I should say, that I eventually lost 15kg, dropping from 86kg to 71kg and have maintained that body weight by and large, but have not been able to shift the last 5kg, to put me at my pre baby weight goal.
I cut out alcohol, butter, coffee, potatoes, pasta and all sweets for the first 8 weeks. I now have alcohol on weekends, drink coffee most days and eat sweet things in social settings, if I feel like it. The potatoes and pasta are still pretty much off the menu.
So how to shift the final five? That is the question.
Here's what I am planning. My mum passed me this brochure last week and said "You may be interested in this."
|Phone 1300 806 258 if you are in NSW, ACT or Tasmania|
It's a FREE health initiative conducted by the NSW government. The ACT and Tasmania have also now joined the program and the phone number listed above, is the same for those states. The FAQ fact sheet suggests that 80% of a state's health burden is generated by preventable diseases, so you can see why they are throwing money behind the scheme. The FAQ sheet also suggests there may be similar privately run initiatives in other states.
I have been watching my weight since I was about 16. I was a very lean kid and thought I could go on eating what ever I liked for ever. Puberty taught me otherwise. Until I had kids, I had always played sport or exercised in an organised way, through things like the gym or jazzercise. It is an effort of course, but the benefit I get, even just measured in terms of feeling better, makes it very worth it.
So what does the Get Healthy program offer? As far as I can see there are 2 main aspects to the program.
1. A great info booklet on healthy eating and lifestyle and a book to chart your progress.
It contains info on waist measurements and Body Mass Index and here's how I fare.
My waist measurement has gone down from about 100cm to 87cm. It's still needs to be 80cm or less to be out of the 'increased risk' of adversely impacting on my health. But previously I was in the greatly increased risk which was > 88cm for women and > 102 for men.
I worked out my Body Mass index, another great way to tell if you are a healthy weight.
The formula is
height (metres) x height (metres) eg 1.73m
So originally I had a BMI of 29, which is just below obese on the chart and now it's just below 24 so I am considered a healthy weight.
2. A free counselor who will call about 10 times over a period of 6 months. They are all university trained in relevant areas and help you to set goals and motivate healthy exercise and eating. I feel I'm already doing OK, but just need some help to get over the 5kg hump. I will be taking my first call on Friday morning.
So now for your viewing entertainment, here's the old me. I never want to go back to this again, as it made me very very unhappy and feel terrible.
Evidence that kaftans can hide alot. As this shot is not too bad. I was probs sucking it all in too for the camera. Believe me, I was huge underneath it.
And the new me
I think you've seen this one
Sorry no full body shots, I don't have any.
Wish me luck guys and I will be reporting back.Today I am linked up here
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