What on earth is Operation Skinny Cow?

Operation Skinny Cow was born after a few of us in Blogland decided it might be nice to lose some weight and/or get a bit fitter. We decided it would be even nicer if we encouraged each other along the way.

You can read about how it started in this post.

If you want to be part of the fun and add your own posts to this blog then send an e-mail to Emily Sue at reachingforgreen@gmail.com and she'll set you up as an author.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Weigh in (Emily Sue)

Last week: 69.9kg
Today: 69.1kg
Difference: 800g loss
Running total: 7.9kg

That means I've lost 10% of my starting weight! Woo hoo!!! I got a key ring (and applause) at my Weight Watchers meeting this morning. I'm stoked. And having bacon and eggs to celebrate. :D

Thursday, January 27, 2011

No progress, LLL

Now the facts. I was doing well, collecting a lovely loss the figures were mounting and I was getting ready to post. Then .. I.. had... a.... birthday!!!! Well, my lovely family decided to celebrate with me. Yesterday wasn't the day but was the celebration. My sister from nearby came and HJ invited a friend of mine. The do was held at my place, as I have a supply of cold air available. I was told that all I could do was boil the kettle.
Family turned up with food, HJ had cooked a lovely chocolate cake for MT and of course I had to have a slice. That wasn't too bad.
Lunch was meat and some lovely salads all good food and yummy. No dessert but 9 cup cakes on a plate with a candle on the middle one. All that was good and I enjoyed all that was provided.
Then at AT time there was a packet of marshmallows. Oh dear. I wouldn't say they were an all time favourite but I do love them.
The first bite is all squishy and soft, then they melt in the mouth and you have this wonderful full flavour and then the swallow. You can make one piece into 3 bites. Then of course there are more in the packet. Taking them from the packet means that you loose count of how many have passed the lips.
There is another way to look at this, a marshmallow is pure sugar, therefore pure carbs. That is what I am trying to avoid. After the event I did try the water trick, and drank a couple of glasses so maybe it could have been worse.
So don't feel sorry, I knew what I was doing, and today with no loss I know the reason.
Maybe next week when this blowout has passed I will again succeed.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Weigh in (Emily Sue)

Last time: 69.9kg
Today: 69.9kg
Difference: zero
Running total: 7.1kg
Frustration level: Pretty bloody high.

I don't know what else I can do that I'm not already doing, except perhaps live on salads (and nothing else) and exercise for two hours every day. If I don't lose weight next week it may well come to that.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Still going

Hi all, I am still going slowly. I am anticipating the week that I have no extras on the eating line. I haven't arrived there yet. So I am pleased to see that today my weight is 65.9kg. That as you can see gives me another whole kilo to dispatch, so I can now watch that slowly disappear. I am one for setting small goals and 1 kilo is about a good one. One more brings me to my first goal level so this is a good one to attack.
I have still been walking 20mins ish daily, and I have been on the balance board and am now less likely to kill myself on it. It is doing its job well and my leg is feeling the benefit. I am slowly working up the time on it.
All is well and I will tackle this present kilo and see how long it takes me to dispatch it.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Still exercising (Emily Sue)

I didn't weigh in on Saturday because I was bloated, hormonal and grumpy. I have, however, started to get back into regular exercise. My Wii Fit assures me it's happy to see me back. It wouldn't lie, would it??

I have been pleased to see that even after a three week break from exercising I haven't lost too much fitness. Although I'm not as fit as I was a month ago, I am noticably more fit than I was SIX months ago. And that's a very good thing indeed.

I am so close to my 10% weight loss goal (ie, losing 10% of my starting weight) that I can almost taste it. I am trying really hard to get there this week, but I won't be devastated if I don't. I'll get there eventually.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Let's start at the very beginning (HJ)

Well I surprised myself with meeting a goal entirely unexpectedly.


Last week: 77.1kg

This week: 76.0kg This is my first goal! Yippeee!

Change: 1.1kg LOSS

Total Loss: 5.0kg


Last week: 95cm

This week: 93cm

Change: 2cm LOSS

Total Loss: 6cm

So I'm pretty darn impressed!

