expecting that.

A gain of 0.1kg. :( In the overall scheme of things isn't that bad and I certainly didn't expect to lose as well as I did last week, but I am a bit disappointed. I know how much effort I put in to following the plan to the letter and I only had 2 non core days (and on those days I didn't go wild, using 5 points one day and 6 the other), I can only assume that the little exercise week (when I wasn't well) has caught up with me. I'm getting to know my body and I'm learning that it doesn't always do what I'm expecting it to.

But does this mean I'm going to throw the towel in and say "stuff it"? Hell no! I look at how far I've come and I know I can do this and I know this is my new lifestyle and the way I want to live. Looking back at my before pictures I can't understand how I didn't see it earlier and why I didn't do anything about my weight a long time ago. I guess because I've always been overweight I got used to seeing myself like that, and I guess others have been used to seeing me like that too. I didn't think I looked that bad. In hind site though I see now I was not ready mentally and emotionally to take on this new phase in my life. I know that I am ready now (and have been since September) I haven't let small hiccups phase me along the way, every week is a new week with it's own challenges. I try to learn the lesson I was supposed to and move on. The trick is not to lose focus along the way.

Wednesday, 11 July 2007

Sometimes I even amaze myself!

I'm still not feeling 100% but a whole lot better than what I was

This week I had a massive loss -1.8kgs WOW. I still can't believe it!

I just want to thank to people who take the time to read and reply to my blog, it really makes a difference to me, knowing you are reading and cheering me on all the way. Thank you!

Thursday, 5 July 2007

My little Model

You will remember me saying in previous posts I've been knitting of an evening, here I have finally got a pic of Daniel in his new beenie and scarf!

This week I'm not well, I have a horrible cold :( Not much happening in the way of walking, cos basically I want to stay inside and keep warm. Eating well though and mainly CORE.

Weigh in yesterday a loss of -0.5kg.

Sunday, 1 July 2007

Just got to do it.

I went on my walk today even though I was not feeling 100%. I realized that in the past I would have used this as an excuse to not go at all, just like yesterday's dark cloudy sky (and subsequent rain, well sprinkles really) didn't deter me from yesterday's walk. Although in hind site I should have really gone for a shorter, or slower walk, the fact is that I did my 5kms and now it's done!

People frequently comment on how strong I am (as in strong willed) and I am! I really want to loose weight and I really want to get to my goal. I want it MORE than I want greasy takeaway, chocolate or cakes and biscuits. It's not easy, but to be quite honest it's not overly hard either, it is my choice, however, how hard I am on myself and how hard I choose to push myself. I could give into temptation, but ultimately where would that get me? I remember a leader telling me once that "no one hooks you up to an IV and force feeds you at night, YOU and only YOU are responsible for what you choose goes in your mouth" just like it is you who decides to, or not to exercise, and you know what? It's so right.

I was asked through the week if at any stage in the last 40 weeks if I had just said, "ah stuff it" and just gone bizerk, the answer is "hell no" any treats that I have had along the way have been accounted for and if they didn't "fit" I didn't have it! It's that simple!

I get asked how I stay motivated. I find meetings and the Weight Watcher's website really motivating, but ultimately I motivate myself, seeing myself shrink, seeing the numbers go down each week on the scales is all the motivation I need to stay on the straight and narrow. People telling me how great I look helps too! lol

Wednesday, 27 June 2007

Great week

Weigh in this week was fantastic, (-1.2kgs) I am below 90kgs for the first time in about 15 years and I feel fantastic.
At first when I weighed, the weigher said I'd lost 0.2 and I was bummed, I did everything right and tried so hard but then I looked (and confirmed) the weight recorded was 88.8kgs so I actually had a loss of 1.2kgs!
Who would have thought 40 weeks ago that I'd be over 30kgs lighter, certainly not me, after all I was told medically (due to PCOS) I would always find it difficult to lose weight!! I'm so proud of myself!! :)

Wednesday, 20 June 2007

Back to normal

We arrived home last night and went back to my normal Weight Watchers meeting today. I lost 0.4kgs this week which is great as I didn't have total control of all my meals, and I did very little exercise, although we were non stop for the whole week! I was a touch disappointed though as I was hoping to get under 90kgs, but the scales stopped dead on 90kgs! lol. Oh well, next week!

A really, really busy week!!

Well Daniel and I are home! And we had really busy week.

Tuesday Fly Adelaide-Sydney-Griffith
-Left Adelaide, met up with some friends and their kids at Sydney Airport. I resisted Krispy Kreme doughnuts!!
-Arrive at mum’s late night for both of us!

