Saturday, December 31, 2011

Welcoming a Happy, Healthy 2012!

LOL, looks like I’m taking the kilo I added over Christmas into the New Year with me! Could have been worse, like last year, and it could have been 3 kilos :P.
Hoping everyone has a positive year in 2012 and more successes than non successes!
Remember, every gram you put on today/tonight will be last year’s weight problem after midnight so we can all start anew tomorrow morning with no regrets :D.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas?

LOL, or should I say HO HO HO!

I'll start dieting (again) tomorrow :D. I've gained a kilo to 68.5 and most of my family/friends have all kindly (?) gifted me with chocolates and wine?!
Duh....I sew, make cards and scrapbook so they could have given me non-fattening gifts to do with any of these. I think I'll have to start a Dieter's Gift List to send to them as a start to the New Year. Even a reel of sewing thread would have been a more appropriate gift while I'm trying to lose weight, and a lot cheaper because after all it's the thought that counts not the cost.
Hmmm, maybe they are hoping I'll regift back to them? Nah, I'll just consume the gifts over an extended period and exercise more :).

I'll be back in the New Year and wishing you all low kilojoule, fat free Christmases and New Year celebrations. (We can always wish, hey!!)

Cheers (hic),

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Starts and Stops

Well with the rain, a Christmas party and a too tempting supper at the Bingo I didn't lose any weight this week. However, I didn't gain any either so I do have something to be positive about. I've walked 5 days out of 8 this week so that may have something to do with it. I don't think I'll be down to 64kg by Christmas but I can be closer to it

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Summer Rainy Days

I slipped a bit this week with all the rain. Went shopping and decided it was a good time for a ‘free’ day so no fat/kj counting. Not a good idea as with the 4 rainy days….and I mean all day each day…. I couldn’t take my walks. I’m thinking I overdid it with the fats and sugars on shopping day but I didn’t bother to check back on the kj’s as regret is not conducive to further weight loss and is not useful to forward progression.
On the positive side I still lost half a kilo so I’m thinking I may be able to drop the other half still there by losing bout 1 1/4kg a week for the next 2 weeks to still achieve my 64kg goal by Christmas.
Lol, no ‘free’ days this week, or maybe next week, as I want 2 consecutive free days for my birthday and Christmas day. A couple of extra ‘laps’ around the paddock each exercise time won’t hurt either so any indulgences won’t have time to settle anywhere!
Over this time of year the choice is willpower and abstinence or more exercise. I choose exercise as often it’s easier than disappointing yourself and someone else by saying “No” to their delicious culinary creation they’ve spent time preparing.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Fitting into the old gear


 This old mare can fit into 2 pairs of jeans she hasn’t been able to wear since the first week of April 2011....the end of the last weight loss effort :P. I also have to wear my belt with the ‘fat jeans’ or I’m forever hitching them up. I know it’s fashionable to wear the crotch of your pants around your kneecaps nowadays but that wasn’t ‘in’ when I grew up and with all my little “design modifications” (short back, high waist, lop sided hips, foal bearing hip width etc) I’m not meant to wear the latest styles.

I’ve lost another kilogram and have begun looking through my old clothing patterns as I’m going to make myself some new outfits over the school holiday break and do a big cleanout/remodelling of what will be the ‘oversize’ items. I can see lots of bags, picnic rugs, cat quilts etc. I figure if the stuff is gone and I have to purchase/make big clothes I’ll be more likely to keep the weight off rather than spend the money. Things that can’t be remodelled will go to the op shops in town.

Yes, I’m one of those people with deeeep pockets who takes ages to decide if purchases are a want or a need before they take out the cash. No easy credit for me – all cash or eftpos – if I don’t have the money then I don’t buy it or I’ll organise a lay-by for essential items like the new iron I will need soon as my Sunbeam has passed it’s 10th birthday and the dials are becoming stiff. Lol, must be from having been left on the cotton setting all the time as I only iron jeans and quilting fabrics.

