I’ve been a member at the gym just over a year now.. and it really has been an exciting year! I’ve managed to drop 9% body fat and to lose about 4.5 inches of each thigh (!) and about the same from my waist, I’ve managed to drop from a metabolic age of 60 (!!) to late 30’s/early 40’s.
My weight has dropped about a stone and a half, which along with the stone and a half I lost with a liquid diet (milkshake sachets) before I joined the gym, amounts to quite a substantial loss.
I do struggle, as my trainer would tell you, with the weeks I don’t lose ‘weight’, which is mad really, especially if that same week I’ve also gained muscle and lost body fat. I think we women are indoctrinated to regard scales and what they read as the be all and end all!
Silly, really silly.
We are so much more than a number on the scales!
I have days where I want to eat nothing but carbs, sugar, chocolate, cake, I guess we all do. But I do try and stick to 40% carbs, 30% protein and 30% fat daily. I track this using the site/app ‘My Fitness Pal’ which obligingly provides me with a visual pie chart, which makes tracking very easy.
I dont have an ‘after’, because I’ve not finished yet!
I do my best usually to eat healthily and mindfully, but don’t tell me to live without my baking and my treats, i just won’t do it! It’s all about moderation, including planned treats a couple of times a week. That I CAN stick to!
Here are some lovely, recent meals:
Humous, chicken and avocado sandwich on wholemeal bread with caramelised onion chutney:
Humous on sourdough, topped with half an avocado, served with two slices of ham:
Grilled Halloumi, with spinach avocado and pomegranate:
Grilled pork chop, served with roasted cauliflower and butternut squash, topped with tahinosalata, pine nuts and pomegranate…delish!
So you see, its all about balance, no crash diets…just eat better and move more!
Oh, and be patient!
And above all, enjoy the process!