Wednesday- My Nephew’s 3rd birthday
-1st thing, visit my grandmother in the nursing home.
-Weight watcher’s meeting. lost 1.1kgs total so far of 30.2kg and over 1/2 way to goal!!
-Play cafĂ© birthday party for my nephew Jordan, Daniel had a ball! Got invited to my cousin’s daughter’s 2nd birthday - Friday. Got to cuddle my 6 month old nephew who I haven’t seen since Christmas. I didn't have any naughty food!!
-Call into my old work say hi to everyone, pop into see my gf (bridesmaid) at her shop, (she owns a florist)
-Coffee and cake for my nephew after dinner. I had a fruit tea and didn't eat any of the naughty foods on offer, even my favourite spinach cob dip! Late night.

Thursday
-1st thing, visit my grandmother in the nursing home.
-Pop in to see a friend I used to work with at his shop (jeweller’s)
-Go to see my maid of honour (Sonia) and her 2yo twins for lunch and afternoon play.
-Go shopping for other birthday presents and new baby present. Earlyish night.

Friday
-1st thing, visit my grandmother in the nursing home.
-Was supposed to be my morning off but my brother ended up with gastro, so I decided not to stay home and spent the morning solving computer issues at dad’s work.
-My cousin’s daughter's 2nd birthday party.
-Out for dinner with mum and dad some guys that dad goes fishing with (and some friends of theirs) for a “fish” night at the Chinese restaurant. Dad and a few of the others supplied the fish and the chef cooked it “Chinese style” 8 different dishes. I tried them all but only had a tiny bit of each. It was beautiful! Late night.

Saturday
-1st thing, visit my grandmother in the nursing home.
-Visit my ex boss, his wife, son and daughter inlaw who have just had a new baby. Again I declined the naughty food.
- Go out to Sonia’s again to see everyone again (plus Sonia’s dh and daughter- who was at school when we there on Thursday), stayed for dinner, late night.

Sunday
-1st thing, visit my grandmother in the nursing home. She’s not well today :(
-Go with mum at to the Sunday fruit and vege markets, got to see heaps of people who I wouldn’t have caught up with otherwise, which was great.
-Go out to see another cousin, who’s son turns 1 next Thursday, drop off a present.
-Go to watch my brother’s team (he coaches) play soccer. –walking distance from mum’s end up taking Daniel and Jordan to park and then back to mum’s –Jordan stays all afternoon. Early night, Daniel is stuffed by this stage.

Monday
-1st thing, visit my grandmother in the nursing home. Still not well, but looks marginally better than the day before.
-Morning tea with another friend I used to work with and got to see Sonia and the twins again! Still no naughty food :) :)
-That afternoon another friend popped over to say hi.
-Pack to go home.

Tuesday Griffith-Sydney-Adelaide
-1st thing, visit my grandmother in the nursing home. She’s feeling better today and so is mum. :)
-Pop in to say goodbye to dad.
-Go to the airport.
-Resisted the Krispy Kremes again :)

I had an ok week food-wise mostly core, but sometimes were unavoidable and not core, but I just counted as best as I could out of my weekly allowance. I didn't do much exercise while I was away, so I will be concentrating more on that this week!

30 kgs and over 1/2 way!!

We arrived on the plane the night before and then went to mum's meeting at 9am. I had a great loss 1.1kgs even after feeling a bit fluidy the day before on the plane. So far I have lost a grand total of 30.2kgsand I'm over 1/2 way to goal!!! Can you believe it? I think it is amazing!

Saturday, 9 June 2007

Ooops I forgot to update!

Oops! A little loss this week 0.1kg but I am now in the size16 jeans I bought a few weeks ago, with no flabby overhanging bits, so that's a good thing!! I wore them to the restaurant last night and Joy (another customer we have gotten to know cos she's there every week) commented on my weight loss, she said that I have more "shape" now and my legs and bum are looking great! lol!!

I gave blood this week and in the interview the nurse says, "oh you've lost 10kilos since you were here last" And I said "yes I know, I've been doing Weight Watchers and I've actually lost almost 30 kilos" so then she takes my bp and it is "perfect" (her words) 118/73 and then she tested my haemoglobin (iron) and it is "perfect" too at 140. (she said usually when people lose weight their haemoglobin suffers, and was surprised mine has remained so good). She said as far as she could tell, I'm very healthy and to keep doing what I'm doing!

It made me feel so good! I am doing this the right way and I am healthy, my skin is great and I feel fantastic!

Tuesday Daniel and I leave to go to see mum and dad for a week! I can't wait!!! I'll still weigh as usual on Wednesday, but at mum's meeting!

