Saturday, 26 November 2016

Weekly update #4

Another boring update, not much to say, still stuck at home and travel is quite difficult, unfortuntately my wifi modem failed which means internet browsing 24/7 is severely curtailed, while watching my favourite Youtube channels (or any Youtube videos for that matter) is completely off the list.

I ate slightly more than I should have this week, not a lot though.  Some days I am hungrier than others, even though I am eating pretty much the same thing.

Sunday 5,440KJ excess 8,790

Monday 5,385KJ excess 8,175

Tuesday 7,695KJ excess 9,870

Wednesday 6,465KJ excess 10,335

Thursday 5,936KJ excess 10,271

Friday 6,278KJ excess 10,549

So my excess kilojoules is slowly marching up, about 1,000KJ (roughly 2 apples worth) in a week.  I went against my desire to not eat ice cream on Tuesay, but I did manage to slow down the effect of it before then.

Being stuck at home for 5 weeks (except trips to the hospital for x-rays, and an exam) has had an effect on my mental health, no doubt about it. I'm just so unmotivated.  Lying in bed tricks the brain to think it's time to do nothing important.

Theoretically, I'll have my cast off on Thursday.  This coming week I've got lots of things to eat, Monday I'll be taking the wifi modem to the post office to send away, and I'll treat myself to something nice in a cafe just near the post office.  Tuesday I'll have more ice cream, and then Thursday I'll have (I really hope so) my cast off.  That means I'll treat myself, and Friday, a special project starts and I'll treat myself then too.  I don't expect to lose much weight next week but really, I don't know if I'm losing weight at all right now.  I'm almost certainly not gaining.  I don't know if I gained weight in the hospital, maybe a little bit.

See you next week, assuming that I can weigh myself, I'll post my weight on Sunday after weighing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Weekly update #3

Just another update of how I'm eating, although this week I've skipped the actual items since I'm not in a mood to be judged for eating too much of something and not enough of something else.  In other words, my diet is not perfect!  I'm still bedridden, feeling bored and unmotivated.  It's hard to do things when you're always in bed.

I was 6,840 kilojoules in excess of what I should be eating, as shown last week.  Let's see how I did:

Saturday 5,984KJ excess 6,824

Sunday 5,696KJ excess 6,520

Monday 5,786KJ excess 6,306

Tuesday 9,387KJ excess 9,693

Wednesday 5,987KJ excess 9680

Thursday 6,102KJ excess 9,782

Friday 5,770KJ excess 9,552

Saturday 5,798KJ excess 9,350

You will notice that there were only two days where I was above my allowance of 6,000KJ.  Want to guess what I had on Tuesday?  You guessed it, ice cream, like last week.  I think that I should really just give up on ice cream completely or buy small ice creams rather than tubs.  It's just not worth it.

It did occur to me that maybe I'm eating more than expected because typically manufacturers put a greater quantity than stated in their food to allow for variations of weight and only a small percentage are less than the stated weight.  I don't know what I'm actually eating, probably 5-7% more than what I think, who knows.  I don't have a kitchen scale with me.

At the moment, I'm 9,350KJ above my food allowance.  That's quite a bit, it's going to take about 3 weeks to get rid of that.  I don't want to get it so high that I need to "wipe the slate clean".

See you next week.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Weekly update #2

A week after my previous posting, I'm still bedridden at my little room with not much to do.  I went to the hospital for an x-ray but apart from that I haven't been out, nor do I want to because I feel unsafe walking on crutches with just one foot plus it's exhausting.

I have controlled my eating well in the last week, with one exception.  I had my support worker arrive on Tuesday and do some things, I got him to buy ice cream, and I consumed it just that day, because my freezer section in my refrigerator isn't worth using.  The ice cream was 8,000KJ, and in addition I ate other food as well.  I am currently about 6,000KJ over my allowance which equates to about 160 grams of pure fat that I wouldn't have lost.

This is of course assuming all kilojoule calculations are perfect, which they are unlikely to be.  I could be losing faster than expected, I could be losing slower.  I really do think that I am losing something, but who knows how much it is.  I can't weigh myself until my cast is taken off, 3 weeks from now.

I am experiencing hunger each day but that's 100% normal, and doesn't mean that I'm going to starve.  I'll just hang on for the next 20 days and then see what I weigh.  Fingers crossed that I've actually lost something.

Saturday 7,500KJ excess 1,500
Apples 842
Tuna 948
Beetroot 1,035
Special K 806
Orange juice 3,232
Sardines 637

Sunday 5,815KJ excess 1315
Special K 806
Apple 842
Milk 865
Tuna 680
Peas 780
Chickpeas 1203
Sardines 639

Monday 6,200KJ excess 1515
Special K 1612
Apple 1684
Milk 865
Tuna 680
Peas 780
Beetroot 579

Tuesday 11,541KJ excess 7,056
Breakfast Special K 806
Ice cream 8660
Apple 421
Tuna 948
two new apples 706

Wednesday 5,646 excess 6,702
Breakfast Special K 1612
Apples 706
Tuna 948
Tomato juice 1250
Orange juice 1130

Thursday 6,375 excess 7,077
Breakfast Special K 1612 (new packet)
Apples 1059
Orange juice 1130
Tuna 948
Peas 1626

Friday 5,763 excess 6,840
Special K 1612
Orange juice 2260
Apple 1059
Tuna 832

Saturday, 5 November 2016


About 2 weeks ago I broke my ankle.  I slipped over in the wet wearing jandals.  I called a taxi while lying on the ground outside my home, and went to hospital.  There I stayed for a whopping 6 nights/7 days.  That does seem a long time for a broken ankle, I had my foot in a cast and entered a child-like state when I was totally reliant on other people for a long time.  I stayed in hospital for so long because it was a holiday weekend, meaning the holiday was on a Monday and people (ie physiotherapists and occupational therapists) take the long weekend off work.  Also I live alone and needed to be trained up on the various tools they gave me when I left the hospital.

After leaving hospital I crammed for my mathematics exam (it's not realistic to study in bed while in hospital), had my exam (foot propped up on another chair with my pillow underneath) and I applied for an aegrotat because of the reduction in study time.  Because of my living situation, I am in one smallish room with everything that I need inside this room.  Food, water, and toileting are all here with me.  So much fun!

Once a week someone comes and does what's needed, and buys my food.  This is where I have control over my weight loss.  I haven't bought a lot of sugary items although everything that I'm eating can't be refrigerated so goodbye to fresh vegetables although I am eating fruit but not too much fibre please.

Starting today I'm aiming for 6,000 KJ per day, I should be losing weight at that amount, although it may be rather slow.  I can't weigh myself so that's a negative.  When I have my cast taken off, and don't need crutches I can see how much I weigh.

I will post a weekly summary of what I'm eating, see you next weekend.