Monday, June 30, 2008

Food Glorious Food

Geez. We have eaten out every night since last Thursday. Very hard to lose weight. I've tried to make sensible choices but a sneak peak at the scales this morning had me 200g up from last Wednesday. Coupled with the fact we've had no time for exercise since Thursday's PT session and I'm an unhappy camper. Here's what we've done/eaten:

Thursday night: GB's sister in law's bday at pub -
GB and I share grilled fish and chips. I ate small amount of fish and a few chips. There was a salad bar so I had a small saucer size plate of a few not very healthy salads.

Friday night: Dinner with friends at The Pony Club -
Tapas restaurant, so small shared servings. If you ever go - order the marron - it's to die for! We ordered 4 tapas to start with 4 serves on each, so we each got a taste. Then ordered one main (a seafood risotto) and 2 more tapas. Dessert - shared churros (like donuts but sticks not circles with choc dipping sauce) between the 4 of us. One cocktail for me (aptly called a Mood Adjuster with Vodka, Baileys and espresso) and a couple of glasses of wine. Didn't feel like I ate too much so that was good.

Saturday - 10 of us were to take part in an Iron Chef Cook Off Challenge. The boys to cook, girls to judge. 3 ingredients chosen which had to be used in all the dishes. I was busy with work stuff so I didn't make the lunch time offering but went for dinner. GB and I shared - 3 asparagus stalks in lemon juice with parmesan cheese, mushroom, white wine risotto, some baked (whole) fish, tiramasu. One glass of champagne for me.

Sunday: GB's folks are off to Scotland on Wednesday so went out for lunch -
GB and I order the grilled fish and a greek salad. I had a small piece of fish and about a quarter of the salad.

Sunday Night: Dinner with my mum & sisters -
GB and I order the grilled fish (again!) and a caesar salad. I had a small piece of fish (again!) and about a half of the caesar which wasn't very big to begin with. About 4 wedges and a bowl of gelato vanilla icecream.

So I think I'm starting to be able to eat more than I should. I said I would review my fill after about 6 weeks because we're not booked in again to see Doc Watson till mid September when we return from Europe as he didn't want to put more fill in just before we left. I'm still dealing with PB's a few times a week. I get a little bit hungry in the mornings but not too bad. I don't think a fill this close to going to Europe would be a good idea so I'm just going to have to use some of that self control thing I've been hearing so much about.

Anyhoo, no plans for the next couple of nights so I'm going to buckle down and try to NOT put on weight this week!

Em :)

Saturday, June 28, 2008


Well GB smashed through his Europe goal this week, losing 1.7kgs and dropping to 98.8kgs, freaking amazing. He's lost over 27kgs and 82cm since starting Optifast, two weeks before banding. His personal goal is 90kgs - well within his sight. I'm so proud of him, he's worked so hard.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Week 14 Review

Hey-ho, sorry about the sporadic posts - just ridiculously busy at work. I've even worked at home the last couple of days because I can't get interruption free time in the office. Grrr

So I didn't think I was going that well this week, then TTOM reared its ugly head. In the opposite way to convention, I tend to lose more weight not less at TTOM. So it was a 1.8kg loss this week - yeehaaa. That takes my 14 week total to 15.7kgs since receiving the band. Also on track to reach my weight goal for Europe (just over 4 weeks to go!) - I need to lose 3.9kgs.

GB was 500g off his Europe goal last week. He was really disappointed but he's done SO well. I mean he's 4 weeks ahead of his goal! He'll definately get there this week.

Exercise wise this week wasn't TOO bad. I think I went to the gym last Thursday, then nothing much Fri/Sat, then we walked to Gloria Jeans and back on Sunday (about 20mins each way). Monday was the PT again and yesterday we walked the Burswood/Causeway bridges in about 1hr 15mins. It was a tough walk due to some heavy head wind and we did try to jog for bits of it. Tonight it's Squash Mk 2. We've bought new balls and new grips for the rackets so I'm sure I will play a lot better this time around!

You may notice some dodgy looking pics in my flickr photo bar to the right. We had a bogan party on Saturday! It was awesome fun. I surprised GB coming out with a big preggers belly, cigarette, high pony, teased fringe, blue eyeshadow, wife beater, flannel shirt, trackies and pink uggies. Yep I was attractive. Have a look at the staged fight photos between me and GB - very amusing.

