Cosplayer Diary: A Weight Loss Story

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You Never Knew it, But Your House IS A Gym http://bit.ly/1jl6YLB

healthead:

You Never Knew it, But Your House IS A Gym http://bit.ly/1jl6YLB

I think this is a pretty awesome FitBit badge!

I think this is a pretty awesome FitBit badge!

<p>I don’t really have a cheese problem, but for anyone that does, I found these little portion controlled cheese sticks. They’re exactly the same as the regular Mainland cheese, but in handy snacking sizes!  This should help you with going crazy on cheese from the block!

<p>I don&#8217;t really have a cheese problem, but for anyone that does, I found these little portion controlled cheese sticks. They&#8217;re exactly the same as the regular Mainland cheese, but in handy snacking sizes! This should help you with going crazy on cheese from the block!

I had to buy new swimming togs the other day because my current ones are too big. YAY!

My New Gym and Tips on Selecting a Gym

I’ve always been a bit afraid of gyms.
All the toned, good looking women on the cardio machines, and the buff guys doing their weights.
It was all a bit too much for me, so every time I joined a gym, I would go one, freak out, and never go back, while my bank account still gave them a membership fee every month.

So I decided to flag gyms for a while, and I stuck to the occasional walk around my suburb, and swimming a little bit.
Honestly though, I’m a person who needs some kind of structure and maintenance, so doing these things didn’t help much.  I always had a good excuse not to go for a walk (it’s too hot, it’s too cold, it’s too dark) and I had equally good excuses for not swimming (It’s too expensive, there’s too many kids there, it’s too cold).
So, I decided I would join a gym again, and maybe things would go a little better if I put my mind to it.

This time, I didn’t just jump into what was a ‘special offer only for a limited time’!  Or anything like that, which I tended to do.  This time, I did my research.
I looked at lots of different gyms websites, looked at what facilities they had, what times they were open, where they were located and what their costs were.
All of these things are really important when looking for a gym!  But more about that later.

I went in and had my first consultation today.  A lovely lady got me to fill out some paper work and talked to me about what I wanted to achieve.  She also took my weight, height and measurements, and we sat down and talked about goals and time frames.  It was really nice.  Really relaxed.  I left the consultation feeling really positive and motivated, and I hit the cardio equipment straight away.  I’m meeting with her again tomorrow, as she’s writing me a fitness plan.  And they best part?  I get to re-assess and meet with her every month until I’ve achieved my goals, for no extra charge.  It’s like having a cheaper, less clingy personal trainer.

We talked a lot about food and such, but after she talked with me, she realised my knowledge of nutrition was off the charts, and the fact that I was following the Weight Watchers plan (and doing well on it), she decided not to worry about making me a nutrition plan.  I had it all sorted!

Anyway, I want to list a few things which stopped me from going to a gym at previous times, and why this one is different.

  1. Distance/Location: I always seemed to choose gyms for their price, rather than their accessibility to me. This was a bad decision, because I would constantly make the excuse for not going as “I don’t have time to go there”.  It’s not that I didn’t have time to go and work out, it was just that I didn’t want to set aside 20 minutes each way to get there.
  2. Facilities: What facilities that a gym has can be really important.  Do they have resistance machines or just free weights?  Are their cardio machines in good condition?  Are there nice showers?  These things are all really important, because if a gym doesn’t have what you need, you won’t want to use it.
  3. Opening times: This is often a problem for me, because I do shift work.  If a gym is going to be closed by 8pm each night, and not open again until 9am the next day, it’s not going to be effective for people who work different hours.  There are a lot more 24 hour gyms that are opening, but my only reservation about those is that the staff eventually have to go home, and so there will be times where you are there alone, or alone with strangers.  As a woman, this can be very threatening, so I would prefer to go somewhere that has staff on at all times, for both safety, and if there are ever any medical emergencies.
  4. Cost: I’m sure that I’m not the only one who has decided that they won’t join a gym ‘this year’ because it costs too much.  All I can say is do your research.  Find out what you need, and whether somewhere cheaper will accommodate all your needs.  You don’t need to always go to the flashiest gym in town that costs $40 per week.  A cheaper gym may not be as equipped as an expensive one, but if it fits your individual needs, then it will be just fine.

