Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Crossfit session 11

Last Crossfit session before I head to NZ. I'm going to try and make it to a couple of sessions while I'm away so I don't lose all my progress, but we'll see if I actually do or not.


1km row

I think it took me 4mins something but I'm not quite sure.


10 x chin-ups (20 for non-newbies)
20 x push-ups (30 for non-newbies)
30 x box jumps (40 for non-newbies)

repeat 5 times (50 chin-ups, 100 push-ups, 150 box jumps)

I finished in 27mins 28 seconds I think.

The chin-ups are getting easier, I'm probably almost ready to go up a band which is good. I can definitely see that I'm getting muscle definition in my arms, under all the fat! I've put on 1-2kg since I started but I've lost a few cms off my waist so I'm going to assume it's all muscle!

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Crossfit session 10 (Tuesday)

I had the day off for my birthday today so I decided to check out the 9am Crossfit Cardio class.


10 x shoulder rolls
10 x table holds (shoulder exercise)



1.6km Run
2km Row
1.6km Run

I completed it in 32mins 10 seconds

Then we had to pull 40kg weights along and do these weird exercises called Junkyard Dogs.. where you are jumping over other people.. I suck at jumping so I was freaked out that I was going to kill my partner!
Here's a video of them:

My partner survived!

Crossfit Session 9 (Monday)


25 x double-unders
10 x air squats

Repeat 5 times

I finally managed to do some double-unders!!!!!!!! I watched some training videos on you-tube a few days before-hand and it seems to have paid off!

30 second squat-holds x 5, this was way harder than I expected! My hip-flexors are really tight so I have a lot of trouble getting as deep a squat as they want me to, although by the end of these mine weren't so bad.

Squat-clean practice (, there were about 5 of us who were newish so we spent a lot of time just working on our front-squats to get the right depth and try to get us to keep our elbows up (which is bloody hard-work!).


10 x burpees
10 x kettlebell swings

15 min AMRAP (as many reps as possible).

I did 7 rounds of burpees and only got to 7/10 kettlebell swings for my 7th round. Still pretty good though I think, although my burpee technique sucks.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Crossfit Session 8

I had to drag myself off the couch for this one, I'd been at the work xmas lunch during the day and had found out that my account was over $500 overdrawn because someone had stolen my debit card details, so I just wasn't in the mood. I am glad I went though, it was a good workout and I feel a lot better.


10 x dips
20 x lunges

Repeat 5 times (50 dips, 100 lunges)

I didn't actually finish all the lunges because I was running a bit late.


7 x dead lift (30kg)
7 x burpees
7 x chin-ups
300m row

Repeat 7 times (49 of everything and 2.1km row)

My time was 29 mins 10 seconds

After that we had to do 50 sit-ups

I'm going to try and get there on Friday again and maybe contact the Christchurch Crossfit about going there when I'm away... although going when I'm on holidays might be a bit unrealistic, I think I'll only miss 4 sessions but that's still long enough to undo some of my progress I think.

Monday, 12 December 2011

Crossfit session 7

Warm up

10 x squats
10 x GHD sit-ups (normal sit-ups for me)

Repeat 4  times (40 squats, 40 sit-ups)

Then we worked on front squats and my favourite..chin-ups!

6 x front-squats (I was using 10kg in plates and then whatever the training bar is 7kg?) (
10 x chin-ups

Repeat 5 times (30 squats, 50 chin-ups)


400m row
25 x kettle-bell swings (I used the smallest kettle-bell)
15 x push-press (

Repeat 4 times for time

I did it in 23mins 10 seconds, which wasn't too bad.

It was a good work-out, I wasn't completely fucked by the end but I felt like I'd done a good work-out. I had a protein shake before-hand because I went to the 8pm session, so maybe that helped.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Crossfit session 6

This was from Friday evening, no idea how people do this regularly on a Friday and then go out, I ended up passing out on the couch for several hours!

Warm up

1.5km row, this took me about 7mins but I wasn't pushing it all because I knew what was coming up!


10 x Handstand push-ups (normal push-ups for me)
30 x Chin-ups (15 chin-ups for me)

repeat 3 times
(30 push-ups, 45 chin-ups)

20 x burpees (, the 2nd way)
run around the block (approx 700metres according to

repeat 3 times

(60 burpees, 2.1km run approx)

The burpees were the killer, also didn't help that it was about 32 degrees in the gym, luckily it had cooled off a lot outside though so the run wasn't as bad as it could have been.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Crossfit session 5

I really enjoyed the workout tonight for some reason... well in hindsight anyway, at the time I thought I was going to have a heart attack and die, but now I'm all pumped from it! It was a very small group tonight too, which helped cuz the trainers were really working with everyone closely to get them through it.

I think the reason why I'm enjoying Crossfit is because every workout makes me feel like I've achieved something. I'll go in and look at the board and see what the workout is and think to myself that there's no way in hell I can do that, but there's no option not to do it, I just have to try and at the end when I've finished it, I feel really good about the fact that I was able to do it (albeit with lots of modifications!).

I am going to try and start going 3 days a week, but I just have to work out what the 3rd day is going to be, Fridays and Saturdays are often too busy, so maybe I could add Thursdays instead.

Anyway today:

Warm up

10 dips - I had trouble working out which of the rubber bands to use for dips, I think in the end I was using orange and red.
20 lunges - Hah, only a few days ago I was thinking I'd never have to do lunges again! I was so wrong, the lunges are walking lunges and your back knee has to touch the floor.

x 5 (50 dips total, 100 lunges!)

Push-Jerk practice - this is one of the moves I really struggled with in the PT sessions because it just didn't make sense to me and I was doing everything out of order. One of the trainers went through it with me tonight about 20 times so I finally get it. Also using weight instead of just a bar helps to see the point of the jumping. I had to try and keep a straight face when he said something like "You should be able to Jerk more than you can press".. or something like that. Yes I am a teenager. This is a pushjerk -


15 wall balls - 
15 box jumps -

x 5 for time

It doesn't look like much written down, but it's hard-core cardio! I was breathing like crazy.  I guess it's 75 wall balls and 75 box jumps total, which is lots of lower body.

For wall balls I was using ball #6 (I have no idea what that represents in anything!) and for box jumps I'm on the smallest box and at first I wasn't actually sure that I could jump up on it cuz I'm really bad at jumping and quite unco and thought I might trip on the box instead, but I worked it out in the end and wasn't so dreadful at it.

My time was 11mins 30secs, which was alright I think, the trainer who was working with me at the end seemed pretty happy with it. Although some of my wall ball squats were pretty rubbish, bad technique etc. I was pretty happy with the time though because all the guys in my group tonight have been doing it a while and I hate being really behind, but I wasn't this time.

Then we did an ab thing where we had to hold a position on the floor lying back with shoulders and feet off the ground and then throw one of the medicine balls around the circle without letting our feet drop. It was actually good fun!

Monday, 5 December 2011

Crossfit Session 4

After last week's effort of 90 chin-ups, I couldn't actually straighten my arms until yesterday (seriously!) and was really hoping we didn't have to do more chin-ups.. however when I looked at the board, pretty much the only thing it said was chin-ups!!!! And a lot of them too. The crossfit gods hate me.

Warm up

10 overhead squats with a stick
15 sit-ups (GHD sit-ups for non- retards, ab mat sit-ups for me)

x 5 (50 squats, 75 sit-ups)

Then we had to practice dead-lifts at maximum weight for 8 reps. Something like that anyway, we basically had to start at a weight and do reps of 8 until we were about the heaviest we could lift for 3 x 8 reps.

There was another girl there who was as inexperienced as me, so we started on 30kg and then went to 35kg and then 40kg. It's amazing what a difference just 5kg can make! 40 was pretty heavy but it was more painful on your hands than anything, I'm going to get some nice callouses! We stopped at 40 cuz we knew what the WOD was and didn't want to kill ourselves before doing it.


20 Chin-ups, 10 Handstand push-ups
18 Chin-ups, 9 Handstand push-ups
16 Chin-ups, 8 Handstand push-ups
14 Chin-ups, 7 Handstand push-ups
12 Chin-ups, 6 Handstand push-ups
10 Chin-ups, 5 Handstand push-ups
8 Chin-ups, 4 Handstand push-ups
6 Chin-ups, 3 Handstand push-ups
4 Chin-ups, 2 Handstand push-ups
2 Chin-ups, 1 Handstand push-ups

Luckily they modified it for us newbies and we did the name number of chin-ups as push-ups (so 10Chin-ups, 10 push-ups, 9chin-ups, 9push-ups etc.) And we only did normal push-ups, not HSPU. It was still 55 of each and by the end the chin-ups were rubbish.

