I’m starting this blog at about 85.5kg and a BMI of 35.
Some might say that is reason enough to lose weight, but with 12 million people1 in Australia being overweight or obese, it’s clearly not reason enough for everyone.
I have lost weight before; I lost about 24kg and it was great. Since then I have put even more on. How did this happen? I’m sure it started when I developed depression and anxiety, which reduced my motivation to exercise or cook good food. It also affected my sleep2, which has a significant effect on mood, decision making ability (including choosing good foods), energy, and the chemical signals your body sends you regarding hunger. My antidepressants may have also had a detrimental effect on my weight.
About 18 months ago I realised I was putting on way too much weight and started going to Weight Watchers again just before Christmas 2012. Initially I lost about 5kg, but then over the next year I put that and more on again (all while still attending Weight Watchers too!). I think this was due to a lack of self-control, poor planning, and perhaps some kind of fear of missing out… Whatever it was, here I am.
What am I going to do?
I have to make changes!
During my most recent stint at Weight Watchers I found the ProPoints plan too flexible. The flexibility might be great for some, but it wasn’t enough structure for me, and I ended up going over my points allowance a lot (there’s that poor planning again). I was also not nearly as good at tracking as I was the first time I attended WW.
Then I thought I could track my calorie intake with MyFitnessPal on the iPhone… but I didn’t keep that up either.
After hearing about a friend’s mum who lost weight on a shake diet and saved her knees from a knee replacement I considered a shake diet, but I don’t think it’s going to suit my lifestyle.
So, I’m going to try the Weight Watchers Filling and Healthy plan. Essentially you can eat anything on the Filling and Healthy list (mainly fruit, vegetables, wholegrains, lean meats and skim milk) and you don’t have to count it. Then you have 49 ProPoints extra per week for any of those non F&H foods. So you can have the occasional meal out, beer, wine or chocolate without throwing your plan out the window.
Exercise will need to be a thing as well. I have a gym membership at a club in a neighbouring suburb, but I haven’t been a regular attendee since my favourite Pilates class ended. There’s now a 24 hour gym just down the road, so perhaps I will try that.
I also have a bicycle and I really enjoy cycling, but it’s a bit cold at the moment! I need to lock down an exercise plan soon.
Why do I need to do this?
Why now? What’s my motivation? What’s different this week to last week, last month or last year?
There’s so many reasons to lose weight, but unless it’s something I deeply want it just won’t happen. These are my reasons and motivations in the order that they currently concern me.
- Reduce snoring
This might sound like a weird primary motivation, but it has been quite a source of tension. My snoring keeps my husband awake, and he nudges me to stop, and then I stay awake from his nudging. Then I’m afraid to even go to sleep in case I drive him out of bed, or in case his nudging makes me angry… It sucks! Apparently I don’t have sleep apnoea, nor do I have blocked sinuses, so I think losing weight might be the only answer.
- Move easier
It is hard work lugging around this extra weight!
- Shop easier
Buying clothes is difficult, frustrating and boring when you don’t fit into most of the things you pick up.
- Fit into my favourite clothes
I got some great jackets and dresses when I previously lost weight. I would love to wear those items again!
- Healthy pregnancy
I’m not pregnant, but if I were to become so sometime in the future it would be great to be as healthy as possible.
- Avoid breast cancer
It might not be possible to avoid cancer… perhaps if I’m going to get cancer I’ll get it anyway. Mum had breast cancer, so my risk is increased on that count, but excess fat is another risk factor for cancer and that is something that I have more control over, so I should do something about it!
- Avoid Type 2 diabetes
There’s some family history for that too, so I should really get on top of that.
- Save my knees
Currently my knees are not in pain, but they make crunching noises when I walk up stairs. I don’t think this is a good thing and would like to save them the strain while I still can.
I’m not sure why I might succeed now when I haven’t over the last 2 years, but I think this blog is a start. I am striving to be publicly accountable, particularly to friends and family, and I’m asking for help.
Please ask me how I’m going, check in on me, don’t ask me to eat out where there’s no healthy options, suggest exercise options… Whatever might be helpful. Thanks!