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So, following up on my previous entry, I've now resumed the… - John C. Kirk

Feb. 28th, 2006

12:02 am

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So, following up on my previous entry, I've now resumed the WeightWatchers plan. I had a bit of a false start last week, where I was fine on Monday, then blew it for the rest of the week, so rather than trying to catch up from -N points I waited for the score to reset at the weekend.

Generally, I think it's a warning sign if my weight in kg would work in a radio jingle. E.g. "98.1 - Doobeedoo FM!" (Although that's based on my height, so might vary for other people.)

I think that a lot of this comes down to a matter of routine. I dropped off the plan last July, which coincided with my birthday and with me starting a new job. Having the canteen available at work is convenient, but it also makes it difficult to track the calorie content of what I'm eating. More generally, there's an issue of eating at home vs going to shops. When I went back to PMSI after my year out (doing my MSc), one of my colleagues said that I seemed to have lost about half my body weight. I don't think it was quite that drastic, but I do think it was significant that I was making my own meals, so cereal/sandwiches worked out fairly healthily. Extra sleep and exercise probably helped too.

Anyway, I started tracking my points again today. I wasn't sufficiently organised to take sandwiches into work with me, but I bought some from the shop which had nutritional information on the side, so I was able to enter that into the WW website afterwards. It turned out to be a bit worrying - my lunch was sandwiches (two slices of bread, but cut diagonally into two sandwiches), 500ml Coke, a Yorkie bar, and a bag of Walkers Marmite crisps. That worked out as 24 points, out of the 30 that I'm allocated per day. Oops. Anyway, I skipped dinner, in favour of a pint of cider at the pub (for elvum's birthday) and a banana at home, and I earned 2 extra points by walking, so I've wound up just going 1 point over quota, which gets carried over to tomorrow. I do feel hungry though. Ah well, once I've got back into the swing of portion control, and my stomach has shrunk a bit, it will hopefully get easier.

It's Pancake Day tomorrow, and I've had invitations to a couple of gatherings, but I sadly have to decline them both in favour of SJA training. We're doing a proper course tomorrow/next week (Lifesaver Baby and Child), so it is something that I need to be there for, even if it does cause the standard conflict with my social life. It's not really practical to just make one or two pancakes at home, and eating them in bulk quantities would be nice but imprudent. Mind you, there is an amusing recipe on the main SJA website.

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From:nou
Date:February 28th, 2006 12:09 am (UTC)
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"sandwiches (two slices of bread, but cut diagonally into two sandwiches), 500ml Coke, a Yorkie bar, and a bag of Walkers Marmite crisps."

That really is quite an unhealthy lunch, you know. I'm not surprised it took lots of your points!

Sorry if you've already considered this and rejected it, but you might find snake_soup handy for improving your lunches and other meals. It officially starts on Wednesday, but a few people have started already.
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From:johnckirk
Date:February 28th, 2006 12:21 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I know it's not exactly a salad, but it doesn't feel as if it should be up there at the "Roman banquet" end of the scale either, to be almost 3 meals worth! Ah well, I'll re-establish good habits.

I had a glance at snake_soup, but I don't think that trying out (subjectively) "weird stuff" at the same time as the diet plan is a good idea - that's more likely to make me fall back on what I know and like. I may join martinidiet though.
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From:nou
Date:February 28th, 2006 12:26 am (UTC)
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It's not just about trying weird stuff; only a few people are doing that sort of thing. A number of people seem to be picking "establish better eating habits" as their goal, which sounded a bit like what you're trying to do.
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From:rjw1
Date:February 28th, 2006 01:04 am (UTC)
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3 meals worth!


well the amount of sugar and badness in the coke and chocolate its not suprisng it was almost three meals worth.

theres a reason i gave caffine and chocolate.
it means i can drink more beer and keep my figure.
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From:sammoore
Date:February 28th, 2006 09:07 am (UTC)
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keep my figure.

Keep it where :-)
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From:shaluvk
Date:February 28th, 2006 11:38 am (UTC)
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"98.1 - Doobeedoo FM!" har, har!

hey, i'm back. i've always been very thin so maybe i cannot possibly relate but i'm told that weight management needs more of a change in lifestyle. my two cents: satiate that appetite by munching on those veggies and fruits. sounds good?
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From:johnckirk
Date:February 28th, 2006 11:52 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I think that sounds sensible. The WeightWatchers website also helps you to track whether you've drunk 8 glasses of water a day, and whether you've eaten 5 pieces of fruit/veg (you tick them off as you go along). When I was doing it properly last summer, I found that by the time I'd worked that into my daily routine, that more or less took care of hunger pangs. Especially since some forms of veg are "free" (zero points), e.g. carrots/parsnips/cucumber/lettuce/mushroom, so it makes sense to heap the plate with them :)
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