Hoping  all you other ‘losers’ (that’s said in a good way) are achieving your goals :D.

Saturday, November 19, 2011


I'm very happy today as I've lost another kilo so that's 3kg in 3 weeks :D. I'm toning up and becoming fitter though and I've learnt in the past that this is the time not to be a lounge lizard as one or two missed days of exercise or a blowout in the daily kjs could mean I'll put half kilo back on in a couple of days.
A post is always better with a picture so here's the Marinated Chicken with some stir fried veges.

I know, I know the skin is still on the chicken so the vigilance was a bit lacking the second time I cooked this. It also cost me an additional count of 4 gm of fat and 400kj for the day!
If you want to try any of these recipes pictured the Symply too good to be True  Cookbook #1 and the weight loss journal giveaway is still available here. Just leave a comment and make sure I can contact you.


Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Just thought I'd put up a few pics of what I've been eating lately :). The Marinated Chicken and the Beef Stir Fry disappeared into the family vultures before I could photograph it! I still don't know how they stay so skinny when I eat the same things and less of them :(. I must have a better digestive metabolism - well that's my story and I'm sticking to it :D.

 Vegetable Lasagne

 Zucchini Slice

Moist Fruit Cake as everyone needs dessert sometimes and this has half the calories of a regular fruit cake.

Cheers and happy eating,

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


I'm discovering that grazing, or snacking is ok as long as I'm careful what I choose. A cob of fresh corn has nearly 3 times the kilojoules an apple does and about 6 times that of an orange. Mangoes are the equivalent of 2 medium apples, as is a large banana. I may as well have a slice of multigrain bread as a half dozen 20 cent piece sized baked crackers. I could eat half a lettuce and a whole cucumber and it would hardly make a dent in my daily kj allowance.
I'm not rigid with the daily kjs but I try to make sure the weekly total is within the limits to lose weight as some days, like the hot day we are having today, I don't feel very hungry but on a cooler day I will feel the need for more food. Cooler days are a problem with water consumption too as I'm not much of a water drinker unless it's a hot day and even with some flavouring in the form of a squeeze of lemon, lime or orange juice, it is still a chore to sip or drink water. 
Lately I haven't been having enough sleep either and this hasn't helped with weight loss as the body does 'maintenance' when you are sleeping, which burns up energy. When I'm tired the temptation is also there to eat to stay awake and the choice is usually a sweet tasting item :(. 
I'll try to post at least once a week, probably on my weigh in day which is Saturday, to help keep focussed. Off to make a silverbeet and onion pie now using a low fat recipe.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Crashed and restarted

Apologies for not being able to do anything about the giveaway but I had a major computer crash a few weeks ago and I've only recently been lent a temporary replacement while my tower is sorted.

My Melbourne Cup tip ran third (Lucas Cranach) so there wasn't much to miss :P.

It seems that any who still follow this blog regularly must already have the Symply books as there was only one comment (thanks Barb!) and it was to decline the offer. However, the offer still stands but now it's the first person who asks for it and I'll throw in a "Symply too good to be true Weight Loss Journal" as well. So if you want to try this, or know someone who does, leave a comment on this post and it's yours.Overseas requests are welcome too.

I've been practicing what I'm preaching lately by calorie and fat counting and using my Symply books and I've lost 2kg in 2 weeks. I'm actually having difficulty eating the minimum recommended calories a day on healthy foods so I must have been eating small quantities of very fatty food before to gain weight as I'm only exercising 3 x 30min sessions a week now.
Shopping days are a terrible temptation so I'll need to return to packing a healthy lunch and having a picnic in the riverside park when I'm in town. Thank goodness the council doesn't have those greedy geese there any more!!

