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I just came across this HBO series and thought it was quite thought-provoking and somewhat motivational. So here you go, another YouTube share.

Stigma: The Human Cost of Obesity

1. Consequences

2. Choices

3. Children in Crisis

4. Challenges

I am off to do my shores now, after all Mom and Dad will arrive tomorrow.

Enjoy your weekend everybody.

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Yesterday evening I tried the nut muesli for the first time – I know it contains carbs and I had it after 7 pm actually but I just couldn’t bring myself to cook something, so in order to avoid not eating I ended up checking out my new breakfast choice, nut museli without fruit.

It’s susposed to be 60 grams, so I weighed 60 grams and added 200 ml of 1.5% milk and ate it with a small spoon … and, well, it was good and oddly enough, it got me satisfied.

So this morning and grabbed my old and rather bad food scale and weighed all the food for the day and this is what I ate today… by the way, I don’t intend to blog all my food choices every day, just occationally.

New rules!!

Concerning liquits; I had, let’s see.

The milk coffee this morning, a little later one mug of coffee, then 2 mugs of rooibos tea with each 2 teaspoons of powdered milk. 1 1/2 liters of water at work. At home I had one glass of pepsi light – I am allowing myself only one glass max at the moment but I am sure soon, once my light soda stock is gone, which might take me a week or two, since I am only having one glass each day, I am not going to buy any new light sodas and stick to water, tea and coffee only.

I know that by then I will be able to do it. I might every now and then have a diet soda outside but I will no more buy a whole bottle for my fridge or anything.

So that was my first day with the new food choices, apart from that I am working hard on finding a new flat for my parents here in Bonn. Since Leuscherath, where they used to live up until May this year, didn’t work out, due to the rent getting too high, Nordwalde not working out and also no flat has been found in Meerbusch where my Mom is with my cousine at the moment, the decision was made that Bonn will be it.

By the way, my Dad is with my younger sister and her husband Bernd in Nordwalde at the moment, until he will be picked up for the health retreat next week.

Anyway, at the moment there are several flats that I have applied for and one looks quite promising if all goes well.

All the way in the back, that’s the Kottenforst by the way…

This would be the view from their kitchen window and balcony if “prettypleeeeease” all goes well. I was able to get into that flat last week Wednesday.

I haven’t been able to get into the other places since they are still occupied at the moment. So I am basically checking out this and that, rush to the townhall, to get this and that and my brain is busy with this and that as well.

Three more weeks and the desicion will be made and in the meantime I will have to continue looking and find a place in my part of town which is Bonn – Friesdorf. I just pray it won’t take too long because it’s been quite some time since my Mom had her own kitchen to sit in.

Anyway, that’s it for today.

Sleep tight everyone. 😉

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Oh yeah, the first appointment with my nutritionist really gave me some info which I wasn’t aware of – well, there was one information which I would gladly have stayed ignorant of. My muscles – obviously there are none, or hardly any, well, or just not as much as a person of my age should have.

All the things I did these past 2 1/2 years have caused my body to not only burn up fat but muscles as well. So at the moment, I really need to build up muscles, which could get me back into the gym, since all the cardio stuff I have gotten so fond of within the last 8 month won’t help me at the moment. I actually need to change to only muscle exercises in order to “buff” up.

But first things first.

So, yesterday was my first “real” appointment with my nutritionist. I got there 3:50 pm and had to wait a few minutes, which I used to read up on the world of celebs again – Demi Moore wants to get pregnant to forget Ashton?? – when I was called in, I first handed her the pages of my 7 day food diary and she first asked me a few question concerning my health.

Am I allergic to certain foods – allergies in general – do I take any form of medication on a regular basis. And so on and so on and so on. Finally she asked me about my weight and, quite politely to be honest, she asked whether it was okay for her to check on the scale.

I mean, helloo-oo, I am shouting my weight at the world on a regular basis, so taking my shoes off and stepping on her scale was not the slightest bit problematic. I mean, I am there because of my weight and because I want help, so there was no problem for me. To be honest I was quite excited as what the numbers might show, since I haven’t used my scale in – what – three weeks I think. I almost jumped off the scale when the numbers appeared.

YAY – NO GAIN!! 🙂

  1. Now, take into consideration people, it was late afternoon, not early morning, when I usually use my scale.
  2. TOM is with me at the moment. 😦
  3. And, I was wearing my cloth.
  4. And also, it wasn’t my scale, but the doctors. 😉

So with my cloth on, belly full and TOM clinging to me, the number was 255.8 lbs, she subtracted my cloth and came up with the number 253.6 lbs.