I've started taking iron tablets this week. I've always struggled with my iron levels and floated into anaemia territory on more than 1 occassion mostly due to lack of red meat and vegies in my diet. Well the other day I noticed my left leg is covered in massive big bruises and I have no recollection of banging into anything. This happened a couple of years ago when I lost a bunch of weight and I thought I had cancer or something - had a shit load of blood tests and the doc decided that I am just "prone to bruising". But I thought it might be low iron so will give a course of ferretin a go and if I'm still bruising will go to the docs.

Anyway, better get stuck into some work.

Hope everyone is going well - I will try to stop by your blogs this week! And thanks for all your comments everyone!

Friday, June 20, 2008


Holy moly I'm freezing. Due to the gas shortage and as I work for a government department, we were instructed yesterday to reduce our aircondititioning to 20C. As that was even colder than outside I decided to turn ours off all together. Worked yesterday as the day warmed up but this morning my office is 16.3C. And I'm in a massive coat and contemplating getting my scarf out of the car. But I keep telling myself - better to be cold than one of those people losing their jobs.

PT was an absolute bastard last night. I literally thought I might die. Pullups, pushups, crunches, skipping, running up and down stairs, jumping lunges, calf raises........ arrrggghhhhhh. I could barely see through the sweat running down my eyes!

Anyway, have to go for a walk and get my blood pumping before it freezes.

Em :)

Measurements Updated

Hey All,

I've updated my measurements on the appropriately titled "Measurements" page. Another 19cm gone this month. I'm pretty happy with that. That brings the total to 54cm since being banded.

Squash was fun. I totally won. I had a bit of trouble serving. And backhands on the full. And backhands with a bounce. And overhead shots. But aside from all that I was awesome. It was a bit difficult to keep score but when we had 1 minute to go on our session I said that who ever wins that rally, wins the game. I won after GB hit the ball over the back screen and across the basketball courts. We're going to try and keep doing it on wednesdays as a bit of a break from the gym and walking. You can definately work up a sweat even if you don't know what you're doing!

Em :)

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Week 13 Update

Well, I was pleasantly surprised this morning on my weigh in. I lost 1.2kgs this week! So I'm stoked. I'll do my June meaurements tonight and post tomorrow. Starting to get a few comments about my weightloss (as you would  think so after 13.9kgs!) so hopefully the measurements will show some good cm losses.

GB is still going great guns (his weigh ins are Fridays) and is getting better with his running. He reached a personal goal of his to run around a park near us (which is bloody huge I might add), this morning so he was stoked. I'm so proud of him. On Sunday we went to Garden City shops (as it was open for some reason) and I convinced him to buy some new jeans. He wanted to wait till just before we go away to buy new clothes but his stuff is looking ridulous! (losing 25kgs will do that!). He hasn't been able to fit into surfy jeans or shorts in ages and ages so he was super excited to find that he fit into a 38 surf-brand jeans. And his butt looked goooooood. Of course then he needed a new top to go with his spanky new jeans. No more XXL for him, he easily fit into an L. Then as a bit of a goof, I told him to try on a scarf. He looked like a model! So he bought the scarf too. His friends gave him shit but he looked awesome! I took a pic on my phone but he's not keen on pics being posted on the my blog so I'll just leave it to your imaginations!

GB's back is getting better but he's still taking pain meds and is going to go back to the doctor this week. The physio said he only needs one more session because his back is loosening up well but it will just take natural time to heal.

My leg/back pain has subsided thank goodness! Although the last couple of days I've had super sore hammies from PT on Monday. We had to do these things (I like to call them Death Drops) where you hold a bar bell (one hand up, one down), then keeping your back perfectly straight, bend at the hips and run the barbell about an inch away, down your legs. Owchy Wowchy. I like our PT guy - even though he calls me "young lady" which I hate coz I'm like 10 years older than him! We do something different in every session and alternates between outside stuff and inside the gym. He's definately keeping us on our toes!

Tonight after work, GB and I are going to attempt to play Squash. I've never played before and have no idea what to do. My aim will be to get through the game without a squashball to the face injury. Should be fun!

