Patience, Grasshopper

I’ve got no kids nor immediate plans to sprog up. Yet I’m always fretting about how I’d raise my non-existent brood to have healthy, non-screwy attitudes to food. Fig recently wrote a post called Young Hearts Be Free, (scroll down, it’s the 26 April entry) all about how she talks to her kids about fat and exercise and moderation. It is a bloody good read and a responsible approach. There is all this kerfuffle in the news here about the quality school dinners at the moment, but there’s plenty of other meals in the week aside from the school lunch.

What happens at home is so important in shaping attitudes. I remember my stepdad eating a white bread sandwich with margarine and CHOCOLATE FROGS inside it, and he’d say "Do as I say, not as I do." Yeah right, buddy! As soon as I’m outta here I’m eating all the chocolate frogs I want. But not in a sandwich because that’s just wrong! Anyway, Fig’s approach is a winner, I tells ya.

I have been thinking about Australia lately, feeling rather homesick. I can’t wait to visit in October. I’m in two minds about where I’d like to live, long-term. Then Kimba left a comment in the last entry to say she saw Green & Blacks chocolate in the Oxfam shop today. It was $11 for a 100g block. Bloody hell! So this either means a) I never move home coz the G&B’s is too expensive or b) I move home right away coz the G&B’s is too expensive therefore I can never guts out on it. Hmmmm.

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Patience, grasshopper. Think of the long term picture. This is the sort of twaddle I mutter to myself when there’s weeks and weeks without significant changes in my bod or on the scale. It’s what I say to soothe my whiny soul after bitching yet again to the Scottish Companion that I am bored with calorie counting, macronutrients, sports bras, whole grains, downward dogs and running. But the trick is to just hang on through these sucky go-nowhere weeks – and keep up the exercise and healthy food. Even when you are literally yelling and stomping on the kitchen floor, "WHY DOES THIS SUCK SO MUCH?".

Why? Because when you least expect it, POW, you will notice a whole bunch of changes all at once. This happened to me this week.

  • Forced into the bowels of my wardrobe by a lack of clean clothes, I rediscovered some tops my sister had brought back from Australia in January. They were too tight then, but now they fit!
  • My boa-constrictive Enell sports bra suddenly does up with great ease instead of feeling like it will crack my ribcage open
  • After a year of little progress in these areas, I increased my tricep and bicep AND chest weights at Body Pump
  • On noticing my legs suddenly felt a lot stronger, I got out the stopwatch and found I’ve shaved three minutes off my Walk To Work time
  • On a grassy high school athletics track, I ran one kilometre as per Mistress Julia’s instruction and did it in 6:09, which ain’t Paul Radcliffe but it was well over a minute and a half faster than the last timed kilometre back in early April. Woo!
  • Today’s weigh-in saw a 0.6kg loss!

It’s weeks like these that keep me going. Sometimes it’s so tedious and boring but I know I have to be patient and consistent, and realise it takes time for the body and mind to find a rhythm. It’s weeks like these and I want to push my body harder and further than ever before. Just purely to see what it could do. Woohoo!

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Wednesday Weigh-In – Week Seventeen

last update: 11 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: 86.9 kg (191.5 lb)
current bmi: 29.1

result this week: -0.6 kg (0.4 lb)

loss in 2005: -9.0 kg (19.8 lb)
total loss since 2001: -72.3 kg (159.3 lb)

initial goal weight: 75 kg (165 lb)
distance to goal: 11.9 kg (26.2 lb)

25 thoughts on “Patience, Grasshopper

  1. My goal weight is also 75 kgs. I’m 177cm and current weight is 101 kgs. You wanna race? πŸ˜‰

  2. I agree with Donna. I’m dumbstruck at your progress. I hope you are SO PROUD OF YOUR EFFORTS! You should be! And you’ve got some pretty freaking kick-ass results to show for it.

    As for “Oz”… I’ve never been, but reading your blog makes me feel I should add it to my short list of places I simply must see… thanks for the great post!

  3. I’m so with you on the sick-of-it-all weeks, and wondering where in the world I’ll end up raising kids AND how to raise them without annoying body image issues…This morning I’ve been trying not to weep into my herbal tea because I gained over a pound last week and I don’t WANT to try harder and knock it back off, I want to curl up in bed and eat potatos! But I even less want to gain another lb this week.

    Heh, typing that out and seeing how melodramatic and whiny it reads just made me laugh at myself. Back to reality I go!

  4. I’m WAY too young to be thinking about this, really, but I’ve often wondered if I’d be willing to raise children in America because of the pervasiveness of body hatred here. I’ve got a friend starting a family and he is off to France–not for this specific reason, but for similar cultural-construction reasons. And as someone raised by parents with Food Issues who grew up self-hating and progressively eating-disordered herself, I’m quite secure in my resolution not to have children until I know I’m stable enough in my feelings about food NOT to pass them on to unsuspecting creatures who otherwise could grow up never counting calories or letting their eating be ruled by “shoulds” rather than by healthy instincts.

