Healthy Lifestyle Update #3

March has been a good month and I’ve carried4 bags of sugar on taking steps to a healthier lifestyle.
My total weight loss is now 3 stone and 3 pounds which means I have hit my fourth bag of sugar. The other day I was looking through old pictures and I found two pictures of myself and my friend Alice, one taken in December 2015 and one from the middle of March. I struggle to see changes but I think it is one of the first times I have noticed and was proud of the slight changes my body has made. Whilst I have a long way to go, I was surprised that my face looks slimmer. Hopefully, as I continue my journey I will lose weight off my bulbous nose too!

My third month of a low/no carb diet is coming to a close and I am still fairly happy. Having a treat meal on a Saturday has become a regular thing and involves some type of bread or pasta which is usually followed by a night of drinking with friends. Whilst I have
managed to stick to my diet I have struggled to satisfy my sweet tooth this month as sometimes fruit just doesn’t cut it.

I have been lucky enough to team up with Weight Watchers and try some of their new frozen products. I’m quite strict on my diet and often just assume that anything sweet will be bad for me. However these Weight Watchers Whirls boast being only 75 calories per pot so I was excited to try them. I personally loved the Toffee and Vanilla flavour as I found it rich and creamy whilst my sister preferred the Strawberry and Vanilla Whirl because it was sweeter. I’m glad I have found something that I can enjoy when trying to avoid Easter Eggs and other sugary foods which I don’t have to feel guilty about or do a big workout to justify the calories.

At the beginning of the month I got home from work and decided to stop making excuses and go with my sister to her gym and sign up. I kept saying to myself that I would join eventually but realised that I had no justifiable reason to keep putting it off. Whilst I can’t say I love the gym it feels great knowing  you have done some exercise that day and I think it also improves my sleep. I got a programme set which was helpful to show me that I shouldn’t only be focusing on cardio but should also be using weights too. Each session of cardio is followed by various weight machines whilst my heart rate is still high and I have already noticed certain exercises are getting easier after just a few weeks of going.

Unfortunately over the weekend I hurt my knee so am having to have a week off from the gym to let it rest and get stronger. I never thought I would be annoyed that I can’t exercise but it is really frustrating because I don’t want my progress to slow down. I’m quite suprised with how my attitude towards the gym has changed. I thought I would be self-concious of looking stupid or sweating like crazy but from my first time going I realised everyone is there for the same reason. Who cares if my face is redder than The Incredibles’ super suits or I’m weezing more than Weezy the penguin from Toy Story. I think the gym can be daunting for a lot of people but go for it. Everyone is in the same boat and focusing on their own machine or exercises. If anything, people will be impressed you are doing something to improve your health and fitness.

See you next month for another update!

I was sent this product from Weight Watchers but all opinions are my own. 

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12 thoughts on “Healthy Lifestyle Update #3

  1. Hey Ben, glad your diet (or way of eating as I call it) is working so well for you. As you know, we are low carbers too and know the full benefits of changing to this. May I just say, fruit is still sugar (tho better than the white stuff!) and this may be why you’re still crazing sweet foods. Personally, I eat 1-2 pieces of fruit per week, tho I let the kids have a piece per day. Berries are best! Also, I have an amazing recipe for double choc banana muffins. My kids take one each day for school but they are so yummy for dessert (or breakie here some days) warmed up covered in cream. Let me know if you’d like the recipe, super easy to make also😍
    Amy💕

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    1. Oh that’s really interesting! I would love the recipe, always worth a try and my sister loves baking! I love raspberries and strawberries so may try and have them more often! 😄

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      1. Haha, I have gone near the Nutella recipe. I think from memory this lady follows paleo? But many paleo recipes can be used for us. I’ll bet there’s a recipe somewhere for a “healthy” Nutella, hmmm…now I’m thinking 😉

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  2. Hate to say it Ben, but the nose stays the same 😦

    I’ve noticed my face slim down recently as well, but that honker right in the middle just seems to get bigger as the rest of my face gets smaller.

    Awesome job on continuing to follow your goals!

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  3. Great progress man. Should be proud of yourself. The gym will become an addiction I can promise you that. Once you get into a rhythm it becomes part of your life and you do feel lost when you don’t go.

    Handy little tip if you’re looking for a sweet treat whilst on low carb is to check out the Hartleys 10cal jelly pots. 1.8g of carbs per pot and they all taste great.

    Keep up the good work and I hope your knee heals soon.

    Peter | http://www.impeter.co.uk

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  4. I admire your efforts. When I was working really hard on a healthier life-style, I was using a personal trainer and a diet he made up for me. Since I’m not much of a cook, I pretty much ate the same thing every day except for my one day a week of eating whatever I wanted. I had 2 meals of plain chicken and no sodium green beans, plus plain brown rice. 1 low-fat yogurt at night. And 2 meals of shakes consisting of ice, protein powder, fruit and peanut butter. I lost a lot of weight really fast. We did a lot of strength training and then started cross-training. I was allowed to put hot sauce on the chicken because it has no sodium. It was really hard. I enjoyed your piece and wish you all the luck in the world:) You can read mine at http://45ragestreet.org/2016/04/07/my-monthly-memories-for-march/

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    1. Wow that sounds so difficult! I would never be able to stick to such a strict, limited diet but its incredible you had that much self control. I’m glad it worked for you though! I think diets and exercise are very personal and what works for some won’t work for everyone which is why I don’t understand why people do fad diets and are shocked when they fail! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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