Sunday, May 26, 2013
OK - so I was unemployed there for a while BUT on the upside I used the time to institute a new fitness regime. I started work the week before last week and everything went askew. Suddenly my routine is completely different and I can't do what I was doing before and don't have the time to cook all my meals from scratch - plus I'm in an office environment with all the temptations of cookies and chocolatey over indulgence (and boredom/comfort eating tbh).
BUT two of the ladies I'm sharing an office with are doing The Fast Diet (aka the 5:2 diet - http://thefastdiet.co.uk/) and have steadily lost weight on it. So I started on it last week. So far I've done Thursday and I did yesterday, too as I missed the Monday fast. I'll do this Monday and Thursday to kick the routine in. Two days is enough!
I went to weigh myself this morning and I could SEE that I'd lost weight off of my stomach (this isn't a result of anything I was doing before, because I had totally lost the way diet-wise). And I'm a few pounds down in scale weight too - which is nice. I had put a bit of weight back on with eating off-plan - so that's gone and a couple of new pounds have gone with it.
With the Fast Diet there are a lot of invisible benefits too which aren't immediately apparent - in fact that's why the people behind it have come to advocate it. The science has shown that fasting forces your body in to 'repair mode' so you become rejuvenated at a cellular level. All kinds of bio-markers suddenly improve: cholesterol, blood sugar, IGF-1 (Insulin-like growth factor 1) etc.
What's interesting is that before I started this Fast Diet experiment I was hungry all the time. I would eat my breakfast and I was hungry, I was hungry two seconds after I finished my lunch. No matter what I did, I was still hungry. So I thought, what the heck - I'll just be hungry all day twice a week and see what happens.
What's been interesting on the couple of days I have fasted is that I've realised that feeling of 'apparent' hunger is fake - it just passes on it's own. So on days where I am eating normally and I'm craving more and more food I'm beginning to realise that that's more to do with habit than actual hunger. It's an interesting process.
I'll give The Fast Diet a go. What I like about it is that mostly I can just carry on with life as normal (with the proviso that I can't go 'wild' - I still have to eat mindful of the fact that I have gallstones). But there isn't this constant weighing and measuring every day. I only have to plan for two days a week. Plus even on those weeks where you don't lose weight, you still have improvements accruing in the background in terms of cellular repair - so that has to be good.
I'll give this a few weeks and review it further down the track - but this is something I really think I can do.
Sunday, May 05, 2013
Things in my life are not especially eventful at the moment - which can be a blessing in many ways. It means I'm focussing on my health and getting in to good habits - I see it sometimes as putting in a new foundation.
So after a couple of not-so-focussed weeks, I'm getting back in to my exercise routine any - which I am sooooooooo enjoying. The effect is really brilliant. At times now I get a springy feeling in my hips and shoulders which feels really powerful and youthful. And I'm only just starting out!
I really need to keep on top of the calories, though, if I want to hit my target next year. But for now feeling my body become stronger and more flexible is amazing and I love it.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
I joined SparkPeople last year in November and did well for a while, but I went off the boil and then Christmas came and oh boy, did I over do it!
In January I had a major panic with gallstones - I didn't know I had them. One of my gallstones got loose and blocked my bile duct - which led to pancreatitis. I had felt bad all week, but I woke up one morning in absolute agony and finally admitted that I had to go to the hospital where I stayed for five days. In terms of my treatment I had such a good experience - people were just wonderful to me and I was so grateful and reassured by the treatment I received.
Because of the gallstones (and the risk of the pancreatitis recurring) I've really had to change the way I eat: red meat is gone, no cheese (*wails*) and everything is low fat. Also I eat vegetarian a lot of the time - but not 100% yet. Many, many things have changed.
So I gave myself some time to get used to that adjustment and I've only just come back to tracking properly on SP over the last couple of months. Also, I've really stepped up my exercise in the last few weeks and I feel amazing for doing that.
In terms of fitness, my starting point was lower than it had ever been. However, just be being realistic and going at my own pace, things are so much better already - so I'm in now for the long haul.
I'm finally getting to know my body and giving it what it needs - and things are looking good. As upsetting as the experience of pancreatitis was initially, I'm so glad that it happened because it has finally forced me to focus on my health and wellbeing and really taking care of myself.
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