So I guess, I can be quite content that I didn’t put on any weight, despite ignoring my scale for three weeks and also despite the fact that I felt like a loser for the better part of these past weeks, thinking that all the things I did to lose weight were actually bad and wrong. Well, I guess I might have tried a few stupid things since I started, but these past six month, I must insists that I did more good stuff than anything else. By the way, the last time I weighed-in, the number was 255.2 lbs, so I actually lost weight. 😉

Anyway, so I was quite happy about the numbers I got to see after three weeks of “Scale?? What is that?” time.

After stepping on the scale I was asked to go next door, where we did the fat distribution test. I had to take off the sock from my right foot and two contacts were placed on my right hand, one slightly above the wrist and one slightly underneath the knuckles. The position on my food must have been somewhat equal but I wasn’t able to check, since I was supposed to lying down and keep still for about one minute, while the machine started working.

Afterwards I went back over to the nutritionist again and we checked the results.

Okay, so basically, I am retaining  LOADS of water, like a hell of a lot!!! Off the chart a lot. The amount of muscles is too little, while the amount of fat is obviously still off the charts as well. So basically all the weight I still want to lose would be fat at the moment. 53.2 kilos of fat, that is – what – 117 lbs of FAT – that is hilarious, ridiculous and crazy … but obviously true!! It’s “let’s face it” time, right?!

But then again, if I am lacking muscles so much, why am I able to carry a 250 lbs man with a partner and only the use of a triangular bandage??

Let me explain. Last Saturday when I taught Life-Saving-Measures, I asked one attendee, who was as tall as I am to help me with an experiment. In that regard you must know, that I love triangular bandages because you can just do almost anything with it. Anyway, so I folded the triangular bandage up to a tie – you could just imagine, placing a unfolded triangular bandage on the ground and then just roll one side to the other, then place the plate of your hand in the middle. Now take the right tip of the bandage and pull it to the left side and do the same with the left tip. Now pull up your hand, the tips should be crossing the back of your hand and hang down to the right and left of your hand. Now take those tips and weave them into the fabric around your hand, first the left tip, then the right tip. When you are finished there should be a ring around your hand. Tie up the remaining tips and slip the ring from your hand. Now, this is what you call a triangular bandage ring, which has now become a carrying ring.

So I made the ring, then asked one attendee to help me to hold the ring. I held one side of the ring with my left hand, while my partner stood next to me, holding the other side of the ring with his right hand. The person you want to carry has to stand in front of the hands holding the ring. He then has to place his arms around the shoulders of those people holding the ring, while those holding the ring will support the person, by placing their arms behind his back.

Now, why am I explaining all this??

Well, the attendee we carried like this was about 250 lbs and while I had NO PROBLEM, I repeat, no problem, carrying him, my partner – hihihihi – had difficulties.

SO THAT DARN MACHINE IS TELLING ME THAT I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH MUSCLES???????

Well, I guess, a person my weight should have more, so let’s settle with that.

Anyway, after having had a look at the terrible truth, my nutritionist decided to create a food plan for the next 2 weeks. So, this is basically what we came up with.

Daily food intake:

  • 7 am
  • 50-60 gr. of sugar-free nut muesli with 200 ml of 1.5% milk or yoghurt and one hand of fruit
  • 10 am
  • 250 gr. or 150 gr. of quark with one hand of fruit. If still hungry 1 tsp of nut or almonds
  • 1 pm
  • 2 slices of whole wheat bread, margarine (which I don’t like, I don’t like butter either for that matter) with vegetable spread, or quark and jam, or almond puree, and vegetable of three colors, red, yellow and green
  • 4 pm
  • 1 slice of bread with quark and jam or a small serving of nut muesli

ATTENTION !!! NO MORE CARBS AFTER  5 PM (that’s only for me though)

  • 6 -8 pm
  • Salad or veggies with meat or fish or low carb soups

Obviously she also handed me some recipes, which I haven’t yet gone through but will do during the weekend in order to cook some of the things she suggested.

My next appointment is in 2 weeks, so I am definitely feeling the pressure now, because I really wanted to show her how determined I am. That means that in 2 weeks time I hope to not have gained any weight. Best case scenario would of course be a loss. 😉

But it will be hard, just take today for instance. I am not hungry now but I still haven’t eaten yet and it’s almost 8 pm now. So let’s make tomorrow count. Leaving out food is not allowed by the way. Maybe I will still prepare some fish burger … err, without the bread that is.

