Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Day 3

Weight: disappointingly, the same as yesterday. I was expecting a loss of water drop, but I guess I'll have to wait a while longer.

Eating: my going without sugar lasted - one day. I went out with Becky and had a coffee and slice. It's not a big deal, but I still want to see how long I can go without sugar.

Exercise: my legs are still sore from starting running. I'm sure that will eventually go away. It was really warm when I went for a run (23-24 degrees) so I got so hot and really tired afterwards. Thankfully it's autumn, so it'll get cooler soon. It was remarkably hot for late March, there'll be frosts soon. I've decided to not run when it's 23 degrees, I don't think that will happen very often. I can always run at night, if necessary, so the sun won't heat me up as well. I managed 20 minutes today. I'm also thinking that if I can lose weight through running, I might pass on going to the gym, to save both money and petrol. The one big drawback is that the gym is attached to a full-size pool and I'd so love to go swimming afterwards!

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Day 2

Weight today: 90.0kg. That's a loss of 1.1kg, of course I'm not losing that much fat. I was a bit sore today, I went for a run, but only managed 19 minutes the first lot of exercise, then I was just too sore for any other runs. I'm hoping that tomorrow I'll manage a bit more than that.

Eating: I had some chocolate today, because I want to see how long I can go without sugar, starting today. I'm hoping for at least 5 days. In the evening, I had an insatiable appetite, which I'm hoping is not caused by this exercise. If it is, I'm in trouble. Apart from the chocolate, I ate healthy food.

Sunday, 28 March 2010

Day 1 of 120 exercise

I had a few half hearted attempts at going low carb, and exercise as well, but now I think I've got it all sorted. The next 'hurdle' will be Easter, I'll try to avoid chocolate as much as possible. I want to put exercise as priority #1 behind work and sleep, starting today. I want to see how I'll cope with 3 months of going to the gym, and one month to build up fitness beforehand. Apparently, this time I'm serious.

The whole 4 month period will ideally result in me losing at least 12kg, the absolute maximum would be 17kg but I really don't think that will happen. I want to post daily, saying how my eating and exercise went. Also I'll be weighing in and posting that daily as well. The posts are likely to be short.

This morning I weighed in at 91.1kg. This is much higher than what it should be, but I'll be losing fluids in the next few days which will result in at least a few kg loss. How did my exercise go today? Pretty well. I fully admit that I'm not fit, so the plan was to run in a nearby park, 1 minute running, then 1 minute resting. Repeat as much as possible, ideally I'd run for an hour. It sounds pretty lame, just running for a minute, but in fact it's really great! You're only 1 minute away from a break. You never get really tired. I'm going to stick with 1 minute until it's obvious that I can manage two minutes. Yes, it adds an extra hour to the workout but if exercise is a high priority, that doesn't matter.

After running for 20 minutes, my right knee got a bit sore, so I stopped and went home. A few hours later, I went running again, again my knee got sore, so I stopped at 20 minutes. Last run for the day, I only managed 1 minute of running. The muscles just above my ankles were really sore. I'm hoping that tomorrow they will be much better. As for food, I had veges, tuna and olive oil as my main (low carb) food. Bad foods I shouldn't have had were: a can of beer, and three apples. I've got about a kilogram of apples left, I really shouldn't eat them so I'm throwing them out.

Tomorrow I expect to probably lose about 500g, and I want to run about the same period or hopefully more. BTW, opposite the park is where a friend lives. I don't see her very often, once or twice a year, but we've been friends for about 12 years. I decided that I wouldn't let her know that I'm running, because last time we met she said that I didn't need to lose weight. I don't know whether she was just being polite or didn't actually want me to lose weight (me being paranoid - maybe) but I'll just see her when I see her (preferably at goal), and not mention the fact that I was a lot heavier.

One last thing, only 3 blogs this month in my list of successful bloggers put on weight! That's 3 too many, but they are my true inspiration. They've lost continuously for 4 months so far, after 6 months I'll post the list.

Saturday, 20 March 2010

It's been a while...

Yes, it has. So you're probably wondering how the exercise is going? Well, it's not. I guess I was waiting for the optimum time to start running, then it started raining, then I had work, etc. I did prove that you could run 30 minutes in a day, just having started running, by running ten lots of 3 minutes. But that was too annoying, going for a run every 30 minutes.

I have decided to go back to low carb. I decided to do that after having something nice to eat, then getting very tired. That hardly ever happens when I'm low carbing, probably because I rarely eat something nice (half joke, half serious). I really, really want to finish this by the end of the year, which means that I definitely have to start exercising properly. So I'll just do it like I have in the past: start off with a one minute run, and increase by one minute until I reach 30 minutes. By then, I'll be fit.

I will then make a decision about whether to go to the gym. This will be based on how much weight I'm losing, I've never low carbed and exercised before, so it will be new to me.

I haven't weighed myself since deciding to low carb, the reason is that I typically drop quite a bit, and I don't want to obsess about the weight until next Friday, which is when I will have my first low carb weigh in for a while.

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

The plan...

Well, Becky's birthday has come and gone, and now I'm about to start exercising. Here's the plan: start off slowly, and increase the amount of running I do daily until I start to experience increasing fatigue when I'm not running. At some point I'll say "that's enough" and drop it down a bit, then stay at that level.

I intend to calculate my metabolic rate, just in case there are any issues that come along. I'm not sure that there will be, but you never know! I'm old enough to know that life doesn't always go to plan.

I'll be counting kilojoules and keeping a record of how much running I'm doing, and from that work out how much energy my body would be using when I'm not exercising. Probably I'll also take a week out once every two months and not exercise, but still count kilojoules, and track my weight. That way I can see if my metabolism is being screwed or manipulated too much by the exercise/controlled food intake.

As far as Monday's weigh in went, I was 89.5kg on Monday, which means I forfeit yet another shirt. Tuesday I dropped to 89.2kg, and today I dropped again to 88.9kg. All this is of course just food emptying from my body, since I don't expect to be losing fat at the moment.

As you know, the heart of this weight loss method is motivation, and I plan on continuing the method of motivation I've done before. Next time I'll post, I'll have a graph showing my weights and a line I can't go above. If I weigh in more than the line, I won't be able to do the whole (coffee, film, swim) thing. The line starts off at 89.5kg (Monday's weigh in) and drops by 20g a day (small due to my not starting exercise yet).