Thought it was time to start my progress page so I can see at a glance how things are going. Started early April 2007 and as at early May have lost 5kg's which I am pleased about. As some of you may have read, I started a big diet-exercise routine about this time last year - I thought it was hard work as I was going for the low-fat, moderate carbs and high protein approach which meant a lot of cooking of chicken and lean cuts of beef to have in the fridge constantly, as well as a low fat protein supplement- and weight resistance training every day-alternating upper and lower body for forty minutes and cardio most days for forty minutes- but my back problems put an end to it all for a long time. I managed to lose 8kgs in as many weeks, but being out of action for months and months allowed about 4kg's to creep back on.
This time around I am not caring how many grams of carbs or protein or fat- I am just sticking to 1500 calories a day- and walking on treadmill for 45 minutes. I am amazed at the result. I am having the same loss as last years routine- which was very time consuming and it really does just blend in with my life- I don't have to put hours away for cooking or exercise. Not to mention that I never cheated last year, but this time around I have had a few 'over the limit calorie days'. Never before have the words K.I.S.S been so true.
I just want to let anyone with a disability know that you can't use it as an excuse as I did, to not do this for yourself- exercise can be modified to suit your mobility- physio's are great for this- they can tailor something for you- always consult first, but it is not an excuse. I am on a 3 day lay off as the moment due to pain, but I have read some articles which highly recommend that you do lay off exercise for a few days here and there, and to also go over your calories limit here and there ( twice a week was recommended for the calorie hike) and this is done to trick your body into not knowing it is on a diet so it will give up the fat. It was interesting reading- and instead of being disappointed that I am out of action, I am of the mindset that I am actually speeding my progress. Some may say it is a lot of hoo-har but I firmly believe that thoughts create your reality, and my reality is I have lost 5 kg's in 4 weeks with not a huge effort , a few cheatin' days, and exercise lay off days- so I can't argue with that.