Healthy Lifestyle Update #2

After the great response my previous post received, I decided to write a second healthy lifestyle update post. In January I lost over 10kg and when out shopping with friends I noticed big sugar bags that weighed 5kg each. I made my friend Hannah hold two and then told her that I had lost that much weight. It is crazy to hold that amount of weight in your hands and think that I was carrying that around every day. If someone told me I had to carry a bag with two big bags of sugar around with me all day I would refuse automatically but that is what I was effectively doing.

I had another weigh in today and my total weight loss is now 2st 10lbs (17kg) which means I have hit my third bag of sugar! The sugar bags help me to visualise the progress I have made as I struggle to see changes in my body because I see it everyday.

Whilst sticking to the 10,000 steps a day minimum I have also introduced some exercises that I do every day. I initially began at ten crunches, ten knee press-ups and a ten second plank. I have gradually been increasing these and am up to 35 crunches, 15 knee press ups and a thirty second plank. It was a shock to the system at first and my stomach muscles killed but I am pleased that I have been doing more and more each day. If anything, at least my puppy is enjoying the extra walks he has been getting!

Rufus

Some days have been hard this month where I wanted nothing more than to go to McDonald’s rather than eat some bland salad leaves but having jerk chicken or tuna steak has kept me on track. Realising I am in this for the long haul has shown me that I will need to keep switching up what I am eating week to week to keep me from getting bored and making poor food choices.
I’ve been playing around with a camera this weekend hence the pictures of the fruit and my puppy. I’m getting some practice with the camera as I will be taking pictures at work for our International Women’s Day event at work. I’ve been enjoying writing these posts and they coincide with a blogging event run by Basant She, one of the bloggers who took part in my Behind the Blog series. See you at the end of March for another update!
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10 thoughts on “Healthy Lifestyle Update #2

  1. Wow! i’ve never thought of visualizing it in sugar, congrats for such a great change! I agree, it’s really hard for me not to grab a fresh homemade cookie from the cafe at my school but we’ve just got to press on!
    🙂 x Kenzie
    Kenzieblogslife.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, sometimes it can be so difficult especially when everyone else is eating nice food! But every so often a treat won’t hurt! Good luck!

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      1. Great post Ben, I’m glad you are working so hard to do your body good. I waited until I found out the hard way that eating/drinking wrong is dangerous to long term health. I’m currently working to control diabetes via diet and exercise (I too try and get a minimum of 10,000 steps per day in).

        And the thing I have found about “nice” food… healthy food prepared well tends to taste better.

        Keep up the good work, I look forward to following your progress.

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      2. Thank you! It’s crazy how hard it can be to drag yourself out for a walk just to hit the step count haha! You’re right, it normally tastes better and is often easy and quick to prepare! Good luck with your healthy eating and exercise!

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  2. Hey! I have to really apologize for the delay this month, technical difficulties mixed with a little writer’s blocked really fazed me, I’m sorry! You can find my post for this month here: https://thoughtsofasociallyanxiousextrovert.wordpress.com/2016/04/03/my-monthly-memories-march/ , I’d love it if you participated once again! Thank you so much, I really appreciate it.

    Basant She
    https://thoughtsofasociallyanxiousextrovert.wordpress.com

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