Post by Berry McPaper-cuts on Sept 16, 2017 11:47:04 GMT
It's the exercise element that is the difficulty for me still Y - swimming is about the only pain free one I can do because my legs are supported. I can walk on flat surfaces but any slope up or down plays the devil with the fixed ankle. I make a point of using the stairs at home but need to haul on the bannister to get up. There is definitely more flexibility than just after it was fused but a long way to go yet.
I eat three small meals a day and have cut out 80% of the carbs I used to have. If I'm really hungry in between meals I've substituted an apple or fat free probiotic yoghurt instead of the bag of crisps I used to have. The diagnosis of an underactive thyroid resulted in a slower metabolic rate.
I changed my eating habits to get healthier and something's working because I'd lost 10 lbs when I tentatively got on the scales last week. I think that to lose weight, for me anyway, eating smaller and healthier portions seems to work because invariably with diets I've been on in the past I've gained weight when I've come off the diet, so I don't bother dieting as such any more.
I should exercise more, but it has been known for me to jog to the car. 😉
Yes Berry McPaper-cuts, that makes it even harder to stick to the mantra "Eat less, move more." There was a time following an operation I got on to the fitness bug. I bought a step counter, but the things kept falling off my waistband. I'm not savvy enough to use these new thingamejigs with aps
Post by Berry McPaper-cuts on Sept 16, 2017 13:09:57 GMT
The most sensible suggestion that works for portion reduction is the smaller plate. The next best one is making it quite clear that when you have had enough when eating out you mean it. Mr FP is a trained food hoover and will usually finish up when I have eaten enough. Food portions in pubs and restaurants are over facing.
It was snacking in the evening and not being able to exercise after the knee replacement that messed me up. By the time I was fully mobile again they'd diagnosed the underactive thyroid so it was difficult to shift the few pounds that I'd put on while recovering. Apparently my thyroxin levels are now normal which maybe why the weight's now shifting (as well as not having any crisps, chocolate, cakes or similar in the house.)
It is said that we sometimes think we feel hungry when in fact we need hydration so, putting that into practice nowadays, if I feel peckish in the evenings out comes the water.
The only form of exercise I can do is walking, and then very slowly and not very far. I also found solace in food when I was in a lot of pain and/or bored. I then gave up smoking as I went through menopause. Not an excuse, as such, but that's what happened and the weight piled on.
I tried the 5:2 but we can't really afford for me to always eat normally or healthily on the '5' days, or have lots of fruit/veggies on the fast days, so it was failing. We tend to eat whatever we can afford that day or cobble together from what we have. Over the last 12 months or so I have lost weight - don't know how much as I am not weighing myself, but clothes fit me and my rings are too big or now fit me again (Yay!). I would guess about 20 pounds or so, so far.
If I don't feel hungry I don't eat - particularly in the evenings. If I am in pain towards the end of the day I sometimes don't feel like eating or am not capable of preparing any (never occurs to others to do it for me!!) and if there isn't very much food I claim to be not hungry - so Mr EB and Secondborn can get enough - and go to bed, hoping to be asleep before the hunger pangs kick in!! As a result, I have found that I am now not used to eating much in the evenings so that even when there is plenty I only eat a small portion.
All that has resulted in some weight loss - without too much grief! It will be a slow process as I have a lot to lose but it is going in the right direction.