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Project Weight Loss 13-7: Month 1: January 2018 @ww_uk @weightwatchers

I’ve rebooted my strategy to getting into shape: see here for the outline. Basically, instead of setting myself weekly hard-and-fast goals, the idea is to set monthly non-binding goals. This means I won’t theoretically get downhearted when I have a wobbly week as I will be able to catch up the following week. I have set myself the goal of losing 7lb a month. I was therefore hoping to get down to 17st 7lb (245lb) by the end of January.

The only change to my routine for January was the lack of mince pies and sherry! And I ended up at 17st 9lb. A five pound loss is not bad. Instead of now saying I need to lose 9lbs by the end of February — the monthly 7lb + the 2lb I did not lose last month — I am simply resetting and saying I need to lose 7lb. This prevents a backlog of unfulfilled weight loss goals which I have found so discouraging.

Therefore, by the end of February, I hope to get down to 17st 2lb (240lb). My plan of action is the simple stuff: cut the wintery comfort snacks down.

© 2018 Bryan A. J. Parry

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Project Weight Loss 13-7: Introduction @ww_uk @weightwatchers

This post was written 01/01/18

As I said in the last post, I have been finding my time-limited weight loss programs counter-productive in the end. You know, where you try to lose X amount of weight in such-and-such time period. Whenever I would have a bad week and miss my target, everything always seemed so insurmountable and I would just get off-track for weeks at a time. The feeling of failure was always near. But this has all been made worse by certain life stresses, which one day I may go into, and the general festive Yule period of Gluttomas.

So now the goal is not to time-limit my diet, although I will give myself “guideline targets”. This way, I feel that if I feel like I’m having a poor week, I won’t get all stressed out and depressed about it.

As stated in previous posts, a healthy weight for me is 13 stone 7 pounds (189lb, ~86kg). I am currently my fattest ever: 18st 0.2lb (252.02lb)!! That is literally 1/8 of a ton. What in the literal fuck!?

So, I’m going to go for half a stone (7lb) a month. That is just under 2lb a week, and I think very reasonable. By checking in monthly, I don’t feel pressured and can make up for a bad week with a good one.

My first guideline target is to drop 7.2lb by the end of January. That would make me 17st 7lb (245lb) on 1st February 2018.

Seriously, let’s do this!

© 2017 Bryan A. J. Parry

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Weight Loss: A New Beginning

I am a classic yo-yo dieter: gain a stone, lose a stone, gain it back again. But, unlike some yo-yo dieters, I prefer cooking to ordering a take-away, and I am happy eating a salad. The problem I have is always the same: when my routine gets disrupted, for even a few days, everything falls apart — my working out, my eating. It’s crazy, but I am 100% with my routine, or 0%. Perhaps I’ve got a personality disorder! Haha! I’m like that for everything, I find: all in or nothing. But I’m not sure what to do about that. And this is what happened with my previous program; unavoidable stuff came up, I promptly folded after my routine was disrupted.

However, there is an even more pressing issue I have had to come to realise over the last couple of months.

My weight goes up, my weight goes down. Sure, classic yo-yo. But just like Bitcoin*, it never goes as low as it was last time, and it peaks higher than ever before. Unfortunately, unlike Bitcoin where more pounds (of money) is better, my increased pounds (of weight) is killing me.

Wait, what?

What I’m saying is that I used to cycle between 12 and 13 stone. Then it was 13 and 14 stone. Then 15 and 16 — that was three or so years ago. Then it was 15st 7lb to 17st. But over the last year, I have been hitting new peaks: I am currently 17 stone 10 pounds. What the hell!?

I can’t be content with this situation. Because now when I am at the low, “thin” point of my yo-yo, I am still fatter than ever before. Whereas before, my “thin” actually was — thin!

So I have two points to work on within myself from here on in. How do you guys handle these points?

  1. I need to prevent blips to my routine derailing me for months or years at a time. Y’know, those times when you have to eat unhealthily, or not go to the gym, such as weddings, celebrations, holidays, and so forth.
  2. I think these time limited programs I have constructed (e.g. 13 Week Wedding Weight Loss) are not really helping me make the long-term, abiding changes to my routines that I need to. The reason is that whilst the time limit is SMART, when I miss a couple of weekly targets, I get down about it and just fall off the waggon as it all seems too insurmountable again.

