I've neglected SparkPeople, but I've decided that I'm not going to be as dependent on it as I once was. That may seem like a step backwards, but hear me out.
I've tried to lose weight on quite a few occasions. However, on the 1 March 2013, something just clicked and I realised that, in order to become the ideal doctor, I need to become the ideal patient. This basically means that I will have to practise what I will be preaching in a few years' time.
So, on the 1 April, I decided to change my life.
I began eating healthily, This meant that I started eating more protein that carbohydrate-based food. I ate more vegetables and fruit. I drank more water. I hardly eat bread (that was an easy decision for me - I have never really enjoyed bread but I ate it because it was convenient to do so). But the biggest change for me was my level of activity. I went from living a sedentary lifestyle to running three times a week for roughly an hour. I also do some Zumba when I can.
I first noticed my fitness levels increasing when I was able to keep up with my Zumba DVD for an hour. Usually, I would be exhausted after fifteen minutes. When I first started running, I would stop, panting, after only 500 metres. Now, I run at about 8 minutes a kilometre for about 6.5 km on average.
It also helps that I have a wonderful group of friends who are enthusiastic about fitness and healthy living. We share tips and even attend the same running club twice a week. This helps keep me motivated. And when I'm not able to attend a running session, I actually feel sad. Now THAT'S an achievement!
At this point in time, I have lost 6 kg in 7 weeks. Recently, so many people have been remarking on my weight loss. One said that he almost didn't recognise me because I had lost so much weight. Another said that I must be smoking weed because I've lost so much weight (I had to laugh at that one!). And a close friend says it's almost impossible to have lost so much weight so quickly. I laugh at these remarks, and they actually make me feel good, no matter how they are said or how embarrassed I may appear to be. It shows that people are noticing my hard work and even though I don't do it for them, the validation is quite nice, I must admit.
I tell them that I exercise regularly (running and Zumba); I eat lots of veggies and protein; and most importantly, I always keep in mind that I am not on a diet: I am changing my lifestyle. The word 'diet' has a horrible connotation attached to it: it implies that it is transient and that one will probably pick up the weight again in a few months' time, Changing one's lifestyle is a long-term commitment, with long-term goals. It is not only done for something as superficial as 'losing weight' (although that is one of the reasons for my lifestyle change). It is done for a longer and healthier standard of living; a higher quality of life. And my life feels pretty 'Yves Saint Laurent' on the quality stakes right now.
I'll therefore be popping into SparkPeople once in a while to update the blog and a few other things, but I won't be as active on the site as I may have been a long while back. I'll be too busy being active outside, running and staying fit!