This is for regular human beings

August 24, 2012 — 42 Comments

7 days ago I was 71 kg and then I did some unusual things to my body like exercise and strength train and put green things into my mouth and this morning I stood on the scales again and the numbers had changed. They were not 71. They were 68.4.

I lost 2.6KG (5.7 lbs) in 7 days.

Now I want to do two things in this post. 1. I want to tell you what I spent the last 7 days doing which resulted in me being 2.6 kg’s less fat than I was last Monday and 2. I want to take some of the things I have learned in the 8 years I have been studying nutrition and health and weight loss as a hobby, put it into Vanessa language and then write it out in a way that other regular people like me can understand and hopefully learn a thing or two so you can have your own banging body. But before we carry on, can I just make something clear:

This post is for regular human beings.

It is not for career athletes or organic health nuts or people who know what Quinoline Yellow, Tartrazine and Latol Rubine are and avoid all foods with such ingredients. It is not for people who know about carbohydrate loading how to manipulate glycogen stores in the body. This post is for the little people. The ones who have a normal life and know the loose change menu at macdonalds off by heart. It’s for the people who haven’t looked at a food pyramid since you finger-painted one in kindergarten and who believe coca cola when they promise that ‘life tastes better with coke’ and don’t care if you never run a marathon in your whole life, but just want to fit into those little jeans again.

More importantly, its for people that don’t mind taking a few weight loss and nutrition tips from a woman without a PHD in biceps or a Masters in veganism, but rather, a woman who has spent over 8 years reading about it in her spare time because she finds it interesting, so with saying that, these are the 2 rules that come with reading this post:

  1. You have to accept right now that I know that studying a bachelor of Nursing does not qualify me as a nutritionist or an iron woman. You are not allowed to read this, and then write a snarky little comment at the end saying ‘What qualifications do you have to suggest that A, B and C are nutritionally sound, blah blah blah. Because I will either delete the comment, or just write the word ‘Dick’ underneath it. In saying that, I have been studying the physiology of the human body at university for nearly two years, so i’m not a complete moron.
  2. Because this is a post for normal people, and normal people aren’t going to take things that are necessary for life and enjoyment such as, oh, I don’t know eating meals and replace it with a protein shake or a green, slimy glass of ‘health muck’, and you happen to swear by, or sell this kind of devilry, then you can keep that little secret close to your chest and if I catch anyone trying to be a little sneak and advertise that shit in the comments section, then the comments will either be deleted, or again, I will simply write the word ‘dick’ underneath it.

Ok here we go now. After I had babies and realised I was getting fat I realised that if I were to ever get back into shape again and be able to maintain it, I would have to educate myself on the basics of how the body uses the food you put into it, and what is good and what is bad and basically how the human body responds to physical activity. The reason being, is that if you don’t understand why you are doing something, i.e: beginning a diet that says you can eat food A but not food B and you have to walk/run/cycle for X amount of minutes but you don’t understand even a basic logic and reasoning behind why they told you to do that, then you are only going to be able to stick to such a regime for as long as you have that particular book or DVD or trainer in your life. Find yourself on your own, and you’re in trouble. So I urge you, urge you, urge you that if you are reading this and you actually do have a weight or fitness problem and you want to have a hope in hell of turning things around in your life, then get serious and before even picking up a carrot stick or putting your trainers on, start educating yourself. It is the best investment you can make and with the wealth of information online, it won’t cost you anything but your time. Don’t be overwhelmed, you do not have to learn big words or get the biology books out again, you just have to know some real basics. I will provide links, book titles and will even adapt some good info to know for you here in this post, because i’m a friendly little writer.

First thing you need to know is what your Basal Metabolic Rate is (BMR) because this will be perhaps the best thing you read all day. A BMR measures how much energy (Kilojoules or Calories) your body uses by maintaining life. Your beating heart, your breathing lungs, your digestive system, and your neurological system etc, all use a substantial amount of energy to operate and the BMR measures how much energy your body uses to keep these functions operating. In other words, there are several thousand kilojoules/calories that your body chews through every day and even if you lay in bed all day and didn’t so much as lift your pinky finger, you have that several thousand kilojoules/calories in the bank.

