Maintenance still needs Constant Vigilance

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I started my weight-loss journey with Nutracheck nearly four years ago at 148.5kg (23st 6). By March 2015 I got to my target of 85kg (13st 6), but that soon dropped further to 83.5kg (13st 2). I decided that I was going to maintain at that lower weight, but allow myself to bobble 1.5kg (3 pounds) either side of the 85kg.

Since then I’ve often blogged about my big weight gains and losses, and it certainly doesn’t seem to take much for me to gain several pounds, only to lose them pretty quickly as well. You may even remember that after Christmas 2016 I was worried because my Christmas weight was not dropping off, and that Sprog and I did a joint blog because she was in a similar situation. Well now I have a slightly different problem (always some problem with these whinging men!)

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Underactive thyroid – how much does diet matter?

Our thyroid gland is important for secreting hormones involved in maintaining a healthy metabolism.

Thyroxine is a hormone which is produced naturally in the body by the thyroid gland. Having too little thyroxine or too much thyroxine can cause health problems.

  • Hyperthyroidism means your thyroid gland is overactive –this can lead to a faster metabolism and weight loss.
  • Hypothyroidism means your thyroid gland is underactive –this can lead to a slower metabolism and weight gain.

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Chris’s ‘Around the UK Rowing Challenge’

MAY UPDATE

If losing 9 stone wasn’t enough, NC member Chris Angel set himself an ambitious goal for 2017 to row the distance of circumnavigating the UK on his indoor rowing machine – raising money for charity at the same time.

Starting from London, Chris is now past Inverness on our map of the UK.  To make it round in under 12 months requires an unrelenting program. Right now he’s 39% of the way there and 49km ahead of schedule. If he maintains his current pace, he’s set to complete his row by the end of November.

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Compare and Contrast with Sprog, Ann and Steve (part 2)

Three-Way Blog Part 2

Last month Sprog, Ann and Steve wrote a joint blog – a ‘virtual chat’ – about a little study we had done together for eleven consecutive days at the end of March 2017. For the study we all completed our Nutracheck diaries in as much detail as we possibly could, including food and exercise, and we weighed ourselves every morning. What we were interested in was whether we could learn anything from our different diets and our different levels of exercise. This is part 2 of our chat, but Sprog started us off with a brief summary of what we had covered in part 1…

SPROG:

The first thing we noticed was that, right from the start, all three of us began to lose weight, just because we felt that the others were interested in what we were doing, and we felt accountable to one other. Then we noticed that Steve, who didn’t even want to lose weight, was losing it the fastest of all of us (SPROG and ANN: Booo!!) which we saw was because heavier people burn calories faster, and even more so if they are men (SPROG and ANN: Booo!! Booo!! STEVE: OK, knock it off you two!)

ANN:

And don’t forget my Sprog Stepping Challenge.
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