Three Cheers for Eggs!! FWT? Week 11

Hi All, it has been a even more than usual busy week here, what with my parents’ 59th wedding anniversary and preparation for giving a talk, on Slate and Repousse work on recycled aluminium cans, to another WI, I’ve been a bit slow off the mark in getting this FWT? update onto the page!  I know I have a few die-hard followers who check out my drop-down weekly progress from the menu bar and already know the results. And it is from one of these came that comment that I had ‘done a great job for eggs’ on my recipe page on the fast egg I eat nearly everyday for breakfast, so this week I want to share it with you all.

If you are new to my Fat Woman Thinning? series of 52 weekly blogs then Welcome! You join a select group of cheerleaders who are encouraging me and keeping track of how I get on. And why did I do something as drastic as posting all this? Well, losing weight after menopause turned out to be a whole different game to losing weight before. What worked then, didn’t work now. A new strategy had to be found and as a very busy woman I didn’t have time to spend on long gym sessions or runs or cycles – and I needed accountability.

This had to be manageable, so I have worked out what I can do at home and it doesn’t take long – the weights never more than 15 mins and the aerobics and stretching is worked to follow a half hour of music which I usually fit in just before bed (amazingly, I find it relaxes me and makes it easier to get off to sleep).   If you want to know what keeps me so busy visit my website where you will also find my novels ‘Divining the Line’, ‘Nothing Ever Happens Here’ and ‘Some Kind Of Synchrony’ just click HERE to be able to read the first 3 chapters in pdf !

But before we digress and I send you off  into the blogosphere, what about these results? Remember I am Not Dieting – just watching how much carbohydrates I eat, making sure I don’t over-eat, or go hungry between meals, drinking a glass of water before main meals, eating well and doing the resistance weights work-outs each day. (see week 3 and 5 drop downs for details) .

Last week I lost 2 more pounds! Now at 10 st 9 lbs (67.8 kg)  – that’s 1 st 5lbs down from where I started on the first of Jan. Waist measurements down too, relaxed at 37 is one inch down and pulled in at 34.5 is half an inch down – so I am well pleased this week!

As you will know if you’ve checked out the lists of foods that I eat each day – or indeed looked at the last week’s FWT? blog Does this LOOK like a diet to you (where I photographed every meal and snack for a week), I am positively in favour of eggs.

Poor eggs, so much maligned that in so many people’s minds they are still in the ‘naughty’ box. And if there is one part of the egg that has been demonised most it is the yolk – when we now know that the yolk is the best part, containing protein, trace minerals,  vitamin D and essential fatty acids in greater proportions than the white. Only the other day I heard some star who chimed ‘Of course, I only eat egg-white omelletes’.  If only she really knew what she was missing! However, while this goes on it is hard to rehabilitate the poor egg!

 Eggs are good for you! They have GOOD cholesterol Oops, was I shouting? 🙂  (Back in the day ‘they’ didn’t even know that there  was good and bad cholesterol – yet the misguided idea that ‘eggs have cholesterol and therefore must be bad for you’, has stuck like egg-yolk to a hot plate!)

Yep, that’s right – eggs have been re-instated as a GOOD thing to eat as the cholesterol in eggs is GOOD cholesterol and so is helpful to your body as well as giving you a fast breakfast that staves off the hunger pangs for longer and it naturally comes with vitamin D and a whole heap of other goodies including Essential fatty-acids all provided in a neat package  – what’s not to like!

Don’t just take my word for it – have a look here on Cholesterol-and-Health.com for all the technical stuff!

So, what do you think about eating eggs? Do share – I love to hear from you all! And while you are sharing – don’t forget to enter and share the fantastic draw I am running for one lucky person to Win a Kindle 

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Fat Woman Thinning? – with links to weights exercises

Welcome to week 5 of my fat woman thinning? blog – if you are new to this you need to know that I first just kept this as a log on the pages – to motivate myself and so my ‘cheerleaders’ that is my sons, could see how I was getting on.Then a few weeks ago I got brave enough to post it all as a blog – join me on the journey – join me as a cheerleader – I love to hear from you – please do post a comment or a question.

I had to do something, menopause seemed to have changed the way my body dealt with things – my usual way of maintaining my weight no longer worked and the weight crept on… and on. So, now I am using resistance weights as well as some aerobic and stretching, and watching what I eat (writing everything down as well) – but Not Dieting!

Also, I don’t go to a gym.  I don’t have time to spend getting there, nor the inclination to flaunt my lumpy body in front of others, so I have worked out what I can do at home and it doesn’t take long – the weights never more than 15 mins and the aerobics and stretching is worked to follow a strict half hour of music. So, where have I got to, where has it got me – lets see . . . . .

