A Meal for Maintainers


We Nutracheck regulars, Sprog and Steve, have written occasional joint blogs this year, which people seem to have found interesting. So we thought it was about time for another one…


STEVE and ANN (Mrs Steve): Would you be free to come to dinner one day, Sprog?

SPROG: Oh, yes please!

STEVE: This is going to be a meal fit for an expert maintainer!

SPROG (thinks): I wonder what that means? Will it be a delicious meal that is within my calorie allowance? Or will it be a rich, varied, and sumptuous feast, which will require all my ‘getting back on track skills’ afterwards?

SPROG (says): I’m looking forward to it!


Maintenance still needs Constant Vigilance


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!)


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.


Chris’s ‘Around the UK Rowing Challenge’


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.