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Sunday, December 23, 2012

FFF Final Check In

17-22 December

Managed to do four 45-minute sessions of swimming and daily foam rolling this week (although I had to miss out on some walks with Rob and TJ to get it all done since I also had a reasonably busy workload this week). I was dreading increasing my swimming time this week (as I find it so tiring) but I actually really enjoyed it. My fitness must be increasing.

So here are my final results

4th November 59.1

11th November 58.1

18th November 58.4 (period)

25th November 57.5

2nd December 57.3

8th December 57

16th December 57.2 (period)

23rd December 56.3

A total loss of 2.8kg over 7 weeks, or 400g per week.

I didn’t take an official ‘before’ photo – the most recent one is from when we were on holiday in late June, when I was about 58kg

24 June front

And here’s an ‘after’ from this morning

23 Dec 2012 2

Welcome back abs!

Here’s what I ate and how I exercised. My main goals were to lose a bit of weight, increase mobility in my spine and decrease my cholesterol.

On rising: Glisodin (antioxidant)

Foam rolling and dead bugs

Swimming and/or walk with Rob and TJ

Breakfast: fresh squeezed lemon juice with warm water; ‘muesli’ made with 1/3 cup oats, 1 Tbsp nuts/seeds, 1 Tbsp shredded coconut, 150g fresh fruit, cinnamon; 1 krill oil, 1 B complex

Snack: smoothie made with 1 cup Pura HeartActive milk, 200g (1 pottle) Jalna Proheart vanilla yoghurt, approx 75g banana, approx 75g frozen blueberries, large handful baby spinach, 4 tsp psyllium, 1 tsp probiotic powder

Lunch: sandwich made with 2 small slices grainy bread (80g total) spread with Flora pro-active Buttery (10g total), canned salmon (40g) or a boiled egg, and salad veg; carrot

Snack: 20g nuts

Dinner: 100g protein (measured raw) or 100g canned legumes, 1 tsp oil/spread, half a cup rice/pasta (measured cooked) or 150g potato/sweet potato, unlimited vegetables. Fish a couple of times a week and vegetarian meals a couple of times a week. Forty grams cheese (full fat) per week, usually spread over a couple of meals, eg parmesan cheese on spaghetti bolognese.

Indulgences: 4 indulgences (approx 450 kilojoules each) per week.  Usually wine or hot chocolate.

Other: If I had a particularly active day and I was hungrier than usual, I had a small snack after dinner. 

I haven’t had a chance to visit the doctor this week to arrange to get my cholesterol rechecked so no news there, but am happy with my weight loss and increase in mobility. Will keep on this path and see where it takes me…

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Change of Style

When we bought our house a couple of years ago, there was brown suede paint everywhere, which the previous owner had used to create a fussy ‘country cottage’ style.

Over the last few weeks I’ve been doing lots of painting to get rid of the brown suede paint.

Here’s a before and after of one room (previous owner’s dining room is now our TV room)



Still a few finishing touches to add, but am much happier with how it looks now.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Double Update

2nd December to 15 December

Over the last two weeks I’ve gone from doing lengths with a flutterboard to actually swimming, and this past week I did four sessions of 30 minutes instead of three.

Have really been enjoying the swimming but it does increase my appetite, and so does all the painting I’ve been doing (am onto the lounge now), and it being that time of the month doesn’t help either. So I’ve been eating more when I’ve been extra hungry – I want to lose weight but not kill myself doing it!

Had a planned Xmas BBQ to go to on Saturday 8th December so instead of weighing myself on Sunday the 9th I weighed in on the 8th instead.

4th November 59.1

11th November 58.1

18th November 58.4 (period)

25th November 57.5

2nd December 57.3

8th December 57

16th December 57.2 (period)

For the last week of the FFF I’ll try doing four sessions of 45 minutes swimming, but I really need to focus on my foam rolling and dead bugs as I’ve slipped a bit on these recently and they’ve got to be my priority for my back health.

Have a good week!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Birds in the Walls and F3 Update

We’re sleeping in the upstairs bedroom at the moment while I’m painting the downstairs bedroom. While I was moving some of our stuff up there I heard some scrabbling and chirping, and realised we had birds nesting in one of our walls.

Our roof tiler came out on Friday and climbed up above the upstairs bedroom to take a look. The room is above the dining room, which has a fireplace, and the flue runs up outside the bedroom upstairs. Apparently there was half a roof tile missing next to the flue and the birds had been getting in there and nesting in the walls.

He started pulling out one nest, then another, and another…

nests 1

He reckoned there were years worth of nests up there, and explained that birds usually come back to the same spot to nest each year. Once the tiler had removed all the nests, he put a new tile up next to the flue and sealed it off, so there should be no more birds in the walls!


25th November to 1st December

Most of my four indulgences this week have been of the chocolate variety: one of Rob’s students gave him some chocolate for a ‘Thank you’, so I had some of that on two nights, a hot chocolate on another night, plus a glass of wine. I also ate a bit extra on the days that I did sanding and painting. Progress so far:

4th November 59.1

11th November 58.1

18th November 58.4 (period)

25th November 57.5

2nd December 57.3

Just a 200g drop on the scales after this week’s efforts, so will increase my exercise sessions from three to four and see what effect that has.