Mints of Satan

Things I have learned this week:

1. SMINTS are evil
I thought I’d get a wee box of mints to distract my tastebuds between meals at work. I try to avoid them coz of all the weird ingredients but I was really horrified to read the label and see they contain hydrogenated vegetable oil! That evil gloop in something so tiny and innocent as mint? Is nothing sacred?

2. Don’t eat a whole tin of baked beans for lunch
Especially when you’re at work. We get our groceries delivered Monday afternoon so sometimes we’ve run out of stuff by Monday morning. The salad stuff had died so all I had was a wholemeal pita and one tin of beans. OH GOD. I had to keep running from the room to fart. Then I’d let one out now and then as I walked home. Luckily the streets were deserted, or had I just killed everyone with my vile fumes? Hmm.

3. My reading comprehension skills are shite
When I go running I write Julia’s instructions on a post-it note. Last Sunday’s schedule included 15 x run 2′ walk 1′. But I wrote down run 15 x 3′ walk 1′. So that adds up to an extra fifteen minutes, which may not sound like a lot but when you’re starting from absolute zero in terms of running fitness and slowly building up – this was huge. We’d also been on a two-hour hike earlier that day. I somehow managed to do it, plus the extra 1km straight run after that, but my legs were absolute jelly and I was so red-faced it lasted for hours and SC’s parents thought I had severe sunburn. I was hobbling around all week. Only the next day did I realise I’d written the instructions wrong. D’oh!

My right leg, particularly my knee and shin, has been giving me trouble ever since. It comes and goes but whenever I started to run, go up and down hills or stairs it would hurt. Felt sort of grindy and weird. I’ve had twinges there since I started this whole running thing, but I didn’t know (and still don’t) if it was classed as soreness, a slight ache or outright pain. I’ve never been good at judging pain. Growing up on a farm there was no place for wimps, so if I told Mum I had a sore leg she’d say, "Okay, I’ll cut it off for you!". She wouldn’t let us have a day off school unless we were, quote, "Dead or dying".

So I tend to ignore aches and pains, but this has backfired on me over the years. Like a few years ago ignored my aching shoulder and forearm to the point where I could not move my arm at all and I was bawling from pain. I didn’t want to wimp to my boss that the mouse and repetitive web work had struck me down but in the end I had to have time off work and months of physiotherapy for something that could have been okay if treated earlier. Sigh. So anyway now I am consulting with Julia and have rested the past two days except for a Pump class and today is Active Rest with a stint on the stationery bike. Hopefully I haven’t royally screwed things up.

4. Brown basmati rice rules!
I like zapping some leftover rice, then stirring in some extra-virgin olive oil, black pepper, lemon juice, Herbamare and a wee tin of tuna. For some reason that all goes together beautifully. I wish I could just live off dishes like that. You know, random things chucked in a pot.

5.  It’s time for new jeans
My jeans are sufficiently baggy to pass the Put Them On Without Needing To Undo The Zip And Button test. Woohoo! It has taken so long! I bought these stinking jeans in November 2003. I’ve decided to put off the purchase until July when my sister and friends will be visiting for the wedding party; that way I can shape up a bit more and buy the best fit possible. Huzzah!

. . .

So this week I’ve either lost 0.7 kilos if you go down from two weeks ago, or lost 2.3 kilos if you count it from the Freaky Bloatfest of last week. I put a fresh battery in the scale since it started flashing Lo! on Monday so it should be accurate. I am really happy with the result and just goes to show, if you don’t eat biscuits with your cup of tea IT ACTUALLY MAKES A DIFFERENCE! If I just stop before snacking and ask, "Do I need this? Could I choose something healthier?", it actually adds up to less calories consumed and better results. Well, derr!

Wednesday Weigh-In – Week Nineteen

last update: 25 May 2005

age: 27
height: 173cm (5’8")

original start weight: 159.2 kg (351 lb) on 17 Jan 2001
original start bmi: 53.4

fresh start weight: 95.9 kg (211.4 lb) on 12 Jan 2005
fresh start bmi: 32.2

current weight: 86.2 kg (190 lb)
current bmi: 28.9

result this week: -0.7 kg (1.5 lb)

loss in 2005: -9.7 kg (21.3 lb)
total loss since 2001: -73 kg (160.9 lb)

initial goal weight: 75 kg (165 lb)
distance to goal: 11.2 kg  (24.7 lb)

22 thoughts on “Mints of Satan

  1. I do the same thing with leftover rice! I add some protein and olive oil and eat it cold! Or I eat it with yoghurt and lotsa black pepper and curry powder, have you ever tried that? its good!

