Hey everyone, I'm sooo sorry I haven't come back. I've been totally slack with everything lately. I finished both my exams, and I got A's for both subjects
brought my GPA up to a 3, which is really good for me :p Hoping this semester I can get it up to 4 so that they won't kick me out. I've started a new semester like 2 weeks ago, and I'm just getting around to actually doing any study, which sucks
Assignments are coming up soo fast! I've also been working an absolute crap load. My boss has been in hospital for major surgery and I've had to do everything in his place, plus I picked up another work-from-home gig, so now I basically spend 10 - 15 hours a day sitting on my butt at the computer working for work, my on-the-side gig, and my at-home study
Haven't had time to work out!! I feel horrible and gross. My boss is getting out of hospital at the end of the week though, so hopefully once that happens I will have time and put myself back through a more intensive boot-camp, which I'll tell you about later. I've also had some health worries lately - I missed my last AF, and totally freaked out thinking that I was pregnant! I went through a lot of tests at the doctor and after pregnancy was ruled out, I was even more freaked out! I then went through about a million blood tests for thyroid, hormones, cholesterol, iron, glucose... everything came back fairly normal except my iron is a little low and my cholesterol is a little high but I just need to take some iron supplements, and the cholesterol isn't anything to worry about coz I'm a smoker - it's only 0.7 over. I've also been put on to complex vitamin B tablets to help with my constant tiredness. ANYWAY, so after all of that was ruled out, I had to go for a bunch of ultrasounds and it turns out that I have polycystic ovaries, but that's cool coz we're not trying to have a baby yet and probably won't for a while, so I just am going on the pill to control everything and anti-inflammatories to help with my period pain.
So yeah, basically, crazy couple of months, been busy and stressed. So my exercise has gone unloved and my diet has been spiralling out of control and I've put on a few kilos. I am planning on putting myself into a more intensive boot camp, kinda like what you see on biggest loser. I chatted about it with a personal trainer friend and my dietician and they've both said that it's totally fine for the amount of time that I'm planning on doing it for. SO! The plan is:
- Go onto shakes, good and proper for once. I tried some Xndo shakes yesterday and I completely am in love with them, so I'm buying them online so I don't have to join their stupid program. Going to have the shakes with milk, and have high-fibre, high protein and low carb snacks. In all I'll be eating about 1500 calories per day.
- Exercise 4 hours per day. I know, it sounds ambitious and completely unsustainable and people are telling me I'm completely nuts for wanting to exercise that much. But the thing is, when I worked in hospitality I would do 8 - 12 hour days on my feet, continuously walking, so what's 4 hours? The exercise will consist of:
15 minute bike ride to the gym (slow)
30 minutes walking (slow to medium)
30 minutes cycling (slow)
20 - 30 minutes weights (non-vigorous)
60 minutes swimming (slow)
15 minutes bike ride home (slow)
60 minutes slow walk, taking the dog for a walk
It's a decent amount of varied exercises, gives me a chance to build up some muscle which will increase my metabolism. Obviously I'm going to build up to this, at the moment I'm taking the dog for a walk for half an hour a day, and drinking one shake a day for a meal. Planning on building up to the four hours in the next 4 weeks, increasing by an hour a week for exercise and one shake/healthy snack a week for food.
After the initial 4 weeks, I'm going to do this plan for 12 weeks continuously, building up in vigour as I go. I'm hoping to lose about 2 - 5kgs per week (like the guys on the biggest loser), and hopefully I'll lose about half the weight that I need to and if I'm very very lucky I will lose all the weight I need to - at which point I will work very very hard to maintain it, and will start weight watchers to teach myself healthy eating, and will be ensuring to do enough exercise every day to maintain my weight.
The reason I'm doing this is because I figure that going through 12 - 16 weeks of absolute hell and lose the weight and get myself out of a dangerous weight zone than continue to yo-yo for the next 2 years and have a more increased chance of developing diabetes or something. I may be healthy now for my weight, but it's only coz I'm young and my body hasn't been like this for very long.
Anyway, I'm so so sorry about this incredibly long post, and if you got through the whole thing I applaud you
I wrote this down more or less to get it all out and to make sure I'm accountable for my goals. I'm going back to blogging my progress every day/week too so you can all hear about it :p Wish me luck! (or, rather, motivation!)