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Weight loss update

I recently realised that it has been about a year and a half since I started my weight loss battle, and haven’t written any sort of update in the meantime.
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I will admit, I fell off the bandwagon…multiple times…during that period.

Christmas 2011 didn’t go too badly. We were using the Rapid Loss shakes fairly comfortably at the time, and didn’t go too crazy with festive foods. When I jumped on the scales around New Year’s, I was really happy to see that I had lost a couple of kilos over the Christmas period, rather than the usual gain!

I stopped using Rapid Loss after a few months, as I wasn’t seeing the results anymore. Before you say it, I know that you sometimes plateau, but I just didn’t feel that it was the right path for me anymore.

Life got busy….I got lazy…both with my exercise, and with my cooking. Simple meals that required little effort generally meant that they weren’t all that beneficial to the waist line or scales.

Just before Christmas 2012, I decided that I needed to work harder again.

Since then, I have started walking a bit more often, and adjusted my diet. I stopped skipping breakfast, scaled back how many iced coffees I would have (still have some occasionally, but nowhere near as much…and ask any of my old highschool buddies…that is a big deal!) and I ate salads as often as I could.

I am addicted to panzanella again. I am that hooked that I cannot bring myself to even consider, let alone enjoy, any other type of salad. So many times I have made up a container of panzanella at night, put it in the fridge….only to pull it out later and continue to pick at it all evening until there isn’t enough left for lunch the next day! Can’t complain too much when your late-night snacks is a salad!

Oh Charlene...I know exactly how you feel!

Oh Charlene…I know exactly how you feel!

We threw out our bathroom scales as well. They were digital, and were in no way accurate anymore. They would tell me that I had lost 4-5 kg in the space of about three weeks, then suddenly, at that time of the month…. KABLAMMO!!! Apparently I would put the kilos back on again…overnight!!

Fluid retention has been a problem during the monthly hormone cycles for a few years now…but I highly doubt that I was putting that much on in only a few hours without a noticeable difference (maybe even with some pain?)

So the scales landed in the wheelie bin.

Now, I borrow one of my client’s scales when I’m cleaning her bathroom. I am only there once a fortnight, so I’m able to see larger results. This is a good motivator and ego booster, rather than doing daily weighs, where you are only seeing small results and getting disheartened by it.

 

Now to announce how much I have lost so far (all since the start of 2013)…..drum roll please……

 

14 KILOGRAMS!!!! (or about 30lbs…depending where my readers are from!)

While not to scale, I am probably at about stage two of this diagram!

While not to scale, I am probably at about stage two of this diagram!


I still have about 30kg to get to the weight that is healthy for my height and build. Only another 15kg until I am eligible to have breast reduction surgery (one of my goals…cant wait for these mumma-bahummas to get smaller!)

I’m feeling pretty confident still, and with how much exercise I am getting through work at the moment, I am sure it wont be another 18 months before I can announce that I have lost even more weight.

Please share your experiences!
Bella 🙂

Never ending- an update

I have been a little quiet lately. My poor husband has injured his shoulder quite badly, which means I have been helping out by covering his work in our cleaning business. It is going to take a while for him to recover, so if you don’t hear much from me over the next few weeks, that is the reason why.

I wish to thank everyone who gave advice about the constipation issue we have been having with my middle son (both on the blog post and on the Facebook fan page.)

Our GP has the series of these books displayed in his office since his name is Toby!

Our GP has the series of these books displayed in his office since his name is Toby!

We have started seeing our GP (general practitioner) doctor for the issue. This guy is awesome. He managed my pregnancies and tried to deliver my babies (if he made it there in time!) He also broke the news of my youngest son’s cystic fibrosis diagnosis, which affected him greatly, as it was apparently the first time he had to break “BIG bad news” like that, and he knew our family quite well. He apparently admitted to my mum the night of diagnosis while I went home to pack bags to be flown to the next hospital that he was somewhat glad that it was me that he had to give this heartbreaking news to. It’s absolutely not because he didn’t like us and wished us hardship…it was because he knew we could cope with the diagnosis, and that I was able to hold myself together while he broke the news (I guess in comparison to other patients, who probably would have fallen to pieces.)
He has since managed Cameron’s CF as best he can under the guidance of the CF team in Perth (since we are country patients), the team love him for his support and the fact that he follows their directions…apparently something not all doctors do in their experience.