Monday, 4 June 2007

I thought it's time..

For some updated pics!
























Loss to date, 29kgs.



"Operation Scarf" has also been upgraded to include hats ( well ok 1 hat and in the process of the next one)

Wednesday, 30 May 2007

A nice big surprise!

A loss this week of 1.4kgs bringing my total loss to 29kgs in 35 weeks! (-5.5kg in 6 weeks on CORE) I really wasn't expecting it as I'm not feeling the best, sore throat, tight chest and basically feeling miserable! I have however been sticking to the plan and doing bits of walking here and there so even though I'm not feeling the best I've still had a great week!

I can't rave about CORE enough, no counting, just eating good, healthy, wholesome food. It's not boring, and definitely how I see us eating long term. I was so scared of switching in the beginning, I guess it's because we don't like change, but I'm so glad I bit the bullet and I feel that it is really working for me. Brad is still happy doing points and is losing steadily almost -10 kilos for him.

"Operation scarf" is still happening and I'm on my 3rd (after almost finishing it yesterday and unraveling it all to make it a bit wider) I'm really enjoying watching tv and knitting of an evenings, maybe I should try a beenie next, to match my scarves to keep my ears warm while I go for my walks in winter!! :)

Wednesday, 23 May 2007

I've had a revelation

This week I've had a revelation. You see everyone talks about Weight Watchers being a journey, and to me, it's not. Journeys end when you get to your destination. For me Weight Watchers is a lifestyle. I am almost 1/2 way to my goal, but in no way will that be the end. That will be the beginning of another phase of my life.
I can see goal, it's just around the corner really (yeah ok it's a BIG corner, lol) I can't quite touch it yet, but I know I will get there, I can taste the little successes every week which keep driving me further. Every week I get just a little bit closer.
This weeks loss 0.8kg. With only 2 more weigh ins before Daniel and I fly "home" to visit mum and dad I'm really hoping to hit my next small goal of 30kgs lost before I get there. If I don't it won't be the end of the world, but it will be great if I can!

Wednesday, 16 May 2007

Not as bad as I thought!

I was kind of expecting a small gain this week so it was a welcomed surprise to see a drop of 0.4kg goes to show you can have your (pan) cake and eat it too ;) lol.
I have been walking heaps and even surprise myself at how fast I walk now. The same routes that used to take me an hour, when I first started, now take only 4o minutes. I no longer look for the quickest and easiest option and easily tackle the hills around the area. I've started jogging every now and then (when I think no one is looking, so they can't see my wobbly bits!)
Tonight I have Brad's family over for dinner, we take turns every fortnight, and I'm cooking a core friendly meatloaf. I'll post the recipe in my favourite recipes if it is as yummy as I think it should be! For desert we'll have mini meringue cases with chocolate mousse, or light frusche and for those who want it, ice cream. (not core but only 1 point for dessert, 1/2point for the meringue and 1/2point for the 1/2 container of Nestle` mousse, which I'll take from my Weekly points allowance)

Sunday, 13 May 2007

Happy 5th Anniversary to us.

Friday was Brad and mine (mine and Brad's?? Meh, who knows!) 5th Anniversary. We had a great day. Went out for lunch "child free" which was lovely, we both had cold rolls. Then we picked up Daniel from Grandmas and had a great afternoon playing with him. At night was our usual Friday night smorgasboard dinner at "our" restaurant. Ah but our anniversary didn't stop there, Saturday night Brad's mum watched Daniel so we were able to have another "child free" meal!! We went to Cafe Primo and then to the movies. I had the chef's salad which was divine with smoked salmon, prawns and chicken, and for dessert I had some pancake but passed on the cream. We watched Wild Hogs. The movie was great, very funny!

Today is Mother's Day so it has been a big week, celebration wise. I have Brad's mum coming for dinner tonight and I'm cooking Chicken with dijon mustard wrapped in WW bacon with roast veges (Thanks for the recipe Toni!!)

I've been for a few long walks this week, so I'm not really sure how the scales will react on Wednesday. I'm not expecting too much. I'll be happy to stay the same :)

Great news also for mum getting to her 10%!! Well done mum!!

I've also started knitting of an evening which in theory keeps my hands active, so I'm not looking for things to pick at! It's a theory, and what's the worst that can happen, I get a few great hand knitted scarves?? :)

Wednesday, 9 May 2007

Another one bites the dust

Kilo that is.. My loss for this week is -1.0kg. Yay me!

