Weight loss equivalents…

I found this on a forum and thought that it was interesting!  People on a weight loss journey always find it a slow process, and ‘do down’ their losses.  I am already a Bald Eagle and a Guinea Pig down from my highest weight, I think it is important to remember that carrying any extra weight around is a strain on the body.  I would like to get down to a weight where I will be around a 5 gallon bottle of water less than at my highest!  I honestly can’t imagine lifting that amount, let alone carting it around all day everyday!!!

1 pound = a Guinea Pig 
1.5 pounds = a dozen Krispy Kreme glazed donuts 
2 pounds = a rack of baby back ribs 
3 pounds = an average human brain 
4 pounds = an ostrich egg 
5 pounds = a Chihuahua 
6 pounds = a human’s skin 
7.5 pounds = an average newborn 
8 pounds = a human head 
10 pounds= chemical additives an American consumes each year 
11 pounds = an average housecat 
12 pounds = a Bald Eagle 
15 pounds = 10 dozen large eggs 
16 pounds = a sperm whale’s brain 
20 pounds = an automobile tire 
23 pounds = amount of pizza an average American eats in a year 
24 pounds = a 3-gallon tub of super premium ice cream 
25 pounds = an average 2 year old 
30 pounds = amount of cheese an average American eats in a year
33 pounds = a cinder block 
36 pounds = a mid-size microwave 
40 pounds = a 5-gallon bottle of water or an average human leg 
44 pounds = an elephant’s heart 
50 pounds = a small bale of hay 
55 pounds = a 5000 BTU air conditioner 
60 pounds = an elephant’s penis (yep, weighs more than his heart!) 
66 pounds = fats and oils an average American eats in a year 
70 pounds = an Irish Setter 
77 pounds = a gold brick 
80 pounds = the World’s Largest Ball of Tape 
90 pounds = a newborn calf 
100 pounds = a 2 month old horse 
111 pounds = red meat an average American eats in a year 
117 pounds = an average fashion model (and she’s 5’11”) 
118 pounds = the complete Encyclopedia Britannica 
120 pounds = amount of trash you throw away in a month 
130 pounds = a newborn giraffe 
138 pounds = potatoes an average American eats in a year 
140 pounds = refined sugar an average American eats in a year 
144 pounds = an average adult woman (and she’s 5’4”) 
150 pounds = the complete Oxford English Dictionary 
187 pounds = an average adult man 
200 pounds = 2 Bloodhounds 
235 pounds = Arnold Schwarzenegger 
300 pounds = an average football lineman 
400 pounds = a Welsh pony

10 reasons I want to lose weight

1) My clothes are all too tight.

2) My little boy starts school next month and I don’t want to be the ‘Fat Mum’.

3) I have been struggling with IBS for years, and it has been getting progressively worse.  I wonder if losing weight and modifying my diet may help with this.

4) Working in a nursery, there is a big emphasis on babies.  I have been asked numerous times if I am pregnant-I don’t want to look like I am about to drop!  I want to be thin!

5) I want to feel sexy!  I don’t feel remotely attractive at the moment and this needs to change or it is going to affect my mental health as well as my physical health.

6) When I look in the mirror I don’t look how I envisage myself to look.

7) I don’t want to suffer health problems due to my weight.  With a history of early heart attacks in my family I don’t want to increase my risk -along with the risk of high cholesterol, diabetes, strokes…

8) I would like to be able to walk/run more again.  This is definitely easier the lighter I am (I know this from experience).  When I get to 13st I plan to join a gym and start the C25K again (IBS means it is hard to get out and run on the streets)

9) I am going to become a Godmother on October 28th.  I want to look good for my own confidence, and also I am aware that I am going to be a role model of sorts for Rebecca.  I want to be a healthy, curvy woman.  Proactive and in control.

10)I am fed up of being unhappy about my weight.  This time I need to make the change for good.  I need to prove to myself I have staying power and determination.