My arms still work today, we'll see about tomorrow!

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Crossfit session 3

Warm up

Anything you like! I did skipping, squats and shoulder rolls, then we had to do some dead-lifts to warm up for the WOD.


800metre run
21 Dead-lifts (15kg in plates and then whatever the bar weighs, could have gone heavier though)
21 Chin-ups (Using a blue and a red band - which are these giant rubber bands to help counter-balance your body weight if you can't do unassisted chin-ups)
21 Sit-ups (I was just using an ab-mat but everyone else was doing GHD situps
15 Dead-lifts
15 Chin-ups
15 Sit-ups
9 Dead-lifts
9 Chin-ups
9 Sit-ups


So in total 1.6km run, 90 Dead-lifts, 90 Chin-ups and 90 Sit-ups!!

Then the trainer made me practice my double-unders cuz I can't even do one.. and still can't! I think I'll have to buy a skipping rope and practice, although that's not really going to work in the flat so I'm going to have to look dumb in the local park or something!

I didn't have a issue with the run, the dead-lifts or the sit-ups (although I had to take breaks) but the chin-ups weren't good. My form was dreadful, but to be fair the most chin-ups I've ever done in my life is probably 10!!

Today I can't lift my left arm above shoulder height and my right bicep and forearm are sore, tomorrow is going to be hell I reckon!! Luckily I'm not going again til Monday so I'll have time to recover.

This chick is one of the trainers:, if I can end up looking even half like that I'll be happy!

Monday, 28 November 2011

Crossfit 2nd session


Handstand hold 30 seconds - I fucking hate handstands!!! The trainer was laughing at me cuz I was freaking out and whimpering when I was in the hold cuz I thought I was going to diiieee, I never liked them as a kid and as a 75kg adult.. they suck hardcore! Hopefully they'll get easier though and I won't feel like I'm going to fall on my head every time.
15 front squats with stick
10 shoulder rolls with stick

Repeat 5 times

I only did the handstand hold twice before my wrists gave out so I wussed out of those and did planks instead.


5 x handstand pushups (for me - normal push-ups on toes but not all the way down to the floor, just to two ab mats stacked on top of one another)
5 x squat cleans ( not sure how much weight I was using, the plates were 5kg each and the bar weighs something but not sure how much.. so maybe only 15kg, it was enough after 25mins of it though!)
25 double unders (for me - 5 double unders or 5 attempts at double unders with 5 skips in between.. I can't even do 1 double under yet.. feel like a tard)

AMRAP (As Many Rounds As Possible) in 25mins

I think I did 9 or 10 rounds (so if it was 9 that's 45 pushups, 45 squat cleans and a random number of skips!),  but I totally lost count, next time I'm grabbing a chalk board cuz it's hard enough trying to remember how many of each exercise you've done let alone the actual round number.

Then we did ab exercises for 10mins (?? I have no idea how long it was), the non-crap people were doing hollow rocks ( but I was doing just a hollow rock hold, so just holding the position, no rocking. We had to do that for 2mins (?) then plank for 2 mins (?) then rest for 2 mins.. repeat 3 or 4 times, I forget!

It was a good workout, everyone was buggered by the end and lying on the floor! I've never sweated so much in my life. I am enjoying it though, the other people are nice and the trainers are really helpful, especially seeing as my technique sucks ass.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

First Crossfit session

I've been debating for ages what to do exercise-wise because I've been at a fitness and weight-loss plateau for months, my options were just be more strict on myself and pushing myself to run further and lift more weights, join a gym or get a PT.. then somehow I was talked into trying out Crossfit (Rob and Ken I'm looking at you!).

Initially I discounted it because of the price and because it sounded way too hardcore for me (and the videos online are scary), but then I figured that it was cheaper than a PT and really seemed to get results - just look at Ken! So I thought what the hell, I'll give it a try!

The way it works is that first you have to complete 3 personal training sessions with one of the trainers who goes through all the basic moves with you, then you can join the classes. It was quite intimidating because everyone is doing crazy stuff like chin ups and climbing up ropes and lifting massive weights, but luckily for me Rob was nice enough to come at the same time as my first PT session so that I would at least know someone when I walked in (THANK YOU!)

I finished the 3rd of my PT sessions yesterday and got the sign-off to go into the classes, so my first class was tonight.  This is what I had to do:


10 air squats (
20 double-unders (I had to do 40 regular skips instead because I can't even do 1 double-under yet)
10 roll-overs (they're basically shoulder exercises with a stick)

Repeat 5 times (so in total 50 air squats, 200 skips, 50 rollovers)

I was kind of fucked just after the warm-up! Then it was onto the actual workout, there were only about 7 in my group, one of the other girls had only been one time before, so I didn't feel so out of place and spazzy!


400m run
10 front squats (for non-spazzes it was 15, I also only used the training bar without any plates) (
10 push-ups using a bench (non-spazzes did 15 handstand pushups or handstand holds if they couldn't do a handstand pushup)

Repeat 5 times (so 2k run, 50 front squats and 50 push-ups total)

I finished that in 27mins, I was absolutely dripping sweat and grunting when I was doing the push-ups.. it was weird! Then we stretched for a bit and did 60 sit-ups.  The non-spaz people did some kind of gymnastic ring hold and some other ab exercises instead of the sit-ups .

My front squats are pretty bad, I was really struggling with the push-ups by the end and it was quite clear just how unfit I really was, but I completed it! I've heard that it never really gets easier cuz you just keep scaling up and every time is a different workout, so you'll get fitter but it'll never be easy.. I guess that's the point!

The trainers were really nice and completely scaled everything to people's abilities so it wasn't really that intimidating because you're just working against yourself, not the other people. The other people in the class were really nice too and gave encouragement along the way which was good. My arms and legs have already started stiffening up, so I think tomorrow and Friday I'll be hobbling around and unable to lift things!

I doubt I'll have time to go on Friday, so I think my next class will be Monday. I'm going to record my workouts on here so that I can track my progress and see how I'm doing. Thanks Rob for pushing me to do it and being there for my first session :)

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Takin' charge

I haven't posted for ages cuz work and uni have been really busy, but I've been doing quite a lot health-wise since S&S. I bought two sessions of Ultrasound Fat Cavitation ( through one of the coupon sites and had my treatments over the last two weeks. Before I went I was really sceptical about it and didn't see how it could possible work, but now that I've had them I actually think it has worked and reduced my waist by several cms. They measure you before and after each treatment and each time I lost 2-3cms and then during the week after the first treatment I lost a further 2cms. After each treatment you have to avoid caffeine and alcohol and try to eat a low fat diet, obviously this will also help with weightloss, but I think the treatments really do help to kick it along. I'm considering buying a couple more if they come up on the coupon sites again.

The other major thing I'm in the process of doing is trying out Crossfit. Rob and Ken have been doing it for ages and it's completely re-shaped Ken's body (obviously in conjunction with diet) - that boy has abs now! Rob has been trying to convince me to do it for ages and other than fear, the main thing that was stopping me was money, but then I figured that I had been looking at joining a gym or doing PT anyway and Crossfit is heaps cheaper than PT and is more interesting, and gets better results than plugging away at the gym a few times a week, so why not! So I've booked in my first PT session with them for next Thursday (you have to do 3 PT sessions and then you can do the normal classes). I spent hours last night looking at videos on the website and I have to say I'm quite scared, but at the same time it will be interesting to see if I can do any of it and it will be a huge challenge and will hopefully help me get over this plateau I've been on for ages. I am still thinking about doing a half marathon sometime in the future, so improving my fitness to that level would be awesome. I will keep you posted on how I go!

In terms of diet I've been pretty good lately, helped by the fat cavitation thing obviously, but also I've been really trying to stick to the primal/paleo type of diet, which I generally find quite easy, other than when I reaaaaally want pizza, or bagels, or something! Now that I've discovered cauliflower rice I think I will be able to adapt a lot of normal recipes to fit in with that, if I could just find some kind of bagel flavoured vegetable then I'd be sorted. My favourite website is Mark's Daily Apple, it has tons of info and a huge long list of great recipes, nothing I've tried off there hasn't worked out -

My weight today is 74.6kg, which is awesome, however, it was 75kg the day before and 75.2kg the day before that, so I am sceptical that I've lost that much in 3 days!! Oh well, I'll see how it is next week.

Anyway, just wanted to give an update, stay tuned for my adventures with Crossfit!

Thursday, 20 October 2011

As promised.. photos!

As promised, here are some photos of the latex dress I was trying to squeeze into with the dieting. Totally failed the diet, but luckily the dress already fitted before that so I just looked a bit more lumpy than I would have liked! 

