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I am very overweight.

I don't look as overweight as I am, but I am currently about 110 kg (242lbs) when I should be about 85 kg (187lbs).

There are two reasons for this. They are, of course, not enough exercise and over eating.

The problem with exercise is two fold.

Firstly, I am not very good at forcing myself to do the things I need to do. I have always had a problem with self-motivation, which has stuffed me up a fair number of times in the past. This was the reason that I got a personal trainer at the gym in the first place, which helped. Unfortunately I haven't been in a while due to Jodie (the personal trainer) changing jobs, but this is something that I am starting to get back on top of again.

Second problem, is I am not going to exercise while I am in pain, and at times that has meant no exercise at all. As winter passes into spring and the weather (and more importantly, my house) warms up again, the pain will drop and I should be able to hold adjustments for longer again.

Exercise, while it is something I should be doing, and doing more of, is not the primary problem.

The primary problem is over eating.

I live alone, so that means the only person I can rely on to make meals is me, and the only person I can rely on to clean up after meals is me.

Coming home from work, in pain, and in no mood to cook, usually means I eat based on one of three reasons:
1) Comfort food: I've had a shitty day and I want to eat something that will make me feel better;
2) Easy to make: I get home from work, and relax for a while and when I finally get around to making dinner, I'm hungry now, and I don't want to spend too long doing it;
3) Easy to clean up: If my back is hurting I don't want to spend much time bending over the sink doing the dishes, because that tends to make it worse.

These three reason mean that more times when I cook, I don't cook what's good for me.

Add that to the fact that since I'm the only person there, I'm the only person to eat what I cook, then I tend to over eat a lot.

Last week I made a decision to do something about this. I joined Lite 'n Easy. This means that I am eating the amount I should in a day, and I don't have to do much to make these meals, so they are quick and easy. Cost wise, they plan I'm on is $133 a week, but considering how much I used to eat, and how much gets wasted by not being eaten, I think I'm probably going to be saving money overall.

I rang up and organized it last week. When I spoke to the lady on the phone, she stated that I was on the borderline between the 1500 calorie program and the 1800 calorie program. She initially recommended the 1500, but I went for the 1800, simply to give me time to get used to it, and then sometime later switch to the 1500.

The first delivery was yesterday. An entire weeks worth of food fitted into two polystyrene eskies.

Today was my first day on the program, and I don't think I'm going to have a problem with not having enough to eat. I think it might be the other way around.

The full day program provides breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus additional food for snacks throughout the day. You are recommended to eat the food provided spread over the day as five or six "meals" so your body never gets hungry and thinks it's starving.

Today, breakfast was a bowl of cereal and a piece of toast with spread (the spread was vegimite, which I hate, so I replaced it with honey). First snack was an apple. Lunch was six dim sims and vegetables with a Cantonese dressing, and a small tub of sliced fruit. The rest of the snacks were a bread roll with a slice of chick and a tomato for a small sandwich, some crackers and some cottage cheese, an orange, and a small serve of chicken pasta. Dinner tonight is one of the seven frozen dinners sitting at home.

Now, at this point I haven't eaten the orange (I'll have that after dinner as desert) and the chicken pasta (and I'm not sure when I'm going to eat that!).

Well, if this is a diet, I wish I'd gone on this diet a lot sooner.

The only food I need to provide that isn't supplied is some skim/low-fat milk and because of that, I actually got some exercise before breakfast! I didn't have enough for breakfast (only need 1/2 a cup) so I walked down to the convenience store and bought some, and then walked back up the hill!

My plan for the moment is to stick to the 1800 calorie program for a while to get used to the idea, and then switch to the 1500 calorie plan. As for long term plans, I'm not sure if I intend to stick to this permanently, or drop it once I've gotten myself trained in proper eating again. We will see, but from the look of the menu I don't really see why I would want to, as long as I am living alone.

Last night I weighed myself at 110 kg. I'll keep you up to date.


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 25th, 2004 04:54 am (UTC)
Good for you! I think this is a brilliant idea and will save you lots of time and money too. Now we just have to think of a birthday cake substitute.
Aug. 25th, 2004 06:34 am (UTC)

Don't worry about the birthday cake, the poker group already did that! So much for that diet. Oh well, it restarts on Friday then.
Aug. 25th, 2004 04:56 am (UTC)
"Hi, my name is Andrew, and I'm a fat pig..."

I really wish you wouldn't say this, it makes me upset. Overweight you may be, but fat & piggy - NO!!!
Happy birthday for tomorrow.
Aug. 25th, 2004 06:36 am (UTC)
Unfortunatly, it's true.

In medical terms I am obese, and considering how much I over-eat whenever I get the chance, I am a pig.

That, however, is going to change. I am no longer going to be a fat pig. I'm am going to be trim, taut and terrific (as soon as my friends stop buying me ice cream birthday cakes).

See you for dinner. Love you.
Aug. 25th, 2004 03:23 pm (UTC)
Good luck. :)
I went to the gym last night for the first time in years... it was not so bad at all... I have also lost about 25kg so I understand atleast that bit. :) *crosses fingers* for you staying out of pain.
Aug. 25th, 2004 06:36 pm (UTC)
Huzzah! Well I cheated and calorie counted myself but I always wanted to go on Lite'n'Easy. For me it's about the cost though, I don't spend anything like that on groceries and I can't really afford it right now. You'd be surprised just how much you can eat if you *just make the right food choices*.
Aug. 25th, 2004 09:02 pm (UTC)
The problem with me is I don't have the patience to caorie count, plus if I was making my own meals I would end up either aproximating and ending up with more than I'm supposed to, or have a shitty day and end up pigging out.

I figure at $19 a day (plus milk) it's worth it for peace of mind at the very least. I don't have all that much other food in the house, and if I have a choice of eating what's already (mostly) prepared for me, or making something myself, I'll take the lazy approach and eat the Light'n'Easy.

Once I get the hang of it I may end up switching off the Light'n'Easy diet and doing it all myself. We'll see if I feel I can do it and stick to it.
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