It brings me to reflect on the fact that I'm technically back to the weight I was when I first started all this. It is a tad depressing, but I know I'm not really where I was at the beginning.

Firstly -

In 2008 when I was 76kg I was working up to being able to row for 25 mins. I could do just under 600 strokes in that time and got excited when I got over 30 strokes per minute.

I can now row for 40mins. I'm peaking at about 1500 strokes on a good day, and I get sad if my fast five minutes aren't averaging over 40 strokes per minute.

Therefore I am more fit than I was.

Secondly -

Therefore there are many parts of Jen that are not as far around than they were.

So I'm not really back to the beginning at all!!!

Now to work out what my reward should be... I really haven't thought my rewards through for this process yet. Maybe I should give myself a gift voucher towards my proposed overseas archeological expedition for next year.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Still trying

Hi all. I am still working at the exercise. As you know today is weigh in day and the figures aren't as good as I expected. Yesterday I had quite a drop so today I have a bounce. The number today is 66.4kg which is 100g up on last week. I am not in despair. It has been a hard week in some ways, I sat in a car for 3 1/2hours on Friday to attend a funeral for an aunt of mine, then another 2 hours back to Bris for the night. Then on Saturday it was 2 1/2hours in a bus to get home. That meant bought meals and no walking. Saturday was also our wedding anniversary and we always go out to dinner. Then on Sunday we had Chinese for lunch, so 3 days in a row. Bad Bad Girl. Anyway after all that my leg started playing up again and it has taken me a couple of days to walk the pain out of it again.
I have also bought a balance board to try to strengthen my leg muscles, and that is an interesting experience. I really think it is just another way to kill myself. It really pulls on my leg so must be doing something.
So onwards and up(down)wards. I hope for better next week.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Back on the treadmill (Emily Sue)


Yeah. It's been a little too long, apparently. I did 30 minutes tonight - about half walking and half jogging. Definitely a lot harder than it used to be. I stretched afterwards but I'm feeling it in my legs right now.

I'm also trying to get back in the habit of getting up at 5.30am to exercise. I was doing really well for a while there and then... I wasn't. At the moment I seem to be great at setting my alarm and then getting up when it goes off to reset it for a more human hour. Well, it's a start. ;)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

I'm Back (GdeE)

Hello all, I am back and I have some points to note:

(1) I have new scales!  Real Weight Watchers ones, with the bonus of telling the correct weight.  They also have many other functions like muscle mass and some measurement of fat, but I am not all that convinced on the science behind these measures, so I am more likely to use plain old weight along with roominess of clothes to track any progress I make, if indeed I do.
  • Current weight: averaging about 67kg.
  • Weight after Joseph: 64kg on a good day.
  • Total loss: Negative 3 kg.  Way to go.
  • Goal 1: Don't go over 67kg
  • Goal 2: 64kg
  • Goal 3: 60kg

(2) I still don't believe it is possible to actually lose weight.  I couldn't gain it when I was skinny, and I can't lose it when I'm not.  I eat okay and I tear around all day long being incredibly active, but I still have a huge barrelous tummy.  I made the word 'barrelous' up.  I truly, deep down, have no actual belief that I will ever decrease the fat on my tummy or the looseness and flabbiness after having children.  I don't believe it.  Just so you know.  It will be no use if you try to convince me otherwise, I will need to see some actual evidence that it is possible before I trust in something so outlandish.

(3)  I used to look damn awesome.  I was a C-cup with a nice waist and skinny arms and legs.  As Hippomanic Jen can attest, this was in the days of shocking, awful, ghastly panic attacks which would last for about three weeks at a time, causing me to throw up, have diarrhoea and have absolutely no appetite at all for days on end.  I knew during this time that I had an awesome figure but the level of existential dread that covered my entire life precluded me from enjoying it in any form.  I said in those days, and I meant it with every fibre of my being, that I would rather be fat and happy.  If you'd lived through the panic attacks I'd lived through, you'd totally understand.  Anyway, here I am: fat and happy.  (Slightly fat and very happy.)  I feel it would be selfish of me now to want to be thin and happy.  I feel I can attempt it if I want to, but I have no right to be upset at my fatness.

