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Can you be a foodie AND lose weight? I’m determined!!

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Like so many people out there, I have had a constant battle my whole life when it comes to weight.

From the day I was born I was a chubby bundle of joy – and all through primary school, high school, uni and my working life – I have been voluptuous, to say the very least.

The thing that annoys me is I’m not one of those stereotypical fat people who sit on the couch eating chips and blocks of chocolate every night. I rarely even eat dessert when we eat out. I love eating good, healthy food.

It’s time to admit that the weight has to go – there are so many reason to do this!

I have actually sat at this computer many times to write about the fact that I really want to lose weight. But, I always delete those posts and go and make myself a nice, comforting risotto. Why? Well, putting the fact that I would like to lose at least 30 kilograms out there for the whole world to see is a pretty daunting thing. It makes it real – it means people are watching me. But, I think it’s the kind of committment I need to make.

Why have I decided to do this now? Well, I think I’m ready. I’m engaged and the happiest I have ever been in my whole life. I’m getting measured for the most beautiful wedding dress in six months and I have my whole life ahead of me. I want to be healthy. I’m 28 years old with a condition called Polycysitc Ovarian Sydrome (PCOS) and anyone who has that know how hard the insulin resistance makes it to lose weight. As a result of this condition, I’m am also a very young diabetic. When I found out I had it – I was so embaressed and didn’t want to tell a soul. But I’m admitting it now because I know there are other people like me out there. I’m not alone. Losing weight will also increase our chances of having a family one day. There are too many reasons why I have to do this and no reason why not!

I want to achieve my goals and eat great food!

I don’t want my blog to become some sort of weight loss haven where all I post is lettuce leaf recipes. Bugger that! As a close family member of mine told me recently” “if I have to eat lettuce leaves for the rest of my life to lose weight, then I’m going to stay fat.” I couldn’t agree more!

But I figure there must be a way to lose weight and still be able to eat delicious food. I don’t expect to be able to eat cake and biscuits everyday – but I still want food to taste good. I want to be able to drizzle some olive oil on my vegies when I roast them. I want to be able to eat avocado and I still want to eat rice and pasta.

I got told the other week that if I’m serious about losing weight, then I need to give these things away. I’m not a dietician – but I just don’t think that’s true. Whatever happened to everything in moderation? I know that if I feel deprived – I’ll binge. It’s as simple as that!

I have tried sooo many diets before! I’m sick of failing!

Over the years I have tried Jenny Craig, no carb diets – eating very little and exercising a lot. In all of these, except Jenny Craig, I have felt completely deprived and all I did all day was think about food and what I’m not allowed to eat. It’s crap, made me feel bad and I just couldn’t stick to it. I also can’t stand eating pre-packaged food on any sort of regular basis. I’d go insane if I can’t cook – so Jenny is out!

To lose weight, I get that changes have to be made

I’m also a bit of a purist when it comes to recipes. I love butter and don’t really like the idea of substituting. I don’t want to eat it if it tastes like crap!

However, I do understand that to lose weight, you have to make changes – so that’s what I am doing! On Sunday, I officially started tracking my eating habits through Weight Watchers and their points system – and so far – it’s been great! You get to eat normal food. Thank God!! I have always felt that my problem is eating too much rice and pasta, and that my serving sizes are too large. This has been confirmed so far and while I have gone to bed peckish – I’m down with that! I also really love soft drink – but I am proud to say I have officially given it away. I’ve had headaches and felt tired and cranky without the sugar – but I’m starting to feel good now 🙂

Portion control is the key … and giving up soft drink all together!

As I said, I’m not just going to stop posting delicious recipes, or going out for dinner – but I am going to think about things more and adopt the mantra that I can eat everything – in moderation! I am excited because I have already made a few recipes and modified things I already cook – and it’s been very yummy so far. Stay tuned for those!

Sharing the gory figures – it’s time to be honest and accountable!

The reason I decided to blog about this is to keep myself honest and on track and to hopefully share stories with other people on a similar journey to me. I have six months before I get measured for my dream wedding dress. It’s now or never! So, I’ve also decided I am going to post a before photo and my measurements. I still can’t believe I am going to post these for everyone to see – but here goes (*cringe!!!*)

Weight: 111.7kg

Waist: 124cm

Hips: 129cm

Bust: 126cm

Arm: 38cm

Dress size: 20

Thighs: 63cm

My first goal: 99kg

Ultimate goal: 80kg

There, I did it! I know – pretty shocking stats there – but let’s hope when I weigh in, things are on the improve!

My first goal is to get under 100kg. The day I reach that, I will be absolutely thrilled! I am a pretty short person, so according to the BMI calculations I should between 50 and 60kg. I don’t think I want to be that small – so I have set my ultimate goal weight to 80kg. I think I’ll be happy and so much healthier if I can get to that 🙂

Feel free to share your weightloss stories below. Got any good advice to keep me on track? How about recipes? I need yummy food!

