Weight Loss Experiment
The Before Shot
My New Years Diet
I need to lose 8 kilograms. I'm afraid it's true. I'm not being overly dramatic or unrealistic here. I jumped on the scale today and nearly died of fright. Somehow in the last six months I've managed to pack on a remarkable 5 kgs (and I was 3 or 4 kgs too heavy then!). So my New Year's resolution, probably along with 20 million other people, is to lose 8 kilograms in the next two months. Possible?
Definately. My goal is to get down from 67 kgs to 60 kgs (which is what I've weighed most of my adult life). So here is my diet and exercise plan. It's based on a healthy nutritious diet, low key but frequent exercise and 100% natural supplements to aid digestion and starve off those hunger pangs.
A banana and berry (froze work best and keep forever in the freezer) smoothie, one slice of wholewheat toast with half an avo or cottage cheese or marmite. A cup of tea.
An apple and a yoghurt. A cup of fennel tea to kill hunger pangs.
Salad, salad and more salad with some sort of protein such as a tin of tuna (low fat and filled with essential fatty acids), chicken breast or ham. A small portion of carbs such as a slice of wholewheat bread or a few rye crackers, a small pasta salad or some couscous.
A handful of raw nuts and a fruit juice. A cup of peppermint tea to help digestion and to pep me up a bit.
Lean meat and veggies. The rule at supper time is absolutely no carbs (as it's harder to burn them off when you're sleeping). Try to eat the vegetables raw or partly cooked. They're better for you this way (more nutrients).
Throughout the day I am going to drink lots of filtered water and probably many cups of herbal tea. My favourite are the fruity teas, but I'm going to try to stick to camomile (if I'm stressed), peppermint (if I need a boost), green tea (if I'm feeling sluggish) and fennel (if I'm starving).
- My favorite supplement and one I swear by is AIM's BarleyLife. The raw powdered juice from barley grass is packed with all sorts of healing nutrients. It helps me feel energised throught the day, but be warned, it tastes disgusting. It fires up the metabolism and balances food sugars.
- Omega fatty acids (3 and 6) are essential to help my liver process all the unhealthy foods of the last few months and to keep my metabolism ticking over.
- B-vitamins to metabolize carbs and protens.
- Good quality fiber to cleanse the system. Psyllium husks in between meals with plenty of water do the trick, as do a good quality fiber supplement.
On the exercise front I'm going to walk for 20 minutes a day. I have low iron levels and vigorous exercise makes me dizzy, so a fast 20 minute power walk around 8.30am is all the cardio I'm going to do. Then in the evening I'll do my 20 minute Tai Chi regime. I love the gentle yet powerful moves in Tai Chi and it really does feel like meditation in motion. I have a DVD which I follow if I forget the sequence of moves. Tai Chi is great for my sense of balance too and keeps me supple. I've recently lapsed with the Tai Chi but plan to get back into it in full force from tomorrow! The DVD is already in the machine, waiting for me.
So that takes care of the diet and exercise.
Body Sculpture (because I want to look good too, not just be thinner)
For body toning I plan to do 30 lunges with each leg (whenever I can find the time) and 3 x 10 sets of sit-ups and 3 x 10 sets of leg lifts (to combat lower tummy flab). I'll do these in my lunch hour, while watching TV at night or even after my morning walk.
Start date: Tomorrow, the 5th January 2012.
I hope to be lean, strong and supple by the end of February, and of course 8 kilograms lighter.
Watch this space for regular updates in the form of comments below, along with an after shot in March.
If anyone wants to do this with me, feel free. Comment below on your progress.