By the way, yesterday I actually managed to stay away from the carbs after 5 pm. Ronny, with whom you might have noticed, things have been quite these past 2 month, has returned from staying with his grandparents and had asked me to come by after my appointment for a coffee. That brings me to one more change, no more coffee outside food time.

This actually will be difficult cause usually I would have a coffee at Ronny’s place, so yesterday it was water instead. 😦

Anyway, the not drinking coffee became “why don’t you stay for dinner?” and I did. Two friends were there as well, Kevin and Mattias and Ronny had prepared a sausage stew with pasta and some cucumber salad as a side dish. So I had the stew minus the pasta and some cucumber salad and it was quite good.

After eating – with candles and all – and it was really, really nice, Ronny, Mattias and Kevin went to town for a light/musical on the towns square and I went back home. They asked me whether I would come along but as you all know, I am getting up so early in the morning that I need to go to bed early as well.

I would have liked to go but since Kaya and Shorty had been alone all day it was better for me to return home and spend a little time with them as well.

So that was my first appointment with my nutritionist oh and by the way, my insurance agreed to participate in covering the costs of the treatment – is it a treatment by the way?

Okay, I am off for today, feeling good and ready to do this.

Sleep tight people and never give up!!

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I am sorry, that I am not writing as much recently but I hope once I start with my nutritionist things will change again.

At the moment things are not going according to ideal anyway. I used to work out three times a week at least – now, not so much!! Not so much at all!!!! TOM has also kicked me in the rear end on Sunday and I stumbled big time over a bag of rice snacks. I cringe at the thought that this bag, while only containing 150 gr. still managed to come along with some 510 calories and yes, I had the entire bag … 😦

The entire week I stayed focused and wrote down what I ate and drank and when I did. Also my choices were impeccable. I didn’t even allow me the tiniest slips. No milk snack in the morning. Thinking about my nutritionist and her words about my breakfast, I even kicked my habit of milk coffee in the morning and reduced the amounts of oats from 125 grams to 80 grams with a maximum of 200 ml milk. Not one piece of food crossed my lips without me considering what kind of backlash it might create once my nutritionist saw it in my food diary.

So, I really overdid it I guess, since she wanted to see what I usually eat and dropping my milk coffee or occasional milk snacks was well … perhaps wrong but I really wanted to present myself in the best possible light and contradict her statement that I did a whole lot of stuff wrong. Especially the protein aspect but she is right there and there is nothing I can do to contradict her about it. I am just not eating enough protein.

Anyway, it’s almost time for me to leave and since I haven’t really blogged a lot these past few days, I really want to get this post out to you and an example of my food diary. 😉

All I had on the 18th last week – literally

This is how one day of my food diary looks like. By the way, we are using military time over here in Germany, so don’t be confused by numbers like 1725, that basically means 5:25 pm. So a normal time would be 17 o’clock and 25 minutes. Ha, see those of you who didn’t know actually learned something. 😉

Okay, I am off for today. Hopefully I will be able to blog about it all tomorrow.

Enjoy the rest of your day people.

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Actually I planned to write yesterday, and before that I wanted to write the day before that but things kept coming up.

For one, this Monday I started writing my food diary for the nutritionist – and that is seriously a pain in the a***.

I need to write down everything that I eat, which I have gotten used to by now, having used Loseit! for over six month now, but on top of writing down everything I eat I also have to write down everything I drink and all needs to be time precise. So no more taking a sip every now and then, now I need to write down the exact amount of water, coffee, or whatever I drank and when I did.

So today was my second day of that and I actually managed to drink ONLY water during those 2 days. Well but today, today I enjoyed one glass of diet soda but I also did that so that I could get a comment from my nutritionist when she reads it.

Haha, most of the time I go “oh she is gonna kill me for that”, or “yeah, she is gonna unscrew my head for this and screw it back on up-side-down”.

Like today, I had only had 900 calories until I returned home and while I kept myself from anything unhealthy, I did actually have 2 portions of this.

A new recipe I tried for the first time this Sunday – so good!!!

I was sooooo hungry, that I just disregarded any comments I might get for it and had a second serving, after all this recipe only amounts to 516 calories.

