Long time since ive been in here, but ive got some progress to report with regards to weight loss and general fitness.
Firstly, at 90kg, I stopped drinking alcohol at the start of August, and without any changes to my diet or exercise I lost 4kg in 4 weeks. I guess that shows how much i was drinking...
So at 86kg I was already noticing I was looking fitter plus since I wasnt drinking, I was getting up earlier which meant I had time to have a healthy breaky and make lunch. We also have a gym at work which I had been using 2 or 3 times a week (but other than begginer strength gains and slightly better cardio I was wasting the efffort by drinking and overeating). So 4 weeks more of no drinking and working out plus next to no sugar and daily calorie deficits, and bugger me if I didn't get down to 82kg.
Bring on October and while I was stoked that my BMI no longer said I was overweight and I was looking better than I had thought was possiible, I really wanted to be well and truly in the normal weight range and not just on the edge... plus my attitude to alcohol had a serious adjustment from not drinking and since I had the energy and was enoying the healthy food and lifestyle I kept going and yep, another 4kg gone and down to 78kg.
November came and we went on holiday to Noosa and i had a couple of beers and wines (after 115 days alcohol free) and indulged in naughty food like bacon and eggs and pizza and cheese platters and what not, but after a few days we were back home and I was back on track. I must say it was nice to have the shirt off and not be self conscious. Well I was, but in a good way
Anyway, I'm currently at maintenance level, trying to stay between 74 & 75kg where I have beeen for the past week. all the fit people I know tell me I look amazing, and all the overweight people I know tell me Im too skinny, but I know my weight is healthy (I would have to be 59kg to be underweight according to my BMI) and Im no longer at risk from diabetes and other weight related diseases.
I plan to continue being alcohol free generally but Im not counting and there is no end date... if I am in the mood on a special occassion i might have one or two but I am in a good place and feel my culture has changed. (Its beeen 2 weeks since I had any alcohol)
Diet... Im indulging a little bit here and there now, just to hit maintenance or when out with friends etc... but the diet is generally small portions and no crap, mainly fruit, vegies, lean meat. we have been getting youfoodz.com meals for dinner and they are around 1500kj each. Otherwise Weetbix with frozen raspberries and blueberries and banana (and LSA mix and some psyllium powder and maybe desicated coconut) for breaky, and lunch is usually some mixed lettuce with a small tin of tuna and beans and corn and some hommus. i will have a banana for morning tea and an apple in the afternoon... and lots of water and coffee and tea. Seems to work.
Gym... Im lifting mon,wed,fri and doing 5km running on tue,thur. Ive also been doing the local 5km parkrun.com.au on Saturdays which are all over the place and give you an official time but its free and community based...check it out. As for my lifts they are pretty tame, basically the starting strength program but Im doing pull ups and some dips as well. I only get around 35mins to work out so after a couplemins on the rowing machine if I spend 15mins on the squat rack it doesn't leave me much time for bench and pull ups and deadlifts, so I usually only get to focus on 1 of them.
So anyway, thats a fair wall of text, and Ive touched on a lot of things but stopping the drinking was the catalyst for the rest of the changes. There's lots of diets out there but I will back the ones that say stay away from the sugar, the alcohol, eat fresh foods, have a calorie deficit, exercise and sleep properly. And be consistent. Dont just do it for a day, or 4, give it a few weeks for your mind and body to get into a new rhythm.