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April 14, 2008

Secret to weight loss

Everyone asks what's my secret to weight loss?

Since starting this journey to a healthier me I've gone from 117 kilo's (257.40 pounds) to this weeks weigh in of 89 kilo's (195.80 pounds). Friends I havn't seen for a while are asking, "What's the secret to your weight loss?"

The truth be known, there is no special secret to weight loss. All I've done is started exercising at least an hour each day, cut out all the take out food like Macdonalds, Red Rooster and pizza, purchased a calorie book and ensure I stick to around 1200 calories per day, and educated myself on what a normal serving size is. That's it!

I'm also starting to wonder why I ever called this blog 'Weight Battle' because to be honest, I don't consider it a battle at all. It's just a matter of caring for yourself enough to add an hour exercise each day and being aware of the daily calorie's you eat.

Twice in my life I've lost over 30 kilo's before and regained it. The reason I regained the weight, is because I didn't take the time to weight in each week and care about maintaining the fitter healthier me. It's like if you stopped having your car serviced every 6 months. By the end of 5 years you'd have nothing more than a lemon that is breaking down one piece at a time. The same goes, with keeping a healthy body. Only this time around, I am now aware of the pitfalls and what's required to maintain a healthier me. I'm not on a diet as such, I'm on a long term healthier lifestyle that I know I can live with.


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March 10, 2008

Short term weight loss goal

A new short term weight loss goal

It's time to set a new short term weight loss goal to help me get under the 90 kilo barrier. My current weight is 91.9 kilo's, so things are starting to slow down, which I've found frustrating the last couple of months. Although as frustrating as it is that I've not yet got under the 90 kilo mark, I still kept up with my healthier lifestyle. My thinking has been that even at 91.9 I feel a lot healthier and stronger than I did at 117 kilo's, so why go back to bad habits now.

What I'm changing to reach under that 90 kilo mark

1. I'm now walking twice a day, morning and night (2 hours total)

2. Eating breakfast is more important than I realised. I'm going to ensure I eat breakfast every day so my body doesn't go into starvation mode. I recently read that it helps get the metabolism going if you eat within an hour after exercise.

3. I'm also going to stop putting extra salt on my meals. Watching the Australian biggest loser, this is one area the trainers talk about often.

Hope fully with these small changes I'll see myself on the right track again towards a healthier and stronger person.

December 10, 2007

From a size 22 clothing to 16

From a size 22 clothing to 16, and 3 1/2 kilo's closer to my next weight loss goal

Today I weighed myself and found I'd lost 3 and a half kilo's this month. I'm now down to 95.5 kilos / 210.10 pounds. The best thing so far about loosing weight, is that I've gone from size 22 clothing size (18 USA), down to a size 16 (12 USA). I can now go into any clothing store and find something that fits.

When I was larger, the most frustrating thing for me personally was being limited in clothing choices. Now I'm looking forward to visiting Sydney in the new year and coming back with a whole new wardrobe.

My aim for the next month is to up the anti as far as exercise goes. Now it's getting a little warmer here in Australia, I'm not playing golf 3 times per week like we used to. Instead, I'm planning on walking every morning or evening for an hour, when the weather is slightly cooler. This was a goal when I first started on my healthy lifestyle change. However, it wasn't something I've stuck to consistantly.

Apart from walking, I'm also going to set myself a routine on the exercise equipment we have in our home gym. Now I've lost weight, it's not quite as painful to exercise these days. It's actually quite enjoying :)