The reason it helps to know what your BMR is, is it will help you calculate (approx) how many kilojoules/calories you are going to consume on a daily basis during the time you are wanting to lose weight. You can calculate your BMR HERE (This provides metric and Imperial measurements, but will provide your BMR in CALORIES. If you use metric measurements, you will need to use a calorie – Kj converter)

My BMR is 6286.73 Kilojoules. If I do nothing at all for 24 hours, not even wriggle my toes, my body will burn that many kilojoules in that 24 hours period. Any walking, talking, chewing, typing, booty shaking, shuffling or hustling I happen to do burns even more kilojoules, and it all becomes like an overdraft in a bank. So you need to imagine energy and the expenditure of that energy to be like money in a bank account. Your BMR number is an amount that gets added to that account every day. For me, as you know, it would be 6286. Anything physical I do at all, e.g styling my hair for 10 mins (105Kj) is also added to the account. However, anything that passes your lips withdraws from that account. If I eat an apple (270Kj) then I have to subtract 270 from the ‘account’. Whatever you have left in that account at the end of the day (e.g 2000Kjs) is a defecit which your body needs to make even again, and it will burn the fat on your backside to do it. I know that is a real sesame street way to explain it, but it gets the point across.

Next thing you must do is get familiar with how many Kjs/calories are in typical foods, or foods you eat. I’m not going to write that out for you as there are many websites and books which can give you the lowdown on this, but the reason its important to know is that you are going to get some pleasant, and some nasty surprises. For example, there are some foods that use more energy to digest than they actually contain (AKA Negative calorie foods) What this means is, if you eat any food on the negative calorie list, then your body uses more energy digesting it and breaking it down in your system that the food actually has, therefore, by eating it (brocoli, grapefruit, some melons etc) you are going to burn more energy than if you didnt eat at all. How fantastic. On the flip side, there are some foods that you may be eating on a daily basis that you will not believe how many Kjs it has. I nearly fainted the day I saw how many Kjs were in a single teaspoon of Olive oil. Being part Greek, I used to all but drink that stuff.

Next: Water.