Apologies for the quality of the photos, the iphone 3 camera is shocking. The more observant amongst you might notice that these are from different times, the first one is from ages ago.. I actually look thinner here but I think it's also just the angle. The second one is from after S&S, all my polish has worn off so I look a bit dull :/

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Day 37 (Wednesday) - Final weigh-in day.. epic failure!

So.... final weigh-in day before Saints and Sinners and I can quite safely say that this whole exercise has been an epic failure!!

Starting weight: 75.8kg
Final weight: 75.7kg
Lowest weight during the last 5 weeks: 74.4kg
Days to S&S: 2

Total weight loss in 37days: 0.1kg.. aka 100grams! ..So probably nothing really if you take into account the inaccuracy of the scales and the tiny amount of water required to add or subtract this amount!!!

So, what went wrong? Lots of things I think. Weekends were dreadful due to bad food choices, excessive drinking and no exercise, a general lack of exercise when I was sticking to really low carb levels, pms bingeing  this week has been really bad, but I've also done a lot more exercise in the last two weeks, including lots of weight lifting.. but not enough to make up for the calories I've been eating.  I need to just eat with more awareness and not give in to temptation so often and also make sure I have good food choices on hand so that I don't end up eating crap.

Despite not actually losing any weight, I do feel more toned from just doing all the exercise I have done in the last 2 weeks, it's possible that I have lost fat and just put on muscle, but who knows. I should really have taken measurements at the start as well as weight.

From now on I'm going to focus less on the number on the scales and more on becoming fitter and gaining muscle and losing fat before summer. I want to get back up to running 10kms, which I really can't do if I stick to really low levels of carbs. The paelo/primal type diet makes the most sense to me (best website ever:, although I will still eat carbs on occasion, just not all the time and I'll try to make better choices when I do eat them. Currently I'm only really eating them one meal a day (excluding non-starchy vegetables) and that is going fine and I don't feel deprived (pms related chocolate cravings not withstanding!)

I also think extreme calorie counting and always talking about it makes you really obsessive about food, which is crazy and makes you a really boring person as well. I'm just going to focus on trying to be generally more healthy instead, so I'll keep blogging but just without the count down and the extreme food detail.

Saints and Sinners is Friday and I'm going to wear the latex dress and I'm going to look hot anyway, and yes maybe I'll post a photo ;P

Day 36 (Tuesday)

I'm being slack at posting on time this week.

Breakfast: 2 slices of toast with avocado (best breakfast ever), coffee with skim milk - 151cal, 66.2g carb.

Snack: Dried fruit and nuts - 92cal, 8.7g carb.

Lunch: Salad and a lentil burger patty with laughing cow cheese - 245cal, 35.5g carb.

Snack: 1 kiwi fruit - 39cal, 6.8g carb.

Snack: Mandarin - 62cal, 12.1g carb.

Dinner: Pork and vegetable red curry, 1 macaroon, 2 chocolate coated strawberries and 1/8 tub of phish food ice cream - 848cal, 53.5g carb.

I suspect the chocolate related binge was due to PMS, even though I'm skipping it this month, based on all the things that have been going on this week I think I still get mood swings and cravings. Yay being a girl!

Even with the binging I didn't go to over my calorie limit, way over on carbs though.

Total calories: 1800
Total carbs: 182.8g
Exercise: 60mins walking - 252cal

Final calories: 1548
Calorie balance: -188
Carb balance: -82.8g

Monday, 3 October 2011

Day 35 (Monday)

Pretty good day today, other than eating super sweet American cereal for breakfast (USA foods is BAD).

I stuck within my calorie limit though and did over an hours worth of exercise all up, so I'm feeling good. The number on the scales might be up but I feel a lot healthier if I'm exercising.

Breakfast: Lucky charms and milk, coffee with milk - 269cal, 47.6g carb.

Snack: Laughing cow cheese - 29cal, 0.9g carb.

Snack: Lettuce and cottage cheese - 21cal, 0.8g carb.

Lunch: Beef and broccoli stir fry with oyster sauce - 468cal, 23.6g carb.

Snack: Dried fruit and nuts - 115cal, 10.8g carb.

Snack: Muesli bar - 104cal, 16.5g carb.

Dinner: Steamed zucchini and broccoli with left over tuna pasta sauce from yesterday, 2 glasses red wine - 448cal, 21.4g carb.

Dessert: 2 chocolate covered strawberries and vanilla yogurt with raspberries - 177cal, 27.9g carb.

Total calories: 1631
Total carbs: 149.5g
Exercise: 30mins walking, 30mins heavy weights and 10mins abs - 397cal

Final calories: 1234
Calorie balance: 126 (WOO! Doesn't quite make up for how many I went over by on the weekend but in the black is still good!)
Carb balance: -49.5 (Not so bad, could have cut out the muesli bar and I definitely didn't need the lucky charms)

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Day 33 and 34 (Saturday and Sunday) - sugar-fest

This weekend was pretty bad, although I did exercise every day, which is good at least.

On Saturday I went to Red Hill market and ate way too much lunch and bought chocolate pudding and chocolate and butterscotch sauce and then went to USA foods and stupidly bought more chocolate related food!

I also ate a lot of dessert this weekend, which is weird because I'm not really a sugar-fiend so I'm not sure what was going on. PMS maybe? Although even then I don't generally go nuts on sugar or pudding, just chocolate.


Breakfast: Omelette and coffee with skim milk - 185cal, 6.3g carb (totally should have skipped breakfast in hindsight but I get grumpy if I don't eat so maybe it was for the best, there were lots of kids at Red Hill!)

Food at Redhill: Thai chicken curry pie - 502cal, 39.6g carb (I was intending to get calamari but it was too expensive so I got this pie instead, bad choice, it wasn't that good).

Lunch at Mornington: Spinach and ricotta canelloni with 1 piece of bread and a coffee - 492cal, 60g carb.

Snack: 1 slice ham - 108cal, 0g carb.

Dinner: Pizza - 814cal, 121.9g carb.

Dessert: 1/3rd tub Ben and Jerry's phish food ice cream - 371cal, 59.4g carb.

Total calories: 2472
Total carbs: 287.1g
Exercise: 40mins jogging - 463cal

Final calories: 2009
Calorie balance: -649
Carb balance: -187.1g


Breakfast: Natural muesli, low fat yogurt and strawberries and coffee with skim milk - 432cal, 72.9g carb

Lunch: Pizza - 401cal, 57.7g carb.

Snack: Chocolate pudding and butterscotch sauce - 545cal, 75.6g carb.

Dinner: Wholemeal pasta with a tuna, tomato, onion and corn sauce - 333cal, 45.7g carb. 1/2 bottle red wine - 293cal, 0g carb.

Dessert: Sticky date pudding and ice cream - 540cal, 61.9g carb.

Total Calories: 2545
Total Carbs: 313.7g
Exercise: 40mins jogging - 463

Final Calories: 2082
Calories balance: -722
Carb balance: -213.7g

Fucking terrible weekend! Seriously over my calorie and carb limit every day. Can't keep doing this..

Day 32 (Friday)

Today was a write-off as excepted.

Breakfast: Natural muesli, low fat vanilla yogurt and strawberries and a coffee with skim milk - 423cal, 71.4g carb.

Work football morning tea: 1 curry puff, 1 mini hot dog, 1 ricotta pastry and some fruit - 372cal, 174.2g carb.

Lunch: 1 terriyaki chicken sushi roll and a magnum ice-cream - 487cal, 57.1g carb.

Snack: Dried fruit and nuts - 92cal, 8.7g carb.

Dinner: Parma, 2 pints of cider, 1 pot of cider and a glass of white wine - 1358cal (!!! a whole days worth), 97.3g carb.

Chocolate substitute: Jarrah chocolatte and low fat milk - 83cal, 12g carb.

Total calories: 2814
Total carbs: 282.6g
Exercise: 32mins jogging -370cal

Final calories: 2443
Calories balance: -1083
Carb balance: -182.6g

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Day 31 (Thursday)

My portion sizes were way too big today, I need to put away leftovers before I sit down and eat dinner, otherwise I always go back for more. Or just cook less delicious food maybe.

Breakfast 8:00am: Smoothie (protein powder, yogurt, milk, frozen raspberries, coffee, vital greens), 1 slice multigrain toast with vegemite and peanut butter - 594cal, 55.2g carb (this was after doing weights).

Snack 11am: Ham and cottage cheese - 108cal, 1.1g carb.

Lunch 1:30pm: Chicken in salsa and lettuce - 547cal, 23.2g carb.

Snack 3:30pm: Laughing cow cheese and 2 roses chocolates (one of the clients bought them in, which is rare!) - 149cal, 16.7g carb.

