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Lisa’s Weight Loss Journey

The scales and I meet again

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I remember when I first started to blog about my weight loss journey. I was so apprehensive – so scared! Well, I’m feeling that way again.

Since my return to the world of blogging I have enjoyed reminiscing about the good times – the wedding, the honeymoon – and just writing recipes again has been wonderful.

But, I have avoided the weight loss subject. Why? Because I don’t want to admit to whoever is reading this that the weight is creeping back on. At my lowest, I was 89.7 kilos. I’m now a bit over 95 kilos.

People tell me considering the before mentioned life events, plus Christmas and New Year – that it really isn’t that bad.

Maybe it isn’t … but for me, it feels like it’s going to be so hard to take that weight off again … and to pursue weight loss even further.

keep-calm-and-get-inspired-35I have every excuse in the world – I’m busy with our new family business, LMC Media Solutions – not to mention my day job, which I love. Then, there’s blogging for Uforic Food – not to mention we are building a house (so super exciting) and everything else that comes with life. Don’t get me wrong – life is great and I’m so hugely lucky – but it’s busy! I have tried getting up at 5.45am to go for a walk on the beach. But, after doing personal training, I don’t feel like a walk is cutting it anymore. I also can’t afford personal training and just going to the gym – well, I have never been able to stick to that.

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Long time no see!

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Hello there! Long time now see! I hope you have all been well and that life has been fabulous for you since Uforic Food went into break mode over the last four or five months.

It’s actually quite surreal to be sitting here and typing words into the blog again. It feels wonderful, familiar … and right!

When we spoke last, I was preparing for my wedding … and letting you all know that Uforic Food would be on a break for the foreseeable future. I wasn’t sure how long it would be for or if the blog would ever continue.

Since then, so much has happened … there has been a hens night – and yes – the wedding! I am now officially Mrs Lisa Mary Cummins! Matt and I have been enjoying married life – and we even have an exciting announcement!

No, it’s not a baby – not in the traditional sense, anyway! We have fused our passions – Matt’s for web development, and mine for writing – to start LMC Media Solutions. We hope you’ll pop over and check it out!

I also haven’t forgotten about all the lovely people that commented and emailed me and said they were a bit disappointed they weren’t going to get to see any photos from the big day.

So …

Here’s a sneak peak!

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The weight loss plateau and how I plan to beat it!

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So since July, I really haven’t lost any weight. Looking down at the scales most mornings – I feel convinced they are stuck at 89 kilos. Yes, it does look better than the 112kg starting point. But truthfully, it’s driving me insane!

I decided to wait it out for a while and just keep doing what I know works. Eat well, exercise, blah blah blah.

But, a month later, nothing had happened. The scales were still stuck!

I looked back on my eating behaviour and decided I needed to get real. I was becoming more generous with portion sizes and drinking more and more coffee. So, I did something I promised myself I was never going to do … I started doing meal replacement shakes. I never planned to do it for a long period of time, but a quick Google search on how to beat a weight loss plateau suggested that drastic changes to diet, exercise etc were the sure fire way to get back on track and get your body moving on the weight loss journey again.

I have been replacing four breakfasts and four lunches a week with a good quality meal replacement protein shake and … nothing has happened!

To be truthful – I haven’t done bucket loads of exercise in that time due to an insanely painful ear infection – but I have done some workouts, walking and the like. Not as much as what I would have liked, but I haven’t been a total couch potato.

The other thing I have been feeling lately is that I’m not challenged by my work outs. I’m still loving swimming – when my ear isn’t infected – but the gym … well, I just can’t push myself.

So, with nine weeks to go until our wedding, and with this insatiable feeling of motivation to get passed this plateau and take my fitness to the next level – I did the most logical thing. I sent a text to my old personal trainer to see if he’d have me back … and I’m booked in next Thursday morning at 7am!

I’ve also asked him to write me a full plan incorporating gym work outs, swimming, walking, running etc so I have no excuses. I’m also going to start tracking my food and exercise on Weight Watchers again.

