Healthy Summer 2011/2012: part two (ch-ch-ch-Chaaaanges)


It’s been one week since I decided that things were going to change around here. Why? Because over the past year I had allowed myself to fall into the slippery slope of eating way too much of the wrong kinds of food, too much alcohol, and too little exercise (well ok- no exercise). When my mother asked me if I was preggers, I knew that it had gone too far (read about our little conversation here)


I’m happy to report that over the last week I’ve done surprisingly well. I had planned to ‘ease myself’ into healthy eating and exercise and expected to feel hungry and miserable but instead I feel great! I have so much energy and my stomach is grumbling less than when I was eating junk all the time.



So far…

– For breakfast I’ve switched my usual pie/sausage roll for a bowl of cooked oats with milk and honey. I haven’t had oats since I was living with my parents, so I was amazed at how much sustained energy it gives. Normally after my greasy breakfast I will get hunger pangs around mid morning, but after having oats I’m good right up to lunch time.

– I’ve cut right back on eating out, which has been great for my wallet (yay, more lipstick!). This past week I’ve been making a lot of stir fries with a variety of different vegetables and lean meats, and a side of brown rice (which is low GI and much more nutritious than white rice). I make a double serving so that I can have leftovers for lunch the next day.

– I’m being much more careful with portion control and I’m savouring my food (rather than shovelling it in whilst watching TV). Even though my serving sizes are about half of what they were, I’m actually feeling less hungry.

– I haven’t been perfect the entire week- on Sunday I attended a BBQ with some friends and had sausages, white bread, potato salads.

– I’ve cut down on my alcohol intake, but it is still too much. I’ve had 1.5 bottles of white wine in the past week, will probably need to reduce that to 1 bottle a week at most.



– For the foreseeable future I will not be calorie counting, or going on a strict diet. If I’m going to achieve my fitness goals my body needs proper fuel- in my opinion subsisting on the bare minimum will be counterproductive because if I have no energy I won’t exercise.

– I’ve never been much of a salad eater, but want to incorporate salads into my meals (because less cooking/processing means more nutrients). Also, most salads take almost no time to make, which is great because I have very little time this week.




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keep reading after the jump!

So far..

– this past week I’ve started running again. It was hard work, especially in the beginning- but as many of you know once you get started the feeling like you’re going to go into cardiac arrest is replaced by awesome endorphins.

– I started on 3km, running only 60% of the way and walking the rest. I’ve worked my way up to 4km, running 75% of the way.

– I’ve also done a bit of yoga in the past week, which has felt amazing. It’s been so good for my tensed up muscles from studying.


– I want to get to a stage where I’m comfortably doing 6km, running at least 75% of the way- ideally within the next two weeks (but more likely it will take me 3-4 weeks)

– I will be running 3-4x a week after work.

– yoga 2-3x a week.

– start swimming and going to classes at the gym once I finish my exams in a weeks time.


The numbers:

I’m quite nervous about providing my weight/measurement details. For one thing, it’s such a personal thing and something I rarely talk about IRL. Secondly, I know that at the moment I fall in the ‘healthy’ weight range, and I’m really worried about being accused of encouraging anorexia by wanting to lose weight.

I do, however, want to be as honest as possible because I know my regular readers would appreciate that.

My weight has been a steady 46-48kg for most of my 20s, until this year when I piled on over a tenth of my body weight (mostly in the last 6 months). And it’s not in muscle either. By coming down to 48kg I feel that it’s returning to my body’s normal equilibrium. Also, I’d like to fit into the clothes that I bought prior to 2011.


height– 155cm

starting weight– 54kg

goal weight– 48kg

weight lost so far- 1kg

credits: first image source

Posted by on Nov 15th, 2011 in lifestyle and health, Miscellaneous | 56comments


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