Snack 5pm: Low fat vanilla yogurt - 131cal, 21.2g carb.

Pre-dinner snacking whilst waiting for the kitchen to be free: Dried fruit and nuts -115cal, 10.8g carb.

Dinner 8:30pm: Beef, broccoli, carrot and water chestnut stir fry with oyster sauce - 585cal, 29.5g carb.

Total calories: 2230
Total carbs: 157.6g
Exercise: 30mins heavy weights (chalean push 3) -229cal, 30mins walking - 126cal (-355 total)

Final calories: 1875
Calorie balance: -515
Carb balance: -57.6g

Exercising just makes me want to eat and eat and eat. It was way easier to not go over my calorie limit when I wasn't exercising at all, but I feel way better when I am exercising and I want toned arms so fuck it.

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Day 30 (Wednesday) - Cravings of dooooom

Today was clear proof that if you have a serious, hard-core craving for something you should just have it, cuz otherwise you'll end up eating all this other stuff AND the thing you were craving as well. I could have saved myself so many calories today if I'd just bought the goddamn chocolate in the afternoon when I was craving it, instead of trying to make do with all these other things and then ending up eating it later that night anyway.

No exercise today because I was going to run after work but then the crazy storm happened and by the time I got home, saturated from the waist down, I decided that sitting on the couch and watching a movie was a way better idea than trying to do some form of exercise in the apartment.

Breakfast 7:30am: Natural muesli with low fat vanilla yogurt and strawberries, coffee with skim milk - 423cal, 71.4g carb.

Oh my lord, this was soooooooo goood after not having carbs for breakfast for so long!

Snack 11am: Laughing cow cheese and an apple - 97cal, 15.5g carb.

Snack 12pm: Pumpkin seeds - 76cal, 2.5g carb.

Lunch 1:30pm: Chicken jambalaya with cauliflower "rice", coffee with skim milk - 306cal, 14.2g carb.

Snack 3:30pm: Ham and cottage cheese - 73cal, 1.4g carb.

Snack 4:30pm: Jarrah chocolatte with low fat milk - 109cal, 13.4g carb.

This was when I was seriously craving chocolate, so I had a Jarrah chocolatte instead, which held off the chocolate craving for a bit and also made me feel really ill (hence stopping any other desire to eat) because of the milk (I'm lactose intolerant to some degree, milk is the dairy product I have the worst reaction to, I usually drink lactose free or soy when I can but work doesn't provide it).

Dinner 7:30pm: Chicken and veggies in salsa - 657cal, 27.8g carb.

After dinner binge-fest: Ham, dried fruit and nuts, peanut butter and finally some chocolate - 274cal, 13.1g carb.

Total calories: 2013
Total carbs: 159.1g
Calorie balance: -653
Carb balance: -59.1g

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Day 29 - Weigh in day!

Finally some movement on the scales! I think my scales are completely dodgy though, losing over a kg since yesterday seems slightly unrealistic, but I'm going to go with it anyway!

Current weight: 74.4kg
Starting weight: 75.8kg

Weight loss to date: 1.4kg

Short term goal: 70.8kg
Weight til goal: 3.6kg
Days until S&S: 10

Clearly I'm not going to make my goal weight by next Friday, unless I starve myself, which is just not worth it for a number on the scales, so now I'm going to focus on increasing my exercise so that maybe I will be slightly more toned by next week.  I think reducing my carb intake so much has been really detrimental on my normal exercise routine because I've just been too tired to do it, so I'm going to increase it a bit and hopefully have enough energy to workout like I used to.

I'm going to do Chalean 3 times this week and 3 times next week and do some cardio and lots of stomach exercises. Given the short time-frame it probably won't make much difference, but maybe it will, every little bit will help.

I really don't know where these 5 weeks have gone, they've flown by and I've pretty much failed the task I set myself. Time to re-evaluate my approach.

Day 28 (Tuesday) - Food

I had some left over salad from the weekend that I had to use up today, so that kind of instigated an end to the protein-only thing.. can't say I'm sad to see it go!

Breakfast 7:30am: Omelette and coffee with skim milk - 185cal, 6.3g carb.

Snack 11am: Laughing cow low fat cheese - 57cal, 1.8g carb.

Snack 12pm: Low fat greek yogurt and oatbran - 157cal, 14.9g carb.

Lunch 1:30pm: Fish and salad - 175cal, 13.6g carb.

Snack 3:30pm: Ham and cottage cheese - 154cal, 4.6g carb.

Dinner 8:00pm: Chicken and vegetables in salsa and a glass of red wine - 751cal, 27.8g carb.

Total calories: 1478
Total carbs: 68.9g
Exercise: 30mins walking -127 cal, 25mins Chalean push 1 (heavy weights) -192cal (-319 total)

Final calories: 1159
Calorie balance: 201 (WOO! Firmly in the black, despite drinking wine and eating delicious dinner)
Carb balance: 31.3g (Also firmly in the black!)

Monday, 26 September 2011

Day 28 (Tuesday) - Grrr

Bah, I weighed myself this morning and I was back up to 75.4kg, so it's like last weeks effort meant nothing. I am rapidly losing faith in my ability to lose any weight at all. I only have two weeks left now so it's looking pretty unlikely that I'll look any different to how I do now.  Maybe I should just go back to eating whatever the hell I feel like, instead of wasting my time eating fucking cottage cheese!

Day 27 (Monday)

I'm not going to bother putting the weekend up, Saturday was probably okay because I think the only meal I ate was dinner.. it was a veggie burger and chips and some garlic bread, but still, it's a lot less than I would normally eat. Sunday was pretty bad, I think I was almost double what I should have been eating calorie-wise, probably making up for Saturday.

Breakfast 10am: 350g Jalna low fat greek yogurt, coffee with skim milk - 399cal, 34.5g carb.

Snack 12pm: Smoked salmon and cottage cheese -  178cal, 3.5g carb.

Lunch 2pm: Fish - 79cal, 1.1g carb.

Snack 3:30pm: Soy latte - 156cal, 12g carb.

Snack 5pm: Ham and cottage cheese - 90cal, 3.8g carb.

Dinner 8pm: 500g chicken with soy sauce and garlic - 718cal, 8.5g carb (waaaay too much chicken but it's so damn tasty that I just keep eating it instead of keeping some for lunch, next time I will just have to cook half of it).

Total calories: 1619
Total carbs: 63.3g
Exercise: 30mins walking - -127cal

Final calories: 1492
Calorie balance: -132
Carb balance: 36.7g

I ate more carbs today than I have been on previous pure protein attack days, I think it's because I've been eating heaps of yogurt, which seems to have lots of carbs in it.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Day 24 (Friday) - Woot 1.7kg down!

I weighed myself this morning and I was 73.8kg, which is a loss of 1.7kg in 2 days! That's amazing! I know it's probably water weight and I'll gain it back over the weekend but it's still pretty awesome. I think I'll be doing the Dukan diet until S&S because it seems to work and it's easy to stick to. My apologies to Jen for giving her so much shit about this diet before! :P

I'm posting my food now because I'm going to a party tonight and all bets are off! Actually tomorrow will probably be the issue because I'll be hungover and wanting delicious carbs.

Breakfast 7:30am: Omelette with 3 eggs and coffee with skim milk - 256cal, 6.4g carb.

Snack 10am: Laughing cow low fat cheese - 29cal, 0.9g carb.

Snack 11:30am:  Seafood mix - 70cal, 15.6g carb.

Lunch 2pm: Fish cooked in the microwave - 116cal, 1.3g carb.

Snack 3:30pm: Smoked salmon and cottage cheese - 161cal, 1.1g carb.

Snack 5pm: Low fat yogurt (I forgot to bring the oat bran) - 107cal, 9.6g carb.

I'm planning on having left over chicken and vegetable jambalaya with cauliflower "rice", mostly because I have some left from earlier in the week and also because I probably shouldn't drink without eating something other than protein first.. although it doesn't have many carbs in it. Hrmm I might be a cheap date tonight!

Proposed dinner: Chicken and vegetable jambalaya with cauliflower "rice" - 278cal, 10.8g carb.

Calories so far (including dinner): 1017
Carbs so far (including dinner): 45g

Calories spare: 343
Carbs spare: 5g

According to Calorie King, if I drink an entire bottle of champagne I'll only be 188 calories over my limit and 7.5g carbs over! That's not bad at all, although I imagine I'll be eating crap as well. Still, got a bit to play with :)

Day 23 (Thursday) - Weight loss!

