Thursday, June 20, 2013

Getting serious about weight loss, calorie counting and a small Plexus Slim update

So I'm onto about Day 18 or 19 of the Plexus Slim and it hasn't done a lick of good for me. I have started taking it more consistently, every morning, rather than the way I was taking it earlier and hoping that would help, but so far I am not seeing any results.

I am not willing to invest more than a month into it, and if someone tells me I'm doing it wrong and hence why I've not seen results after a month, well, I'm not willing to shell out more money to try it for another month to see if it works.

I also really think that it only works well if you use the Accelerator, but that's a stimulant and has a ton of caffeine in it and makes you very twitchy and jumpy and not sleep, which I've read online about. I'm not willing to risk that as I'm very sensitive to caffeine.

Onto other weight loss stuff, I've started a calorie controlled diet to help me lose weight. I have found in the past that only watching what I eat has been particularly effective in helping me to lose weight so I'm back on that.

I'm determined to lose weight again since I've gained some weight since I reached a healthy, comfortable weight level. It's a constant battle and it's necessary to stay vigilant all the time (I confess it gets tiring after a while, hence the up and down battle!).

I downloaded a calorie counter app to my phone from Calorie King, which is specifically Australian. It has all the Australian brands of food in it and is updated regularly, so it's easy to find things that I eat on a regular basis on it and also allows me to customize and add things that are not on there by adding up the various ingredients. I'm on day 2 of this.

I'm learning a lot from this experience, in particular, how things add up really, really quickly in terms of calories.

First impressions so far is that calories add up quick. There's not a lot you can eat at 1300 calories a day and it is going to take a few days before I stop feeling constantly hungry.

So far, my routine has been as follows and it seems to be working:

  • Vitamins and a big glass of water first thing in the morning
  • A cup of black coffee about 10am
  • An Optifast meal replacement bar at between 11am and 11:30am
  • A cup of tea between 1pm and 2pm
  • Another Optifast meal replacement bar at between 3pm and 4pm
  • Lots and lots of water in between
  • Normal dinner (still keeping under what's left of my calorie count for the day) in the evening when I get home
  • A small dessert treat if I am under my calorie count and there's room left. I don't want to entirely deprive myself, that would be unhealthy and non motivational

This seems to be working and I'm not starving at any point of the day, though I am feeling quite hungry just before dinner. That said this is only day 2!!!

At the end of the first day, I was quite pleased with myself because I had 143 calories left over, which meant I could have 2 Lindt chocolate balls if I wanted to. Bonus! I have learned over the years to always leave room for the treat without feeling guilty.

I don't have huge aims as I am not grossly overweight.

I am 137 lbs and I am hoping to get to 130 lbs over the next few months. That's the weight that my doctor is happy with me at to keep my pre-diabetic condition and other health conditions at bay and be at a healthy happy weight.

Ideally, I'd like to get to my post-marriage low weight which was a happy 123 lbs but that might be very hard work. I remember a lot of dry soda crackers and plain steamed vegetables in my diet to achieve that and that gets pretty boring along the way, plus that was 15 years ago and I'm fairly certain my body and metabolism has changed over the years.

I don't plan on anything crazy or drastic and I want to take this slow, because slow is the only way this whole thing will remain sustainable, without me going crazy, and without it being too onerous and me quitting along the way.

I don't want to deprive myself, because depriving myself will just make me be rebellious and not so what I'm supposed to.

I will keep up with the exercise too, which to be honest is not much, but it's what I can do so far. I walk about 30 minutes each day, 15 minutes each way to work and back, and that's a nice routine. On top of that we get 1 or 2 hours of walking in over the weekend to supplement that. I don't know if I will do better than that just because of the work schedule and working it into my lifestyle. More just might not fit into my lifestyle right now.

So that's it for my first overview of my weight loss journey.

I'll try to blog about it semi-regularly to keep a regular update going on how I'm progressing.

Right now, I just need to get to the point where I stop thinking about food all the time.

The Plexus Slim is going to be a bust, I'm pretty sure of it.

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