So that’s my gym summary, and tips on selecting the right gym for you!
Now go forth and exercise!

Deprivation and “self control” - TEDxUCL Talk

I watched this TED talk about half an hour ago, and I guess it made me feel better - a LOT better - about how I’m doing with my weight loss, and how the psychology of it all can affect what you are doing so much.  I think the important thing I found was this is that these are things I did KNOW, but the overriding thoughts of being lazy and having no self-control or will power made me disbelieve it.  Here is the video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWfqBy4sSD8

I found the fact that on average, in a year, the people who stuck with the diet only lost about 6kg interesting, as that is what I have found.  In fact that is my exact weight loss figure since I started this blog in, what was it, July or August?  It actually made me feel better, because I have been really angst-ing about how I should have been down to my goal weight by now, and feeling… well, really guilty!  But the fact of the matter is, the last few months have been all about changing my headspace, and changing my habits, so of course, not all of the weight is going to have fallen off immediately, when I still had so much stuff to change in my perspective of what food was to me.

This is not the main thing I wanted to talk about, however.
The next section is.

One of the biggest things I took from this is the general mentality of deprivation and pushing yourself unreasonably in weight loss.
I know sometimes, I really just want to eat a chocolate bar.  And there is nothing in this world that is going to stop me eating it.  But oh, I try and I try to distract myself from it.  I eat “healthier’ things to try and fill me up.  I try to ignore it.  I try to give myself reasons why I shouldn’t, such as that I will regret it later on, or the phrase which I absolutely hate with a blinding passion “a minute on the lips, forever on the hips”.  Whoever came up with that saying actually needs a slap in their face.  It’s the most demeaning and judgemental thing you could possibly say to someone who’s trying to lose weight.

I digress.

No matter how much food I’ve tried to eat that is “healthy” or has “less calories”, but is “more filling”, I’m inevitably going to eat that chocolate bar.  And sometimes it might turn into two or three chocolate bars, because the act of depriving myself of something I enjoy for that moment becomes a HUGE elephant in the room so to speak.  If I had just eaten the chocolate in the first place, I wouldn’t have ended up eating so much more food that I meant to, as a “distraction” or otherwise.

I understand the concept of restriction.  Cutting things out, depriving yourself of things you truly love.
But really, is that meant to make you feel better about yourself?

The “white bear” idea that is discussed in this video is also something I can relate to.  I know when I’m in an “actively trying to lose weight holy shit it needs to happen IMMEDIATELY” mood, I tend to end up eating MORE, because I’m constantly thinking about food, and how much I want it, but that NO, I MUST deprive myself.  This ends in an inevitable starve-binge cycle, which frankly, is not helping.

So, I have chosen the route of “everything in moderation, including moderation”.
If eating ONE chocolate bar (or whatever be your chosen vice) is going to stop you from binge eating in the future, then GO FOR IT.
It’s going to be much more healthy for you in the long run than sitting around thinking about it.
You need to carry on enjoying your life and enjoying food while you’re at it.

Just a little brag-worthy.  But seriously, I&#8217;m proud if myself!

Just a little brag-worthy. But seriously, I’m proud if myself!

Just a quick selfie today!The lighting is terrible and looks at those eye bags, but this is my current progress!I am now 5kg lighten than in the first photo I posted when I started this blog!The most noticeable things for some reason are my hands and fingers, so I thought I&#8217;d get those in the photo.My face is also a bit smaller too, not a lot but it&#8217;s something!So YAY for my first 5kg down!

Just a quick selfie today!
The lighting is terrible and looks at those eye bags, but this is my current progress!
I am now 5kg lighten than in the first photo I posted when I started this blog!
The most noticeable things for some reason are my hands and fingers, so I thought I’d get those in the photo.
My face is also a bit smaller too, not a lot but it’s something!
So YAY for my first 5kg down!