29/1 – week 5 of 52 week blog

Another Sunday, another weigh and measure session. Well, have to say I was both delighted and surprised. A 2lb drop in weight and a reduction in measurement (belly-button height and level) So that’s 11st 5lbs (72.2 kg or 156 lbs) and relaxed waist of 42 inches (108 cm ) – that’s a half inch smaller, and pulled in a measurement of 40.5 inches (103 cm) but the weird thing is, as I pull the muscles of my stomach in now the belly button rises up my body (as it were) meaning that the level measurement rises up the worst bulge on the top of my hips a bit – so this is a whole inch down of last week

Notes: for 29th

Have a look at this page for instructions and a small video for Lateral Raises  http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/DeltoidLateral/DBLateralRaise.html  And on these pages for Triceps extensions  http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/Triceps/DBLyingTriExt.html  Which I prefer to do or  http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/Triceps/DBOneArmTriExt.html  if you prefer to be stading

Notes: for 30th

Instructions and video link for Snatch is here   http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/OlympicLifts/Snatch.html  but like I say I use just one 10kg plate – and hold it with both hands on the rim – lifting it from rim resting on floor to high – as if I was trying to hang it on a peg at full arm stretch for me. As always bending the knees and keeping the back straight.

The sit-ups I am sure you are familiar with but here they are anyway: http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/RectusAbdominis/BWSitUp.html  No I don’t have the fancy bench for this either – and I don’t like the way the guy in the video has linked his fingers behind his neck – this could result in you pulling your neck especially when it gets tough. It is better to rest your fingers against the side of your neck just below the ears (When you get to this stage – for the first week  the only way I could get a sit-up going was to throw my arms forward towards my knees to get the momentum to even lift off the floor!!)

Notes: for 31st

Squats I do with the ‘safety net’ of a computer chair set to the lowest setting – which means that if I sat on it at that level my knees are slightly higher than my hips – I do the squats so that my bottom just touches the edge of the chair – it tells me I have sunk low enough and stops me feeling that I might fall over backwards! I use 2 dumbells, propped on a towel over my shoulders rather than a bar and weights. See the instructions and small video for Squats here   http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/Quadriceps/BBSquat.html

I do Lunges standing on an old duvet. I had the irrational fear that I might hurt my knee as it went down, and this reassured me.  As I lunge across the width of the duvet, and being 5′ 3″ I have a smallish stride, it also find it gives me an ‘aim’ for my step forward part of the lunge. If my back foot in just inside one edge then my front foot just stays on the duvet – this gives a ‘stride’ of 3ft 9inches (1m14cm) from toe of front foot to heel of back foot, which is a decent stride for a shorty! Lunge instructions and video here:   http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/Quadriceps/BWLunge.html

Notes: for 1st Feb

Exercises for today may be found at these sites. I prefer to do the triceps extensions in the lying down mode (doesn’t hurt my elbow or shoulder this way)

http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/Triceps/DBLyingTriExt.html

http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/Triceps/DBOneArmTriExt.html

http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/DeltoidAnterior/DBFrontRaise.html

Second set of photographs to be taken today – still not put them up on the site – working out how they can be kept from filtering out onto the general internet. What I notice, however, is that there appears to be more folds and sagging as the tightness begins to leave certain parts of my body. I hope my skin has retained some of its elasticity from before and can return to fitting the new me I hope to find by the end of these 52 weeks.

Notes: for 2nd

Here are the exercises for Thursday – I do the bicep curls using both arms at the same time and the ‘rotation’ of the arm from side on to flat on works more muscles.

http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/Biceps/DBCurl.html

And this is the wrist curl, which is good for buildin gup strength for climbing ( so I am told) and as I want to learn a bit of climbing this shoud be useful.

http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/WristFlexors/DBWristCurl.html   I also do these simultaneously.

Notes: for 3rd

Here are the exercises for today; As I have said previously i use just one ‘plate’ weight of 10 kg for the snatch an lift it from floor to high, as if trying to place on a hook in front of me as high a I can reach

Snatch : http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/Obliques/BWTwistingSitUp.html

Twist-sit-ups : http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/Obliques/BWTwistingSitUp.html

Notes: for 4th

Here are the links to these exercises, the squats was shown once already but it’s here anyway :

http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/Quadriceps/BBSquat.html

And the step-ups I am stepping 10 inch step and was taking far too long (over 100 steps) to get to fail point – so this time I tried to carry extra weights. Here is the exercise link:  http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/Quadriceps/BWStepUp.html

Well, what will tomorrow bring – weigh-in and measure time!!

Full details are on the drop down pages from the Fat Woman Thinning? header on the crossbar.

Your comments or questions are very welcome, I really want to hear from you, and if you ‘d like to know what I do that makes me too busy to travel to a gym then take a look at annmade.co.uk where you will also find my Novels:  Nothing Ever Happens Here, Divining the Line, and Some Kind of Synchrony .. click here to read the first 3 chapters in pdf.

