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Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007
8:11 pm
...my name is grok_mctanys and almost exactly 3 years ago I weighed myself for the first time in a long time, and realised that I'd gone from ~9st7 (age 20) to 14st1 (age ~29) on my 5'7 frame.

Bloody metabolism.

Still, since then, I changed my eating habits in a few small but significant ways (cutting out junk snacks, slightly smaller portion sizes, etc...) and slowly dropped to around 12st12 over the course of a year. And there I stayed. Occasionally going down to 12st10, sometimes up to 13st0, but not really shifting more than that.

Six months ago, I started running home from work a couple of times a week. This was good, and kick-started the weight loss again. I dropped to 12st3 in about 3.5 months, at which point I got Achilles tendonitis and had to stop running. Fortunately, and somewhat unexpectedly, my weight continued to drop a bit since then, going down to 12st0, and I managed to only put 2lb back on over Christmas![0]

Now, with Christmas and new year over, and with a proper pair of running shoes (hey, running in any old trainers worked fine when I was 18, how was I supposed to realise that I might start to *age* eventually?) and my Achilles tendons not having complained in the slightest for the past 3 weeks, the plan is to run a bit more and try to get down to 11st this year, while (probably more importantly) actually getting somewhat fit, in the cardiovascular sense.

Good luck to everyone else in whatever goals you set for yourself.

[0] I was trying quite hard there - I mostly managed to resist boxes of chocolates being passed around, and skipped a couple of evening meals when I'd had ginormous lunches and wasn't that hungry anyway.
1:14 pm
Before I took a week's break to see friends in Sheffield, I was enjoying going to the gym every day. Now it's an effort, and when I'm there it's feeling more like a chore than a pleasure. I was looking on getting fitter as the easiest of a long list of difficult things to achieve. It's still the easiest, so I'm determined to continue, but I'm feeling lethargic and uninterested. I'm hopeful that now that Christmas and NY are out of the way and I can settle back into what passes for routine in my unordered life, I may be able to regain a gym rhythm.
Monday, January 1st, 2007
5:51 am
so that weight loss thing
I am waiting for the endochronologist to contact me and It could be weeks before they do so in that time I intend to at least read this


It makes a wierd sense you know, particularly the point about the ability to cook toxins out of food being a new (relatively) thing.
Monday, December 18th, 2006
10:21 am
So Doctors this morning was a laugh weight lost in a month of Orlistat absoloutly zero! Taken off the Orlistat, probably good given the season.

Endochronologist in the new year, sounds very grand and exciting, I shall update when I know more. All the best to other people trying to lose weight.

Thursday, December 14th, 2006
9:14 pm
I went to the gym today.
I live near London and work in Edinburgh, so I've been in Edinburgh for the past three days, with my exercise being limited to cycling a few miles in drenching rain (see my LJ post about leaking office) and crazy gales. Cycling for real is nothing like cycling in the gym, coz you have to take it slowly so that there's energy remaining for traffic awareness and red lights.
So on my first day back within range of the gym, I'm finding that it's harder than usual to get myself out of the house and to the exercise machines, but also that once I'm there the exercise is way easier. I upped the levels on all the machines and weights, and still had energy for a 20minute swim.
I'm headed to Sheffield for a week tomorrow, though, and I'm concerned that all the effort I've been putting into my "get fit" campaign will come undone with a gym and cycle free week. :(
Maybe I'll take my swimming kit and find a pool.
Tuesday, December 12th, 2006
8:05 pm
Lard Loser?
I probably don't qualify in the criteria as I probably have less than 7lbs to lose, however I have over the 2 years or so shed probably 2-2 1/2 stone and I'm wanting to finish the job! I was 14 stone, and now I'm about 11.5-12stone. I'm aiming for ~11 stone I think, but have been stuck in this twilight zone for aaages now....

Reckon I get to stay on?
4:44 pm
My name is Taz...
and unlike longhairedhippy who claims a little tubby, I have my own area code! :P

I am currently on a very very low fat diet and medically prescribed Olistat, which can be nasty! After 2 weeks on the tablets I've lost .01 kg but managed to lose 4 inches off my waist quite randomly!

My main aims are to get below 19 stone for the first time in a long long time, so that should make loads of you feel better about yourselves.

Currently I am over 20 stone. That said I'm still the vary close to the same fitness levels I was as an infantry Sergeant!!

So thats me.
4:33 pm
am I losing weight?
I'm not sure if what I'm doing counts as trying to lose weight.
I'm certainly several stone above what I'd like to be. I'm going to the gym most days and have my eye on my sister's wedding in March as a time when I want to look really good.
Still, despite the fact that people have been telling me for months that they think i've lost weight, I haven't lost a single pound in over a year.
I'm beginning to disbelieve that eating healthily + exercising lots = weight loss.
So for me, my aim, is eating healthily + exercising lots = feeling fitter/more alert + looking better.

