Friday, August 28, 2015

Battle of the Bulge: Week 1

Last Friday, I decided to get serious about my weight, which means today's a good time to measure my progress.

As a reminder, last week I looked like this:

This is me a week later:

Wow, looking at these two pictures together, you can already see a huge difference. How huge?

I weighed 96kg (211lb) and lost 4.6kg (10lb) this week. Current weight is 91.5kg (201lb).

Which means that at the rate I'm going, I'll be hitting the overweight range by next Friday (although I'm not counting on it). If you're worried that I'm crash dieting, I'm not.

What I have done is this:

1) I've started drinking a glass of water before and after every meal.
2) I temporarily cut out most dairy and fruit, but still eat things like sweet potato, carrots etc in controlled amounts.
3) Speaking of controlled amounts: I'm dishing up less food for myself, and then paying attention to how I feel if I'm done. If I'm still hungry, I'll get myself a smaller second portion. Most of the time, though, I'm not.

Next Week:

1) I want to continue with the way I'm eating and drinking water until Friday. After that, I'm slowly going to start introducing fruit and dairy into my diet again. It's just not sustainable to eat the way I have been, but it definitely gave my diet a good kick-start.
2) I want to try and get some exercise. This week, I (and my mother) have been feeling flu-ey, so I just haven't been able to do much. Hopefully, this will change next week. (Don't worry, if I exercise more, I'll eat a bit more because I'll be hungrier.)

Most of the weight I budged is probably water weight, so I'm thinking I'll lose a bit less next week. But that's okay as long as the weight keeps coming down.

Anyone else working on losing some weight? How's it going? 


Toinette Thomas said...

Very inspiring. Keep it up.

Annalisa Crawford said...

Well done :-)

Sherry Ellis said...

That's terrific! Keep up the good work!

Cathrina Constantine said...

AWESOME!!! Keep the will-power going!!!

Yolanda Renee said...

Love you determination!
I need to make the commitment too!
10,000 steps a day!
Let's keep each other motivated!

Stephanie Faris said...

That sounds great! I need to do that same thing!!! They just came out with another study that showed that drinking a glass of water 30 minutes before each meal can help you lose weight. It gives you the feeling of being fuller, but it also hydrates you. If you are dehydrated, you feel hungrier than you actually are.

Sandra Cox said...

Way to go, Misha! Woo Hoo!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your success and I hope it continues on! It tends to be that the first week when people start changing their eating/exercise habits, they loose a lot and then it goes down from there, which can be discouraging. Stick with it! Eating better and exercising is definitely worth it in the long run :)

With me, I've devote at least a mile of walking a day, plus I've cut my portion sizes down to about half and most meals I make now do not have meat (I'll have it maybe 2-3 times a week). I haven't really dropped any weight, but I feel a lot better and have noticed toning. I need to find a partner to exercise with though because on my own is no motivation, I've tried lol

Sorry for the long post! But anyway, good luck! :)

Misha Gericke said...

Thanks everyone!

You can do this, Yolanda.

Stephanie, that's true. I also find that the glass of water after my meal makes me stop craving another helping.

Madilyn, you're right, but even if I lose slower later on, I'll still be happy simply for living a healthier life. I'm not really sacrificing anything that I'm not used to here, so I'm not really struggling with will-power or anything like that. It's really just me shaking some bad habits that snuck in months ago already. I hope you find an exercise buddy! :-)