Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Day 8 - Weigh-in 2, Exercise, Meatballs and Michael Pollan

This morning I made an EXTRA effort to wake up at a respectable hour (9.30am yo!) and I decided to start the day with a celery, apple, tomato and grapefruit juicy smoothie.  It made me feel so powerful I ended up doing a work out!  Having tried this several times I've decided The Ministry of Sound's 'Pump it up' work out DVD is just not for me.  This may be because of the style or possibly the incredible cheesy grins, but mostly it's because the only place I can do this is in my room and it's definitely too small and not suitable to jump in.

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So I gave up that up and decided to try out some work out videos recommended to me by a fellow subscriber.  It's by a Youtube channel called StartToLoseWeight and there is a belly dancing working that I thought seemed easy enough to follow.  I didn't sweat particularly with it but it entertained me for a while and got me moving!  So all together it was about 45 minutes to an hours workout and I was pleased, so today I did not count my steps. I did wear the Ped whilst exercising and I earned some Weight Watchers points and it was more than what I would earn with 10,000 steps, so I take that as a good sign.

Anyway I had my weigh in today, here are my results:

Start
Weight: 12st 8.6lbs 
Waist inches: 32inches
Hip inches: 42inches
Arm width: 15.5inches
Thigh width: 26inches
BMI 33.25kg/m2

Week 1
Weight: 12st 5.6lbs 
Waist inches: 33inches
Hip inches: 43.5inches
Arm width: 15inches
Thigh width: 25inches
BMI 32.7kg/m2

So, I've lost 3lbs!  How exciting!  I am extremely pleased and I feel so good this week.  However it seems I have some how gained inches on my waist, hips and arms!  Perhaps all the walking has taken off an inch from my thigh but I'm still curious to know why it is I've put on an inch else where.  Perhaps it's water retention? 

But I'm not too worried about it, I'm just pleased I am seeing a change in my body (and mind!)

Another exciting thing I did today was make home made meatballs!

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A total success!  I only had a few and stuck mostly to beans and vegetables but it was happily accepted by the family :)

Last thing I want to update you on is a book I picked up.  It's Michael Pollan's 'The Omnivore's Dilemma'.  I've been looking at a lot of his work and apparently this book will provide an insight into the foods I'm eating.  Part of this journey isn't just about losing weight but understanding what it is that is happening to our food culture and how we live.  I've only read a few paragraphs today and already I'm intrigued!DSC01161

The last note of the day is that I also went into Holland and Barretts and picked up Millet Grain, Quinoa and Tofu Cheese Spread.  The Tofu spread is amazing (especially with broccoli) but I'm looking for recipes and ways to get both Millet and Quinoa.  Any ideas anyone?

Helen

4 comments:

  1. Hahaha I have room to jump around in my bedroom, but I can't do it if someone is in as it makes too much noise if someone is in the living room below!! That belly dancing sounds like fun though, I will go check that out!! And CONGRATULATIONS on your first 3lbs!! Well done you!! I finally weighed myself the other day and that was a big kick up the bum, gonna blog about it later today, cause I was disgusted with myself!!

    Those meatballs look sooooo yummy!! I want some I wonder if you can do them veggie? Me and my boyfriend only eat fish!!
    Tofu spread sounds nice, we always have tofu in our stir fries and its nice!! Wouldn't have a clue what to do with millet grain or quinoa though, sorry!

    Kitty xx

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  2. Oh my, I should totally do a meatless one. perhaps the millet will come in handy for that :)!

    Dont worry, if at first you don't succeed, try try try and try again!

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  3. The Michael Pollan video was quite insightful. I think i would like to invest in getting his book too. If you know of him, i take it that you've possibly seen the film 'Food Inc'. I know of him more so from that film. If you haven't seen it, you must!

    Also another couple good films to watch is 'Earthlings' and 'The Cove'. Very powerful films that bring to light the vile ways animals are treated. A few of my girl friends said they cried when they saw Earthlings, and my guy friends suggested not to be eating anything when watching this film. And i agree! The film is very 'in your face' when addressing the issues of animal cruelty.

    And the 'The Cove' is a film that goes more into detail with one of the particular injustices you see in Earthling, concerning the treatment of dolphins in Japan. I know Japan isn't perfect, but it was a surprise to see what goes on there, considering i like a lot of the culture, when it come to the anime/art, street fashion, music, and most of all food! Sushi lovers need to watch this one too!

    I'll leave links below

    Also i tried eating broccoli raw, and i just can't do it! lol But i have been a broccoli lover for years. I try to cook only for a few minutes in shallow water to retain as much nutrients as i can. I don't know where people in my family got the idea to cook vegetables for so long that most of the green is now in water, plus adding salt. completely defeats the whole purpose of eating veg! Well... i guess for the fiber...but still!

    And also well done on the weight lost! I have to say you've been really good! Im still struggling to get out of the bad habit of eating late at night between 11-1am, and going to bed between 3-5am, which ive been doing for the last few years, except when i have an early shift at work. lol

    Im glad you're thinking of dancing as a form of exercise. Even dancing to some K-pop tunes that my friends and i really like, help us work up a sweat. Learning the moves to a song is pretty fun! :D

    Junior


    'Food Inc' - http://stagevu.com/video/ddccerwmpual

    'Earthlings' - http://stagevu.com/video/hhzagwhtjomu

    'The Cove' - http://stagevu.com/video/qjjhtwgukmnd

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  4. The Michael Pollan video was quite insightful. I think i would like to invest in getting his book too. If you know of him, i take it that you've possibly seen the film 'Food Inc'. I know of him more so from that film. If you haven't seen it, you must!

    Also another couple good films to watch is 'Earthlings' and 'The Cove'. Very powerful films that bring to light the vile ways animals are treated. A few of my girl friends said they cried when they saw Earthlings, and my guy friends suggested not to be eating anything when watching this film. And i agree! The film is very 'in your face' when addressing the issues of animal cruelty.

    And the 'The Cove' is a film that goes more into detail with one of the particular injustices you see in Earthling, concerning the treatment of dolphins in Japan. I know Japan isn't perfect, but it was a surprise to see what goes on there, considering i like a lot of the culture, when it come to the anime/art, street fashion, music, and most of all food! Sushi lovers need to watch this one too!

    I'll leave links below

    Also i tried eating broccoli raw, and i just can't do it! lol But i have been a broccoli lover for years. I try to cook only for a few minutes in shallow water to retain as much nutrients as i can. I don't know where people in my family got the idea to cook vegetables for so long that most of the green is now in water, plus adding salt. completely defeats the whole purpose of eating veg! Well... i guess for the fiber...but still!

    And also well done on the weight lost! I have to say you've been really good! Im still struggling to get out of the bad habit of eating late at night between 11-1am, and going to bed between 3-5am, which ive been doing for the last few years, except when i have an early shift at work. lol

    Im glad you're thinking of dancing as a form of exercise. Even dancing to some K-pop tunes that my friends and i really like, help us work up a sweat. Learning the moves to a song is pretty fun! :D

    Junior


    'Food Inc' - http://stagevu.com/video/ddccerwmpual

    'Earthlings' - http://stagevu.com/video/hhzagwhtjomu

    'The Cove' - http://stagevu.com/video/qjjhtwgukmnd

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