Thursday, April 28, 2011

I Cancelled my Gym Membership


Yes I am sad about it. I had an amazing deal.

But the simple fact is I hurt my Achilles again on the weekend and it could be months before I can utilise the gym properly. I have all the tools for my recovery at home. It was a waste of money.

Maybe one day I can join again....

An Interesting Thing is Happening

I am a Chocoholic.


I admitted it.

My name is Shrinking Vego & I am a Chocoholic

*Hi Shrinking Vego*

You get the picture....

But I have Easter Chocolate left.  It was given to me at work on Thursday. Not a lot. Probably what I would normally eat in a sitting.

It made it through Thursday.

I left it here over the weekend, and somehow it also made it through yesterday.

So far today I haven't touched it.

I did not over dose on chocolate on the weekend.

I just do not feel the need to eat it.


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

I didn't weigh this week

I moved this week and ate junk food all week and weekend. 

I could not get on the scale.

I couldn't face it.

My kitchen is now set up and I will be doing some shopping this week. 

Time to eat healthy.

Time to take control.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Thinking about sugar

There has been quite a bit on TV here lately about sugar. More specifically refined sugar and the amounts we consume, what foods it is hidden in etc.

So it got me thinking. 

I know I eat too much food. I feel as though I am hungry ALL the time. But am I actually craving sugar?

SVP & I have talked about a 30 day blitz where we reduced the amount of refined sugar in our diets to under 8% of the total calorie consumption.

This sounded good until I started looking up my favourite foods....

Vegie pizza on thin crust - 1.9% sugar - this is okay
Hot chips - 1.1% sugar - this is okay
Pad Thai - 3.9% sugar - this is okay
and it goes on...

So clearly this is not going to be a good thing for me, since I tend to reach for the "easy".

But I still think there is something in this. Numerous studies have pointed to excess sugar consumption contributing not only to obesity and obesity related illnesses, but also to skin conditions (I have excema), to general feelings of lethargy, to energy levels etc.

So what I need to do is find an acceptable sugar allowance. 

8% of 2000 calories is 160 grams of sugar a day.

I am sorry but that is way too high for what I am trying to achieve. I am trying to get over my sugar addiction and that is still a LOT of sugar.

There are studies that say 82 grams of sugar is the most you should have. That is based on a 1200 calorie diet. 

That is still quite a lot.

I need to think about this. I am thinking closer to 40 or 50 grams. Maybe even less if I want to get the refined sugar out of my diet.

I am talking refined sugar here. Not sugars from fruits or honey which are naturally occurring form of sugar.

I need to think about this more. Would love to hear what you all think.

Thursday, April 14, 2011


Any of you who follow me on Twitter may already know this amazing news...

I am allowed to start re-introducing cycling to my life!!!!!!!!!


I am so excited!

I am allowed to do up to 30 minutes a day slow pedalling on low tension. I can either use an exercise bike, a trainer (yes that was the photo from the other day for those who were unsure), or actually going out on the bike! As long as I take it easy and use low tension/gears.

I am going to start on the exercise bike at the gym tonight.

I am so excited - I can't wait to get myself over there and ride. It is going to be SO hard to take it easy, but I will do what I have to do to get there.

I am actually going to take a magazine to read. I hate seing people reading on exercsie equipment as I feel it distracts you from pushing yourself. But since I am not allwed to push myself I figure it will be perfect!

I will report in and let you all know how it goes.

I can not wait!!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Getting Help

I am hungry all the time.

This is not "head hungry". This is honest to God, stomach growling, and feeling like it is going to start eating itself from within hungry.

No matter how much I eat, a few hours later I am hungry.

And it is not like I am exercsing at the moment to build up the hunger.

I need help...

I am going to the doctors later this week to get some weight loss drugs.

I am hoping for Duromine as it is the only one I have had that helps. I only want it for a month or so. Just to get things kick started and under control again. But last time I asked for it my Doc said no. She put me on Reductil (which has now been removed from availability in Australia). The only other one is Xenical which I will NOT use.

I am hoping she gives me something.

I need help...

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


SVP bought me a present on the weekend, in preparation for whent he Physio gives me the go ahead for light riding.

I can't wait to use it!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

I have a Problem...

That problem is the McDonalds breakfast menu

More specifically..

English Muffins with cheese and egg, and hash browns. 

Since I have not been able to ride my bike to work I am stopping there more and more. 5 days a week. One week it was 6 days. And it is crap. I feel crap. But I love the taste.

When I move in a few weeks I will be able to catch the bus a couple of days a week which will be good. No Maccas on the bus route. But when I am driving....

I pass 2 McDonalds on my way in to work.

I need to stop going there. 

I need help.

Friday, April 8, 2011

I am still alive

Sorry for the lack of contact.

Am working on my Achilles recovery and have not had a huge amount to report. It is going really really well and I am hoping to be able to start introducing exercise next week. I need to get my Rehab plan checked off by my Physio then I can get into it.

I will report in when that is happening.

My living situation is also about to change and I will no longer have to share a kitchen. Cooking will begin again in earnest and I will share lots of yummy recipes.

Things are on the improve and I am excited.