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September 5, 2014

Weight Loss Resources got another member this week.   Lovely Husband has signed up with his own account!

He has been trying to lose weight for the past couple of months and I’ve been imparting all the wisdom that WLR has given me.   He’s been doing pretty well – he hasn’t gained any weight since starting but a couple of ‘Stayed The Same’ weigh-ins had him scratching his head.     I did tell him that logging his daily food intake was a great way of really knowing what you have taken on board every day.   I also pointed out the benefits of being able to log exercise and calculate the “trade off for food” and suggested that perhaps his own membership might be a good way of him taking responsibility for what he eats and how much he moves.  So he’s a fully paid up WLR-er now.

For me it’s been interesting seeing him “out and about” on the site.   Whereas I love to dip in and out of the forums and read the success stories, LH is fascinated by the food database.  He’s been pointing and clicking on all manner of foodstuff and particularly likes the “pie-chart” showing the Carb/Protein/Fat breakdown of each item.  

He also really liked the recipe database – he keyed in several of his favourite ingredients and was pleasantly surprised by the number and variety of recipes that appeared in front of him.

It has been fascinating watching as he checks out the nutrition profile of some of his favourites and the look of astonishment when he realises just how much saturated fat is in a chicken goujon is actually quite entertaining.  

Then when he realised that his Monday night big-box-of-chicken has more calories than his whole daily maintenance allowance I’m pretty sure I saw his jaw drop.­­­­

He’s also discovered the exercise diary – and again – approached it in a very different way to me.   My “not-loving” exercise is well documented.   I have hit upon a couple of things that I enjoy and stick to them.  I increase the intensity by doing longer workouts, or using hand weights or by wearing a weighted running vest.   LH’s approach was to key in all manner of exercise to see which scored the “highest” in terms of calories burned in the shortest amount of time.    But this difference is perhaps because we view how we want to benefit from exercise differently.   LH does not look overweight.  He is tall and still looks slender – but he is aware of the change to his shape and he wants to work on his muscle tone and regain definition.    I, on the other hand, am going for “fat blasting”.  My tummy still sticks out further than my chest and I need to get rid of the “extra padding” which I sit on.  But here on the site we can both hunt out exercise which best suits our purpose.

He also couldn’t quite understand eating his exercise calories and I have to admit that when I first joined, it was something I struggled with but fortunately I remembered the good advice I had found on the forums and pointed him to a couple of posts which explain it all far better than I ever could.  He’s still not entirely convinced and is going to eat half of his daily workout “earnings”.   He is also very keen to get to the end of his first week so he can look at his “report” and get a breakdown of what he did and when he did it (and he’s also looking forward to what the bathroom scales tell him when he has his first weigh in on Sunday morning)

I am really pleased that LH has his own account.   He is able to properly chart his journey from being “out of shape” to being “the shape he wants to be”.  He is able to make informed choices without having to refer to me (or my WLR account) and he can be accountable for his own actions.

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I'm northern (but migrated south); I'm married to my Lovely Husband; I'm a twin (older than my sister by just a matter of a few minutes); I have family to look out for; a day job to pay the bills; I 'moonlight' as a writer and performer of comic verse; I sometimes struggle to juggle life with all its various demands; I often wish for more hours in a day… And I'm on a journey to lose weight to take me to a healthy size, shape and BMI…

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