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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Fighting the Flab - end of week one

I’m not happy. After weighing and measuring myself this morning, I’ve only lost 1kg (approx 2.2lbs) and one inch off my waist.

Now before anyone thinks I should be happier than I am with those results and I’m sure there are plenty of you who will say just that, my head is still in my teenage years where I could easily lose 1kg a day or even more. So it’s obviously my mental state that needs to grow up and get used to being middle aged.

Of course I’m also not happy because I lost the bet I had with my middle son! He lost 4kgs this week to my 1kg. Next week I’ve told him we will be looking at percentage of body weight instead of number of kgs. I have to win next week!

Each day I’m doing a bit more research into weight loss and trying to find articles on losing weight in middle age. I’m adding flaxseed oil into my protein shakes, trying to have protein when I wake up (thank you mermaid gallery) – a couple of tablespoons of natural yoghurt – and playing around with my exercise routine. I’ve also started to end my morning shower with cold water (thanks again mermaid gallery!) in an attempt to boost my metabolism.

I’m attempting to drink a lot of water. This is not an easy task for me as I don’t drink much of anything normally. I have a large cup of black coffee in the morning and about ½ cup of pomegranate juice to wash down my vitamins and maybe a glass or two of water during the day. So I’m changing that and making sure I drink a lot more water. I’ve also read that drinking icy cold water can help boost your metabolism, so I’m only drinking water from the refrigerator.

I read yesterday that eating caraway seeds after a meal can reduce bloating and prevent constipation, as well as being a rich source of dietary fibre and anti-oxidants. I tried eating a handful after dinner last night and they were awful! So I’m going to see if there are any recipes that include raw caraway seeds that might be more palatable.

Hopefully next week I will be happier!


  1. heh, you are welcome!... my husband does the caraway seeds after every meal and finds that it really helps him....I should be much thinner with all of my advice!...lots of water is a big one! Dr. Oz says to have a tbsp of cream in your coffee...stops that blood sugar spike. If your blood sugar is all over the place...your metabolism goes into slow mode!

    1. mermaid - I find it difficult to have cream in my coffee! I really like black coffee with no sugar. If the coffee is really bad - yes, there are some places in Melbourne where it is bad, not many though - then I'll have a latte or a cappucino to disguise the taste!

  2. Caraway seeds might be more palatable if you sprinkle them on either cereal, or a dish of fresh fruit and natural yoghurt.

    Here in the UK we can get yoghurt that is totally fat free (Activia do a 0% range that is soooooo tasty).You do have to be careful even with yoghurt as it's not all fat free and can contain a lot of hidden sugars.

    Good luck with your efforts. I'll be following with interest!

    1. Leah - I've found I can tolerate caraway seeds if I make a small ball of peanut butter and then roll it in the caraway seeds! Sometimes I add pumpkin seeds too.
      I've seen Activia but only the yoghurt with fruit. I prefer natural yoghurt - sometimes I add nuts to it.
      Thank you!

  3. I laughed a with your blunt assess,ent of caraway seeds! Hee hee. Best of luck in your endeavors.

    1. Kazzy you should try them! Thank you!