Thursday, 26 April 2012

The Food Patrol 90 Day Challenge: The finish line (with photos)

I have been avoiding writing this post. I have been avoiding admitting that I did exactly what I always do with diets. So close, and yet so far.

On January 16, 2012 I looked like this:
BEFORE: No idea why I am wearing pink undies on the internet.
Chest: 102cm; Waist: 99cm; Thigh: 83cm
I completed the Food Patrol 90 Day Challenge on April 16.

AFTER: Still in pink undies and now with added crazy
CHEST: 94cm; WAIST: 87cm; THIGH: 64cm
The program was awesome. Easy to follow. Motivating due to the quick results I achieved at the outset. It encouraged regular exercise (although I never quite got the resistance program going which means my shape hasn't changed much). The guys at the Food Patrol office stayed in contact; they were the trainers in my corner. I felt on top of the world. Until I went to free-range in Bali.

I wrote about my Bali Blowout. It wasn't really the 700g or so I gained that was the problem though. It was the fact that I had a taste of free-eating, and I had exactly the same pattern as I did before the program. I seemed to be able to forget about healthy eating, listening to my hunger cues or eating to a schedule.

I just seem to be able to block out sensible eating. When it suits me. I seem to be able to go into a trance and ignore myself. I refuse to get on the scales too. Another sign of denial. If I don't weigh myself, maybe it won't count?

And so when I got home, I initially lost the Bali weight. I was 74.8kg the next week. Then we had Easter. And Nugget's 7th birthday. And my niggly hip issue became an actual problem so I couldn't exercise without ridiculous amounts of pain. And it rained. And I got really stressed at work. And before too long, I had gone from the odd chocolate here, to a couch potato with a regular night time snacking habit and a hell of a lot of excuses.

So hard to stop. So bloody easy to start again.

I completed the challenge at 75.6kg. A total weight loss of 11 kilos (which is fantastic). The program works. It really does. It is just that my issues with food aren't really about being able to lose some weight. I have done that successfully now, and before too. It is about maintaining weight loss. It is about redefining my relationship with food. I know the Food Patrol can help me with this. I just have to get back into the head space. And it has to be about more than 90 days.

So if you think about it, I have now had a few weeks off the program if you count the weeks during the challenge where I actually put on weight and ate crap. I am already feeling the heady out of control feeling I get when I spiral downwards and pack on weight.

So it stops today. All the denial.

I woke up today and I thought, write the damned post. Admit you are out of control again, and get back on the program. Get back on the horse. Finish the damn job.

So I am. Today is Day 1. I am determined to kick this butt's butt.

Thanks so much for the Food Patrol for sponsoring And then there were four during this challenge. You had helped me in more ways than I can say :-)


35 comments:

Yvette @ Delightfully Tacky said...

Wow thats a great result!!! You can really see the weight has gone!! Good for you!! Keep it up!

Miss Pink said...

I personally think you look amazing!

kelly louise said...

That is such an amazing result but I definitely agree that its about 'redefining our relationship with food' as you so aptly put it. Maybe more than just with food, because a healthy lifestyle does mean being active as well. You are doing really well and I think everyone should wear pink undies on the internet

Shelley said...

Firstly, I want to say well done! You have done an amazing job and achieved some really great things! Secondly, I fell off too. I'm not even back on yet, I'm just acknowledging that I fell off. I don't want to do 12 week or 90 day things. I just want a healthy relationship with food each and every day. I haven't hopped back on just yet because I don't want it to be a rollercoaster ride. Man, this stuff is hard. But I'm so proud of you. xx

Life In A Pink Fibro said...

OMG, you are in your undies on the internet! You can rename your blog Life in Pink Undies... or not.

Well done with the weight loss! You did great. And not much to go at all. x

Photographer Mum said...

You look great! :) Well done!

rambling mum said...

11kg is awesome! Congratulations. You look great! I have been waiting for your final result as Food Patrol fascinates me - they are only 10 mins away from where I live so are quite well known here. I wonder if they would sponsor me lol!

sar : accidentallentil.blogspot.com said...

YEAH! good on you. i've been following your challenge and i think you did better than most would.

Emily said...

Congratulations on losing the weight! And good luck adjusting your eating habits. From someone who used to eat a block of chocolate a day - family-sized - I hear ya. It's hard, but, bizarrely, it's simultaneously easier than you think it will be. x

Miss Mandy said...

I'm very impressed with your photos, pink undies and all. Good on you, your loss is fantastic.
I went a bit crazy with easter and all.
I think for me finding the balance is about choosing 'healthy lunch options' so that at dinner I can eat our normal family healthy meal not a 'program meal'. Good luck.
You look awesome.

