Friday, January 05, 2007

So How Am I Going To Do This?

As you grow to know and love/hate me, you will realise I am a woman who likes a plan. I love coming up with new ideas/gimmicks/fads to lose weight. My latest love is the good old liquid diet. Now I know a lot of people don't like these, and with good reason, but it works for me. I love the the convenience of not having to prepare meals, it saves me money ($40 a week, 21 shakes) and for someone like me who is a compulsive over-eater, it eliminates food from my mind.

I don't plan on doing it long term, it is just a great way to give myself a kick start. I lost and kept off 10 kilo's in Jan/Feb 2006 and then lost 8.5 kilo's in Dec 2006. I am not sure how long I'll do it for this year, it might be a day, it might be a week or it could be 6 months. Just as long as I feel like it is the right thing for me. I will be having 3 Optifast shakes a day, 7 days a week (apart from the occassional splurge).

Now for the exercise.

I walk to and from work everyday, approximately 25 minutes of light walking each way. While I walk quite slowly, I still manage to work up a sweat, so I guess it must be doing something. As the weather heats up I may have to consider wearing my gym clothes because I am going to get all sweaty and smelly before work. So far my intense laziness has prevented me from doing this because I can't be bothered packing my work clothes and getting changed every day, that and the knowledge that it will only be a matter of time before I forget my work shoes and have to go to a meeting with my boss in my runners.

Last year I started getting up 30 minutes earlier and doing some exercise for 20 minutes before work each morning- weights Mon, Wed & Fri and 150 sit ups on Tues & Thurs. No one was more shocked then me when I started to do this. I have never been a morning person, I find it difficult to speak in the morning let alone exercise. I still remember the time I signed up for 10 classes of early morning step aerobics when I was living on college at uni. I went to one class at 7am and it was the most painful thing I have ever done. My legs were shaking and I thought I was going to vomit and I had to stop. Then for the next 9 weeks the annoying girls from my college banged on my door at 6.45 am trying to make me go with them, while I locked the door and hid under my doonah praying for them to go away. I did however dine out on my aerobics story for a while, I thought it made me sound thinner if I started stories with "when I went to early morning aerobics...". So anyway, back to the present, doing this exercise in the morning is relatively easy, I guess it helps that I do exercies I enjoy and watch the morning shows while I do it.

I have also signed up for a 1 hour yoga class once a week at work. This should be interesting because the few times I have done a proper yoga class I have struggled and humiliated myself. I find that yoga requires you to be able to support your own weight and when you have a lot of weight to support this is difficult to do. So I will be doing this with work collegues in the board room after work once a week- bad idea? Probably, but I had run out of excuses to tell work people why I couldn't do it.

So that's my plan. I have written it down, so now I have to do it. Feel free to abuse me if I don't do it, I work well with guilt!


  1. Here via!

    Hmm ... not so sure about the liquid diet, but if it works for you, then cool :)

  2. I was on Herbalife (a liquid diet) for a significant part of 2005, and while I was studying it was actually more beneficial than people realised.

    It gave me a convenient way to control my appetite and food preparation time was cut down to only one meal per day, rather than three. It great when I had a heavy load of Uni work as well as tutoring and marking - one thing that was really good while I was on it was that it was probably the only aspect of my life that I didn't have to think about - it gave my brain a rest!

    I'm pretty satisfied that you're intelligent enough to know that it isn't a long term solution, but a short term springboard (which is what I used Herbalife for to great effect), so good on ya!

    Good luck with the yoga class! I have NEVER attempted yoga in a class environment - I have oodles of yoga DVDS, but I'm petrified of my butt being in someone's face while doing Downward Facing Dog o_0 Good luck to you, you're much braver than I am :-D

  3. Hi Michelle, thanks for commenting. This is such a great way to meet new people!

  4. Hey MM, I totally agree with you about the liquid diets. These liquid diets are a real time saver and so convenient. I tend to obsess about food and they were a great way to eliminate food from the equation. I know they don't work for everyone, but they can be a great kick starter. I'll let you know how the yoga goes, the first class is on Thursday- I am very nervous. I'll get there early and get a place up the back!!!


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