|#geekdiet, who is with me?|
So last year I took a big plunge in my life and finally stepped on the scales, I was up at 17 stone. This was the sort of breaking point that really kicked me into going on a diet. No more talking, no more saying I'll do it and then not, I went for it. And I done well, I lost 2 and a half stone.
But now that I'm married, I started to get comfy again and it's crept back up to 15 stone and 6 pounds. Okay it's not as bad, but it's still a gain of 12 pounds. I don't want it to be all for nothing.
So now I'm back on the diet! And I will be tracking my progress through this blog. And I'm also going to extend an invitation, who's with me on the #geekdiet?
I achieved the weight loss by simply tracking calories using the app myfitnesspal which is just excellent. Based on your level of activity, height and weight it will calculate you a daily calorie limit. Now I looked after what I ate and exercised 3 times a week.
Here's the summary for the geek diet...
Use the app to track calorie intake, excerise 3 times a week in the house for about 10 to 15 minutes.
And to elaborate...
You lose weight by creating a calorie deficiency. You eat less rubbish and you burn more off with exercise.
You should never be hungry. Starving and restricting food doesn't help and it will also sway you off dieting because of the discomfort it will cause. So when you eat less, it means less junk really. I ate 1560 calories, my personalised limit for that day and was completely full. It's about being careful. And to note, for just starting out the restriction won't be that much.
You don't need to spend money on a gym, drag yourself there when you are busy with work, you just need to do ten to fifteen minute routines three times a week. Run on the spot, run up and down stairs, do jumping jacks. Any simple variations worked for me. The first week alone I lost 4 pounds, then 3 the next.
Treat yourself once in a while as a reward and if you really need a takeaway, Chinese meals such as Chicken Chow Mein are the best way to go (about 600 calories, compared to 1200 of a kebab).
Now as a stereotype us geeks aren't the most active, hence the name and the challenge! Anyone up for joining me on the weight loss? It's such an amazing and rewarding feeling, it'd be awesome for people to come along for the ride. If not, keep track of me and see it can be done.
Check out the OR twitter for a picture of my current weight and I'll be posting up evidence once a week!