Well the pure protein day yesterday worked, I weighed myself this morning and I was 74.7kg, which is a loss of 0.8kg since yesterday! It's a big a number though, so I am assuming it's fluid loss, even though I drank over 2 litres of water yesterday.

Given the success of yesterday I'm going to do it again today. I'd like to do it tomorrow as well, but I don't think it's a good idea seeing as I'm going out drinking tomorrow night and should probably eat something a bit more substantial for dinner, otherwise it'll be a messy night!

Breakfast 7:00am: Omelette and coffee with skim milk - 211cal, 6.3g carb.

Snack 10am: Laughing cow low fat cheese - 29cal, 0.9g carb, Seafood mix - 70cal, 15.6g carb.

Snack 11:45am: Can of tuna - 172cal, 0.7g carb.

Lunch 2pm: Fish cooked in the microwave - 116cal, 1.3g carb.

Snack 3:30pm: Smoked salmon and cottage cheese - 161cal, 1.1g carb.

Snack 5pm: Low fat yogurt and 1.5tbs oat bran - 256cal, 24.5g carb.

Dinner 7:30pm: 300g steak with garlic and dijon mustard (soooo gooood, I haven't had steak in ages) - 545cal, 1.3g carb.

After dinner I ate some yogurt and cottage cheese but I just added these amount to the yogurt and cottage cheese from earlier in the day so they're already accounted for.

Total calories: 1560
Total carbs: 51.7g
Exercise: 30mins walking - -127cal

Final calories: 1433
Calories balance: -73
Carb balance: 48.3g

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Day 22 (Wednesday) - Food

Today I decided to do one of the Dukan Diet Attack-Phase pure protein days to try and get the numbers on the scales moving a bit and give me some motivation to keep going. It went pretty well, I had patches where I was really hungry but overall it wasn't too hard. I think the most important thing with this phase of the diet is to be prepared, because if you don't have enough easily accessible protein foods on hand then you're going to fail.

I ate way too much chicken at dinner which put me over my calorie limit, but I don't think that's so important in this phase of the diet, in the book it tells you to eat as much as you want so that's what I did!

Breakfast 7am: Omelette with 3 eggs (only because there were 3 left in the carton and I needed to make room in the fridge for the giant Costco carton!), coffee with skim milk - 295cal, 6.5g carb.

Snack 10am: 1 portion of low fat laughing cow cheese (cheese isn't in the approved foods but it's like 8g of it so I don't think it matters!) - 29cal, 0.9g carb.

Snack 11am: Seafood mix - 41cal, 9g carb.

Lunch 1pm: Fillet of fish cooked in the microwave (surprisingly good!) - 116cal, 1.3g carb.

Snack 3pm: Smoked salmon and cottage cheese - 157cal, 0.9g carb.

Snack 4:30pm: 260g Jalna low fat yogurt with 1.5tbs oat bran (as per the diet requirement) - 256cal, 24.5g carb (half my daily total of carbs!)

Snack 5:30pm: Soy latte - 118cal, 9.1g carb.

Dinner 8pm: 500g chicken thigh fillets (don't judge me!) with garlic and soy sauce - 677cal, 1.2g carb.

Total calories: 1688
Total carbs: 53.3g
Exercise: 30mins walking - -127cal

Final calories: 1561
Calorie balance: -201
Carb balance: 46.7 (Woo, firmly in the black!)

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Day 22 (Wednesday) - Weigh-in day

Surprise, surprise, I've gained weight!

Current weight: 75.5kg
Starting weight: 75.8kg

Weight loss to date: 0.3kg
Days until S&S: 16
Short term goal: 70.8kg
Weight til goal: 4.7kg

The chance of me making my goal is now pretty much zero. 
I really suck at losing weight.

Day 21 (Tuesday)

I was going well today until I went to Costco and had a sundae! Turns out the frozen yogurt had almost as many calories anyway so I wouldn't have been better off with that option either. Moral of the story.. don't eat anything out anywhere ever!   I guess at least I didn't order the pizza or the hotdog.

Breakfast 7:30am: Omelette with lettuce and tomato, coffee with skim milk - 268cal, 14.2g carb.

Snack 11am: Ham, cottage cheese and carrot sticks - 152cal, 7.9g carb.

Lunch 1pm: Jambalaya with cauliflower "rice" and an apple - 346cal, 25.4g carb.

Snack 4pm: Costco berry sundae - 410cal, 87g carb.

Dinner 7:30pm: Chicken drumsticks, salad and two vodka lime and soda - 523cal, 36.9g carb.

Snack 11pm: Smoked salmon and seafood mix - 81cal, 3g carb.

Total calories: 1779
Total carbs: 174.4g

Calorie balance: -419
Carb balance: -74.4g

Argh, I seriously suck at dieting!

Monday, 19 September 2011

Day 20 (Monday)

Today I came to the realisation that I've really not been doing very well at this whole dieting thing, so I went back and counted to see exactly how bad I've been, these are the results:

Days where I was under my calorie limit:  5
Days where I was over my calorie limit: 14!!!
And this is when I am TRYING to be good. I suck at this :/

The weekends don't help, but they wouldn't be such a big deal if I was actually sticking to it during the week, but I did really badly last week and the week before that. I only have 3 weeks left so I need to get serious otherwise I'm going to end up the same weight as I am now, looking like a sack of potatoes wrapped in latex.. sexy.. not!

I am going to try really hard to stick to my calorie limit all this week and hopefully I can shift a kg by next week. The weekend is going to be a big one, so I need to make sure I behave until then so that it doesn't mess me up too much.

Breakfast 10am: Ice-break loaded iced coffee - 335cal, 47.5g carb.

Snack 11:30am: Sultanas and white choc bits - 146cal, 23.8g carb.

Lunch 1:30pm: Dashi beef and mixed vegetables - approx 577cal, 15g carb (estimated based on similar things in CK).

Snack 4pm: Kiwi fruit - 39cal, 6.8g carb.

Dinner 8:30pm: Jambalaya with cauliflower "rice" - 278cal, 10.8g carb.

Calorie total: 1374
Carb total: 103.9g
Exercise: 15mins walking - -63cal

Final calories: 1311
Calorie balance: 49 (Woo in the black!)
Carb balance: -3.9 (almost in the black)

Day 18 and 19 (Saturday and Sunday)


Today we went to a picnic/party, I ate and drank waaaaaaay too much. Putting it all into calorie king would be too hard because I'm not entirely sure what I ate or how much, so I am just going to write this one off. We did ride our bikes to the picnic and back which was good but I can't imagine it would have made much of a dent in the calorie totals!


Sundays are never good, this was no exception, although not quite as bad as last weekend! I totally didn't need to eat the bread but it's one of my big weaknesses, if there is bread around, chances are that I'll be eating it.

Breakfast/Lunch: Grilled fish and chips, 2 dim sims - 720cal, 56g carb

Snacks: Dried fruit and nuts - 138cal, 13g carb, 3 pieces of white bread, butter and 1tsp nutella - 368cal, 60.4g carb.

Dinner: 2.5 slices meatlovers pizza with salad - 663cal, 72.3g carb, 1 magnum ice cream - 314 cal, 30g carb.

Total calories: 2203
Total carbs: 231.7g

Calories balance: -843
Carb balance: -131.7g

Day 17 (Friday)

Breakfast: Omelette with mushroom, baby spinach and capsicum, coffee with skim milk - 267cal, 13.1g carb.

Snack: Roast chicken slices with cottage cheese - 41 cal, 1.6g carb.

Lunch: Salad and can of sardines - 195cal, 12.9g carb, kiwifruit - 39cal, 6.9g carb.

Snack:  Smoked almonds and raisins - 197cal, 17.1g carb.

Snack: Apple and a jarrah chocolatte - 108cal, 20.6g carb.

Dinner: Italian chicken casserole - 368cal, 15.9g carb.

Cab noc related drinking and eating: 
Violet crumble pieces  - 118cal, 19g carb
5 glasses champagne - 567cal, 13.3g carb
1 can alcoholic energy drink - 170cal, 21.3g carb
1 gingerbread cookie - 144cal, 32.5g carb
chocolate cake - 109cal, 13.4g carb

Total calories: 2322
Total carbs: 187.5g
Exercise: 30mins walking: -127, approx 30mins dancing: -173cal

Final calories: 2023
Calorie balance: -663
Carb balance: -87.5g

Friday night drinking and eating is never going to be good for weightloss! It might have been better without the cake and the cookies!

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Day 16 (Thursday)

I was feeling a little worse for wear when I woke up, even though I didn't drink that much the night before, so toast was really the only thing I wanted for breakfast. Plus I had some avocado that needed to be used and there is really no substitute for avocado on toast! To make up for it I tried to minimise the carbs at other meals, but kind of failed at that and ended up over.

