Saturday, 19 January 2013

I've merged my blogs


This will be the last post here.

But good news.

You can find new postings on weight loss, photography and getting better at

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Cat Hebe

Cat Hebe

Wednesday, 16 January 2013



Eaters cheaters. Why do dieters cheat?

  • People cheat. But only a little bit. A small amount.
  • There's the incentive to cheat. Short term fix to satisfy hunger. But also the inner voice of self esteem.
  • So people on a diet might not gorge, or stuff their faces, but they may eat just a little bit more than they should. One small chocolate. One sneaky glass of wine.
  • Does this matter?
  • Well yes. That small amount of cheating. Maybe 200 or 300 calories. That may be enough to tip the balance from Losing Weight to Maintaining Weight. Or Maintaining Weight to Adding Weight.
  • Not good if you're real goal is to lose weight.
  • Is there a solution to avoid cheating instead of eating when your are dieting? You bet.
  1. Weigh yourself everyday. If the evidence says you added weight or maintained your weight, you ate too much! Knowledge is power. By measuring your weight, you can manage your weight loss.
  2. Be aware of your cheating. You now know, because it is human nature, that you are likely to cheat. Just a little bit of cheating. So, be aware of what it is. Know your weakness. For me it's complex carbs. That means bread, pasta, rice, biscuits. If I see one, I want one. Because I know that I'm always tempted by these thing, I'm especially vigilant around them and look for ways to avoid the,. carbs are the enemy.
  3. Cheat safely. The great news is that there are low calorie cheats. They might make you feel guilty, but they are good choices. Diet coke is top of my list. Sure, it may rot your teeth with carbonic acid, make you more hungry from sweeteners and dehydrate you from caffeine, BUT diet coke also staves off your hunger. If DC isn't your poison, it might be low cal crisps (sub 100 calories), a piece of fruit, or protein of any kind.

So. Eaters are cheaters. Watch your own tendency to cheat. recognise it and combat it when you can.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Saturday, 12 January 2013

High Key Cat

High Key Cat Just read a brilliant blog -crammed with fresh photography ideas. Link below. I must get round to following some of them

Friday, 11 January 2013

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Monday, 7 January 2013

I lost 8 pounds in 8 days

I lost eight pounds in eight days. Following some key rules. Some new stuff too.

Rule 1 : Weigh Yourself Every Day

Ive started using a brilliant app to track this. Lift. Yes Lift It's so simple. Just add 'weigh everyday' and the checkin every day. Measure to manage yourself. There is something about the big green reassuring tick that tells me I've done a good job. And something so simple. And people give me Props! Try it.

Rule 2: Make mistakes but learn from them

I put on 8 pounds in 8 weeks. I hadn't followed. Key learning - change was necessary, otherwise I wouldn't lose another gram. If you stuff you puff. Feed equals greed. Jelly equals belly.

Rule 3: Lean-Protein, vegetables, water in first 48 hours

As much lean-protien as you like, same for veg and water. But nothing else. I'm not a scientist so I don't know why this works, but I do know that this magic combo flushes out two or three pounds over two days. Try it yourself. Two days is nothing.

Rule 4: Under 1000 calories before dinner.

This is hard. I find it easiest to achieve when I'm working all day. I'm too buys to guzzle. Trick for me is to not eat until I'm hungry. That means no breakfast. Then only eat small and drink lots of water or caffeine beverages. Both work together. By the time you get to dinner your body has had a long time to use up the spare carbs from yesterday. You will have burned some fat.

Rule 5: Watch for your Feeders

You know. The loved ones, friends and family, who like to encourage us to eat. Sometime subtle "it's only one slice of bread" sometimes blunt "I've cooked you a nice bowl of pasta". Do you know who yours are. Don't let them get this better of you. My tactic? I tell them that I know their evil plan, and I tell them that I want to lose weight and I know what I'm doing and it's not that I don't lave their apple crumble but I love having a narrower waist that 36 inches even more

That's it.

Try it. Let me know. It's only 8 days. And 8s a lucky number.



New Year binge 2013

Yes. 2013 has arrived. And yes, I have added 8lbs over December.

I've been SO good all year, but the combination of parties, presents and play destroyed me.

So: rule 2 is 'learn from your mistakes'. Luckily, mistakes are allowed. We didn't evolve for nothing. (incidentally, rule 1 is: Weight yourself every day!). I cant emphasise that one enough.

What went wrong in December:

  • Too much booze. Alcohol is calorific and dangerous in large numbers (like cows perhaps). One hangover led to another over December. Especially compounding pint after pints.
  • Booze is of course a snowball drink. (not to be confused with the drink called a snowball). One sip, becomes a gulp, becomes a barrel, becomes a burger. In fact, on my worst night I ate in advance to 'line my stomach', then ate crisps with drinks, then had a Cornish pasty to 'help avoid a hangover', then had a kebab. And yes, I did still have a hangover.
  • Too much food. In particular, family is dangerous. They gift a lot of food via presents, around the Christmas table, in little take-this-off-out-hands gifts.
  • Food too high in calories. Yes, there is protein galore available during the Yule. But it's surrounded by deep fired yes pleases, and soaked in butter don't mind if I dos.
  • Low activity. It's dark. It's cold. It's wet. There's nothing to do. In fact I celebrated that lethargy and dormancy at the time. Oops.
  • No weigh ins. I couldnt face it. I broke rule 1. Guilty. I know I have to weigh myself everyday. If I don't, things go wrong. And they went wrong.
  • New years coming. I couldn't shake the psychological kicks that December means indulge and new year is another chance to succeed. Weight loss ahoy.
Ah well. 8lbs added, and trust me, there wasn't any muscle included in that. I hadn't fully realised quite how dangerous December could be. My warning to all - be afraid, very afraid of December.


Right. Mistake made. No need to be too gloomy. Instead, I will pick myself up, brush myself down and start all over again. Time to try a Crash Diet!!





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