Results…

As promised, here’s the shortest blog entry I’ll do, as it’s late and I’m tired.

This morning I did my weigh in, and I’ve lost 1.2kg in a week. I also shrunk my belly by 2cm, hips by 1.5cm and 0.5cm of each of my thigh, calf and bicep.

As for body fat loss, this morning it was a loss of 0.67kg, and if you are interested the evening result was pretty similar – which surprised my friend as he thought it would be different. He’s now doing a double weigh in tomorrow…

My next blog will be at the end of my strict Paleo journey, thanks for reading!!

Nervous and a possible sleepless night

I’m on day 7 of my latest challenge and with weigh in tomorrow I’m extremely nervous. Plus I’m also exhausted and absolutely shattered. My mind is racing and I’m having trouble concentrating on tasks – like writing this blog…

I had a conversation with my tummy flab earlier and it went something like this: “I’ve eaten pretty strict Paleo all week and I’ve done lots of sit-ups and crunches, plus I’ve completed a fair chunk of high energy cardio. I’m doing everything I can, so you better bugger off and reveal my ab six-pack immediately, ok?”.

It might seem like a loony thing to do but it made sense to me at the time! I am completely aware that one week isn’t a full indication of my end results but I really need to pull a big number on the scales and measurements to give me a nudge to carry on. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a least one kilo off my base weight as I’ve worked my butt off this week with heaps of exercise and really clean paleo including this yummy raisin bread recipe I found.

My friend that is also doing paleo does his measurements on a Sunday so has texted me his results; and he’s tracking on target. I’ll do my weigh in first thing in the morning like normal – get up, use the toilet, jump on the scales naked and take my measurements, just like I do every Monday morning. But he also wants me to do it again just before dinner and this one is scary – what if I eat too much during the day? Or I drink too much water?

During the week my flatmate brought some fancy new scales that calculate body fat, water and bone density.  We jokingly weighed ourselves on Christmas morning after breakfast; it was all her idea but I’m glad I did it as it’s a better indication of what my body is doing.  And before you go ranting at me, I know it’s not completely scientific, trust me, I’ve googled more than my fair share on this topic. It’s just a way of tracking my progress and by using my normal scales, the fancy scales and the tape measure, I should be able to get a better overall picture of what is going on.

I’ll write a quick blog post tomorrow night, after my double weigh in and let you know the progress. In the meantime, send lightweight, positive and super awesome thoughts my way. And besides, if the scales are not in my favour tomorrow, I can always have a bottle of bubbles and a block of chocolate for breakfast, right? Kidding… kind of…

Here we go again…

So you thought I had stopped this blog but alas, it appears that isn’t the case! Some new people in my life have read it recently and have commented that I should carry on, even on an ad hoc manner, as it has inspired a few of them to start their own fitness journey.  This is, well, pretty darn awesome and has given me another boost to carry on.

This year has been full of all sorts of fitness and food challenges, and if you haven’t been keeping up, I suggest reading this blog post as it’ll help you understand the rest of this one!

Essentially I said to some friends that I would match any fitness or food related challenges that they would undertake in 2013 as a form of solidary and support. And also, because if you know me, you’ll agree that I’m a teeny tiny bit strange and weird.  Anyway, I have a friend that is going back to paleo and since I was already thinking of making January 2014 paleo month, I’ve decided to bring it forward by a just over a week and I’ll continue until the end of January, or perhaps longer…

Paleo

I should point out that although I will be eating paleo, I won’t be completely strict like last time until after Christmas.  That would be utter madness at this time of the year, and I think I’d get massive withdrawal symptoms. And with only few more days to Boxing Day, a more structured approach will have a longer term success rate.

I’ve taken my measurements (as I do at the beginning of every week), as well as two ‘before photo’ types – one in normal workout clothes and one just in underwear. Again, no nakedness on this blog – even though the title might indicate otherwise. I’ll share those photos at the end of the challenge so I can match them with my ‘after photo’ for maximum impact.

Perhaps I should also point out, that I’m currently at my upper weight limit of where I feel comfortable – too many bad habits have snuck their way into my life. The experts have said on google, so it must be true, that food is responsible for about 70-80% of weight gain or loss.   There is a quote “You can’t exercise your way out of a bad diet” or this little gem, “Abs are made in the kitchen”.

The paleo lifestyle is about eating healthy unprocessed foods, which when you think about it, it makes sense.  So here I am, back on another challenge when I thought I was done for the year. I’m also part way through December’s challenge with 5 friends doing 3 concurrent challenges, 30 day ab, 30 day squat and 30 day push up challenge which is free to download, but available only on apple app store. It looks like this:

30 dayTo my friends that are doing this particular challenge with me, I’m both really sorry and proud of you for joining me – my abs hurt like hell at the moment, but it does mean that I’m working them hard. And every time I click to see what torture I’ll be completing each day, a little piece of me cries as I know you’ll be doing it too.

Feel free to wish me luck on this new challenge, goodness knows I’ll need it. Please don’t put extra temptation in my way, but I expect you to enjoy your non-paleo treats when we hang out together. And perhaps you could throw some encouragement at my friend too – go on, it’s Christmas after all!