Fess up!

Time to fess up.

I weigh 183lbs. There, I’ve said it.

Before you judge me, please consider that I am 6ft tall so it is now as bad as it sounds. However, I just looked in my diary and the last time I weighed 183lbs I was 7 months pregnant!……that’s not good!……that’s bad! Although in my defense, 183lbs at 6ft puts my BMI at 24.8 which is still considered normal, but only just, and I’m not happy about it. The only slightly amusing thing about weighing 183lbs is (well, I find this amusing, I doubt anyone else will) is that I am 183cm tall and weigh 183lbs, but that’s not all, 183lbs also just happens to be 83kg, that is a lot of 83’s.

Anyway, I am not going to try and make excuses for the weight gain, I had a baby and replaced sleep with food, what can I say.

Over the last 12 months I have made a few attempts to lose some weight, but I haven’t been very successful, the one thing that I have achieved though is to stop the steady gaining of weight that had been going on ever since I stopped breastfeeding Elisabeth in November 2011. But now is the time to make a proper effort, and thanks to the encouragement from Meghan who blogs at Ratnam Residence, I thought I would start something I have never done in my life…….calorie counting…….and I will write about it every week to let you know how I am getting on. Hopefully telling you all about my weight each week will embarrass motivate me enough to keep going. I will also make a real effort to do more some exercise.

I would love to jump on the fitbit train, but I just don’t want to spend the money so I will attempt to do it without. I do have an ‘old’ Nike+ ipod sensor laying about, which should give me some idea of how many calories I am burning when I exercise, which will probably mainly consist of walking and hopefully the occasional jog. And as far as the calorie counting, I guess pen and paper will do just fine.

My ideal weight is about 160lbs, but let’s be honest, that is never going to happen, so instead I have come up with 2 challenges. The first one will be to get to 175lbs and stay on it for a few weeks, just to get going and to make sure that once the weight comes off, it will stay off. The second one will be to get to 170lbs. This would make my BMI 23.1 which I think is perfectly acceptable and should also leave some room for a little weight gain during holidays and xmas without going into the overweight category.

I don’t plan to massively restrict what I eat, as I eat quite healthy already, but I do need some adjustments in the portion size department! Also getting into an exercise routine will hopefully not only help me shed some weight but will also make me feel better and more energetic in general. Fingers crossed!

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14 Replies to “Fess up!”

  1. haha… love your banter about ’83’… and I love that you’re height is in cm… i only know my height in feet… 5’1. Whoa, that means you’re a whole 11 inches taller than me. That explains why we’re only blogging friends… Do you know how awkward we would look going out for a ladies night together?! LOL. Well, that and the fact that you’re a across a really big pond.

    Congrats on making this decision! (and for the shout out!) Honestly, the calorie counting is tough! I did it for a whole week and didn’t lose any weight?! Grrr! (that’s my mad growl noise by the way). But it’s proven to work.. and the whole calories in, calories out, makes sense. So I’m not gonna knock it yet!

    I love that you’ve made 2 reasonable, yet challenging goals for yourself. YAY YOU! And if you’re looking for advice/suggestions, you can log calories andworkouts using this website and app ‘FO FREE!: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/ …. I used it before I got my expensive fit bit thingy.

    Good luck… can’t wait to read about your progress!

    1. 11 inches, wow, that is quite a difference, however, one of my best friends over here is even shorter than you, so we would totally be friends – well that is if there wasn’t that big old pond in between us 🙂 We do make people laugh though when we walk down the street together, especially if I wear heels and she doesn’t.

      Funny you should mention the myfitnesspal app because that is exactly what I am using. It’s quite good. The whole calorie counting thing is a bit of a pain, but I like the idea of being able to see by how much I’ve gone over and then just doing a bit of exercise to sort it out. We’ll see how it goes on Monday.

  2. My fitness pal is awesome. I don’t use it (anymore). Portion Control is my enemy. I mean, mortal enemy. Like, if we meet in a dark alley, I will kill it and no one would know… except my scale. My scale would know. Sigh. We’re working on portion control in our household. I am happy to say that tonight, I only ate 3/4 of my meal and tupperwared the rest for lunch tomorrow. (yes, I made up that word). the point – Good Luck! you can do it!!

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