I'm planning on being down to 64kg by Christmas and that's just over 6 weeks away so I'll need to keep losing a kilo a week to achieve that. Lol, the only problem last year was I put it all back on during/after Christmas so I'll have to be more vigilant with what food I put in my mouth this year :D.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Another Anniversary

I had cause to review this blog, as it still exists and wasn’t meant to by now, and discovered there was a pattern hidden there when I started it but because of the date format I preferred I missed it at the time. In numerical format the start date is the 20/10/2010 – a year ago today.
As this is the first annual anniversary for this blog(and hopefully the last) I want to give something away…. apart from my extra weight!
Not wanting to ruin the number pattern I think I’ll make the closing date for this giveaway the 1/11/11, which is Melbourne Cup Day this year and also my son’s birthday J.
If you haven’t tried any of Annette Sym’s magazines then here is your chance to win a copy of  Symply too good to be True #1. 
Just leave a comment about why you’d like this mag, even if it isn’t for your own use. To download some free recipes to try go to These recipes are from later magazines.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Still plodding along

Nearly six weeks since I’ve posted and though I’ve done some exercise it’s obviously not strenuous enough and not regular. I'm back to eating lots of fruit and salad now the weather is warmer as I can't seem to stomach cold things in winter. My exercise has been limited to walking to the mailbox and wandering around the paddock when the dogs are having their daily run. Ah well, can’t turn back time and I have about 9 weeks before Christmas so I’d better stop procrastinating as Christmas was my undoing last year.

Friday, September 9, 2011

On My Mind....The Good, the Bad and the.......


Here’s a recipe for some good healthy food (a request by a follower) and another recipe for what may be considered ‘bad’ food but only if you indulge your bulge and let yourself become pudgy, like me. Moderation in everything, as my Mum says :D.

PLEASE NOTE: Measurements I use are Australian metric! Eggs average 50-60g though I don’t bother weighing my ‘home laid’ ones.

This recipe is my variation of the Chicken and Corn Pie from Symply Too Good To Be True 2 by Annette Sym. Therefore the nutritional values are different to the original as I’ve used mixed vegetables instead.

cooking spray
½ cup raw Basmati rice
I onion diced
1 tsp each ground cumin, turmeric, coriander
¼ tsp chilli powder (or to taste)
½ cup dried breadcrumbs
1 egg
1 tblsp skim milk

2 whole eggs
3 egg whites
½ cup skim milk
2 cups (200g) zucchini – grated   My variation - 2 cups mixed fresh or frozen vegetables of your choice
1 x 310g creamed corn
1 cup frozen corn kernels (omitted in my version otherwise there’s too much filling)
1 cup (140g)skinless cooked chicken breast – shredded
½ cup 25% reduced fat grated tasty cheese
1/3 cup fresh parsley – chopped
½ tspn tarragon
1 tspn salt-reduced chicken stock powder (Massel)
pepper to taste
¼ cup 25% reduced fat grated tasty cheese

Cook Rice, drain well. Preheat oven 200degC (fan-forced). Note: I only have a regular oven but this temp works for me cooking for 50 mins.
To make base: Sauté onion for 2-3 minutes in a non-stick frypan that has been coated with cooking spray. Add cumin, turmeric, coriander and chilli powder to pan and cook a further 1 minute. Tip onion mix into a medium size mixing bowl, add in cooked rice and breadcrumbs, mix together well. Beat egg with milk then pour into rice mixture, combine ingredients together well. Coat a pie dish (23cm) with cooking spray then press rice mixture into dish evenly.
To make filling: In a large mixing bowl beat eggs, egg whites and milk together. Add remaining ingredients except ¼ cup(25g) grated cheese. Mix all ingredients together well. Pour mixture over rice base, sprinkle ¼ cup cheese over top and ake uncovered for 50-60 minutes or until set and brown on top. Let stand for 10-15 mins before serving.
Serves 6, hot or cold, and I find it tastes better the next day J. The chicken can also be replaced with 97% fat free ham or with 1 cup well drained tuna or salmon. Alter the vegetables to suit.

