What this blog is going to be all about
To put it shortly - losing weight. Yes, that's right, those of you who have known me for a few years would already know that in the past I've often tried to lose weight, lost some, then gained some, then always just gave up on it, until the next time. So, I will be keeping this blog now in an attempt to keep me on track. But the difference this time is that I'm truly pumped of doing it this time.
Why 90 days
First of all the program I've decided to follow is a 90-day workout one - Jillian Michael's Body Revolution. It's intense, it's only 30 minutes and from what I've read all over the internet it is maybe her best program. And it is really perfect for me as in 90 days our company's summer teambuilding event will be taking place over the stretch of two weeks, with tons of activities and all of our offices from all over the world coming over here. Including the London office where the guy I've started crushing on is working. So... yeah... >///>
Realistic goal is to lose 20 pounds (10kgs). The ultimate goal/dream goal is losing 30 pounds (15ish kgs). Yeah, I know it's a lot, but I think that losing roughly 1.5 pounds a week is doable. Especially when I will be combining good workouts and calorie counting, trying to mix and match the best nutrition balance I can make.
My (Weight Loss) Past
About 5-6 years ago I was 75 pounds overweight. I managed to lose 50 with lots of efforts, both dietary and not as much physical, but as some of you might know, drastic weight loss can lead to depression, chemical imbalance and what-not. I got that. It has taken me almost two years to get out of the horrible hole that I had dug out for myself, but I think I'm no longer at the bottom, digging deeper, but climbing out and just an arm's reach out of it. And I do think that this time my weight loss will not push me into deeper depression, but will manage to get me out of it once and for always. Truth to be told, last week when I started working out I did start with the mind-set that I had to do it, but just over the past 7 days I've come to the point where I want to do it. And this is a big difference... At least it is to me.
What I will be using
As I said I will be using Jillian Michaels' Body Revolution workout DVDs, and on Saturdays and Sundays I intend on making double workouts with either adding some of her Shred It or Ripped videos, or some of her crazy yoga workouts. Yeah, I'm a big fan of Michaels. I do find her a bit annoying in her videos, but each of her workouts are leaving me shaking like a leaf. And just in a week I am already able to see itty bitty muscles on my stomach, biceps and legs. So... I will recommend her videos to anyone out there trying to work out.
My other tools consist of:
- MyFitnessPal app (free) - great for following calorie intake
- a basic yoga mat
- a set of weights :1kg and 3 kg ones - I would rather workout with heavier ones, but as I have tons of eye problems I cannot really lift too much or I'd be risking fucking up my eyes further. So, lighter ones, but even they right now are proving to be too much...
- a resistance band
- and my newest toy - a heart-rate monitor that gives me back the burnt calories - it's a cheap one, 40 euros, so no idea how accurate it will be, but I will give it a try (got it yesterday).
So... Let's the challenge begin!