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How to Lose Weight if you are Obese? My Life 05 APR 2015

“How to Lose Weight if you are Obese?” – or rather, “Hey, this seems to be working well for me!”.

In my late teens and early twenties I was slim, fit, and had energy for days. However, at around 25 my disposable income had increased significantly enough that I didn’t mind spending money on junk food (hello Coke, Danish, Muffin and Chocolate Croissant, won’t you please all join me for lunch today?), had a job that saw me bound to my desk and slouched over a computer for the entire work day (that hasn’t changed mind you), and I got comfortable in serious relationships which subsequently meant even more food without any regard for its effect on my waistline (apparently this is pretty normal when it comes to young love).

Anyway, at this stage I was still super active on the extramural front though (lots of sports and activities), but as we all know, exercise is not going to entirely compensate for all the sugar and junk you stuff into your face. However, the final nail in my coffin was suffering a relatively serious knee injury back in 2007 that saw me pretty much stop all forms of exercise for more than just a year or two – in fact, that very knee injury still seriously limits me to this very day!

In other words, that moment marks exactly when the downward slope became a proper downward slide into obesity.

overweight craig lotter holding jessica's hand at rico suter country lodge in worcester

Jessica and I, circa 2013 in Worcester.

Although I didn’t weigh myself back then, I do remember weighing in at around 85 kg (187 lb) at a karate tournament, which must have been around 2006/2007. Fast forward seven years or so to 2015 (featuring a job change, more stress, marriage, and two children), and all of a sudden I find myself clocking in at a whopping 150 kg (330 lb) – which given my relatively average/short height translates to properly obese.

Needless to say, this isn’t a good thing in terms of health, practical aspects like clothes, furniture and more importantly, office chair selection, and of course more internal things like self-image. (Not that the last one bothers me that much mind you. I’m not a particularly vain man, nor do I care much for the opinion of others – so I think helps a lot on the self image front! :P)

Anyway, there have been a few short-lived attempts at weight loss over the past couple of years, but nothing that ever stuck, and come to think of it, with the clarity of hindsight, I think I know exactly why this is.

Up until now I had NEVER really wholeheartedly made my own personal decision to lose weight. Up until now, it was almost always someone else’s idea or at someone else’s behest, which almost always then translates into me not being 100% committed to the plan.

But that all changed on the 5 January 2015.

I woke up and it was as if a switch had just been flicked on in my head. My knee was sore and so I simply thought to myself, “I’ve had enough – let’s lose some weight”.

And that is all that it was.

A wholehearted, personal decision that I had made to lose weight.

So practically then, how do you go about losing weight if you are already obese?

Actually, that’s really, really simple. To maintain or increase your current weight the body needs food. Eat less food than this amount and your body will use what it has to try and keep up – in other words, making you smaller.

It really is that easy.

craig lotter in front of mermaid statue in langebaan

I found a mermaid in Langebaan. Circa 2014

Of course, there are a few caveats to this.

One, you really, really should stop taking in all that unnecessary sugar and so to that affect I’ve switched to almost exclusively drinking water, stopped adding sugar to my coffee (of which I still drink a little too much, though it is only Ricoffy so I don’t think it’s too bad), and of course, have pretty much completely given up on sweets and chocolate.

(Not really no, I do still enjoy a good piece of chocolate whenever I can lay my hands on it. But it’s not that often any more, promise.)

Also, it helps that Chantelle no longer bakes cakes to the degree that she used to – in fact, when she does, I make sure to quickly toss all the cut-offs in the bin lest I be tempted to smear on some icing sugar and wolf down everything like I so readily used to in the past!

Secondly, I’ve inadvertently pretty much stopped eating things like bread, rolls, cornflakes and potatoes. This isn’t on purpose or in accordance with some or other plan, but rather simply because eating it makes me uncomfortable and full, and not eating it doesn’t – and seeing as the later is what I’m after, dropping it makes a lot of sense.

So instead, I eat a lot of fruit, yoghurt, and suppers generally consist either of fish or chicken breasts (or the occasional slab of pork) accompanied with a simple, unadorned green salad. Also, we try to eat earlier in the evening whenever we get a chance, as opposed to what was becoming the norm of only having supper around 20:30 once the girls were both in bed!