    You are doing an amazing job lately you know. You seem like you have moved away from the obsession we all fall into for good. And that’s so great!!!

    Hydrogenated vegetable oil in mints?! Preposterous!!!!!

    PS (the thing was posted on Tuesday morning! lemme know when you get it!)

  2. beans beans are good for the heart the more you eat the more you fart heh
    congrats on the nice loss, you earnt it!! hope your leg feels better soon πŸ˜€

  3. I totally feel you on the knee stuff, and not wanting to complain. When everything is new, it’s impossible to tell what’s a problem and what’s a normal bit of soreness. But (to throw in my inexpert expertise) it sounds to me like you might need orthotics or different running shoes. Those can make all the difference in the world.

    Anyway, congratulations! Sounds like you’re doing great!

  4. I had to laugh re the baked beans comment. After suffering a similar fate I have now banned baked beans during the week and only eat them on weekends when we are not expecting visitors. Very embarrassing.
    Have a great day πŸ™‚

  5. You know, being someone who knows you, and who only found this blog by accident because you typed the wrong thing in the wrong box, I’m amazed at how much more it’s made me admire you.

    I always thought that you were one of the best writers I know, but now I understand that – to parallel the journey that I KNEW you were on, you’ve been undertaking this OTHER journey that takes so much effort and willpower and strength.

    It’s like… I dunno, finding out that one of your mates is secretly a superhero or somethiing. But with their undies inside their pants.

    Love you DG.

  6. Far out you really have lost a lot of weight
    You realie that yeh? LOL
    I love the way you write hehe.


  7. Whats with the rediculous fluctuations in weight sometimes? I’ve never understood it, anyone got a scientific reason?

  8. What a gas! πŸ™‚

    I’m sorry to hear about your running aches. Hope they get better soon! I’m glad you have someone helpful to consult with about them.

    Wow, that’s so great about the jeans! Isn’t that the best feeling?

  9. Heh, I was wondering if my Mexican Bean Soup would have a similar effect on me, but apparently it doesn’t.

    Fingers crossed that the injury sorts itself out. Take care of you sweetie.

    I nearly snarfed my water at BillyJoeBob’s comment, so sweet and so funny.

    TubbyOMR – it’s water weight, sweetie. You can pack on several kilos of that stuff in no time at all. Frustrating as hell.

  10. Keep going – let the pain of running become your friend.
    I want the scales to start flashing lo and behold – not just Lo!
    Like you I am on the weightloss charge – but without the spectacular results. I have taken to taking off my towel when I weighmyself to notice any difference.

  11. Hey, the baked beans may not be the culprit here. One time I was trying to quit smoking so took to the Smints instead and they had me farting like a bastard.

  12. I haven’t been posting or reading blogs for a couple of weeks, and heh! you are already down to 86.2. Well done!, keep up the good work and blogging. (be an example to me who lately has failed miserably at the two things)

    take care


  13. I have finally managed to find some time to catch up on some new blogs πŸ™‚

    1. I agree, SMINTS ARE EVIL!
    2. Tested bean theory yesterday, yep, smelly!
    3. I grew up on a farm too and mum would just cut my leg off too πŸ˜‰
    4. Got to try your Brown Basamati rice zapp, thanks.
    5. I so need new jeans too but I bought a pair 8 weeks ago and now they’re sliding off my bum. I am going to have to wait until I get closer to goal. Otherwise, it’ll be too expensive for me to keep buying in the interim.

    WOO HOO for another loss. Keep up the great work hon!

  14. hi dietgirl… first time reader… was intrigued enough to come here after reading about your blog in a newspaper here in singapore… you’ve done really well and definitely an inspiration. i currently weigh about 95kg and i want to start losing weight soon… had enough of my excuses (one of which was having a baby in jan)… i don’t want my daughter to learn my bad eating and exercise habits. i think the thing i picked up from reading your blog is that you have to take it slow. like you in your earlier attempts at weight loss, i just wanted to wake up one morning with the weight just melting off without having put in the requisite efforts. yeah, right. i also have this awful habit of always wanting to start my diet/exercise regime on a monday or the 1st of the month. tsk. well it’s 1st of june today so what better day to finally FINALLY start right? anyway, i wish you all the best in reaching your goal… wish me luck too? πŸ™‚

  15. i am sorry….i keep going to Julia’s five in five page and i don’t see this plan you are doing with her…i am very interested in starting a running regime but somehow and out of the loop you are in:) what am i missing?

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