I could stand to lose twenty kilos.
Woah! You don’t normally see people come out and make statements like that so bluntly, but it’s true. Since my mum passed away in April last year, I’ve put on ten kilos on a body that was already on the heavier side of normal. A lot of it was comfort eating – it was very easy to turn to making and eating home-made ice-cream.
It’s time to change this.
I’m aiming to lose ten kilos by the start of April, which is when I’ll be going to Hong Kong and China to see older relatives who are bound to comment on the size of my body with blunt comments of “Wah, you’re so fat”. If I can lose a decent amount of weight by then, I can avoid all those unnecessary comments.
To lose weight, I’m doing a range of activities:
- Cutting out all dairy from my diet.
- I’ve had terrible acne for the past six months, and the growth hormones in cows milk is a contributing factor which activates the sebaceous glands in the skin that create acne.
- I’m actually marginally lactose-intolerant, and avoiding dairy helps me to avoid bloating and wind.
- Joining a gym.
- I’ve been going three times a week for the past two weeks.
- I mainly concentrate on cardio, but will be moving onto weights once I get my fitness up
- Counting all the kilojoules I put in my mouth.
- And I do mean every kilojoule – from the 4 kilojoules in a breath mint, to the kilojoules in a cocktail or a cup of tea with milk.
- Logging everything I eat and all the exercise I do in the My Fitness Pal iPhone app.
It’s the final point that’s key to the (eventual) success of this endeavour. In the past when I’ve contemplated trying to lose weight, long-term goals are very daunting. Five kilos in a month? I wouldn’t even know where to start. But with a daily kilojoule count (6402 kilojoules) in the My Fitness Pal app, I have a regular, achievable, bite-sized goal to work towards. From a motivational perspective, it works really well for someone with my competitive nature as I ‘compete’ with myself to beat my daily goal.
What does this mean as a food blogger?
The few times I’ve gone out for a meal since starting this regime, I’ve managed to enjoy myself relatively comfortably, without restricting my meal choices too much. I’ve just had to make up for it with other meals in the day – i.e. having a lighter breakfast and lunch without snacking during the day, in order to enjoy myself for a dinner out. So, restaurant reviews should still be consistent.
What it will probably mean is that I might look at posting recipes more frequently, and in particular low-kilojoule recipes that fit in with my new eating plan. I’m on a learning curve in terms of reading food labels, and coming up with hearty and filling meals under 1800kj. I look forward to sharing my learnings!
I’d love to hear from you as well – can any food bloggers out there share good low-kj recipes or personal experiences around weight loss?