Stay tuned for some recipes I’m trying – including indian cocnut curry – it was amazingly yummy!



11 comments on “Can you be a foodie AND lose weight? I’m determined!!
  1. Kelly Holloway on said:

    Im so very proud of you Lisa well done.. i understand how hard it is as i have a triple threat..Thyroid, type 2 and fructose intolerance, and Polycistic. So i completly understand the constant weight battle and what t does to you. i am sure you will do fantastic and eager to see your next posts maybe they might help me to Kel xxx

    • UforicFood on said:

      Thanks so much Kelly! The thyroid on top of everything must make it even harder! Let me know if you have any recipes that might make this a bit easier. Always open to ideas!

  2. Hi Lisa, you’re very brave and good for you! I have worked on many a health and diet book in my time and, ultimately, they all say the same thing: cut out carbs, eat protein and veg and minimise dairy to butter, yogurt and hot milk. I have just proofread one by a doctor which says that, basically, we haven’t evolved to eat grains and that they are the things that mess with our insulin, causing diabetic problems and fat. He says if you spend 80% of your time eating protein, veg, not too much fruit and minimal dairy you should lose weight and be healthy forever. What’s interesting about his research is that it’s high-carb not high-fat that’s the issue…worth a try no? Having said all that WW is the best I think; so much more human than everything else! Good luck! Louise

    • UforicFood on said:

      Hi Louise
      It seems weird that anyone could say that we haven’t evolved enough to eat grains – but everyone seems to have a different theory on things! I think you’re right that WW seems to be the most human about weight loss. I just can’t see myself giving away all carbs – like so many so called “miracle” diets suggest. Although, I do agree we should cut back and I am a big fan of protein. I think giving carbs away is unsustainable – it might be a great way to shed weight quickly – but you’ll only end up going back to them and stacking it all back on again.
      Thanks for your good wishes!!

  3. Way to go hun… so happy and excited for you… My goal is still to be under 100kg and was only 2.5kg off when i fell pregnant again.. lol… Was soo sooo excited to see 2 figures again will have to wait a little while again now.. You will feel like a new woman. My heaviest I was 140kg (you know my story) and to loose 38kg was the best feeling… Be true to yourself, and totally agree diet food need not taste like crap.. Moderation and portion size is the most important.. Oh and 1 too many glasses of wine.. lol (that was my downfall).
    But I have faith in you and you will do it… If you fall off the wagon today.. pick it right back up tomorrow – WE ALL HAVE BAD DAYS!!!!
    xxx and ww is great.. love them 🙂

    • UforicFood on said:

      Thanks Heidi. Everything you have achieved is just fantastic! And at least you know putting on weight now is ok because of your pregnant, which is so exciting!! So happy for you!! Great advice on sticking with it even if I fall off the bandwagon. I’ll try to remember that!!
      It’s been so nice of everyone to give me so much encouragement. I feel very lucky 🙂

  4. So proud of you Lisa! Absolutely awe inspiring to put your measurements out there for all to see. You are an inspiration. You’ll reach your goals in no time… all the best! xo

    • UforicFood on said:

      Thank you Laura – that’s so nice of you to say. I suppose it’s all good to stay motivated in the beginning – it’s long term that’s the hardest. But with such lovely and encouraging people around me, I’m sure I can do it!

  5. Hi Lisa, well done on starting your journey of no return! You seem to be in the right mind set, and you have a fantastic goal to reach…with the added bonus of your wedding to motivate you. It can be done, and the trick is to keep it all off!
    I lost 25 kgs before falling pregnant with the girls, and put it all back on. Then used bf as an excuse to eat what I liked, then fell pregnant with Flynn.
    Well I am with you on this journey, now Flynn is here, though bf, that is not an excuse this time! I am too making the effort to get healthy, lose weight and STAY that way!
    We all have obstacles in our path, I have a twin pregnancy belly, my age, I had GD when pregnant with the threat of type 2 now, so I guess, if you have a goal, ( and your body will certainly thank you for it in the long run) and stick to it, anything is possible.
    You go girl, will be right behind you every step of the way!
    Di xxx

    • UforicFood on said:

      Thanks so much Di. I can’t tell you how much that means to me. While I have had a few people make mean comments, on the whole, everyone has been very supportive. I really do think there is no going back!
      You have achieved so many awesome things in bringing three gorgeous children into the world. You are one of the most determined people I know and their cerulean existence proves that. You can achieve anything you put your mind to – and there’s no reason why we can’t support each other. Every word of encouragement is inspiring. So – thànk you and I hope you and your family have a wonderful christmas and that the new year bring you all Thr happiness you deserve xxx

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