Bungalowgirl said...

You look fantastic and will probably start a new trend of pink undie shots on the internet. Use the force, you can do it! melx

Posie Patchwork said...

Congratulations!! Love Posie

Kelly Exeter said...

I think you have done AMAZING!!

Doing triathlon for 10 years meant I had 10 years of free eating. It took me more than two years to train myself to eat differently.

I think one big mind shift for me was to stop looking at food as a reward (not saying you do this though!)

Every time I did some exercise I told myself Ok, I deserve this 'insert crap but tasty food name here' ... when I finally stopped equating exercising to 'deserving' to eat crappy food, I was on my way :)

Nowadays I don't obsess too much about what I eat, if I want it, then I own my wanting of it ... and I enjoy it. That whole entitlement/guilt spiral thing is gone and surprisingly, I just don't want to eat as much crappy stuff these days!

supermac said...

Congratulations! You look wonderful :-)

Maxabella said...

Hawt!

Although, this would have to be the very first 'before and after' photoshoot where the gal looks happier in the 'before' shot than the 'after'. You crack me up in your pink pants. x

Megan Blandford said...

Well done! Looking great, but more importantly - getting ready for some more hiking??!

Lizeylou said...

I for one think you look fab, pink undies and all!!

E. said...

Congratulations! 11 kgs and 39cm is great. Well done, you.

It is about changing your relationship with food.

I also support the name change to Life in Pink Undies, too.

Coal Valley View said...

You look great! It's always the bloody maintaining isn't it!!! I have the same problem - quite capable of losing some kilos when I put my mind to it but I just can't and don't want to make any changes permanent. And my husband digs your pink undies :-D

At Number 32 said...

Loved ya then, love ya now.....pink undies and all! You never cease to impress me :) Well done x

Coal Valley View said...

I'm sure you know my sense of humour by now but just confirming that obviously my last sentence of my comment above is a joke! I'm sure he would dig your pink undies but he hasn't seen these photos....promise.

Sarah said...

You look great - may be you should think of setting a linky and calling it 'pull on your pink pants and post'?

Mum on the Run said...

Nice work.
11kgs is 11kgs - and pretty impressive.
You look terrific.
I hope your head gets with the program like you want it too.
:-) xx

DancingInTheRain said...

Amazing!! You have inspired me to redefine my relationship with food. I am going to go and call a gym about membership too - right now.

paleink said...

Wow, Chris, what a fantastic result. And good on ya for going on the net in the pink undies. Seriously though, you look fab and really get to the heart of the issue of weight loss - ones relationship to food. Much better to deal with this honestly so that making better food choices comes more easily. Keep up the good work. You're an inspiration!

Tat @ Mum in search said...

Fantastic job, you look amazing! And... hm... I don't think I have a single pair of pink undies, I should go and get myself some.

River said...

Congratulations on 11kgs, thta's a great effort. I'm curious about a couple of things though. How tall are you and is the thigh measurement an individual thigh or both together. Because I just measured my thigh in three places and I've got 61cm at crotch level, 53 at mid thigh, and 45 just above the knee. But my waist is 97cm and my chest is 110cm. Clearly I'm a roly poly way out of proportion and should stop eating chocolate immediately. I'm only five feet tall.....sigh, I really do like the chocolate.

Seana said...

Hello, 11kg is a lot to les at once. And 90 days is a long time to be reducing old intake. No wonder you want/need to overeat. Go slow!! Maybe a period of maintainence is the go... Still hard work but less restrictive and less likely to knacker your metabolism. Can you tell I'm a fan of the esteemed Dr Sainsbury Salis??

Seana said...

Sorry about typos, am crap at typing on iPad!!

Mama of 2 boys said...

Oh my goodness MM, well done! You look incredible. That is a fantastic achievement. Your face looks so thin in the second shot. It seriously is SO HARD to keep up the good fight, against bad foods... and regular exercise is a whole other battle. Good on you for giving it a go and making it work. Good luck with the next chapter.
Oh, and loving your pink undies, you're adorable xo

cityhippyfarmgirl said...

11kgs is awesome! Hat is well and truly taken off to you . ... and yay for pink undies :-)

InkPaperPen said...

You look fantastic.

Now you've written the damn post, you can get back on the wagon. After all that's what it's all about...Getting back on. No matter what. x

karencharlton said...

You're a champion! I'm not sure if I'm more proud of the weight or the pink undies on the internet!! Well done to you. You're a slither of your former self. x

emma @ frog, goose and bear said...

Looking great!! I think I have just the same problem as you. All the best as you kick some butt!

90 day challenge said...

this food patrol project really works on you great. love to see you like this now. looking forward to have some more information regarding this.

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