Boring, yes, but effective nonetheless.

Oh, and portion control is without a doubt another one of the big things here.

If I’m going to have a hamburger (which I still occasionally do), instead of eating two, I’ll only eat one. Instead of eating two chicken breasts like I always did, I only eat one. Instead of devouring a large pizza by myself, I only eat half.

You get the picture.

I do also have one final trick up my sleeve which I haven’t mentioned yet – I religiously weigh myself each and every morning.

Every morning I get up, potter around, and then grab my digital scale and place it down on exactly the same tile on the floor (to try and ensure consistent readings), weigh myself three times to ensure an accepted average reading (they should ideally all be the same of course), and then record it in a weight tracking app on my phone (Libra in this case).

This allows me to keep a thumb on my progress and to make any corrections if necessary – i.e. you had a massive weekend where you threw all of your new eating norms out of the window, meaning that for the next couple days it’s carrot sticks for you! :)

The result?

All of the above has resulted in my thus far losing  15 kg in 3 months – and that is without starving myself, punishing myself, or resorting to any physical fitness regimes whatsoever!

Sure, it’s a drop in the ocean when I look at how far I still have to go, but I’m definitely on the right path, and when enough weight has dropped I should be able to start throwing in some fitness routines as well – meaning that if all goes to plan, next year I should be waking up pretty close to my previous fighting fit weight! :)

No Wataah! My Life 05 APR 2013

outside-water-tapSigh, it’s never nice driving into the office for a day of feeling all crusty and icky from the previous day’s activities.

You see, Chantelle woke me up this morning to inform me that the house didn’t have any water (she’d been up baking through the night), meaning no face wash, no shower, and most important of all, no brushing of the teeth.

Fabulous I know.

Still, it could have been worse I suppose – poor Chantelle is trying to get through a major cake and cupcake order for delivery today… without any water!

Eina. Apparently there was a break somewhere in Sir Lowry’s Road overnight (according to the municipality), so here’s to hoping that when I head back home this evening, at least the water will be back on and I can enjoy my sorely missed shower!

Rolling Back the Carpet My Life 11 JUN 2010

Whew. So Chantelle had Cliffie, the plumber/maintenance man they use at Gordon’s Beach Lodge come and have a look at the leaking geyser and it turns out that thankfully it wasn’t the geyser at fault at all! Instead, one of the copper pipes feeding into the geyser had corroded enough to from a small hole the size of a pinhead, causing a perpetual spray of water against the geyser at a rate fast enough to fill up a cup withing a minute.

This water then ran down the geyser and soaked into the cement below, basically spreading throughout the study and coming up to soak the underfelt of the carpet, making those big wet spots that had alerted us to the problem in the first place.

So after a bit of a hunt to find the water mains, Cliffie cut out the bit of offending pipe and welded in a replacement, meaning that the water leakage has now been stopped.

However, it isn’t all a field of daisies just yet.

Now because it is a pipe from the structure and not the geyser that caused the damage, responsibility for repairing it now falls to the complex management company, namely Micsam, which means that they are now liable for the costs. Already Chantelle has entertained some people to assess whether or not the carpet can simply be lifted and cleaned, but as the underfelt is already completely soaked and ruined, I’m afraid that the verdict is that the whole thing will have to be lifted up and replaced.

Fantastic.

Anyway, so now it falls to us to clear out the study, roll up the wet carpet and then allow the cement to dry out for a couple of days, before the team rolls in and fits in a replacement.

Sigh, and of course it is the perfect timining for drying out wet cement floors of course! :P

(On a side note, Olympus seems to love the exposed underside of the carpet. He runs up and takes a flying leap over the wet cement – refuses to walk on it – lands on the other side and proceeds to sharpen his claws on the underside. Perfect furry fun in other words!)

No Water? More Dishes My Life 11 MAR 2010

So this Tuesday evening past Chantelle and I decided to skip going to the movies after all. Why you might ask? Well remember I mentioned previously that Gordon’s Bay had lost its water supply from early Sunday straight through to late Monday evening thanks to a burst water main? Well the impact this had on the household was horrendous – apart from Chantelle stealing our fridge-chilled water to fill the cistern so that we at least could flush, the worst impacted by this sudden lack of wet stuff was without a doubt our kitchen – as you can see from the pictures below.

