Starting from March 2nd 2012, I'll be following 6 simple rules to help me lose 50lbs in 6 months and if those rules work, I gotta share it with everybody trying to lose weight. Then my mission is complete. x, Gemma
Finally, I actually have a chance to sit and write this.
This was not the success that I wanted, because I didn’t reach my goal of 76kg after 6 months. I did however get to 87 kg. Which is awesome!!! My lowest was 85kg, but after 4 months a work celebration, my diet went downhill, and it never recovered.
But I’m still well happy. This time last year, I was burgeoning on triple figure kilos, and after getting a check up with the doctor, she was well pleased with the weight loss I made.
I think it the whole process was relatively painless. There was no “YOU GOTTA HIT THE BURN” or “SWEAT SWEAT SWEAT”.
It was like 184 days of heaven. The hard part was no chocolate. The second hardest part was no bread. At least at first.
So now, I’m ready for my second leg. My second 6 months. But this time the goal posts will change.
In fact, I want to be more accountable. So I’m looking to join a forum, and regularly post there because accountability is the best driver of success. When you don’t want to disappoint folks around you, when you’ve put the word out that you will do something, it makes those days when you think of just breaking a rule, a whole lot more easier to bare.
So my new 6 months starts today.
I will update you on the rules.
Until next time
So I lost my way a little bit over the last 2 months, but overall, a 13kg drop in weight is insane!!! I’m psyched. But there’s still 10 more kilos to go, and enough time.
I haven’t even been counting calories or measuring walking distances. I haven’t done any HIIT training. But changing my food habits is what has made the difference for me.
Also, accountability to the internet was why I was so successful at first, and now I need to ramp it up. Starting from tomorrow, because I screwed by my diet today big time with an unneccesary portion of raisins, I’m going to set rules that will keep me going for 1 month.
5 Hours of HIIT
Paleo strict, but with dairy – no raisins, no nuts, no processed meet
No more than 1500 calories a day
No more than 90g of carbs a day
100 km of walking
3 glasses of water a day minimum (this really works)
Day One (July 30th, 2012)
Going Nuts No More
They’re healthy, don’t get me wrong, but they are just as calorific as chocolate.
For 100g of Brazil nuts, they have a whopping:
- 656 calories!!!!!
100g of Brazil nuts is nothing. It’s a snack, but it’s a waste of calories. In fact, 100g equals 43% of my daily calorie intake if I eat 1,500 calories or less.
The only good thing going for them is that they’re very low in carbs.
But for someone like me, scrimping off the calories, they’re just too high an energy food, that for every 100g of nuts I can alternatively consume:
- 3,600g of cherry tomatoes (insane!)
- 480g of roasted chicken breast (which is a lot for me)
- 6 slices of cheese (where I could take 2 slices and add to my plate of chicken with tomatoes)
- 1,200g of carrots (which would be difficult to eat)
Yeah, nuts are not worth it. AT. ALL!!
So I decree, nuts are great once the weight is gone. Until then, just like I won’t touch chocolate, I will no longer go nuts either.
Losing 8lbs in 8 days!
The hard work is paying off!!!
I’ve lost 8lbs, or 4kg in the space of a week.
You can’t understand how happy I am. 8lbs in 8 days is amazing, and I didn’t even follow these rules perfectly.
Day One: 99kg
Day Eight:95kg (and in clothes!)
Or maybe it’s 95.5kg but hey, I’m happy.
Out of the 6 rules, the hardest ones to follow strangely enough was drinking 3 glasses of water every day and doing my HIIT training. I started good with the walking but slacked off big time.
Why was drinking water so hard?
This is a pot guess to be honest, but I think it’s because I started eating lots of vegetables, carrots, loads of cabbage and plenty of brussel sprouts, and those vegetables have lots of water in them. So I didn’t really want to drink water. I consumed green tea or fizzy water instead, but by the end of the week, I got a lot better at that.
HIIT was so hard. I took one of the crazy fitness workout ideas by the guys at sixpackshortcuts.com called the M-100, a Dan and Mike special, as well as starting off with the tabata-protocol. 10 minutes in, after even a 2 minute warm-up followed by a 1 and a half minutes of stretching, I was gasping, but even I knew 7 and a half minutes of actually full on HIIT was lousy, so I kept going until I did 15 minutes total. That was it. I was down for the count. Days later, my muscles felt sore. That’s how unfit I am. 15 minutes of that crazy exercise and I was done, and I didn’t even finish the M-100. In fact, it was like an M-40.
