Target Weight Loss – 11 Weeks to Go


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Target weight loss - 11 weeks to goI started the 90-day Low Carb Challenge a week ago. Losing 3kg has inspired me, but I haven’t met my weekly target weight loss goal yet. There are tweaks I need to make. One of them is being disciplined. I need to plan and record my food intake every day, not once aweek as I am doing now. I know I can do it. After all, I am now firmly off sugar and carbs like bread, pasta and other starchy foods. I don’t even crave them anymore, which helps a lot.

 

My target weight loss for the next 10 weeks

 

My target weight loss is 10kg (about 22 lbs). I have about 10 weeks to achieve it (I am deliberately not counting 2 weeks – to make allowances for when I don’t meet the target). It means that I need to lose 1kg a week (2.2 lbs) on average. This is achievable I think, but I will have to see. Judging by the results of the past 3 weeks, I am not sure, since my weight loss has slowed down. In fact, I haven’t lost any weight since the initial loss of 3kg.

 

My goal is quite modest because I believe that losing too much too fast is not only unhealthy, but is also unsustainable in the long term. When we lose weight too quickly, we gain it back as quickly, and more. If on the other hand we lose it slowly, we are more likely to develop a habit that will stay with us for a long time (hopefully for life). This means that we are much more likely to keep the weight off too.

 

Apart from planning and recording my meals, I need to exercise more. My goal is to do 40-60 minutes of physical activitites at least 5 times a week. My favourite one is cycling. Walking is the second favourite. I love walking in nature. It’s so much more pleasant than walking by the side of the road with cars passing by.

 

This is just a short update about what’s going on. If you want to join the Challenge, sign up at 90 Day Low Carb Challenge and join the Facebook group to be around people who are on the same journey. It’s much more inspiring and fun to do it seeing how others are getting on. People ask questions, share success stories and yummy recipes.

 

For me starting my low carb journey has had its pitfalls, but I don’t regret it. I know that it’s well worth it in the long term. It is up to me now to make tweaks and find out where I need to make changes in order to start losing weight again.

 

What I have been eating

 

My diet has been quite simple. I eat 2-3 eggs, sauteed in butter or boiled, with a slice or two of toasted Carb Zone bread with a bit of goat’s butter on top, and a cup of milky coffee with a spoonful of cocunut oil. Sometimes I have a couple of rashes of bacon, or a piece of salmon. How much I eat depends on when I have my breakfast (lunch). Normally I combine the two.

 

For a snack I eat a small handful of nuts – walnuts or pecan nuts. My dinner is also simple. I have a Carb Zone tortilla wrap with cream cheese and salad leaves, plus some fish or cheese inside. Yesterday I fried some pork belly with onion and had it with some steamed broccoli. And I do love my cheese cake made out of cottage cheese, stevia, eggs, coconut and almond flour! 🙂

 

Fruit used to be a very important part of my diet, and giving up on it was hard. But I have adjusted, and am now eating strawberries or frozen berries with boiling water poured on top of them. It makes a rather nice compot, with a couple of sweeteners (saccharine) in it for better taste.

 

I have been taking magnesium supplements daily, and also Sun chlorella tablets. Sometimes I drink spirulina. I mix it with water and add some grapefruit juice to it for bette taste. I have to remember to record what I have been eating. To be honest, not to remember, but be consistent with it, since I do remember!

 

My water intake has been quite low. I need to make sure that I drink my 8 glasses a day, and track it too. Luckily, My Fitness Pall allows you to track water. And of course exercise. I need to exercise daily, without fail – even if it is just walking for 20 minutes on a rainy day if I am to meet my target weight loss.

 

Tonight I will have a magnesium bath. Or at least a foot bath. I normally add about 350g of Epsom salt or magnesium flakes to a bath, and 100 g to a foot bath. If I don’t feel like a bath, I apply magnesium on my body by hand. It helps me to relax before bedtime and sleep through the night.

 

I will be sharing my progress with you soon. 🙂

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