Here the recipe … 😉

Fried sweet bell pepper with rice

  • skillet
  • cooking spray
  • 2 bell pepper of different color
  • 1/2 onion
  • pinch of salt
  • pepper to your liking
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp basil dried or fresh
  • 2-3 tsp of vinegar
  • add 2 servings of rice (about 10 ounces)

Heat up the skillet – go for high temperatures – add cooking spray or alike (mind the calories), then add the cut onions and thinly sliced bell pepper. Let it stay like that for a minute, then spice with pepper, salt and the 2 tsp of sugar. I am not sure stevia would work. Stir well but leave temperature at high, only reduce it a bit.

Cook the rice in the mean time – oh 10 ounces of cooked rice should be 5 uncooked.

After a few more minutes add the vinegar and let it simmer, keep in mind that the skillet should be “talking” to you all the time. 😉

The bell pepper should still be a little bit crunchy, when done. Add the basil shortly before that. Then add the rice. Stir well. The rice will take on some color from the mixture. Now fry until the rice is to your liking.

And bon appetite!!

Should taste slightly sour sweet and it’s so good!!!

Anyway, apart from that things have gone crazy over here. My Dad left the hospital on his own accord last Saturday and has been staying at my younger sister’s place ever since. His health insurance has decided to send him to a rehab training to put on weight again, so he will be leaving soon.

So while he is still at Dana’s place, my Mom is at my cousin’s place and has decided to move to Bonn, since she wasn’t able to find a place in Meerbusch and has eventually come to the realisation that living in Meerbusch all by themselves would be problematic if she ever needed to be admitted to the hospital – her left knee seems to be acting up.

Now the pressure is all mine. While I am really happy that she has decided to come, I now totally feel the pressure to come up with a good flat for them. I found one already which is quite close to my place and I will have a look at it tomorrow at 5:30 pm but it’s an open house appointment, so I won’t be the only one there, I guess it will be crowded. 😦

Also, the flat is free next month, starting Oct. 1st and that my parents won’t be able to manage, so now, all there is to do is have a look at the flat and hope that they will have a vacancy soon. The good thing is that the company renting out the flats have 11 building with 147 flats, all rented out at the moment but perhaps they will have a vacancy soon. I will have to keep checking their site while looking for other options as well.

Now I am really nervous and a little stressed, add my attempts to present myself in the best possible way to my nutritionist – which will happen next Tuesday by the way – and thus trying to eat in the best possible way and you get me going bananas almost all the time.

Oh, an update on the nutritionist. I got all documents from my doctor, send them to my insurance and am now waiting on their response. If all goes well, they are going to pay 25 € for a maximum of 10 sessions, which would be 250€ then. I hope it will work out.

If something goes wrong, I can still cancel my appointment with the nutritionist next Tuesday.

I am going to keep you updated on all and will even scan a page of my food diary so you all will be with me, all the way.

Okay, that’s it for now, I need to take a shower and then grab my cats and cuddle up with my little fur monsters in bed.

By the way, Kaya seems to purge a little less and her poo is almost normal again. YAY to that.

Night you all and I am still there, hope you didn’t think that, being so quite these few days, I fell off the wagon. Nope, I am still here people. 😉

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Mh, things are a little crazy in my mind at th moment, all kinds of emotions are having a party, or more like a war in my head at the moment.

But let me start at the beginning.

This morning – don’t ask me what caused the idea – I started searching for a nutritionist on the internet (could have been my weigh-in, which prompted me with a 2.9 lbs gain) and took the first I found, I think.

Gave them a call even before 9 am and was lucky when the call was answered. I told the lady on the phone what I was looking for and was lucky, when she told me that I could come by this afternoon at 4 pm.

After that I called my insurance to figure out whether they have the nutritionists name on their lists, which would mean that they accept her, which they did. The person on the phone actually knew of her. They told me that 25 € per session would be covered, unfortunately I didn’t ask how many sessions they would cover. They also told me that I need my doctor to sign a written paper stating that it would be necessary for me to go to a nutritionist.

So, I called my doctor to get them to sign it. I was quite ready to fight when I called the doctor’s office because I had asked the women working at her reception for it before a couple of month ago and was told that they didn’t know of anything of that sort.

Unfortunately my call was never answered and I called like 60 times during the course of the day. Also the answering machine didn’t work, so I don’t really know whether they chose just not to answer any calls today or whether they are on vacation.

So I am quite disappointed that this will have to wait a little longer.

