Monday, August 27, 2012





TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 23.5 kg/ 51 lbs


Thoughts for the day..........

Welcome to my new readers. 

It's never too late to change your life for better.

Good news. John has decided to give up Lipitor, the statin prescribed by the Vascular Specialist weeks ago. I never said anything much to him about taking this drug because he wanted to believe in the specialist but ..... gradually some of the side effects I was concerned about began to develop. Yesterday he admitted to aching muscles, quite different to the ache from extra exercise. I had noticed he seemed to have less energy, be less interested in getting things done. There was also another aspect to this which would upset any man. 

The Lipitor was prescribed because, according to the specialist, it would help remove any plaques that were blocking the artery in his leg. If you have been reading my blog you might remember that John sustained two serious crush injuries to his left leg during his working life. There have always been some residue problems but it is only in the past year or so that they had begun to impinge on his lifestyle. 

I have read quite a bit but had not seen this particular benefit, reduction of plaque making the artery walls more flexible, from taking statins. I am sceptical and wondered if the doctor told us this as a way of brushing off my concerns. Had the specialist been correct in his description of what the Lepitor would do one would expect the circulation in John's leg to have improved. In fact it appears to have worsened. He has to rest more often on short walks. Recently he noticed that his foot turned blue while in the shower. That suggests there is no improvement in his circulation at all even though he is also taking asprin to thin his blood. Altogether an unsatisfactory result. 

I thought he was seeing some improvement in all areas after a couple of months wheat free so it is beginning to look as though Lipitor has set him back. He is scheduled to have the Vascular Scan of his leg early October. It will be interesting to see what it reveals. He will has been wheat free for 15 weeks and on Lipitor for 11 weeks through the middle of that period. By the time he has the scan it will be 20 weeks wheat free. Five weeks to recover from the statin damage.

Talking of John's health. He has had chronic sinus most of his life. He always blamed it on smoke damage from an incident in his childhood. From time to time this chronic sinus would escalate to serious infection and he would be laid up for as long as a week with fever. The only solution the medical profession had was nose drops, sprays, anti histamines and antibiotics, none of which cured the problem. I am interested to see how he handles the privet flowering season this year. The floating pollen and perfume of the flowers triggered some serious bouts of infection. As he grew older the problem progressed until he would frequently wake in the night choking and I must admit I became thoroughly irritated by his constant hoiking. This morning I realised I have not heard that sound for, ... well I cannot remember when I last heard it.It looks as though going wheat fee has too many positives to consider putting it back in our diet in even small quantities.

Jamie's challenge and support group.Jamie said she is going all out to lose 100 pounds by New Year's Eve. That sounds like a lot of weight when there are only 17 weeks left of this year but I think she knows what she is doing. Ideally I would like to weigh 65 kg by the end of this year by losing 23 kg/50 pounds. It looks impossible but unless I try I will not know and the good news is that I will lose some weight so I'll win either way.  For Jamie's group I will record my weight every Tuesday morning. This will be in addition to my official weigh in at the beginning of each month. I look forward to making some significant progress over the remainder of the year. It should become easier as the weather warms up and green and non-starchy vegetables become more readily available and less expensive.I am laying it out here for the record.Starting weight ... August 25th = 88 kg/194 lbs. (Dairy and totally free of all grains)December 31st Goal = 65 kg/144 lbsMarch 30th 2013, Ultimate Goal = 58-60 kg or 128 - 132 lbs.I have 29 weeks to reach my Ultimate Goal and I still feel reasonably confident that this is achievable. It depends to a large extent on how much difference being dairy free makes to my general health. I have not factored in my age so that could mean the weight might come off more slowly than The Plan. Again if my goals are not met I will still be slimmer and that makes me a winner.

Reporting back............

I don't know whether you call today productive or otherwise. I've spent hours labelling the posts on this Blog.

How did I do?

A good day. I wasn't hungry tonight but I had salmon ut of the freezer. It had to be cooked today so I had a piece. I cannot get excited about salmon.

Breakfast:- Bacon, garlic and tomato with a drizzle of olive oil

Lunch:- chicken leg with lettuce, avocado and onion salad, balsamic dressing.

Tea/Dinner:- Salmon with salad left from lunch.

Snacks:- ?

Drinks:- Water x 0
Flavoured teas x 5
Black coffee x 1

Daily Goal:- 1.5 lt or 5-6 large cups *no*

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *no*

? minutes cross-trainer = ? km

21.75/75 km for August

BP 11th May, 2012 147/75
BP 23rd May 2012 135/75
BP 15th June 2012 135/85

1ST JULY 7.30 am - 90 kg/198 lb
3RD AUGUST - 91 kg/200 lbs
Start weight:- 114.5 kg/251 lbs

Weight loss history for 2012
January: - 10.5kg/23 lbs
February: - 3.5 kg/7.5 lbs
March: - 3.5 kg/7.5 lbs
April: - 3 kg/ 6.5 lbs
May: - 1.5 kg/ 3 lbs
June: - 2.5 kg/5.5 lbs
July: - + 1 kg/2 lbs


  1. I too used to have a nasal problem and was prescribed a nose spray. I haven't had the problem for a long time now and wonder if wheat free has solved my allergy? I will give it a bit longer but I seem fine. I constantly had a post nasal drip which made me try to cough all the time even though there was nothing to cough. Haven't had that in the longest time!

    Good on giving up the statin too - I can't imagine how it would clear plaque?? I hope John improves.

  2. Hi Margie

    I remember reading when you posted on the SLF site, I think you were on WW then? I see you have lost a lot of weight this year, is this from the low carb diet only? very impressive in any case!

    Cheers Peta

  3. Hi Peta.

    I remember you. How are you these days? Welcome to my Blog.

    It's been a bit of an up and down battle over the years. I have continued to low carb .... when I have been eating to lose weight. Obviously there has been a lot of time when I wasn't following Low Carb and packed on weight.

    Basically I always knew I had a problem with things like bread, muffins, biscuits and cakes. I decided to beat it by going wheat free then I would avoid all of those types of food. I have a friend with celiac disease so I decided to treat it as though I am allergic to wheat.

    Little did I know that has been the problem. I read a book called Wheat Belly by Dr William Davis and it has settled my mind. I am no longer ambivalent. Also now I know that although I don't have celiac disease I do have sensitivity to wheat which has accumulated over the years to make me unwell and unhealthy. I lost a huge heap of weight in January which seems to have been a direct result of giving up wheat because the rest of my diet wasn't anything special.

    If you have time read my posts labelled wheat, Wheat Belly and Health and follow the links to the Wheat Bell and FatHead sites. That's a good place to start if you are interested.

    My weight loss is still reasonably good, slow but still happening. I'm rapt because I feel as though I have this weight thing bust at long last. I find this so easy. For me it's like eating normally and I rarely have cravings.

    We are all lots older but I'm beginning to hope there's a lot of life left in me yet.

    I really appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment.


  4. Hi Margie

    I am going ok, but I am still the same weight as always! I need to lose 20kilos ! I have started to have a look around your blog, and was looking at the picture of when you were 15 so gorgeous! like in your wedding photo with your glamorous mother and handsome father you all look so lovely!(that was the year I was born) I have a sister who will be 70 in a few months, my mother will be 90 in a couple of months. My father also died when he was 62 from smoking related health issues, (stroke) he also started smoking at 14 like your father.

    I will look into how I can cut out sugar and wheat, after reading your success and also Lynda's blog it is all very inspiring. I also really enjoyed reading about Lynda's travels, both of you could write books!



  5. Oh Peta that's so sweet. Keep in touch. You can email me if you like.

    The first three days are always the hardest. All the best.