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Weekly Weigh In!

Starting Weight: 115.1
End of Week :0
Current Weight: 115.1
Current Loss: 0
Cumulative Loss: 0

Starting Weight: 115.1
End of Week :1
Current Weight: 112
Current Loss: 3.1
Cumulative Loss: 3.1

Water weight gone. Time for some serious weight loss now. I'm expecting about a pound a week, but that will vary depending on my period. I will lose a pound for the first three weeks, hold onto a pound on the fourth and then dump it all for a 2 or 3 pound loss after/during my period.

I am now the smallest I have been in probably two decades. I don't know. This is the smallest BMI, the smallest weight. It's both happy making and terrifying.

I have lost 9.8 kilos this year.

Date: 2012-10-15 12:39 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] fred_mouse
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Yay for progress! Also, wow for having got this far!

Date: 2012-10-16 07:57 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] electricant
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Congratulations, if that's appropriate?

Can I ask how you feel you've achieved this? I know you've modified your diet, but what methods have you used to do that? Did you change your shopping, your cooking, your time management, your serving methods, all of the above, something else?

Date: 2012-10-17 02:21 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] electricant
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Thanks for answering so generously! This is something I've done a lot of thinking and reading and experimenting about also, but I haven't been nearly as successful as you.

I care about this stuff because I have a family history of conditions like type II diabetes and therefore want to make sure that I establish some good dietary habits now in order to prevent chronic disease in my future.

All the reading I've done has also suggested that a low carb paleo style diet is the best option for weight-loss. This is something I've struggled with because I don't like eating a lot of meat and also have reasons for wanting to eat a low fat diet.

I also have a family history of high cholesterol and heart disease. A strict no-animal-fat diet seems to be effective in me for keeping my cholesterol down. This sort of low fat diet is easiest for me to maintain if I don't eat meat, cheese, eggs, or any dairy products other than low fat milk/yoghurt.

The times I've attempted to move to a low carb diet within those parameters I've felt dreadful - tired, migrainous, hungry, craving sugars all the time. When I allow myself starchy foods like pasta a bread I feel so much better.

I haven't ever tried a heavy meat-based diet though, and it's possible that if I were getting enough protein on the low carb diet then I wouldn't feel so awful. The reason I haven't tried this is because I don't like meat, have ethical reservations about a meat-heavy diet, don't know how to cook meat, and resent the prospect of changing my established eating habits (veg, fruit, and wholewheat heavy) that I like in favour of a diet I don't like the sound of.

Anyway, thanks for talking about this and letting me talk about it. I have some shame and awkwardness about thinking about and experimenting with different dietary habits, especially ones that have the potential for assisting with weight loss, because I feel like it's dangerously close to the mainstream unhealthy "dieting" culture, which I abhor.


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