Dishes literally piled up, starting with Saturday’s dishes (hey, who does dishes on a Saturday?) and then extending all the way through to Monday’s load, this is what our poor kitchen slowly became.

So in all fairness, it was the best decision to stay at home and try and tackle this pile (after my swim and supper of course) – though when I say we I mean me as Chantelle was already mysteriously passed out on the couch just as Flash Forward began… :P

No space left in the kitchen, the trail starts in the lounge already...

...moving on to the food preparation counter, it only got worse...

...to the counter space next to the basin!

Never mind the area next to the basin itself! O.O

Sigh, our mothers would be so ashamed of us…

The Warm Water Spa and the Cellphone General Nonsense | My Life 19 JAN 2010

My dear old father-in-law Monty managed to achieve the quite unthinkable this past weekend (which we spent as a Montgomery Clan getaway to Warmwaterberg Spa just by the way) – he managed to completely soak his cellphone by forgetting it in the pockets of his newly purchased swimming trunks as he entered the warm water pool for his very first swim.

Needless to say, he was quite distraught, Cheryl was annoyed and the rest all thought it to be quite hilarious.

Seeing as this happened on the very first day of arriving at the spa, the hapless, unresponsive and rather soggy cellphone proceeded to then spend the rest of the weekend lying around in pieces in the hope that it would dry out and thus render itself useful once more (and had I had access to the Internet, I might have known about the laying in a bowl of rice trick that seems to work rather well according to the denizens of the Net).

Anyway, at the time of writing this quickfire post I have yet to receive an update as to how the phone is faring. Did it survive, is it still salvageable, will insurance cover its repair? Or has it truly shuffled this mortal coil and gone to that ever increasing pile of junk that is electronics heaven?

I’m really not sure, but the whole incident does raise an interesting question in my mind. Is a phone’s dunking survival rate greater depending on the purity and temperature of the water in which it finds itself submerged? For example, does the fact that this phone was submerged in mineral rich, heated natural spa water instead of cold distilled battery water have any effect on its survivability rate?

C’mon, surely there must be an engineer out there who can enlighten me? O.o

Waterworks My Life 23 APR 2008

It was a fun morning yesterday for the two of us as I was sitting frantically trying to get everything on the server back up and running after finally fixed my PHP installation late last night and Chantelle got to sleep in a little later thanks to being on late shift for the day. Lucky bugger!

Anyway, eventually she managed to roll out of bed and after a wake-up cup of coffee and a quick hello, she hopped into the shower to get ready for work. She had graciously offered to let me shower first, so I was back in my office working away when I heard a shriek and then a desperate shout of “Oh no!!” coming from the bathroom.

Monday afternoon when I arrived home from work I arrived to a flat without any water. It looked as if they were working on the complex and had to shut down the water for the duration of their work because just an hour or so later the water was running freely again. But as Chantelle found out first hand, it looked as if they weren’t quite finished with their work yet! :)

So there stood my soapy liefie with conditioner on her hair and nowhere to turn (for some reason the geyser was already drained), eventually accepting defeat and asking me to get the last supply of water that we had in the house – namely the 2 litres of cold water we keep in the fridge for drinking purposes! I tried to warm it a little by adding the last little bit of warm water that was in the kettle, but by now you all know where this little story is heading – I can’t help but chuckle at the shrieks of freezing terror that escaped out of that bathroom :)

Maybe next time she should borrow some of the fishes’ water?

WatAAh! My Life 19 APR 2007

Bruce LeeWhat a pleasant surprise this morning. I pull myself out of bed this morning at 05:45 amble towards the bathroom, take a leak and pull the chain – only to make the delightful discovery that the flats water supply is down (again). *sigh* And a shower would have been so nice since I hung out for a drink last night. A person always comes back stinking of smoke, no matter how long you stay in the place.

So much for washing last nights dishes this morning or feeding my hungry plants who are currently looking more like Bon Jovi from their hair days than Macy Grey.

Hopefully the problem will have been resolved by the time I get home, else its back to melting ice cubes for me.