(4) I am upset at my fatness.  I look awful.  Well, maybe not that bad.  But I hate the way I look.

(5) I ate well (if a little much on one day) over Christmas, but I had an awful fat moment that destroyed me inside.  My sister was looking particularly willowy in a long clingy skinny dress (she is still in the land of panic attacks, wouldn't you know it) and I complimented her on how good she looked.  She accepted the compliment and then did something that only she could do.  She pointedly snatched the Jatz & dip away from me and plonked a plate of cut apple and orange down in front of me.  It was done with an air of significance.  A few things:
(a)(a) to celebrate my 6 weeks without dip, I made the dip for Christmas with roasted beetroot from my own garden, roasted garlic and low-fat Greek yoghurt, 
(b)(b) It was CHRISTMAS DAY dammit! 
And because of my fatness I feel I have no right to complain about this, to splurge on Christmas Day, or to do anything apart from eat the darn apple.

(6) I have been worried about the tightness of a particular pair of 3/4 jeans.  Surely, I reason, I fit into my Size 12s okay and my Size 14s are a little too loose so that's okay, but why are these particular jeans so desperate to cut me in half when I bend over?  Were they always this tight?  I checked the size.  10.  Rock on.  Not worried about that one anymore.

(7) I got heaps of exercise in the surf on our holiday.  It felt awesome.  I am always quite active, but rarely get to the puffing, raised-heart-rate stage which is what I need.  Today the weather is nice enough to take the dawg for a walk.  If we come across an unleashed dog in our travels, I also get the exercise benefit of lifting the entire border collie off the ground and holding her over my head so she doesn't kill the other dog.  I am sure that burns a few extra calories every time I do it.

And that is all.

Weigh in (Emily Sue)

The last three Saturdays have been non-WW weeks for me... I was interstate for one and the other two were public holidays. The last three WEEKS have been characterised by a complete lack of interest in exercise and watching what I eat. Hm. Back on track now, though. I even exercised this morning.

Last time: 69.7kg
Today: 69.9kg
Difference: 200g gain
Running total: 7.1kg loss

I'm actually pretty stoked with that. Given the last three weeks, it could have been a LOT worse. The woman who weighed me said, "Hey, congratulations! You only gained 200g - that's excellent!" I presume from that, and from the conversations I had with people at the meeting, that many of us put on weight over Christmas. There were also about 12 new members who joined today... I'm guessing there were some New Year's Resolutions. :)

Onward and upward....

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Surprise LLL

I was only going to say hi today, my weight has been suffering from too many parties. We had a family get together in a nearby town on Monday and there was pavlova and honey bubble crunch present. They are 2 things that I like and can eat, so of course I didn't go without. Since then my weight has been high. Added to that on Monday when I got home it was a bit late to walk and I decidedly didn't feel like walking, so I didn't. That meant that Tuesday I really had to push hard to walk. I had forgotten how hard it is to get going again.
However, today I decided to step on the scales and see what they had to say, surprise I am 200g less than before Christmas. I am VERY happy about that and VERY surprised. I will take it happily.
Tomorrow I am away overnight, so goodness knows what that will do, and Saturday is our wedding anniv. and that is a dinner out, and yes, ES I know that once I pay I can leave food, but that is waste and I can't do that. Also I only dine out privately once a year so I have to make the most of it.
So today a very happy girl, and may the coming days look after themselves.
Now all you other skinny girls, 5 mins of exercise daily will help, it will make you feel better and maybe just help the weight. If all else fails you can run on the spot in your lounge room. Lets get going for the new year, if you try it is possible.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Not a weigh in (Emily Sue)

I have been weighing myself sporadically over the last couple of weeks. It's been up and down but I think overall I've been holding mostly steady... maybe up a couple of hundred grams. My next weigh in is a week from now so I do need to reintroduce myself to exercise between now and then if I want to see a loss. Sigh. Blobbing around has been great but sadly I can't maintain it forever without consequences.

Sucks, huh?