Now the Refrigerator Biscuits (sorry no photo) from Margaret Fulton’s Encyclopedia of Food and Cookery. Apologies as I’m not sure if you could find this book now , let alone where. Additional Info – First Published 1983 Octopus Books Pty Limited, Sydney, Australia. ISBN 0706419766. These are really handy biscuits to have ready to bake when unexpected guests arrive, like little school friends!
185g(6oz) butter; 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar; 1 egg; 1 tsp vanilla; 2 ¼ cups flour; ½ tsp salt; ½ tsp baking powder
Cream butter with brown sugar. Add egg and vanilla and beat well. Sift flour with salt and baking powder. Stir into creamed mixture. Shape into long rolls about 5cm (2 in) in diameter. Wrap in plastic wrap or foil and freeze until needed. Slice thinly, put on a baking tray and bake in a preheated moderate oven (180degC/350degF) for 7-10 minutes. If wished store in a refrigerator, wrapped in foil, for up to 2 weeks. Makes 6 dozen.
This recipe can be stored, wrapped, in the freezer for months. Variations to add as decorations – cherries or sliced almonds on top or brush with egg white and sprinkle with caster sugar before baking.

To find out what's on other's minds visit Rhonda's blog, it's great fun and very informative!


Friday, July 22, 2011

On My Mind....Winter exercise

I'm still around and still exercising though of late it's more outside supervising than walking or athletic Antoinette (below) may wear herself out! Thankfully she comes when she's called and with minor persuasion can be convinced to drop and stay till she catches her breath. This also assists poor Flash to catch hers as Annie runs her ragged most days!

Visit Rhonda's blog to see what On My Mind is all about and feel free to join in!


Thursday, June 30, 2011


If I was a racehorse there would be a protest that I’d been nobbled.

Remember the doctor’s visit mentioned last post? The results came back and the blood reading of uric acid levels say I’m pre-gout or pre-hyperuricaemic. Sounds awful and it is. So the odd short pain in the knees wasn’t from the arthritis caused by too many unexpected dismounts from horses but probably from uric acid crystals building up in my joints on occasion. The worst part of it is that I’m not a heavy alcohol drinker and haven’t had the luxury of eating rich foods all my life – it’s inherited from my biological father L.

Don’t confuse hyperuricaemia(gout) with heavy alcohol drinkers as it comes from having excess uric acid in the body and uric acid is caused by the purine the body makes during it’s daily maintenance (this is a simplified explanation). Many of the foods you eat have purine in them and though I’m not on medication I’ve been advised to lower my meat consumption (ALL meats but mostly beef) and move to a vegetarian diet. I’ve been net searching and come to the conclusion that there’s still a lot that is unknown about gout and that moderation in all things is the best approach as some foods have a negating effect on purine so if you are consuming enough of those it lowers or negates the effect of the purine in the ‘bad’ foods and your gout doesn’t worsen. So I’m not totally giving up my meat, fish and eggs. People like me who don’t actually have what is diagnosed as true hypeuricaemia can lower the level, just like type 2 diabetics can, and lead a healthy life. Two of the easiest ways to do this is consume 2 litres or more of water a day to help flush the uric acid out before it can settle in your joints and crystallise and to exercise daily so the blood keeps swooshing around and doesn’t allow the uric acid to stop somewhere. The main point being that I can change this if I want to.

So my mission to lose weight has changed direction a little. It’s stopped being a sprint to be fitter and become an endurance race as the point now is to be able to finish upright and still moving and pass the fitness check at the end.


Monday, June 13, 2011

Not gaining....