Last week I was feeling hungry between meals which lead me to believe that I wasn't eating enough at mealtimes and although I was only snacking on core foods I was not felling at all satisfied. So this week I upped my portion sizes slightly and it worked, I was not feeling hungry between meals much at all (well not compared to the week before) so there for not feeling the need to snack as much.

I seem to be craving pears at the moment, which is a tad bizarre as I've never really liked them very much, but considering that we are heading into winter and there isn't many fruits in season, it's not such a bad thing!

We've also found a great new playground which is a good 20 minute walk from our house and it's excellent. Daniel is very impressed, what more can a 2 year old ask for, eh?

Wednesday, 2 May 2007

A little loss

I'm a bit disappointed about this weeks loss 0.1kg, yeah, yeah, I know a loss is a loss, but it is still disappointing when you know you've done everything right and it doesn't show on the scales. I could make excuses that I weighed on different scales, at a different place last week (which I did) but it still doesn't make me feel better. Onwards and upwards though, will try a few different things this week and see how we go. :)

Tuesday, 24 April 2007

IT WORKS!!!













CORE does work! -1.8kgs for me this week and a total loss so far of 25.3kgs. (That sounds allot written down, eh?) WOW!

I had to weigh Tuesday this week due to ANZAC day.

I remember my first meeting, someone said that day that she had lost 25kg so far, I thought OMG that is so far away.... but that is me now. It's just amazing. Can someone please tell me why I didn't start Weight Watchers sooner????

Updated pics added, and I even included a "TBL" Style pic... cos I can!! :)
The jeans in the photo are a size 24.. I'm currently fitting 18 and squeezing into a 16 (ok they are pretty tight, so we'll give it a couple of weeks) !! Woohoo I'll be able to shop in "normal size" shops soon!

Friday, 20 April 2007

I've made the switch!

After a 0.0kg loss this week (ie I lost NOTHING, but didn't gain either!) I've decided to give CORE a go. It really isn't that much different to the types of food we eat now, so we'll see what happens. In any case, I feel happy with my decision.

Monday, 16 April 2007

I'm in shock!

I was at the shopping centre this morning to get the tyre fixed in the pram and I was there til lunch time, Brad rang and wanted me to bring him home some sushi rolls, Daniel wanted a hot dog (so I was in the food court) Now normally the old me would have jumped at the chance of getting *something* from there. I used to purposely go there around lunchtime, just so I could grab something *on the way home*. But today as I was walking though, mentally calculating the *points* in my head I figured I would be better off, and was actually looking forward more, to the tuna salad I had planned to eat for lunch. I'm still in shock! Who is this person??

Thursday, 12 April 2007

There is no IF.


Loss this week 0.7kgs. Which is exactly the kind of loss I'm aiming for. Current loss is 23.5kgs. So I'm happy. :)

I was wondering yesterday morning what to wear when I remembered a skirt I had before I moved to Adelaide - 6 years ago, (to be honest I hadn't worn it allot because it never really fit properly) but it was really pretty so I hoped that it had somehow survived the numerous wardrobe "chuck-outs" that I've had in that time. Good news, it survived and even better, it fit! But best of all it looked great!

I was chatting to a friend on MSN the other night saying "When I get to goal..." and she interrupted me. She said "This whole time you have been doing WW you have never said if, it has always been when." I replied, "There is no IF, IF is not an option!"

I have no doubt, I will get to goal.

Sunday, 8 April 2007

Happy Easter

It's Easter and I have been very good! Our fridge is full of chocolate and I have not had any. I hope the scales are good to me this week! I feel good and I feel strong, by not having any. Is that strange? I did have a hot cross bun on Good Friday.. well 2/3's of one actually. I cut the bun in 3 and gave the middle bit to Daniel! It was lovely, but it's all I really wanted was to taste it. Last year I wouldn't have thought twice about having a couple for breakfast, dripping in butter and perhaps another 1 or 2 thought out the day. Things have certainly changed!

Sunday, 1 April 2007

All glammed up!












We didn't have time to take pics before we left for the wedding so this is me after we got home, windblown hair and all! (there are pics of me at the wedding, but not on our camera). I was able to stick to my points for the day. We got to chose our own meals which helped!

Thursday, 29 March 2007

Week 28 (29th March)

Weigh in yesterday showed a 0.8kg loss! I'm so pleased with myself, and with my results so far. I've been having a bit of an up and down couple of months, I'd lose 0.5-1.8kgs one week and stay the same or put on 0.1 or 0.2kgs the next. Not really sure what is going on there I'm putting down to fluid as I'm not doing anything different. Maybe should switch to The CORE plan (for non WWer's The CORE plan is basically eating low GI and whole foods - whole grains, and foods that have not been processed much). I'll reassess after SIL's wedding, which is this weekend and Easter (next weekend), although I can't really see what I'm eating now that I can't eat on the CORE so I don't know how successful the switch would be, but the proof will be trying it for a couple of weeks I guess. Total loss so far is 21.8kgs.