The one major rule is drink water. The more water you drink the more weight you have the ability to lose. Also, the best way to make you look less bloated and to lose excess water weight, is to drink water. Your body will store water in your muscles if you aren’t drinking enough (thus making you look bigger and bloated) Now guidelines generally say to drink 2L of water per day. I drink around 5-6L. The reason I am able to do this is because of this beautiful thing:
This is my CamelBak water bottle and I don’t go anywhere without it. I have been using these things for over 5 years, I buy them for friends, I try to evangelize workmates and family about them, and the reason I swear by it is because of the straw. See the straw in there? well when I take a drink from this beautiful thing, I usually take in 150-200mls per drink, as opposed to around 30mls when drinking from a regular bottle. This means I get through about 7 bottles of water per day. You can find them in camping and fitness stores and they come in 750 and 1000 ml bottles and are available in every colour of the rainbow.
Buy one. Trust me.
Next make no mistake; anything that promises that you will lose 5 kg in three days is generally a scam. Well, not entirely I guess, you probably will loose some weight but it wont be fat. It will be water weight, muscle mass and bone density. It is easier to lose bone density, muscle mass and water than fat (believe it or not)
Losing this kind of weight is dangerous. When you lose bone density, you are putting your future, grey haired self at an almost guaranteed risk of developing Osteoporosis. When you lose muscle mass, you are losing the very thing in your body that increases your bodies ability to burn energy. Look. I could go on and on about this, but just take my word for it ok? The fitness industry is rife with scams that are making millions out of selling snake oil to men and women who will believe any promise or put anything in their mouth that will promise you can lose weight without actually eating well and getting off the couch.
I would greatly encourage any woman reading this to purchase the book: Strong women stay slim. It explains everything I have just said and if this is the only book about health, weight loss and banging body-ness that you ever read, then it would be enough. Really. Seriously. Buy it.
I feel this post is getting too long and too much is being said about things you could easily read yourself i your spare time, and not enough about what i’ve been doing over the past week to lose 2.6kg and sharing with you my secrets. I could write about the other stuff all day because I am so interested in it, so if you want more info or you have a question and Google can’t help you, then email me and i’ll write to you all about it. 
So down to business.
Whenever I am waiting for something i.e the kettle to boil, a lecture to load, a tv show to come on etc, etc, I do squats. Usually just 10-15 at a time, not enough to kill my legs. Though it is only 10-15 in one go, I actually end up doing this around 20-30 times a day which means that I actually do 300-450 squats every single day and because they are spread out during the day, I don’t die on the ground as I would if I tried to do them all at once.
I do the same with those funny body lift things you do with your arms, hang on…. here’s a picture 
My coffee table happens to be the perfect height to do these things on, and its the same deal, only I do about 20 at a time and do this between 10-20 times per day, so you do the math, that means I am doing 200-400 funny arm lift things per day. With doing this many squats and that many arm lift things, I actually saw a change in my legs, bum, arms, back and thighs by the third day. One week in and my bum, which is notorious for being as flat as a pancake, is now looking more perky and my back and arms look noticeably more toned.
Yesterday morning (day 7) I was in my room getting changed and after I put my undergarments on (I couldn’t bring myself to call them knickers just then) I got a fright because I caught myself in the mirror and I didn’t recognise by own bum! I actually looked at myself and said out loud ‘oh my goodness!’ because everything I have read had told me not to expect any noticeable changes in your body shape for at least 3 weeks, and yet there I was, standing in my bedroom with someone else’s bum at the top of my legs. I actually jabbed at it and tried on different underwear to see what it would look like in black, and then pink and a bit of lace. It was like getting a new toy.
I go to the gym every morning before I eat breakfast. (This is a little easier for me as the estate where I live has its own gym about 30 meters from my front door) But still, getting into this habit has required some changes in my morning routine. When I get up, I put gym clothes on. I used to just put normal clothes on, but I kid you not there was this one day where I didn’t go to the gym just because I had put on a pretty dress in the morning and I didn’t want to take it off so i’ve lost that privilege now and have had to become like those annoying mums who drive the SUVs and have ‘my family’ stickers on the back of the car and drop their kids off to school in their gym gear.
