My muscles ache like they have been hit by a freight train, My body will not allow me to stay awake past 9.30pm and I officially don’t have a social life anymore.
It all sounds pretty lousy, right? Well no, Despite the tough bits from the past few weeks I really feel GREAT! My body feels like it has a purpose, my muscles are doing things I didn’t think I could ever achieve and I love the routine this new lifestyle has given me.
Still I’m a long way from the finishing line and I’m writing this post today as much for me as I am for you, I need this to spur me on to keep me motivated and knowing if it is so public then I can’t let myself fail.
If you haven’t read the first part of my weight lifting and body change journey, click here
The past 5 weeks have really been a real battle. Strangely the training isn’t the hard part… I really enjoy being in the gym, working hard, having a laugh with my Coach – usually he is conjuring up the next plan of how to test my body to it’s limits. For me, the hardest part is sticking to the strict diet.
I told you that I would be honest in this journey so that includes the negatives, I’ll tell you this first so then we can move on to the positives and be all happy again, yay.
My name is Heather and I am addicted to food.
Gym work is only 20% of how your body will look, the other 80% is your diet. For me this meant a complete diet overhaul. Uhh Ohh.
Whether it is a quick sandwich and crisps on the go, a few chocolate biscuits mid afternoon to dunk in my tea or a pudding in the evenings to unwind – of course there is always a takeaway on the weekends for a ‘treat’ – without even realising it I was on a constant fatty, sugar rollercoaster. It was time to cut the crap.
The first stage was 3 weeks of clean eating to wean my body from its sugar addiction. That was hard enough but now the real negative begins, we were going to try something new – The Ketogenic Diet. Have a look on Google for more info but in a nutshell – see, I’m talking about food again – Your diet is cut to minimum carbs to change the way your body burns fat. Cutting your carbs so low rules out all the fun things in life – No fries, bread, rice, pizza, alcohol, fruit and pretty much no fun at all… **This is not something I would recommend trying without proper diet plan or nutritionist**
Limiting your carbs like this can be a VERY hard adjustment and your body starts to do weird things. Every body is different but in my case the brain fog was the first side effect. Running in a straight line on a treadmill? Not a chance. I simply did not have the coordination to do simple tasks, my speech was jumbled, I was pissed off all the time and I had no patience for people’s sh*t (worse than usual anyway). Thankfully after a week of this torture my body reached ketosis and normal functions returned. The aim was to stay in Ketosis and my body will burn fat stores for fuel instead of carbs.
In the next update I’ll let you know how this diet has worked for me.
This lifestyle is a choice that not everyone understands but that’s cool, I don’t really expect them to. The past few weeks I have cancelled so many social plans due to tiredness, hunger, being grumpy or just because there is too much temptation of food. It’s no fun to meet for dinner and drinks when all I can have is plain chicken and water. Sorry to all my friends, let me know if you want to catch up over a protein shake some time 😛
Looking back on my previous fitness and diet it’s no wonder I was never achieving the results that I dreamed of. Sure I did plenty of cardio with walking, treadmill, hiking and I was physically fit but nothing on my body ever looked sculpted, it always had a softness that never seemed to budge.
This is where the POSITIVE part comes in, that softness is starting to melt. From lifting weights, honing in on specific areas instead of an all over cardio session and really pushing myself past where I thought my limit was now my body is making big changes! Muscles are starting to appear that I didn’t even know I had and choosing an outfit is getting a little less depressing if there are less lumps and bumps to conceal. I’m starting to feel more confident in my own body and proud of what it can do.
This is what a typical Keto meal looks like for me; generally foods like fish, chicken, salmon with broccoli and carrots.
Sticking to the diet requires me to be strict and organised. All my food is weighed in portions, meals have to be eaten on time every 3 hours to keep my energy up – Often I’ll have my plastic tubs of food in my bag with me when I’m out and about. If I let myself get hungry that’s when the unhealthy snacks creep in. I’ve never been so disciplined with food but it’s great having a routine knowing when to eat and what to eat.
Still, I have a long way to go but seeing the progress finally happening and feeling my body getting stronger makes it all worthwhile. Keep your eyes peeled for the next update.
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