  5. Oh, and I must add *vomit* in response to margarine, white bread and chocolate! What a waste of chocolate! White bread and nutella, that’s a different story…but adding marge to your choccies?


  6. Lovie, Green & Blacks is in downtown, sunny Canberra JDs these days…….not that that is any reason at to return to Canberra! If you’re not tied here as a result of poor choice of mate why else would anyone return, I ask myself. lower lip wobbling.

  7. That’s meant to be DJ’s – I read your posts first thing when I opem my email at work every morning, even before coffee – hence the typos….

    Well done with your amazing efforts – you put me completely to shame…but you give me hope at the same time. Keep on rollin, rollin, rollin, rawhide…yep, ok, coffee now.

  8. Hey! Way to go on all those results, you’re really kicking arse! Excellent work. I need to hear this right now, to remind myself of how it feels πŸ˜€

    Oh and the G&Bs was $11.00 for the cherry and a couple of others. But the rest of the flavours were $6.95 I think. Not sure if this will help your decision any, heh.

  9. Hey Girl- thanks for the shout out. Always nice to know something you wrote meant something to someone somewhere somehow…lol. You are a total inspiration! Talk about kickin’ ass!!

    I would update, but my site is locked down until the 19th of May due to upgrades- but if I could update, I would totally post something about how everyone should get over here and grab some motivation for themselves.



  10. Thanks for the link to Fig’s entry. As I have two kids and have been thinking more and more lately about my food choices for them, I will go over and have a read. Congrats on the weight loss last week. Fantastic. Have a great day:)

  11. Hi DG,

    Thanks also for the link to Figs blog. I think her kids sound really smart and will grow up with a healthy attitude to food and body. ( Lately I have also been thinking about how to raise children despite not planning on having any for a while- prob because of the mini baby boom around me).

    Come Home! We have had a lovely warm May- must be cold there πŸ™‚

  12. I used to think about these things too, how to raise my [future] kids so they will be active and healthy and not be all screwed up around food. Then I *had* a kid, and I realized I’m lucky if I can get the little squirt to eat anything at all. He’s so picky, he only eats about 12 different food items. Sometimes he goes through stages where he’ll get stuck in a groove and only eat *one* thing for days at a time. So, I quickly put my hands up on it, realized it’s kind of like rolling the dice, and made a mental note to introduce him to running as soon as possible!

  13. Patience Grasshoper!?!?!

    This totally cracked me up…cos grasshoper is my nick since last year’s trip to Amsterdam! Tis cos my fav coffee shop there is The Grasshopper!!! And one day I was asking when are we going to the grasshopper…and 3 seconds later…when are we going to the grasshopper? and 1 second later? when are we going to the grasshopper? So Angelos said… patience grasshopper! (well..he said ipomoni akrida, but I swear…this is just greek for the patience grasshopper!)

    So when I am all impatient, Angelos and the Amsterdam gang still tells me… patience grasshopper!

    this post was great!

  14. Your total weight loss is amazing – you are a freaking legend! … just thought I’d remind you of this fact.

  15. choccy on bread with butter/marg, a true Dutch delicacy! broodje hagelslag, a lovely breakfast tradition that some people dont grow out of after childhood πŸ™‚
    great work on your loss, sometimes a good stomp and scream about the injustice of it all is what we need to stick with it. you must shine with pride at your acomplishments πŸ™‚
    as for the to leave or not to leave issue, i struggled for 4 years with it and have just come to peace with staying. id say if you know you can be happy with being where you are and the once or twice a year visit to home then stay where you are. if not, it may require some in depth soul type pondering good luck with your final decision DG, take care.

  16. You are doing such an incredible job! I remain in awe of you. Also I live in Adelaide and haven’t tried this Green and Black’s Chocolate, but something tells me that may be a good thing. And a frog sandwich? Ew. Freddo was not meant to be put inbetween bread.

  17. Chocolate, margarine and white bread /lol/ My mother used to eat Danish pastry with cheese and margarine when I was a kid. Luckily I always thought it was REALLY gross πŸ˜€

  18. Just reading your post has inspired me to get out and do my walking today. It’s not the same as what you’re doing, but it’s a step in the right direction for me – thanks! πŸ™‚

  19. Hi dietgirl! Just found this site and I have 3 things to say. 1. You’re amazing. 2. Your weight loss is amazing. 3. Your attitude is amazing.
    Stomp the kitchen floor all you want, but don’t give up. You know it’s all worth it!

  20. Go Diet Girl Go, redouble your efforts – put on a sprint – this is what feels like to succeed – in the great Australian parlance – give it a gutfull, kick it in the guts and pin your ears back.
    I promise you I absolutely promise you, and I am speaking from bitter experience here, if you go hard now, if you put your head down and use the early morning light for a longer run – a harder walk anything longer than a half an hour three things will happen – 1. The fat will fall like rain, 2. You will start to enjoy the exercise 3. You will look at food and go – Crikey thats a lot of food I can’t eat all that and four which I failed to mention – you will become a machine at all the bits of your life which you used not to be arsed about.

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