When I arrive home I go straight to my laptop and watch 2-5 mins of a victoria secrets runway show.
I have a few favorites which I have bookmarked and I load my pick for the day first thing in the morning and that thing will get watched maybe 5 times in a single day. Now you try and watch 5 mins of that visual torture and then not go to the gym. I’m telling you it is impossible. I usually sit there watching those winged definitions of perfection and can’t even get through the whole thing before I am running like a crazy down my street and straight into the gym where I am sure I work out as if I was on speed.
When I limp home from that gym of hell I prepare breakfast, which at the moment is porridge (without milk or sugar) and black coffee with 1/4tsp of sugar. I know it sounds rubbish, and it is rubbish to eat but that breakfast right there is less than 500kj and that means I can use the rest of my daily Kj allowance to eat yummier things for lunch and dinner, so I just suck it up.
As my two addictions are white wine and pasta, I do have several moments every day where I find myself going to the kitchen fully prepared to throw the towel in on this Banging Body thing for the sake of a huge bowl of pasta and cheese but my rule is, I am not allowed eating anything until I have watched at least 1 minute of my victoria secrets video and that little trick works every time. In the 7 1/2 days since starting Operation Banging Body, not one molecule of food has passed by my lips that I know shouldn’t have. I don’t go hungry and I definitely do not starve myself, but the food choices I have been making have been 100% nutritionally perfect and i’m telling you, its because of those damn videos.
Now before this post gets so long that you all miss your favorite TV show by reading it all, I want to say something. Learning the basics of nutrition, BMRs, kilojoules and burning energy does take a bit of time, as does working out, as does doing things like squats and arm lift thingys, I know this. But I don’t want anyone ever to write to me and say how you wish you had the time to start your own healthy lifestyle or Operation Banging Body but you are just too busy…etc etc because you know what? I raise 2 boys on my own as well as my teenage sister. The closest family I have is 14 hours away and I don’t have a babysitter. I am a neat freak so I am constantly cleaning my house and organising cupboards. Because I am a poor student and don’t want my power to be turned off, I have to restore furniture so I can sell it online and pay my bills.
This takes a long time.
I also study a full time Nursing Degree on campus and anyone who has ever done this particular Degree will know its bloody hard. I mean, seriously, its like a mental endurance test every single fricken day and at the moment I am working on 2 assignments, studying for exams and preparing for 2 clinical placements. I then also have to fit in training for this 10K run I promised y’all I would do and make sure I sit down and write to you beatuiful people every week while trying to make sure I am still getting enough sleep. Despite everything I have going on in my life I make sure that I never miss a single morning at the gym to train for Operation Banging body, so if I hear anyone blame ‘lack of time’ for the reason you can’t get healthy and fit, then i’m going to call you a bullshitter, because people always find time to do what is important to them so I would have to suggest the real problem is that its just not important enough to you.
There have been quite a number of people however, who, despite their own hectic and busy lives have decided to turn things around since reading the Operation Banging Body story and I have been so amazed and proud of how well those people have been doing. Most of you have been keeping me up to date on how you are going via email and even via your own blogs and it’s been really good to know I am not doing this alone. I have a friend from New Zealand who is just a normal person like you and I, with her own two children and demanding life, yet who has made a commitment, and is managing to find the time to change her habits and her body, and then write about it (among the other very useful things she writes about).
As it can be motivating to read about normal, every day people who are making simple and manageable changes to their life for the sake of their body, I suggest you read her words too, which you can find HERE.
So thats all I have to say about that right now. I think my brain is still a bit hungover from my assignment binge yesterday so I am wondering if this post is going to be useful at all to anyone, but if it isn’t then maybe I can make things right again with the next post I publish, which is going to be another one of my stories, but this one is different to the others as it is perhaps my most private and cherished story and one which I found great joy, sadness and difficulty in writing. So I hope you enjoy it.
Until then, I will be staying strong with Operation Banging Body and will weigh in again next Monday and let you know how I go.
Love.
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42 responses to This is for regular human beings

