Monday, March 29, 2010

Week 267

1.8lb loss.

A faultless week - even a complete week with no sugar in my coffee. It's mildly less vile, but at this rate it could be August before I get used to sugarless coffee.

Significant figures: I'm back under 13stone for the first time since August 2008.

I also realised the 36" waist jeans are definitely too baggy now, so am back in the 34"s - slightly snug, but bearable.

Starting Weight: 19st 9lb - 275lbs
Current Weight: 12st 13lb - 181lbs
Body fat: 25.1%
Total Weight Loss: 94lbs

Monday, March 22, 2010

Week 266

0.6lb loss

Not as much as last week, although it is still in a downward direction, so it wasn't just a blip.

A faultless week this week and I've even cut sugar out of my coffee the past few days. At the moment it still tastes like vile poison, but I'm hoping my tastebuds will get used to it soon.

At some point soon I will cut out the coffee too. Then, hopefully I will have removed all up-and-drop habits from my life, but I'm not ready just yet.

With the CFS I miss that feeling awake, feeling alive that I only get now for 45 minutes or so after my 2 coffees a day. My hope is once the caffeine is completely out my system my body will naturally adjust so I won't just feel knackered the entire day.

But to be honest, I'm quite fearful - what if it means I don't ever feel properly awake or alive again?

Starting Weight: 19st 9lb - 275lbs
Current Weight: 13st 0.8lb - 182.8lbs
Body fat: 24.9%
Total Weight Loss: 92.2lbs

Monday, March 15, 2010

Week 265 - 3lb loss and a visit to the Nutritionist

3lb loss!

In the past 5 years I think I've only twice ever lost 3lbs in one week, so this was a bit of a surprise.

But I have been on track and then some, this week.

Last Thursday I went to see a Nutritionist who, after looking through the detailed questionnaire I'd filled out and testing me on her machine, told me I most likely had a couple of mild food intolerances and too much yeast in my system which affects my digestion and ability to absorb the right nutrients, thus either causing, or contributing to my CFS.

The upshot of this is it has been recommended I cut out sugars, yeast and fungi from my diet - this includes fruit juice, dried fruits and many fresh fruits too, as they are all high in sugar content - and take pro-biotics and Chromium supplements to allow my body to recover. She didn't think I had full blown Candida, but felt I was leaning that way so should look to address it.

I don't appear to have a wheat intolerance, but can't have bread because of the yeast. And it turns out the fungi thing means I can't have Quorn either, which is a bit of a bugger as we lead a largely vegetarian diet and Quorn usually features once or twice a week.

It seems mostly I'll be following a GL diet, which Maggie had been looking at anyway.

Am I certain this is all correct and not bullshit? No. You don't need a medical degree to call yourself a nutritionist, and the vega machine she used to test me for my reactions to different food stuffs hasn't had full clinical trials.

However, I'm prepared to give it a go. It looks a few stages more advanced than Crystal Therapy, and I'm not being recommended to do anything unhealthy or life threatening. If it turns out to be complete bollocks, then at least I won't have lost anything.

What this has meant is I now daren't snack on anything I shouldn't. It's no longer just a case of extra calories delaying or preventing weight loss, but the wrong things can feed the yeast growth. And if I'm to give this a shot then I've got to do it properly, otherwise I'll never know.

I've not given up my 2 coffees a day yet, but I fear it's only a matter of time...

Starting Weight: 19st 9lb - 275lbs
Current Weight: 13st 1.4lb - 183.4lbs
Body fat: 25.5%
Total Weight Loss: 91.6lbs

Monday, March 08, 2010

Week 264

1lb loss!

That's good. Was on track all week, with the exception of a tub of popcorn at the cinema on Saturday when Maggie and I went to see the new Alice in Wonderland movie (visually lovely, but lacking any real dramatic tension).

No matter how many advances I've made in other areas of my life, I cannot go to the cinema without having a tub of popcorn. I would be completely unable to enjoy the film, spending the entire time missing the popcorn.

Fortunately we very rarely go to the cinema

Starting Weight: 19st 9lb - 275lbs
Current Weight: 13st 4.4lb - 186.4lbs
Body fat: 26.1%
Total Weight Loss: 88.6lbs

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Week 263

 0.4lb loss

Back in the right direction again.

Forgot to mention last week it was the 5th Anniversary since I began the journey of heathly eating. I still haven't figured out whether that's a good or a bad thing...

Starting Weight: 19st 9lb - 275lbs
Current Weight: 13st 5.4lb - 187.4lbs
Body fat: 25.6%
Total Weight Loss: 87.6lbs