Today is Friday, which is my “Weigh Day”. The main headline this week is that I’m down 1kg – whoop! That’s just over 2lb in old money and is up at the maximum end of what I’m aiming to lose per week. The scales say body fat is also down to 27%, which indicates that at least the majority of what I’ve lost is fat, so that’s excellent!
I’ve still got a long way to go to get down to my 18% goal, but knowing everything is going in the right direction is really encouraging.
My measurements are all also down by about a centimetre too. My partner is out today, so I haven’t be able to see what the body fat calipers say (they are most accurate you get the same person to use them each time) but I’ll try that later too.
My training since my last Weigh Day has been:
Sunday: Strength training with heavy (for me anyway!) weights in the gym
Monday: 5 mile slow run outside (not fun, as discussed here)
Tuesday: TRX session (similar to this) at home
Wednesday: 12 mile slow bike ride (only intended to go out for half an hour, but it was such a lovely day I got a bit carried away!)
Friday: Circuit style “functional” session in gym
I really need to get around to sharing more of the details of my training sessions because I know a lot of you liked this post. Will get onto that soon.
My diet has been pretty “clean” too. It probably helped that I was revising for a nutrition exam which I took today! (I think it went well.) This week’s eating has been like this…
I’ve started most days with a bowl of chopped up fruit. Then I’ve been having some cereal, or a flapjack, or other snack like maybe Quorn Bites and hummus. Lunch has been things like eggs with a huge salad and a bread roll, or a veggie burger, or just a sandwich depending on what I’ve been doing. I snacked on fruit and nuts a lot in the afternoons, or some celery or avocado with ‘light’ cream cheese, or I think I had a sandwich one day when lunch didn’t quite hit the spot and I was hungry later on. Dinners have been something like Quorn fillets, or veggie sausages, or some kind soya protein, with steamed or roast vegetables and a few potatoes or a bit of rice. In the evenings I’ve been having a banana and maybe a couple of slices of toast with low sugar jam an hour or two before bed. I also had a whey protein shake on a couple of the days after training.
I’m just sharing this because so many people have asked about my diet, eating like this might not be right for you. It isn’t right for me every day. I’m a big believer in listening to my body. If I feel hungry I’ll eat a bit more, or maybe I’ll feel like eating a bit less. I also plan my meals around my exercise. For maximum benefit it’s important to have a good meal a couple of hours before exercising and to eat as soon as possible afterwards. So these foods haven’t necessarily been in this order every day, depending on when I’ve been able to fit my training in.
Again, I’ll try and put up a post with more detail on this soon, because I know some people are keen to hear more about my diet, but this should give you an idea of what I’m eating… which is a healthy balanced diet with lots of fruit and veggies, including – shock horror – bread and potatoes! If you are at all surprised that I’m losing weight this way, I’d advise you to have think about whether you’ve become so sold on various diet plans that you’ve forgotten the basics – easily done nowadays!
Anyway, thanks for stopping by and reading this. I’m so excited to have so many people sharing this journey with me. I’d love to think this blog might be helping you with your goals in some small way too. If it is, I’d really appreciate it if you’d click one of the social buttons and share the love and/or say hello in the comments section. Do let me know if you have blog too so I can pop over to your place and see what you’re up to.
Enjoy the weekend, here’s to another week of fat loss coming up!