My Weight Loss Battle Continues…

December 22, 2009 | By | 75 Replies More

I have to admit that after my last post I am just so tired I slacked off everything for a while. I actually allowed myself some down time, because I am always putting this pressure on me to tackle things that need doing ASAP and get everything done on time. This usually keeps me on my toes but also stressed out. And I couldn’t take it any more. I actually had the feeling that even the little daily things that need doing were getting too much for me and made me feel anxious. Maybe I was heading for a depression?

Anyway, you might have noticed that I haven’t updated this blog for a while, and that’s the reason. Even updating this blog seemed like a chore and had to be done on a regular basis, and I couldn’t do it any more.

So I decided to just take it easy in every regard for a while. No more stressing about paperwork, housework, kids, dogs, weight loss and anything else. I just wanted to slow down and relax. I have to tell you it is so good to let go for a little. I took up reading novels again – that was always one of my favorite past times. I also vouched to always enjoy my daily walks with my dogs and not to think about all the work I still had to do at home.

Guess what – it works! Over time I have become less stressed out, and more relaxed. And the funny thing is I still get as much done of my work as before, if not more, and it doesn’t seem as hard any more. I guess that has to do with being more mindful – by slowing down I have become more mindful of what I am doing and that helps to focus better on the things you are actually trying to achieve. You should try it out!

What I have also noticed is a small change in my weight loss pattern. I have tried to be more relaxed about food, too, not taking everything so strict, having a cookie when I want one, but basically just trying not to eat too much of everything. And whilst I have not really lost weight, I have to say I also haven’t gained any even though I have been watching a lot less what I eat. I take that as a plus, because before, when I was stressing out about it, I would sure pack on the pounds!

My new healthy diet weight loss plan now is

  • get enough sleep
  • go for a walk (min. 30 minutes) with the dogs in the morning if possible
  • eat a good breakfast (yes, I do now!), always making sure I have some protein with it
  • eat lots of protein and vegetables, some fruit
  • try not to eat carbohydrates in the later afternoon and evening
  • still have some treats if I feel like it – but limit them
  • drink plenty of water and take my supplements

Now of course we have Christmas coming along now, so we will see how I go, but overall I feel good and ready for anything!!!

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  1. Hi Petra,

    I always appreciate your honesty and sincerity. My yoga teacher has us practicing “not rushing” during class. It reminded me of it, when you said you just decided to take it easy – simple, but brilliant! Why is that so hard to do???

    • Petra Weiss says:

      Because the day has only 24 hours and we cram so much into it and don’t want to miss out on anything? 😉

  2. Liz Botica says:

    Hi Petra,
    thanks for your website. I’ve just come across Jon Gabriel’s book today. I seem to be overweight for much the same reasons as you. I hope that you’re continuing with his method. I think I will buy his book. But in the meantime I’ll be putting into practice his and your suggestions. The water seems a good one, and the supplements as well. I’m already on the way of doing the right things like taking fish oils, flaxseed digestive enzymes and probiotics. And I’ve just bought multivitamins again after not having had them for a while and I started to feel really tired. Now it looks like I have to get some good quality protein as well, funny I’ve been thinking about that as well.
    The other thing I’ve started doing is Pilates, I absolutely love it. I’ll keep you posted how I’m going.
    Tschuess for now, Liz

    • Petra Weiss says:

      Hi Liz, thanks for stopping by! Great that you are on the same track as I! I just slacked off over the festive season and because of it have put on 2 kgs now, but hope to shed them (and some!) soon again. The Gabriel Method is great, the only problem I have is with the visualization, often I am so tired at night that I don’t have time to visualize before I fall asleep!

  3. Your weight loss plan looks good and do-able. Sometimes when we setup too many restrictions, our little “gremlin” inside makes us fail. My husband and I must watch our fat intake, yet we decided to “forget about” counting fat content for two days — Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We enjoyed all the holiday fixings. Now we are back on track and feel the break was good for us.
    Hope your tiredness goes away soon! Thanks for the great post.
    .-= Weight Loss w/Ellizabeth´s last blog ..Weight Loss Resolutions — Made Yours Yet? =-.

