And so it begins… Tun tun tuuuunnn!!!


Yes that’s right… A second blogpost in one week. It’s a Christmas miracle lol. I thought it would be nice timing though, as I officially start my weight loss journey again today.

Now I’m not going to share any before and after photographs or measurements, as I would like to keep those private. However, I will share with you my starting weight.

This morning the scales read: 77.2 kg (170 lbs)… which is apparently the same as 513 Guadeloupean banana’s!

Picture taken from Weight and Things

All joking aside though, that’s almost 3 kg heavier then when I started this weight loss blog last time. It’s the heaviest I have been in about a decade. Not a proud moment, I have to admit.

How did I gain all that weight you ask? Well let’s just say that lockdown and stress eating are a pretty lethal combination. Since Covid has apparently decided to stick around for a while, I cannot do much about the lockdown part. However, that does not mean that I cannot take better care of my body.

So, time to set a new weight loss goal. For now, I want to focus on getting down to 71kg (156.6 lbs), as this would put in within a healthy BMI range (I’m 169cm). So I have to lose 6 kg (13 lbs) or 40 bananas lol.

Having been here before, I know how important it is to have the right motivation behind weight loss and I thought I’d share with you all my reasons for wanting to lose the weight (again). In the previous post I mentioned wanting to fit into my clothes again. And yes, that’s a really good motivator. However, the most important reason is health related.

As most of you lovely readers will know I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Apart from a lack of energy this chronic illness brings with it a lot of other issues for me, including digestive issues and joint pain. Both are aided by pursuing a healthy lifestyle. Eating only those foods that my body can digest properly and that nourish my body will result in more energy: the less effort my stomach has to put into digesting things, the more energy it can spend on other things. And for the joint pain: more weight equals more strain equals more pain.

Ergo, for me to feel the best I can with my illness I need to take proper care of my body…. I know: shocker! And yet, the past couple of months I have not really been doing that. In part that was because of me just getting complacent and part of it had to do with the stress of finding a new job during a global pandemic. Having found the new job though, there really is no excuse for me to continue stuffing food that I know is not necessarily doing me any favours down my throat… I’m looking at you chocolate digestives…

So that stops now. From today I am back on the weight loss train and my lovely coach Kim has sent me a handy week planner to track my food, water intake and healthy snacks. I will also be tracking my calories and macro’s again using myfitnesspal. It’s easy, it’s cheap: what’s not to like? lol

I have also been considering doing the 1 gallon of water a day challenge that everyone and their grandmother is currently doing. But gosh that is a lot of water. 2 litres? No problem! I do that everyday. But 3.7 litres?! That is a struggle (I may or may not have tried it already lol).

Nothing ventured nothing gained though, so bottoms up and see you in the next blog ;).

Thought I’d throw a cute pic in here of our cute little Biscuit.

To invinity and beyond!

Ehm, hey there! I am sure you are all wondering where I have been and what caused the loonnnggg silence on my blog. Well get yourself a cup of coffee or tea, because this is going to be another looonnngg post.

As I wrote in my previous post, I wasn’t really doing all that great. At the time my CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome) was kicking my but, which caused me to try the anti-inflammatory diet.

After two weeks of the diet, I decided to drastically adjust it. My body was not responding well to the no-gluten side of it. So rather than going gluten-free, I decided to reduce the amount of gluten I ate, but still allow myself to eat the occasional sandwich if my body indicated it needed it. Same for diary and meat products. I have been eating less meat (firmly sticking to lean meats such as chicken) and more fish and have tried to eat 1-2 vegetarian dishes each day. I occasinally eat a slice of cheese or coffee creamer, but oterwise firmly stick to non-dairy products such as almond milk.

tired2Unfortunately, the diet has still left me struggling with fatigue big time. I have had a number of weeks when going to work three days a week was pretty much all I could manage. I actually had to drop everything else, because I was physically incapable of doing it or because I was so tired that the thought of it simply stressed me out.

