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I've lost 50lbs so far this year!


That's right folks!

Since the first of January, I've lost 50lbs! I don't usually mark my weight in pounds, I'm definitely a kilo person, but 22.7kg just doesn't have the same ring to, hahaha!

I realised the other day I haven't been updating the weightless journey on the first of each month. It's not that I had given up on the whole shebang, certainly not. I think it's more that I just haven't been preoccupied by losing weight the way I have in previous attempts.

I had a look back at 2006 when I lost a whole lot of weight, mostly through exercise and a low fat diet. I started on the 1st of January that year as well (this seems to work well for me, despite it being a bit of a social joke that people start weightless attempts as a new years resolution). By the 15th of June, 2006 I'd lost 16.8kg - which, by the way, I think is pretty awesome. By that stage of that year I was also walking 5-10km a day. This time around, I've lost, as I said, 22.7kg and I expect that will clock over 23kg by the 15th. I have to tell you, I don't do any exercise at all. I only doing whatever incidental walking is required to get me about during the day and on a good day that might come close to 5km.

I am also eating a high fat diet.

The think I'm doing differently this time is eating low amounts of carbohydrates. I've cut out all added sugar, all refined sugar, and most starchy foods - all grains, though I still eat root veggies about once a week.

Occasionally, I'll eat something, such as Chinese food at a restaurant or dessert on special occasions, but 90% of the time I stick to low carb.

I hardly ever have back pain now, I used to have it daily.

I hardly ever have trouble swallowing, or the feeling of thick mucous at the back of my throat. I used to get that regularly.

I never have reflux anymore. I used to have reflux every day.

I've had maybe 4 migraines in the past 5.5 months. I was getting migraines weekly.

I don't get bloated or cramp or windy anymore except when I occasionally eat grains and then I suffer these symptoms from about an hour after eating and for the next 12-24 hours. It's very specific.

I now suspect that what I used to think was lactose intolerance, was actually grain intolerance.

I still crave chips and coke and chocolate when I'm very stressed, and this last week I was so aware of how I have used these foods to reward myself for not having a cushy life every moment of every day. With the clarity of hindsight I can see that I was not doing myself any favours back in the day by comfort eating.

So, there you have it! In another 800gs' time, I'll hit the half way mark to my overall desired weight loss goal. I don't have a time goal for losing that weight and don't expect to lose it all this year simply because when I go to Iceland for four weeks, I absolutely plan to eat all the things I can get there that I can't get here - and Icelanders like their sugar.

Today I'm having my final guide dog assessment after which I will, hopefully, go on the waiting list for a guide dog! I really hope I qualify because I feel it will make a huge difference to me getting out on my own and getting my independent life back.


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