    • Petra Weiss says:

      Thanks, Elizabeth! I feel much better, but I had some time off during the festive season, too, and have now put on 2 kgs which will be so hard to get rid off again! 🙁 I have to update my weight loss ticker…

  4. Hi Petra,

    First of all, I hope you had a great Christmas. And I wish you a Happy New Year! 🙂

    Stress can really take it’s toll on any weight loss program. Not to mention pretty much every other aspect of your life. Basically, what happens when you’re stressed out is your body releases more of a hormone called cortisol. And increased cortisol production will make your weight plateau, and you could even put more weight on because of it.

    Your program looks good. Stick with that and you’ll see really great results I think. It’s a good balance.

    I noticed you mentioned that you’re still taking supplements. Are these still the supplements you were using a while ago from the gabriel method program? If so, are they working? I’m really interested to know how you’re getting on with all that…
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    • Petra Weiss says:

      Hi Linda, yes, I am still taking the supplements and feel really good, but haven’t lost any weight. As soon as I think about restricting what I eat, or just eating certain things, I just don’t seem to be able to stick to anything. So I am really cross with myself for being so weak. 🙁

  5. Weight Loss can be achieved easily through exercise. You should also consider a healthy and balance diet that is free from saturated fat. Avoid sugary foods too.

  6. estetik says:

    This is a very nice diet plan I think. Especially its better if it does not cause a stress on you. I don’t believe is diet plans which makes you hungry. The main thing is to eat less, to exercise, and drink more water.

  7. MM says:

    I like this article alot, I understand how you got stressed out of all those thinking.. Is that a new plan or just the same thing minus the stressing? 😀

  8. Hello Petra,

    I was going to come on and give you support and tell you not to be too hard on yourself. Christmas and Easter are the times when we are most vulnerable. Anyway, you didn’t need my encouragement because you have so many great supporters cheering you on… except for Pretty Girls Gallery. I suspect that a very thin person wrote that comment!

    It’s good to see a real person being open about going through the daily grind of trying to keep the weight under control. It’s not an easy thing. When I was setting up my website, my mum suggested that I have photos of myself as I lost the weight. Well… you won’t find any photos of me in my knickers on the internet – no fat photos, no thin photos. One of the Pretty Girls might do that but not me.
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    • Petra Weiss says:

      Hi Sue, thanks for your support! It’s great to know that there are people out there like you. Well, I had in mind to possibly post a before and after photo of me here AFTER I have achieved my weight loss. Simply because it gives what I say a lot more credibility. But of course, I have to get there first, and we will see how that goes! But essentially I do not like posting photos in knickers either, but I think a little “proof” goes a long way.

  9. No, it’s definitely not easy to lose weight. But it absolutely can be acheived.

    You know for some people (most people, actually) restricting what they eat, or just eating certain things, is not the best way to go. It usually ends in binge eating.
    .-= [email protected]´s last blog ..Can You Really Think Yourself Thin? =-.

  10. I like the post and might have to incorporate it into my blog. People need to know how to eat right and it is not all that hard, but education is key. Thanks for the link!

  11. According to my experience daily exercise and yoga is essential to lose weight. Though we may lose our weight,I think dieting is not good for health because it will lacks proper amount of protein and vitamin that we need to keep us healthy. Healthy diet weight loss plan you have explain is simply awesome,i will suggest all who are suffering from their fat belly and huge weight.Thanks a lot for sharing such a nice post,keep it up.

  12. The most effective way for Losing Weight is exercise. You just do some cardio workout everyday like jogging and running for miles. That would effectively burn the fats in your body.

  13. Dave says:

    When you give a Patient Information On Diabetes, they realize that it’s time to begin to take their weight seriously. Losing weight is hard, but well worth the effort!

  14. New plans are horrible. A real necessity, but horrible. We all just started our New Years diet at the office. You can see where people are getting frustrated but we have to keep up with it because the end product will be well worth it. Keep your blog and your plan up. Cheers!

  15. scheng1 says:

    It’s a life time battle. Take your time and dont give up. Once when I struggled with weight problem, my prayer came true in other form. I got a bad flu and throat infection during the festive season, followed by a 3 months cough. That did manage to make me slim down.
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  16. Thanks so much for the honest post. I struggled with weight loss for a long time and blog about it too! I found that the only thing that really works for me is diet and exercise together. When I’ve tried to lose the weight with dieting alone, I’ve been successful but for a limited time.

    When I combine diet and exercise the weight loss is slower but seems to last longer. Keep up the fight and best of luck!