I know I seem to do so many posts about getting back on track. But, I guess the reality of all this is just like life itself – full of ups and downs. I’m not perfect, there is no fool-proof plan to lose weight. All you can do is try.

I’m busting to get back to training again, to have someone who knows what they are doing guiding and supporting me through exercise.

There are so many things to be excited about and even if this weight loss plateau wants to hang around – I know I’ll be toning and getting fitter and healthier. Perfect 🙂

Have you been through a weight loss plateu before? How did you beat it. I’d love to hear your tips for pushing through 🙂

XO

Lisa Mary

Are fat people nuts? Some people think so …

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The questions kind of smacks you in the face – but if you’re a big person – I’m talking more than 30 kilograms (or about 60 pounds) above your ideal weight – would you say you have no worries when it comes to your state of mind?

I read an article in The Age the other week that suggested it was a complete outrage and a huge offense for the creator of the infamous Dukan Diet, Frenchman Dr Pierre Dukan, to say that people who are very overweight probably have a mental problem.

“I’ve never seen an obese person who has said, ‘I am well in the mind,” he said.

I won’t pretend to speak for every person out there carrying a significant amount of extra weight – but I think I have alluded on this blog many times that I believe being overweight has little to do with diet and exercise and is so much more about the mind. That’s just me though – what do you think?

As all regular readers of Uforic Food know – I have a good meltdown from time to time. But the people taking offence to what the Dukan Diet King is saying maybe think he is trying to say we all go around looking like this very famous, overweight person:

I don’t think that’s the point he’s trying to make. I think it’s a shame that the stereotypes around mental illness remain and that if you do have one – you must look like a crazy person. I thought we were all enlightened enough these days to know that just isn’t true. I should say (and once again, this is just my point of view) that the Dukan diet is just stupid. It was one of the ways I considered losing weight at one stage – especially after I saw an acquaintance drop a heap of kilos really quickly on it. I was happy for him – but honestly – he kind of looked a bit sick. I guess that’s what happens when you omit so many foods and narrow your diet down to about 100 things. My philosophy from the start has been “everything in moderation” – and after my own experiences – nothing will shake me from that belief.

I personally believe that it is about time obesity was recognised as a form of mental illness. I know that I have had to deal with my state of mind, my thoughts and emotions many more times than I’ve had to consult someone about whether carrots are better for me than apples. I think we all have a pretty good idea of what food is good or bad and that we need to exercise – but it’s the mental anguish and struggle which makes it so hard. I have written extensively about food worry, about self-sabotage.

The following are two of the most relevant sentences I have written on this blog since I began losing weight – and that is because I feel this is soooo mental:

For those people who think weight loss is just about output versus input – as in exercise and food – well, you’re very much mistaken. It’s only a small part of a bigger battle – one of the mind.
It’s a psychological game, and, quite often – you are your own worst enemy.

So, say there is a consensus that weight is a mental health issue as much as it is about anything else – the questions is – what can we do about it? Well, I’m not exactly sure – but maybe it’s something a counsellor could help with? I haven’t gone down that path for weight loss myself – but I know it’s the fact I have met someone wonderful who supports me and helps me to have a positive frame of mind that has made the biggest difference and have made my efforts to lose weight on this pretty successful. That’s comparing it to my previous life where I was surrounded in particular by a person who always brought me down and made me feel bad about myself.

The other thing Dr Dukan said in the article I read was:

“Happiness stops food being a compensation. If you love a man, immediately you will reduce your intake of food – it’s automatic.”

It does sound like something an old sleazy French man would say – but maybe there is something to that notion. If you feel loved, feel worthy and fulfilled – the rest just falls into place?

Of course, nothing is as clear-cut or as black and white as that – but if I look at my life – I really can see evidence that it’s true.

So, dear reader – what do you think of Dr Dukan’s theory? Are we all mentally ill? Or, are we all perfectly sane people who just like to eat a little bit too much ice-cream and hate exercise? It’s interesting. Discuss below 🙂