I trust my doctor completely. I know that he will not stop until we have answers, and he is willing to go above and beyond for his patients. He also knows that if I come to him with an issue, it is a legitimate worry, I’m not just arriving in his office for a sniffle or a meagre problem.

Mutual respect is essential with your doctors!

When I arrived two weeks ago with Ethan in tow, and told him of the serious issues we were having with the chronic constipation, which has caused us to make three visits to the emergency room since the start of the year, numerous amounts of medication (laxatives, suppositories, enemas….tried it all), and the issues the fecal overflow/accidents in the underpants was causing both at school and at home…he immediately took action. We are currently giving high doses of different laxatives to clear out Ethan’s intestines. He is on Movicol twice daily, Actilax twice daily, and Parachoc twice daily. Basically, we wanted him to get to the point of diarrhea to flush out his system before we take the next steps. In no way was he allowed to get even remotely constipated in the next two weeks, or basically, we would have had to start all over again

It took about a week for all the laxatives to take effect. After two weeks of all this medication, we went back to our GP for another assessment (this happened only yesterday.) The doctor was very happy at how much better his stomach felt…nice and soft, rather than lumpy and hard in places. He was also very happy to hear that Ethan isn’t having as many accidents in his undies. It used to happen about six times a day. It now happens only a couple of days. Still a drama, but definitely an improvement!

We are to continue the laxatives for another two weeks, but this time, add Benefibre to his drinks daily, which will absorb some of the extra fluid in his tract, and make his stools a bit more solid. We return in two weeks for another assessment to figure out where to go from there.

We also saw a dietician, as part of a feeding team, to assess his food aversion. This woman told me that Ethan’s diet isn’t too bad. I really don’t agree with that (neither does my GP), but I have taken steps to change that. We have increased his water intake, and I have started making muffins/cakes to put in lunch boxes or to eat as snacks at home, which is loaded with fruit and veggies (recipe at the bottom). We are going to try different types of milk when he has finished his medications, just to test a theory that there might be a bit of an intolerance causing the constipation. Ethan’s main “homework” is that he has promised to try at least one new food before we see the dietician again. He has agreed to try chicken…not chicken nuggets, but real chicken (we haven’t tried it yet.) He has also had a bit of a nibble on a carrot, after our babysitter (who he has a bit of a crush on) enticed him with a promise of a hug and kiss if he would at least try it. Since he is very much a Casanova, the ploy worked!

Basically this is going to be a long, ongoing battle, but I will keep you all updated.

Bella 🙂

***Here is my cake recipe. It’s a bit of a “thrown-together” recipe, as I just add whatever I have in the cupboard until it looks about right, but feel free to make your own tweaks:

Bella's fruit and veggie cake

Bella’s Fruit and Veggie Cake

1 carrot, grated
1/2 small zucchini, grated

Large handful baby spinach, finely chopped

2 apples, grated

1 pear, grated

2 eggs

40 ml oil

1.5 cup Self raising flour

60 ml milk

1) Combine all grated fruit and vegetables in a large bowl. Add eggs, combine thoroughly.
2.) Add milk and oil to bowl, mix thoroughly. Slowly sift flour through mixture in parts.

3) Add more flour or milk to reach desired consistency
4.) Pour mix into a large, grease cake tin, or separate into muffin tins.

5.) Bake at about 160 degrees celsius until golden and cooked through.

Recipes for CF

Thanks to a friend, I came across this great Facebook page of CF fat boosting recipes.  The CF diet is a total learning curve, as it is high fat, high salt, and high energy. It takes a lot of getting used to, and you can sometimes struggle for ideas of how to boost meals.

I am going to add a few of the photos on my blog, but you have a child with CF, head on over and check out some of the comments as well.
I am also going to write a blog post soon about some recipes and tips for preparing meals for CF children, when you also have non-CF children who can’t have the same diet.

Try not to be *too* naughty and cook some of these recipes for yourself. They really aren’t the greatest in nutritional value for the “average” person!

