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Sunday, April 21, 2013

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!

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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    You look gorgeous! Your patients will absolutely be listening to any health advise you give.
    The SPARK community is here when you need it. If you just use the Nutrition Tracker and the Fitness Tracker you don't have to be sparking 24/7. It is a tool to keep you accountable and on the right track.
    Well done to you!!!
    1737 days ago
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