Calories and afternoon teas

For the past few days I have been trying to reduce my calorie intake.  Being honest, this hasn’t been as hard as I thought-I think my calorie intake had expanded to such epic proportions that any reduction is a positive thing.

My calorie intake on Saturday and Sunday was around 1,000 calories a day.  To me this doesn’t sound too bad, but is actually double what I should have been having on ‘fasting days’ on the 5-2 diet.  However, still only a fraction of what I would normally eat, so I see this as a step in the right direction.

Yesterday was harder.  I knew I was eating out (if you can class a Wetherspoons lunch as ‘eating out’) and also meeting a friend for afternoon tea.  Calorific.  I had a banana as a belated breakfast with a glass of water, and knew that I would need to ensure little else passed my lips besides my planned treats.  At Wetherspoons I found the noodles were under 400 calories, and it was a good sized portion-all good so far.  I had water again to keep the calories down.

Afternoon tea on the other hand…2 scones, with cream and jam (I resisted on the butter)-probably in the region of 900 calories!  Crazy!  But a rare treat, and in great company, so I feel it was worth it.  I did hold the milk in my tea in a feeble attempt to reduce the overall calorie intake.  My daily calorie intake was around 1,650 calories-again, much less than normal despite not being in the healthiest of foods for a day.  I am fully aware that I need to eat treat foods though or I will give up quicker than you can say banoffee pie.

Today has been better again-we went on a family walk to the park, it takes about 20 minutes each way, plus walking around the park itself. They have installed some exercise equipment there too so we goofed around on that and I realised that I really do want to join a gym again.

Edging closer to weigh day and I am feeling slightly nervous about it.  I’m not following this as rigidly as I could be, but have made changes-smaller portions, being more selective about things, leaving butter off bread (which breaks my carb loving heart!)…

Hopefully these will be a step on the path to a thinner me.

My new blog

Well, yet another weight loss journey for me, and yet another blog.

I have been battling my weight my whole life.  In Junior School I was bullied for being fat, then in Secondary School I was on the verge of an eating disorder as my confidence was extremely low.  By University I fely humungous, when realistically I was a size 14 and around 11st.  I yoyoed my way through my 20s, with my lowest weight being 9st 4lbs after following a Weightwatchers plan and my highest being 14st 9lbs when my little boy was having lots of medical tests in the first year of his life. Now, as I approach 33, I am 13st 10lbs, but am ashamed to say my dress size is an 18-20. 

Looking back, I do think there is an element of me being ‘big boned’.  I am not designed to be a thin, waif like girl.  I am a chunky girl.  But I don’t want to be as chunky as this.

I like vintage clothes, infact I LOVE vintage clothes, but it is harder to get these in larger sizes without paying vast amounts of money.  I have had a few photos taken recently and been upset with how I look in them.  I have 3 chins!  These are all reasons that have spurred me on, along with an influx of friends also trying to lose weight.

This time last year I was training for the Shine marathon, and I was definitely thinner despite weighing around the same.  However, my IBS has been terrible this year, there is no way I can run out on the streets as I need to be near a toilet at all times!  I am hoping to rejoin a gym in the not too distant future so I can focus on running again.

So, my starting weight is 13st 10lbs.  My initial goal is to get to 13st exactly, so 10lbs to go.  In an ideal world I’d like to do this before I become a Godmother on the last Sunday in October, which gives me 10 weeks-definitely possible.

I have also taken some measurements today, I won’t take these on a weekly basis, but plan to take them maybe monthly.

R.Bicep-13.5 in

L.Bicep-12 in

Fullest part of bust-44 in

Under bust-38 in

Waist at thinnest point-37 in

Tummy at largest point-48 in

R.thigh-23 in

L.thigh-22 in

So, weigh day will be Friday.  I am going to try and ease my way into sensible eating again, and have reduced my calories the last 2 days to around 1000.  I’d like to do the 5-2 diet for a few weeks to try and kickstart my metabolism after all the positive press, but unsure if I can hit the 500 max cals so it may be more like 800 cals.  Either way, it will be less than I would normally eat!

Wish me luck…

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