Wednesday, 21 May 2008


Still have the sniffles and now a cough. I hate having colds and will do all I can to prevent it settling on my chest. I haven't got time to be sick. Iwant to get out and do my walk across USA.

Honi wondered, in a comment, why I choose to do Lean For Life instead of WW. There are many reasons. The main one is I don't relate to their menus and I find the program too high in carbohydrates. I have this thing going on which suggests I am intolerant of wheat and gluten, and have insulin resistance, but is too low to measure with blood tests.

Lean For Life might be restrictive but it has all the foods I like to eat. I have even discovered that I like plain Greek style yoghurt, (thick, unsweetened & unflavoured), cottage cheese with celery, and although not a great fish eater I have discovered SeaLord Lite Tuna in several flavours which I can eat straight from the can for a snack or mix into vegetable salad for a meal.

I have also found that on Lean For Life I am not so grumpy and irritable. That is the best reason of all to avoid a higher carb diet.

Another thing I like about LFL is the Work-Book which gives me a daily subject to work on so that I am gradually building life time skills. I have found this possibly the best personal growth series I have ever tried.

I enjoy the fact that I can break up the weight loss journey into 6 week modules. 4 weeks of fairly rapid weight loss followed by 2 weeks of maintenance which helps prepare the body for a healthy life rather than yo-yo dieting. I know that so far my journey has not been very consistent or even a good example of what LFL offers. I also know that I am better off doing this program than anything else I have tried.

I'm not a huge fan of WW but many people find it perfect for them and sometimes I wish it was that simple for me. Maybe one day I will find that I am more tolerant of certain carbs and the tendency to insulin resistance has been reversed.

Please ..... this is not a criticism of any program others choose. It is not a criticsm of the traditional food pyramid. It is simply a recognition that I have abused my body over the years to the degree that I need to be a lot more selective in what I eat and eliminating a few things, even if they are favourite foods, will not kill me.

And on a trivial note. Yesterday I was picking up the remote control for Sky TV but caught a full glass of water and drowned the thing. TWJ was devastated. He dried it off, it wouldn't work, he took out the batteries and put it in the Hot Water Cylinder cupboard and it still wasn't working late last night. This morning it works. He is in Remote Heaven.

I need to have my breakfast but I'll be back to tell you I went for a short walk and make a list of my reasons for losing weight and becoming healthy & fitter. As if there needs to be a reason ... lol .... it just makes good old common sense.

See you later.

Right I said I'd be back with a list ...


1. General well-being
2. To be as fit as possible for as many years as I live.
3. To look as good as possible
4. To reduce the strain on my joints
5. To reduce and hopefully eliminate arthritic pain
6. To allow my body to heal from abuses such as eating too much sugar, imbalanced diet etc.
7. To enjoy being active.
8. To not feel quite so cramped when we fly economy class
9. To chose fun clothes, wear outrageous colours & anything else I like without drawing attention to the fact that I'm fat.
10. To be able to buy clothes that look good at the more budget priced shops.
11. To show that I am not too old to change my weight and fitness
12. Maybe be an example of encouragement for others.
13. To wear my wedding dress again without busting it
14. To be lighter than TWJ
15. To be an example for my family who all have weight issues.
16. To surprise people who haven't seen me between the heavy and the new goal weight.
17. To honour my God.
18 To wear a swimsuit without cringing inside.

This journey has a lot to do with how I feel as a Christian .... will go into this in another post.

There's much more but that's enough for now.
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