Not So Heavy

If I can lose weight so can you!

A Weight Loss Journey

Welcome to Not So Heavy – a site all about my weight loss journey. Well, it’s not all about me though but I will share some of my experiences over the past year that I hope will help you lose some weight, and keep it off.

The domain was purchased in March 2016 while I was on my second stint of losing weight to get to my goal set back in August 2015. How I got to where I am now is available, just have a dig around or a quick search. Or you could start with why I decided to lose weight to see the motivations.

I would love to hear from you too. Want to share your tips and success? Comment away on any of the posts you feel are worth talking about. I hope to publish some user-contributed stories on experiences and learnings.

#stirfryday

Christmas spread. No meat for me though!

My Weight Loss Status for 2018

So here we are again – another rotation around the sun. Did you have any goals with regards to your weight or physical well-being? How did you get on?

I made a fundamental lifestyle change in 2018 which may, or may not, have contributed to a slow year metabolism wise. I tried to go vegan but in the end went what could be described as flexitarian (or semi-vegetarian).

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Halfway there - living on a balanced vegetarian diet

Halfway There – Living on a Prayer

We’re Halfway There – Living on a Prayer

10 weeks into the new “diet” and things have slowed down a bit after a flying start. As I decided at the new year there would be a new me I set my goals to live a little healthier and to try to get rid of the excess fat gained when I stopped smoking.

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homemade vegetable stock being made

Homemade Vegetable Stock

This homemade vegetable stock “recipe” could be in the tips & tricks section as this is not a full recipe, but it is absolutely a great way to utilize waste and also be in control of your ingredients.

This tip will not save you a tonne of money and I cannot claim credit for this tip, but I have found it a really useful technique to get the most from food waste and create delicious flavors with no gluten or additives guaranteed.

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mozzarella tomato pizza

Looking For A Silver Lining – 3 Positives To Keep Motivation

Every cloud has a silver lining, or so they say. 6 weeks into my 2018 20 week “diet” program I am looking for positives after another week of weight gain.

This is the second week of increased weight though the gain this time is higher than the last. There were a few factors that may have contributed to this – as usual related to drinking, eating and moving.

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January fruit of choice - persimmon.

January in Numbers – Top Stats to Start the Year

January 2018 was my first #DryJanuary. As my weight had sky-rocketed during the second half of 2017 it made sense to give this fad a shot as part of the new year, new me program.

My goal for 2018 was to shed the excess of 2017 that I am going to attribute to quitting smoking. However, I fully intend to exercise to complement the eating program: simple kilos lost will not be my only goal.

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blueberry

Things You Can Eat Without A Conscience

Things You Can Eat Without A Conscience TLDR >>

I bookmarked this article quite some time ago, thinking that it would be good to reference and also interesting to see how many of the foods on the list I actually eat regularly.

conscience free popcorn?

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A new me ... Veggie Stir Fry

A New Year, A New Me

A New Year, A New Me – how often have you heard that or seen it written online?

This would be true for me though. After maintaining peak weight for 6 months last year, things went pear-shaped when I quit smoking.

So time for a change.

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weight 2017

3 Things I’ve Learned This Year – The Hard Way

I’ve learned many things this year but after all the jubilation and success of 2016, exceeding my goals of losing 20 kgs, 2017 has been a bit of a scunner.

Things were going pretty well for the first half. I had conceded 0,5 kg as an acceptable “over”  – surviving holidays away, partying with friends and general non-exercise that I’d tried to maintain since the turn of the year.

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