7 weeks, 12 kgs down! That feels so great to say! It’s fantastic seeing people that I haven’t seen for a while. Special mention goes to a good friend, Pieter, who made my day on Thursday with his comment: “Where are you disappearing to Jenna??”. Ahh Piet! Even the kids at school are starting to notice and that’s pretty cool!
It hasn’t always been easy, but we knew it wouldn’t be from the start. Hey, if it were easy, everyone would be doing it! A couple of things have changed though… I no longer like the look of cream based sauces. I far prefer fish to fatty cuts of meat. I don’t even consider getting the jelly babies and the likes that line the isle of temptation at the shops. Chocolate is a nice-to-have rather than a can’t-live-without. Sugar in tea is repulsive. And I have learnt to “just say no” on most occasions when presented with unhealthy options.
Note that I said “most occasions”. That has been a very important factor for me. I would not be standing here 7 weeks down the line and 12kgs lighter if I had not allowed myself a few “cheats” – simply because I would not have gone through with it. The way I see it, I am changing my lifestyle not going on a diet, and lifestyle is about balance. We have to have the not-so-healthy with the healthy. Sure, because the goal here is to lose weight, I try to have a lot less not-so-healthy options, but at least I can still have them!
Many people have asked me about my approach. It’s simple. Munch moderately, move more. I eat smaller portions and when I do eat I aim for fresh – not processed foods. I try to have protein at every meal – important when you’re trying not to lose muscle mass. I try not to eat carbs at night, as there is no time for your body to process and use all that energy. Water and rooibos tea with no sugar are the only two drinks I have – not even diet sodas are welcome as they cause havoc with your body. I also avoid coffee, mainly because I still can’t get my head around coffee without sugar, although I do have it on the odd occasion.
One other thing I have done to boost my motivation has been one week with carbs and one week without. The way this works is in every 2 week cycle I have 5 – 7 days without carbs. On these days I basically follow the 17 Day Diet cycle 1 and I don’t allow myself any cheats at all. It offers a rapid weight loss (1-2kgs in the 5 days) that boosts morale. It also makes me appreciate the avocado or low GI roll even more when I do have it on a carb day.
As for the move more, I try to get some form of exercise in daily – whether it be a quick lap around the school grounds, taking a long walk or dancing on the Wii. This week the goal is to return to regular gym sessions.
All in all it has been an interesting 7 weeks. While I am 12kgs down, I would still like to lose another 28kgs, so I still have a bit of a way to go. I’m okay with that. In general, I try to focus on how far I have come, rather than what is left.
Happy moving and munching!