I'll be interested to see if the plan works for anyone else, even though I feel that it's destined to failure for me.
10:26 am
*stands up, alcoholics anonymous style*

"Hello everyone, my name's longhairedhippy and I'm a bit tubby..."

I've had problems with weight my whole adult life. I've never been hugely overweight but I've always been a bit flabby and I've always had a bit of a paunch. The basic reason for this is that I really (and I mean really) like my food and I drink beer. I don't drink beer in massive quantities, but clearly just enough to give me a bit of a gut.

I prefer to measure my weight in kilograms because it doesn't quite have the same emotional impact that old-fashioned stones and pounds do. 102kg sounds a lot less damning than sixteen stone. That's about the heaviest I've ever been - it's might not sound all that much for a bloke but then again I'm only 5'9 and not massively built, my ideal weight is probably somewhere about 12 to 12½ stone. I'm aiming for a weight of 80kg.

I started my current bit of weight loss at the beginning of August this year, after writing this post (which was originally custom-filtered but is now public so you community types can read it. I suspect we've all been somewhere like this). When I started I was 98.7kg and I'm now 91.7kg, which is a nice round 7kg loss. I was a little lighter than that a month or so ago but I've been getting a bit slack and then I went on holiday. Whoops. Trying to cut down properly again now, though.

My major changes have been to eat smaller portions of things, not eat things which are obviously unhealthy, cutting down on my drinking and most importantly getting some exercise in the form of a 40 minute walk home from work every day. I still get the tram to work, mainly because I'm a zombie in the mornings and I really couldn't face a big walk that early on.

Well anyway, there you go, my exciting story.
Tuesday, December 5th, 2006
9:18 pm
Today I am quite smug.

I have had the HORROR day of work, with the world of stress (I'm still working), am knackered and have utterly roaring PMT. This should have been a surefire day for curry and beer.

Instead, on my way back from the office, knowing that I'd be working til God knows what time anyway, so an hour didn't make much difference, I went swimming.

Then for my dinner, instead of takeaway and booze, I had tuna, some tomato-gravy type thing, weightwatchers bread and a couple of clementines. It sounds weird, but it was nice. And contained lots of fruit and veg and protein. good.

Okay, so somewhere along the way I had two champagne truffles aswell, but they were organic, bitter chocolate things - none of the full-of-squidgy-crap Thorntons' nonsense. And anyway, everybody knows that organic is a synonym for "healthy", right? ;)

All in all, it could have been about 2000 calories and half an hour's less exercise worse than it was.

Current Mood: smug
Monday, December 4th, 2006
10:37 am
Thunderthighs are go!
So, today's the day and all that.

I packed my breakfast and lunch for work today (aples, clementines and turkey sandwiches in ww bread) and have my swimming stuff with me. I'm happy to start quite gently (particularly as I did something horrid to my back in Prague); it's not the exercise that I have a problem with, it's just getting back into the routine of exercising that pisses me off. I don't have enough time to fit everything in anyway, but this is important to me, so I'll make the time.

I'm hoping that I can do swimming tonight then maybe some resistance and stretching tomorrow. My back's still to delicate at the moment to start pounding on a treadmill, but it's the habit that's the important thing.

Then, I'm going to have left over Nigella veggie chilli, made by the boy's own fair hands for dinner. All that seems pretty good.

Some time this week, I'm going to do a three-day detox; it's a really good kickstart...it's just difficult to fit it in with work and meetings and stuff. Again, not insurmountable, but awkward.

In all, I want to lose just over 2 stones I think. When I'm two stone lighter than I am now, I look pretty okay...toned and fit and all that.

I want to get to being happy by the end of May next year...this will be a year after I had encephalitis, and I'd like to be able to "celebrate" that, by giving it the finger!

So, anyone else got any goal dates, or am I the only crazy one?
Saturday, December 2nd, 2006
2:18 pm
First post. Ooh
So since I came out of hospital I've put on over 2 stones. Fucking great.

I could just cling to the fact it's not my fault and embrace life as a shut-in. Actually, that's not a bad option...erm. Oh, hang on. No.

So, I lost 11lb before my birthday and have, seemingly, put them all on again since my birthday. As Christmas is a traditionally lardtastic time anyway, I've decided that Steps should be taken. Ideally, I'd like to lose half a stone before Christmas. We'll see. At the moment, I'm just struggling to get enough exercise because I'm so busy, which is a crap excuse, but there you go. I'm going to start doing half an hour of swimming before work, but I hate getting up early, so it's going to be a struggle. Oh well.
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