Tuesday, September 4, 2012




TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 27 kg/59.5 lbs

Welcome to my new readers. 

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

THOUGHTS .......

Maybe I get easily excited these days but already today two things have caught my attention and I want to pass them on. They both come courtesy of Andreas Eenfeldt's Blog, Diet Doctor. Andreas Eenfeldt is a Swedish doctor who specialises in family medicine. Dr. Eenfeldt is a strong advocate for Low Carbohydrate High Fat (LCHF) diets which also apparently have official recognition in Sweden. The first is a link to an article in USA Today. I am have never been excited by the Atkins Diet for myself. Maybe I've been influenced by all the negative press. At the same time I realise that the way I eat is probably very similar to Atkin's guidelines and I read many articles by people who have great respect for Dr. Atkins and who do follow the Atkins diet.

I thought this edited quote from the article very significant in light of current mainstream attitudes toward low carb eating.

Gary Foster, director of the Center for Obesity Research and Education at Temple University in Philadelphia has this to say. 

"We have passed the time where we would say the Atkins diet is bad for you. That's an outdated position. This is a viable alternative for weight loss." 

The Diet Doctor also posted a link to an experiment being carried out by identical twins in South Africa. This will not be a regarded as a proper scientific experiment but I will be interested to see how the measurements of the health markers of two women respond to their different diets. One is going to follow a high carbohydrate diet while the other will get most of her energy from protein and fats. I think their eating plans are unexceptional so any changes will be due to the different emphasis on energy sources.

The world of food nutrition fascinates me. My first inclination, career wise, was to get a diploma in Home Economics. It is the course I shuld have followed. I thoroughly enjoyed my Home Ec. classes at Intermediate School level when I was 11 and 12 years old. Later I enjoyed maths and chemistry. From that time I have maintained some interest in the science of food and nutrition. It's too easy to look back and have regrets. Genuinely I have none ..... but I recognise that at a time when I needed guidance and someone to speak into my life there was no-one. Instead I drifted through life and into marriage. My marriage became a commitment for life.

If I was a young woman, (17 or 18 years old), in today's world my future would look entirely different. I was brought up in an atmosphere where all girls got married and stayed home to look after their husbands and children. This expectation did not always eventuate but our society was geared to it. Careers for girls were acceptable but they were always secondary to the main purpose of marriage and bearing children. Many people still considered it offensive and a waste of time and money for girls to become career women. Working outside the home once you had children was not an option. Working darned hard to support you husband in his career was all that mattered. For Rural women that often meant working as hard as any man outside as well as maintaining the inside jobs and almost total responsibility for bringing up the children.

In New Zealand in the 1950's girls were at a kind of cross-roads. I went to a private school that gave girls an excellent education with hints of wonderful opportunities that could be in our future. At the same time the school was an anachronism. There was an unspoken expectation that we would make good marriages and live a well-to-do 'upper middle class' lifestyle. We were better prepared for entertaining ladies to afternoon tea in our homes than for a career in scientific research although some did just that.

Sometimes I envy the choices available to young people in today's world. Each age has it's own challenges so it's all relevant to the times. I have no regrets but I do wonder where my life would have gone had I had good and wise counselling when I was 15 or 16 years old. That's too long ago to be concerned about now. After my doctor's appointment yesterday I have an entirely different purpose although it's not totally removed from all the above.

Not many people have the opportunity or the will to turn their health around after reaching 70 years old. I am doing exactly that. This time next year I should be at a stable and healthy weight with all the health markers looking good. The book I write is going to be full of hope for everyone who struggles with obesity and its associated health problems. I'm not a confused teenager any longer. I am a focussed mature adult with a good story to tell. What's more the story improves as I go along.


I felt hungry for a while this afternoon and wondered if I wanted to complete this 36 hour fast. I made a cup of 'tea' and forgot about food,

We went into town this afternoon so I could get my hair cut and coloured. We also shopped for a few groceries. Whenever we go into the supermarket John looks longingly at sausages and because I don't like them he has reluctantly walked away from the display empty handed. Since I am fasting today it was a good opportunity for him to have sausages for dinner. John was happy to cook his own meals today so I was able to ignore food preparation all day. The smell of sausages cooking does not tempt me at all. The fatty smell is not delicious. I prefer my own homemade sausages made with minced beef and my choice of seasoning and flavours rather than commercially prepared sausage meat.

The main purpose for entering the supermarket was to get some bottles of roasted red peppers and sundried tomatoes. They will give me more dairy free options. I am used to using cheese to flavour many things especially omelets and frittatas.

HOW DID I DO? .......11th day dairy free ......

It's been a good day and I'm beginning to look forward to having breakfast tomorrow.

Breakfast:- FASTING

Drinks:- Water x 0
Flavoured Tea Infusions x 5
Black coffee x 1

Daily Goal:- 1.5lt or 5 - 6 cups large *yes*

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *no*

? minutes cross-trainer = ? km

September Total:- 4.5/60 km

BP:- 11th May 2012, 147/75
23rd May 2012, 135/75
15th June 2012, 135/85
17th July 2012, 137/75
3rd September 2012, 125/75 ... Meds changed. Accuretic becomes Accupril.

Weigh In 7.30 am

1st August:- 91 kg/200 lbs
1st September:- 87 kg/191.5 lbs
Start Weight:- 114 kg/251 lbs

2012 Weight Loss History
January:- 10.5 kg/23 lbs
February:- 3.5 kg/7.5 lbs
March:- 3.5 kg/7.5 lbs
April:- 3 kg/6 lbs
May:- 1.5 kg/3 lbs
June:- 2.5 kg/5.5 lbs
July:- 1 kg/2 lbs
August:- 4 kg/8.5 lbs

1 comment:

  1. We love sausages and have them about once a week! Sometimes from the Ellerslie butcher (he makes them there) or just the lowest carb ones I can find. They are our "easy" meal when I've not had time to prepare much.