Here we are almost into April and we have some good news. I have officially lost 10 kgs...technically speaking it could be more or technically it could be less but for me it counts and I have made the 10kg mark in only 80 days! I stepped onto the scales this morning before breakfast as I usually do so that I get consistency with my readings and it read 108.6kgs! That is a bit more then 10 kgs technically but by this time of the day I will already be back up to 111kgs probably but that is alright because I always weight myself in the morning!
For those of you playing along at home I wish to encourage you. I know that you will have probably read this 100 times before and I used to hate it because I have tried doing this so many times before but you can lose weight. It can be done it just is a sucky process to be honest. I have given up sugar (most of the time) which has helped me tremendously. I am not going to tell you to do the same because you might not have a sugar problem. You do need to find what works for you. I would encourage you to analyse how much sugar is in your diet though, just for fun because you would probably get a pleasant surprise at where it can hide sometimes.
Here are a few lessons that I have learned so far along the way:
-We are told that a balanced diet and exercise will help us stay healthy. This is true! But to lose weight we need more calories burnt then eaten and when you discover how inefficient exercise is to burn calories (go look up how long you have to run to burn a mars bar) you will quickly realise that exercise makes you healthy but what you eat has an impact upon your body's weight. I struggled to go to the gym over the last three months because the weight just kept coming off without the sugar in my diet!
-Get someone to help you out and yell at you and abuse you and encourage you and support you. My wife is a legend and although she will yell at me and say No Josh! That is enough chips today! I appreciate that she is doing it for the right reasons to support me and keep me on track. I usually have zero will power with these things and give up pretty quickly but 11 weeks in and we are still going alright.
-Think of it as a lifestyle change not a diet. Everyone will say oh are you doing that sugar free diet thing and you will probably say yes. But for me to stick to this I have had to think about it as a lifestyle change for the better not a diet because realistically I am not missing out on chocolate and ice cream that everyone else has I am reclaiming my lifestyle and improving it. It is opening a new world not restricting my current world!
-For any of this to work (this is the first time it ever has for me after so many attempts) you need to learn the art of getting back on the bandwagon. What I mean by this is when you stumble and fall and screw up (I salute those of you who never will screw up) you need to find the ability and will power to get back into it and start out strong again. For me I might have had a not so great week because we were super busy and went out a fair few times but I would always try and start the next week strong and get back into sugar free life because I knew if I didn't I would just go back to my old ways which were not pretty.
Here is a quick update of where I am at in term of my weight loss charts. As you can see there are a fair few times that I have screwed up but that is alright. You still have to live your life you just need the ability to be able to recover from those times!