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I completely forgot that I used to write this blog. Just like a diet, when you get to goal and you stop trying, I guess I did the same with this. And then tonight, on a whim, I logged into wordpress and saw something completely astonishing…in the 2 or so years since I last posted, I have had over 25,000 views.

What?!

I’m amazed my ramblings were interesting enough to get one person reading, much less 25,000. (Or maybe it was one person, 25,000 times. Hm…)

Anyway, as I’m here, I thought I should update. Did I gain all the weight back when I stopped thinking about WW and my diet? Well, yes, but I had a good reason for it – our baby boy is now 6 months old and an adorable addition to the family. I maintained well until I got pregnant and then I didn’t quite gain all of it back, thank God, presumably because I was SO much healthier before this second pregnancy than I was last time around. In fact it was annoying because I really didn’t gain much at all during this one until the last month or so when my PGP got so bad I was reduced to lying on the sofa all day while poor DD amused herself at my feet. I gained a stone in 5 weeks. Ugh. But anyway, gorgeous DS arrived, all was good with the world, I celebrated with lots of cake, waited the requisite 6 weeks and trotted back to WW. And now, here I am, oh so nearly but not quite back in the healthy zone. I’m currently weighing in at 11st 9lbs and a size 12, so I’ve got just under a stone till I’m officially BMI OK, and then another stone or so until I’m back to where I’m comfortable.

This time round it’s coming off much more slowly. Much more. By this point last time I’d lost over 3 stone! But I have a feeling I’ve buggered my metabolism by being fat then getting pregnant then dieting then getting pregnant then dieting, so I’m happy for it to come off more slowly and hopefully not do any more damage. I’m also being more proactive about exercise this time round, and have started doing the MuTu System which is designed to rebuild core strength after pregnancy (any time after – even 30 years after – quite extraordinary!) and help close Diastasis Recti. Wendy Powell, the genius behind it, advocates eating whole foods and little sugar (it’s a sort-of-almost-approximation of Paleo – ish) and I’ve been following those rules as much as possible, while continuing to count ProPoints just to check that my portion sizes are under control. There’s also a Facebook group to go along with the exercise videos from Wendy with a lot of super inspirational Mamas helping each other out, which I’m enjoying a lot.

So that’s it, that’s where I am. I don’t fit into most of my clothes but I’m on the way to feeling strong, I have the most scrumptious baby you can imagine, a completely mental and delightful three year old, a very tired but very wonderful husband and life is pretty damn sweet. And now I’ve remembered I’ve got a blog to write.

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The BBC have got a really cool program up on their website at the moment that tells you how healthy you are compared to people from other countries, using BMI as the measurement. Of course BMI has its failings, the fact that it doesn’t take into account muscle mass for one, but it’s a fun little exercise.

Back in November last year when I was 13st 10lbs I apparently had more body fat than 97% of females aged 15-29 in this country and than 99% of the same category of women worldwide. Now that I’m 9st (yes, finally I am managing to maintain-at a whopping 50PP daily!) I have less body fat than 83% of young women in the UK and than 58% of those women worldwide. I suppose the only thing I’m surprised by is that the first figure is quite so high-to be fatter than 97% of women aged 15-29 in the UK is quite an achievement given that we’re in the middle of an obesity epidemic in the west! I did a bit of playing around with numbers and found that if I cheated and told the calculator I’m 30 (which, sob, I nearly am) the outcome changed quite significantly-I became fatter than 85% of women aged 30-44 in this country. All this makes my head spin a bit (no, I can’t believe I did Maths A-level either) but I think that suggests that women in the UK aged 30-44 are significantly fatter than those aged 15-29. I see this as quite encouraging really, as maybe it means there’s hope for the younger generation yet? Presumably the teenagers tilt the scale enough and are still healthy enough to outweigh (underweigh?!) those approaching their 30s.

Anyway, it’s fun to play around with. Where do you fit in?

BBC fat calculator

Incidentally, you can also change the country you’re from. If I were American I’d now be slimmer than 87% of my peers, rather than 83% in the UK. Given the reputation America has nowadays of being a land of fatties, I think the terrifying thing there is that the figures are so close. We cannot lazily point at the USA and say ‘at least we’re not as fat as them’ because we VERY nearly are. And we don’t have their portion sizes to contend with, so we’re doing that all on our own-not something to be proud of as a nation.

At the other end of the scale, in order to make myself slimmer than 100% of women aged 15-29 worldwide, I had to make my weight 4st 6lbs. That is a tragedy I can’t even contemplate at this time in the morning. That there are women out there ‘surviving’ at that weight makes me want to cry.

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Yesterday somebody said to me ‘You’ve lost so much weight since I last saw you, you need to gain some weight now!’

I said, ‘I don’t think so,’ and left the room so as to bite my tongue.

I thought, ‘fuck off you jealous, interfering bitch. I am healthy, where before I was unhealthy. I am slim, where before I was obese. I am fit, where before I couldn’t run for a bus. I look good, where before I was miserable about my weight.’

I wish I’d said it out loud.