  1. 

    I’ve been changing around my diet myself lately; having oats for breakfast, trying to cut out junk food snacks and soft drink – I read that soft drink can lower your immune system by 30% for four hours after drinking it and while I don’t know if that’s true, I do know that lemonade is probably killing me slowly, one cup at a time.
    I swapped to home made fruit smoothies instead, and I have one a day – I hate eating fruit but drinking it blended up is delicious and better for me than coke.

    Anyway I’m talking about myself too much haha, your post is getting me all motivated to take the changes I’ve made another step.
    I’m sick atm (someone gave me their flu, eugh) but I’m going to start now anyway.
    I want a banging body!

    And well done!

  2. 

    Also, yes the straw makes you drink more!
    If I drink a glass of water with a straw I end up drinking about three cups instead of giving up at 3/4 of a cup drinking normal. I have no idea how this works.

  3. 

    Very nice a write-up. Why don’t you try yoga also.

  4. 

    I think you’re wrong about the Iron Woman – cos darling you are ONE Iron woman & wonder woman put together and still they won’t weigh [not body-weight wise] anywhere near you..

    I’m definitely gonna try the “squat” regime you’ve mentioned. Sounds easy and doable 😀 and the result sounds rewarding!

  5. 

    I LOVE your blogs they both crack me up and inspire me to embrace my uniqueness as you do this so well. It’s great!
    I have always been uber healthy with eating wholesome foods, and in fact after the birth of my first bebe this year have dropped a size from pre-pregnancy for some strange reason.. without trying. However, because of this I have started eating sneaky treats (um…daily?) as I suddenly can get away with it not appearing on my ass. Your blog has reminded me to get back on the bandwagon and maintain my healthy eating habits for the health and wellbeing of my body..and my family! So thank you!! And I love the squats idea..my sister does that and has killer thighs… I want these too so must embrace this idea also. Nice one.

    • 

      Wow Holly! You already have a banging body while you’re wee bebe is yet to say his first word! Incredible.
      I love that you love the blog
      xo

      • 

        Definitely NOT. ATM Im a skinnny fat. you know the ones… slim…but not fit…thats me ATM! Breastfeeding burns the calories, but it doesnt run on the treadmill for you. Reading your blog made me realise I need to stop the treats as when i stop the b/feeding those yumyums will be making themselves at home on moi! I love the lunges idea as I am currently trying to find ways to fit exercise into my day around baby’s routine, and husbands work hours…first yoga class tomorrow night! And swimming up at the local pools! Will keep reading your blogs to keep inspired! xxx go girl ur just amazing

        • 

          Ah yes, the cursed skinny-fat. I have been in such a state for years.
          Yes, try and do ten squats whenever you think of it (or lunges or whatever, you know how you roll) and do the arm lift thingy’s too, my back is getting ripped and its only been one week. Sigh, I wish I had the time to join a hip little yoga class….

  6. 

    I think you may have just given me the inspiration and confidence to make changes in my life. It’s been a long time coming believe me, I just never realised how uneducated I was! Thank you so much for this insightful post.

  7. 

    I woke up today to get the kids ready and off to school and was delighted to read your post. Im going to figure out my BMR and deff check that book out. Good idea on the squats and arm thingys 🙂

  8. 

    I love that you’re doing this! This is so great..
    Your blog and your desire to live your life to the fullest and for yourself. Keep on loving yourself!

  9. 

    YAY for this post! Can my excuse for right now be that I’m very pregnant? As long as I PROOOOOMISE to be good post-delivery?
    I know, that’s rubbish, too. I’ve been a very, very, VERY lazy preggo…

  10. 

    I especially liked the “Do not reward yourself with food, you’re not a dog!” I need to remember that 🙂 It took my divorce to jolt me out of the “it’s only baby weight” phase, my baby was 4 years old at that time… Now I’m running to try and finish a 10k under 50 min and lifting weights because I love the feeling afterwards, I’ll try and incorporate some everyday squats too.

  11. 

    I’m worn out from reading your entry. I just tried the BMR thing but it didn’t seem to work. If it did it sent my number somewhere out in that internet thingy. Anyway, good entry. I think it’s a good thing that your are doing. 🙂

  12. 

    wow. My BMR is just 1650. I really need to start working i guess.

    • 

      Yes, your BMR is 1650 CALORIES, which is 6930 Kilojoules (mine is only 6286 Kj, so you have nearly 700 more than me!) I shoud probably edit the part in the post teaching people how to work it out etc, because a lot of people are getting confused between Calories and Kj.
      So basically, if you would like to lose weight, you should not be eating more than 6930 Kilojoules (1650 calories) per day. Most standard diets out there restrict the participant to 1000 calories per day, do you have plenty to play with.
      Basically, if you ate less than that amount of energy per day, than ANY MOVEMENT you do whatsoever (chewing, smiling, typing, walking to the bathroom, working out etc) is going to be eating away at the fat stores in your body.
      Does that make sense?
      The info I have in that post is FAR from complete. I wish I could write more and more and more and more, but noone wants to read a post a mile long 🙂

  13. 

    Great stuff in this post! Your disclaimer had me laughing. Which is sad because it was probably necessary for some readers out there.

    I will be looking for one of those water bottles. I have quite the collection in the fridge but none like that.

  14. 