  17. Eddie says:

    This sounds alot like my exercise/weightloss routine. I always start off the morning by drinking a big glass of water. This seems to wake me up and fill my belly. I’ll then take my two dogs for a walk, usually lasting about 30 minutes or so, and about 1.5 miles. I always try to eat some fruit and whole grain bagel/toast for breakfast.

    This is my perfect way to start the morning. Through out the rest of the day, I try to drink alot of water, sometimes juice. Protein is important or I’ll start to get headaches and become fatigued. Plus, anything with fiber, because it keeps me full.

    Good luck in your weightloss endeavours. It’s not easy, but with a good diet and regular exercise routine, you’ll start to notice positive changes.
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  18. Great Article. Most people have this problem. Stressful lives cause everyone to be tired, and this urges people to stop working out or trying to keep fit. The key is to not make staying fit a chore. You have to enjoy it. If you enjoy it the longer you will stick with it and the greater the results will be.

  19. Exercise helps me a lot. 🙂
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  20. @ Womens bodybuilding – I’m not convinced that Yoga is essential to a weight loss program. But I think it could definitely help. I actually went to a Yoga class last week and found it to be very enjoyable.
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  21. smire says:

    is about teaching everyone easy and efficient techniques to restore,improve and maintain our body health and tips on living in a healthy environement. We will be diving in the universe of alternative medicine,folk medicine and ancient cures using home made ingredients.
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  22. My weight loss plan is psychological. I say, “I only need to lose 5 pounds”. When I lose them, I give myself a treat day. Then I decide if I want to go back on the diet or not.

    It’s working for me!
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  23. If you can, only drink water. A lot of calories can be saved by not drinking juices and carbonated drinks. I’ve been doing it a month now and it’s going well.

  24. This is a great website. It give me perspective on my own weight struggles. I am not fat, but I see myself gaining weight. And as you said in your blog, slowing life down could really make a difference. I haven’t tried it, but I do notice when I am a bit more relax, I tend to eat less. I also stop drinking sodas because of what it can do to my stomach and I’m watching the ingredients in the food that I buy. I think you’re doing a good job here and hopefully, you’ll make a big difference in many lives around the world. Good luck!
    TimM
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    • Petra Weiss says:

      Tim, thanks for your kind words! I wish you lots of success in your weight loss, and in slowing down. Life will be much more enjoyable!

  25. There are a lot of lifestyle stresses that will cause weight gain. I know myself , Ill eat food to comfort myself. Exercise is a big key for losing weight and controlling stress. Its tough but I force myself to do it.

    • Petra Weiss says:

      Exercise really does make a difference. I can tell right now, I have given myself a few months off from the gym (not enough time), and I feel as though I am getting weaker and flabbier all the time. Yuk! It definitely helps to feel fitter and healthier, and to keep the weight down (mine has crept up again to 79…)

  26. Weight loss is a buzz word today. Every medical experts , each health websites are providing thousands of instructions and methodologies on it. But finding out the best option quite often depends on your ability to choose the optimum combination.
    I feel that at the end of the article the new weight loss food plan is ideal and easy to apply. There can be different ways but for a long term continuation we need simple but step by step plan which is easy to afford.

  27. Jewellery says:

    Figuring out how to lose weight is a challenge for many of us, particularly considering that the quickest path to weight loss is different for everyone.

  28. Swimming,Running,Bicycling and walking are the best thing to loss our weight and to remain healthy.Yoga and daily exercise is really essential for good health and weight loss.Go for natural thing which will not have any side-effects.Thanks for sharing great blog.

  29. White bread,fried rice,sugar on the table,pesticides, ghee all these are fat gaining things.So we should try to strictly avid all these things in order to have slim body.Swimming,running,yoga,walking,bicycling,yoga and exercise are the best things for sound health and weight loss.So from today try to avoid all weight gain foods and start doing healthy exercise then you don’t need to go for any unnatural things.Thanks for sharing good article.

  30. The body needs to be working as efficiently as possible to lose weight fast.

  31. Long walks are the best exercise for long term weight loss.

  32. Gabriel Method is really a working method to lose weight. I followed this method and found successful.

  33. Hi Petra,

    I really appreciate the way you handle such situation in your life. Stress is everywhere and without managing it, we get frustrated and became inefficient in our daily works or task. You’re right, sometimes taking a break results positive and it makes us regain our strength and our interest in many things. Great article! Hoping to hear more from you.