....but not losing either.
I visited the doctor for some blood tests last Thursday and he ran me through the usual checkup as I haven't needed to see him for a while. My weight is still the same as it was before my scales broke, heart rate was 130/80 but he'd just taken blood, and that increases the rate a bit(!), and my general health is good.
I've started dancing when no one is home....because they laugh at me. Very supportive family huh?
I've swapped  fresh vege salad for vege soups as I'm not much of a salad eater in winter but I am snacking on carrots/celery etc and I have tuna/sardine and salad sandwiches for lunch a few times a week.
I've been naughty in that I've stopped keeping my food consumption diary but after the first few months of healthy eating I fell into a habit of compensating by eating lots of fresh, low energy food after binging on fried chips/chocolate as the 'bad' foods made me feel a bit queasy/bloated and I couldn't stomach anything fatty/greasy for a week or so. Even with the comfort foods (desserts) I’m only having a serving half the size of what I used to as the sugar content makes it taste too sweet. I’m preferring fresh fruit and low fat natural yoghurt as a dessert instead of ice cream and jelly. Cakes are a bit of a trap though. Strange how your body adapts to healthy eating after a while.
DH and DD are becoming used to the reduced/fat free foods like the cheese and don’t notice now if I serve them ‘my’ foods because we’ve run out of the ‘normal’ foods! DH is naturally slim so he can eat whatever he wants L.
Hoping all my friends in Australia are eating healthy over Winter as it’s so easy to ‘fall off the cart’ in the cold weather.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Open weight?

My scale is broken. Well, the plastic window with the measuring line down it has been dislodged and swings back and forth across the window interfering with the dial. I think that something has been dropped on it and no one will admit to the damage :(.
I can't replace it at the moment and I'm positive all the comfort foods have added to my padding but I won't know by how much now so I guess I'll just have to go by the way my clothes fit (or don't!) me. The belt holes are a good indication of the waist measurement.
No walking happening since the last time but I've started doing star jumps, marching on the spot, squats and lunges to retain my muscle tone and give my heart a workout. Seems to be helping with the arthritic knees and ankles too as I'm keeping them flexible and pain free.
Lol, I can catch the speedy 3yr old GS for a hug (it's a game we play!) but I'll need better stamina  or more flexibility or both for his 9yr old sister :D.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Comfort Zone

I’m keeping up the walking as I walked on Sunday afternoon but will have to do it more often as with the cold weather I find I’m indulging in more ‘comfort’ foods like fruit and warm custard for dessert and the cup of warm Milo before bed. As it was too cold to weigh myself on Tuesday morning I decided to give it a miss but I noticed  on Wednesday that I had to shorten my belt another hole to keep my jeans from slipping so maybe the Winter is going to work in my favour this year J.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Wind in my Ears

Nooo, this doesn't mean I'm going so fast I create my own breeze. It means the wind here is so strong and cold it is a great deterrent to even being outside let alone walking in it. I end up with earache if I try so I'll have to invest in a thicker beanie or buy(make?) myself a hoodie jacket with a hood I can do up tight enough to keep the wind out. The weather has made me research knitted and crocheted cowls though as an alternative to beanies and hoodies. Much more stylish and with a wider range of wearing possibilities :D.
I did manage a walk on Thursday afternoon wearing my corduroy skirt with thick cotton stockings underneath and 3 layers of clothing on the top half of me. I've discovered I'm actually warmer in skirt and stockings than I am in any type of pants. Must be a scientific explanation for this but that's UniDD's fortay, not mine.
One more blog to bring up to date then some knitting while I blog crawl and catch up now Blogger's maintenance period has finished.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Jumping out of my skin

