Lost 10 kilos and 10.3% of her body weight in the 12 Week Beat the Winter Blues challenge
I had got to the stage where my size 16-18 clothes were gaping and the last thing I wanted to do was go out and buy larger clothes. My mental state was not in a good place either as I had had a fall a few weeks earlier resulting in severe pain and restricted use due to bursitis in my left shoulder.
My depression was such that I was feeling unneeded, unnecessary, and quite useless (none of which were true, but relevant none the less). The challenge occurred just when I knew that I had to make changes to my life and lifestyle to change my situation.
As I was limited in the use of the gym equipment due to my shoulder, I decided to move more and have generally managed to do a minimum of 8,000 but preferably 10,000 steps a day. My Fitbit watch has helped with this, and I make sure I move every hour.
I have also been eating right for my blood type on the suggestion of my Naturopath. After reading ‘Sweet Poison’ by David Gillespie about the diseases and health problems faced by our society due to our consumption of sugar, am very motivated to eat better and healthier.
The coaches were great, going through my planner each week, making helpful suggestions, and giving meal ideas. My meals are much simpler. The rustic pie is a favourite, with left-overs for lunches. Cauliflower mash with dinner instead of potato is a great one and cauliflower or zucchini pizza base are all great alternatives that I’ve embraced.
My Top 3 Tips
- Take each day as it comes. Be kind to yourself, don’t obsess over what goes into your mouth, but think about what you are eating.
- If you are hungry, have a hot protein shake. It will fill you up more than most things.
Always keep some Healthy bars/snacks in your bag in case you get caught out and don’t make it home at the time you had hoped to.
- If you have cravings, move! Go out and do something physical, garden, take a walk, hang out the washing.