I also set my alarm to go for a run before work too but there was no way that was going to happen! I felt really tired all day and wanted to go home and just lie on the couch and stare blankly at the tv for several hours, but for some reason by the time I got home I decided to go for a run, and I'm really glad I did because it was quite a good run and although I'd been feeling so tired all day, I ran quite well!

Breakfast 7:30am: 2 pieces of Edwards sourdough and grain toast, one with 1/4 avocado and the other with butter and vegemite, coffee with skim milk - 574cal, 66.9g carb.

Snack 11am: Japanese peanut crackers - 151cal, 17.7g carb.

Lunch 1:30pm: Mixed vegetables and a Quorn burger pattie - 179cal, 13.4g carb.

Snack 3pm: Celery, carrot, low fat chicken breast slices and cottage cheese - 154cal, 8.1g carb.

Snack 5pm: Dried strawberries and sultanas with white choc bits -153cal, 24.9g carb.

Dinner 8:15pm: Italian chicken casserole, low fat yogurt with raspberries - 511cal, 29.5g carb.

Total calories: 1722
Total carbs: 160.4g
Exercise: 20mins walking and 30mins jogging - -433 cal

Final calories: 1288
Calorie balance: 72 (woo, the black!)
Carb balance: -60.4 (oh well, price you pay for eating toast and dried fruit!)

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Day 15 Food (Wednesday)

I did really well at going for a run before work and then not having too many snacks and things today and had quite a lot of calories saved up for dinner, but I still went way over my daily limit, but it was a special occasion so I'm not too mad at myself. It's also hard to estimate how many calories dinner was because none of the things I ate are specifically in calorie king, so it's a bit of a rough guess based on similar foods.

Breakfast 7:30am: Omelette with baby spinach, mushroom, red capsicum and avocado, coffee with skim milk - 353 calories, 13.4g carb.

Snack 11am: Mixed nuts - 239cal, 4g carb.

Lunch 1pm: Italian chicken casserole - 368cal, 15.9g carb.

Snack 4:30pm: Apple - 68cal, 14.6g carb

Dinner: Entree - Salmon on rye toast with sour cream and dill (SO GOOD!), Main - pork loin with tomato and garlic sauce, rocket and parmesan salad and chips, Dessert - chocolate tasting plate with chocolate mousse, brownie and ice cream, Drinks - 1 glass champagne and 2 glasses of red wine - rough estimate - 1426cal, 78.2g carb

Total calories: 2454
Total carbs: 126g
Exercise: 30mins jogging - -349cal

Final calories: 2105
Calorie balance: -745
Carb balance: -26g (Woo, still under 150g, despite going out for dinner!)

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Day 15 - Weigh-in day (Wednesday)

So today is weigh-in day and I was thinking that I probably would have put on weight, given how dreadful I was on the weekend, but no, I actually lost something..only 100g, but still, not a gain!

I am definitely going to rein these weekends in, I could probably lose this 5kg if I didn't blow it so badly every weekend! Now I am going to have to get the boy's house stocked with things other than delicious carbs and try  to resist when he's eating lollies or bread :)

Current weight: 75.2kg
Starting weight: 75.8kg

Weight loss to date: 0.6kg
Days until S&S: 23
Short term goal: 70.8kg
Weight til goal: 4.4kg

Day 14 (Tuesday)

Today went well, now if I could just behave like this on the weekends then I'd be onto something!

Breakfast 7am: Omelette with baby spinach, cherry tomatoes and mushroom, coffee with skim milk - 271 cal, 13.6g carb.

Snack 11am: Celery and carrot sticks with low fat cottage cheese - 132cal, 8g carb.

Lunch 1:30pm: Salad with baby spinach, tomato, red capsicum, carrot, celery, chicken, avocado and olives - 273cal, 15.2g carb. Kiwi fruit - 39cal, 6.8g carb.

Snack 4:30pm: Dried fruit and nuts - 174cal, 16.5g carb.

Snack 6:30pm: 15g dried cranberries, 8g piece of nougat - 86cal, 18.4g carb.

Dinner 8:40pm: Italian chicken casserole (chicken drumsticks, mixed vegetables, stock and canned tomatoes) - 368cal, 15.9g carb.

Calorie total: 1343
Carb total: 94.3g carb
Exercise: 55mins walking - -232 cal

Final calories: 1111
Calorie balance: 249 (Woo in the black!)
Carb balance: 5.7g (also in the black!)

Tomorrow my challenge will be that it's my Dad's birthday and we're going out for dinner. I'm going to try and go for a run tomorrow morning if I get time before work..

Monday, 12 September 2011

Day 13 (Monday)

My day was going okay, until I decided to have yum cha for lunch! Oh well, that's what you get when you don't bring your lunch to work, planning really is everything with weight loss. Given my crazy calorie intakes for the last few days it will be completely unsurprising if I don't lose anything this week!

Breakfast: Protein shake - 224cal, 14.5g carb

Snack: apple - 68cal, 14.6g carb

Lunch: Yum-cha and 1/2 bottle white wine, hard to estimate the yum-cha but I put in rough estimates from similar items in calorie king - 1172cal, 126.9g carb

Dinner: 2 x sushi rolls, 1 piece eel small sushi, 1 inari - 450cal, 80.8g carb

Calorie total: 1913cal
Carb total: 236.8g
Exercise: 20mins walking - -84cal

Final calories: 1828
Calorie balance: -468
Carb balance: -136.8g

Weigh-in day is Wednesday, so tomorrow I am going to be super-good!

Day 11 and 12 (Saturday and Sunday)

Both these days were pretty bad! I was up at the farm and wasn't in charge of food buying, so it was very carb heavy. It was very cold up there though and we did lots of digging and carrying heavy stuff around so maybe it won't mess me up tooooo much. Sunday was a nightmare though.


Breakfast: Up and Go energize and a muesli bar - 544cal, 45.3g carb (I was going to get maccas on the way up, so this was an improvement!)

Lunch: 2 ham and cheese toasted sandwiches - 660cal, 69g carb

Pre-dinner snack: 2 vodka and ginger beers, blue cheese, cheddar cheese, quince paste and crackers - 492cal, 33g carb

Dinner: 1/2 chicken pie, 1/2 beef pie, salad, 1 beer, 2 mini wagon wheels and 5 squares fruit and nut chocolate - 1022cal (!!!), 111.8g carb (!!! my daily limit right there)

Calorie total: 2717
Carb total: 259.1g !!
Exercise: Farm-work, including digging holes and carrying stuff, hard to estimate what this would be but I put it down as "vigorous weights" in calorie king - -460cal

Final calories: 2257
Calorie balance: -897
Carb balance: -159.1g


Breakfast: 2 egg omelette with ham and tomato - 330cal, 2.1g carb

Lunch: Pumpkin soup and 2.5 slices wholemeal bread, 1 sausage roll, 1 mini wagon wheel, 7 squares fruit and nut chocolate - 1161cal, 143.3g carb

Snack: Golden gaytime - 233cal, 21.6g carb

Snack: Dried fruit and nuts - 181cal, 13.4g carb, 2 frangelico lime and soda - 235cal, 41.5g carb

Dinner: Pizza, salad and red wine - 1059cal, 85g carb

Calorie total: 3198!!!
Carb total: 306.8g!!!
Exercise: farm-work - -230cal

Final calories: 2967
Calorie balance: -1607 (more than a days worth!)
Carb balance: -206.8g (2 days worth!)

Okay gotta rein in these weekends..

Day 10 (Friday)

Didn't do too badly today, despite going out for cocktails, although none of the cocktails I ordered are in calorie king so it's just a rough estimate! I also managed to get up and run, which was pretty good for a Friday!

Breakfast 7:30: smoothie - 414cal, 28.7g carb

Snack 11am: Nuts and dried fruit - 207cal, 15.2g carb

Lunch 1pm: Mixed vegetables and a Quorn burger pattie - 179cal, 13.4g carb

Snack 4pm: Cottage cheese and ham - 97cal, 2.8g carb

Dinner 7pm: Chicken in salsa - 235cal, 24.1g carb

Cocktails 10pm - 600cal, 44.5g carb

Total calories: 1770
Total carbs: 135.5g

Exercise: 30mins jogging - -349cal
Final calories: 1421
Calorie balance: -61
Carb balance: -35.5

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Day 9 - Food

I had a pretty good day today until I got home and ordered Japanese and had a glass of wine, but it was a bit of a reward for finally finishing my assignment so I'm not too worried about it, other than it'll probably push me off my 74.8kgs from this morning :/  But yay, assignment is DONE!

