It’s hard to believe I have been at this for a month now, even more difficult to believe that I stuck with it and have a photo to actually post here. But I suppose the mindset is 95% of the battle, and the results are slowly starting to show — you might have noticed it a few days ago if you’ve checked out my Instagram but I am proud of my progress thus far and the fact that it is noticeable. I’ve noticed the fat around my stomach has started to reduce, and the weight on my hips is slowly beginning to vanish. At this rate it will be gone before summer, although we’ll see if I can achieve that. I won’t lie, it hasn’t been easy. There’s been days where I’ve ached so much I didn’t think I’d be able to walk/jog the next day, and there were days where I didn’t. There’s been ups and downs, but I wasn’t expecting smooth sailing.
Rather than walking you through every little single thing I’ve been doing, I thought it would be better to talk about the things that worked. The meals I actually liked rather than meals I didn’t enjoy and apps I’ve found to be particularly helpful. My goal was to work towards being able to run 5km continuously this month with my running on the days between workouts, and I’ve been trying to keep my meals below 500 calories so my calorie intake for the day is somewhere around 1600 calories which is what the HELP Diet Guide is based upon.
- Turkey Taco Skillet — I removed the cheese, and I absolutely loved this!
- Mushroom and Spinach Cauliflower Pilau
- Peanut Butter Pancakes — I substituted the ingredients on these to bring a serving under 500 calories and they were still delicious.
- Pesto Zoodles with Chicken
- Cauliflower Pizza Base
- Well Naturally’s No Sugar Added Dark Chocolate
- Fresh fruit, we’re coming into spring here in Australia and I’ve been eating strawberries on my way to work in the morning which are just getting better and better.
- Hummus and celery or carrot.
- My Fitness Pal
- Samsung Health — For running and training.
Weight Loss: 3 kgs
Overall, this exercise program, despite being challenging, does work. It’s something different three times a week, and it switches up every week so you’re never getting bored. I find that the entire workout can be done in about half an hour so it’s something I try to set aside time for, and then I tend to run on the days where I’m not going to work out. At this stage, I’ve not gotten weights — the only piece of equipment I’ve bought is a foam roller and a skipping rope. Where it requires a step up, I use the medium sized step up onto out porch, and where I’m meant to be doing a tricep dip I use a chair. Essentially, it’s at this point which I’ll be adding in weight and slowly starting to buy the bits and pieces required.
I may not have achieved my goal, but that’s not something I’m concerned about at this stage, realistically, considering all of the four medications required to keep my health in check have weight gain as a side effect, I knew this wasn’t going to be the easiest task. For the next month, my goal is again, 5kgs. And this time I’m going to push for it. I’m going to run further and harder, and exercise more. I’m going to keep my calories in check and going to have fewer out of control days and I will make a concerned effort to not skip workout days when I’m tired or my legs or arms ache — as far as I’m concerned, while not the most ideal situation/result for me last month, things can only go up from here.
Until next time,