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Weigh Less My Life 01 MAY 2013

weigh-less-logoSo I’m now a part of the Weigh-Less program.

Chantelle first got the idea in her head from Andy, who had been mentioning to her the great results that she was seeing after having joined them some time ago. This in turn inspired Chantelle to no end and after a bit of discussion, I agreed to join up with her because a) it’s much easier to do something if someone else is doing it with you and b) imagine how much it would suck trying to cook two different menus every evening!

Not that I was completely against joining mind you. Now heavily overweight (punny, I know), I could certainly do with losing some kilos, and seeing as I don’t really have any objections to a program which is based on little more than cutting out fatty and oily foods, getting portions and combinations right, and better controlling eating times, I readily signed on the dotted line alongside wifey.

We joined up with the Somerset West group as they had weigh-in slots that best accommodated us (lunch time, every Tuesday afternoon), and pleasingly the group leader Lana is a very passionate and likeable personality. Oh, and with our Discovery Vitality discount, it’s not a particularly huge chunk of money to hand over each month either, only R140 per person, which I don’t think is too horrible at all.

Chantelle has taken on the majority of the work in terms of this new eating lifestyle of ours, and is responsible for the planning, weighing and preparing all of our meals (all I have to do is smile and hand over my credit card), and I have to say – I’ve been rather surprised at the huge amount of food we have been asked to eat!

Nevertheless, four weeks into the program and I have already lost 11 kilograms, which if you convert that to margarine blocks, is 22 margarine bricks – quite the eye opener when you hold that in a box in front of you! (Which I can do based on the fact Chantelle buys around 30 bricks every second week or so!)

No wonder my joints aren’t complaining any more! :)

Little Mini Disasters My Life 09 JAN 2012

Sigh, so many little negative things to start the year off with, so I may as well list them here, why not?

The first not so lekker thing is of course the creché being closed for a month and only reopening in the middle of January, meaning that Jessica is now staying over with the Montgomery Clan back in Bellville. Sure it’s nice to get a mini break from the little carpet crawler, but to be very honest, two weeks is far, far too long to be away from my bubbly little girl, and after the second evening without seeing her, it was simply too much! I miss my Jessie!! :(

Another little negative start to the year is the official looking piece of post that arrived and which was addressed to me, one which when Chantelle saw it, she laughed, and then handed over to me with an evil grin. It turns out that the section of the N2 leading up to the Sir Lowry’s road turn-off after the Broadlands turn-off is not really the N2 after all. Speed limit is 80 km/h, not 102 km/h as my little Getz was travelling. Bam, R200 fine right there! (Luckily it was only a 102 km/h on that stretch. Normally that’s a 120 km/h piece for me and pretty much everyone else on the road!)

Ugh, and my training shoes finally went and gave in – I managed to walk them completely through with all my road training, so much so that I could poke my finger pretty much through the bottom of the shoe and tickle the underside of my foot! So another purchase that needed to be made – thankfully though Power running shoes aren’t exactly the most expensive on the shelves! :)

Sigh, not monetary this one, but probably the most depressing of them all, my weight completely exploded over the two and a bit weeks that I was on holiday, completely knocking off all the gains I had finally started to make and putting me well, well back behind step 1 even. Sigh, definitely not very happy about that one!

Linked to this is the next negative little thing to hit, namely my knees. I played one morning of badminton at the Church with the folks and friends during my break, and all of a sudden my knees can’t recover and I’m struggling with them each time I sit down or get up now. Sigh, not cool, not cool.

Now for pretty much the biggest negative wave to hit us at the start of the year – in short, Chantelle’s eyes are pretty much buggered. We’ve gotten two opinions now from two different optometrists, but the diagnosis is the same. Her eyes which are a lot poorer than mine and also suffer from astigmatism, are now rejecting contact lenses and the blood vessels that are growing into her eye to try and increase oxygen flow are overtaking everything. With the rapidly deteriorating sight combined with her already poor eyesight makes spectacle wear cumbersome and not really practical, and with contact lenses out of the picture, both optometrists suggest we start speaking to people regarding Lasik surgery to try and correct the problem.

And that as we all know, that costs pretty much over the R20,000 mark, and is NOT covered by medical aid, so will have to come out of our funds somehow.

So I guess it is just as well that the guy hasn’t been available yet to come around and take my bonus money so that he can redo our kitchen cupboards such that we can finally have bought a dishwasher for the house. Oh well, such is life.

Sigh, surely these are far too many little negative niggles to start the year off with? O.o