    Progress…the scale has spoken! 😀 Congrats on the first ‘move’
    I laughed like crazy at “Do not reward yourself with food, you are not a dog” ROFL..ok I’m still laughing. As much as I looove food, I know that once I see the results of my ‘hard’ workouts I ain’t going the ‘dog’ way 😉 The toughest part is, always, the beginning 😛 So far, I’m still stuck there, at the beginning, but yea, the bare minimum is better than no workout at all!

  15. 

    Congratulations on your weight loss. As an organic vegan health nut who is also a regular human being, I love this post! Your recommendations are awesome and I will surely benefit from them . . . going to load a Victoria’s Secret clip on my computer now. Thanks!

  16. 

    Thanks for writing this. I wish weight loss didn’t constantly occupy my mind but it does! After 40 it is an uphill battle, but I fight the good fight every day, sometimes I lose and sometimes I gain, funny how that means the opposite of what should. Thanks for the tips.

  17. 

    Thank you so much for this post… to the point and super simple. What losing weight and getting fit should be about! x

  18. 

    Thank you so much for this post – and congratulations on a great start to OBB! I’m losing weight slowly and I love the tips about using the time the kettle is boiling to do some squats and things. I’ll let you know if my bum starts looking any different!

  19. 

    Apparently my BMR is 2400.7 which seems huge to me, especially since I’m a pretty heavy guy myself (111kg, 1.90m) shouldn’t I have a lower BMR than average? Since I see friends of mine eat way more than me and they’re smaller in both weight and height and yet they keep a perfectly fit body, and if I were to eat as much as them my weight would be even bigger.

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      The more you weight, the higher your BMR will be as the larger you are the more energy it takes to move you, keep your blood pressure normal, regulate your temperature etc. That is why very overweight people tend to lose dramatic amounts of weight when they first begin any diet/workout regime, because the amount of energy required to keep that big body alive and moving is many more times the energy found in your average weight loss diet. If I were 50kg, it would not take as much energy for my body to move me 50 meters. If I was 100kg, then my body would require a lot MORE energy to move me 50 meters.
      Does any of that make sense?

  20. 

    Yay I love this post! Yet only one word wants to leave my lips right now, and that is “urrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh!”
    After reading this I feel like I am doing everything wrong D: I hit my Day 4 yesterday and it was bloody tough. I’ve been struggling with weak joints (especially my left knee recently) so using machines has been tough (I do it anyway though). Melbourne was pretty gusty and stormy yesterday, and I walked around in the city a lot, so I didn’t push it too hard when my knee was playing up, due to all the struggling to walk in the city.
    I got so many questions too. How do you count so many things like that? Is drinking 5-6L of water actually safe (was always told it wasn’t safe to drink too much because it flushes too much out of your body)? Is losing 2.6 kg a week safe???? It’s not that I don’t trust what you’re doing (I’m very happy for you in fact :D), but it just contradicts a lot I’ve been told.
    I feel like I am rolling wreck, with bad joints, addictions, and I still don’t feel like I’m doing enough good things. But I think my stretch marks are fading into oblivion – not white – so that’s something I guess???

    • 

      5L of water daily is nowhere near hazardous. I would have to drink a significant amount more than that AND have no sodium intake daily before I would be at risk of doing myself any harm.
      2.6 Kg in the FIRST week of beginning a weight loss regime is not unhealthy nor unheard of as a significant amount of that would have been water weight, as before I began I was not drinking very much water, so my body was storing it in my muscles. I don’t expect to lose 2.6 kg every week. What did you mean when you asked ‘How do you count so many things like that?’

