Monday, October 06, 2014
It's been a while since I blogged here.
My new diet is a high protein, low carb and low fat one.
I have been put in the high intensity exercise group (75 minutes). Everyone in the group is building up to 150 minutes a week of moderate intensity, and then we go down to 75 of high intensity.
It took me a couple of days to get my head around the new diet plan, and I'm still eating too much fat some days. I feel more comfortable which it now (it has been 4 weeks now).
I've regained around 3kgs, but I'm ok with that. We're weighing in at the end of the day now and actually eating, so some of it will be food.
When I have dieted in the past, or followed a "healthy eating plan", my hair has started to fall/shed after a few weeks. I thought that it wasn't going to happen this time - during the 8 weeks of shakes, my hair grew faster and was more healthy (as well as my skin clearing up). But unfortunately it has started happening. It's kind of discouraging. Maybe I'm just being vain and silly, but I don't like the idea of my hair falling out. And my skin is getting spotty again, which drains my confidence.
Thursday, September 04, 2014
I had my second clinic day for the trial that I'm a part of today.
Here's my results:
13.8kgs lost or 11.7% of my start weight.
12cms off my waist
8cms off my thigh
I forget how much off my hips.
I'm down 1-2 sizes in clothing depending on the cut.
My skin has cleared.
My fasting blood glucose has improved.
My pulse is slower.
My blood pressure is still quite low, but, hey, that's ok.
I have more energy.
I don't feel hungry all day every day.
I just feel better all round.
Have to go back next week to find out which diet and exercise plan I'll be on for the next 3 years (high protein/low carb/low fat or everything in moderation), plus have a DEXA scan.
I'm really looking forward to the next stage. And I want to continue on the track to a healthier me.
Saturday, August 02, 2014
I lost 3.3kgs this time. My body took a while to recover from the brownies, plus I've been cheating with a bit on meat more often than I really should be. But the good news is that I;ve reached my 8% goal, so I'm into the next stage of the trial. My total loss so far is 11.2kgs.
There are still 4 more weeks to go of just the shakes and vegetables, so I'm hoping to get down to double digits.
I've being feeling a little bit faint this past week, when I stand up too fast, or stand for too long. My blood pressure has always been on the low side, so maybe it has dropped I bit more. I've also been feeling like my muscles, mainly in my lower half, are fatigued - slightly sore and heavy.
A few positives: my hair is growing quite quickly and is super soft and silky, my skin is free of acne, I've got a lot of energy, my clothes are super loose and clothes that didn't fit before fit perfectly now. It looks to me that the weight is coming off around my middle, which I'm super pleased with - I can't wait for the measurements come week 8.
I'm going to start exercising a bit this week - more walking and getting on the cross-trainer or stepper for a few minutes a day.
Another update next weight in.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Been a while since I last was here.
To quickly recap the last few months:
-I fell off the wagon and put back on all but 5kgs.
-I joined a medical trial, a study into preventing diabetes and maintaining weight loss.
I've been on the initial stage of the study for almost 2 weeks now. This stage is 8 weeks long and is where participants lose weight via a low energy diet [need to lose 8%]. I honestly thought that these first few weeks would be really tough, that I'd be hungry all day and that I'd give up - but the only tough thing so far has been eating/drinking all that I have to in a day. I'm just not hungry, I'm forcing myself to eat everything I need to. My family has even been away on holiday during these two weeks, and I haven't felt tempted and given in - even watching my husband, son and friend eat takeaways and yummy roast meals. I feel like I have more energy and am sleeping better than before as well.
I think part of the reason I feel so focused and all that is because I'm taking part in something big than just me. There is a lot of money and time invested into this study, so I don't want to fail, and I don't want to flunk out after the 8 weeks [if you don't lose the required weigh, you are excluded from the rest of the study].
This coming Saturday I have my first weigh in, meeting this the dietitian, group meeting to talk about how things have been going, and pick up another 2 weeks' worth of meal sachets. I have hopped on my scales at home and they say there is a significant loss so far, and clothes are looser and fitting better.
That's about everything.
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