I think I have a few weeks until the next one is due, so for now at least I can start going to bed earlier and getting up earlier in the mornings to exercise again. Tonight I actually managed to do weights after dinner, it was the first time in a few weeks, so it was quite hard! Oh well, once I get back into it it'll be okay.

Breakfast 7:30am: I am kind of sick of eggs, so I had a smoothie instead - LSA mix, chia seeds, protein powder, vital greens, frozen raspberries, yogurt, coffee, milk and water - 380cal, 26.5g carb.

Snack 11:45am: Seafood mix - 68cal, 15g carb

Lunch 2:15pm: Chicken in salsa - 545cal, 24.5g carb

Snack 4:30pm: ham and cottage cheese - 94cal, 3.5g carb

Snack 5:30pm: Kiwi fruit - 39cal, 6.8g carb

Dinner 7:30pm: Terriyaki beef and vegies with rice - approx 403cal,  76g carb, half a japanese pancake -248 cal, 34g carb,  glass of rose - 112cal, 0.8g carb.

Total calories: 1889
Total carbs: 187g

Exercise: 30mins heavy weights - -230cal
Final calories: 1659
Calories balance: -299
Carb balance: -87g

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Day 9 - 1kg!

Although yesterday was my official weigh in day, I weighed myself again this morning, and I was down to 74.8kg, which is now a 1kg loss since last week!!! Woooo!

I know I shouldn't weigh myself every day and that it could just be fluid loss etc., but I'm still pretty happy, that's the lowest weight I've ever seen on the scales, and it's the 1kg I was hoping for to get to my goal!

Hopefully next week it'll be 73.8kg :)

Day 8 - Weigh in day!

Well, today was my official weigh-in day.. so how did I do?

Weight - 75.3kg
Loss to date: 0.5kg since last Wednesday! WOOT!

It's not the 1kg I was aiming for, but looking at how badly I did on the weekend, I'm lucky to have lost anything!

Looking back over my spreadsheet at work, I've lost 2.4kg since June.. however there has been a lot of fluctuating over that time, but still, at least it's a loss.

Two people at work this week have told me that I look like I'm losing weight, so that's awesome, once people start noticing it's hugely motivating. My work pants that have been too tight are now really comfy, so that's also motivating.

Food-wise I did quite well today, I only went slightly over on both calories and carbs and I think that's because I was up til 2am working my assignment again, so I got hungry around midnight when I'm usually asleep by that time.

Breakfast 7:30am: Omelette with baby spinach and cherry tomatoes again and a coffee with skim milk - 231cal, 8.3g carb.

Snack 10:30am: 5 slices of turkey with cottage cheese - 94cal, 3.5g carb

Snack 11:45am:  Seafood mix - 54cal, 12g carb

Lunch 1:30pm: Quorn burger pattie and mixed vegetables with oyster sauce - 207cal, 18.7g carb

Snack 3pm: Kiwi fruit - 39cal, 6.8g carb

Snack 4:30pm: Apple - 86cal, 14.6g carb

Snack 6pm: Pumpkin seeds - 76cal, 2.5g carb

Dinner 7:30pm: Chicken and veggies in salsa - 545cal, 24.5g carb

Dessert 9pm: 140g fat free yogurt and 3 strawberries - 89cal, 12.6g carb

Snack 11:45pm: 2 slices low fat ham and cottage cheese - 21cal, 10g carb

Total calories: 1534
Total carbs: 104.5g

Exercise: 30mins walking - -127calories
Final calories: 1407
Calories balance: -47
Carb balance: -4.5g

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Day 7 - Back on track

I did well today with my calories and also walked an hour getting to uni and then back to Flinders street station, I think it was actually quicker than getting the tram! So I think I will keep doing it until I get the bike riding happening in October (I have to wait until my brother and his GF move their bikes once they go overseas because there's no space in the storage area for mine at the moment).

Breakfast 7:30am: Omelette with cherry tomatoes, baby spinach and a coffee with skim milk - 231 cal, 8.3g carb.

Snack 10:30am: 5 slices of 97% fat free turkey with cottage cheese (sooo good, thanks for the idea Jen!) - 76cal, 2.7g carb.

Lunch 12:45: Left over stir fried chicken with vegetables and oyster sauce - 285cal, 8.4g carb, 1 medium apple - 68cal, 14.6g carb.

Snack 4pm: Medium soy latte - 156cal, 12g carb

Snack 6pm: Small piece of seafood mix - 27cal, 6g carb

Dinner 7:30: Chicken and veggies baked in salsa with low fat cheese - 545cal, 24.5g carb

Dessert 9pm: 150g fat free natural yogurt, 4 strawberries - 100cal, 14.1g carb

Brain food to keep me going til 2am 10:30pm:  2 slices of turkey with cottage cheese - 26 cal, 0.9g carb

Total calories: 1512
Total carbs: 91.5g

Exercise: 1hr walking - -254cal

Final calories: 1258
Calorie balance: 102 calories to spare (woot!)
Carb balance: 8.5g (woot!)

All in all, it was a good day :D

Monday, 5 September 2011

Day 6 - Be prepared

Today probably would have gone fine, except that I really wasn't prepared and all my good snacks that I keep at work had run out, so I had to buy something from the fundraising box at work, which is never going to be good.

Breakfast 9:30am: Choc-ice Up and Go - 193cal, 27.5g carb

Snack 11:00am: Pumpkin seeds - 76cal, 2.5g cabr

Lunch 1pm: Small rocket salad and a can of lemon pepper tuna - 128cal, 1.8g carbs, can of minestrone soup - 188cal, 30.7g carb

Snack 3:30pm: Dairy farmers thick and creamy 98% fat-free yogurt (strawberry) - 165cal, 25.7g carb

Snack 5pm: Gourmet nibble bag from the fundraising box (peanuts, dried fruit and yogurt balls) - 278cal, 32.5g carb

Dinner 8:30pm: Chicken and veggie stir fry with oyster sauce - 285cal, 8.4g carb, small glass of red wine - 82cal, 0g carb, 150g fat-free yoghurt with 3 strawberries - 95cal, 13.3g carb

Snack 10pm: 2 small slices of turkey and a tablespoon of low fat cottage cheese - 28cal, 10g carb

Totals: 1572cal, 150.2g carb
Exercise: 25mins walking - -106cal
Final total cals: 1466cal
Balance: -106cal, -50.2g carb

I went over both calories and carbs today, not too badly on the calorie front, but carbs weren't so good. I really didn't need the snack at 10pm but I was making my lunch for Tuesday and mindlessly ate it, it wasn't many extra calories though.

I am pmsing at the moment, so that always tends to make me eat like a pig, so maybe that's what's been going on with my ridiculous calorie intake over the past few days. I don't imagine I'll actually have lost any weight this week, but given it's that time of the month I'm not going to be too harsh on myself, I'll just try and keep and eye on it and make sure I do better next week.

Day 5 - Pizza day

Hrm I think the title says it all really!

Drank far too much on Saturday so breakfast was cheese and vegemite toasties and half a can of Rockstar energy drink - 479 cal, 67.6g carb.

Lunch was a packet of lollies and some V8 juice - 653 cal, 148.5g carb

Dinner was pizza, salad, red wine and ice cream - 1082cal, 115.9g carb

Exercise was walking to 7/11.. which is like 5mins so it doesn't count!

Daily totals: 2214cal, 332g carbs (!!!!)

I think I can see where I am going wrong here!! Gotta try and make a bit more of an effort on the weekend. Usually I am not quite this bad though! (Honest).

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Day 4 - total write-off!

Day 4 

Started off okay today, went for a run and had a smoothie for breakfast (protein powder, chia seeds, LSA, vital greens, yogurt, milk and coffee), so burnt 350cal and then ate 419cal and 29.5g carb.

Then I went out for lunch and had 2 coffees and poached eggs on a bagel with smoked salmon and hollandaise sauce, which I didn't think was such a bad choice, other than the hollandaise and the bagel.. however now that I've put it into calorie king I'm shocked! The whole thing was 1085 calories and 92.5g carb!!! Almost my whole days worth! It was delicious though and in good company, so it was worth it.

It got worse later on, for dinner we went out for peking duck and had wine and then banana fritters with ice cream (artfully arranged like a penis and balls no less!), then I went to a party and drank and entire bottle of champagne and had probably 10+ vodka jelly shots and some chips. Total for all of that was roughly 2337cal and 181g carbs.

So my totals for the day are completely appalling , but I had a great day so I don't really care! Dieting on the weekend is boring, but I will make more of an effort not to go too overboard with eating and drinking everything in sight next time!