From now on in, I’m just going to have a regular (say, fortnightly) health daybook. I’ll have my long term goals, but I won’t time limit them. I’ll just go slow and steady so as to not let missed weekly targets get me down.

*Let’s see how it takes for this reference to no longer be true!

© 2017 Bryan A. J. Parry

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Cooking: WTH, Brown Rice!?

Seriously, is it just me, or is white rice really easy to cook, but brown rice is IMPOSSIBLE TO COOK? I’m switching to brown rice for health reasons. But honestly, no matter which instructions I follow, white rice is always fine, but brown rice either comes out undercooked and hard, or as mucus covered mush. Seriously, what the HELL, brown rice!?‬

Weird thing is, I’ve done brown rice in the past with no trouble. But no matter what, I cannot manage it now!

HELP!?

© 2017 Bryan A. J. Parry

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13 Week Wedding Weight Loss: 5 @ww_uk @weightwatchers

Introduction

I’m on a 13 week diet to get into (a less round) shape for a family wedding. Click here for a quick explanation of what and why: but the short of it is this: having a Body Mass of over 30 (= “Obese Class 1”) in a suit at a wedding in the sun in Spain is not a good look!

Last week

Last week was Groundhog Week: pretty much the same as the week before. Plenty of fruit and veg, but too much snackage wrecked the week. I kept forgetting my apples/pears/carrots snacks at home, and I kept not making time to eat brekkie. This is where I fell down. This week I’ve really gotta sort this out: breakfast is the most important meal of the day as it sets you up and keeps you going. And if you have a healthy snack to hand, you’ll never reach for the bickies/crisps/chocs. Happily, though, at least I don’t weigh more than last week(!)

As I said last week, my goal has got to be to lose a healthy amount of 3lb a week for the next few weeks.

Next week

Bring my healthy snacks to work, eat a porridge and fruit breakfast.

  • week 1: 03/04/17: 16st 11.6lb (235.6lb)
  • week 2: 10/04/17: 16st 9.2lb (233.2lb) target was 233.1lb
  • week 3: 17/04/17: 16st 7lb (231lb) target was 230.6lb
  • week 4: 24/04/17: 16st 8.8lb (232.8lb) target was 228.1lb
  • week 5: 01/05/17: 16st 8.8lb (232.8lb) target was 225.6lb
  • GOAL: 03/07/17: 14st 7lb (203lb)

© 2017 Bryan A. J. Parry

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13 Week Wedding Weight Loss: 4 @ww_uk @weightwatchers

Introduction

I’m on a 13 week diet to get into (a less round) shape for a family wedding. Click here for a quick explanation of what and why: but the short of it is this: having a Body Mass of over 30 (= “Obese Class 1”) in a suit at a wedding in the sun in Spain is not a good look!

Last week

I had a bit of a poor week. Just wasn’t mindful of what I was eating. Yes, plenty of greens, lentils, and whatnot. But also one too many bickies with my tea and coffee. And I developed a weird cereal habit for a few days midweek(!) Also, I didn’t do any serious exercise unlike the last few weeks. It was, sadly, the first week I put weight on! 1.8lbs up from last week. I’m now 4.2lbs now behind my goal at this stage. So disappointing.

To catch up with my goal for next week, I would need to lose six pounds this week — but a pound a day is not healthy or sustainable and so I will not try to do this. However, if I lose a healthy amount of 3lb a week for the next few weeks, I can get back on track.

Next week

Gotta keep up the good points: eating more veg, more lean protein. But I’ve gotta cut down the unhealthy snackage — the problem is that I keep forgetting my apples/carrots/celery at home! Something Freudian going on there, perhaps? Also, gotta keep my head up: I know why my weight has gone back up, and it’s in my hands to stop it happening again.