Feeling really good at the moment and I've done a 30 min walk Friday and another yesterday evening. Yesterday's walk was about 500m longer than the day before's . I must buy myself another watch so I can keep track of my bpm as I think I over did it a little yesterday as I was breathless by the time I topped the hill so I think I need to slow down a little. Steady as she goes is better for me as I'm no 'biggest loser' where they try to work it all off in a few weeks and puff and pant their way through hours of, to me, torture.
Been indulging in a few foods I shouldn't over the last 36 hours so think I'll have to walk again this evening to keep a balance going :). My exercise energy chart tells me that taking 10mins to walk 1km (that is 6km/hr) burns off 622.35kj or just over 10% of my daily allowance which is why I try to do 3 by 3km walks a week, each one lasting 30 mins. I'm a bit slack at the moment as I'm doing about 12km/hr and burning 477.48kj every 10 mins. It doesn't say if the walks are on flat ground or hilly country so maybe I'm burning off more kilojoules on my hills which is a hidden benefit! I like the thought of having a measure to guage what I'm burning off that's easy to calculate.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

A little bit less

I should do challenges more often as I've lost 500g this week. Ok 1/2kg isn't much but it's that much less I need to carry around. The diet ticker is being a PITA this morning so I'll update it another time.

I've updated the measurement figures in the right sidebar as I've broken the 100cm hip measurement ( I forgot to put it in before but I gained it back in the interim anyway!). Found another pair of pants I fit into again *great big grin*.
The sun is shining, I have a few projects I'm playing with and I feel really  terrific!!

Monday, May 2, 2011


Yesterday was the last day to do a third walk for the week and as we had an influx of unnannounced visitors throughout the day the light was starting to become dim when I said to the two pokemon playing kids and DH  "I'm off for some exercise before it's too dark". DH mentioned not to be too long as he'd begun cooking tea and I went up the road with 2 of the dogs accompanying me.
I did a brisk walk up to the neighbours gate and back(about 1.5km) and managed a bpm of 138 so I'm becoming fitter again as I wasn't puffing. I'll be set to do the 3km in 30min walks again this week. This is good as even after a couple of nil to light exercise weeks I can still regain my fitness quickly so I'll have to keep at this fitness level now I've attained it and not become lazy over winter ;P.
Lol, I'll have to make myself some full length pants out of light material as it's becoming too cool for shorts but it's still too warm for fleecy track pants.
I need to collect some items in town today so I'll park the car in the carpark furthest  from the shops and do a brisker walk while shopping instead of sauntering along. Every little bit counts :).

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Singing in the rain...

The weather cleared enough for me to go for a short walk yesterday afternoon. It was only around a kilometre and about a third of that was driveway but any exercise is good. It's raining continuously at the moment so I'll have to watch for any short dry spells as all this inactivity (and DH's liberal application of butter to the mashed potato when he cooks tea!) is making me lethargic.

Monday, April 25, 2011


As I set off for my walk today wearing my cushiony shoes I remembered that it was exactly a month ago that I'd bought these new shoes so I decided to do a comparison by taking a photo of what I had been walking in and what I was walking in now.

The new shoes are Asics gel netball shoes. No more sore joints or sore soles from the wrong shoes or old worn out shoes. 
The Asics cost me twice what I'd usually pay for this type of shoe but they are sooo worth it as it feels like I'm walking on clouds :D.
Lol, I must thank my local sports store manager for his enquiries on the purpose of my shoes and the terrain I would be using them in and his suggestion (after 4 pairs that I had chosen and tried on!) of these particular ones. No more shoe stores for me, this old mare has finally found a farrier she approves of :D.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Travelling exercise

I went to visit my daughter for a week at the end of March. The last day there was her Uni Graduation. While I was there I continued my walking and tried to make healthy eating choices while I was away from home. I've stabilised on 68kg but I put a centimetre or 2 on waist and hips since arriving home as I caught a virus that made me feel quite lethargic. I'm well again now though and if I move away from the sewing machine and the computer I may actually be able to do some other form of exercise!
I took some lovely pictures while I was away and thought I'd share some of the walks and visited areas there.

Travelling down - top left to bottom right - Electricity turbines near Goulburn; views of the highway and surrounds 50k north of Gundagai; countryside 20k north of Gundagai; Tumblong Tavern - my favourite pub.

Views of and around the Wollundry Lagoon on a Sunday morning. A nice place to exercise :).