Total cals: 3841
Total carbs: 303g
Exercise: 30mins running, -350cal
Final cals: 3491cal

Friday, 2 September 2011

Day 3 - fail

I was going really well today until I went for a run after work, and then it was all downhill, very quickly! If you're on my facebook you'll know the story, but here is the short version if you're not - I was 15mins into my run and feeling really good, even thinking about going longer than 30mins, when suddenly something really dodgy started happening with my digestive system, I HAD to stop running, otherwise there would have been a horrible accident in the middle of Elwood, even walking too fast was out.

So I walked home again and then proceeded to eat random crap until dinner was ready and then ate way too much chocolate after dinner. Total fail, but I guess I didn't go too far over my calories or carbs so it wasn't like I ate a tub of ice cream or a packet of tim tams or anything.

Breakfast 7:30am - Same as yesterday 231 cal, 8.3g carb

Snack 10:30am - Mandarin - 42 cal, 8.2 carb

Lunch 1:30pm - Salad (baby spinach, cherry tomatoes, carrot, red capsicum) and a quorn burger pattie - 167 cal, 16.8g carb.

Snack 3pm - 110g low fat cottage cheese - 99 cal , 4g carb

Snack 4:30pm - Slimfit ultra low carb protein powder and skim milk - 192 cal, 10.7g carb

Pre-dinner snacking 7:40pm - 1 slice cheese, 1tbs natural peanut butter, 181 cal, 2.8g carb

Dinner 8:30pm - Chicken in salsa (chicken thigh fillets, canned corn, random vegetables, jar of salsa and 60g cheese baked.. sooo good! I ate too much of it though) - 352 cal, 36.1g carb

Dessert 9-11pm - 2 rows dark chocolate, 2 chocolate covered jelly snakes and 3 glasses of wine - 660 cal, 44.9g carb.

Total: 1924 cal, 131.8g carb
Exercise: 15mins running and 25mins walking -281cal
Calories minus exercise: 1642 cal (282 cals over limit)
Carb balance: -31.8g

So, not great but could have been worse.. running tomorrow AM.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Day 2 Food

I ended up staying up until 1:30am trying to do one of the stupid questions on my assignment, luckily Glenn was online and stepped me through it, so hopefully now I can do them by myself. So I totally ran out of time to update about yesterday's food, sorry it's late!

Breakfast 7:30am: Omelette again, with spinach and cherry tomatoes and coffee w/ skim milk - 231cal, 8.3g carb

Snack 10:30am: Slimfit ultralow carb protein powder w/ skim milk - 203 cal, 10.8g carb

Lunch 12:45pm: This was difficult because I ate out, I just estimated using similar food items because what I ate wasn't in calorie king! Spicy chicken bento with rice, pickles and other random things - 742 cal, 54.6g carb

Snack 5pm: 148g low fat cottage cheese - 133cal, 5.3g carb

Dinner 8pm: 1/2 serve of the italian chicken casserole - 223cal, 11.1g carb

Dessert 8:30pm: 150g fat free natural yogurt with cinnamon and 1 medium apple sliced - 148cal, 25.7g carb

Total: 1679cal, 115.9g carb

Exercise: 30mins jogging - 330cal

Cals left: 11
Carbs left: -15.9

Didn't do too badly today, despite going out for lunch! Glad I went for a run though :)

I had mad chocolate cravings after dinner but the yogurt, cinnamon and apple did the trick! It was quite tasty actually, I think I'll do it again!

Weekend tomorrow, hopefully I can keep it up at least some of the time.

Wednesday, 31 August 2011


This is my breakfast omelette, I have it pretty much every day, the only thing that changes is the vegies!

Day 2 Morning - Feeling fine

I managed to get up and go for a run this morning, really only because I needed to pee at 6:30am and there didn't seem to be much point in going back to bed half an hour before my alarm went off. I'd stayed up a bit later than anticipated trying to understand maths and wasn't so keen on getting up that early, but it worked out okay in the end.

I could definitely tell that the seasons were changing, it was actually light outside, which makes running a whole lot nicer. I did okay for the first 20mins but then I was in struggle-town for the last 10, it wasn't helped by the fact that the route I'd taken didn't quite get me to 30mins by the time I got near home, so I had to run around the same block a few times in order to make up the time, which I hate doing. Oh well, still got to 30mins in the end, even if it was slow and difficult.

I weighed myself this morning and was amazed, the scales showed 74.6kg!!!! That's the lowest weight I've ever seen on the scales, however I weighed myself about 10 times because my scales, despite being new and not cheap, are prone to giving me several different weights in the space of 5mins (we're talking 2kg differences without anything changing, just me hopping on and off). The final weight I got was 75.1kg, which is still good, but not quite as good as if there is a 4 in there! Oh well, I'm sure it's all water weight anyway, but it's still motivating.

Day 1 food

I'm procrastinating about doing my stupid uni assignment right now. It's maths-based and I'm struggling! Very tempted to eat the last Lindt ball that I know I have in the cupboard, but I'm going to be strong!

So this is what I ate today:

Breakfast (7:30am) -  2 egg omelette with some baby spinach and tabasco, coffee with skim milk - 219 cal, 6.7g carb.

Snack (11am): 35g mixed almonds, wasabi peas and japanese peanut crackers things -130 cal, 14.1g carb.

Lunch (1:30pm): Salad (baby spinach, tomato, green capsicum and carrot) with a can of salmon with tomato and onion - 200 cal, 14g carb.  Mandarin - 42 cal, 8.2g carb.

Snack (3:00pm): 130g low fat cottage cheese - 117 cal, 4.7g carb.

Snack (5:30pm): 1 scoop Slimfit ultra low carb protein powder with 200ml skim milk - 201 cal, 10.8g carb.

Dinner (8:15pm): Italian chicken casserole (chicken drumsticks, vegetables, stock and canned tomatoes w/ herbs) - 446 cal, 22.3g carb.   150g fat free natural yogurt and 3 strawberries - 95 cal, 13.3g carb.

Total: 1486 cal, 95g carbs.
Exercise: 30mins power-walking - 127 calories
Balance: 1 calorie and 5g carbs to spare! WOO!

So, I didn't do too badly at all today! I probably should have spread the calories more evenly across the day and not had so many for dinner, but I was really late home from work and it was just easier to re-heat the leftovers than start from scratch.

I am going to try and go jogging or do weights tomorrow before work because I'm having lunch with K and A, so I should save up some calories for that. I'll probably end up going over the 100g of carbs tomorrow because we're going out for Japanese and there will be rice, but that's not such a big issue if I stick within my calories.

Overall I would say today is a success :)

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Day 1 - I can do this!

I've started a new blog because I want to lose weight before trying to wear an incredibly short, tight, latex dress at Saints and Sinners, which is only 5 weeks away (!), and I think that posting everything on the internet for everyone to see will help me stick to my plan better, because I will have people to be accountable to!

I used to have a similar weight-loss blog on LJ, but LJ seems to have gone downhill rapidly in the last few months so I've decided that a change of scenery is in order.

To give you some background, I've been losing weight for quite a few years now, my heaviest ever weight was 107kg, which was the point where I saw a photograph of myself and said enough is enough! I've been slowly losing weight ever since.

My lowest weight that I've been since I began dieting is 75kg, which was back in April.. I'm really not sure what I was doing back then, but I don't seem to be able to replicate it now! I'm currently 75.8kg, but I've been losing and gaining the same 1-2kg for months now and it's driving me slightly crazy.

My short term goal is 5kg, I know I may not get there before Saints and Sinners due to the short time-frame, but I'm going to try! My longer term goal is 68kg, it would be amazing to get to 65kg, but my boobs are already saggy enough as it is with all the weight gain and loss, so I don't want to go too crazy with it.

So.. what is the plan? Well, after being recommended the book "Why we get fat" by Gary Taubes, and seeing a couple of friends have awesome success with The Dukan Diet, I've been trying to cut out non vegetable/fruit related carbs most of the time (Sunday night pizza with the boy totally doesn't count!).

I choose not to do the full-on protein-only part of the Dukan Diet as I have high blood pressure caused by my kidneys and don't wish to end up with kidney failure later in life, I'm probably being overly cautious and would be fine, but I think with kidneys it's better to be safe than sorry.

According to Calorie King, my daily calorie limit is 1360, so I am going to try and stay within that and also aim for less than 100g of carbs a day, which can be difficult, so as long as I'm less than 150g I will be happy.
Exercise will be walking, jogging, weights and swimming too if I can find time to get to a pool.

Enough waffling, lets get on with it! I will post what I've eaten at the end of the day, otherwise I'll be posting all the time. Maybe there'll be photos too!

Current weight: 75.8kg
Current goal: 70.8kg
Days til S&S: 36