Wednesday, 28 March 2007

Week 25 (14th March)- 2 personal goals!!













I reached 2 pesonal goals today at weigh in, for the first time in a long, long time I was under 100kgs and I also hit 20kgs lost! Total weight loss to date 21.1 kgs and I weigh 99.5 kgs. 37 kgs to go! I've still been walking and in addition I'm jogging on the spot during the ad breaks of The Biggest Loser! Me jogging! who would have thunk it, eh?
Brad is back on track and has lost 5 kgs. Mum and dad have both lost over 5kgs too!

Christmas / New Year













We had a fantastic time. We stayed in Griffith for over 3 weeks, it was great to see my friends and family again. We got to meet my new nephew Luke who is just the most adorable little thing!
I lost 2.4 kgs over Christmas bringing my total loss 13.8 kgs. 44.3 kgs to go. I took these photos when we got home. While I was away I went to the meetings and bought mum along and she joined too. Going to the meetings and being accountable is one of the major key factors that WW is working so well for me.
While we were away Brad and I were out shopping when he told me my bum looked shocking in the jeans I was wearing, cos they were so saggy and baggy. What a great excuse to buy a new pair!
Brad was doing so well, but he kinda blew it over Christmas.

My 10%

It was the week before Christmas (20th Dec) and I hit 10%! That's 10% of my original weight lost, gone forever! YAY! We were travelling to mum and dad's for a few weeks for Christmas and I really wanted to get my star before we went, AND I DID!

After 9 weeks













8.6 kgs Down 49.5 to go.


I'm not actually finding the program hard. That is the beauty of the POINTS plan there is no real food you can't have. I'm not feeling deprived. Excersize? I do 2 or 3, 1/2 - 1 hour walks a week.

On my 10th Week I lost 1.4 kgs which brought my total up to 10kgs in 10 weeks.

He's my cheeky monkey, if there is a photo he wants to be in it!

First 5kgs

It took 3 weeks for me to lose 5 kgs. (11th October) I was stoked. So proud of myself. It was working and I was starting to feel it in my clothes. I can do this!!!

My first meeting

20th September 2006 I went to my first Weight Watchers meeting. I faced the scales and was shocked when they said 120.6 kgs, I'm 157cms short! In never I imagined I was that heavy, the last time I had weighed myself (yes, it had been a while) was about 15 kgs less than that!

My WW goal weight was set at 62.5 kgs. OMG That is at least 58.1 kgs I have to lose! I can't remember much about what happened at the 1st meeting, but I felt excited that I was actually going to do this! I got home and read though all the information I was given, I decided the POINTS plan was for me.

We enjoy going out for dinner every Friday night and I didn't want to stop that. We go to a smorgasbord restaurant so basically it's up to me what I put on my plate and what I don't.

Brad wants to lose weight too and is going to give it a go as well!

I'd made the decision

I had made the decision to join Weight Watcher's now all I had to do was actually do it. It was like I was admitting to myself that I had a weight problem. I had my head in the sand for a long time, I didn't think I looked that bad. I waited til I saw an ad on TV that said that Weight Watchers were having a free membership drive and the coupon was in Woman's Day.

I went out the next day and bought a Woman's Day and logged onto the Weight Watchers website and found the meeting that I'd go to, 9.30am Wednesday's. I arranged for MIL to come to watch Daniel every Wednesday. The very next Wednesday I took a deep breath and walked into my first ever Weight Watcher's meeting. The whole idea of it was very daunting, I really didn't know what expect.

The time has come!


It wasn't until I saw the photos from my son Daniel's 2nd birthday that I realised how big I was. I knew then it was time. I had to do something about my weight.

After being told by our fertility specialist that we had to see to become pregnant with Daniel that I had PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome) and I would always find it difficult to lose weight, I basically didn't try. I kinda watched what I ate, I didn't go overboard with food, but if I wanted something I'd have it.



I had no idea how hard it would be to lose weight. I knew though it was the right time for me to at least give it a go. I think that is the biggest "secret" I can offer anyone who is thinking of losing weight is that YOU have to be ready to do it. No one can do it for you and there is no magic wand that anyone can wave that can make it any easier. One thing to remember is you have to want to do it for you and it's not always easy.

I started this blog in March 2007. I've already lost quite a few kilos. YAY me! ;) For the sake of consistency I will take my updated pics with the same clothes each time.