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Weighing in - the routine...

I know I've got one and I'm willing to bet I'm not the only one.

Part science, part superstition, the need to follow a set of specific actions when you go to weigh yourself.

I officially weigh myself once a week and record the weight. For me that's Saturday morning. Here's how it goes.

1. Wake up and stumble to the bathroom to pee (because I always wake up wanting to pee).

2. Drink water (to replace the stuff I just peed out).

3. Step on scales.

4. Adjust weight depending on what I'm wearing. In winter I weigh myself wearing flanelette pj pants and a sweater. In summer I'm wearing a lot less so I add some weight to compensate.

And there you have it, my weigh in routine.

Delicious Dahl!

I haven't had a cooking post in a while.

On the weekend I wanted to make dahl which I've never cooked before. I googled and came up with this site.

Dahl

I cooked it and it is SO GOOD. I'm putting it here so I can find it again. 

I didn't use ginger (which I don't like) or bay leaves (which I didn't have) and I put in a heap of different mushrooms (because I put mushrooms in basically everything) but apart from that I pretty much followed the recipe which is quite unusual for me!

I'm eating a big scoop of it on top of steamed vegies (broccoli, beans and asparagus) for my evening meals right now. About 300 calories of healthy deliciousness.

The journey

I've been on this journey now for around 80 days. Compared to many of the people on MFP that makes me a newbie still, but I'm pretty impressed that I've stuck with it for this length of time. I really hope that some of the things I'm doing are becoming habits.

I've lost almost 9kg in those 80 days and in just one more kg I'll be back to the weight I was when I moved to Japan just under 4 years ago. I'm working my way back down through my wardrobe and enjoying being able to wear clothes that I haven't fitted into since my first summer here.

There have been several positive milestones along the way. A big one was moving from obese into overweight according to my bmi. That was 4kg ago but the healthy range is still a long way away. I'm pretty sure I haven't seen a healthy bmi in decades.

Getting a fitbit and setting myself some goals (10,000 steps and 20 flights of stairs per day) has really helped get me moving. I've added extra exercise into my routine too but I think that being more active in my normal day to day life has probably had the bigger impact. The fitbit showed me that I was much more sedentary that I would have guessed and that really encouraged me to focus on getting moving.

The biggest positive I've noticed is how much better I'm sleeping than I was before. I've always had a lot of sleep issues so getting a good nights sleep is a huge deal for me. It still isn't perfect but it is so so much better than it was before I started eating more healthily. 

Sadly there's a negative to go with the positive. I have a lot of knee issues and those have actually gotten worse. I keep hoping that by losing weight I'll improve my knee problems but for the moment my special time with Jilian seems to be causing more problems than the weight loss is solving. For now I'm just putting up with it though and hoping things will get better.

There's no big message in this post. I just realised I hadn't blogged in a while and I thought it would be a good time to take stock. I'm hoping to one day be able to look back over these posts and be encouraged by all the changes I've seen. In 4 weeks I'll be going on holidays for a couple of months which will involve a lot of traveling, not always having internet access, difficult food choices and a lot of fun. I'm mentally preparing myself to maybe not make much progress over those 2 months but hopefully to stick with all the good choices I've been making so that I don't do too much damage either.

One final bit of encouragement for me. Today for the first time MFP predicted a weight under 70kg if I stick with what I'm doing. I don't think I've been under 70kg in about 15 years so that really gives me motivation to keep putting in the effort.

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