15 May 2012

Wellbeing & Weight Loss Journey - End of Week 2

Day 8

Breakfast - 3/4 pineapple, 2 apples, 2 oranges & 1 tsp psyllium husk (absolutely delicious)
Lunch - cabbage, carrot & apple soup
Dinner - carrot, pineapple, cucumber, lemon & celery juice with LSA
Snack - half mango, small glass of 100% black cherries juice, mixed nuts and seeds
Exercise - nil

I struggled with my sleep last night.  My body temperature dropped and I was shivering under my sheets in 26 degrees heat.  Kept waking up to add more clothing till I had a nightie, T-shirt, pyjama bottoms and long-sleeve bolero jacket that goes with my nightie.  I kept waking up on and off with strange thoughts and dreams (not that I remember what they were).  Somewhere in the course of my sleep my body temperature changed and I started sweating, so off came the bolero jacket but I kept the rest.  In the end I woke up with a very stiff neck from rollerblading and mild headache but my body temperature was back to normal.

Spent most of the day on the couch due to lethargy.  John took charge as I ambled at an extremely slow pace and managed another unpleasant headache.  Nor did it help that each time I bent to pick something up my head would kick in worse than ever and I would be dizzy as well.  Back on the couch I fell.  Caught up with lots of TV series.

Day 9

Breakfast - beetroot, carrot, celery, apple, orange & ginger juice & 1 tsp psyllium husk
Lunch - spicy cauliflower soup
Dinner - freshly squeezed juice with LSA
Snack - spicy cauliflower soup after swimming
Exercise - 500 m swimming at moderate pace

Got out of bed feeling somewhat refreshed and felt as if I was on my way to my normal self again.  Very little headache through the course of the day but I was definitely on the way up.

Day 10

Breakfast - pineapple and nashi pears & 1 tsp psyllium husk
Lunch - spicy cauliflower soup
Dinner - beetroot, apples and celery
Snack - mango and orange juice at our local hawker's market after blading
Exercise - 60 minutes rollerblading with our daughter at slow to moderate pace

I know I am back to my normal self now.  Cleaned the apartment (which has suffered due to lethargy or jetlag), reorganised my working space (I now have my desk near the window and have a terrific view each time I am contemplating what I'm about to write), socialised and went out blading.  No more lethargy, no more headaches.  Woo-hoo.

Day 11

Breakfast - cherries and pineapple juice & 1 tsp psyllium husk
Lunch - broccoli, carrot & celery soup
Dinner -carrot, celery, red capsicum, cucumber, apple, orange & ginger
Snack - mixed nuts and seeds, prunes
Exercise -1km swim (60min)

The 1km swim was a feat for me since I am pretty much a self-taught swimmer with perhaps not the best techniques but I have seen worse here, so I'm okay with my capabilities.  There was a time some years ago when I couldn't even complete a 50m lap.  It was personally satisfying to know I can manage that.  It may be slow but I got there in the end.

The daily weigh is indicating a slow down on the weight loss with a shift every couple of days of approximately 500g.  Not much happening in the way of measurements either, except for my waistline around the navel area. 

Day 12

Breakfast - carrot, celery & apple juice & 1 tsp psyllium husk
Lunch - plain cooked corn on the cob, cooked mixed vegies with a bit of egg
Dinner - cucumber, carrots, red capsicum & tomatoes
Snack - mixed nuts & seeds, prunes
Exercise - nil

Lived through another birthday cake.  This was much tougher because the lovely Veronika made things that I would usually devour, returning for seconds.  The cake looked divine, light and spongy with cream in between.  I just stood aside and kept drinking my water.

Day 13

Breakfast - 2 carrots, 2 apples, 2 oranges & 1 nashi pear juice & 1 tsp psyllium husk (another super delish juice)
Lunch - broccoli, carrot & celery soup
Dinner - beetroot, carrot, celery, apple, orange & ginger juice
Snack - small handful of cooked unsalted red kidney beans
Exercise - rollerblading for 60 minutes

Day 14

Breakfast - watermelon, nashi pear, apple & half a lemon juice & 1 tsp psyllium husk
Lunch - tuna nicoise salad with boiled egg & potato, greens, seared tuna and dressing (early Mother's Day celebration)
Dinner - commercial 100% cherry juice, orange, celery, nashi pear & apple juice
Snack -coffee macaroon (indulging on Mother's Day), mixed nuts & seeds
Exercise - a combination of jogging and power walking for 40 minutes.

It must be the month of birthdays in my condo area, as I just barely managed to get through another birthday.  I did taste test Zuzana's delightful stuffed chicken and desperately wished I could have a serve. Never mind, John made sure he had two serves (one of them for me).

We also celebrated Mother's Day a day early to avoid the crowds and I indulged within reason.  The Tuna Nicoise Salad at our favorite cafe Coffee Beanstro at Marina Bay Sands is a regular order of mine.  Usually I get through it all but on this occasion I only managed half of it.  It looks like my stomach has shrunk plenty.

Here are my stats for end of week two.  The losses recorded are reduced from the original measurements not from last week's results.

Age - 42
Height - 170cm (5"7')
Weight - 68kg (lost 3.2kg)
Natural Waist - 75cm (lost 6cm)
Waist around navel - 81 (lost 5cm)
Hips - 105cm (lost 5cm)
Thighs - 60.5cm (lost 2.5cm)
Breast - 94cm (lost 1cm)
Calf Muscle - 38.5cm (lost 1.5cm)

I am happy with the progress as it is nice and steady and easily manageable beyond this month's program.  Along the way, I am learning about calorie intakes, good foods vs bad foods, steadily increasing my exercise routine and in general figuring out what I will need to do once I resume normal eating.