There'll be some more photos in a couple of days when I do another weigh in/measurements....after I spend time walking this mornings easter egg off - oops!!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Routines and reassessing

So cool!

I've lost another 1 1/2kg this week and though my 'official' weigh-in day is Tuesday I was so excited I had to update my weight loss ticker . Last Tuesday (15th) I lost centimetres but not kilograms so I've now updated my stats on the right side bar. 

The 3km/30 minute walk 3-5 times a week and the 3 meals/2 snacks a day is becoming a daily routine. 

I'm having trouble with the water consumption during the cooler/wet days so will need to go back to my 500ml sport bottles that I can put anywhere as I have a tendency to knock cups over or forget they are there when sewing/crafting, and inevitably something ends up wet that should remain dry, so I stopped having water handy to drink.....wrong decision. 

Multigrain bread has mostly been replaced with different types of grainy baked crackers as I can eat the same number of those with a similar or greater fibre intake but less energy value and I eat more veges/fruit to replace the kj's that would have been counted in the bread. Looking back on previous attempts at a healthier lifestyle made me realise I wasn't consuming enough protein and that's what was making me tired so now I eat a larger range of vegetables and  am careful about carbohydrates consumed.

Now that I'm past the 'plateau' stage, where even eating all the correct foods and exercising your body extensively doesn't make a difference, I'd like to leave another 3kg here before I attend DD's Uni grad in almost 2 weeks but I'll have to be careful that's not too much too quick as 1kg/week is the recommended level.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Fast Work

Well, as fast as I'll go as my joints object to jogging/running.

I walked 3.2km(2 miles) yesterday in 30 minutes. That's supposed to burn 645.4kj for someone my current weight. It doesn't indicate if they are talking about walking machines or what type of terrain so I figure the extra energy expended by having 3 hills to climb on my walk must mean I've burnt up kilojoules I don't know I'm using. That's a bonus :D!

Here's a view of one of the hills and the downslope on the other side can be a trial to climb returning home.

Also, how could I train without my personal exercise team ?
My full time trainer keeping a look out for vehicles......

and my part time trainer following behind ensuring I keep up the pace.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Back in training

The new diet and the skimming experiment worked as I've lost half a kilo since last post AND 2cm off my hips and 2cm off my thighs. I don't feel hungry and I'm actually having difficulty consuming the 5900kj/day so I've decided to balance it out between 5155kj (extreme weight loss) and the 5900kj (average weight loss) and as long as the figure is within these boundaries I'm still losing weight. This weight loss also includes a 45 minute walk 3 times a week (which I've done) so if I do more that's an added bonus...or should I say loss??

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Skimming and Symply-fying

This morning I skimmed some of last night's cows milk as I've decided I really am spoiled having all this fresh food available and all that cream isn't helping me lose weight. The skimmed milk looks a greyish colour naturally, the same as fresh cream is a creamy colour. I don't know what they do to mass produced skim to make it white and I don't care as I'll probably never have to drink it. About an inch of clotted cream was skimmed off the top of 3 litres of Violet the Jersey's milk. The other members of the family can have this with their desserts as they are much more active than I am and use up the calories.
 Skimmed milk on the left and full cream milk from last night on the right. In the future I'll leave it to stand for 2 days before skimming so more of the fat has risen to the top. I'll miss my jam and clotted cream devonshire teas. They'll have to be an infrequent treat now :(.

 My jug of skimmed milk. This will stay fresh for a few days.

No, the lumps aren't nasty things growing in the milk they are lumps of clotted cream and are about 35-40% fat. I've made butter from this in the past and used the buttermilk for scones. Makes me feel a little less guilty about the clotted cream on top of the scone!

AND NOW..........

the reason for the skimming!

