I’ve been working hard the last few months to lose the weight I’ve lost so far, and I’m in touching distance of finishing my diet for now. That’ll happen at the end of this month, when I officially come off the diet and start to reintroduce regular meals back into my routine.
I have to admit that one of the reasons that I’ve found it so easy is that I’ve been able to plan my meals way in advance, meaning I just have to grab the next two shakes and meal pack, along with a snack bar each day. That takes the decision making away from me and means I can run on auto-pilot. This is helpful, as more often than not I’m up at 5am and just trying to get myself moving each morning!
I’ve got into the routine of having a shake for breakfast, one for lunch followed by a snack bar mid-afternoon and a meal in the evening along with a small pot of jelly afterwards. In between times, I’ve been drinking copious amounts of water to keep me going – in fact I’m probably hitting on average 3 litres of water per day, perhaps even more.
This is in contrast to many other people who appear to mix in regular food with their meal packs in an attempt to thicken them up somewhat. I have to admit that personally it feels a little like cheating, particularly when they say that they’ve not lost anything at all in a given week. My gut feeling is that the 100% Simplicity approach is the one to stick to as it yields the best results – but it’s essential to have the daily water allowance too, as otherwise you’ll feel very dehydrated and probably quite constipated too.
So what are my goals? Well, I’d like to get down to at least 12st 7lbs, if not slightly lower. I know that when I reintroduce regular meals I’ll put on a bit of weight as my body adjusts, but I don’t want to go above 13st again as I feel really comfortable at this weight.
In addition, I’m now wearing 34″ trousers and 16.5″ collar shirts – which was another one of my goals. I’ve now met that, and I don’t wish to wear 36″ or 38″ ever again, never mind an 18″ collar shirt!
I also want to be able to enjoy my new weight – and I’ve been hard at work exercising. I’ve been doing sit-ups, gradually increasing the number I do each day (I did 130 today) and also the dumbbell workouts I’ve been doing. I’ve now increased it to 2 x 20 reps each day of curls and rows, as well as 20 shoulder presses. My arms are getting used to the effort I’m putting in, so another one of my goals is to buy a half-decent cast iron dumbbell and barbell set so I can increase the weight I’m lifting.
Finally I really need to get back out on my bike, but I need to buy some clothes to fit me! I think that will be the real way to keep my weight down – the sit-ups and weights are there to tone my body, whereas the cycling will burn any fat that I put on.
I’d be really interested to get a body fat measurement at some point – I don’t know what it will come out as, because I do still have some fat around my lower stomach and the tops of my legs. However, the bulk of it has burned away, leaving me a very different person underneath!