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Weigh In, Week #4


In order to reach my interim goal for this year (to fall into Obese class 1), I need to lose 10,6 kg in the 9 weeks left of 2014. That can be done, but then I will have to exercise! This week I lost 900 grams / 1,98 lbs for a second time in a row. Total lost in a month is 5,4 kg. A little slow, don’t you think?



Weigh-In, Week #3


Let me be honest: This week was no walk in the park. I went back to the drawing board, and read up on Low Carb High Fat diets (again). With the info that I gathered about that, as well as the info on our local meal replacements, I decided to incorporate Biogen Diet Protein into my diet. I now eat really well (according to myself) and yet I was still worried about a repeat performance of last week, when I gained weight. Well, this morning I climbed on to the scale, and was relieved to see that I have lost 900 grams – almost 2 pounds. Total loss is now at 4.5 kg.


I now need to lose another 11.5 kg before the end of the year, in order to stick to my goal list. Wonder whether I’ll make it. When I mentioned to no-one in particular that I’m losing weight too slow to my liking, my daughter said: “Ma, you need to exercise!”

say what


What to do with all the info?


In searching for information on weight loss, I gathered the following info:

One website advocates a Low Carb High Fat diet, and claims studies showed that people on a Low Carb diet burned 300 more calories a day – while resting! The website also states that a Low Carb diet is actually good for Diabetics, and that for me, as a type 2 Diabetic, there’s no risk of hypoglycemia. So, as I have followed a Low Carb diet in week 1 and 2, I think I’m going to stick with it for a while longer.

Secondly, I tried to figure out how many calories I should consume per day. For an average woman, that figure is around 2000 calories a day. To lose weight a1663 calories is suggested. To lose weight fast a 1248 calories seems to be the number. (Keep in mind that I’m not very active).

Thirdly, I read up on the amount of carbs needed per day.

  • 100-150 grams per day is a “moderate” carbohydrate intake.
  • 50-100 grams per day is great if you want to lose weight effortlessly.
  • 20-50 grams per day is the perfect range for people who need to lose weight fast.

I had a question regarding dairy. Apparently dairy contains a lot of sugar, and low fat and no fat dairy needs to be avoided. Full fat options are okay.

The only real question that I have at the moment, is what happens when you have more than your RDA of protein? The reason I ask this, is because the meal replacement shake I have in mind, contains 45% protein of RDA for 1 serving. That means I won’t be able to have 3 servings of that per day, or will it be okay?

Suggestions will be appreciated.

Weigh In, Week #2


If you have a look at my results, you’ll see that I’ve actually gained 500 grams this week. It was not a gradual build-up, it happened directly after I had that frozen yogurt over the weekend. I’ve been weighing myself daily since, and no change.

And I generally don’t feel well. My liver feels swollen and I’m extremely tired. I’m a type 2 diabetic, but don’t understand these symptoms, as a Low Carb Diet is supposed to make me feel better.


So, this week I’m back to the drawing board.

I’ll gather some more information on diets, and will blog about it when I’m done.

Meal Replacement Shakes

I’m really battling to eat the proper foods, and therefore I read up on meal replacement shakes available in South Africa. I found the following:





diabetic plus

Diabetic plus











Anybody with first-hand experience with regards to these products? I have no idea where to start!

My reward for a week well done

No, I’m not going to continually reward myself with food, but I think this was harmless enough. Plus: I got to spend some time with Hubby and Son. To Afrikaners, family gatherings are synonymous with eating…

Lovely English Toffee and Strawberry Frozen Yogurt. I would have been in heaven if there was a coffee flavour!

Frozen Yogurt

Weigh In, Week #1


Although I’m ecstatic with this week’s results, I know that I will have to start exercising to keep this up:

WEEK 1Goal nr. 1 is done and dusted. Goal number 2 on it’s way.


What’s scary, is that I have lost 9.02 pounds in one week, and that I can’t see it on my body (yet). It just motivates me to lose more!

My oldest child, now 23, was a big baby and weighed 9.24 pounds. I have now almost lost one big baby’s worth of fat!

You know you’re in trouble when….


your BMI doesn’t even feature on the BMI chart…..

So, what am I doing in the 1st week of my diet?

I have decided to cut out sugar and carbs. I will get back to complex carbs in the near future, and I will also be eating fruit again. I don’t want to cut any specific food group out of my diet completely, but this week I’m sticking to protein and good veggies only.

Oh, and I had a little bit of yogurt, and a wee bit of cheese with my omelet. And I drink lots of water.

No exercising yet.

I’ll have to weigh in once a week, but don’t know which day I’ll choose. I only started with the diet on Monday, but perhaps I will weigh in on Fridays or Saturdays, as I want to be able to eat one ‘cheat meal’ on  some Sundays. To be honest, at the moment I don’t have a need for a cheat meal, but I want to keep my options open.

My first weigh-in results will determine my next plan of action as far as eating goes. If I lose to little in the first week, I will have to start counting calories, or something drastic. This is not going to be a diet, this is ultimately going to be a way of life, therefore I’m hesitant to go overboard and cut out things left and right (for too long). I do understand that I need a kick-start to drastically lose weight at the moment.

And just so you know: I’m NOT cutting my morning coffee! 🙂

The day of reckoning & my master plan

Let’s not wait till Monday for the next diet to start. Today is as good as any other.

It’s official:

  1. I’m Obese Class III.
  2. My BMI is  40.52.
  3. I wear a size 26 dress. 

All of the above is about to change. I have no clear plan yet, but it WILL change. The numbers will improve, even if I have to steal or lie to accomplish it. Watch this space!

I am currently Obese Class III. My short term goals are as follows:

  1. I need to lose 2kg / 4.4lbs to be Obese class II. I hope to achieve that in the first week.
  2. I then need to lose another 14kg / 30.8lbs, (16kg / 35.2lbs in total) to be Obese Class I. It will be great if I can do that before the end of 2014.
  3. It will take another 14kg 30.8lbs, (30kg / 66lbs in total.)  before I am in the Overweight category.  I want to reach this goal on of before my birthday on the 2nd of July.
  4. The last 14kg / 30.8lbs (44kg / 97lbs in total) to reach the Normal weight category, doesn’t have a timeframe on it at the moment. Let’s first see if I can achieve the first lot.  

Look at the bright side of things: I don’t have to worry about being anorexic. 🙂

BMI Table for Adults

This is the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommended body weight based on BMI values for adults. It is used for both men and women, age 18 or older.

Category BMI range – kg/m2
Severe Thinness < 16
Moderate Thinness 16 – 17
Mild Thinness 17 – 18.5
Normal 18.5 – 25
Overweight 25 – 30
Obese Class I 30 – 35
Obese Class II 35 – 40
Obese Class III > 40

Source: calculator.net

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