This week however, I’m gunning for it.
What Rules Did I Keep & Why They Worked?
The other 3 rules I kept up properly.
- Eating primally
- Eating less than 1500 calories per day
- Eating less than 100 grams of carbs per day
If I didn’t eat primally, cutting those calories would have been so hard. Like I said before, I haven’t gone fully primal because one reason; soya. In fact, I’m still doing some internet based research as to whether I sould ditch it or not. It’ll come within the week.
Eating less than 100 grams of carbs forced me to eat vegetables and lots of them. I think that filled me up a lot, and it also meant I was consuming very little calories, and so adding things like cheese didn’t make my meals that calorific at all, keeping me under the 1500 calories per day mark easily.
Have you tried the M-100 or the Tabata Protocol?
Let me know and add an awesome comment.
6 Rules That Will Help Us Lose More Than 50lbs In 6 Months
The rules that I’m about to follow are designed to help shed the pounds. These rules have been chosen carefully. And after reading blogs and doing some research online, I’ve found 6 things that can definitely help me lose the weight.
But let me introduce myself as this is my very first post here on 184 Days Of Heaven.
Hi, I’m Gemma. And ever since ever, I’ve been overweight. Maybe even since the age of 5.
And in almost 20 years, nothing has changed.
So I’ve set a goal to lose weight. And more specifically, lose 50lbs of weight within 6 months. A tall order seeing as I’ve never done well with the weight loss thing.
And if you’re like me and you want to lose weight, you can definitely come back here and see whether my diet changes and exercise regime works. Just click here to get the emails.
But today is a new day.
Today is March 2nd, 2012 and I’m 99kg with a BMI of 32.2. That’s not even just overweight, that’s just obese. That’s just not on, and things need to change. I might seem like a jovial kind of person, but this is something that I can’t wait to change because it does bother me.
So by September 1st 2012, I want to be 76kg, 23 kg lighter, and for my Imperial friends, that equals 50lbs lighter. haha!
If I reach 76kg, I would have a BMI of 24.8, a normal weight according to the BMI categories. That wouldn’t just be amazing, it would be life changing.
So Those Rules…..
I’ve got 6 rules that I believe will help me to lose weight. They’re actionable, and so far, after just one day of it, I feel great!
Rule 1: Walk 550 kilometers within 6 months (on average 3km a day)
Rule 2: 50 Hours of HIIT Training (about 30 minutes every two days)
Rule 3: I musn’t eat more than 1500 calories within any given day
Rule 4: I musn’t consume more than 100 grams of carboydrates within any given day
Rule 5: I must follow the food rules as set out by The Primal Blueprint (mostly)
Rule 6: I must drink 3 glasses of water a day
50 hours of HIIT, which is high interval training works out to be the same 4kg, but with a extra bonus; the afterburn effect . The evidence seems pretty convincing to me, that even when you’re not exercising, you could still be burning calories in your sleep because of this same said effect. So I had to add this to my regime.
So with the two forms of training, that leaves me with a short fall of about 15kg.
So I decided to consume no more than 1500 calories per day because that will save me 92,000 calories. The biggest weight loss is expected from my nutrition and what I eat rather than exercise with a 12kg loss, or 26lbs drop.
That then leaves me with a short fall of 3 kg after that, which I hope the afterburn effect will take care of.
And Why Water?
Because biologically speaking, water is used in the breakdown of fat, and well, I don’t drink enough.
And What Is The Primal Blueprint?
First off, I don’t believe in evolution or any of that stuff, but I appreciate the long efforts Mark Sisson, the creator of the Primal Blueprint has gone to, to create a scientifically based study of eating for our genetic make-ups; foods low in carbs, and higher in fat, and why it helps folk not just to lose weight, but to get rid of their ailments and some of even their medical problems.
Why Blog About This Instead Of Keeping It To Myself
Just by having this blog alone will help because it’ll make me reach out to those who’ve been there and who’ve done it.
Plus, making a public commitment may be the difference between me failing or succeeding to lose weight.
And it actually coincides on some level with what I studied for three years, and I’m geared up to talk about this stuff over the next coming 184 days and maybe plus.
Now what about you. Have you lost weight following any of the rules above, or do you know anyone who has?
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