Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Weight Loss Motivation & Inspiration

I have been on a weight loss mission since college.  Just never quite happy with my weight - although at that stage, during college, I was actually at a very normal, healthy weight.

After I got married, I relaxed a bit too much and gained almost 10kgs in the first year...  I realised that's not the way to go, and joined the gym.  It went well for a bit, but I needed more - so I joined Weight Watchers, and had really good success, losing 5 kilo's in about 3 months.

Then I fell pregnant!  I carried on exercising for most of my pregnancy... But I gave in to my Milo craving way too often.  I gained about 15 kilo's in pregnancy - and then proceeded to seesaw quite a bit...  Lost weight immediately after birth, breastfed for 7 months, and when I stopped breastfeeding I gained almost 5 kilo's again in a short time!

That was the shock I needed to get me back into action to try and lose the weight, and during the last few months of 2011, I managed to lose about 5 kilo's, which I felt good about.  Then December holidays happened, and I gained back 3 of those.  Aaaargh!!

This year, I joined an online community, - where you keep a food diary to count calories, and track exercise to see how many calories are being burnt.  It worked well for me in the beginning, between January and April I managed to lose 5kg. But then, somehow, I just got lazy.  Or my body reached a plateau it couldn't break. Or I wasn't eating as well as I was trying to. Or I wasn't exercising as hard as I should have been.  But since April I've been fighting the same damn 2 kilo's. 

So frustrating!!!  For 4 months!  Gain a bit, lose a bit, stay the same.  Repeat.  Oh gosh, enough is enough.  I should have reached my goal weight by now!

How far am I from my goal weight?  So close yet so far.  Would love to lose another 8kg, but would be super happy, content and satisfied with another 5kg.

I recently got a Polar heart rate monitor to be able to keep track of my exercise workouts - how many calories I burn, and whether I'm exercising in a fatburning zone or in a fitness zone.  I've had it just over a week, and so far it's definitely given me a boost, it makes me challenge myself to do more.  Yet - at last week's weigh in, I didn't lose a single gram.  That means I'm not eating well enough!

My next weigh-in is Friday morning.  I've set a goal for myself, that I want to lose at least 0.5kg for this week.  I'm trying really hard to exercise lots and stay well under my calorie goal.  If I don't lose the 0.5kg...  I have to join Weight Watchers next week.  Then it just means I can't do it properly by myself, I need to attend the meetings and have someone keeping strict record of how I'm doing.

In the meantime, I find inspiration from quotes like these:



  1. You absolutely can do it!!! I did the USN 12 week challenge and while it was incredibly difficult, it wasn't impossible. It's the determination and sticking to it that is hard.
    BUT... You can do it!
    Wishing you the best on your journey

    1. Hi Bailey, thanks so much for popping in to squiz my blog, appreciate it so much!
      You've been a huge inspiration to me - you did so well with the USN challenge!
      Thanks for well wishes! :-)))

  2. ag mater, dis 'n neverending battle!!
    jy lyk fantasties -dont stop now!

    30 and fabulous baby ;)

    1. 30 and fabulous - ja, asb!!!
      Dankie vir kompliment. Is harde werk!!!

  3. Sounds like you have a good plan! Good luck with it ... you sound determined :-) I like the quote about Motivation and habit ... it's so very true!

    I've been fighting the battle since I had Munchkin ... and just as soon as I got back to a size and weight that I was happy with, I got pregnant with BabyBoy!

    So now the battle will begin again in a few months ...

    1. Hehe, I must say, that's what I'm scared of - going to reach my ultimate goal weight and then fall pregnant again!
      Well done though - you reached your goal weight before, you'll do it again! :-)

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