As such, I had to give up yoga, decorative planning and blogging for a while. I even had to skip a couple of my tap dance classes… Now that’s not to say I have not done anything fun at all though. I have allowed myself to go to Movie Park Germany and gone out to dinner with my aunt and uncle who I had not seen in a long while. So all has not been pure missery :). But I have had to pay a price for those outings: I have needed at least a day if not more to recover from them.

As a result of the fatigue I have not been making much progress with my dissertation either. Most days I have just been too tired, so my brain has been unable to translate my ideas into coherent, gramatically correct English sentences >.>.

So what has all of this meant for my weight? Well, I have to confess that it has caused me to fall of the wagon. When I feel this extremely tired my eating tends to get a bit out of control. My will power goes down the drain and I just eat anything I can get my hands on. It’s like my body goes into survival mode. Food means energy, and energy is what we need. So eating it is! The result: I put on 1,5 kilo’s… Go me *sigh*.

everytime-ithinkihave-allmy-ducks-in-a-row-one-of-the-23692428Last Saturday I decided it was time to get my ducks back in a row. I did some Yoga, planned the upcoming week and was frankly ready to get back on track… And then I got hit by some kind of virus or bacteria. Which has resulted in me leaving work early on Monday and just sitting on the couch with a body that was just a trembling heap of missery for the rest of the week. My legs felt shaky and I got out of breath just walking from the couch to the kitchen and back: and that’s 30 freaking steps (I have counted them)…

But I refuse to let this get me down. I am going to use the weekend to get better and then slowly pick-up the pieces the coming week. My goal is to get back on track with my food intake and to do what I can without over excerting myself.

Needless to say I have had to give up running for a while as well. And as much as I hate it (I actually mis running) it doesn’t look like I will be getting back into that for at least another month. I have also figured out that it is probably going to take me much longer to train for a 5k than a healthy person. So with that in mind, it is probably a good thing that my best friend and I have decided to postpone our goal to run the RunDisney race by another year.

However, this decision to postpone our first 5k wasn’t made because of my fatigue though. On the contrary, I decided to do so, because of something really, really exciting!

Are you guys ready for it?

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I have booked a trip to Walt Disney World Florida!

I am so excited. My fiancĂ© and I are going to go next year at the end of November. Yep, so we will be there during the Christmas season! This trip will be to celebrate the completion of my PhD (so I’d better finish the bloody thing!). And I am so, so, so excited!

My mother-in-law is also coming with us as she has never been to Disney World, but always wanted to go. Some of my collegues were quite surprised about this decision, as they couldn’t imagine taking one of their in-laws with them on vacation. But I am actually really excited for her to join us on this trip. I believe this is the first vaction where my fiancĂ© will have his mom all to himself, as he has always had to share her with his two other siblings, so it will be nice for them to spend some quality time together. Moreover, I really get along with her (she’s a lovely person) and she’s just as much into Christmas and amusement parks as I am. And bonus: it will be nice to have someone who also likes to visit every single souvenir shop hahaha ;).

So in honor of our trip ti Disney I have decided to make y motto for the upcoming week:

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I’m gonna kick this week’s but!

 

I will be a proud, healthy tomato!

After my last post in which I announced my intention to start training for the Disney run, my parents suggested that I get the shoes now rather than wait until September, so I have a bit more time to start training.

Although I had initially planned to buy the shoes after my trip to Galway, I decided last Friday that there was no point in waiting and popped into a sports store (recommended to me by a colleague) to buy my first ever pair of running shoes.

They measured my feet, had me bend through my knees a couple of times and made me run up and down the store a bit. Although I was convinced I would need shoes that would help with over-pronation (as I mentioned in my previous post, I have orthopaedics), the sales woman (and owner who she asked for advice) informed me that the over-pronation wasn’t as pronounced whilst running. They really didn’t see much of a difference between me and people who don’t have orthopaedics. So they advised me to buy neutral shoes and to come back after 4 weeks, so they could analyse the wear and tear of the shoes, in order to determine whether or not I would need insoles. Of course, they urged me to come back sooner if my ligaments started to hurt.

So I proudly present to you, my coral coloured Saucony Triumph ISO 3 Continue reading