Anyway, I have to call my insurance again tomorrow and ask the right questions but Bernd, my brother-in-law will also meet some people from my insurance this Thursday, so he will help me as well.

So, I stayed longer at work and left at 3:30 pm to be there in time.

The nutritionist’s office

The place is quite nice, looking stylish, which could be expected when checking her rates. The rates are quite high with all of them and only minor changes can be expected, I guess. If you follow the link I posted a few paragraphs up, you will have a picture of Dr. Claudia Laupert-Deick, the nutritionist I have chosen to trust – well not completely yet, there is still the question about how to come up with 500 $ within a month.

While I had to wait some 7 minutes, I zapped through a magazine – what Brad Pitt called Jenifer Aniston to congratulate her on her engagement ? –  and then I was greeted with my name and asked to enter her office. I told her about my weight-loss journey so far and I am sure I saw some twitches when I mentioned Herbalife, my oats in the morning and not eating enough meat. INTERESTING!!

Oh, obviously I know sooooo little – but that’s why I came to her, right? Obviously my oats and milk coffee in the morning present my body with too many calories for breakfast. 😦

Anyway, it turns out that from what I told her she could already tell that I was making things wrong, when asked further she exclaimed quite enthusiastically, that I was like a “black box” to her and it was her job to figure it all out. Err … okay …

Am I grasping at straws here people??

I really want to go for it but 500 $ (388€) will have to be paid within a month, since 4-5 appointments have to be dealt with in the first 4 weeks and she already told me that the payments need to be done in maximum 3 rates.

Mh …

I told her that I would sleep over it and make my decision upon which she handed me some sheets for a food diary, which needs to be filled out over the course of one week and some more reading material, which I will have to go through tomorrow.

BUT, I have already come to one decision – I need to refocus and have decided to take off some pressure which leads to taking a break of things!! Don’t worry, I am not going to take a break from blogging but I will take a break from my daily weigh-ins and also take a step back from Herbalife and possibly my oats … 😦

I will take todays weigh-in as a new starting point and let go of too much control for now. I am not going to post my food choices for some time, while still entering it one Loseit! though.

I will take some time to find my chi, if you will.

Where have I come from and where am I heading from here – what do I want? Call it soul-searching.

So that’s it for today people, I am off to bed now.

Night you all! 😉

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I am in awe at what my glasses have accomplished, after only wearing them for 5 hours. I am also in awe, how I managed to get through the last few month without wearing them.

Yesterday, the employee from Fielmann asked me for my mobile number and told me that I would get a message when the glasses we done and to my surprise I actually got the message today already. It was around 2 pm when I got a message saying that my glasses were finished – after one day??? WOOHOO!!!

So, I fed the cats and then got going again to pick up my glasses and pay for them – unfortunately. 😦

I would have liked to avoid that … well but of course I had to pay. 139€ all in all and after one day, that’s quite alright, isn’t it?

Anyway, here is me. With glasses and a more flattering angle. 😉

I guess if you look real hard you are still able to see that the left eye has stronger glass but only if you look real hard. 😉

I returned home and started wearing the glasses right away and oh, the moment I took them off things became a little blurry and more difficult to focus on and I felt like blinking right away. So cool!!

It’s not at all hard to look through the glass and it does not feel the slightest bit tiresome to wear them. I am quite happy I eventually got it done!!

Kevin called me soon after to meet at Villa Verde, a restaurant near by, to have a coffee and talk about some stuff that has been going on in his life. Torsten my teaching colleague dropped by as well and we enjoyed the coffee and talked about all kinds of stuff. Kevin wants to take his medic status a step higher, which would result in him being allowed to inject syringes and alike. I am quite excited for him.

I neither have the desire, nor the time to better my medic status because, the higher your status the more stuff you have to do in emergencies. I am quite fine at not sticking IV’s into people. 😉

Anyway, here is what I had yesterday.

DAY 78

Okay, that’s it for today – my eyes are not as tired as yesterday, actually they fell great but I need to get out of bed early tomorrow, so I’ll be going to bed now. 😉

Sleep tight everyone.

By the way there is a big fair going on this weekend and I am hoping to go there at least once this weekend, I hope Hassan, my RC unit boss will offer to take me there for free and with some of my RC colleagues. Would be so cool. We did it last year and it was really nice. I mean the public transportation will be overcrowded and since I don’t want to go alone, it would be nice to have Hassan take us. 😉

Night y’all.

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