  34. According to me, the best way to achieve fitness is through the use of proper exercise tools and other fitness equipments. Starvation is not the way you can achieve weight loss. For a good result Take small meals 10 times a day instead of two-three full and big meals full of fat.

    • Petra Weiss says:

      You are right – eat more often smaller meals spread out over the day will keep your appetite at bay and your metabolism firing.

  35. For those who are planning to lose weight, my advice is that please always consult with your doctor or naturopath before undertaking any new diet or exercise plan.

  36. Dont ever give up in your battle. Fight hard, you will definitely achieve your dreams.

  37. What I wish to say is that , determine your objectives to lose weight. To succeed in doing something, you need to have a very compelling objective or reason so that you will not lose track of your goal.

  38. You will definitely win in your battle. I am sure about that. Dont give up and let your confidence down.
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  39. Peter says:

    Great share. I like to have the weight loss plan as you mentioned above. But my problem is lack of sleep.
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  40. Hello Petra, can you suggest some ideas to get good sleep. As told by Peter, I am also suffering from lack of sleep.

  41. Lynn says:

    How to get get enough sleep. Please share some tips for that.
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  42. Weight Loss says:

    I have just finished a four week fat-loss diet in which I lost over 12lbs and 2.5 inches off my waist.

  43. I hope you will achieve your weight loss goal, by the way good luck!
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  44. Hi Petra, don’t ever give up. Lot of people give up during the battle of weight loss and due to this reason they won’ t succeed.

  45. There are several reasons as why some people are overweight. Make a habit of walking. Instead of driving car to the nearby market, prefer walking down. Walking is more important for people in sedentary jobs.

  46. Exercise is the best factor for weight loss.So always focus on exercise for maintain good health and weight loss.Thanks for sharing such a interesting blog.I am going to consider your blog and will take it as inspiration.

  47. Cardio workout is always great if you want to cut down those fats.`*

  48. Longevity says:

    They said When eating Breakfast you should eat like a King (Eat a lot), for the Lunch eat like a Princess (Eat moderate) and lastly during dinner eat like a Begar (eat super little quantity). Well i guess its a good eating habit.
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  49. For people who live in an appartment, instead of taking elevators, they can take the stairs, it will help a lot to burn fat.

  50. This are candied information. I do eat heavy meal during breakfast and some vegetables in lunch and dinner. I hope this will serve as an ideal diet plan.
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  51. I have tried doing a diet before and sadly I didn’t stick to it.

  52. Poppy Scott says:

    Cardio Workout is really great when you want to burnout those calories~*-

  53. the best cardio workout is of course running and jogging~-;

  54. the best stuff that you can do to reduce body fast is of course a cardio workout _

  55. Christine says:

    You should look to remove junk food from your diet altogether. Without doing so, weight loss is extremely difficult, if not impossible.

  56. Since I want to use some of this, I wont copy it. I will just link back to the Post. Sound ok ?

  57. Healthy Body says:

    Your weight loss plan is looking very sensible and practical. Keep up the good work and all the best!!

  58. Thank you for the enjoyable read!

  59. Allexa U says:

    I have been trying to loss weight every since. After my college days I didn’t get any chances to maintain my natural weight instead I gain more than the usual. No more cheerdance, no more stress from school and thinking of exams and different school activities. I have tried different way of losing weight, the natural way of exercising and going to the gym and the other easy way is to take some pills. After a while I did loss weight but I become tired of doing this and still crave for food and I stopped now I gained more weight than the usual and still keeping this battle hoping to loss weight. Sigh!!!
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  60. As a former Soccer player I have found through experience that high intensity workouts are best for weight loss. If you just go for long jogs at the same pace all of the time, your body gets used to it, where as coupling high intensity runs and slow jogs (2 minute intervals) keeps your body guessing thus helping it burn more fat!
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  62. SimplyGo Oxygen says:

    Keeping a meal journal is what changed things for me, keeps me straight when i run out of calories for the day. Carbs in the morning, just a few. Paddleboard like crazy, and write everything down. The more oxygen in your blood, the better you feel. Breathing exercises to top it off, and the next thing you know 6 months and 30 pounds have disappeared.

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