Bella 🙂

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Panzanella

This recipe is by far my favourite! It is of Italian origin, from when times were tough and it was a way to use up stale bread.

Panzanella

1 serve= 129 calories

2 slices of toasted bread, chopped (or 2 cup of croutons)

2 tomatoes, chopped roughly

5 fresh mint leaves, shredded

1/4 red onion, chopped

1/4 cucumber, chopped roughly

2T red wine vinegar

2T olive oil

1) Add tomatoes, bread, mint leaves, onion and cucumber to a bowl, and toss.

2) Add red wine vinegar and olive oil, mix until stirred through.

3) Chill for about half an hour before serving.

 

I like to add a few extra thing like a little bit of feta cheese, or some chilled cooked/peeled prawns to bulk the meal up a bit more.

There are a lot of variations to this recipe, but this is the most simple.

Bella 🙂

Barbecued Mushrooms with Feta

I had this for lunch just today. I was a little dubious about it, but it was actually rather enjoyable. There were even points where I had myself convinced that it tasted like a Big Mac from MacDonalds (my husband reluctantly agreed with this!)

BBQ mushrooms with feta

 

1 serve= 283 calories

300g various mushrooms, quartered (I used button and brown swiss mushrooms, though the recipe also calls for shiitake and oyster)

1tsp olive oil

1tsp crushed garlic

60mls Balsamic vinegar

150g mixed salad leaves (I used 4 large iceberg lettuce leaves)

1/4 cup diced fresh parsley

50g reduced-fat feta cheese, chopped

 

 

1. Place mushrooms in a bowl, with olive oil, garlic and 40mls of the Balsamic vinegar. Toss to coat the mushrooms in the mixture.

2. Heat lightly oiled chargrill (I just used a simple frypan here) over high heat. When hot, add mixture in batches and cook for 3-4 minutes, tossing occasionally until cooked all over.

3. Place salad and parsley in a bowl with the remaining Balsamic vinegar. Toss to combine.

4. Place salad on a plate and cover with mushroom mix and feta cheese.

 

Enjoy!

Bella 🙂

New goals

The first step is admitting it. I am overweight. I have been for quite some time. I have heard that putting it out in public, such as blogging, can help you maintain focus. So that is what I am doing.

I know how I got to this point. Put simply, I love my food! Having four kids certainly helped to pile on the kilos, but I’m not blaming my kids for my weaknesses. I put on 20kg during my pregnancy with my first pregnancy, and 10kg with the subsequent two.

Blasted baby weight!

 I didn’t gain any weight with my youngest, but I believe the fact that he had to draw so much energy out of me to keep himself alive due to the CF, so I call him my little “life sucking force”

I craved eggs with my first pregnancy, tomato sauce (which went best on top of a meat pie…of course) during my second pregnancy, cold glasses of Coke during my third, and funnily enough, juicy fruits ie. watermelon and strawberries with my fourth.

The fact I fell pregnant so quick after each child didn’t give me much opportunity to lose any baby weight. Then there is also the fact, I didn’t exactly try to lose it in between pregnancies either.

Then I fell into the trap of going along with the high fat/high salt diet that my youngest has to have for his cystic fibrosis. It is so easy to grab a few chips, eat a few lollies….etc.

So, my husband is being supportive and going on a diet with me (since I tend to fall off the bandwagon rather quickly once he has reached his goal weight) We are currently following the Rapid Loss program. It’s very easy and uses simple science rather than gimmicks.

We started two days ago, and I have lost 1.5kg already! It doesn’t sound like much, but it’s a start.

I just want a friggin cheeseburger!

I am restricted to 1200 calories a day (my husband can have 1500 a day). We are trying out new recipes, which I am going to share on my blog. So far, the food has been pretty good (though last night’s Cajun Chicken didn’t go quite so well. We may need to tweak a few ingredients!) The hardest thing I am dealing with right now is finding meals that I can take for lunch while I am at work, which is non-stop and you dont really have time to have a proper meal. Basically, I know need to get my butt in gear and make the salads the night before.

My goal is to lose 35-40kg (I know…woah!!) So follow along, give advice, kick me up the bum if I need it, or grab some ideas yourself!

Bella 🙂