I purchased a diet magazine that doesn't seem like a diet magazine. I was so impressed I bought #2 of the series and will add to the series when I can afford it as #6 has recently been released. Some of the recipes have replaced full cream milk with evaporated light milk and the milk you are supposed to use for other purposes is skim milk. Evaporated light milk costs between $2.20 -$2.60/375ml can where I live and skim milk isn't cheap either and as Violet is giving between 4-6 litres/day I couldn't see the point in raising my shopping costs and giving good milk to the dogs!
I'll have to try this experiment to see if it works.

Meanwhile, even the family is happy with their 'diet' food and of course they can have bigger serves but they are discovering they are full on the same serves as I eat.
As I didn't have a chance to take photos before serving because the 'vultures' were ravenous I had to resort to photographing the leftovers. Please use your imagination and picture these surrounded by your favourite salad or vegetables!

  Asparagus and Ham Slice - Friday night

Chicken Stroganoff - Saturday night

The magazines are the "Symply too good too be true" series by Annette Sym and are available in Newsagents or from her website. Or you can download a few free recipes from the website first, like I did, and then decide if they are for you.

He, he, he if you've managed to persist in reading to the end of this long post I'm sure you have the persistence to start a healthy eating lifestyle so join us in improving your health and finding new things to enjoy!

Thursday, February 10, 2011


I realised this morning that I've been trying my lifestyle change for exactly 4 months today and I'm still at the weight I was when I started with a few up/downs along the way :(.

There are some positive do's - I do drink more water, I do eat healthier than I used to, I do try to not snack after tea at night
There are also some don'ts - I don't exercise as much as I should, I don't always say 'no' to treats - especially if I'm stressed/tired, I don't always have enough sleep which definitely affects my will power when it relates to the first 2 don'ts.

I had a shock about a week ago during the 35degC humid heat. I was scantily clad (that's more than enough info there :O!) one day and caught site of myself in DD's long mirror. I stopped dead and had a good long look and said to myself, "Why the H**l didn't someone tell me I looked like that!!"
It frightened the heck out of me to think that not many years ago a MUCH lesser woman had been reflected there. It disappointed me that DH is apt to torment me about my weight but never actually told me what I REALLY look like and as I'm a pretty casual dresser I don't usually look in mirrors to check how I'm dressed. That's another 'don't' that will become a 'do' as I want to see what Mother Nature gave me and watch the later extensions I've added to the original version disappear.
I do have a timeline - 21 months at the most as I want to be at 50 what I was at 25. Lean, fit and healthy. I've been doing yoga type exercises since viewing the 'shocking' mirror image and walked a few times. I can see my ankle bones again as they are not underneath all that puffy stuff, I found my chinbone and my neck looks longer as there's less 'shoulder padding' next to it.
I DO wish reductions didn't happen from the top down, though, as for a while it will look like I have a really BIG bottom half. I may have to frighten the neighbours and go swimming in the dam wearing a t-shirt and boardies to remedy this!

Friday, January 21, 2011

On my recipe

These are the ingredients for a Roasted Pumpkin and Lentil Salad I'm going to make today.
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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Ups and Downs

Well I gained 2kg over Christmas as I was 72kg on 28/12 but I've lost them again to be back down to 70kg this morning. Lol, there's still that 200g I lost before that is refusing to budge just yet.
Updated my measurements so I know where that 200g is lurking - where else but on my hips :(. The slight decrease in the other measurements I'll credit to walking around looking for the right fabrics and to cutting those fabrics up :).
The only major exercise I've had was 2 1/2 hours chasing cows on horseback a few weeks ago that had me very stiff and sore for a few days afterwards. I know my horse lost a few kgs that day but I didn't think to weigh myself at the time :O.  Thankfully that particular cow and a couple of her friends have gone to market  so future herding should be at a slower, more organised pace.
As it's STILL raining I'm not doing much outside exercise at all. The nearby bridge will go under water today but there's plenty of food and other essentials here and we live on a hill so we're never in danger of being flooded out. I feel sorry for the poor Queenslanders and others in major flooded areas.