  • week 1: 03/04/17: 16st 11.6lb (235.6lb)
  • week 2: 10/04/17: 16st 9.2lb (233.2lb) target was 233.1lb
  • week 3: 17/04/17: 16st 7lb (231lb) target was 230.6lb
  • week 4: 24/04/17: 16st 8.8lb (232.8lb) target was 228.6lb
  • GOAL: 03/07/17: 14st 7lb (203lb)

© 2017 Bryan A. J. Parry

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13 Week Wedding Weight Loss: 3 @ww_uk @weightwatchers

Introduction

I’m on a 13 week diet to get into (a less round) shape for a family wedding. Click here for a quick explanation of what and why: but the short of it is this: having a Body Mass of over 30 (= “Obese Class 1”) in a suit at a wedding in the sun in Spain is not a good look!

Last week

I had a fairly good week. Went on a long walk to central London and about (very roughly over ten miles). I also more-or-less cut out all junk food and unhealthy snacks… but it was Easter, so I have to say I had a naughty weekend. None-the-less, another two pounds lost, and only 0.6lbs behind my target weight at this stage.

Next week

I think definitely no more “binge” days, as it were. No amount of exercise is gonna burn off that much Easter chocolate. Keep up the more veg, less gunge diet.

  • week 1: 03/04/17: 16st 11.6lb (235.6lb)
  • week 2: 10/04/17: 16st 9.2lb (233.2lb) target was 233.1lb
  • week 3: 17/04/17: 16st 7lb (231lb) target was 230.6lb
  • GOAL: 03/07/17: 14st 7lb (203lb)

© 2017 Bryan A. J. Parry

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13 Week Wedding Weight Loss: 2 @ww_uk @weightwatchers

I’m on a 13 week diet to get into (a less round) shape for a family wedding. Click here for a quick explanation of what and why: but the short of it is this: having a Body Mass of over 30 (= “Obese Class 1”) in a suit at a wedding in the sun in Spain is not a good look!

This last week I haven’t changed anything dramatically. I have tried to cut down on snacks a tad. And I lost 2.4lbs! My target is 2.5lbs a week, so not bad going. I also went on a 22 mile walk, but that was a random one-off thing and nothing to do with any health regime!

I think for this week onwards I need to up my veggie intake, not eat a snack/supper in the evening, and see what happens. As you all know, losing weight is relatively easy the first few weeks, but becomes progressively harder!

  • week 1: 03/04/17: 16st 11.6lb (235.6lb)
  • week 2: 10/04/17: 16st 9.2lb (233.2lb) target was 233.1lb
  • GOAL: 03/07/17: 14st 7lb (203lb)

© 2017 Bryan A. J. Parry

 

13 Week Wedding Weight Loss: 1 @ww_uk @weightwatchers

Being physically healthy is about far more than losing weight. A personal trainer friend of mine always says “inches, not pounds”. That is, don’t measure if you’ve lost weight, measure if you’ve lost inches. Your weight fluctuates greatly throughout the day, anyway. Weigh yourself before and after meals, and poos; you might be surprised how much your weight changes!

Anyway, having said all that, I need to lose weight. Quick! I’ve got a wedding on the 3rd July: three months to the day! And I really need to get to under 15 stone, but my goal is 14st 7lbs (203lb, 92.1kg).

A healthy weight loss is 2-3lbs a week. As of right now, I’m 16st 11.6lb (235.6lbs, 106.9kg). So that’s 32.6lb to lose in 13 weeks: a required weight loss of 2.5lb a week. Definitely doable in a healthy way.

But why do I “need” to lose this weight? Well, first, it’s a wedding, and as “gay” as it may supposedly be for a man to say this, but I don’t want to be sweating buckets and bursting out of my suit. Plus, it’s gonna be in Spain — and that means it’s gonna be hot. On top of that, my body mass index is 30.3: Obese Class 1. And trust me, I feel it! So this is a good opportunity to get in shape.

Track my progress with me on a week-by-week basis. I’ll let you know what I’ve been doing that explain my weight loss (or gain!!).

  • week 1: 03/04/17: 16st 11.6lb (235.6lb)
  • GOAL: 03/07/17: 14st 7lb (203lb)

© 2017 Bryan A. J. Parry