It can be both exciting and nerve racking to check in with your personal trainer each week. Has the extra walking improved my chances of losing a few centimetres? What about the pineapple lumps I overindulged in on Friday night?! Will I be able to face the critic's "I told you so?" I'll let you know shortly!
A very large part of the weight loss process is changing the habits of a lifetime. I was always 'statuesque' as a child, taller than my school mates, 'big boned' and raised on a diet of meat, potato and 2 vege, with fish & chips on Friday nights, white bread sandwiches or a pie for lunch, chippies and soft drink once I had my own pocket money. Of course I also played netball, swimming club twice a week, and we climbed trees, ran around kicking a ball in the park and rode our bikes everywhere; so I was a big girl but not an unfit one. As a considerably more sedentary adult, the calories going in have definitely outweighed the calories burnt.
Lesson number one:
Don't do the crime if you can't do the time!
I love ice cream! I can easily eat 2-3 scoops after dinner, sitting watching television. But to burn off the calories consumed in that bowl of ice cream I would have to walk for nearing 4 hours or jog for an hour.
To burn off the calories after eating a small (50g) chocolate bar I can either swim for 35 minutes or mow the lawns for 45 minutes. As most of us can't stop at one, or buy the larger size bars, we'd better ask the neighbours on each side if we can mow their lawns too!
And as for my success last week? I have reduced my chest measurement by 2cm, and both the waist and hips by 6cm!
This coming week has thrown up an extra test for me. I injured my elbow a few months ago and it's flared up again. Until I see the doctor I'm resting my arm, which means I will be relying on lower body and cardio workouts. I'm actually quite excited by the challenge...