 

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Fat Woman Thinning? Sunday breakfast to The Big Breakfast

If you are new to the FWT? blog-posts, welcome to Fat Woman Thinning? – a 52 week blog, which I started as pages to keep myself on-track and so my ‘primary cheerleaders’ (my sons) could keep up with my progress. Then two weeks ago, I felt brave enough to post it as a blog!  If you are one of my new cheerleaders ! Yay! Great to see you again!

Sunday 22 /1 – week 4 of 52 week blog

Weigh-in 11stone 7lbs  (161 lbs or 73.2 kg)  belly-button measurement : 42 1/2 ”  relaxed  40 1/2 ”  pulled in

So, a 1 lb drop – that’s 7lb over the three weeks – but more impressive this week was the waist measurement. Yes, I did check that the measurements were ‘level’ and in each case, relaxed and pulled-in there is a 1 inch difference from last week (and that was half an inch down on the first week I measured) All in all I am happy with the results from this week… it does so help to motivate when there is change.. I don’t know about you but it is when I have a week with no change that gives me the biggest challenge. However, with you, my new cheer-leaders and monitors on board I am sure I can beat it!

Having a ‘moan’ to Son#2 about it only being a 1 lb drop this week and he said “One pound is a one pound – if you drop one pound a week for the whole year that’s over 50 lbs.”  Whoa! That’s massive! So whenever I find it’s ‘only’ a pound then I shall be glad that is still moving and remember that quote!

Sunday Notes:

Sunday is Sunday – and the tradition in this household is for a proper English breakfast, that looks huge compared to my daily breakfast, followed at dinner (lunch) time by a roast dinner – come cold weather, come hot weather. Again, this appears to be huge and we have dessert, though I have been cutting down the carbohydrates on that down by substituting stewed fruit and custard for the usual Fruit Crumbles or Pies. No one has complained ….yet.

Monday Notes:

Decided to time my weights sessions… I knew they weren’t taking long as I do them to music and they only took 3 tracks, but it’s good to know because one of my criteria is that they shouldn’t take too much time as I am quite a busy hedgehog and I really can’t afford to take much time out to do the exercises. This is one, but only one, of the reasons I don’t go jogging* or cycling for exercise. The other reasons will have to wait for a post of their own as from last week as I realised my notes over the week created a bit-too-long post in one bite. (*see 7 random things about me in Oh MY! oh my! Versatile Blogger Award post)

Tuesday Notes:

Still finding the lunges really hard work – just making it over the 15 – though I guess if I ended up doing a lot more it would take more time – 11 mins today  – not too much of a time suck! I suppose I should explain what I do for my aerobics and stretching sometime.. in case anyone wants to know!

Wednesday Notes:

Having found the triceps extensions difficult to get right without hurting my elbow a new way of doing these was suggested.   http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/Triceps/DBLyingTriExt.html   if you want to see it- I don’t have a fancy bench so I used the bed with folded a pillow supporting my head so it projects a little beyond the foot of the bed (had to be that way round – can’t do this where you have a headboard!)

Thursday Notes:

I was a bit short of time – so missed out stretching from the half hour workout I usually do in the evening  as had just done belly dance class  which includes a great stretching warm-up

Friday Notes:

Saturday (tomorrow) is the Big Breakfast – so all exercises will have to wait until the afternoon, if I am still standing – will be cooking from 9am to 1pm!

Saturday Notes:

Stood helping to cook about 200 Big Breakfasts in the Village Hall today from 9 to 1.30, then cleaned ovens and tidied up, drove all round village collecting all the roadside notices in ….. felt as if I had already done a workout – but stuck to the schedule even though the resistance training that I usually do in the morning was completed at gone seven in the evening. *virtuous feeling*

TO BE CONTINUED       ****************

Don’t forget if you want any of the details of exactly what foods I am eating –  certainly not on a diet, most certainly not starving myself or going hungry between meals and yet it is working so far .. but will it work for the whole 52 weeks? Or what the exercises are that I am doing, then go to the Fat Woman Thinning page on the cross bar and each week is on a drop-down. These are updated daily.

Last week I asked you what were your greatest temptations and how you stopped yourself from falling for them, this week I’d love to know your best excuses for not doing the exercises you set yourself.

I know I use ‘lack of time’ mostly for mine – and aware of this I am getting used to telling myself that this is ‘just an excuse’ . Name it and shame it — then I’m less likely to use it again!

Most of all I just love to hear from you folks, questions, experiences whatever –  looking forward to hearing from you all.

Thanks for all the cheerleaders that have joined me in this challenge, please keep sharing this as there is plenty of room in the grandstand!

And if you want to know more about the novels by Ann Foweraker ‘Divining the Line’, ‘Nothing Ever Happens Here’ and ‘Some Kind Of Synchrony’ just click HERE to be able to the first 3 chapters in pdf FREE !

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