Hope everyone else is going well.

Em :)

Monday, June 16, 2008


Hi all, have been quite atrocious with food choices this week. Lots of Iced Coffees and cakes and party pies and sausage rolls and not a great deal of exercise unfortunately. Still, I've got a couple of days to be good and hopefully post a loss this week on Wednesday.

GB today said he wants to get a tattoo to cover his scars on his tummy. I hope he was kidding. He doesn't want them to be so obvious. I tried to explain that they fade over time and that his scars are actually pretty good - all straight lines and so will go away to next to nothing. I don't want to get home and find him with a Ben Cousin's "Such Is Life" tattoo across his torso. Heads will roll.

Friday and Saturday I was struggling from a killer sore leg/hip/back. My mum seemed to think that it was related to my sciatic nerve (not sure on that spelling!). It was really hard to go up and down stairs and getting into the car. While moving around I was ok but if I sat for any time it was like my leg froze up. Not fun at all. Of course it could also be related to the quadrillion lunges we did with the PT on Thursday. That boy needs to get laid because he just about killed us on Thursday! Our session went for over 45 mins instead of 30, GB was about to pass out and I was about to cry! It was full on. Fingers crossed he got a bit over the weekend and tonight's session will be a bit easier. I'm actually hoping for rain so that we have to stick to inside the gym!

Thanks for everyone's comments re GB's back. It's still not great unfortunately. He went to the physio about 3 times last week. He's got another appointment tomorrow. It is better than it was though so finger's crossed it's 100% before we jet off to Europe in 6 WEEKS! WOOO HOOO!

Bye :)

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Week 12 update

Sorry for the lack of posts lately - I have been SOOO ridiculously busy at work this past week or so and it doesn't look like it's going to get much better.. stupid end of financial year.

This week I lost 1.4kg - loving that. I haven't been hungry at all really which is good. Was better with PB-ing over the last week too and feeling full after about 3 bites of food.

Exercise has been pretty average (read: non-existent) this week. Although did go to PT on Monday and will again tomorrow. GB and I were going to try out squash this week but his physio has said it's a no-go until his back is better.

Nothing much else to report today.

Hope everyone else is going well.

Em :)

PS - I went to the loo yesterday and I realised I pulled my jeans down without undoing the buttons and fly! YAY!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Birthday Week

Hi All,

Thanks for all your comments - I really appreciate it. Have had a MASSIVE Week! GB had organised lunch for me on friday so I came home and had decided to take the afternoon off work so we could enjoy a vino with lunch. GB asked me to go upstairs and grab the camera and as I got upstairs I noticed on the bed a red rose, a note and a bag. The note said I had 10mins to pack for 3 nights and it was the beginning of my birthday weekend! So I quickly  packed and we got in the car with Westie and headed south. I tried to guess where we were going but GB wouldn't say. We finally ended up at some chalets just out of Pemberton (about 4.5hrs from Perth). We stopped at the office and GB went and spoke to the owner and hopped back in the car and said we were in Chalet 1. As we got there I said - "this can't be ours, there's someone's car already there. Chalet 1 must be at the other end". Then I looked properly at the car and realised it belonged to one of our friends, who poked her head out of the door at that minute! Turns out GB had organised a weekend away with all our friends! Slowly people started showing up including my sisters till there was 15 of us! He had  booked out all 4 chalets so we had the place to ourselves. It was fantastic. We basically had a 3 day party, hanging out, playing games, going to wineries. GB had organised all the food and everything! You can see some photos on my flickr album to the right.

So food wise I was actually pretty good - not eating too much. But I did drink my body weight in champagne. On Friday morning I weighed myself and was already 1kg down from Wednesday's weigh in. Yesterday I weighed myself and had only put on 500g so still 500g down for the week. Not too bad. I didn't weigh in this morning though. We went to Gold Class movies to see Indiana Jones yesterday and pigged out on more champers, wedges, cheese and an icecream sundae! THen went out for dinner! Back into the healthy stuff today though!

All in all, have had a terrific birthday week - I'm completely rooted today though. Poor GB is still struggling with his back. The chiro doesn't seem to be working so he went to the doc today and is going for xrays. Poor love.

Anyhoo, best get back to work!

Hope everyone else is going well.

Em :)