      Losing weight should not be difficult in THEORY. It is basic science. Using more energy than you are consuming = weight loss. Building more muscle mass = the more energy your body will have the potential to burn. What have I said that contradicts what you have been told?
      🙂

      • 

        Oh I meant like knowing how much calories you burn doing specific tasks and whatnot, I don’t know how to know those numbers @_@ I get the theory and basics, just specific numbers….eh
        My bitter self says “I wish!” to the normality of +2kg weightloss in the first week. I’ve actually gained :s I’m just hoping it’s bad timing in the month and the beginnings of muscle.
        Mostly the water thing was contradictory to what I’ve been told; I was told that a significant amount more than 2L was a dangerous thing to do. Also the general consensus I gathered was that losing over 2 pounds (so like a kilo??) a week was dangerous, but if it’s water weight…eh I dunno *shrugs* whatever you’re doing, it’s working, and that’s the main thing right? You’re having a much better results than I am, which is great. 🙂

        • 

          This is why it is important to make health and weightloss/fitness a bit of a hobby. Spend some spare time reading about the basics of how the body is able to turn fat into energy and what is healthy and what is not, what activities burn more energy etc etc.
          THe info I got about how many calories are burned in activities can be found on quality health websites. The amount of energy will vary on age and weight and gender.

          I’ve been studying physiology at University for 2 years, I know basically what is ok for my body and what could do harm. 2L of water is not very much water to have per day if you are A)living in a hot environment and B) working out daily. If you were to be living where I am, in the Gold Coast of Australia, AND working out strenuously every day and you ONLY had 2L of water daily, you would end up in a state of dehydration.
          Also, when you drink fluids such as coffee or sodas, then you are consuming things into your body which cause dehydration, so if you are a big coffee drinker, then you need extra water to counterbalance it.
          Don’t ever take anyones word for anything to do with your health, not mine, not gym trainers.. Educate YOURSELF. That is the best key to long term health.
          Remember to weigh yourself once per week, and always first thing in the morning. In the few days before menstruation you should expect to gain up to 3kg (water weight) so keep this in mind so you don’t get discouraged. Don’t give up! Its not always easy but I believe you can do it!
          I wish you the best, best, best of luck.

  21. 

    Great post. Your “regular person” tips are so helpful. I’m going to try your squat thing and Victoria Secret thing. Never thought of doing either of those before.

  22. 

    Awesome writing style! People tend to “eat big” after a workout too. Very true!

  23. 
    caughtintheriptide August 29, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Nice insight for us ‘regular people.’ Doing the research on how much energy your body needs is key. Luckily there are a lot of websites that have nutrition data to track what you put in your body. I love myfitnesspal.com – I can tell it how many cals I need and I just log my food. After getting in that habit of logging my food for a while, I feel like I have a lot of knowledge and control AND it helps me make better choices. Good luck with you journey, sounds like you are doing a fantastic job. Cheers.

  24. 

    I love your writing in this post. I have about zero interest in diets and I still read the whole thing.

  25. 
    Kristen Jennifer August 30, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Reblogged this on Kristen Jennifer and commented:
    Probably the best diet I’ve ever heard of, and now I need to try it. For reals, yo.

  26. 

    Thanks for the great read and the real motivational boost! I had to make changes to my diet two months ago for medical reasons, and big surprise (or not), what is good for my health is apparently also good for my waistline…. Thanks for popping by to read my blog, by the way!

  27. 

    Although this is essentially aimed at women, I think it is relevant to men also. I have to be aware of my weight and would like to lose some. That said, I am not overweight, I would be considered slim, but it feels uncomfortable as I spent so many years being a little underweight and that’s where I felt most comfortable. i guess now that I am over 30, my metabolism has changed and I can’t keep weight off as easily as before. Great blog and thanks for checking mine out, It’s just new so not much there at present.

  28. 

    Wow this post really hit home. It’s funny how so many of us (myself included) treat food as if it’s a prize! This has reminded me to get out of that habit and make some changes! Huge thank you for sharing!

  29. 

    Reblogged this on Bex's Kitchen and commented:
    Okay so it’s a lonnggg post so you need some patience or genuine interest to read the whole post like I did but it is well worth a read for anyone who has weight issues (so the majority of the British and American populations). Incidentally follow this blog, it’s deep, moving, emotional, funny and intense. Truly. In fact it’s inspired me to put some of my creative writing from years ago on here! So, go on, enjoy.
    ~LadyBex1994

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