Start with Believe

That’s the slogan on a new workout T-Shirt that I bought this week, and the more I think of it, the better I like it.

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So, I am now officially 10 days into my journey to a new self. For this, I have cut out all unhealthy snacks, because I know that that is where my biggest weakness lies. This time around, I am not making dramatic changes to my diet all at once, because I am not looking for short term weight loss, but for sustainable health. When I feel like eating some cheese, I will still eat cheese and I am far from counting calories. I am listening to my body and when my body tells me it needs food, I go for healthy options. Once I have a bit more experience in terms of what snacks are my favorites, I will put together a little meal plan and post it here.

Over the last week (Monday to Sunday), I walked 8 times, with a total of 16.67km done, in 4h10. I know this is quite a slow pace, and the reason it that this is when I walk with my daughter to her pre-school. So on the way there, we walk together at her pace, and then I walk home at my own and bring our two dogs out. Of course I am also pushing a buggy at the same time, which gives me a bit more resistance.

In addition to that, I also went for 3 runs, including my 5k race day that I posted about. In total I ran 9.33km, and spent 1h13 doing it. Considering that the week before I had to cut my fast run short and was afraid I had injured my left calf, I think that was still pretty good progress. This week I will have to be out there for a good bit longer, because I have a long run coming up on Sunday in preparation for my 10 Mile in April.

Finally, and I think this is what is going to make the biggest difference going forward, I have started doing the BBG workouts, or at least so I thought. When reading through the guide, I missed the fact, that I was meant to do 2 repeats of each set, so I have basically been doing half of the required workout. The worst part about this is, even though it was only half, my muscles were still killing me for days (!) afterwards. This makes me really dread what it’s going to be like when I actually do the whole thing.

Now to the reward for all the work that I have been doing. From last Monday, to this Monday, my weight went down by 0.8kg, which is even over my target of 0.5kg per week. I am using an app called Happy Scale to track my weight, to remove the natural fluctuations and get a real trend picture. So from now on, every time I talk about my weight, this will be the 10-day average.

All in all, I’m very happy with how this whole thing started. Anybody out there also on the journey to losing weight? How are you getting on?