(Oh, and she’s overweight.)

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I haven’t blogged for ages because we’ve been so busy-we’ve moved house, I’ve been to a coven hen weekend, done make up at two weddings and at a studio a couple of times and last weekend we were at a coven wedding. Phew. It was brilliant, and also a chance for DD to spend some quality time with Granny as we took the opportunity to have a weekend away for the first time since she was born!

Anyway, a funny thing has been happening to me and it’s beginning to annoy me now. I’ve been trying to maintain my weight for almost two months, but have been failing spectacularly. This could be terrible-I could be packing on the pounds, but in fact I keep losing. Consistently. I’m in no danger of becoming underweight (I could lose another stone before that happened!) but I have started to feel comfortable at size 8, buying clothes etc, and I’m finding myself now needing a 6 in several places. I keep upping my points and I know I’m lucky because some WWers have to maintain on 29 or 32PP, while I’ve just put mine up to 45 dailies having lost another 1.5lbs on 41 (and had a wedding at the weekend! Where I didn’t point, AND had plenty of champagne! What is that about?!) but it’s getting frustrating. I intended to maintain at 9st 7lbs but weighed in this morning at 9st 0.5lbs. My leader says to just keep adding points, but I’m getting to the stage where I just want to have a week off entirely, eat a load of crap and see what happens. It’s pretty odd to have this number of points and still be losing-in fact I’m the only person I know in this situation. When I’m feeling anxious I wonder whether while doing WW I’ve got a mystery disease which has been concealed by my diet and dramatic weight loss is a side effect. Could I have messed up my thyroid? I don’t know, but if I’ve lost more weight next week I’m going to 50PP, and the GP.

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O. M. G.

And I never say that. Because I’m not 14. But it’s the only appropriate thing to say.

I just bought a pair of size 8 trousers.

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I read this online a while ago and have been meaning to share it. What have you lost?

1 pound = a guinea pig
1.5 pounds = a dozen Krispy Kreme glazed donuts
2 pounds = a rack of baby back ribs
3 pounds = an average human brain
4 pounds = an ostrich egg
5 pounds = a chihuahua
6 pounds = a human’s skin
7.5 pounds = an average newborn
8 pounds = a human head
10 pounds= chemical additives an American consumes each year
11 pounds = an average housecat
12 pounds = a bald eagle
15 pounds = 10 dozen large eggs
16 pounds = a sperm whale’s brain
20 pounds = an automobile tire
23 pounds = amount of pizza an average American eats in a year
24 pounds = a 3-gallon tub of super premium ice cream
25 pounds = an average 2 year old
30 pounds = amount of cheese an average American eats in a year
33 pounds = a cinder block
36 pounds = a mid-size microwave
40 pounds = a 5-gallon bottle of water or an average human leg
44 pounds = an elephant’s heart
50 pounds = a small bale of hay
55 pounds = a 5000 BTU air conditioner
60 pounds = an elephant’s penis (yep, weights more than his heart!)
66 pounds = fats and oils an average American eats in a year
70 pounds = an irish setter
77 pounds = a gold brick
80 pounds = the World’s Largest Ball of Tape
90 pounds = a newborn calf
100 pounds = a two month old horse
111 pounds = red meat an average American eats in a year
117 pounds = an average fashion model (and she’s 5’11”)
118 pounds = the complete Encyclopedia Britannica
120 pounds = amount of trash you throw away in a month
130 pounds = a newborn giraffe
138 pounds = potatoes an average American eats in a year
140 pounds = refined sugar an average American eats in a year
144 pounds = an average adult woman (and she’s 5’4”)
150 pounds = the complete Oxford English Dictionary
187 pounds = an average adult man
200 pounds = two bloodhounds

I’ve lost 60.5lbs to date, so look where that puts me…

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Last week I upped my daily PP allowance from 26 to 29 in an attempt to stop my weight loss but this morning when I weighed in I had lost another 2lbs…oops. It’s a bit unexpected as I’ve consistently been losing 1.5lbs a week for a couple of months now, so I didn’t think eating more would mean losing more! Maybe I’ve just shaken up my metabolism a bit. At any rate, I’ve put my points up again this week to 32 per day, so hopefully that’ll do the trick.

The slight complication this week is that I’m going on a coven hen weekend which will involve a lot of eating and drinking. (I know this because I’ve organised it!) I think I’m going to save my weeklies and then write them all off at the weekend, which I haven’t done for a while, but I think it will help me to know I don’t have to feel guilty for thoroughly enjoying some bubbles…

1 bottle of champagne is 20PP and I figure with 49 weeklies to play with in addition to my 32 dailies I’ll be fine-I don’t drink very much and I’m sure that post baby I’m a total lightweight so even if I do manage half a bottle to myself that will be fine, points wise, and will leave me with plenty of gourmet foodie points too!

Now I’ve just got to figure out how not to spend the weekend missing DD. I know she’ll have a lovely weekend with DH (and she always adores Daddy time) but I keep having nightmares that she doesn’t recognise me when I get back…argh!

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